New York State Nurses Association REPORT: July/August 2002
for immediate release:
Staten Island Nurses Win Dramatic Salary Increase
Registered nurses at the former Doctors Hospital of Staten Island will receive raises between 25% and 30%
over the life of their newest New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) contract.
For the 55 registered nurses at what is now called Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH)-Concord, this will translate to an additional $13,000 to $20,000 over 14 months.
They used to be the lowest paid nurses on Staten Island in NYC
, said Elaine Charpentier NYSNA labor representative. But this contract will certainly change that. The hospital will now be able to compete with any other facility in the area, and this will help improve recruiting and retention.
Starting salaries will rise from their current average of about $45,000 to $51,000 this year, $53,000 in February 2003, and $55,000 in September 2003. The nurses will also receive substantial increases in differentials for longevity (experience), education, and working evening and night shifts.
Doctors Hospital became part of the Staten Island University Hospital (SIUH) network in September 2001, which should have meant that all RNs in the network have equal standing. But the salary for Concord RNs with 20 years of service was only at the bottom of the scale at the network's main facility, SIUH-North, despite the two hospitals only being three miles apart.
Angry over this discrepancy, the nurses planned to conduct informational picketing on June 17. But just days before the event, hospital management began to bend. The hospital recognized that they had to bring their salaries up to par, or theyd lose more employees,
Among other improvements, this 20-month agreement, which ends in March 2004, puts the nurses into the excellent NYSNA Pension Plan and protects the RNs from being forced to rotate to a different shift.
Also, any future contracts will be negotiated jointly with SIUH-North.>>>