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Posted at 9:27 AM ET, 02/22/2011

Wash. Hospital nurses set strike date

By Lena H. Sun

The union representing about 1,600 nurses at Washington Hospital Center have notified management they plan to hold a one-day strike March 4, a hospital spokeswoman said Tuesday.

Hospital officials were notified Sunday Monday night that the nurses plan to strike, beginning at 7 a.m.

The union voted Feb. 16 to authorize the strike to protest wage cuts, staffing, and other issues.

By Lena H. Sun  | February 22, 2011; 9:27 AM ET
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If the nurses want attention for their action, why hold it on the same day as the potential start of the government shutdown? I don't get it.

Posted by: evwill | February 22, 2011 9:56 AM | Report abuse

I'm usually in favor of labor unions and would never cross a picket line. But I recently had surgery at WHC, and except for 1 or 2 nurses, the care was horrendous. I wouldn't recommend any patient stay at WHC without a patient advocate by their side 24 hours/day. Otherwise, no one will bring you water, answer your calls, assist you in getting up or bathing. I will absolutely never go to WHC again for any kind of surgery. The hospital needs to fire the nurses who have forgotten what nursing's mission is.

Posted by: LREVS | February 22, 2011 12:38 PM | Report abuse

I'm a supporter of labor unions and would never cross a picket line. But after having had surgery at WHC recently and staying on a medical floor for 5 days, I think WHC should fire those nurses who see patients simply as a nuisance, and who have forgotten their mission. I would NEVER again stay at WHC without a 24-hour advocate by my bedside. Anyone who does, does so at their own risk. I'm so grateful for the top notch nurses in pre-op and occasionally on the floor -- but the bad ones are really bad. So sad.

Posted by: LREVS | February 22, 2011 12:44 PM | Report abuse

Have to agree with evwill. There is going to be so much attention on the possible government shut down March 4th. They picked the wrong day for their strike. These nurses are going to be rallying for no cuts in pay on a day when many government employees may be facing no paycheck for awhile. Poor timing.

Posted by: knich76 | February 22, 2011 11:03 PM | Report abuse

WHC is corrupt. Board members make millions on this "non-profit" yet the nurses and techs are treated like disposable trash, taking huge pay cuts and putting up with grossly inadequate staffing thanks to Med-Star's greed. WHC cleared over $28M (all income minus all expenses) in 2008, the most recent tax forms available. The management continually claims to be losing money, yet their 990 forms would say otherwise. Ken Samet, Director of WHC makes over $2.6M per year. Must work hard right? Well, tax paperwork says he works 1 hour per week for WHC... Check itfor yourself here -

I'm watching for WHC false plants before and after the strike - the hospital keeps foolishly saying they have "unconfirmed reports" of threats from NNU and nurses for things like B&E, vandalism and harassment of patients, visitors and staff. Sure they do... What's more believable - that the nurses and the NNU lawyers will become violent and destructive or that the hospital management, which stands to lose the comfy PROFIT margin, has hired some tea-bagging thugs to disrupt the legal and peaceful strike?

Posted by: ambassador579 | February 28, 2011 5:32 AM | Report abuse

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