USW Local 4-200 Begins ULP Strike at Robert Wood Johnson New Brunswick

Contact: Jess Kamm Broomell,, 412-562-2444

Edison, N.J. – Members of United Steelworkers (USW) Local 4-200 today at 7 a.m., began an unfair labor practice (ULP) strike at Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital New Brunswick.  

The more than 1,700 nurses work throughout the hospital, in many cases providing care for some of the most complex cases in the state. 

Their most recent contract expired on June 30, after several months of bargaining. The parties then extended it through July 21. 

Workers provided the hospital’s management with notice of their intent to strike on July 24.

“Our members remain deeply committed to our patients,” said Local 4-200 President Judy Danella. “However, we must address urgent concerns, like staffing. We need enough nurses on each shift, on each floor, so we can devote more time to each patient and keep ourselves safe on the job.

“We are deeply grateful for the community that supported us as we worked through the pandemic and for all those who are with us now as management is forcing us to make the painful decision to go on strike.”

Danella said that the local remains ready to continue bargaining and invited management to join them at the table.

“Nursing is more than a job for most of us,” said Danella. “It’s a mission. Our top priority is negotiating a fair contract so we can return to patient care.”

The USW represents 850,000 workers employed in health care, metals, mining, pulp and paper, rubber, chemicals, glass, auto supply and the energy-producing industries, along with a growing number of workers in health care, public sector, higher education, tech and service occupations.


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