Some 350 nurses at Howard University and Adventist Health could walk off the job soon if the hospitals go ahead with a threat to implement their final proposal on Sunday. The hospitals are demanding cuts that the DC Nurses Association (DCNA) say will cost nurses and licensed healthcare professionals up to $4,600 a year. And despite dangerous staffing shortages during the pandemic, DCNA says management refuses to consider safe staffing proposals from the union. “Howard should be ashamed,” says Valesay Cherie, RN, and DCNA bargaining team member at HUH-HU. “They are denying us and our patients adequate staffing and are demanding takeaways during this pandemic. Please sign our petition to tell Howard University to get back to the table and give us and our patients the respect we deserve." Metro Washington Labor Council President Dyana Forester sent HU-HUH president Wayne A.I Frederick a letter Wednesday urging him “to personally meet with DCNA to reach a successor collective bargaining agreement to avoid continued confrontation.” CLICK HERE NOW to sign the petition, and hear more about the issue on the March 9 What’s at Stake on WPFW."
photo: Jan. 13 DCNA picket at HUH-HU; photo by Chris Garlock/Union City