Washington Hospital Center Nurses Call Off Strike

By Matt Fitzpatrick
|  Wednesday, Nov 17, 2010  |  Updated 9:16 PM EDT
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Washington Hospital Center Nurses Call Off Strike

NBCWashington.com

Nurses picket outside Washington Hospital Center.

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Nurses at the Washington Hospital Center have called off their one-day strike planned for Nov. 24. 

The National Nurses United (NUN) and the Washington Hospital Center announced plans to “return to the bargaining table on November 29 … without the threat of a strike” in a joint press release Wednesday. 

The release also stated that the Washington Hospital Center will recognize the NUN as “the collective bargaining representative of the hospital’s registers nurses.”

“We stated from the beginning that a strike would benefit no one,” said Washington Hospital Center President John Sullivan in a separate release. “Our nurses would prefer to focus on patient care.”

Last week, Washington Hospital Center nurses announced plans to strike on the day before Thanksgiving.  NUN has previously stated it believes nurse under-staffing is hurting patient care.

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