“Mount Sinai and Montefiore’s nurses were at the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, putting themselves in harm’s way to help their neighbors and fellow New Yorkers through one of the worst public health crises in a generation. These heroes deserve a contract that fairly compensates them for their commitment and expertise, and ensures safe working conditions. Our commitment is to community, and the safety of patients receiving care in these hospitals. Improving nurse-to-patient staffing ratios provides the best patient outcomes. When both sides align with this highest priority the negotiated contract will be a win-win for all stakeholders, ensuring the best quality metrics for hospitals, and the wellbeing of patients and essential nursing staff.”