safe staffing

MCS 2nd Class Sara Eshleman / U.S. Navy photo

Healthcare workers of the CWA Union Local 1168 are picketing this afternoon at Kaleida Health facilities to call for 'safe staffing' levels.

Tom Dinki/WBFO file photo

New York state nursing homes have long been plagued by understaffing, and the COVID-19 pandemic has only made matters worse. Despite this, the state Department of Health opposes a bill that would mandate minimum staffing level standards in nursing homes. 

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

Nurses, leaders of the unions representing them, and elected officials gathered in Niagara Square late Thursday morning to rally in support of the  Safe Staffing For Quality Health Care Act.

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After going nearly a year without a contract, some local nurses and their union continue to work on bargaining for a new agreement. But while representatives are at the table, others are practicing their picketing.

Michael Mroziak, WBFO

A bill sitting in a New York State Assembly committee calls for limits to the number of patients a hospital nurse should assist on a shift. A newly-formed coalition is pressing a Buffalo-area Assemblyman to back the bill and get it on the floor for a vote.