Compensation 13 and Department of Behavioral Health

The Compensation 13 and Department of Behavioral Nurses need your help.

The Mayor has refused to offer the nurses equal pay for hard work. The Mayor has only offered a 3% raise in FY2018, 2% in FY2019 and 3% in FY2020. They were no willing to discuss 2021. The Mayor offered compensations units 1 and 2, 3% raise in FY 2018, 2% in FY2019, 3% in FY2020 and 3.5% in FY2021.  We have asked why the District will not provide DCNA with the 3.5% offer and they have not provided us with an adequate reason. 

Additionally, in a time that the District has received a surplus of millions, the Mayor's refusal to provide the nurses with adequate raises of at least 3% annually is disappointing.

The District of Columbia Government nurses save lives and work hard to improve the quality of life of the District residents every day.  The nurses service and manage the health care of low-income District residents at their homes and schools, patients with mental illnesses, ensure that District residents receive adequate support from Medicaid and more.

The District of Columbia residents benefit from the hard work of the nurses.

Please sign the petition below and get everyone you know to sign. Let's make our voices heard. 

Tell Mayor Bowser to offer the nurses the same pay for hard work. 


The District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA) is the professional organization for registered nurses who live and/or work in the District. DCNA is affiliated with National Nurses United, American Federation of Labor - Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO) and the Washington Metropolitan Council.

DCNA negotiates contracts that make sure nurses’ pay is competitive and commensurate with experience, years of service, responsibility, autonomy, and education. DCNA contracts provide guaranteed benefits, equitable policies, fair representation, job security, and practical solutions to everyday workplace problems affecting the professional lives of nurses.

DCNA encourages its members to get involved in leadership roles at the local and national level. Within the DCNA framework, nurses gain experience as volunteer lobbyists, media spokespersons, union advocates, and community activists.

Click here to view the November/December 2018 DCNA Newsletter.  For previous editions of the Newsletter, click here.

DCNA is located at:
5100 Wisconsin Avenue, NW
Suite 306
Washington DC 20016
Telephone: 202.244.2705
Fax: 202.362.8285
email: [email protected]

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