Nurses At D.C.’s Largest Hospital Begin Strike

WASHINGTON (AP) — Nurses are continuing to picket outside Washington’s largest hospital as part of a one-day strike over wages and patient care.

A spokesman for the nurses’ union says hundreds of nurses have walked the picket line Friday at Washington Hospital Center.

But a hospital spokeswoman says participation in the strike is far from unanimous. Spokeswoman So Young Pak says about two-thirds of the 300 or so nurses scheduled to work the day shift Friday showed up for work.

The strike ends at 7 a.m. Saturday. The hospital plans to lock out the striking nurses for another four days, saying that’s because replacement nurses are being paid for an entire week’s work.

Pak says the hospital was actually overstaffed Friday and that more than 100 surgeries were performed. There were more than 700 patients at the hospital.

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  • Bernard F Mc Kernan

    If any patients expire during this period of a lockout, I’ll bet the Bottom feeder Lawyers will be drooling from the mouth.

  • Mike

    I guess the union doesn’t think that a 1 day strike won’t compromise patient care. What a bunch of a##holes.

  • SMH

    These nurses should take a step back and look at what they are fighting for……Better patient care……Not going to get good care at all when the nurses are out on the street with signs. Hospital will bring in a bunch of temporary employees, greatful the receive the pay the strikers are getting and maybe not provide good care at all…………

  • DorothyMD

    Mike you are exactly right. This “national” nurses union does far more harm to patient care with their strikes than hospitals ever could if they wanted to. They are causing massive disruption for not just one but five days, because the hospital is forced to pay the replacements for a minimum period of time.

    They deserve the lockout, and frankly deserve to be FIRED.

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