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With their mouths taped shut, RNs protest Gov. Snyder’s “Right to Work” corporate takeover

With their mouths taped shut, RNs protest Gov. Snyder’s “Right to Work” corporate takeover

LANSING, MI--Registered nurses who are members of the Michigan Nurses Association protested Gov. Rick Snyder’s so-called “Right to Work” law on Monday with a dramatic scene: Standing silent on the steps of the Capitol with duct tape covering their mouths. It’s symbolic of how the Governor’s attack on workers will stop nurses from speaking out at work so they can keep their patients safe from corporations and CEOs that care only about profits. —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 12/10/12 More »

Community Long Beach RNs Vote by 76% to Join CNA/NNU

Community Long Beach RNs Vote by 76% to Join CNA/NNU

Exactly three years ago today, CNA joined with nurses from Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Washington DC, and a number of other states to form the largest organization of nurses in U.S. history. —CNA/NNOC Press Release, 12/07/12 More »

LA RNs Win First-in the Nation Workplace Safety Benefit

LA RNs Win First-in the Nation Workplace Safety Benefit

Registered nurses at Centinela Hospital in Inglewood, Calif. have enthusiastically approved a new agreement that most notably includes a precedent-setting needlestick and workplace violence insurance benefit funded by the employer, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. More than 600 RNs represented by CNA/NNU overwhelmingly voted to accept the pact in ratification membership meetings held on Wednesday and Thursday. —CNA Press Release, 12/07/12 More »

Kaiser RNs to Picket 21 Northern, Central California Hospitals December 19 over Short Staffing

Kaiser RNs to Picket 21 Northern, Central California Hospitals December 19 over Short Staffing

Registered nurses will picket 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals from Santa Rosa to Fresno Wednesday, December 19 to protest what they say is persistently inadequate nurse staffing in emergency care and other hospital areas, as well as patients being turned away from needed care, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 12/07/12 More »

Holy Family RNs, Supporters to Hold Candlelight Vigil for Safe Patient Care

Holy Family RNs, Supporters to Hold Candlelight Vigil for Safe Patient Care

In the spirit of the season, RNs also collecting canned goods for local food pantry. According to Gayle Burke, RN and co-chairperson of the MNA bargaining unit at Holy Family, nurses on every floor and in every unit are being forced to care for too many patients at once--a practice that has been proven to be dangerous by countless research groups and studies over the last two decades. —Mass. Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 12/07/12 More »

RNs Condemn Proposed Michigan Anti-Worker Legislation

RNs Condemn Proposed Michigan Anti-Worker Legislation

The nation’s largest organization of registered nurses, National Nurses United, today condemned the decision by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder and far right state legislators to push a so-called “right-to-work” bill in the lame duck session of the state legislature. More »

Michigan Nurses, Laborers, Other Workers Urge Gov. Snyder to Stop Harmful “Right to Work” Push

Michigan Nurses, Laborers, Other Workers Urge Gov. Snyder to Stop Harmful “Right to Work” Push

Registered nurses, laborers and food and commercial workers from across Michigan are urging Gov. Snyder to stop the politically motivated attacks on working families by publicly pledging to veto any so-called “right to work” legislation that reaches his desk. —Michigan Nurses Association Press Release, 12/05/12 More »

RNs to Hold Candlelight Vigils, Protests in 20 U.S. Cities

RNs to Hold Candlelight Vigils, Protests in 20 U.S. Cities

Nurses across the nation are turning up the heat on Congress and the White House with candlelight vigils and other actions in some 20 cities, beginning in Chicago on Thursday, December 6 and continuing across the U.S. Monday, December 10. JOIN US! Click for details. —NNU National Press Release, 12/05/12 More »

Nurses Top Poll for Honesty, Ethical Standards for 11th Straight Year

Nurses Top Poll for Honesty, Ethical Standards for 11th Straight Year

It’s become an annual tradition. Nurses are the most trusted profession in the U.S., topping the annual survey by Gallup for the 11th straight year for honesty and ethical standards of 22 occupational groups tested. —Gallup Politics, 12/04/12 More »

Don’t Push Seniors Off the ‘Fiscal Cliff’

Don’t Push Seniors Off the ‘Fiscal Cliff’

With the November election rapidly fading into memory and the basic building blocks of a civil society once again under grave threat from Wall Street and their acolytes in Washington, nurses and other activists have, once again, had to step up the fight to protect basic programs and make the case for real revenue needed to build a sustainable future. —NNU Blog, 12/03/12 More »

