3 big NY hospital systems, nurses reach tentative agreement

NEW YORK (AP) — Three of New York’s biggest hospital systems have reached a tentative agreement with nurses.

The New York Times says the four-year contract agreement reached on Tuesday would affect the Mount Sinai, NewYork-Presbyterian and Montefiore (mahn-tuh-fee-OHR’) hospital systems.

It calls for annual pay raises of 3 percent, filling about 800 vacant nursing jobs, and spending $25 million a year to hire additional nurses.

A dispute over staffing levels had spurred about 10,000 nurses to threaten a strike .

Anthony Ciampa of the New York State Nurses Association says nurse representatives would meet with managers within a month after ratification to set minimum staffing levels for each hospital unit, based on the number of patients treated there.

The hospitals’ lead negotiator, Marc Kramer, predicts the agreement will become an industry “trendsetter.”


Information from: The New York Times, http://www.nytimes.com