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Just Say No - no more cuts for workers

Just Say No - no more cuts for workers

By Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director, National Nurses United, AFL-CIO. There should be two lasting lessons to emerge from the heroic labor-led protests in Wisconsin. First, working people--with our many allies, students, seniors, women's organizations, and more--are inspired and ready to fight. Second, we need to send a clear and unequivocal message to the right-wing politicians and those in the media suggesting further concessions from working people. More »

@ProtestInTheUSA: from Madison to America…from Workers to All People

@ProtestInTheUSA: from Madison to America…from Workers to All People

Is this Wisconsin revolt the protest that wakes up America and starts the push-back to big business and their anti-human agenda? National Nurses United sure hopes so, and we're doing our part to move that along. Please join our efforts by following @ProtestInTheUsa, our new national newsline of reports, notices, and videos about specific protests in the USA concerning democracy, healthcare, workers’ rights, and human rights. More »

An alternative vision for the President’s budget

An alternative vision for the President’s budget

President Obama's Republican-lite budget is a reminder of how off track the state of politics has become inside the Beltway, and why we could use some of the protests that rocked Cairo's Tahrir Square in the United States. Rather than accommodating a corporate wish list that prioritizes deficit reduction at a time of a still persistent recession, how about a vastly different approach. More »

Nurse protest prompts Blue Shield to delay rate hike

Nurse protest prompts Blue Shield to delay rate hike

Blue Shield of California today announced a 60-day reprieve in an unconscionable rate hike of up to 59 percent it intends to foist on individuals and families. The announcement coincided with announced plans by nurses, patients, and consumer advocates who stormed Blue Shield's posh California corporate headquarters in downtown San Francisco. More »

RN Hero Mandi Howard on her Haiti experience and the USS Iwo Jima

RN Hero Mandi Howard on her Haiti experience and the USS Iwo Jima

When I first got the call from RNRN that I was going on a US Navy ship to participate in Continuing Promise 2010 I was so excited and I have to say that excitement lasted the whole trip! Working with the military and living aboard the USS Iwo Jima was a great experience that I will never forget. More »

Top 10 Reasons Why the Health Repeal Vote is Inane

Top 10 Reasons Why the Health Repeal Vote is Inane

At a time when so many Americans continue to fall through the gaping holes in our healthcare system, it's hard to imagine a more dysfunctional debate in Washington than the charade this week over the Republican effort to repeal President Obama's healthcare law. More »

Let’s stop pretending it was a government takeover of healthcare

Let’s stop pretending it was a government takeover of healthcare

If the Obama healthcare bill is just a "government takeover," why are healthcare industry CEOs being rewarded with so much money? The alleged expropriation of healthcare by big government is, of course, a major story line of the right and the new leadership of the House which is planning the useless exercise of a vote to repeal the law. But if the private companies who actually do control our health are hurting so badly, why are they shelling out so much to their top executives? By Deborah Burger, RN, NNU Co-president More »

Healthcare CEOs doing just fine without healthcare law repeal

Healthcare CEOs doing just fine without healthcare law repeal

If the Obama health care bill is just a "government takeover," why are healthcare industry CEOs being rewarded with so much money? More »

National Excerpts from Haiti Relief RNs

National Excerpts from Haiti Relief RNs

“The whole place is a hill of rubble,” he said. “It’s really difficult to get your brain around that level of catastrophe. Where in the world have 200,000 people died in one spot at one time?” More »

Lauren Aichele, RN, Helps Haiti Earthquake Victims

Lauren Aichele, RN, Helps Haiti Earthquake Victims

February 2, 2010 was the beginning of what would be the most exciting and rewarding experience that I have ever been involved in. More »

Ashley Forsberg, RN, Helps Haiti Earthquake Victims

Ashley Forsberg, RN, Helps Haiti Earthquake Victims

Ashley Forsberg, RN, a medical/surgical nurse from Sparrow Hospital in Lansing, Michigan is brimming with emotion from her relief work in Haiti on the Navy ship USNS Comfort. More »

Deborah Burger, RN, NNU Council of Presidents Helps Haiti Earthquake Victims

Deborah Burger, RN, NNU Council of Presidents Helps Haiti Earthquake Victims

When the terrible earthquake struck Haiti, followed by a flood of media attention and global concern, RNs in America knew one thing: nurses would be in Haiti long after the TV cameras left. More »

National RN Relief Group Teams Up With Navy for Medical Mission to Haiti

National RN Relief Group Teams Up With Navy for Medical Mission to Haiti

The first team of registered nurse volunteers from California, Michigan, and Washington State will depart for Haiti Wednesday morning with the Department of Defense’s Continuing Promise, National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, announced today. More »

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 »

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