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The True Price of Gas in Torrance

The True Price of Gas in Torrance

"A plume of smoke blanketed the city of Torrance Wednesday, Feb. 18 after the ExxonMobil refinery explosion jolted local residents. It shook homes and schools, ripped through the city like an earthquake, injured workers, and rained ash that covered sidewalks with black soot. When nurses arrived to see the damage, the toxic air caused them nausea and choking that persisted through the day. More »

Trade Deals Should Come With Their Own Warnings for Public Health

Trade Deals Should Come With Their Own Warnings for Public Health

The problem with so many of the international trade deals signed at the behest of transnational corporations the past three decades. National sovereignty is overridden by the inexorable push for higher corporate profits, with public health frequently a first target. More »

Enloe Medical Center RN’s Vote Strongly in Favor of New Contract

Enloe Medical Center RN’s Vote Strongly in Favor of New Contract

CHICO—Registered nurses at Enloe Medical Center in Chico have overwhelmingly approved a new three year contract covering 860 RNs affiliated with the California Nurses Association. More »

The Same Fight

The Same Fight

Members of the United Steelworkers union on strike from their jobs at the Tesoro Golden Eagle Refinery in Martinez, Calif. got a major boost today from registered nurses around the Bay Area who joined their picket line to show support and share stories about why it's critical for workers to have a say in their work in order to protect the health and safety of themselves and their communities. More »

Big Pharma and the Rush to the Latest Dangerous Trade Pact: Part 1 of 2

Big Pharma and the Rush to the Latest Dangerous Trade Pact: Part 1 of 2

To get a glimpse of how corporate-oriented trade deals, such as the currently proposed Trans-Pacific Partnership, threaten both the public interest and national sovereignty, take a look at an innovative green energy initiative in Ontario, Canada. In the years following the 2008 global economic crash, Ontario moved forward on a climate action plan billed the “most comprehensive renewable energy policy” in the world. It would provide premium rates for renewable energy for businesses, local governments, and first nations, and a lot of local jobs with a requirement that a minimum percentage of the labor force and materials be local to Ontario. In “This Changes Everything,” her book on the climate crisis, Naomi Klein tells what happened next. Citing World Trade Organization rules, the European Union charged that the buy local provisions would discriminate against non-Ontario businesses. The WTO ruled the local laws were illegal, and the project, the improved local economy and contribution to climate action, were scuttled. More »

It May Not Be Making Headlines But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Over….Update on EBOLA

It May Not Be Making Headlines But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Over….Update on EBOLA

Although EBOLA has all but vanished from the news it is still not over by any measure. RN DeAnn McEwen, Nursing Practice, Health and Safety Specialist for National Nurses United joins Casey and Shayne to talk about current issues and remaining challenges in the fight. More »

Nurses Stand in Solidarity with Steelworkers Amid Safety Concerns

Nurses Stand in Solidarity with Steelworkers Amid Safety Concerns

NNU is especially alarmed at the serious threat for workers and residents of local communities near the refineries posed by unsafe staffing levels, excessive worker overtime demands, and the reports of daily occurrences of fires, emissions, leaks and explosions that put tens of thousands of people in danger. More »

Nurse’s Court Win Shows Workers Can Beat Koch Brothers-Style Attacks

Nurse’s Court Win Shows Workers Can Beat Koch Brothers-Style Attacks

A civil jury has ordered an Ohio hospital, part of one of the most notorious anti-union hospital chains in the U.S., to pay over $2 million in damages for its actions against Ann Wayt, an Ohio registered nurse it fired, illegally sought to have her nursing license revoked, and then defamed in retaliation for her outspoken patient advocacy and support for her union. More »

Providence Nurses Say Enough is Enough: No More Cuts

Providence Nurses Say Enough is Enough: No More Cuts

Refusing to accept current working conditions, scores of California Nurses Association/National Nurses United RNs from three Los Angeles-area Providence hospitals rallied and picketed on the sidewalks of Saint John's Health Center and Little Company of Mary Torrance, with the same message directed at management: " No cuts!" As they bargain contracts at each of the facilities, nurses demand enforceable staffing language, no cuts in benefits, and enough of a raise in wages to solve Providence's chronic, and costly, crisis of recruitment and retention. More »

