NEW BRUNSWICK-With trash bags wrapped around her legs and a sign rubber-banded to her chest, Mary Lynn Dupuis picketed in front of Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital as Tropical Depression Ernesto soaked Central Jersey Saturday afternoon.
Despite the weather, a contingent of nurses maintained their post on the streets surrounding the hospital in a show of solidarity.
"I looked over and there was a man with water running straight off his hat into his coffee cup," said Dupuis, a nurse at the hospital for 18 years. "I asked him if it tasted a little watery and just started to laugh."
Today marks the start of the third week of the nurses strike. The hospital's more than 1,300 nurses walked off the job at 7 a.m. on Aug. 24 in protest of what they claim are unfair labor practices by the hospital and an inadequate health plan.
As the strike wears on, members along the picket line said they are united as ever, even as the bills at home start to mount.
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[New Brunswick Home News Tribune,NJ]