Wash. Hospital nurses back 1 day strike
The union representing about 1,600 nurses at Washington Hospital Center has voted to hold a one-day strike in early March to protest the lack of progress in talks with management about staffing and wage cuts, a spokesman for the National Nurses United union said Wednesday.
Ken Zinn said no date has been set for the one-day strike.
This is the second time the union has voted to strike. In November, the union voted to hold a one-day stirke the day before Thanksgiving but canceled it after the two sides agreed to resume bargaining for 90 days.
"We haven't made significant progress and the nurses are angry and frustrated," Zinn said. He declined to state the number of nurses who voted to strike, but said "just under 90 percent" of them backed the decision.
The hospital's chief medical officer Janis Orlowski said Monday that the two sides had reached agreement on more than three dozen items, but had not made progress on the amount of extra pay nurses should receive for working evenings, nights and weekends.
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