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New York nurses negotiate settlement to avoid strike

Nurses at one New York City hospital avoided an impending strike after reaching a new collective bargaining agreement to be voted on in January. However, negotiations are still ongoing at two other major hospitals in the city. 

An agreement was reached with 1,300 nurses at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan, while negotiations are still taking place with 4,000 nurses at Mount Sinai in Manhattan and Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx, according to the New York State Nurses Association.

The strike was threatened largely because nurses were being asked to begin paying for a portion of their health benefits.

The deal is said to call for a four-year contract. If the contract is signed, nurses will receive $1500 at the time of the signing, additional annual bonuses and a salary increase totaling 8% over the next three years. The deal does require nurses to pay a portion of their health plan premiums.

Mount Sinai nurses appear to be approaching an agreement as well. However, talks with Montefiore Medical Center’s nurses are stalled over staffing levels, according to sources familiar with the negotiations.

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