Your UNION Rights:

"A nurse called by the Hospital to attend a disciplinary meeting or investigatory meeting which could lead to discipline shall have the right to Union representation, which includes the right to interrupt a meeting that has already commenced to request Union representation. It shall be the nurse's responsibility to inform the Hospital that she/he wishes to have such representation".
- Refer to Contract ARTICLE 3.2 c for complete language about this important Union right.

Welcome to Washington Hospital Center Nurses

Strike manual available

Download a get a copy of our Strike Manual (PDF)



Nurse Bargaining Team's Recommendations

Download a copy of nurse Bargaining Team's recommendations to reject management's offer (PDF)



Management's "Final Offer" rejected

Nurses overwhelmingly authorize 1 day strike.

Download the PDF update flyer which includes dues deduction form.



Negotiation update 11/14/14

On Thursday, members of our bargaining team carried negotiations with management to 2 am Friday morning, in hopes of coming to agreement. After 20 sessions of good faith bargaining, and despite significant movement from our side of the table and creative attempts to find common ground, our proposals were ultimately met with stonewalling and stall tactics.

This morning, after 16 hours of intensive and productive bargaining, management surprised the nurse bargaining team with their ‘last and final offer’. This indicates that management is no longer interested in bargaining; it is a ‘take it or leave it offer’. Highlights of management’s final offer are as follows:

  • No improvement in staffing
  • Potential cuts to benefits
  • Expansion of on call to ANY department
  • No wage scale increase in first year; minimal increases in November 2015 and 2016
  • Clinical Advancement Bonus, at discretion of management
  • Lump sum bonus for select nurses
  • Differentials: no improvements to current differentials, no floating or preceptor differential, $2/hr resource differential

Come learn the full details of management’s final offer and cast your vote on Sunday and Monday.

Sunday, November 16th

True Auditorium from 0600-2200

Monday, November 17th

East Building, Room 1103 (Occupation health corridor) 0600-1600 and
1600-2100 in room G002

This contract will deeply affect the patients and nurses of the Washington Hospital Center for the coming years. We cannot ratify a contract or a strike without robust participation from nurses! I look forward to seeing you Sunday or Monday.

As you may know, NNU nurses at Providence Hospital in DC conducted a one day strike yesterday. Nurses are back at work today.TV coverage of the picketline:

WUSA 9: Nurses stage one day strike over Ebola, staffing
NBC Channel 4: D.C. Nurses Strike Over Ebola Preparedness

Fines? Not our union!

On 11/12/14 hospital management sent a mass email to nurses making claims about intimidation and penalties in the lead up to a possible strike. We take such claims very seriously. At the start of the bargaining session the nurse team asked for more information from the management team about these incidents of harassment so that we could address them directly. Our request was met with deflection and avoidance.

Let us be clear: our nurse Union has zero tolerance for harassment or intimidation of any sort – by union representatives or management. If you feel you have been mistreated, by anyone, please contact me directly. I will investigate and take appropriate action.

Regarding allegations that our union will issue fines for those who exercise their right not to strike: NNU has never and has no plans to ever fine nurses. In the past 4 years NNU nurses have carried out more than 122 strikes across the US, including two here in DC, and no nurse has ever been fined.

Negotiations have not ended. On Wednesday we made progress at the table and are looking forward to resuming bargaining Thursday and Friday. At this stage, allegations and rumors of fines may be intended to distract us from the real issues in these negotiations: safe staffing and fair pay and benefits.

We want our nurse union representatives to be doing work we all can be proud of – if you have been mistreated or feel you are being misled by anyone (union or management), please contact:

Stephen Frum RN 4H
Chief Shop Steward
NNU/MWHC
202 494 8083

WHC Nurses Overpaid? RNs say NO!

In recent days, many of us have been told that MWHC nurses are at the high end of the pay ladder in the area. However, based on data gathered by MWHC management, that characterization is GROSSLY INACCURATE.

This week, managers have been conducting meetings with nurses in attempt to confuse and divide us. They are providing data from a survey that they commissioned and which they hope will allow them to keep wages low in the region.

Do you think you are overpaid? When MWHC made over $44 million in profits last year and paid their president more than $1 million/year (an increase of 86% in two years), don't you think RNs are entitled to pay increases?

Area Base Hourly Rate Analysis

While WHC's salary range may be within the 75th percentile, the data conclusively shows that more than half of WHC nurses fall well below the area average.

RNs By Percentiles
25th 50th 75th
$33.83 $34.53 $36.48
1,091 RNs 52 RNs 731 RNs

(MWHC data, based on reported wages of 20 area hospitals.)

  • Nearly 62% of nurses at MWHC make less than the area average.
  • MedStar says the average hourly wage in the region is $34.94 - in our hospital 1,117 RNS make less than the average. That includes nurses up to step 12.
  • MedStar says the 25th percentile in the region is $33.83/hr - it takes a MWHC RN 9 years to reach the 25th percentile!
  • The "midpoint" of our wage scale is $38.87 - it takes an RN 16 years to get to the midpoint. No wonder only 1/3 of the nurses are at or above that point.

