Feb 21, 2014 | Press Release

President Alvarez: Union/Community Partnership to Maintain Local Brooklyn Healthcare Embodies Mission of the Labor Movement

New York, NY – New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO President Vincent Alvarez today released the following statement regarding the charge led by 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) to keep Brooklyn’s hospitals open for care.

“The announcement that an agreement has been reached to help put forth a viable path to keep quality, full service healthcare right in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the nurses, doctors, caregivers, community members and patients who have spent the last year fighting to save LICH.

“I applaud the members of 1199SEIU UHWE and NYSNA for their determination and resilience in standing together in unity to lead a movement designed to maintain quality, local patient care.  As a result of this collaboration, local residents will be able to continue to receive the healthcare they need and deserve.

“This partnership with unions and community members embodies the mission of the labor movement, and I commend them for their hard work to protect the health and well-being of Brooklyn’s residents.”