The Real Facts

NYU specializes in empty rhetoric, but we can’t be fooled.
Here is the truth behind some of NYU’s false statements.

NYU claims they left the League to do better by employees.

However, their actions tell a very different story. Since 2016, they have poured funds into baseless lawsuits against our union, have repeatedly whined about having to pay non-League rates for our healthcare even though they were part of the League when these terms were set, and have refused to confirm that they won’t go after employees’ healthcare despite fear among workers. Now that bargaining has begun, they still haven’t presented us with a single economic proposal or responded to any of ours. Is this what “doing better” looks like?

If NYU really left the League to do better by us, then they need to bargain a contract with us that is even better than the one the League settled in July.

NYU claims they’re committed to bargaining in good faith.

This certainly isn’t apparent in their bargaining style. The only proposals NYU has presented us with would slash our union strength by increasing their ability to use non-union workers, severely curtailing our ability to engage in union activity at the hospital, and decreasing our leave time by 50 percent. They have also hired a lawyer to represent them from the Right-To-Work state of North Carolina. Their agenda is clear: they want to strip away our union power.

NYU claims paying non-League rates means they can’t afford to pay workers higher wages.

NYU Langone is one of the richest healthcare systems in New York City with an operating revenue of $3.2 Billion. They can afford to bargain a contract with us that is even better than what our League brothers and sisters won.

Since 2014, NYU has been pouring funds into growing—they’ve acquired Lutheran Hospital, NYU Imaging, and Winthrop, have expanded their School of Medicine/Faculty Group Practices and have opened the expensive new Kimmel center. NYU also recently announced that tuition at their medical school will be free moving forward. If NYU can afford to pour money into all of these endeavors, does it make sense that they wouldn’t be able to pay us fairly? They have plenty of money: they just don’t want to put it toward their workers.

NYU claims they have prevailed in the courts

This July, NYU misrepresented a decision in a lawsuit they had filed against 1199. The real story with this ruling is that a judge threw out NYU’s attempt to use federal antitrust law to get out of what they are obligated to pay to our 1199 Benefit Fund. However, NYU ignored this and tried to frame another part of the judge’s decision as a victory. While the judge threw out NYU’s outrageous antitrust claim, he decided that he needed to hear some facts before deciding how to proceed with two of NYU’s additional lawsuit claims. The claim against 1199 has no merit and should be heard by our contract arbitrator. We expect to prevail before an arbitrator and in court. NYU can try to spin this narrative, but the truth is they’re losing the legal battle.