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St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center Nurses Plan To Strike In January

NYC nurses want to keep their benefits and pay raises. (credit: Sonia Rincon, 1010 WINS)

NYC nurses want to keep their benefits and pay raises. (credit: Sonia Rincon, 1010 WINS)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – More than 1,000 nurses at a New York City hospital are planning a one-day strike in January after negotiations over a new contract broke down.

The New York State Nurses Association says 1,300 nurses filed notice Thursday with St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan that they will strike on Jan. 3. The association says the strike notice was given during a marathon 18-hour bargaining session that ended at 4 a.m.

“The hospital’s response to our concerns about affordable health care did not meet our members’ needs,” said Nancy Kaleda, NYSNA’s bargaining director. “While we made some progress on staffing issues in the talks, the health care issue carries huge weight for our members and their families.”

The association says the nurses have been working without a contract for a year and have had 25 bargaining sessions in an attempt to reach a new agreement.

The hospital did not immediately respond to a request for comment Thursday.

Mount Sinai and Montefiore hospitals are also in the middle of contract negotiations.

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