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Mass. Nurses Association Donna Kelly Williams - Patient Safety Act

Mass. Nurses Association Donna Kelly Williams - Patient Safety Act

SURVEY SAYS! 85% of RNs agree that the quality of patient care in Massachusetts’ hospitals is suffering due to unsafe patient assignments. Nurses across the country continue their fight for patient safety. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 07/03/15 More »

HealthAlliance nurses in Leominster reach tentative 3-year pact

HealthAlliance nurses in Leominster reach tentative 3-year pact

After nearly a year of negotiations, registered nurses at HealthAlliance Hospital - Leominster Campus are celebrating what they consider a victory after reaching a tentative agreement for a three-year contract Monday evening that they say improves nurse-to-patient staffing and overall patient safety. —Paula J. Owen, Telegram & Gazette, 07/02/15 More »

City of Hope RNs Approve New Union Contract Cite Strong Patient Care, Economic Improvements

City of Hope RNs Approve New Union Contract Cite Strong Patient Care, Economic Improvements

Registered nurses who work at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Ca. near Los Angeles voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to approve a new, three-year collective bargaining contract they say will strengthen their ability to protect patients, as well as provide good economic gains. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United represents some 850 City of Hope RNs. —California Nurses Association, 07/02/15 More »

Nurses Call Two-Day Strike at Eastern Maine Medical Center,  Press Hospital to Address Safe Staffing

Nurses Call Two-Day Strike at Eastern Maine Medical Center,  Press Hospital to Address Safe Staffing

Registered nurses have called a two-day strike July 13 and 14 at Eastern Maine Medical Center to press hospital officials to finally address nurses’ concerns over unsafe staffing at the hospital. Negotiations have been on going since April with little movement over the key issue of safe staffing. Thursday morning, the RNs delivered a 10-day notice to hospital officials of their intent to strike, while noting that the RN negotiating team will continue to be available to bargain up to that deadline. —National Nurses United, 07/02/15 More »

Nurses: Court Decision to Consider Attack on Public Unions Poses threat to Public Health and Safety

Nurses: Court Decision to Consider Attack on Public Unions Poses threat to Public Health and Safety

Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review of a case challenging the survival of public sector unions poses a significant threat to public health and safety and quality of life, warned National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses. —National Nurses United, 06/30/15 More »

The ACA Survives for Now, But We Still Don’t Have Real Healthcare Reform

The ACA Survives for Now, But We Still Don’t Have Real Healthcare Reform

Perhaps the best window to the top winners in the Supreme Court ruling on the Affordable Care Act could be seen 200 miles up the road, on Wall Street. —National Nurses United, 06/29/15 More »

UCSF RNs Challenge Mission Bay Arena Plan, Call for City to Prioritize Health, Public Services 1st

UCSF RNs Challenge Mission Bay Arena Plan, Call for City to Prioritize Health, Public Services 1st

Citing impacts on access to care, patient health and the ability of patients, family members and health professionals to access Mission Bay’s hospitals and clinics in gridlock traffic, the California Nurses Association, today voiced opposition to the current plan for the proposed Golden State Warriors’ entertainment complex in Mission Bay. —California Nurses Association, 06/29/15 More »

Bernie Sanders: Obamacare not enough

Bernie Sanders: Obamacare not enough

Bernie Sanders isn't satisfied with the Supreme Court's affirmation last week of President Barack Obama's health care law. Instead, the Democratic presidential hopeful said on Sunday he wants the United States to adopt a "Medicare-for-all" single-payer health care plan. —Eric Bradner / CNN, 06/28/15 More »

After Long Fight, Cook County RNs Win New Tentative Pact  with Staffing, Economic Improvements

After Long Fight, Cook County RNs Win New Tentative Pact with Staffing, Economic Improvements

More than 1,200 registered nurses who work at Cook County hospitals and clinics have, after many months of effort, won a tentative new collective bargaining agreement with county officials that they say addresses many patient care concerns and provides needed economic improvements. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Illinois, 06/26/15 More »

OSHA cracks down on healthcare employers

OSHA cracks down on healthcare employers

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced Thursday that it would crack down on hospitals and nursing homes for workplace hazards that aren't protected by formal rules. Experts say politics have complicated efforts to formalize workplace regulations. —Adam Rubenfire / Modern Healthcare, 06/26/15 More »

MNA Nurses OK Strike at Leominster Hospital

MNA Nurses OK Strike at Leominster Hospital

The registered nurses of Leominster Hospital, who are represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association and who have been working to negotiate a new contract with UMass Memorial Health Care for more than a year, cast an overwhelming vote tonight in favor of authorizing a one-day strike in protest to management’s refusal to improve its RN staffing levels inside of the hospital. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 06/25/15 More »

Nurses: Fight for Healthcare for All Will Continue

Nurses: Fight for Healthcare for All Will Continue

National Nurses United welcomes today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding federal tax subsidies for low and moderate income people required to buy private health insurance, but said nurses will continue to work for more comprehensive reform, expanding Medicare to cover all Americans. —National Nurses United, 06/25/15 More »

Just Two Days Left - Modern Healthcare Poll - Vote Now!

