Nurses Beat Back Concessions at Site of Beyoncé Baby Birth

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Days before a threatened strike, nurses at New York’s Lenox Hill hospital secured a deal with management on a new three-year contract. Under the agreement, reached November 1 and ratified November 5, nurse-to-patient ratios will be slightly stronger, and wages will increase by between 3.2 and 4.1 percent a year.

The new contract institutes monthly co-pays for workers’ health insurance starting in in 2015, but other than that, includes few of the 46 concessions originally sought by North Shore-Long Island Jewish Health System, the $6 billion non-profit that acquired the hospital in 2010.

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