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Nurses Defend Union Contract - Response to May 26 Posting of Labor Notes Column

Anthony Ciampa, Jaiveer Grewal, Mary Ellen Warden, Wendy Braithwaite, Heather May Portside
Negotiating committees at each of the hospitals are nurses elected by nurses. They have the final say prior to ratification by the entire nurse membership. Approved by a 2/3 majority, the contract breaks new ground in establishing safe staffing.

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Nurses' Union Says Strike Authorized If Negotiations Fail

KAREN MATTHEWS and DEEPTI HAJELA AP via ABC News
Leaders of the union representing 18,000 nurses at 14 private hospitals in New York City said Wednesday the nurses could go on strike over staffing levels if negotiations with management fail. "We need more nurses," said Judy Sheridan-Gonzalez, president of the New York State Nurses Association. "Our patients' well-being, their very lives, depend on real staffing standards that enable us to simply do our jobs, to deliver safe, quality care."

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New York Hospitals On Notice

Mark Brenner Labor Notes
Till now, NYSNA has negotiated separate hospital-by-hospital contracts for its entire history—while Service Employees (SEIU) mega-local 1199 was winning high standards and industry-shaping political power through master contracts with the same facilities. Now the nurses union is putting common demands on every table. At most hospitals it’s conducting open bargaining, with as many as 200 members showing up to participate in negotiations.

U.S. Unions Still Divided on Keystone XL Pipeline

Compiled by Trade Unions for Energy Democracy (TUED) Trade Unions for Energy Democracy
* The Pipeline and U.S. Unions* * LIUNA On Keystone XL Pipeline Final Environmental Analysis* * Nurses Warn of Escalating Effects of Climate Change on Public Health*

Reform Rekindled

Mark Brenner Labor Notes
Changes are happening. Despite the challenges, more unionists are taking on the job of reform, pushed by the desire to save their unions and keep employers from implementing their unfettered agenda. In the process they are bucking the conventional wisdom that workers should live with less than previous generations.
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