Just Two Days Left - Modern Healthcare Poll - Vote Now!

Please vote today for NNU Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro in the annual poll by Modern Healthcare on the 100 Most Influential People in Healthcare. —National Nurses United, 06/24/15 More »

The Dishonor Roll: The List of Senators Who Voted for Fast Track

The Dishonor Roll: The List of Senators Who Voted for Fast Track

Here's a list of U.S. Senators who voted to authorize "fast track" on global trade agreements, such as the Trans-Pacific Partnership that has been written by corporate lobbyists and negotiated in secret. —National Nurses United, 06/24/15 More »

Nurses Continue to Oppose Flawed Trade Deal

Nurses Continue to Oppose Flawed Trade Deal

In the wake of the Senate move to grant President Obama fast track authority to pass, without amendment, harmful global trade pacts, nurses will continue protests against agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership that pose an imminent threat to public health and safety, National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of registered nurses, said today. —National Nurses United, 06/24/15 More »

Tax pushed by Sanders is a sensible idea

Tax pushed by Sanders is a sensible idea

A pot of gold big enough to repair the nation’s crumbling infrastructure, provide middle-class tax relief or provide free tuition to public universities is waiting to be tapped. All Congress has to do is say the word. But the hoard is guarded by the people writer Tom Wolfe called the Masters of the Universe, the Wall Street traders, brokers and hedge fund managers who earn in a day what working stiffs earn in a year. People with the money to influence Congress. —Concord Monitor Editorial, 06/24/15 More »

Nurses: Senate Vote on Fast Track Puts Public Health at Risk

Nurses: Senate Vote on Fast Track Puts Public Health at Risk

The nation’s largest organization of nurses today called the Senate vote to green light the fast track process for corporate-oriented trade pacts an abandonment of critical public health protections that will put lives and public health standards in jeopardy for millions of Americans. —National Nurses United, 06/23/15 More »

Nurses to Senator Feinstein: Vote NO on Fast Track and All Trade Deals that Endanger Public Health

Nurses to Senator Feinstein: Vote NO on Fast Track and All Trade Deals that Endanger Public Health

Nurses will hold emergency rallies Monday, along with numerous organizations, at Senator Dianne Feinstein's offices across the state, insisting that she vote “No” on Fast Track Authority and oppose all trade deals that endanger the environment and public health. —California Nurses Association, 06/22/15 More »

What Nurses Really Want

What Nurses Really Want

When Nurses Week rolls around each May, our employers predictably trot out the pizza parties, free lunch totes, and all manner of cutesy promotions and prizes to show how much they “appreciate” and “value” us registered nurses. —National Nurse Magazine, 06/22/15 More »

Urgent Message about Fast Track. NNU Political Director Ken Zinn

Urgent Message about Fast Track. NNU Political Director Ken Zinn

After Congress voted to pass Fast Track now it goes back to the Senate. ACT NOW to stop Fast Track from passing! Call your Senators! —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 06/21/15 More »

Hospital Sues Nonprofit Leader

Hospital Sues Nonprofit Leader

Braddock is among 26 defendants in 2015 brought to small-claims court by Lower Keys Medical Center, which is listed as Key West HMA in court records. Community Health Systems absorbed HMA when it bought the Key West hospital a year ago as part of a $7 billion deal. —Gwen Filosa, KeyNews.com, 06/19/15 More »

RNs, Vets Rally Over Proposed Bed Closures at Brooklyn VA

RNs, Vets Rally Over Proposed Bed Closures at Brooklyn VA

Registered nurses, veterans and community members will hold an informational rally and press conference on Monday, June 22, at the Brooklyn VA hospital, to speak out against hospital management’s recent decision to close the 25-bed-capacity 12W medical surgical unit, National Nurses United announced today. —National Nurses United, 06/19/15 More »

As Fast Track Passes House, Nurses Shift Pressure to Senate To Prioritize People Over Wall Street

As Fast Track Passes House, Nurses Shift Pressure to Senate To Prioritize People Over Wall Street

Nurses have been mobilizing for months against Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which threatens to give pharmaceutical companies the ability to inflate lifesaving medication costs and corporations the power to overturn environmental and food safety regulations. More »

Fast Track Bill Moves On to Senate, Along with Fight to Stop It.



Fast Track Bill Moves On to Senate, Along with Fight to Stop It.



