• National Nurses Union notified the Washington [D.C.] Hospital Center that its members intended to engage in a 24-hour strike starting on Nov. 24 to protest unfair labor practices, the hospital’s alleged refusal to bargain with the union or grant the union access to its facility, and the hospital’s implementation of portions of its last contract proposal. In response the hospital contracted with a staffing agency to provide temporary replacement nurses if the union strikes, and pledged to give the replacement nurses 60 hours of work rather than just one day. The threatened strike is part of a labor dispute that has been going on since February, when the hospital fired 18 nurses during a major snowstorm. On Oct. 6 the 1,600-nurse bargaining unit voted to affiliate their independent union, Nurses United of the Capital Area, with NNU.