ATLANTIC COUNTY, N.J., July 10, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- After months of negotiations, the registered nurses of Shore Medical Center in Somers Point are taking their fight for patient care and a fair contract to the community with a rally and informational picket line. The nurses will be picketing in front of the hospital on SATURDAY, JULY 11TH from 10:00am to 2:00pm.
"The Informational Picket is to make the community aware of how committed we are to great patient care. The nurses are united, strong, and willing to fight for safe staffing, exceptional care and a fair contract," said Nancy Burton, RN, Co-President of the Shore Nurses Union/NYSNA local bargaining unit.
Shore Medical Center is a full-service acute care community hospital serving Atlantic County and Cape May County in South Jersey.
Management has presented proposals that threaten to destabilize the workforce at the hospital, as Shore Medical Center is currently facing a serious recruitment and retention issue, which–if not addressed–can lead to a severe nursing shortage. These proposals can weaken the hospitals ability to recruit nurses in what will be highly competitive environment.
The members of the Shore Nurses Union/NYSNA bargaining unit are frustrated by the negotiations that have dragged on for several months. In these sessions, the management of Shore Medical has attempted to dictate terms rather than negotiate over key patient care issues. "Professional RNs are committed to their patients and community," said Gina Schlachter, RN, Grievance Co-Chairperson. "This is their career and nurses deserve to be treated with respect from management."
WHAT: A rally and informational picket in front of Shore Medical Center to advocate for patient care and a fair contract that can help recruit and retain skilled nurses
WHO: Shore Nurses Union/NYSNA registered nurses, healthcare workers, patient advocates, labor allies, elected officials
WHEN: Saturday, July 11th from 10:00am to 2:00pm
WHERE: Outside of the Main Entrance of Shore Medical Center
100 Medical Center Way, Somers Point
Atlantic County, South Jersey
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Shore Nurses Union/NYSNA Members will be available for media availabilities
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 www.nysna.org.
SOURCE New York State Nurses Association