Nurses Ad Campaign Says No Cuts to Services; Calls for Wall Street Tax

Nurses Ad Campaign Says No Cuts to Services; Calls for Wall Street Tax

The largest association and union of registered nurses in the U.S., with 185,000 RNs, put a stamp today on the national debate surrounding the so-called “fiscal cliff” with an ad campaign in Washington, D.C. and elsewhere across the country. Don’t Push Seniors Off The ‘Fiscal Cliff’ – Tax Wall Street – appears on billboards and buses (see graphic, attached, and photo of D.C. bus, below) as part of a stepped-up effort by National Nurses United to protect communities and to call for a Wall Street tax to put the country on the road to a real recovery. Candlelight vigils by nurses and supporters will also be held in 20 cities on December 10 as part of the nurses’ campaign to heal America. —NNU Press Release, 12/03/12 More »

Ralph Nader on a simple way to avoid the fiscal cliff: Tax stock trades

Ralph Nader on a simple way to avoid the fiscal cliff: Tax stock trades

In the debate over the “fiscal cliff,” President Obama and congressional Republicans have returned to the proposals that they were sparring over before the election. They remain at odds over key elements of revenue and spending. Yet both sides are unwilling to consider a minuscule tax on financial transactions that could be a major source of income. —Ralph Nader Blog, 11/30/12 More »

Bill Nighy visits Malawi to see the difference a Robin Hood Tax could make

Bill Nighy visits Malawi to see the difference a Robin Hood Tax could make

Tomorrow is Worlds Aids Day. And those working on HIV/AIDS have an amazing story to tell the world: we can end the AIDS crisis. Breakthroughs in science have shown us that getting AIDS drugs to those with HIV not only keeps them alive and healthy, but can reduce risk of infection by 96%. This news is amazing - from now on, no one needs to die of AIDS - no one needs to become HIV positive. —Robin Hood Tax UK, 11/30/12 More »

Nurses bring U.S. support for Robin Hood tax to global union movement

Nurses bring U.S. support for Robin Hood tax to global union movement

The worldwide campaign to enact Robin Hood taxes on financial speculation received a real boost in a major meeting of global union activists this week -- with the help of U.S. nurses whose Robin Hood hats and messaging is becoming a familiar site at home. Delegates representing 329 unions from 123 countries rallied today in the streets of Durban, South Africa for the Robin Hood Tax while also speaking out against austerity measures pushed by the same finance sectors that are the target of the tax. —NNU Blog, 11/29/12 More »

Jill Furillo, RN, joins New York State Nurses Association as Executive Director

Jill Furillo, RN, joins New York State Nurses Association as Executive Director

Jill Furillo, RN, joined the labor movement at 19, and she's worked as an Emergency Room nurse, an organizer, and the bargaining director of the U.S.'s largest union for nurses. Now she is joining the New York State Nurses Association as their new Executive Director. —New York Nurses Association Press Release, 11/29/12 More »

Firefighters, Nurses and Working Families Ask State Senators to Avoid Divisive Politics

Firefighters, Nurses and Working Families Ask State Senators to Avoid Divisive Politics

Almost 12,000 Petition Signatures Urge the Legislature to Steer Clear of Right to Work. (Lansing, MI) Firefighters and nurses visited a dozen state senate offices at the capitol today, delivering thousands of petition signatures opposing a Right to Work law and other bills intended to weaken collective bargaining rights. —AFL-CIO Press Release, 11/28/12 More »

101 Reasons For RN Unity: Why it’s a critical time to take our RN movement to the next level

101 Reasons For RN Unity: Why it’s a critical time to take our RN movement to the next level

If there was ever a critical moment for building a powerful, effective movement of all registered nurses to protect the interests of patients and nurses, that time has surely come. Here are 101 reasons for RN unity. All reflect the way in which nurses, their patients, practice, families, and communities are under attack. Let’s call this a partial list. Add your own reasons. I welcome your thoughts. —NNU Blog by Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, 11/28/12 More »

Thanksgiving for Hurricane Sandy RN Relief Efforts

Thanksgiving for Hurricane Sandy RN Relief Efforts

In the spirit of Thanksgiving, we are truly grateful for the dedication of our volunteers. Currently, these efforts are being handled by local organizations, with the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) taking a key leadership role. If volunteers from out of the local area are needed, we will contact you. The affected RNs and patients are incredibly grateful for your continued support. —NNU Blog, 11/26/12 More »

