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Blizzards of 2010 might have cost some nurses their jobs

By Andy Salsman
|  Sunday, Feb 28, 2010  |  Updated 10:15 AM EDT
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NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 5: A nurse prints out an EKG monitor reading in the emergency room at Coney Island Hospital September 5, 2002 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The public hospital serves a large multi-ethnic patient population including many Russians, Pakistanis and Central Americans residing in the South Brooklyn area. The emergency room receives approximately 60,000 patients each year. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

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Did you have trouble getting to work during this month’s blizzards? Several nurses and workers at Washington Hospital Center did. Now they don’t have a job to go to because of it.

The hospital has fired 11 nurses and five support staff members because they failed to show up at work during the snowstorms, according to the Washington Post. Dozens of other employees may also have been canned as well.

The nurses union is furious with the firings. It filed a class-action grievance with the hospital on Friday. Washington Hospital Center, though, is standing its ground.

“Sadly, we did experience some issues with associates who did not show the same commitment as most of their co-workers to the community, our patients, and their fellow associates,” hospital president Harry Rider wrote to employees.

The hospital also says that it offered to provide rides to workers during the storm. The union begs to differ, claiming the rides weren’t available in time.

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