Hundreds of nurses in Ellis Medicine, a non-profit organization will soon be on strike after their talks with NYSNA reached an Impasse.
The New York State Nurses Association(NYSNA) is the union that represents 600 nurses from Ellis Medicine in Schenectady. The nurses have decided to hold a one-day strike on September 3.
Nurses said it's not just about money. They said they need more staff. "We're fighting for our patients. We all want to take good care of our patients and offer the best possible care, and to do that we need better staffing ratios," said Fred Durocher, emergency room nurse, Ellis medicine.
"We are committed to working with NYSNA to reach an agreement that puts our patients' needs first, while achieving the right balance between meeting the needs of our employees and their families and securing the long-term financial future of Ellis Medicine as one of the largest non-profit employers in Schenectady," they added.
Ellis medicine will not allow them to work for five days. They said, "Despite these actions, we hope to be able to continue discussion with NYSNA to find a solution that works for our valued staff nurses, while allowing us to provide for our community for the long term."