Several hundred Howard University hospital workers plan to strike this month

The union says it is trying to secure nurse-patient ratios in the contract to alleviate the existing staffing crisis.

The labor union for over 300 nurses, pharmacists, dietitians, and social workers at Howard University Hospital and the Student Health Center has announced plans to strike later this month.

The union, District of Columbia Nurses Association, accuses hospital management of various unfair labor practices, including unilaterally changing some workers’ schedules and pay during negotiations, and walking away from the bargaining table. Howard University, meanwhile, says management has bargained in good faith but is unable to reach an agreement.

The one-day strike is scheduled for Monday, April 11. The union notified Howard University President Dr. Wayne Frederick and hospital CEO Anita Jenkins of the strike last week. The union also filed various unfair labor practice charges with the National Labor Relations Board.

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