NYC Nurses’ Union Authorizes Strike If Talks Fail

NEW YORK (AP) -

Leaders of the union representing 18,000 nurses at 14 private hospitals in New York City said Wednesday the nurses could go on strike over staffing levels if negotiations with management fail.

“Basically, I am asked to make miracles on a daily basis,” said Nancy Hagans, a registered nurse at Maimonides Medical Center in Brooklyn. “For the past few years we’ve been asked to do more constantly with less.”

The New York City Hospital Alliance denied that its hospitals are understaffed and said they have put together contingency plans in the event of a strike.

Four days of negotiations started Wednesday. The nurses have been without a contract since around the beginning of the year.