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New York nurses strike ends after tentative deal reached

7,000 nurses including 1,000 Filipino Americans are going back to work after the strikers reached a tentative deal with two New York hospitals.

CNN reports the New York State Nurses Association announced the agreement this morning with Mount Sinai Health System and Montefiore Health System.

The Association says the agreement ensures safe staffing levels “so that there will always be enough nurses at the bedside to provide safe patient care, not just on paper.”

Montefore agreed to pay a fine for failing to comply with a previous agreement about staff-patient ratio. Nurses agreed to go back to work while union members prepare to vote to ratify the agreement, reported the Hill.

“Today, we can return to work with our heads held high, knowing that our victory means safer care for our patients and more sustainable jobs for our profession,” said NYSNA President Nancy Hagans. 

Mount Sinai says the agreement is similar to ones reached between the union and eight other hospitals.

Montefore says it wants the best possible working condition for its staff.

According to CNN, the hospital agreed to add 170 new nursing positions, a 19.1 percent pay hike and lifetime health coverage for retirees.

“I’m grateful. The city can take a sigh of relief, as well as give applause and champion the men and women who are walking in the doors behind us this morning,” said Governor Kathy Hochul to CBS.

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