We cannot thank you enough for continuing to hold your ground. The past months have seen nurses, union members, working families, environmentalists—a very broad coalition of Americans—stand together against Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. We proved the power of our united voice by stalling Fast Track last week. —National Nurses United, 06/18/15 More »

With Help of RNs, Lift Up El Paso Sees Passage of Wage Theft Ordinance

With Help of RNs, Lift Up El Paso Sees Passage of Wage Theft Ordinance

Working with Lift Up El Paso, an alliance of labor, community and faith-based groups, the El Paso nurses have been fighting for a wage theft ordinance, demanding fair pay for city workers. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Texas, 06/18/15 More »

Massachusetts study shows RNs are overloaded

Massachusetts study shows RNs are overloaded

In conjunction with the beginning of National Nurses Week, a new study of registered nursed in Massachusetts released May 6 by the MassachusettsNurses Association establishes that hospital administrators are assigning too many patients to registered nurses, resulting in significant harm and even death for patients. —David Schildmeier, 06/17/15 More »

Fresno RNs, Community Members Hold Sit In at Offices of Rep. Costa

Fresno RNs, Community Members Hold Sit In at Offices of Rep. Costa

Staff members expecting a quiet morning at Rep. Jim Costa’s Fresno office—underestimated what can happen when Congress members vote to endanger public health, with a trade deal that could balloon medication costs, overturn nurse-to-patient ratios, and destroy the environment. —National Nurses United, 06/16/15 More »

RNs, Community Members Hold Sit In at Offices of Rep. Jim Costa, Urge No Vote on Fast Track/TPP

RNs, Community Members Hold Sit In at Offices of Rep. Jim Costa, Urge No Vote on Fast Track/TPP

National Nurses United announced that that its nurse members will be joining a sit in, along with community organizations, at the offices of Rep. Jim Costa today urging him to shift his position and vote “No” on dangerous trade deals that have dire consequences for public health and patient safety. —California Nurses Association, 06/16/15 More »

Nurses, Community Leaders Will Speak Out on Threats to Patient Care at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

Nurses, Community Leaders Will Speak Out on Threats to Patient Care at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

Registered Nurses will hold a town hall meeting at the Valencia Branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library this Wednesday evening to let the public know what they are doing to insure quality patient care at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. —California Nurses Association, 06/16/15 More »

RNs Report Back From Sea on the Continuing Promise Mission to 11 Countries with U.S. Service Members

RNs Report Back From Sea on the Continuing Promise Mission to 11 Countries with U.S. Service Members

It is now two months into the Continuing Promise 2015 (CP-15) mission, on which the nurses have joined joint military personnel and health care professionals, engineers, veterinarians and environmental health experts for a humanitarian assistance mission that includes mission stops in 11 countries in South America, Central America and the Caribbean. —RN Response Network, 06/15/15 More »

California Nurses, Teachers Oppose Phillips 66 Oil Train Project

California Nurses, Teachers Oppose Phillips 66 Oil Train Project

The 120,000-member California Federation of Teachers yesterday voted to add their voice to the growing community of nurses and teachers opposed to the Phillips 66 oil train project. —California Nurses Association, 06/15/15 More »

Fast Track Stalled by House Vote, RNs Seek to Derail For Good

Fast Track Stalled by House Vote, RNs Seek to Derail For Good

As a House of Representatives vote Friday stalled Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, National Nurses United (NNU)—the largest organization of nurses in the country—has announced that its 190,000 members are doubling down pressure on Congress to derail Fast Track for good. —National Nurses United, 06/15/15 More »

UMass Memorial Medical Center Nurses Ratify New One-Year Contract

UMass Memorial Medical Center Nurses Ratify New One-Year Contract

WORCESTER, MA – After just a handful of negotiating sessions held over the last two months, the 2,214 nurses represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association at the UMass Memorial and UMass University campuses have cast overwhelming votes to ratify respective one-year contracts that provide the nurses with needed staffing increases, a modest pay raise and a novel “Respectful Relationship” clause that the nurses hope will lead to safer care for patients and a more satisfying environment. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 06/15/15 More »

A Win For Public Health, For Now: Fast Track Stalled by Today’s Vote

A Win For Public Health, For Now: Fast Track Stalled by Today’s Vote

As a House of Representatives vote Friday stalled Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, National Nurses United (NNU) —the largest organization of nurses in the country—has announced that its 190,000 members are doubling down pressure on Congress to derail Fast Track for good. —National Nurses United, 06/12/15 More »

Fast Track/TPP Stalled Today. We Must Kill it for Good!

Fast Track/TPP Stalled Today. We Must Kill it for Good!

Nurses and supporters have never had a more critical time to hold our ground! In an important vote, Fast Track authority was stalled on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives today. But the corporate opponents of public health are pushing for a reconsideration either on Monday or Tuesday. We must act this weekend to stop Fast Track for good—as it could pave the way for corporations to overturn nurse-to-patient ratios, for medication costs to skyrocket, and other public health threats. —National Nurses United, 06/12/15 More »

Are hospitals price-gouging some patients?

Are hospitals price-gouging some patients?

