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Nurses at New York hospitals strike over coronavirus protections, contract negotiations
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The New York State Nurses Association is supporting strikes at two hospitals in New Rochelle and Albany where nurses say staff and patients are not being properly protected from coronavirus due to a lack of PPE and understaffing.
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Union nurses are striking at Albany Medical Center on Tuesday over "abysmal conditions," including "forcing nurses to re-use masks up to 20 times," according to the New York State Nurses Association. Union nurses are also striking Tuesday and Wednesday at Montefiore New Rochelle amid contract negotiations after they say management would not commit to hiring more nurses and making safety improvements.
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Nurses demonstrated outside the hospitals with signs declaring: "Too many patients, too few RNs" and "COVID heroes deserve a fair contract."