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National Nurses Announce Donation to Ebola Health Work in West Africa

National Nurses Announce Donation to Ebola Health Work in West Africa

National Nurses United today announced a donation of $40,000 to the disaster relief organization International Medical Corps, which is on the front lines of the Ebola response, for its continued efforts to eradicate the deadly virus in West Africa. More »

Kaiser RNs OK new pact with overwhelming approval vote

Kaiser RNs OK new pact with overwhelming approval vote

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and 65 clinics across Northern and Central California, the largest nurses’ collective bargaining contract in the U.S., have voted to approve a new three-year agreement that provides for substantial improvements in patient care, health and safety protections for nurses, and economic gains. More »

Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street Needed for Broad Economic Reform

Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street Needed for Broad Economic Reform

National Nurses United today welcomed President Obama’s call to reduce income inequality in the U.S. through new taxes on financial institutions and the wealthiest Americans as a “fresh start,” but called on the White House and Congress to go farther and adopt a robust tax on Wall Street speculation to raise the “real revenue needed to repair the U.S. economy and meet the human needs still neglected by the Wall Street-created economic crash. More »

A Tax on Wallstreet Goes Beyond Treating the Symptom

A Tax on Wallstreet Goes Beyond Treating the Symptom

With President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech Tuesday night expected to include calls for higher taxes on capital gains and closure of assorted tax breaks for the 1 percent – on the heels of the recent proposal by Representative Chris Van Hollen, the second top ranked Democrat in the House, for revenue enhancements including a version of a tax on Wall Street – it’s clear the campaign for tax justice is making traction in Washington. More »

Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: 18,000 RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, Workplace Protections

Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: 18,000 RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, Workplace Protections

With a settlement that is likely to elevate RN standards across the nation, California Nurses Association/National Nurses announced a major tentative contract agreement for 18,000 California RNs who work at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics. The deal will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care, and breakthrough improvements in workplace protections. More »

The White House Community College Initiative an Investment in our Future

The White House Community College Initiative an Investment in our Future

National Nurses United supports the White House's new community college initiative – a move that would open doors for a new generation of registered nurses. More »

More from the People’s Climate Summit in Peru

More from the People’s Climate Summit in Peru

Last week, we participated in the People's Climate Summit march in Lima, Peru. The march wove through busy Lima streets, blocking traffic and shutting down large parts of the downtown area. It ended at Plaza San Martin, a central plaza surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings. The plaza was filled with drumming, music, and chanting. Banners and flags waved in the air calling for climate justice. More »

Nurses join tour of fracking sites hosted by Movement Generation

Nurses join tour of fracking sites hosted by Movement Generation

On the drive down to the valley, we talked about the intersection of labor and environmental justice and about what a just transition would really mean. Our nurses spoke very thoughtfully about health and environmental justice. They related the profit motives of their hospitals leading to poor patient care and deteriorating working conditions in some of the most environmentally impacted communities. Clarita and Pushpa are power houses. More »

We must fight for clean energy the same way we fight for healthcare for all

We must fight for clean energy the same way we fight for healthcare for all

While government officials across the world are participating in United Nations climate treaty talks in Lima, people from all walks of life are taking part in an alternative People's Climate Summit. More »

“If the energy source requires a smoke stack, then it isn’t clean.”

“If the energy source requires a smoke stack, then it isn’t clean.”

During the UN Climate Change Summit, we’ve been meeting regularly with other activists from the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, the International Transportation Union and the Peruvian Federation of Nurses. More »

Scenes from Climate Change Summit in Peru

Scenes from Climate Change Summit in Peru

Nurses landed in Lima, Peru this week at the start of the United Nations Climate Change Summit - #COP20. We're here to emphasize the health impact of our climate crisis and to let people know we want to be part of the solution. We're joining thousands of other activists and meeting allies who are gathering for forums, discussions and protests during this historic environmental justice moment. More »

NNU Delegation to Lima Climate Summit

NNU Delegation to Lima Climate Summit

Leaders from the General Workers Confederation of Peru and members of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy at a forum sponsored by the fighting water workers union. More »

Nurses: Climate Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

Nurses: Climate Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

Today, I am on my way to Lima, Peru as part of a small delegation from California Nurses Association/National Nurses United going to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Summit 20th yearly Conference of the Parties (COP 20). More »

Nurse Talk Recaps NNU Ebola Rally & National Day Of Action

Nurse Talk Recaps NNU Ebola Rally & National Day Of Action

Features highlights from Executive Director of NNU, Rose Ann DeMoro’s Rally Speech More »

NNU Nurses Score Big Win: CA’s New Safety Guidelines Set Precedent for Nation’s Healthcare Workers

NNU Nurses Score Big Win: CA’s New Safety Guidelines Set Precedent for Nation’s Healthcare Workers

Nurses are celebrating California’s recent announcement of precedent-setting Ebola patient care guidelines that call for strong healthcare worker protections and provide a model for federal and state action for all U.S. hospitals. The new guidelines came in the wake of the Nov. 12 worldwide Day of Action for Ebola Safety by 100,000 registered nurses. More »

Ebola Preparedness – What National Nurses United Won in California

Ebola Preparedness – What National Nurses United Won in California

The state of California, at the insistence of registered nurses, has set an Ebola safety standard for the nation. In the face of the disease known as “nurse killer,” CNA/NNU has defeated efforts by the hospital industry to limit the protection of nurses to the voluntary, unenforceable guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control. Instead, we have collectively ensured an optimal standard for personal protective equipment (PPE) and respiratory protection that will enable nurses to safely treat Ebola patients. More »

Nurses go on strike for proper gear, training to protect them against Ebola

Nurses go on strike for proper gear, training to protect them against Ebola

It doesn’t seem like nurses are asking for too much as fears escalate over the spread of Ebola. They’re concerned about safety — not just for themselves but for their patients and for the public. But hospital management hasn’t responded. Neither has Congress nor the president. More »

Help Stop Ebola—Tell Congress and the White House to Order Hospitals to Put Safety Standards First

Help Stop Ebola—Tell Congress and the White House to Order Hospitals to Put Safety Standards First

Now that nurses, who have been sounding the alarm about Ebola for more than two months, finally have the attention of policy makers and everyone else, let's have no more excuses and take the critical steps needed to contain and eradicate this virulent disease in the U.S. and globally. More »

Statement by RN’s at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital as provided to National Nurses United

Statement by RN’s at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital as provided to National Nurses United

This is an inside story from some registered nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who have familiarity with what occurred at the hospital following the positive Ebola infection of first the late Thomas Eric Duncan and then a registered nurse who cared for him Nina Pham. More »

U.S. hospitals not prepared for Ebola threat

U.S. hospitals not prepared for Ebola threat

With reports that a nurse who treated Ebola patient Thomas Eric Duncan in Dallas has been infected, one thing urgently needs to be made clear: Our hospitals are not prepared to confront the deadly virus. More »

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