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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 »

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 »

Medicare for all CA Bus tour: In West Covina Tonight SiCKO ‘Sisters’ Reunite

Medicare for all CA Bus tour: In West Covina Tonight SiCKO ‘Sisters’ Reunite

Today in West Covina, the California Nurses Association summer 2012 Medicare for all bus tour will come to a close. After visiting 18 other California cities since June 19, the nurses will wrap up this run with a bang and with clarity. Three of the subjects of Michael Moore’s 2007 documentary film SiCKO will be on hand to help lead others in sharing their stories of struggle and frustration with the broken healthcare system. More »

After the Supremes, Another look at the Affordable Care Act

After the Supremes, Another look at the Affordable Care Act

With the Supreme Court decision upholding the Affordable Care Act (ACA), it’s a good time to look at what the law does (and doesn’t do): More »

Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Why Medicare For All is Still Needed

Understanding the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Why Medicare For All is Still Needed

Take a look at the key parts of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court on June 28, 2012, and where the law falls short. More »

Let’s get healthcare reform right with Medicare for All

Let’s get healthcare reform right with Medicare for All

Now is not the time for more bailouts to the insurance industry, lowering patient care standards, or abandoning those patients and families who continue to face un-payable medical bills, insurance denials, or who remain uninsured or under insured. Let’s win the reform that can guarantee a single standard of quality care for all: Improved and expanded Medicare. Get Involved! More »

Why Jamie Dimon and His Wall Street Buddies Need to Pay a Robin Hood Tax

Why Jamie Dimon and His Wall Street Buddies Need to Pay a Robin Hood Tax

A modest tax on speculative financial transactions would be some restitution for the human costs of this bank-made crisis. More »

Robin Hood Tax Launch Day

Robin Hood Tax Launch Day

The day kicked off with some mischievous merry folk creeping around New York long before the sun was up to mask some of the cities best known statues. By the time sun was up everyone from Ghandi to Andy Warhol was wearing the icon green mask and hat. More »

Health Insurance Fine Print Still Written in Blood

Health Insurance Fine Print Still Written in Blood

With great fanfare this week, the Washington Post reports that United Healthcare plans to keep key consumer provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act no matter what the Supreme Court rules about the individual insurance purchase mandate. It sounds so, well, friendly and reasonable, doesn’t it? But read it again and then I want to tell you what that really says to America’s patients and to United Healthcare’s policyholders. More »

It Would Not Be the End of Health Reform, Just a Chance to Get It Right

It Would Not Be the End of Health Reform, Just a Chance to Get It Right

If President Obama is now confiding to Democratic donors that he may have to "revisit" health care in a second term if the Supreme Court throws out his first attempt, as Bloomberg News reported June 1, maybe this time we can get it right. More »

NURSES  BRING  ROBIN HOOD TO CHICAGO

NURSES BRING ROBIN HOOD TO CHICAGO

More than 6,000 nurses and activists gathered at Daley Plaza in Chicago Friday to rock out with musician Tom Morello and call for a tax on financial speculation — a Robin Hood tax. This small sales tax on Wall Street trades could raise up to $350 billion a year in the U.S., money that American communities desperately need. More »

Everybody likes Robin Hood, right?

Everybody likes Robin Hood, right?

Well, almost everybody – weeks after granting NNU a permit for a march to and rally at Daley Plaza, the city of Chicago now wants to change our march route and move the rally from Daley Plaza to Petrillo band shell at Butler Field. Either NNU agrees, or else. More »

National Nurses’ Week ~ Thank You Nurses!

National Nurses’ Week ~ Thank You Nurses!

Today marks the start of National Nurses’ Week. And like a lot of people across the nation who are touched and saved by the contributions of 3.1 million registered nurses, we want to say a simple THANK YOU. Click through for special downloads to help thank nurses everywhere! More »

Robin Hood Joins Nurses’ Campaign to Heal America

Robin Hood Joins Nurses’ Campaign to Heal America

What in the world? The registered nurses of National Nurses United cannot wait to welcome one of the world’s leading defenders of common people to their uncommon May 18th march and rally in Chicago. It’s time for Robin Hood to lend his legendary fame of days gone by to help with the nurses’ campaign to heal the modern-day financial traumas faced by real people at the hands of Wall Street. More »

What Will  the Next Generation of Unionists Do for Millions of Workers Still Unemployed?

What Will the Next Generation of Unionists Do for Millions of Workers Still Unemployed?

“Thinking about Labor’s Future” is a series which will describe what the labor movement has achieved for America’s working families during the past two decades, and the problems (and opportunities) that will confront the unions of tomorrow. Each week, Harry will do an article on a separate issue. In addition to jobs and unemployment, we will include columns on war and nuclear threats, union organizing, leadership, political activity, healthcare, education, retirement income, technology, the workplace, taxes, global relations and working class culture. Stay tuned. More »

How the Media Distorts Coverage of Social Security

How the Media Distorts Coverage of Social Security

Here are some headlines you won't see after the government releases new figures on Social Security and Medicare later today: "Social Security Trust Fund Even Larger Than It Was Last Year." "Growing Wealth Inequity Will Lead to Social Security Imbalance Later This Century." "For-Profit Healthcare Poses Threat to Medicare, Federal Deficit, and Overall Economy in Coming Decades." Instead here's what we've already seen: "Aging workforce strains Social Security, Medicare." More »

Open Letter to Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, by Ralph Nader

Open Letter to Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, by Ralph Nader

You have come to your leadership position of our country’s labor federation of unions with 13 million members the hard way. Starting by working in the coal mines, then becoming a lawyer, heading the United Mine Workers, then becoming the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO before assuming your present position in 2009, who can pull rank on you in the formal labor movement? More »

This is a hospital, not Disneyland

This is a hospital, not Disneyland

How nursing scripts and patient satisfaction surveys project a fantasy of care, not real care. “Hello, Mr. Smith. My name is Joanne. I am your nurse. Are you experiencing any pain today? No? That’s good. Do you need help getting to the bathroom?” (check script) “Can I fluff your pillow, bring you a magazine, turn on your TV, move your water bottle closer?” (check script) “I am so happy to be of service, this is all part of the excellent care we provide here at Happy Homes Medical Center and Resort.” More »

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