Updated: November 25, 2020 09:05 PM
Created: November 25, 2020 02:14 PM
ALBANY - Nurses at Albany Medical Center are speaking out again.
They're demanding what they say is a fair contract that puts patient care and safety first.
This comes less than a week before the nurses' strike, planned for December 1.
"The hospital and our state diminished the standards of safety putting us all at risk. We are expendable in their eyes.," said Tanya, a nurse who works with COVID-19 patients.
While speaking last week, Albany Med President and CEO Dennis McKenna said during the pandemic, when the community needed them the most, they were at their best.
McKenna also said that it is totally irresponsible to call for a strike in the middle of a pandemic.
However, the New York State Nurses Association says working conditions are unsafe at Albany Med. On Wednesday they sent the following concerns to NewsChannel 13:
NYSNA says they have filed two complaints with the National Labor Relations Board concerning Albany Med. NYSNA says the hospital has been illegally encouraging nurses to quit the union.
Albany Med released the following statement to NewsChannel 13 in response:
"Albany Med never encouraged any nurses to leave the union. Because our nurses deserve the facts, we have published information about the choice of union membership, and that is perfectly legal."
NYSNA says their second complaint pertains to Albany Med refusing to release an employee member of the union's bargaining committee for future negotiations because of the strike notice scheduled for December 1.
With less than a week until a strike deadline nurses at Albany Med and their supporters are rallying outside of the hospital urging hospital officials to return to the negotiating table for a fair contract. ?@WNYT? pic.twitter.com/Y8Jcq0M7ms— Jacquie Slater (@jacquieslater) November 25, 2020
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