About 7,000 nurses are walking the picket lines in New York City on Monday.
The nurses at Mount Sinai Hospital and Montefiore Medical Center went on strike at 6 a.m. after they were unable to agree on a new contract. The nurses are demanding better pay and staffing and have been unwilling to accept any cuts to benefits.
The union says this is about the care being provided to patients. Governor Kathy Hochul had called on the two sides to agree to binding arbitration to avert a strike, but the union refused.
Thousands of nurses at other hospitals in the city were able to reach a tentative deal on a new contract before the deadline.
Joe Borelli, Minority Leader of the New York City Council, told 710 WOR’s Len Berman and Michael Riedel in the Morning that it is a problem that may extend to municipal sectors due to not being able to recruit for these types of jobs. “When you start taking away the benefits without on the front end giving a big salary, it’s tough to recruit workers.”
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