President Of NYS AFL-CIO Will Join Nathan Littauer Registered Nurses Who Will Be Locked Out After Demanding A Fair Contract


Jan 06, 2016, 17:06 ET from New York State Nurses Association

GLOVERSVILLE, N.Y., Jan. 6, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --Mario Cilento, President of the New York State AFL-CIO, will join registered nurses at Nathan Littauer Hospital who will be locked out after demanding a fair contract.

One hundred and thirty nurses from the New York State Nurses Association at Nathan Littauer Hospital in Gloversville will be locked out following a one-day unfair labor practice strike that occurred on Wednesday, January 6th.  

Last June, Nathan Littauer nurses overwhelmingly voted to give their bargaining team authorization to issue a ten-day notice of a strike if Nathan Littauer continued its unlawful conduct and if the hospital management refused to negotiate on proposals concerning patient care. The RNs have faced numerous efforts by hospital management to bypass the union, intimidate and retaliate against nurses for their union activity, participate in bad faith bargaining as well as direct dealing and unfair labor practices. 

Registered nurses have presented contract proposals to management that would raise patient care standards, provide affordable healthcare for caregivers, fair wages and provide a meaningful way to resolve staffing concerns.

Nurses and caregivers say there is a staffing crisis at Nathan Littauer Hospital and that more nurses are needed. Nathan Littauer, a 74-bed hospital, is a small, rural hospital that has consistent short staffing of RNs in several departments. Safer nurse-to-patient ratios improve nurse performance and patient-mortality rates, reduce turnover rates, staffing costs and liability. 

Adding insult to injury, in addition to understaffing and compromising the ability of registered nurses to provide quality care, Nathan Littauer Hospital is also seeking to cut nurses' benefits.  

WHAT: President of New York State AFL-CIO Mario Cilento will march with nurses outside Nathan Littauer Hospital
WHO: NYSNA registered nurses, patient advocates, labor allies and community supporters
In front of Nathan Littauer Hospital 
99 East State Street, Gloversville, NY
WHEN: Thursday, January 7: 12PM1PM

WHAT: Lock-Out Begins
LOCATION: In front of Nathan Littauer Hospital
99 East State Street, Gloversville, NY
WHEN: 7AM (Media Avail at 6:30AM)


The New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) represents more than 37,000 members in New York State. We are New York's largest union and professional association for registered nurses. For more information, please visit our website at


SOURCE New York State Nurses Association