“The actions of management at Nathan Littauer Hospital are shameful,” said Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO.
“By locking out New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) nurses, managers have put their own interests ahead of the needs of patients, said Cilento.
Cilento marched with the NYSNA nurses at the lockout in front of the hospital today.
“The dedicated nurses at Nathan Littauer Hospital have been fighting for safer nurse-to-patient ratios for more than two years now,” added Cilento.
“Nurses were forced to make the difficult decision to strike and appeal directly to the community for one day. When they attempted to return to their work of caring and treating their patients this morning, they were met by supervisors refusing to allow them inside the hospital.
“The nurses, the patients and the entire community deserve better. This fight is about quality care, safe staffing levels, and fair pay and benefits for work that is vital to the short and long term care, health and well-being of patients.
“We will continue to stand shoulder to shoulder with our NYSNA brothers and sisters for as long as it takes.
“I urge the management at Nathan Littauer Hospital to end this dangerous action immediately and negotiate a fair contract.
“In the meantime, the registered nurses at NLH will have the full resources of the 2.5 million members New York State AFL-CIO at their disposal.”