Strike Is On Tuesday at 10 Northern California Hospitals

Strike Is On Tuesday at 10 Northern California Hospitals

Registered nurses at 10 Northern California hospitals will strike on Tuesday, November 20, to protest employer demands for sweeping cuts in nurses’ and patient care standards. Some 5,000 RNs are represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United at the 10 hospitals. It will be a two-day strike, Nov. 20 and 21 for 3,300 RNs and several hundred respiratory, X-ray and other technicians who work at eight Sutter corporation hospitals – Alta Bates Medical Center facilities in Berkeley and Oakland, Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, San Leandro Hospital, Sutter Solano in Vallejo, Sutter Delta in Antioch, and Novato Community Hospital. Another 1,500 RNs will be on strike for one-day, Nov. 20, at two San Jose HCA-affiliated hospitals, Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center. —CNA Press Release, 11/19/12 More »

Sutter RNs Strike – A protest against cuts that would set back nursing, care standards for decades

Sutter RNs Strike – A protest against cuts that would set back nursing, care standards for decades

Registered nurses at eight Sutter corporation hospitals are on strike Tuesday, November 20 and Wednesday, November 21, to protest employer demands for sweeping cuts in nurses’ and patient care standards. —California Nurses Association Press Release, 11/16/12 More »

Robin Hood actions say ‘No to Cuts, Tax Wall Street to Spark Recovery’

Robin Hood actions say ‘No to Cuts, Tax Wall Street to Spark Recovery’

Outside the district office of Rep. Charles Rangel, Robin Hood Tax Campaigners from National Nurses United (NNU) and Health GAP found an engaged audience today. These residents of New York’s Harlem are wondering when the recovery will arrive. Their neighborhoods are a mix of shuttered brownstones and half-empty condos, a sign of the realty speculation that somehow, someway never brought decent, affordable housing to Manhattan’s northern-most community. —NNU Blog, 11/15/12 More »

U.S. Robin Hood Tax Campaign Says No to Social Service Cuts, Yes to Wall Street Tax

U.S. Robin Hood Tax Campaign Says No to Social Service Cuts, Yes to Wall Street Tax

Having made their voices heard in the course of hard-fought elections, a national campaign of consumers, health activists, small businesses, unions, religious groups and others will call on members of Congress Wednesday to stand up for our nation’s working people and for vulnerable communities and to urge No to cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, or food stamps. —Robin Hood Tax Press Release, 11/13/12 More »

HURRICANE SANDY: Help New York Nurses and Patients

HURRICANE SANDY: Help New York Nurses and Patients

Hurricane Sandy has left a path of devastation in New York and surrounding communities in the Tri-State area, where 670,000 homes and businesses remain without electricity. Click to see how you can help our Registered Nurse Response Network. —Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) Blog, 11/08/12 More »

Hundreds of UMass Memorial Medical Center Nurses to Picket Nov. 8 To Call for Safer Staffing Levels

Hundreds of UMass Memorial Medical Center Nurses to Picket Nov. 8 To Call for Safer Staffing Levels

After Posting More Than $88 Million in Profits, UMass Memorial Medical Center Has Slashed its Nursing and Support Staff in the Last Two Years and Has Gone From Being the Best Staffed Hospital in the City to the Worst, While Also Posting Among the Lowest Rankings in the State for Quality Patient Care —MNA Press Release, 11/08/12 More »

For Obama, a Bigger Win Than for Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, Bush or Bush

For Obama, a Bigger Win Than for Kennedy, Nixon, Carter, Bush or Bush

It wasn't even close. That's the unexpected result of the November 6 election. And President Obama and his supporters must wrap their heads around this new reality -- just as their Republican rivals are going to have to adjust to it. After a very long, very hard campaign that began the night of the 2010 “Republican wave” election, a campaign defined by unprecedented spending and take-no-prisoners debate strategies, Barack Obama was reelected president. And he did so with an ease that allowed him to claim what even his supporters dared not imagine until a little after 11 p.m. on the night of his last election: a credible, national win. —The Nation, 11/07/12 More »

National Nurses: Message from Working People to Wall Street- America is Not for Sale

National Nurses: Message from Working People to Wall Street- America is Not for Sale

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses said today that the national election delivered an unmistakable message Tuesday: “From the Presidential race to Senate races to local ballot measures, American voters Tuesday delivered a strong message to Wall Street, billionaires and secretive corporate funded political committees – America is not for sale,” said NNU Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro. —NNU Press Release, 11/07/12 More »

RNs Get Out the Vote!

RNs Get Out the Vote!

