Cases & Deals

MedStar Health and Washington Hospital Center successfully negotiate first collective bargaining agreement with National Nurses Union

Clients MedStar Health and Washington Hospital Center

Jones Day represented the MedStar Health System (MedStar) and its affiliate, the Washington Hospital Center (WHC), in difficult and prolonged negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement with the National Nurses Union (NNU). The agreement, which took over 13 months to negotiate, is the first collective bargaining agreement for the new "Super Nurses Union" in the Atlantic Coast Region. The contract covers approximately 1,700 nurses and during the protracted negotiations, Jones Day was asked to represent MedStar/WHC in an injunction proceeding in federal district court regarding the requirement that nurses become immunized against the H1N1 flu and also represented MedStar/WHC in the termination of a number of Union nurses who failed to report to work during severe snow conditions in the greater D.C. area. During the course of these negotiations, Jones Day further represented MedStar/WHC with respect to various unfair labor practices filed by the Union with the National Labor Relations Board, including requests for injunctive relief—none of which proceeded to complaint. Also during the course of negotiations, MedStar/WHC unilaterally implemented its terms and conditions of employment when impasses were reached in negotiations—a procedure not often used by employers in collective bargaining negotiations. Finally, during the course of negotiations, Jones Day provided representation and guidance to MedStar/WHC with respect to three 10-day strike notices and one strike.