A new study published in the journal “Health Affairs,” is claiming 50 hospitals are billing uninsured patients more than 10 times the cost of care set by Medicare. Jean Ross, Co-President of National Nurses United joins Tamron Hall on NewsNation. —MSNBC, 06/11/15 More »

Registered Nurses Urge DC Council to Protect Patients

Registered Nurses Urge DC Council to Protect Patients

Washington, D.C. – Registered nurses filled the District of Columbia Council chamber today to urge the council’s Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to improve public safety and protect vulnerable hospital patients by enacting the Patient Protection Act. —National Nurses United, 06/11/15 More »

Metro Health’s Proposed Partner Operates 25 Hospitals Accused of ‘Price-Gouging’

Metro Health’s Proposed Partner Operates 25 Hospitals Accused of ‘Price-Gouging’

Of 50 U.S. hospitals identified as having the highest price markups for uninsured patients, half are owned by the health system that plans to merge with Metro Health. Community Health Systems Inc., a for-profit system based in Franklin, Tenn., operates 25 of the hospitals on the list, according to an article in The Washington Post. —Sue Thoms, MLive Media Group, 06/10/15 More »

No Vote on Trade Pact Needed to Protect U.S. Interests

No Vote on Trade Pact Needed to Protect U.S. Interests

San Diego congressional representatives Susan Davis and Scott Peters remain undecided about pending international trade measures that will have tremendous impacts on San Diego. —Brenna Norton & Deborah Burger, San Diego Union Tribune, 06/09/15 More »

Many U.S. hospitals mark up prices 1,000 percent: study

Many U.S. hospitals mark up prices 1,000 percent: study

Even the astronomical price markups that consumers regularly pay for, say, wine in restaurants pale beside those in some U.S. hospitals: The price for procedures is often 10 times the cost, according to a study published on Monday in the journal Health Affairs. —Sharon Begley, Reuters, 06/08/15 More »

Feds, State Settle Part of Big Hospital Kickback Scheme

Feds, State Settle Part of Big Hospital Kickback Scheme

Part of a big Georgia hospital kickback case will be settled for nearly $1 million, while a related criminal investigation into a major national hospital company continues. —Atlanta Business Chronicle, 06/08/15 More »

Little Company RNs to Hold Informational Picket Tues. June 9

Little Company RNs to Hold Informational Picket Tues. June 9

In response to myriad issues impacting patient safety, registered nurses at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center San Pedro will stand with the community at an informational picket and rally on Tuesday, June 9, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 06/08/15 More »

Newton Wellesley Hospital Nurses To Hold a Vote to  Authorize a One-Day Strike on Wednesday, June 1

Newton Wellesley Hospital Nurses To Hold a Vote to Authorize a One-Day Strike on Wednesday, June 1

Wellesley, MA -- The registered nurses of Newton Wellesley Hospital, who are negotiating a new contract with Partners HealthCare, have scheduled a vote by the membership on Wednesday, June 10 to authorize a one-day strike to protest efforts by Partners to boost its multi-million dollar profits margin by cutting patients’ access to appropriate nursing care. —National Nurses United, 06/08/15 More »

Don Nielsen - Part 4 - SB466 - CA Board Sunset

Don Nielsen - Part 4 - SB466 - CA Board Sunset

Part 4 of Legislative conversation with Don Nielsen, Director of Government Relations for CNA. Don talks about a "Sunset" provision that might do away with the California Board of Nursing. Interesting! —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 06/05/15 More »

CNA’s Don Nielsen - Part 3 - AB305 - Gender Bias Compensation

CNA’s Don Nielsen - Part 3 - AB305 - Gender Bias Compensation

Part 3 of Don Nielsen, Director of Government Relations for California Nurses Association. Don explains AB305, Gender Bias Compensation bill. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 06/05/15 More »

Registered Nurses Step Up Campaign to Stop Fast Track With New Radio Ads

Registered Nurses Step Up Campaign to Stop Fast Track With New Radio Ads

The registered nurses of National Nurses United (NNU) are stepping up pressure on several members of Congress, urging them to vote “No” when the US House of Representatives considers Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). —National Nurses United, 06/05/15 More »

Securing Retirement Security

Securing Retirement Security

The Multiemployer Pension Reform Act is just the latest window into an insidious broader agenda: the assault on all retirement programs, from Social Security to employer-sponsored pension plans, that threaten to mire millions of people in poverty in their post-work years. —RoseAnn DeMoro, 06/05/15 More »

Unionized Nurses at EMMC Vote to Authorize Strike

Unionized Nurses at EMMC Vote to Authorize Strike

Unionized nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center voted Thursday to authorize a strike if the hospital fails to better address their patient safety concerns, including “unsafe staffing.” —Jackie Farwell, Bangor Daily News, 06/05/15 More »

Eastern Maine Medical Center RNs Overwhelmingly Vote to Authorize Strike

Eastern Maine Medical Center RNs Overwhelmingly Vote to Authorize Strike

On Thursday, June 4, registered nurses at EMMC voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, if no progress is made in addressing the many patient safety concerns throughout the medical center, including unsafe staffing. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 06/05/15 More »

Nurses Call on Rep. Susan Davis to Vote No on Fast Track Legislation

Nurses Call on Rep. Susan Davis to Vote No on Fast Track Legislation

Registered nurse members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) will gather in San Diego on Friday at Congress member Susan Davis to say no to Fast Track legislation—which will soon come up for a vote in the U.S. House of Representatives. —California Nurses Association, 06/04/15 More »

