Over 7,000 Nurses Strike At Two Major NYC Hospitals

Thousands of nurses at two of New York City's major hospitals on Monday made good on a vow to strike if they failed to reach a contract with hospitals in which they are asking for better staffing and pay.
FILE - Zach Clapp, a nurse in the Pediatric Cardiac ICU at Mount Sinai Hospital signs a board demanding safe staffing during a rally by NYSNA nurses from NY Presbyterian and Mount Sinai, Tuesday, March 16, 2021, in New York. Negotiations to keep 10,000 New York City nurses from walking off the job headed Friday, Jna. 6, 2023, into a final weekend as some major hospitals braced for a potential strike by sending ambulances elsewhere and transferring such patients as vulnerable newborns.  (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)

At a glance

  • The privately owned hospitals – Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan – as a result took such measures as postponing nonemergency surgeries and diverting ambulances to other medical centers.
  • The hospital were among those in New York City overwhelmed by the pandemic when the city became an epicenter for the virus in spring 2020.
  • The New York State Nurses Association, the union for the nurses, said nurses had to strike because chronic understaffing ha resulted in them caring for too many patients.

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