Deal reached to avert NYC hospital nurse strike

December 28, 2011 5:40:47 AM PST
Negotiators for 1,300 nurses at a private New York City hospital have reached a tentative deal on a four-year contract that would avert a threatened strike.

Continuum Health Partners Communities and the New York State Nurses Association announced the agreement Tuesday. It came a week before the nurses at St. Luke's-Roosevelt Hospital Center in Manhattan had planned to strike.

Continuum President Stanley Brezenoff said in a note to the hospital that the deal was reached Monday night. The nurses union said a Jan. 4 vote was scheduled on a deal that addresses key concerns. Those include affordable health care, relief from high prescription costs, safe patient staffing levels and fair wages.

Contract negotiations continue for nurses at Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx and Mount Sinai in Manhattan.

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