Jan 09, 2023
By Jane Brown
Hundreds of striking nurses are chanting, waving signs and singing outside Mount Sinai Hospital on Manhattan’s Upper East Side.
Walkouts at Mount Sinai and at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx began Monday morning after a deal wasn’t reached over the weekend in disputes over pay and staffing levels.
The strike involves as many as 3,500 nurses at Montefiore and about 3,600 at Mount Sinai.
(Zach Clapp, a nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital, signs a board demanding safe staffing during a rally by NYSNA nurses from NY Presbyterian and Mount Sinai hospitals in NYC in this 2021 file photo. AP Photo/Mary Altaffer, File)
A statement from the union says nurses are being forced to strike because of chronic understaffing that compromises safety.
Patients are likely to see disruptions in emergency room visits and childbirth.
Hospital administrators are assigning managers and others not represented by the union to cover shifts.
In Ontario, the Hospital Labour Disputes Arbitration Act of 1990 (HLDAA) removes the right to strike from hospital and long-term care nurses.