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Protect the voice of nurses in California - Vote Nov. 6

Protect the voice of nurses in California - Vote Nov. 6

Far too many of the patients and people in the community that I care for are suffering as a result of our broken economy. There is hope for them, and we all have the ability to help if we make an informed decision and vote wisely. Before we’re handcuffed by lethal cutbacks and before we become accomplices of injustice and the erosion of our right to protect one another, please join nurses in voting “YES” on Proposition 30; and, “NO” on Proposition 32! More »

Debate This: I’m 57 and Want Medicare and Social Security for Future Generations

Debate This: I’m 57 and Want Medicare and Social Security for Future Generations

The most troubling thing I heard last evening during the debate was that I could stop listening about the proposed changes to Social Security and Medicare if I was at or near retirement age. I’m not that selfish. I care that my children and grandchildren have those programs. I care so much that I have devoted my personal and professional energy to improving and expanding a 'Medicare for All for Life' model and making sure Social Security remains the sure and safe program that it has been for decades. More »

A corrupted political system based, like healthcare, on ability to pay

A corrupted political system based, like healthcare, on ability to pay

Essential social goods – political participation and access to necessary health services - are allocated based on ability to pay. When that happens, it’s easy to see who wins and who loses. The gains go to the top and the rest of us have to fight for what we need. More »

Vote “YES” on 30; Vote “NO” on 32

Vote “YES” on 30; Vote “NO” on 32

Trust me when I say that politics has become very personal this year; I’m a nurse. As nurses we ask our patients to “tell us where it hurts.” There are those who are too young and too medically fragile who don’t have the ability to utter a word; yet we see the result of an eroding social safety net etched on their faces and wreaking havoc on their health. It doesn’t have to be this way. More »

California RNs, Make Your Vote Count – Register to Vote, Vote By Mail

California RNs, Make Your Vote Count – Register to Vote, Vote By Mail

Did you ever forget to vote? Were you ever too tired after a long 12 hour shift to make it to the polling place? (And how do you vote when you work a 7am to 7pm shift and that’s only the time the polls are open?) Did a sick child keep you home, or a cranky kid make you too late to vote on the way to work? More »

No on Prop 32

No on Prop 32

If Prop. 32 passes, the California Hospital Association, which already has enormous influence in Sacramento, along with its allies in California Chamber of Commerce, insurance industry, and other corporate interests will be able to take dead aim at RN staffing ratios, meal and rest breaks, limits on forced overtime, oversight on hospital and nursing home abuses, and other workplace and patient safety protections – with little ability for nurses to use our collective voice to challenge them. More »

Join Us for Robin Hood Tax Actions on October 2nd

Join Us for Robin Hood Tax Actions on October 2nd

On Tuesday, October 2, the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) -- under which hundreds of billions of tax dollars were handed over to financial institutions deemed “too big to fail”-- the Robin Hood Tax Campaign and its allies in labor, health, religious and consumer organizations, will visit Congressional field offices in seven states to seek pledges of support for the “Inclusive Prosperity Act,” H.R. 6411. Join us! More »

Yes on Prop 30

Yes on Prop 30

CNA strongly supports Proposition 30 to generate critical resources for education, healthcare and public safety mainly through increased taxes on wealthy Californians. More »

Tax Wall Street To Restore Main Street

Tax Wall Street To Restore Main Street

Almost 30 nations have some form of a financial transaction tax and the U.S. had a similar tax from 1914 until 1966. The United Kingdom has had a tax on stock trades for decades – the same rate proposed in HR 6411 – and their volume of trading has grown robustly. Supporters of a form of financial transactions tax include business leaders such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban, and Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffet. More »

Michigan Nurses Support Proposal 2

Michigan Nurses Support Proposal 2

Proposal 2 would permanently protect collective bargaining rights for all Michigan workers, now and in the future. Making Michigan a state that guarantees workers the basic right to have a voice in the workplace is the most important issue of our time. More »

