Walkout at Washington Hospital Center

Washington Post, March 6, 2011 Almost a year of rancorous contract talks came to a head Friday when several hundred nurses at Washington Hospital Center, the region's largest hospital, walked off the job for a 24-hour strike. To help care for patients, hospital officials flew in 600 temporary nurses from across the country. They were housed in area hotels and bused to the Northwest DC facility. Hospital officials also began a media campaign with print and radio advertisements in which they promised to keep the facility fully staffed and operating as usual through the weekend and into next week. ... Walkout