Tentative Contract Agreement Reached in RWJ Nurses Strike

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and United Steel Workers 4-200, the union representing its more than 1,700 nurses, have reached a tentative contract agreement today, according to the hospital.

The 1,700 nurses have been on strike since Aug. 6, citing better staffing, more pay and a cap on medical insurance costs and copays, as reasons for the work stoppage.

“A memorandum of agreement was signed by both parties and will be presented over the next several days to union members through informational meetings as part of the ratification process,” Wendy Gottsegen, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital spokesperson, said in a statement. “We encourage our nurses to attend these meetings and vote at the ratification sessions. The resolution reflects our shared goals of providing the highest-quality patient care and creating a safe and supportive working environment for our nurses.

“RWJUH has the utmost respect and appreciation for our nurse colleagues and all they do for our patients, the community and this hospital,” Gottsegen continued. “We look forward to the outcome of the ratification vote.”

The ratification process will reportedly take place next week.

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