Washington Hospital Center nurses ratify contract

Lena H. Sun, Washington Post, May 9, 2011 Nurses at Washington Hospital Center have voted to ratify a new contract that raises most nurses’ hourly base wages but eventually cuts shift pay for many who work evenings, nights and weekends, union and hospital officials said Monday. The agreement, which covers 1,650 registered nurses at the Washington region’s largest hospital, was reached last week and ratified Friday and Saturday. It also gives nurses more of a voice in staffing and patient care by establishing a new committee and includes a return to work for eight nurses fired during the back-to-back snowstorms in February 2010. ... Washington