Throughout New York, CWA members have been speaking out for the vital need for safe staffing ratios for healthcare workers in our hospitals and nursing homes. Year after year, studies show that when nurses care for two to three times the number of patients that they can safely manage, the chances of preventable death, hospital acquired infections, and adverse outcomes increase.
CWA has been collaborating with the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) to fight for legislation in New York that would set standards for staffing ratios in order to guarantee hospitals and nursing homes have the staffing they need for quality care.
In New York City, we joined NYSNA members on the picket lines on February 13th as the nurses continue their fight for a new contract that would include safe staffing.
In Westchester, CWA Local 1103 Legislative Political Coordinator Joe Mayhew spoke at the New York State Budget Forum about making Safe Staffing a budget priority for the coming legislative year - watch his speech here:
In Albany, dozens of CWA members joined CWA Area Director Debbie Hayes as she spoke before the New York State Joint Budget Hearing on Health/Medicaid about the importance of Safe Staffing.