- Associated Press - Thursday, November 18, 2010

WASHINGTON (AP) — Officials say nurses at the Washington Hospital Center have called off a one-day strike that had been planned for the day before Thanksgiving, and management is postponing wage cuts.

The nurses and management said in a joint statement Wednesday that they will resume negotiations on Nov. 29. They said they will continue talks over the next 90 days without the threat of a strike.

The statement also said the Washington Hospital Center agreed to recognize the National Nurses United as the collective bargaining representative of the hospital’s nurses.

The hospital center is the region’s largest private hospital and employs about 1,600 nurses.

The nurses voted last week to hold the strike to protest unfair labor practices and force management to negotiate a new deal.