Nine-month battle yields contract for Howard healthcare workers   

After nine long months, healthcare workers at Howard University Hospital finally have a new contract. The DC Nurses Association on Friday announced they’d reached an agreement with HU/HUH “that advances patient care and demonstrates the commitment to all nurses, dietitians, pharmacists and social workers to alleviate the staffing crisis.” DCNA membership ratified the agreement on Friday. The deal came after what DCNA Executive Director Ed Smith called “a lengthy and contentious 9-month battle” that including petitions, an informational picket in January and a strike in April. “It was only through the efforts and collective action of our members, with support from the community,” including local unions, the Metro Washington Labor Council, community organizations, clergy and HU students “that we were able to achieve agreement on a fair and equitable contract that recognizes our hard working healthcare professionals and their commitment to caring for patients who come to HUH for care,” said Smith. “I am profoundly proud of our members who have stood strong in solidarity throughout these long months and who, day in and day out, provide care to our patients.” 
photo: at April DCNA strike at HUH; photo by Chris Garlock/Union City

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