Washington Hospital Center and the union representing 1,700 nurses have reached a tentative agreement after a months-long contract dispute, union and hospital officials announced Wednesday.
Nurses at the region’s largest hospital walked off the job March 4 in a one-day strike after contract negotiations broke down. But talks resumed in the past two weeks, and final details were worked out Tuesday, officials said. Representatives of both sides declined to discuss details until nurses vote Friday and Saturday on whether to ratify the contract.
National Nurses United, the country’s largest nurses union, canceled an informational picket scheduled for Friday and is recommending that members approve the agreement.
The agreement with the nurses union, which had been considering a second strike, comes a week after the 926-bed hospital announced it was laying off 200 employees across all departments, about 3 percent of the hospital’s 6,200 employees. Layoffs included some nursing managers but no bedside nurses.