The Robin Hood Campaign – A Movement, and Now Legislation Too

The Robin Hood Campaign – A Movement, and Now Legislation Too

For many months, nurses, healthcare, environmental, labor, consumer, faith-based and other community activists have rallied on Wall Street, at banks and legislative offices, and outside the White House and Treasury Department, saying it is time to tax Wall Street to help revive our economy and nation.Robin Tax campaigners rally in New York City on September 17, 2012. More »

Menorah Medical Center Contract Win

Menorah Medical Center Contract Win

Nurses in Overland Park, Kansas, were savoring a win this weekend, as they reached agreement with HCA-affiliated Menorah Medical Center. Ratification of the new contract is expected this week in a deal that covers the facility’s 325 RNs. All are members of National Nurses Organizing Committee and National Nurses United (NNU). More »

National Nurses United Supports Chicago Teachers

National Nurses United Supports Chicago Teachers

Support Chicago Teachers! Call the head of Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to support the teachers' demands. Tell them that teachers are fighting for the things that really matter in the classroom, like guaranteed limits to class size. TAKE ACTION! CALL NOW! (they're keeping a tally). Chicago Public Schools CEO J.C. Brizard (773) 553-1500 and Mayor Emanuel (312) 744-3300. More »

NNU Welcomes 600 New RN Members in West Virginia, Ohio Hospitals

NNU Welcomes 600 New RN Members in West Virginia, Ohio Hospitals

National Nurses United is extremely honored to welcome the decision of 600 Registered Nurses at three hospitals in West Virginia and Ohio to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee/NNU. RNs at Bluefield Regional Medical Center in Bluefield, W. Va., Greenbrier Valley Medical Center in Ronceverte, W.Va., and Affinity Medical Center in Massillon, Oh. voted August 30 and 31 to join NNOC/NNU. More »

RNs at Manhattan VA Spreading the Word on Patient Care

RNs at Manhattan VA Spreading the Word on Patient Care

It started strong on the streets of midtown Manhattan. By 9 am, 30 RNs had distributed 1,000 leaflets outside the Manhattan VA Hospital, part of the New York Harbor Healthcare System, to a very interested and concerned community. More »

Are nonprofit hospitals scamming patients and communities?

Are nonprofit hospitals scamming patients and communities?

Many private nonprofit California hospitals, especially those that are part of big corporate chains like Sutter and Kaiser Permanente appear to be exploiting their tax-exempt status by accumulating huge profits, and handing top execs massive pay packages while providing scant charity care in return. More »

Celebrate Medicare’s anniversary – extend it to everyone!

Celebrate Medicare’s anniversary – extend it to everyone!

It was 47 years ago today that President Johnson signed the bill creating Medicare, assuring health security for the first time to 40 million Americans, age 65 and older as well as millions more with disabilities. The law also established Medicaid for low income Americans. More »

Gold medal coverage for our athletes? Not for them – or Aurora victims, or so many others

Gold medal coverage for our athletes? Not for them – or Aurora victims, or so many others

It’s been one month, almost exactly, since the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the Affordable Care Act. But almost every day provides a fresh reminder of the need to go much farther to permanently fix our broken health care system. More »

ROBIN HOOD ANSWERS CALL FOR AIDS FUNDING

ROBIN HOOD ANSWERS CALL FOR AIDS FUNDING

Attendance reflected the concern – worldwide – and when protesters spilled out of the Washington Convention Center at Mt. Vernon Square at noon yesterday, the mood was one of strong focus and commitment. It was mid-week through the 19th International AIDS Conference and marchers hit the streets sounding this theme: We Can End AIDS. More »

Nurses to Join July 24 DC March to Demand a Robin Hood Tax to Help End AIDS

Nurses to Join July 24 DC March to Demand a Robin Hood Tax to Help End AIDS

Registered nurse from across the U.S. will be joining others as they march through the streets of Washington DC, demanding more funding for HIV/AIDS treatment. One critical way to raise hundreds of billions of dollars every year to fight AIDS, as well as address other basic needs, is with a small tax on Wall Street financial speculation – the Robin Hood Tax. More »

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