The nurses union at Champlain Valley Physicians Hospital took to the streets Wednesday in Plattsburgh. They are trying to win over the public in their quest for a new labor contract.
The nurses waved to passers-by and held up signs promoting their cause. The union represents about 650 employees. They say they are not ready to strike, but they are also not happy with the hospital's current offer.
"What we told them we'd like to see is an increase in the amount of money they are willing to put into their pension plan. We'd also like to see an increase in the wages that they are proposing for the bargaining unit over the next three years," says Janet Strominger of the New York State Nurses Association.
"Everything we see from a percentage increase, we are right in the market or above it. Alice Hyde just approved a 3% increase, so we are in comparison to that. Starting wages, I think we are within 2% above Alice Hyde, so it's a fair comparison there. When you look at our total package between shift differential and weekend differential, we far and exceed the packages at other facilities," says Stephen Mundy of CVPH.
Both sides are set to return to the bargaining table a week from Thursday.
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