Labor talks between nurses and Montefiore Medical Center in New York City broke down, and now the 2,300 union members say they will strike Jan. 10.
Montefiore nurses plan to strike Jan. 10
However, the nurses represented by the New York State Nurses Association and officials from the 1,390-bed hospital in the Bronx have a bargaining session scheduled for Friday afternoon. Talks disintegrated Tuesday, even after two other hospitals with nurses represented by NYSNA, 711-bed St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center and 1,039-bed Mt. Sinai Hospital reached agreements on Sunday.
A Montefiore spokeswoman said the sides were close to an agreement but that talks ended after union officials expressed concerns over staffing ratios and how fast new nurses would be hired.
"NYSNA leadership's abrupt and reckless decision to issue a strike notice disregards the real progress we were making at the bargaining table," the spokeswoman said in an e-mailed statement. "We are fully prepared to ensure the well-being and safety of our patients if NYSNA leadership chooses to strike."
NYSNA spokesman Bernie Mulligan said the union made its concerns known early, and that he hoped Friday's bargaining session would yield an agreement. "We don’t think anything that was said on the table should come as a surprise to hospital management," he said.
Nurses have been working without a contract since December 2010. NYSNA unions have been agreeing to three- and four-year deals, Mulligan said.
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