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USW Local 4-200 ready to strike at Robert Wood Johnson New Brunswick hospital

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Washington, DC – On July 24, United Steelworkers Local 4-200 announced that they gave Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick, located in New Jersey, official notice that they will begin an unfair labor practice strike on August 4.

The local is comprised of more than 1700 members who work as nurses throughout the hospital. Their most recent contract expired on June 30 after several months of bargaining.

The group voted on July 10 to grant the union the authority to call the unfair labor practices strike and last week voted down a tentative agreement.

“Short staffing remains a major concern for all of the nurses,” said Local 4-200 President Judy Danella, “This is not a step we take lightly, but we have reached a breaking point. We have to stand up for ourselves and our patients.”

Members also continue to have concerns about other critical issues, including reining in rising insurance costs.

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