Book Review: America’s Bitter Pill, by Steven Brill

Book Review: America’s Bitter Pill, by Steven Brill

A look at Steven Brill's new book in which he tackles the Gordian knot of the American Healthcare System: what he got right and what he got wrong. More »

Nurses Rally at EPA Hearing, Champion Public Health

Nurses Rally at EPA Hearing, Champion Public Health

Nurses were the highlight of the rally. More than 50 were attending a CE class nearby, and they marched down J Street in red scrubs and surgical masks, chanting Clean Air Is Health Care. More »

Pharma, healthcare’s 8-ton gorilla, comes under increasing scrutiny

Pharma, healthcare’s 8-ton gorilla, comes under increasing scrutiny

For all the heavy weights in the healthcare industry, that industry that now gobbles about one fifth of the U.S. economy, none has more weight to throw around than the pharmaceutical giants. Big drug companies make the most profit, mark up their prices the most, have the most clout in Congress and other elected officials, and generally get whatever they want. More »

National Nurses Announce Donation to Ebola Health Work in West Africa

National Nurses Announce Donation to Ebola Health Work in West Africa

National Nurses United today announced a donation of $40,000 to the disaster relief organization International Medical Corps, which is on the front lines of the Ebola response, for its continued efforts to eradicate the deadly virus in West Africa. More »

Kaiser RNs OK new pact with overwhelming approval vote

Kaiser RNs OK new pact with overwhelming approval vote

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and 65 clinics across Northern and Central California, the largest nurses’ collective bargaining contract in the U.S., have voted to approve a new three-year agreement that provides for substantial improvements in patient care, health and safety protections for nurses, and economic gains. More »

Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street Needed for Broad Economic Reform

Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street Needed for Broad Economic Reform

National Nurses United today welcomed President Obama’s call to reduce income inequality in the U.S. through new taxes on financial institutions and the wealthiest Americans as a “fresh start,” but called on the White House and Congress to go farther and adopt a robust tax on Wall Street speculation to raise the “real revenue needed to repair the U.S. economy and meet the human needs still neglected by the Wall Street-created economic crash. More »

A Tax on Wallstreet Goes Beyond Treating the Symptom

A Tax on Wallstreet Goes Beyond Treating the Symptom

With President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech Tuesday night expected to include calls for higher taxes on capital gains and closure of assorted tax breaks for the 1 percent – on the heels of the recent proposal by Representative Chris Van Hollen, the second top ranked Democrat in the House, for revenue enhancements including a version of a tax on Wall Street – it’s clear the campaign for tax justice is making traction in Washington. More »

Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: 18,000 RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, Workplace Protections

Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: 18,000 RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, Workplace Protections

With a settlement that is likely to elevate RN standards across the nation, California Nurses Association/National Nurses announced a major tentative contract agreement for 18,000 California RNs who work at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics. The deal will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care, and breakthrough improvements in workplace protections. More »

The White House Community College Initiative an Investment in our Future

The White House Community College Initiative an Investment in our Future

National Nurses United supports the White House's new community college initiative – a move that would open doors for a new generation of registered nurses. More »

More from the People’s Climate Summit in Peru

More from the People’s Climate Summit in Peru

Last week, we participated in the People's Climate Summit march in Lima, Peru. The march wove through busy Lima streets, blocking traffic and shutting down large parts of the downtown area. It ended at Plaza San Martin, a central plaza surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings. The plaza was filled with drumming, music, and chanting. Banners and flags waved in the air calling for climate justice. More »

Nurses join tour of fracking sites hosted by Movement Generation

Nurses join tour of fracking sites hosted by Movement Generation

On the drive down to the valley, we talked about the intersection of labor and environmental justice and about what a just transition would really mean. Our nurses spoke very thoughtfully about health and environmental justice. They related the profit motives of their hospitals leading to poor patient care and deteriorating working conditions in some of the most environmentally impacted communities. Clarita and Pushpa are power houses. More »

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