Lawsuit Alleges Improper Hospital Billing Practices

Lawsuit Alleges Improper Hospital Billing Practices

A lawsuit filed Wednesday in Washington County Circuit Court contends the company that owns Northwest Medical Center and operates nine other hospitals in Arkansas has been skipping insurance carriers and going after payment directly from patients or other sources that pay more. —Ron Wood, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette, 06/04/15 More »

Cook County RNs to Picket Stroger Hospital Friday Over Short Staffing and Wage Theft

Cook County RNs to Picket Stroger Hospital Friday Over Short Staffing and Wage Theft

Cook County Health and Hospital System (CCHHS), registered nurses, joined by community supporters, will picket John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital Friday, June 5, to protest growing problems with safe staffing and "wage theft," the denial of earned pay by hospital officials.The RNs, who are represented by National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), an affiliate of National Nurses United, voted in late April to authorize their nurse negotiating team to call a strike, if necessary, over inadequate staffing and other pressing issues. —National Nurses Organizing Committee , 06/04/15 More »

RNs to Picket St. Joseph’s Medical Center Friday Voice Concern Over Safe Staffing Issues

RNs to Picket St. Joseph’s Medical Center Friday Voice Concern Over Safe Staffing Issues

Citing concern over safe staffing issues, St. Joseph’s Medical Center (SJMC), registered nurses will hold an informational picket on Friday, June 5, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. According to SJMC nurses, the Emergency Department and other hospital units are experiencing systemic levels of unsafe nurse-to-patient staffing ratios, an issue that nurses, backed by countless studies, say puts patients’ lives at risk. —California Nurses Association, 06/04/15 More »

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Nurses to UC President Napolitano

URGENT ACTION NEEDED: Nurses to UC President Napolitano

It is appalling that UC Management would attempt to destroy and destabilize our nurses retirement after we’ve spent our lifetime taking care of our patients. Today join your colleagues in letting President Napolitano know that attempting to destabilize our pension is bad for patient care. —California Nurses Association, 06/02/15 More »

Tentative Pact for Registered Nurses at DC’s Biggest Hospital, Medstar Washington Hospital Center

Tentative Pact for Registered Nurses at DC’s Biggest Hospital, Medstar Washington Hospital Center

Registered nurses at Washington DC’s largest hospital, Medstar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC), reached a tentative agreement with hospital officials Monday on a new collective bargaining contract that achieves significant patient care as well as economic improvements that nurses say will promote RN recruitment and retention. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Washington DC, 06/01/15 More »

Nurses and Patient Advocates to Testify at Hearing on Hospital Profit Transparency & Fairness Act

Nurses and Patient Advocates to Testify at Hearing on Hospital Profit Transparency & Fairness Act

Nurses and health care advocates will testify at a hearing before the Massachusetts Health Care Financing Committee on the Hospital Profit Transparency and Fairness Act. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/01/15 More »

Part 2 of 5:  Nurses and Why They’re Critical in the Legislative Process

Part 2 of 5:  Nurses and Why They’re Critical in the Legislative Process

Don Nielsen, Director, Government Relations for CNA visited with Nurse Talk about nurses and the critical reasons they are involved in the legislative process. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 06/01/15 More »

Part 1 of 5: Nurse Talk speaks with CNA Director of Gov’t Relations, Don Nielsen

Part 1 of 5: Nurse Talk speaks with CNA Director of Gov’t Relations, Don Nielsen

California Nurses Association Director of Government Relations, Don Nielsen joins Nurse Talk to discuss the critical issues facing nurses as they advocate for their patients. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 06/01/15 More »

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Nurses Settle on Contract

Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital, Nurses Settle on Contract

Fifteen months of fighting has ended abruptly but more amicably for both sides of a contract dispute at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital. Late Thursday, the hospital Board of Directors voted unanimously to approve a five-year contract with nurses of the California Nurses Association. —Roberto M. Robledo, The Californian, 05/29/15 More »

RNs at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Overwhelmingly Vote to Ratify New Contract

RNs at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Overwhelmingly Vote to Ratify New Contract

At membership meetings on Wednesday, registered nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH) voted overwhelmingly—by 98.5 percent—to ratify a new contract with the hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 05/28/15 More »

Eastern Maine Medical Center Refuses to Address Key Safety Issues as RNs’ Contract Expires

Eastern Maine Medical Center Refuses to Address Key Safety Issues as RNs’ Contract Expires

The three-year contract between Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) and the registered nurses represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MSNA/NNU) is set to expire as the Medical Center refuses to address nurses’ safety concerns. —National Nurses United, 05/28/15 More »

Hospital Hospice Services to End Next Month

Hospital Hospice Services to End Next Month

A program that has been available for decades through a Lackawanna County hospital will soon be coming to an end. Eyewitness News has learned that the owners of Regional Hospital of Scranton will stop providing inpatient and home hospice services at the end of next month. —National Nurses Organizing Committee , 05/27/15 More »

Sanders Bill Signals Growth of Broad Robin Hood Tax Movement

Sanders Bill Signals Growth of Broad Robin Hood Tax Movement

Seven years after Wall Street gamblers wrenched the U.S. economy into the worst economic swoon since the Great Depression, the movement to make the high rollers pay some restitution to people and communities harmed by their profligacy is gaining stream. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 05/27/15 More »

