photo: November 12 strike at Providence Hospital; photo by Chris Garlock
Nurses voted in late November to reject the hospital’s final offer at the bargaining table and to authorize a strike. The strike is scheduled to begin at 7 a.m. on December 22 and will continue until 7 a.m. on December 23. Medstar Washington Hospital Center management received 10 days advance notice from NNU to postpone elective surgeries, transfer out any patients as needed, and make other preparations needed.
National Nurses United is the nation’s largest direct-care registered nurses union, representing 190,000 members, including 4,400 RNs in the District of Columbia. NNOC/NNU represents RNs at facilities that include Providence Hospital, Washington Hospital Center, Children’s Hospital, United Medical Center, Howard University Hospital and the Department of Veterans Affairs.