So, when your manager tries to explain that RNs at MWHC are overpaid, ask them who they think is overpaid.

Today your NNU RN bargaining team concluded its 15th bargaining day. Over these weeks, we have made many thoughtful proposals to address staffing, patient safety and RN retention. On October 22nd, the NNU RN bargaining team submitted our 17 page economic proposal. Management did not submit an economic counter proposal or proposal of their own that day, that week, or the following week. As management had brought no economic proposals to discuss, the bargaining team cancelled negotiations on October 30th and instead spent our day talking to RNs in the hospital. After a two week wait for a response to our 17 page proposal, management provided their 7 sentence counter proposal on November 4th.

Despite the fact that more than 300 nurses leave our hospital every year, management has not made any proposals which improve staffing or will work to keep RNs at MWHC.

Today we offered an 18 page comprehensive proposal, highlights below. The management lawyer told us they would respond on Monday.

Next week we will continue to bargain in good faith. In fact, we have offered to extend bargaining next week until Saturday at midnight.

Management will start agreeing to our patient centered proposals when they see that the nurses are willing to take action to stand up for patients. So please wear that union pin, ask the tough questions, tell your manager you want a fair contract, come to the next union meeting, advocate for improvements. We can do this together!

questions or comments:

Stephen Frum RN
4H
202 494 8083

Issue RN Proposal MedStar Proposal
Staffing Mandatory Minimum Nurse to Patient Ratios
Resource nurse without Patient Assignment
Continue Current staffing patterns
Low Census Limit shift cancelations Continue current practice of shorting nurse hours
Floating $2/hr floating differential
Increase number of Float Pool RNs
Continue current floating practice
No differentials for floating
Wages Raises for all Nurses
3% raise in 2014
2.5% raise in 2015
2.5% raise in 2016
Retention bonuses for completing steps 1,2,3
0.5% raise, only in 2016
No raises for Float Pool RNs
No raises for nurses above step 31
Differential
Increases
Nights: $0.35/hr
Weekend: $1/hr
Resource: $2.5/hr
Floating: $2/hr
Nights: no raise
Weekends: no raise
Resource: $1.65/hr
No Preceptor or Floating differential
PTO Increase accrual rates Continue current PTO accrual
Mandatory
Competencies
Compensation for time and fees for mandatory competencies fees for mandatory competencies RNs to complete mandatory competencies on their own time, in their own time.


Management's non-economic proposals, September 17, 2014

Download the 9/17/14 proposal (PDF)



Management’s First Proposal Raises Safety Concerns

Download the Bargaining Update flyer (PDF)



Nurses Elect New Bargaining Team for 2014 Negotiations

Download the Bargaining Team flyer (PDF)



Management attempts to implement mandatory on-call, nurses fight back!

Download the flyer on Mandatory On-Call and Mandatory Overtime Scheme (PDF)



Federal Government Orders Management to Provide Health and Safety Information to Nurses

Read the decision (PDF)

WHC Facility Bargaining Council Consent to Serve Form

Download the consent form (PDF)



Nurses deliver patient care report on DC Hospitals to City Council and Mayor.

Read the patient care report (PDF)



April 2014 Health Insurance Update

NNU Nurses Win Historic Victory at MedStar Health!

Download the April 2014 Health Insurance Update (PDF)



Board of Nursing Magazine article on Staffing Ratios

Download the Board of Nursing Magazine article (PDF)



Read Administrative Law Judge Arthur Amchan's ruling that MedStar Washington Hospital Center violated federal labor law by refusing to provide information about hospital staffing patterns and patient safety survey information to registered nurses.

Download the ruling (PDF)

Judge rules that Medstar Washington Hospital Center broke federal labor law.

Download the September 17, 2013 Press Release (PDF)



Federal Judge Rules For Nurses, Upholds Arbitrator's Ruling on Healthcare

Download the PDF document on the decision

Sign the letter to pass the patient protection act.

Action needed!

Help DC RNs Win Safe Staffing Ratios - Sign Our Letter!



Nurse to Patient Ratios protect patients without layoffs

Download the PDF flyer on Nurse to Patient Ratios Chart



Nurse to Patient Ratio Bill information

Download the PDF flyer " Nurse to Patient Ratio Bill information"





Nurses win health insurance arbitration. MedStar's changes unlawful

Download the insurance flyer (PDF)



Management Proposal on RN status options

Download the Proposal



New web page created for the Professional Practice and Patient Safety Council

Visit the Professional Practice and Patient Safety Council page for the new email address, meeting minutes and news.

Final version of the 2011-2014 WHC-NNU Contract available

2011-2014 WHC-NNU Contract in PDF format

2011-2014 WHC-NNU Contract in MS Word format

Review the Public WHC Patient Care Summary Report (PDF)

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