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For This Labor Day We Need a Main Street Contract for the American People

For This Labor Day We Need a Main Street Contract for the American People

In 1963, labor was at its apex of strength, as evidenced just two years later with enactment of another signature reform in America, Medicare and Medicaid, the direct result of a campaign led by unions and active and retired union members. More »

Listen to Your Local Nurses! Monopoly Medicine is Bad for Your Health

Listen to Your Local Nurses! Monopoly Medicine is Bad for Your Health

The registered nurses of National Nurses Organizing Committee have put up billboards in California, Ohio, and West Virginia as part of our national campaign to educate the public about Community Health Systems, one of the country’s largest hospital corporations. More »

Let’s Talk About Health Care and I Don’t Mean the ACA

Let’s Talk About Health Care and I Don’t Mean the ACA

By Deborah Burger, RN and NNU Co-president. Let's talk about health care. I don't mean debating the Affordable Care Act. I mean health care, as in: If everyone needs health care, guarantee that everybody gets it. I know, when it comes to health care, it's easy to get into a debate for or against Obamacare. But we nurses see the world through a different lens: our patients. More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Beware of Electronic Medical Records

NURSE TALK RADIO: Beware of Electronic Medical Records

NURSE TALK RADIO: RNs DeAnn McEwen and Michelle Mahon tell it like it is. EMR, or Electronic Medical Records, systems are rolling out “live” in hospitals across the country. BUT WAIT! Were nurses at the table when these systems were designed and then implemented? More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: The Flu Shot Debate with NNU Co-President, Karen Higgins

NURSE TALK RADIO: The Flu Shot Debate with NNU Co-President, Karen Higgins

Flu shot controversy rages on. What do you think? Nurse Talk took a Facebook poll this week and we got some very passionate answers. We will share this with you in the show. Very interesting—and no less interesting was a mainstream media newscast we’ll share. Fired for not getting a flu shot? One hundred and fifty at TriHealth, Cincinnati’s largest employer live to tell. More »

Retired RN Kay McVay Honored with 2013 “RAGE for JUSTICE” Award

Retired RN Kay McVay Honored with 2013 “RAGE for JUSTICE” Award

Kay McVay worked as a registered nurse in critical care for nearly four decades before retiring in 1995. She is a tenacious and effective champion of patients’ rights who was elected and served as the former Vice President, and then President of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee from 1994 to 2003. As a young girl growing up in Compton, California, school counselors discouraged her aspirations to become a nurse. The rest is history. More »

7 Ways the Affordable Care Act May Shift Costs to Patients

7 Ways the Affordable Care Act May Shift Costs to Patients

With the one-year anniversary of the Supreme Court ruling upholding the Affordable Care Act near, it’s time to ask if the decision to put the burden of cutting costs on patients, not corporate healthcare profiteering, is the fatal flaw in the plan. By Karen Higgins, RN and co-president of National Nurses United. 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 »

Time for a Sales Tax on Wall Street Financial Transactions

Time for a Sales Tax on Wall Street Financial Transactions

The reckless actions of Wall Street institutions led to the collapse of the the U.S. economy and the deep recession of 2008-09. The Wall Street firms looted and gambled trillions in worker pensions and mutual fund savings. The Wall Street traders made billions of dollars in speculative money -- bets on bets -- holding hostage the real economy where money is made by providing goods and services. And the actions of Wall Street resulted in the loss of more than 8 million jobs. 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 »

National RN Upadate: DC Actions, Stop Social Security Cuts, Charity Care, Massachusetts

National RN Upadate: DC Actions, Stop Social Security Cuts, Charity Care, Massachusetts

TAKE ACTION to stop Social Security Cuts! Join us on April 20 in DC. Robin Hood will be marching from the IMF and World Bank to the US Treasury to demand a Robin Hood Tax in the U.S. We hope you can join us! On April 17 Congressmember Ellison (D-MN) will be holding a press conference to herald the reintroduction of The Inclusive Prosperity Act which calls for a Robin Hood Tax. Get details and see more updates! 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 »

Six Charts That Illustrate Just How Much Higher Health Care Costs Are For Americans

Six Charts That Illustrate Just How Much Higher Health Care Costs Are For Americans

Still, a report released by the International Federation of Health Plans (i.e., health insurance companies) today provides a striking reminder of just how much more expensive health care is for Americans. More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Holding Insurance Companies Accountable and Healthcare Colorado

NURSE TALK RADIO: Holding Insurance Companies Accountable and Healthcare Colorado

This week one of our good friends returns to Nurse Talk to talk about her new project, Healthcare for All Colorado. None other than Donna Smith is with. Donna as most of our listeners know, worked for five years as National Nurses United Legislative Advocate based in D.C. She just returned to her home state of Colorado and now serves as the Executive Director of Healthcare for All Colorado. More »

Why labor should oppose the pipeline

Why labor should oppose the pipeline

As pressure from the fossil-fuel industry, conservative Canadian and US politicians, and some construction unions mounts on President Obama to greenlight the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project, a growing coalition has a different message. More »

Lew’s Latest Shows US Increasingly Out of Step in Holding Wall Street Accountable

Lew’s Latest Shows US Increasingly Out of Step in Holding Wall Street Accountable

How far behind the rest of the world can we continue to fall on holding the Wall Street traders and tycoons to account for the mess they made of our economy? The sharp contrast Monday between the Obama administration and Europe in statements about a financial speculation tax shows the gap appears to be widening. More »

John Nichols: Avoid sequester cuts by taxing Wall Street

John Nichols: Avoid sequester cuts by taxing Wall Street

Sequestration threatens to cut vital public services and undermines the economy in order to achieve budget priorities that benefit Wall Street while damaging Main Street. More »

Nurses Oppose the KXL Pipeline - and All of Labor Should Too

Nurses Oppose the KXL Pipeline - and All of Labor Should Too

Noticeably absent from President Obama's "fix-it-first" program for rebuilding America's crumbling infrastructure, highlighted in his State of the Union speech, is, so far, the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project. Let's keep it that way. More »

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