Nurses strike: 1978
The District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA) struck the Washington Hospital Center in 1979 in response to the hospital’s attempt to de-certify the one-year old union and to improve scheduling and the grievance procedure.

The 31-day strike resulted in a stronger union and made the nurses the highest paid in the area while making gains in seniority, the grievance procedure and progress toward an agency shop.

The strike was the second by nurses in the D.C. area, following by several months a strike at the now defunct Group Health Association and served as a clarion call to other nurses in the area.

The union persevered as an independent union and organized several other facilities in the Washington area before health care closures and consolidation set them back.

The union continues to represent nurses at the Hospital Center, but is now affiliated with National Nurses United.
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