Across the country, RNs are getting out the vote. Nurses make sure that their communities understand what's at stake, and make the connection between "big politics" and everyday life. Thanks, nurses, for all you do! —NNU Blog, 11/05/12 More »

Petaluma Nurses Picket in Support of Santa Rosa Hospital RN Strike for Patient Care—Saturday

Petaluma Nurses Picket in Support of Santa Rosa Hospital RN Strike for Patient Care—Saturday

Petaluma Valley Hospital RNs will be holding informational picketing at the two St. Joseph Health hospitals in Sonoma County in a show of support for nurses at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (SRMH), who begin a three-day strike Saturday, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. SRMH is represented by the Staff Nurses Association. —CNA Press Release, 11/01/12 More »

Nurses Held State House Press Conference Today on New Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

Nurses Held State House Press Conference Today on New Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

BOSTON, Mass — Representatives from the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, along with State Representative Denise Garlick, RN (D-Needham) held a press conference at the State House today to brief reporters on a new law to ban the dangerous practice of mandatory overtime as an alternative to providing safe registered nurse staffing levels in the state’s acute care hospitals. The new law goes into effect on Monday, Nov. 5. —NNU Press Release, 11/01/12 More »

East Bay, Vallejo Sutter Nurses Strike Thursday

East Bay, Vallejo Sutter Nurses Strike Thursday

Registered nurses at seven Sutter hospitals in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties will hold a one-day strike on Thursday, November 1. The walkout is in response to demands by Sutter corporate officials for sweeping reductions in patient care protections and nurses contract standards at these hospitals. The strike will involve about 3,200 RNs as well as several hundred respiratory, X-ray and other technicians. “We have been in negotiations going on 18 months and during this time hospital management has repeatedly misrepresented us as nurses and has shown a lack of respect for the hard working women and men who are the backbone of our hospital,” said Ann Gaebler, an Alta Bates RN. “As staff nurses, we have a responsibility to fight to maintain standards of care for our patients. We cannot allow the erosion to patient care that Sutter's proposed takeaways would represent.” —CNA Press Release, 11/01/12 More »

St. Johns Health Center Registered Nurses Ratify Collective Bargaining Agreement

St. Johns Health Center Registered Nurses Ratify Collective Bargaining Agreement

St. Johns Health Center registered nurses on Friday and Saturday ratified their first ever collective bargaining agreement in a secret ballot, according to the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —Santa Monica Mirror, 10/31/12 More »

Nurses will strike at seven East Bay hospitals affiliated with Sutter Health on Thursday

Nurses will strike at seven East Bay hospitals affiliated with Sutter Health on Thursday

Mention nurses in the Bay Area these days and two images come to mind: a caring, nurturing professional at a patient's bedside, and a perturbed, bullhorn carrying protester walking a picket line. By one estimate, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United has called more than 70 strikes at the state's hospitals in the past two years. Its members will walk off the job again Thursday, waging a one-day strike against seven East Bay hospitals affiliated with Sutter Health as part of an 18-month-long attempt to negotiate a new contract. —Silicon Valley Mercury News, 10/31/12 More »

St. John’s Santa Monica RNs Overwhelming Vote to Approve Historic First Contract

St. John’s Santa Monica RNs Overwhelming Vote to Approve Historic First Contract

Registered nurses at St. Johns Health Center in Santa Monica showed up in force to ratify their first ever collective bargaining agreement in secret ballot voting Friday and Saturday, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 10/30/12 More »

Nurses to Join Women’s Day of Action Event for Ami Bera

Nurses to Join Women’s Day of Action Event for Ami Bera

Leaders of the state’s leading organization of nurses will join a rally and press event for Congressional candidate Dr. Ami Bera Tuesday morning in Elk Grove. The event, which will also include national women’s right advocate Sandra Fluke and Dr. Janine Bera is expected to have a particular focus on women’s health issues. —CNA Press Release, 10/30/12 More »

Nurses Hold State House Press Conference (Nov. 1) on New Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

Nurses Hold State House Press Conference (Nov. 1) on New Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

Representatives from the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, along with State Representative Denise Garlick, RN (D-Needham) will hold a press conference at the State House on Thursday, Nov. 1, to brief reporters on a new law to ban the dangerous practice of mandatory overtime as an alternative to providing safe registered nurse staffing levels in the state’s acute care hospitals. The new law goes into effect on Monday, Nov. 5. —NNU Press Release, 10/30/12 More »

City Mayor Joins Growing Outcry of Support for Unjust Firing of Affinity Nurse

City Mayor Joins Growing Outcry of Support for Unjust Firing of Affinity Nurse

Affinity Medical Center RNs, along with a growing number of concerned community members, will be holding a second candlelight vigil Friday evening to protest the unjust termination of Ann Wayt, a highly respected orthopedic RN who has worked at the facility for 24 years. Prior to the vigil, nurses and supporters will march in the Beat McKinley parade scheduled for 7 p.m. and then return to the hospital for the candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. —NNU Press Release, 10/25/12 More »

