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Northern California Sutter RNs to Strike May 1 To Protest Attack on Patient Care, RN Standards

Northern California Sutter RNs to Strike May 1 To Protest Attack on Patient Care, RN Standards

Sutter is making demands for contract concessions and sweeping cuts in care despite making over $4 billion in profits since 2007, and handing its chief executive Pat Fry at 215 percent pay hike to over $4 million a year, in addition to salaries of over $1 million a year to some 20 other top executives. Join the Sutter RNs on the picket line, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at these locations: 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 »

Oppose AB 2348 proposed by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell

Oppose AB 2348 proposed by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell

California Nurses Association calls it a major encroachment on nurse practitioners’ practice and unsafe expansion of registered nurses’ scope of practice. 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 »

The Real Cure for “Obamacare”: Medicare for All

The Real Cure for “Obamacare”: Medicare for All

With the approaching Supreme Court showdown on the President Obama’s 2010 health care law (the Affordable Care Act, modeled on Mitt Romney’s law in Massachusetts), the U.S. healthcare system remains a dysfunctional mess, as nurses bear witness to every day. By RoseAnn DeMoro, NNU Executive Director More »

I Dreamed About My Cancer Docs Last Night

I Dreamed About My Cancer Docs Last Night

My sleep was restless last night except for the snippets of scenes where I was being tended to by my cancer doctors from some time ago. In those dreams they cared for my body and comforted my fears as we worked together to overcome my illness. Of course time had changed things a bit and their offices were interwoven with the sweet things only dreams can infuse, but it sure was nice to revisit a time in my medical life when the system was even a little less broken than it is today. Don’t get me wrong, the bills were crushing then and some of the barriers daunting, but the slide to an even more difficult healthcare system for patients and our providers continues and deepens. More »

Statement by Karen Higgins, RN, Co-President NNU

Statement by Karen Higgins, RN, Co-President NNU

As a Registered Nurse for [32] years, I have seen the struggles of patients, particularly women, to access the care they need. Skyrocketing out of pocket costs, restrictions on network providers, and coverage limitations can keep my patients from receiving treatment in a timely fashion, ultimately compromising their health and costing all of us dearly. More »

As Court Showdown Nears, Our Healthcare System Still a Mess

As Court Showdown Nears, Our Healthcare System Still a Mess

Commentary from Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director, National Nurses United, AFL-CIO and California Nurses Association, published by Huffington Post. More »

U.S. Healthcare in a Glance

U.S. Healthcare in a Glance

The percentage of adults with no health insurance is the highest on record, 17.3 percent of adults as of the third quarter of 2011. Three years ago, in the third quarter of 2008, only 14.4 percent of adults lacked health insurance. More »

Of Taxes and Real Entitlement

Of Taxes and Real Entitlement

Robin Hood rides to France. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has followed through on his promise to put before parliament a financial transaction tax – calling it a “Robin Hood Tax” – of 0.1% on stock trades to commence in August, according to reports. Absent from the tax: bond sales. Sarkozy also proposed raising the basic consumption tax (VAT) by 1.6 percent, to 21.2 percent, and upping by 2 percentage points the taxes paid on financial profits. His proposed targets of new revenue: an increase in construction of low-income housing and creation of an “industry bank” to make cheaper loans to small and medium companies. More »

‘A Nightmare on Wall Street’: New Video From Nurses Says Time to Hold Wall Street Accountable to Hea

‘A Nightmare on Wall Street’: New Video From Nurses Says Time to Hold Wall Street Accountable to Hea

If there is one enduring message from the past year, it is that the days of silent suffering are over for the millions of Americans who continue to face a daily struggle to survive while Wall Street high rollers have yet to be called to account for ruining our economy. By: RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director National Nurses United More »

The Politics of Lowered Expectations

The Politics of Lowered Expectations

Ezra Klein, the bright, young, economic policy columnist for the "Washington Post" believes that Obama came out ahead last year in the "administration's bitter, high-stakes negotiations with the Republicans in Congress." More »

TAKE ACTION! Stop the Assault on Your Scope of Practice!

TAKE ACTION! Stop the Assault on Your Scope of Practice!

Just think how drastically your nursing practice would change for the worse if your patients’ caregivers or family members were allowed to give them medications in the hospital? That is just one of many recent changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as conditions of participation. More »

New study: Jobs crisis promotes rationing of care

New study: Jobs crisis promotes rationing of care

A new NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation survey released today documented again the direct link between the economic crisis – you know the one Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman now says we ought to start calling a Depression – and families undermining their health. More »

Texas Tragedy Reminder of a Job for Robin Hood

Texas Tragedy Reminder of a Job for Robin Hood

In a year of ghastly stories from the economic implosions on Main Street, this one might have been the worst. By: NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro More »

Nurses Lead Solidarity Actions “Across the Pond” from 2 million striking British workers

Nurses Lead Solidarity Actions “Across the Pond” from 2 million striking British workers

As more than 2 million nurses, teachers, paramedics and other workers held the largest strike in over three decades across Great Britain, National Nurses United, joined by other union members, held energetic support rallies in six U.S. cities to show solidarity with their embattled British counterparts. More »

Solidarity Messages from the U.S. to the U.K. - Nov. 30, 2011

Solidarity Messages from the U.S. to the U.K. - Nov. 30, 2011

"I stand with you in spirit. I am unable to attend a rally. As a Registered Nurse for the past 43 years, and as a Human Being on this planet, we all deserve respect. I myself face living in poverty at retirement. Can't we all support each other? I think we can. Keep up the fight!" Read the collection in this NNU tribute blog post to UK nurses and public workers fighting to save their pensions. More »

In the Public Interest by Ralph Nader

In the Public Interest by Ralph Nader

"Here, look at this handsome L.L. Bean catalog and tell me what you want for Christmas," said a relative over Thanksgiving weekend. I started leafing through the 88 page cornucopia with hundreds of clothing and household products, garnished by free gift cards and guaranteed free shipping. More »

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