Northern Healthcare Center employees hold silent protest calling for hazard pay, PPE

Northern Healthcare Center employees in Haverstraw held a silent protest Thursday, calling for proper PPE.

News 12 Staff

May 22, 2020, 12:08 AM

Updated 1,467 days ago

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Northern Healthcare Center employees in Haverstraw held a silent protest Thursday, calling for proper PPE.

The employees are part of the largest health care union in the state -- 1199 SEIU.


They stood in solidarity for the lives lost to the coronavirus, while also asking for proper personal protection equipment.

Geny Bourguignon, a certified nurse's assistant at Northern Riverview, showed News 12's Nikita Ramos the thick plastic gowns that she says are given to workers as PPE, saying it feels more like a shower curtain.

In a statement, a spokesperson for Northern Riverview says that since early March, "...Northern Riverview in Haverstraw has had the state mandated amount of PPE as per the guidelines of the New York State Department of Health and the CDC. Additionally, there has never been a problem with getting more PPE..."

The health care workers say they would not be out protesting if there wasn't a problem.

The workers are also asking for hazard pay, something they say they have not seen since the pandemic started.

Northern Riverview also says that at this point, they cannot comment on hazard pay.
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