Albany Med Nurses' Picket Plans Stymied

Jul 26, 2019

A picket by unionized nurses at Albany Medical Center is off for now.

The nurses are negotiating their first contract since voting to join the New York State Nurses Association in April 2018.

Spokesperson Gabe Kristal says the union has withdrawn plans to picket about patient care concerns July 31st after the hospital took legal action.  "They found a technicality with the way that we submitted our notice to picket."

An unfair labor practice charge alleges the union violated federal law by announcing the picket before mediators could intervene. Kristal says members will hold a caregivers forum at the Hilton Garden Inn on what would have been picket day.  "We certainly hope we're able to settle the contract without having to picket."

In a statement, Albany Med said it is negotiating “in good faith. Nobody more than us wants an agreement that is fair to everyone, including our patients.”

Here is the full statement:  

"We continue to negotiate in good faith, as we have for more than a year and  we are following the rules.  Our only problem is that the union did not.  A violation of law is not a technicality.  This one is designed to protect patients from disruptions caused by labor actions. 

Nobody more than us wants an agreement that is fair to everyone, including our patients.  We all need to work together to ensure that Albany Med remains strong into the future. "