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Striking nurses rally outside hospital

Wayne Woolley, Newark Star-Ledger, September 5, 2006 More than 500 striking nurses marched last night in front of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, raising banners, chanting union slogans and demanding better health insurance. The rally, which kicked off at dusk on Labor Day, came as a strike by 1,300 nurses entered its 12th day with no new negotiation sessions scheduled. The nurses from United Steel Workers Local 43-200 and hospital management are at odds over a health benefit plan union President Jerry Collins called "ridiculous." ... Striking

Robert Wood nurses strike

Stephanie Wynalek, Rutgers Daily Targum, September 5, 2006 For the past few weeks, the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital has been a center of controversy. Approximately 300 of its nurses left their jobs at 7 AM on August 24 to join a picket line of more than 200 union members forming on French, Somerset, and Little Albany streets. The strike was caused by a dispute over the new three-year contract the hospital offered the nurses, who had been working under an extension of their old contract, which expired on June 30. ... Robert

About 1,300 Nurses in New Jersey Begin Strike Over Proposed Health Plan

Kaiser Daily Health Policy Report, August 28, 2006 Almost all of the 1,300 nurses at the 584-bed Robert Wood Johnson Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, on Thursday began a strike over a fee that they would have to pay for medical procedures performed outside of their health plan network under a proposed contract, the New York Times reports. Under a three-year proposed contract, which the nurses rejected on Aug. 16, the nurses or their family members would have to pay a fee of as much as $700 for hospital admissions and outpatient procedures performed outside of the health plan network ... About

Nurses Protest Proposed Medical Plan

NJBIZ, August 28, 2006 More than 1,000 nurses hit the streets last week around Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, one of the state’s largest and busiest medical centers, after calling a strike. The walkout came nine days after members of the United Steel Workers Local 4-200 rejected the hospital’s latest contract offer. Replacement nurses from a national staffing agency that specializes in work stoppages arrived at the hospital in unmarked cars. Hospital spokesman John Patella said the replacement nurses, who will work in 12-hour shifts, are licensed for New Jersey. ... Nurses

Finding nursing subs isn't a hard sell at Robert Wood

Angela Stewart & Sue Epstein, Star-Ledger, August 26, 2006 Hike through Hawaii's lush rainforests. Lounge on a secluded beach. Cruise down a volcano on a mountain bike at top speed. A travel ad? Actually, it's a job posting by a staffing agency trying to lure an operating room nurse to a hospital on the Pacific island. When nurses go on strike, as they did Thursday at New Brunswick's Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital, agencies that provide replacement nurses get creative in their appeals for willing fill-ins. And while New Brunswick is a far cry from Hawaii (where there also is a nurses' strike going on) ... Finding

Nurses Strike Over Health Plan at Hospital in New Jersey

Ronald Smothers, New York Times, August 25, 2006 Nearly all of the 1,300 nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, went on strike yesterday morning in a contract dispute over what their health insurance plan requires them to pay for outside medical services. The nurses on Aug. 16 rejected a proposed contract that would have given them a 3 percent raise in each of the next three years. But that proposal went to a vote without the backing of union leaders, said Jeanne Clark, a radiology nurse at the 584-bed hospital and one of the negotiators for the union, Local 4-200 of the United Steelworkers Health Care Workers Council. ... Nurses

Unresolved Issues

Nurses go out on strike. David Stegon, Home News Tribune, August 25, 2006 New Brunswick - No talks were scheduled between nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and the hospital administration after nurses began a strike at the regional trauma center yesterday. With chants of "Be Fair to Those Who Care," the nurses walked off the job at 7 AM and began picketing the hospital to protest the proposed health care plan that has been the key point of contention throughout four months of labor negotiations. More than 300 nurses lined Somerset, French and Little Albany streets as the strike deadline passed. ... Unresolved

Nurses defy union in hospital walkout

Cherry Hill Courier-Post, August 25, 2006
New Brunswick - Nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick went on strike Thursday morning after voting last week to reject a tentative contract agreement that had been backed by their union. Nurses hit picket lines outside the 584-bed hospital as the strike began at 7 AM and planned round-the-clock picketing as long as the strike continues. The hospital, one of New Jersey's largest as well as a regional trauma center, brought in replacement nurses.

