Nearly 2,000 nurses from one of New Jersey largest hospitals are on strike.
On Friday, nurses from Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick protested at the hospital.
In a press release, the hospital announced that it had contracted with a company to provide nursing staff for the duration of this strike.
According to United Steelworkers Local 4200, the main issue is the staffing levels in the hospital.
The hospital claims to be one of the most highly-staffed medical facilities in the state.
“Even though we made a new offer to the union on Wednesday, which would have addressed concerns about staffing, there was silence. In a press release, hospital spokesperson Wendy Gottsegen said that they are waiting for a response from their union and questioning why the situation is this way instead of negotiating at the table.
Judy Danella, president of the local union said that the members were ready to continue the bargaining.
She said, “Our members are deeply committed to the patients.” “We must, however, address urgent concerns like staffing. “We need to have enough nurses per shift and on each floor so that we can spend more time with each patient, while also being safe.”
The most recent contract for nurses expired on June 30, 2009. The contract was extended through July 21, however, workers notified the hospital management of their intention to strike on July 24, despite the extension.