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NNU Nurses Win Historic Victory at MedStar Health!

NNU Nurses Win Historic Victory at MedStar Health!

After three arbitration decisions by two separate arbitrators and a federal judge’s order, hospital management has entered into a settlement agreement with nurses represented by National Nurses United to repay nurses for nearly all increases in out-of-pocket costs and premium increases for calendar years 2012 and 2013. The reimbursements will be applicable to NNU members at Washington Hospital Center who enroll in the company’s Care First healthcare plan. More »

Washington Nurses, Patients, Community Step Up the Fight for Safe Patient Care in DC Hospitals

Washington Nurses, Patients, Community Step Up the Fight for Safe Patient Care in DC Hospitals

In the face of heavy-handed opposition by the $1.2 billion District of Columbia hospital industry, a broad cross section of DC registered nurses, patients, and other community leaders today made a compelling case for safer care in DC hospitals. More »

Robin Hood tax would change tone in Washington

Robin Hood tax would change tone in Washington

Activists from across the land gathered in Washington October 29 to step up what has become an increasingly vocal demand for a change of priorities and tone – with a call to expand the revenue pie with a tax on Wall Street speculation, the Robin Hood tax. More »

NNU Joins National Action to Reclaim MLK’s Dream

NNU Joins National Action to Reclaim MLK’s Dream

Washington, DC--On Saturday, August 24, join nurse and other groups for a rally and commemorative march along MLK’s historic 1963 route to bring the Main Street Contract and the call for living wage jobs, equal access to quality education, guaranteed healthcare, a secure retirement, clean and safe housing and a fair taxation system to Congress and the President. More »

To Honor National Nurses Week, Help RNs Win Safe Staffing Ratios

To Honor National Nurses Week, Help RNs Win Safe Staffing Ratios

HR 1907, the Safe Nurse Staffing for Patient Safety and Quality Care Act, a bill re-introduction today in the House of Representatives by Rep. Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, establishes minimum RN ratios for every hospital unit at all times. It also provides whistleblower protection to assure that nurses are free to speak out for enforcement of safe staffing standards. Please add your name to our letter supporting this exciting legislation! More »

Robin Hood Pays DC a Visit - Wants Wall Street to Pay a Tax!

Robin Hood Pays DC a Visit - Wants Wall Street to Pay a Tax!

On April 17th, Congressman Keith Ellison, Chairman of the Progressive Caucus, introduced the Inclusive Prosperity Act (HR 1579), which would generate hundreds of billions of dollars a year through a tiny tax on Wall Street trading. It's the exact kind of bold leadership and legislation our nation needs right now. April 20th, a thousand people rallied in Washington in support of this bill. More »

HR 1579—The New Bill to Rebuild the Nation With a Tax on Wall Street

HR 1579—The New Bill to Rebuild the Nation With a Tax on Wall Street

Calling the legislation "remarkable" and "bold," Rep. Barbara Lee told the press conference that HR 1579 would address "out-of-control tactics" on Wall Street and would "lead to critical investments for our future -- in health and development assistance." More »

“A HUGE DAY” Rep. Keith Ellison, on reintroduction of the Inclusive Prosperity Act, H.R. 1579

“A HUGE DAY” Rep. Keith Ellison, on reintroduction of the Inclusive Prosperity Act, H.R. 1579

“The global crisis cost Americans $19 trillion in lost wealth.... American citizens provided the money to stabilize the financial sector….The global financial crisis, along with wars, unabated and unaddressed climate change, unsustainable tax cuts, and a continuing unemployment crisis, if unaddressed, will deprive a generation of a meaningful role in the larger economy.” More »

JOIN ROBIN HOOD IN DC ON APRIL 20

JOIN ROBIN HOOD IN DC ON APRIL 20

Wall Street banks and corporations are raking in record profits while our communities continue to suffer job losses and cuts to public programs. Instead of lining the pockets of corporate fat cats, this money should go to our children’s Head Start programs, Grandma’s retirement, and fixing our broken healthcare system. JOIN US! More »

Treasury Nominee Jack Lew Needs to Get Behind the Robin Hood Tax

Treasury Nominee Jack Lew Needs to Get Behind the Robin Hood Tax

Advocates for American communities still reeling from the 2008 financial collapse are calling upon the Senate Finance Committee this week to press Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew for commitments to hold Wall Street accountable.. One way to do that is to get his pledge of support for the Inclusive Prosperity Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), which embodies the Robin Hood Tax —a small sales tax on Wall Street speculative activity that would raise up to $350 billion a year and start to turn around our hurting communities. More »

Nurses lead push for safer care in DC hospitals

Nurses lead push for safer care in DC hospitals

The proposed law benefits all patients in the District with mandatory minimum nurse-to-patient ratios by hospital unit, whistle-blower protections and an end to mandatory overtime. Nurses are burned out and that puts patient care in jeopardy. “This is a problem at every single hospital in the city,” said Raj. More »

Don’t Push Seniors Off the ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Don’t Push Seniors Off the ‘Fiscal Cliff’

With the November election rapidly fading into memory and the basic building blocks of a civil society once again under grave threat from Wall Street and their acolytes in Washington, nurses and other activists have, once again, had to step up the fight to protect basic programs and make the case for real revenue needed to build a sustainable future. 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 »

Nurses’ Main Street Campaign to Rebuild America

Nurses’ Main Street Campaign to Rebuild America

In every city and town across America today there is a "Mr. Cellophane," as the musical Chicago put it, and other men, women, and children who seem to have become invisible to those who set policy in Washington and to the financiers on Wall Street who put them in the shadows. More »

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 »

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 »