As City Prepares to Vote on Wage Theft Ordinance, Lift Up El Paso Invites Media on Wage Theft Tour

As City Prepares to Vote on Wage Theft Ordinance, Lift Up El Paso Invites Media on Wage Theft Tour

On Thursday, May 28, Lift Up El Paso (a coalition of community organizations and unions) will offer media a guided tour of the wage theft problem in our city —with a mobile tour that will stop to picket at a local wage theft offender, ending with a rally at City Hall, where the El Paso City Council will soon vote on a Wage Theft Ordinance to hold local businesses accountable for fairly paying their workers. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Texas, 05/26/15 More »

Video: An Interview with Malinda Markowitz

Video: An Interview with Malinda Markowitz

One of the least reported problems in U.S. hospitals is the placement of patients in “observation” status, where they can be held for hours or days with less public oversight and fewer protections. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/26/15 More »

RNs Retain Critical Charge Nurse Position, Uphold Patient Care in Tentative Contract with SVMH

RNs Retain Critical Charge Nurse Position, Uphold Patient Care in Tentative Contract with SVMH

Registered nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH) have reached a tentative contract agreement with hospital officials, protecting the vital clinical role of the charge nurse, a key issue in the contract fight that will strengthen quality of care at the hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 05/22/15 More »

San Luis Obispo County RNs, Parents, Residents Gather to Protest Refugio Oil Spill, Stop Oil Trains

San Luis Obispo County RNs, Parents, Residents Gather to Protest Refugio Oil Spill, Stop Oil Trains

Nurses, parents and other San Luis Obispo county residents will gather downtown Thursday evening before the weekly SLO Farmers’ Market to protest Tuesday’s oil spill at Refugio State Beach, 50 miles south of SLO. In light of this environmental catastrophe, they will also bring renewed emphasis to their pre-existing call for county officials to oppose the Phillips 66 Oil Train Project. —California Nurses Association, 05/20/15 More »

Recent DOJ Enforcement Actions Demonstrate that the Focus on Mental Health Services Fraud Continues

Recent DOJ Enforcement Actions Demonstrate that the Focus on Mental Health Services Fraud Continues

Two recent actions announced by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), one civil and one criminal, along with a recent speech by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, illustrate the current climate of government enforcement related to mental health services (i.e., intensive outpatient psychotherapy (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP) services). —Amanda Enyeart and Laura B. Morgan, Mondaq, 05/20/15 More »

Sen Sanders Joins Forces with Nurses and Students, Introduces ”College For All Act”

Sen Sanders Joins Forces with Nurses and Students, Introduces ”College For All Act”

The Robin Hood Tax swooped into America’s national spotlight when presidential contender Sen. Bernie Sanders joined with National Nurses United and student groups in Washington, D.C. at a press conference today to announce his introduction of two Senate bills - the College for All Act and the Robin Hood tax bill —National Nurses United, 05/19/15 More »

Fallbook Hospital Spanked by Court

Fallbook Hospital Spanked by Court

On May 8, Fallbrook Hospital (which closed in December) got a spanking from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. —Don Bauder, San Diego Reader, 05/19/15 More »

Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduces Free College Bill, Powered by Robin Hood Tax

Sen. Bernie Sanders Introduces Free College Bill, Powered by Robin Hood Tax

Washington, D.C. – A broad coalition of nurses, students, religious and civil rights groups, environmentalists, labor and housing advocates today enthusiastically welcomed plans by Sen. Bernie Sanders to introduce two new Senate bills Tuesday that would impose a small fee on Wall Street speculation to pay for college education for all and other critical community needs. —Robin Hood Tax On Wall Street, 05/18/15 More »

Nurses Join Teachers, Parents and Students to Voice  Opposition to Phillips 66 Oil Train Project

Nurses Join Teachers, Parents and Students to Voice Opposition to Phillips 66 Oil Train Project

The city of San Luis Obispo last month became the first in the county to declare its opposition to the Phillips 66 project. Cities and schools boards in blast zone communities north and south of the county have also sent in letters opposing Phillip 66’s oil train project. —California Nurses Association, 05/18/15 More »

Registered Nurses at SVMH Plan Strike May 27

Registered Nurses at SVMH Plan Strike May 27

Nurses voted to authorize a strike in December 2014 and since that time have participated in further bargaining, mediation, a "cooling off" period, and agreed upon the appointment of a neutral third party who released a fact-finding report last month. —California Nurses Association, 05/15/15 More »

Nurse Talk Radio Visits With RN and Chair of Veterans Affairs for NNU

Nurse Talk Radio Visits With RN and Chair of Veterans Affairs for NNU

Registered nurses marked International Nurses’ Day with two actions in the District of Columbia aimed at protecting patients and caregivers. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/14/15 More »

Texas Legend Jim Hightower to Join El Paso Forum May 14 to Highlight Dangers of Trade Pact

Texas Legend Jim Hightower to Join El Paso Forum May 14 to Highlight Dangers of Trade Pact

