South Shore University Hospital nurses to strike starting Feb. 27 if deal is not reached
Nearly 800 nurses at Northwell Health's South Shore University Hospital are planning to strike at the end of the month.
Earlier in February, 99% of nurses at the hospital voted to authorize a strike.
The nurses say they are demanding safe staffing and fair wages that will help recruit and retain nurses. They say little to no progress is being made during contract negotiations.
If a deal is not reached, the strike is set to begin on Feb. 27.
The hospital released a statement to News 12, saying, "South Shore University Hospital is disappointed in NYSNA's decision to issue a strike notice but as always, our goal is to reach a fair contract. We remain optimistic that an agreement can be reached and will continue to bargain in good faith and look forward to positive and productive ongoing negotiations with NYSNA.
Patient care remains our highest priority. South Shore University Hospital will be fully operational and continue to provide continued, world-class care to our patients.
We are proud of the longstanding excellent care our dedicated nursing team provides and that our patients and community have come to trust."