This is Chris Garlock, with the latest labor news, updates and history from the Metro Washington Labor Council.
Registered nurses with National Nurses United at MedStar Washington Hospital Center voted overwhelmingly this past weekend to ratify a new five-year contract. The deal covers 1,900 registered nurses at the hospital, and features a host of improvements and protections for both nurses and patients. A major provision will immediately add 30 resource nurses. “This is a huge win for us and our patients,” said Stephanie Sims, RN, who has worked as a nurse at MedStar Washington Hospital Center for 14 years. NNU says other highlights of the contract will help retain and recruit high-quality nurses to Washington Hospital Center.
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In today’s labor history, on this date in 1937, four hundred and fifty workers and customers occupied a Detroit Woolworth’s for eight days in support of the Waiters and Waitresses Union.
Today’s labor quote is by writer John Steinbeck, born in Salinas, California on this date in 1902. Steinbeck is best known for writing “The Grapes of Wrath,” which exposed the mistreatment of migrant farm workers during the Depression and led to some reforms. John Steinbeck, who said:
“If you're in trouble, or hurt or need - go to the poor people. They're the only ones that'll help - the only ones.”
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