Former Texas Agriculture Commissioner Jim Hightower, also well known as a national radio commentator, columnist, and prolific author, will join with El Paso labor, community, and faith based organizations in two events Thursday, May 14 to highlight opposition to a controversial trade pact. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Texas, 05/13/15 More »

NLRB rightly ordered obstinate employer to pay union’s negotiating expenses

NLRB rightly ordered obstinate employer to pay union’s negotiating expenses

“Far from the run-of-the-mill failure to bargain,” a health care employer deliberately obstructed any meaningful negotiations with the union that won an election to represent employees at one of its acute-care hospitals. —Lisa Milam-Perez, J.D., Wolters Kluwer, 05/13/15 More »

Nurses Take to Downtown Streets in Protest

Nurses Take to Downtown Streets in Protest

Before marching on the state Capitol, CNA nurses rally in the lobby of the California Hospital Association in downtown Sacramento. —Lezlie Sterling, The Sacramento Bee, 05/12/15 More »

Nurses Demonstrate for Patient Care Bill & Against VA Management Attacks

Nurses Demonstrate for Patient Care Bill & Against VA Management Attacks

Registered nurses marked International Nurses’ Day with two actions in the District of Columbia aimed at protecting patients and caregivers. —National Nurses United, 05/12/15 More »

D.C. Circuit Says Hospital Must Pay Union’s Negotiating Expenses

D.C. Circuit Says Hospital Must Pay Union’s Negotiating Expenses

A U.S. appeals court on Friday affirmed a rare decision by the National Labor Relations Board ordering an employer to pay a unions' negotiating expenses, saying the board has broad discretion to decide the types of egregious conduct that warrant the unusual remedy. —Daniel Wiessner, Reuters, 05/11/15 More »

When Hospitals Move, Who Gets Left Behind?

When Hospitals Move, Who Gets Left Behind?

A growing number of hospitals are relocating to wealthier towns, citing financial necessity, but many see it as a choice to abandon the residents of poorer areas. —Phil Galewitz for The Atlantic, 05/11/15 More »

U.S. Court of Appeals to CHS: Repay Unions for Willful Bargaining Failures

U.S. Court of Appeals to CHS: Repay Unions for Willful Bargaining Failures

The District of Columbia-based U.S. Court of Appeals has issued a rare, scathing order to the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, requiring it to repay all of a union’s costs incurred in efforts to bargain a contract for registered nurses at a San Diego hospital. Writing for the court May 8, Senior Judge Harry Edwards, the court’s former Chief Judge, rejected CHS’ Fallbrook Hospital’s appeal of an April, 2014, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that Fallbrook acted in an “obstinate and pugnacious” manner in unlawfully refusing to bargain with nurses represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —National Nurses United, 05/08/15 More »

Hundreds of California RNs to Gather at Capitol May 12

Hundreds of California RNs to Gather at Capitol May 12

Hundreds of registered nurses from across California will gather in Sacramento Tuesday, May 12 on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale to encourage state legislators to step up efforts to improve protections for hospital patients, and stop an attack on regulatory safeguards. —California Nurses Association, 05/08/15 More »

Nurses Welcome Introduction of Legislation to Improve  VA Care, RN Patient Advocacy Rights

Nurses Welcome Introduction of Legislation to Improve VA Care, RN Patient Advocacy Rights

Registered nurses today applauded the introduction of federal legislation to improve patient care for veterans, ensure equity among federal health care workers, and enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to recruit and retain a strong health care work force to serve the nation’s veterans. —National Nurses United, 05/08/15 More »

Nurses Week: Celebrating Nurse Power!

Nurses Week: Celebrating Nurse Power!

Happy Nurses Week! We’re marking this time by celebrating Nurse Power! Throughout the week, we’re highlighting a few moments in our history that show what happens when nurses organize, act collectively and bring about social change. —National Nurses United, 05/07/15 More »

National Nurses United Board Member Michael Jackson Elected President of California Nursing Board

National Nurses United Board Member Michael Jackson Elected President of California Nursing Board

Michael Jackson, a San Diego RN and board member of National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses, won unanimous election Wednesday as president of the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). —National Nurses United/California Nurses Association, 05/07/15 More »

Nurses to Demonstrate in DC for Patient Care Bill & Against VA Mgmt Attacks on Patient Advocacy

Nurses to Demonstrate in DC for Patient Care Bill & Against VA Mgmt Attacks on Patient Advocacy

Registered nurses will mark International Nurses’ Day with two actions in the District of Columbia aimed at protecting patients and caregivers. —Global Nurses United/National Nurses United, 05/07/15 More »

RNs, Sierra Club survey Richmond neighborhoods on health impact of coal trains

RNs, Sierra Club survey Richmond neighborhoods on health impact of coal trains

While moving toxic fuels means profit for corporate interests, local residents may be paying the price with their health. That’s why RNs from the California Nurses Association have partnered with the Sierra Club on a Monday evening, to canvas Richmond’s Parchester Village. —California Nurses Association, 05/07/15 More »

