Union members picketed Thursday outside Bon Secours Community Hospital over contract negotiations.
At least 30 people from the 1199 SEIU union protested in front of the hospital. Members say they have been talking with hospital officials, but that both sides can't come to an agreement on retirement.
Picketers tell Spectrum News that officials want to up the retirement age from 62 to 67. According to a union delegate, they're hopeful both sides can come to a solution.
"We'd like a compromise, and I mean 67 is pretty old to retire," said Bon Secours Community Hospital RN/ 1199 SEIU Contract Administrator Linda O'Connor. "Sixty-two is nice; you know, most people go out at 65. But to have that option ..."
"Patient care is top priority at Bon Secours Community Hospital, Good Samaritan Hospital and all of the facilities in the Westchester Medical Center Health Network," said Bon Secours Charity Health System Communications Director Helene Guss in a statement. "Our staffs remain focused on exemplary patient care delivery and improving the health of our Hudson Valley communities."