NYACK, N.Y. -- Frustrated with how negotiations are going, the union representing Nyack Hospital employees voted to authorize a strike.
Members of Communications Workers of America Local 1103 AFL-CIO voted Wednesday for the authorization after three months of negotiations. The employee's contract expired June 30.
"We were optimistic things would go well but the pace hasn't really sped up at all," Tom Grieco, business agent for the union, said. The process has taken much longer and is slower than we anticipated. We don't feel the hospital is taking our proposals seriously enough."
Grieco said employees are looking for a modest increase in wages and for wage parity with other hospitals in the area. A deadline for a potential strike has not been set.
"We're still meeting," Grieco said. "This is something we wanted to have in case things turn south."
Hospital employees represented by the union include respiratory therapists, technology workers, and technicians.
The union includes the hospital's technology workers, respiratory therapists, and cat scan and radiological technicians.
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