Apple Vally Nurses participate in 3-hour picket

Apple Vally Nurses participate in 3-hour picket

Registered nurses at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary participated in a three-hour informational picket in front of the hospital Wednesday, claiming that cuts to staffing and supplies have hurt patient care. —Shea Johnson, Victorville Daily Press, 05/07/15 More »

Nurses ratify contract with University of Chicago

Nurses ratify contract with University of Chicago

University of Chicago Medical Center nurses have ratified a four-year labor contract that raises wages by up to 3 percent annually, increases health care costs for nurses and ends rotating shifts, according to the union and the hospital. —Alejandra Cancino, Chicago Tribune, 05/07/15 More »

One in Four MA RNs Report Patient Deaths That Are Directly Attributable to Unsafe Patient Assignment

One in Four MA RNs Report Patient Deaths That Are Directly Attributable to Unsafe Patient Assignment

85% of RNs agree that the quality of patient care in Massachusetts hospitals is suffering due to unsafe patient assignments including 61% of RNs who are aware of patient complications and 50% who are aware of patients who have been injured or harmed because hospitals are forcing nurses to care for too many patients at one time. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 05/06/15 More »

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 11 Countries Mark Nurses’ Week With Actions to Protect Patients

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 11 Countries Mark Nurses’ Week With Actions to Protect Patients

Leading nurse and healthcare union organizations in 11 countries across the globe are holding coordinated actions during International Nurses’ Week to highlight the global efforts to improve patient care protections, oppose cuts in health care services, and stop the erosion of nurses’ workplace and living standards that are under attack in many countries. —Global Nurses United, 05/06/15 More »

University of Chicago Approve New 4-Year Pact

University of Chicago Approve New 4-Year Pact

University of Chicago Medical Center registered nurses Tuesday night voted by a strong majority to approve a new four-year agreement with the hospital that they say will strengthen patient care protections at the hospital. —National Nurses United, 05/06/15 More »

Guest Commentary: Good Reasons to Keep Thunder Road Open

Guest Commentary: Good Reasons to Keep Thunder Road Open

Thunder Road must remain open. The agency provides a vital and absolutely mandatory service to at-risk youth, ultimately saving lives and costs of incarceration and medical expense incurred by the county and the community. —Michael Wachter, Contra Costa Times, 05/05/15 More »

St. Joseph RNs Celebrate Nurses’ Day May 6 with Day of Action for Safer Patient Care Across State

St. Joseph RNs Celebrate Nurses’ Day May 6 with Day of Action for Safer Patient Care Across State

From Eureka in the north west corner of California to Apple Valley in the south, registered nurses who work at St. Joseph Health System hospitals will mark national nurses day May 6 with calls for safer patient care at their hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 05/05/15 More »

Video: Sutter RN Talks About the Strike to Protect Nurses’ Rights

Video: Sutter RN Talks About the Strike to Protect Nurses’ Rights

Sutter profits are at an all time high ($3 billion in profits the last five years and $8.3 billion in net assets) and now they are proposing cuts. The nurses remain concerned about inadequate staffing and other patient care concerns. —Pattie Lockard, Nurse Talk Radio, 05/05/15 More »

Nurses Welcome Introduction of Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Health Care

Nurses Welcome Introduction of Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Health Care

Registered nurses today applauded the introduction of federal legislation to improve patient care for veterans, ensure equity among federal health care workers, and enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to recruit and retain a strong health care work force to serve the nation’s veterans. —National Nurses United, 04/30/15 More »

Thousands of RNs Set to Strike Five Sutter Hospitals Thursday

Thousands of RNs Set to Strike Five Sutter Hospitals Thursday

Registered nurses will be on strike at hospitals operated by the profitable Sutter corporation Thursday in a one-day walkout protesting inadequate staffing and other patient care concerns and corporate demands for some 130 cuts in health coverage for the RNs and their families. —California Nurses Association, 04/29/15 More »

RN Strikes Thursday, Friday at 3 Big Los Angeles Hospitals

RN Strikes Thursday, Friday at 3 Big Los Angeles Hospitals

Thousands of California registered nurses will be on strike this week, including RNs at three major Southern California area hospitals in Los Angeles, Torrance, and Santa Monica who are among some 5,000 California RNs who will join walkouts on those days. —California Nurses Association, 04/29/15 More »

Neutral Factfinder Rejects Salinas Hospital’s Plan to Eliminate Charge Nurses

Neutral Factfinder Rejects Salinas Hospital’s Plan to Eliminate Charge Nurses

An impartial fact finding report made public today on the dispute between Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and its registered nurses endorses many of the central issues raised by the RNs on patient care delivery and a controversial restructuring plan sought by the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 04/29/15 More »

Chicago Strike Off- RNs, University of Chicago Reach Tentative Agreement to Settle Dispute

Chicago Strike Off- RNs, University of Chicago Reach Tentative Agreement to Settle Dispute

Following an intensive day of contract talks, University of Chicago Medical Center registered nurses and hospital administrators reached a tentative agreement late Monday night on a new collective bargaining agreement, National Nurses United announced Tuesday morning. —National Nurses United, 04/28/15 More »

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