The powerful hospital workers’ union is pushing for large pay hikes in the midst of the progressing Covid pandemic — and may even take to the streets to get the raise, sources told the media.
The agreement that Local 1199 of the Service Employees International Union has with in excess of 80 hospitals and nursing homes in and around the city lapses on Sept. 30.
The union is mentioning 23% increment more than three years — or in excess of 7% each year, hospital sources told news
The all out cost of the proposition including benefits is $3.6 billion, hospital insiders said.
The current three-year contract gives salary increments of 3% every year for a very long time, or 9%.
Health care workers — hailed as legends during the most exceedingly terrible of the COVID-19 — accept they merit liberal pay and advantages.
Some union activists are in any event, looking at protesting, if vital, to win enormous pay days.
“We should be joined in this battle!! Kindly get this out to every one of our chiefs and agreement skippers. Allow the strike to start,” one union activist at Montefiore Hospital said.
“I’ve been saving this day. My agreement implies that much!!!.”
The pugnacious talk comes as a long-term union and hospital industry partner — Gov. Andrew Cuomo — is venturing down after a wilting state analytical report finished up he sexually harassed 11 ladies. In 2018, Cuomo raised Medicaid repayment rates so hospitals could take care of the expenses of salary increments.
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul becomes acting lead representative in 11 days. The last thing she needs is work hardship, especially a strike.
A Hospital leader called the strike danger during the pandemic and high pay interest “lunacy.”
NY local hospitals lost about $1 billion out of 2020, even in the wake of representing $4 billion in government help, sources said.
A League of Voluntary Hospitals representative said, “Health care workers have shown inconceivable fortitude and polished skill serving on the forefronts of this pandemic, and we are glad to offer wages and advantages that perceive their commitments while giving our patients the best health care on the planet. We are focused on bartering in sincerely with the union to arrive at our common objective: an understanding that is reasonable, sensible, and answerable for us all.”
SEIU 1199 president George Gresham reacted, “We are right off the bat in exchanges and anticipate getting proposition from the League that mirror the huge penances 1199SEIU healthcare legends have made are as yet making to save the existences of their kindred NYers.”