Medicine: Hospital Strike

The biggest strike in the history of U.S. hospitals bedeviled New York City last week. At six voluntary, nonprofit hospitals (four in Manhattan, one each in. The Bronx and Brooklyn), nurses' aides, orderlies, porters, kitchen and laundry help hit the bricks on orders of Local 1199, Retail Drug Employees Union, A.F.L.-C.I.O. This week, with no settlement in sight, the union was threatening to strike several more hospitals.

Thanks to weeks of forewarning, all the struck hospitals had laid in extra stocks of food and linens, had enrolled volunteers who ran trays (with pickup meals on paper plates), trundled patients to and...

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