Rep. AOC Recognizes NYS Nurses Association Strike On House Floor

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Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Recognizes New York State Nurses Association Strike on House Floor

WASHINGTON, DC — Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) recognized the New York State Nurses Association Strike during a speech on the House Floor. Watch the full floor speech here. A transcript of the speech can be found below:

 

“Madam Speaker, I wish to congratulate the nurses of Mount Sinai and Montefiore Medical Center, who, after three days on strike, reached a tentative agreement for safe staffing ratios this morning.

 


Our hospitals are facing extreme nursing shortages and it is affecting patient care. Montefiore alone in my district has had 760 vacancies.

 

But thanks to the tentative agreement and the courage and effort of our nurses on the picket line, hospital management is now committing to an aggressive hiring plan and to immediately implement safe staffing ratios, including an increase of over 170 nursing positions and a 19.1% wage increase and additional benefits to help with retention.

 


Thank you so much to the New York State Nurses Association, NYSNA, for their work. It is our privilege to stand in solidarity with you.”

Banner Image: Nurses Strike. Image Credit –  Manny Becerra


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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

In January of 2019, Congresswoman Ocasio-Cortez was sworn-in as the youngest woman and youngest Latina ever to serve in Congress. Her first piece of legislation was the Green New Deal resolution, which envisions a 10-year national mobilization, akin to FDR’s New Deal, that would put millions to work in good-paying, union jobs repairing the nation’s infrastructure, reducing air and water pollution, and fighting the intertwined economic, social, racial and climate crises crippling the country.

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