Tell Ellis Hospital how you feel about the NYSNA lockout.
NYSNA RNs at Ellis Hospital have been working hard to win a contract that safeguards nurses and patients alike, including not only benefits and guarantees for the nurses themselves but mechanisms for patient advocacy and safe-staffing ratios as well. Nurse to patient ratios at Ellis Hospital have been a consistent problem, with chronic understaffing leading to nurses who are overworked and patients whose quality of care suffers. Our nurses, families, and communities deserve better.
In response to unfair labor practices committed by Ellis and a stalemate over contract provisions relating to enforceable safe-staffing guidelines, the NYSNA nurses of Ellis Hospital have announced a one-day strike, to occur on Thursday, September 3rd. In retaliation management at Ellis Hospital has made plans for a 4-day lockout of these valuable RNs, keeping experienced hard-working nurses away from their patients throughout the holiday weekend. This is a shameful attempt to dissuade our nurses from continuing their legal advocacy efforts on behalf of safe-staffing and patient care, and is unacceptable behavior from such an important medical facility.
TAKE ACTION NOW: Friday, August 28th 2015
Join us in telling Ellis CEO Paul Milton how you feel about this lockout by calling him at 518-243-4175. Use our sample message below, or craft your own message about patient care and safe-staffing. Once you’ve called and left your message, right-click the image above to “save image as,” download, and share it with your friends on Facebook, encouraging them to call CEO Milton as well. Be sure to copy the sample message into the description when you post the photo.
I recently learned of Ellis Medicine’s plan to lockout NYSNA RNs following their upcoming one day strike for safe staffing. This is a shameful way to treat nurses, patients, and communities, and I will think twice before seeking care at a facility that ignores the concerns being raised by their staff. Chronic under-staffing and dangerous nurse-to-patient ratios are serious issues, and I urge you to meet these RNs in good-faith at the bargaining table to solve these problems together. I respect the nurses’ right to strike, and believe that Hospital policies work best when on-the-ground staff can raise and address concerns, like those over current staffing policies. These nurses have my full support.
Have a Twitter account? You can also tweet at Ellis Hospital by using one of our sample tweets below, or crafting your own. Be sure to include @ in your messages on Twitter, and show your support of our local RNs by including @ as well.
- A nurse’s place is w/ their patients! @EllisMedicine’s plan to lockout @nynurses is a shameful response to RNs’ advocacy for #safestaffing
- I stand w/ @nynurses in their fight for #safestaffing & quality patient care! Shame on you @EllisMedicine for planning to lockout these RNs
- @nynurses are the backbone of @EllisMedicine. I’ll think twice before seeking care at a facility that locks out its valuable & dedicated RNs
- RNs are the 1st line of defense when Hospital policies don’t work for patients. @EllisMedicine should work w/ @nynurses, not lock them out
Join us in telling Ellis CEO Paul Milton how you feel about this lockout, and send him an email at MiltonP@EllisMedicine.org. Use our sample email below, or craft your own message about patient care and safe-staffing. Once you’ve sent your email, right-click the image above to “save image as,” download, and share it with your friends on Facebook, encouraging them to email Ellis as well. Be sure to copy the sample email into the description when you post the photo.
Dear Mr. Milton,
I just learned of Ellis Medicine’s plan to lockout NYSNA RNs following their recently announced one day strike for safe-staffing and quality patient care. This is a shameful response to the advocacy these nurses have been doing on behalf of their patients and communities, and I will think twice before seeking care at a facility that ignores the serious concerns being raised by their staff. The issues of chronic under-staffing and reckless nurse-to-patient ratios are alarming and real, and I urge you to rethink your planned lockout of these nurses, and instead meet them in good-faith at the bargaining table to work together and solve these grave problems. I respect the nurses’ right to strike, and believe that Hospital policies work best when on-the-ground staff has a mechanism for raising and addressing concerns, like those over current staffing policies. These nurses have my full support.