Robert Wood Johnson Nurses Strike

Victoria Hurley-Schubert NJBIZ, August 24, 2006
More than 1,000 nurses struck at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital (RWJUH) this morning over health care provisions in the hospital’s latest contract proposal. Replacement nurses from a national staffing agency arrived to work 12-hour shifts. The strikers, represented by United Steel Workers Local 4-200, want a Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan; the hospital is offering QualCare and Aetna plans. The last contract between the hospital and its nurses expired June 30 and the union rejected the hospital’s latest three-year offer nine days ago.
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Robert Wood Johnson Nurses Strike for Quality Health Care

Protest triggered by hospital’s failure to bargain in good faith. United Steelworkers, August 24, 2006 New Brunswick - Registered nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, NJ, went on strike this morning to protest pervasive violations of federal labor law by the hospital administration, including a consistent failure to bargain in good faith over the nurses’ goal of quality health care coverage and other issues, United Steelworkers Local 4-200 announced here today. ... Robert Wood Johnson

Nurses' pact heads off Robert Wood Johnson strike

Associated Press, August 14, 2006
New Brunswick - Nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract, averting a strike that was to begin this morning. The deal, which includes annual raises of 3 percent and improved health-care benefits, was reached Saturday after more than 12 hours of negotiations with a federal mediator. The 1,313 nurses are scheduled to vote on the pact Wednesday. The agreement would freeze the amount of money nurses pay for health care, union spokeswoman Jeanne Clark said. The hospital had sought an increase in health-care contributions.
© 2006 Philadelphia Inquirer and wire service sources. All Rights Reserved.

Hospital: Tentative agreement with nurses

Strike deadline moved.
Asbury Park Press, August 14, 2006
New Brunswick - Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital officials said they have reached a tentative agreement with the United Steelworks Local 4-200 on a labor contract that would delay the deadline, which had been today, for a strike by the hospital's roughly 1,300 nurses. After negotiations with a federal mediator, the nurses union agreed to delay the strike deadline to Aug. 24 to allow for union members to vote Wednesday on the proposed contract, hospital officials said. Union representatives could not be reached Saturday.
Copyright © 2006 Asbury Park Press. All rights reserved.

Nurses reach contract with RWJ-New Brunswick

Associated Press, August 13, 2006 New Brunswick - Nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital have reached a tentative agreement on a three-year contract, averting a strike that was to begin Monday morning. The deal, which includes a wage increase and improved health care benefits, was reached on Saturday after more than 12 hours of negotiations with a federal mediator. The 1,313 nurses are scheduled to vote on the pact on Wednesday. The agreement calls for a 3 percent annual wage increase and freezes the amount of money nurses will pay for health care, according to nurses' union spokeswoman Jeanne Clark. The hospital had sought an increase in health care contributions. ... Nurses

Nurses reach deal with RWJ hospital ahead of walkout

Sue Epstein, Star-Ledger, August 13, 2006 A strike by nurses at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick was averted when the two sides reached a tentative agreement yesterday on a three-year contract that calls for a wage increase and improved health care benefits, officials said yesterday. The deal was reached after more than 12 hours of negotiations with a federal mediator. The nurses had threatened to walk off the job at 8:30 AM tomorrow. The 1,313 nurses, members of United Steelworkers Local 4-200, are to vote on the pact Wednesday. ... Nurses

Nurses at RWJ see strike Monday

Union, hospital bargaining fails. Sue Epstein, Star-Ledger, August 10, 2006 After failing to reach an agreement during a 12-hour bargaining session, the nurses union at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick said yesterday it plans to go on strike Monday morning. Jeanne Clark, a spokeswoman for United Steelworkers Local 4-200, the nurses union, said leaders have notified the hospital they plan to strike at 8:30 AM if they do not have a contract by then. ... Nurses

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