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Tax cut deal – the latest threat to our children

Tax cut deal – the latest threat to our children

In the aftermath of a tax deal that will accelerate the shift of wealth to the richest Americans, it’s worth calling attention to a new report about how far the U.S. is sinking below other major nations in how we take care of our children. More »

Republicans Crush Hope for 9/11 Heroes

Republicans Crush Hope for 9/11 Heroes

‘Tis the season. As the Republicans gloat over the tax breaks they’ve fought so hard to protect for the wealthy and the potential to extend those Bush-era breaks for two more years, 9/11 first responders asked them just to allow a vote on their bill -- the James Zadroga 9/11 Health and Compensation Act. More »

Memo to the politicians - cutting corporate taxes won’t create jobs

Memo to the politicians - cutting corporate taxes won’t create jobs

To listen to the rhetoric that has stained so much of the 2010 campaign season, you'd think the biggest problems facing our nation are excessive government spending, workers' pensions, and inadequate tax breaks for corporations and wealthy Americans. But countering this conventional wisdom, seldom questioned by most of the press, is made much harder by the reticence of even many liberals to challenge these assumptions. More »

Whitman attacks nurses in Kos ad

Whitman attacks nurses in Kos ad

Kos readers in California may have been startled to see banner ads today from someone who you can bet does not start out her mornings booting up her computer to read the latest blogs on Kos -- Meg Whitman. In one large ad, Whitman attacks nurses and the California Nurses Association for our challenge to her candidacy -- and our portrayal of her as the arrogant "Queen Meg." The ad links to a website her well-heeled consultants have created attacking CNA and nurses, recycling the greatest hits from the union busting crowd. She also has another ad on Kos attacking Jerry Brown. More »

“You are not to hire any Filipinos”

“You are not to hire any Filipinos”

Here's how things work all too often in our "post-racial" society: one of California's largest medical systems, Sutter Health/CPMC, has apparently enacted a ban on the hiring of Filipino registered nurses at a major San Francisco hospital. More »

What Else Whitman Could Have Done with Her $100 Million Spending Spree

What Else Whitman Could Have Done with Her $100 Million Spending Spree

Amidst the nation's worst economic recession since the Great Depression, and continuing problems in California with healthcare, education funding, home foreclosures, and lack of jobs, how do you explain the obscene and wasteful spending by candidate Meg Whitman in her campaign to buy the governor's office. More »

Queen Meg: Culture-Jamming Whitman

Queen Meg: Culture-Jamming Whitman

If this were a monarchy, Meg Whitman's $1.7 billion Wall Street fortune would make her rich enough to rule. Fortunately, we live in a democracy and candidates like Whitman, the billionare corporate CEO seeking to become Governor of California, remain reliant on the votes of the very people they fleeced. More »

Please Help California Nurses Coronate Queen Meg

Please Help California Nurses Coronate Queen Meg

You may have seen the good news out of California this weekend - Queen Meg made Her regal debut before crowds of adoring Californians. Even better, an initiative to formally crown Queen Meg of California was formally filed on Friday by representatives of the California Nurses Association, accompanying Queen Meg herself to the state house. More »

Queen Meg for California 2010 Campaign Launches!

Queen Meg for California 2010 Campaign Launches!

The Meg for Queen of California 2010 campaign debuted last night before adoring subjects, news media, and some of the brightest stars in the Republican and Royalist courts, who had gathered in support of the pretender Meg Whitman for Governor. More »

Michael Moore: Temple U. Teaches Strikebreaking, Patient Endangerment

Michael Moore: Temple U. Teaches Strikebreaking, Patient Endangerment

The 1500 registered nurses and healthcare professionals whose strike at Temple University we told you about recently have been winning support around the country as their effort become a cause celebre in the nursing and labor worlds. The key issue is profound: should Temple or any hospital be able to gag its nurses and stifle their patient advocacy? If healthcare corporations have the ability to silence RNs, every patient will pay the price. More »

Labor law reform would make mines safer

Labor law reform would make mines safer

By now, most of the nation is well aware of the hideous safety record of Massey Energy's Upper Big Branch coal mine south of Charleston, W. Va. where at least 25 miners died this week in the worst U.S. mining accident in a quarter-century. As the Washington Post, for example, noted yesterday, "the federal Mine Safety and Health Administration cited Upper Big Branch for 1,342 safety violations from 2005 through Monday, proposing $1.89 million in fines, according to federal records." More »

Temple Tells Nurses: Constitution Doesn’t Apply to You

Temple Tells Nurses: Constitution Doesn’t Apply to You

A strike by 1500 nurses, healthcare professional and technical employees at Temple University Hospital represented by the Pennsylvania of Association of Staff Nurses and Allied Professionals began this morning at 7:00 a.m. with a picket line that eventually grew to over 1200 for a noon-time rally. More »

Temple Hospital Gags Nurses, Endangering Patients: Please Help

Temple Hospital Gags Nurses, Endangering Patients: Please Help

Do you wish that your nurse had a gag order preventing her from speaking up on behalf of patients? Should RNs be fired for reporting on hospital safety errors? What about prosecuted for blowing the whistle on quack doctors or heartless healthcare corporations? Unfortunately this is exactly what too many hospitals are trying to do in our nation today. While the healthcare bill may have passed, there remain life and death patient safety and care issues that we as a nation need to address. More »

Report blows holes in Whitman’s anti-worker rhetoric

Report blows holes in Whitman’s anti-worker rhetoric

Weren't seven years of Arnold Schwarzenegger's dysfunctional tenure in California enough? Schwarzenegger rode into the governor’s office riding the wind not just of his Hollywood fame, but on the bluster that he was an outsider, not just another career politician, that his vast personal wealth made him impervious to "special interests" such as unions (exempting big corporations which always have his help), and that he would fix state government by blowing it up. More »

California insurance denials rose after public uproar

California insurance denials rose after public uproar

In the weeks following public outcry about claims denials by California's biggest private insurers, the insurance giants continued to deny more than one fourth of all claims for services. That's from new data released today by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee following the announcement that California Attorney General Jerry Brown plans to subpoena financial documents and other records from the insurance companies. More »

CA Seizes Health Reform Initiative—Single-Payer Passes Senate

CA Seizes Health Reform Initiative—Single-Payer Passes Senate

Congress may not have the political courage to move forward with a national health reform agenda...but in California the drive to pass guaranteed healthcare reform is back on track, with the Senate today passing legislation by a 22 to 14 vote to enact Medicare for all, single-payer reforms. More »

Denial of Care Profits: $73 million for CIGNA’s retiring CEO

Denial of Care Profits: $73 million for CIGNA’s retiring CEO

It's hard for most of us to imagine a lifestyle supported by a $73 million retirement bonus. It's even harder to imagine a whole nation's healthcare controlled by those who have benefited so wildly from denying healthcare to those who need it. More »

Nurse Talk Exclusive -Sharon Waite and Melanie Thompson Sutter Modesto Memorial Medical Center RNs

Nurse Talk Exclusive -Sharon Waite and Melanie Thompson Sutter Modesto Memorial Medical Center RNs

On June 26 & 27th Sutter Modesto Memorial Medical Center RN’s will cast their votes for or against joining California Nurses Association. It takes courage to fight for what you think is right. This has been a two year battle for the nurses against a very powerful hospital corporation. If you listen to Melanie and Sharon, you will hear two very sensible, passionate, compassionate nurses who want whats best for their patients, their fellow nurses and their community. More »

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