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March on Wall Street for the Damage Done to Main Street

March on Wall Street for the Damage Done to Main Street

An international day of action to make Wall Street Pay - nurses are joining workers to demand jobs, guaranteed healthcare, quality public education, fair housing and enactment of a Financial Transaction Tax (Wall Street sales tax) More »

Remarks of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka  at NNU Washington DC Assembly

Remarks of AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka at NNU Washington DC Assembly

"...I love the way nurses fight for patients, for quality care, for fairness and progressive values! You’re standing tall all across our country, and you make the entire labor movement better for it! You make America better... every single day." More »

Nurses: Failure is Not Possible

Nurses: Failure is Not Possible

Ashley Forsberg, a Michigan RN, held the microphone Monday to share a quote she saw during a recent visit to the Sewall-Belmont House and Museum, the historic Washington, D.C. headquarters of the National Woman’s Party. “Failure is not possible,” she recited. More »

Nurses Open Letter to Wisconsinites – Carry on!

Nurses Open Letter to Wisconsinites – Carry on!

Peaceful protests are important tools to protect our patients, our community, and our democracy. The fight in Wisconsin continues to be an on-going an inspiration to the entire nation. As a registered nurse for 37 years, I have been part of a proud tradition of protest as well. My number one priority, as it is for all nurses, is to advocate for my patients. More »

Stories from Main Street

Stories from Main Street

NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro recently called on RNs nationwide to share stories about how the economic crisis is impacting their lives at home, and in their hospitals and communities. Their heartfelt responses were deeply moving, some of which can be read in this blog. To protect their anonymity, names have been removed. Additional stories are coming soon. More »

Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale - International Nurses Day

Happy Birthday Florence Nightingale - International Nurses Day

Florence Nightingale is considered the founder of the modern nursing profession, and May 12 is the 191st anniversary of her birth. We nurses celebrate her today, while many others make this day one of honor for the nurses who’ve touched their lives. More »

S915/HR1200 – The Healthcare Wisdom We Can Trust

S915/HR1200 – The Healthcare Wisdom We Can Trust

Today, it is official. Two amazing and courageous elected officials stood with nurses and patients to introduce legislation that moves beyond the current health reform effort and forward to a healthy system for all. More »

Small Press with Big Ideas

Small Press with Big Ideas

Among the vast daily news sources bidding for our readership, I find four little-heralded publications representing major causes worthy of attention. More »

An Update from Nihon-Iroren on the Crisis in Japan

An Update from Nihon-Iroren on the Crisis in Japan

On behalf of Japan's medical workers, we extend our sincerest gratitude for your condolences for those whose lives have been lost, for your donations for the survivors, and your warm messages of solidarity to Nihon-Iroren and its members. More »

Stripmining America-Unpatriotically

Stripmining America-Unpatriotically

It is time to apply the standard of patriotism to the U.S. multinational corporations and demand that they pledge allegiance to the United States and “the Republic for which is stands…. with liberty and justice for all.” This July 4, 2011 would be good day for Americans to demand such a corporate commitment. More »

“Wheel of Misfortune”

“Wheel of Misfortune”

Vanna White can’t help these “Public Servants” – they’re the 10 worst Governors in the U.S., and they’re unraveling America. More »

Waiting for the Spark

Waiting for the Spark

What could start a popular resurgence in this country against the abuses of concentrated, avaricious corporatism? Imagine the arrogance of passing on to already cheated working people and the jobless enormous corporate losses? This is achieved through government bailouts and tax escapes. More »

Urgent Appeal from Japan’s RNs and Other Medical Unions

Urgent Appeal from Japan’s RNs and Other Medical Unions

In the wake of the devastating earthquake, tsunami, and nuclear accident that hit northeastern Japan this month, Japanese nurses and other medical workers are requesting donations to help with the recovery effort for the embattled nation. More »

Bargaining for the USA: Time for a Main Street Contract for the American People

Bargaining for the USA: Time for a Main Street Contract for the American People

By Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director, National Nurses United, AFL-CIO. The ongoing battles in the streets and capitols in Madison, Columbus, Lansing, Indianapolis, and other American cities make it clear that the lines are no longer just drawn, they are exposed. There are two Americas. One where Wall Street gets bailouts, and another where public schools and safety net programs get slashed. More »

The War on Women’s Health

The War on Women’s Health

By Deborah Burger, RN and Co-President National Nurses United. The far right and their representatives in Congress and many state houses sure have a unique way of celebrating the centennial anniversary of International Women's Day. News that the Texas House of Representatives last week approved a bill, already passed by the state Senate, to force women seeking an abortion to first get an ultrasound test is one of a number of attacks on women's health in the works. More »

Missing in Madison—Where’s Obama? Nurses Offer to Buy President’s Shoes to March with Workers

Missing in Madison—Where’s Obama? Nurses Offer to Buy President’s Shoes to March with Workers

The past two weeks have been a "Where's Waldo" moment for President Obama. He's been largely a bystander while tens of thousands of American workers, joined by students, and community allies, marched in Madison's snow and freezing temperatures, and slept on the floors of the capitol to defend their most fundamental right to freedom of assembly and a collective voice. More »

Just Say No - no more cuts for workers

Just Say No - no more cuts for workers

By Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director, National Nurses United, AFL-CIO. There should be two lasting lessons to emerge from the heroic labor-led protests in Wisconsin. First, working people--with our many allies, students, seniors, women's organizations, and more--are inspired and ready to fight. Second, we need to send a clear and unequivocal message to the right-wing politicians and those in the media suggesting further concessions from working people. More »

@ProtestInTheUSA: from Madison to America…from Workers to All People

@ProtestInTheUSA: from Madison to America…from Workers to All People

Is this Wisconsin revolt the protest that wakes up America and starts the push-back to big business and their anti-human agenda? National Nurses United sure hopes so, and we're doing our part to move that along. Please join our efforts by following @ProtestInTheUsa, our new national newsline of reports, notices, and videos about specific protests in the USA concerning democracy, healthcare, workers’ rights, and human rights. More »

An alternative vision for the President’s budget

An alternative vision for the President’s budget

President Obama's Republican-lite budget is a reminder of how off track the state of politics has become inside the Beltway, and why we could use some of the protests that rocked Cairo's Tahrir Square in the United States. Rather than accommodating a corporate wish list that prioritizes deficit reduction at a time of a still persistent recession, how about a vastly different approach. More »

Nurse protest prompts Blue Shield to delay rate hike

Nurse protest prompts Blue Shield to delay rate hike

Blue Shield of California today announced a 60-day reprieve in an unconscionable rate hike of up to 59 percent it intends to foist on individuals and families. The announcement coincided with announced plans by nurses, patients, and consumer advocates who stormed Blue Shield's posh California corporate headquarters in downtown San Francisco. More »

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