SANDY REDING: For the health and safety of our community, vote no on Prop. 32

SANDY REDING: For the health and safety of our community, vote no on Prop. 32

As a Bakersfield nurse who has dedicated the past 29 years to serving my community, I am deeply alarmed at the danger posed to my patients, my neighbors and my family by Proposition 32. Sponsors of Prop. 32 hope the misleading ads that fill our screens daily will persuade you this measure will restrict corporations and unions from influencing elections. Nothing could be further from the truth. —The Bakersfield Californian, 10/25/12 More »

What’s At Stake When Billionaires Try to Buy Our Democracy

What’s At Stake When Billionaires Try to Buy Our Democracy

The shameless spectacle of billionaires drowning the airwaves should not numb us to the consequences of what is at stake if the super rich succeed in buying our elections. While most of the national focus is on the Presidential race and some high profile Senate elections, the less profiled California ballot measures provide a disturbing portrait of what is a clearly broken system. —Rose Ann DeMoro, 10/25/12 More »

Letter to Billionaire Prop 32 Backers Charles Munger Jr. and George Joseph: Show Your Faces

Letter to Billionaire Prop 32 Backers Charles Munger Jr. and George Joseph: Show Your Faces

Gentlemen, the California Nurses Association and Consumer Watchdog invite you, the primary financial sponsors of Propositions 32 and 33, to join us for a public debate on the merits and adverse consequences of these measures and the impact they will have on all Californians. —CNA Blog, 10/24/12 More »

Consumers and Nurses Challenge The Billionaires Behind Props 32 and 33 To A Public Debate

Consumers and Nurses Challenge The Billionaires Behind Props 32 and 33 To A Public Debate

Nurses and consumer advocates challenged Charles Munger Jr. and George Joseph, the two billionaires behind Props 32 and 33, to a public debate on the merits of the ballot measures they have together spent $39 million to promote. Props 32 and 33 will hurt working people in California, but the two reclusive billionaires have refused to step out of the shadows and defend their measures in a public forum, preferring to hide behind massive paid advertising campaigns fronted by public relations firms. —CNA Press Release, 10/24/12 More »

Tentative Pact for RNs at Saint John’s Santa Monica

Tentative Pact for RNs at Saint John’s Santa Monica

Registered nurses and hospital officials have reached a tentative agreement on a first collective bargaining agreement at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica that ends a long-running dispute at the hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. Key to the agreement are provisions that the nurses say will enhance patient protections, as well as economic gains, no reductions in nurses’ health coverage or pensions, and other contract protections that the RNs say will promote quality of care and retention of experienced RNs and recruitment of new nurses. —CNA Press Release, 10/23/12 More »

The shadowy figures trying to permanently steal our elections

The shadowy figures trying to permanently steal our elections

I am a nurse and I know how wealth is valued over the health of my patients with today’s recreation of an aristocracy born of speculation and no sense of community values. Since 2000, business interests alone have poured an obscene $1.7 billion into California campaigns to sway candidate and initiative campaigns. —CNA Blog by DeAnn McEwen, RN, 10/22/12 More »

East Bay, Vallejo Sutter Nurses to Strike Nov. 1

East Bay, Vallejo Sutter Nurses to Strike Nov. 1

With little movement from Sutter corporate officials on their demands for sweeping reductions in patient care protections and nurses contract standards, registered nurses at Sutter hospitals in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties will hold a one-day strike on Thursday, November 1, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today. —CNA Press Release, 10/22/12 More »

Brotman RNs to Picket Culver City Hospital Tuesday

Brotman RNs to Picket Culver City Hospital Tuesday

Registered nurses at Brotman Medical Center will hold a picket Tuesday morning to call on the private equity firm that operates the Culver City hospital to forego its proposals that would undercut patient care standards and make a commitment not to erode patient care. —CNA Press Release, 10/22/12 More »

San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital RNs Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital RNs Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

Registered nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center in San Jose have authorized a strike, if necessary, to protest hospital management demands they say will erode patient care and RN contract standards that will also undermine the ability of the hospital to recruit new RNs and have adverse effects on the San Jose community. —CNA Press Release, 10/19/12 More »

CHILDREN’S Picket at Kaiser Hayward-SATURDAY,11a.m.-1p.m.

CHILDREN’S Picket at Kaiser Hayward-SATURDAY,11a.m.-1p.m.

“Treat us, don’t trick us!” they demand! Hundreds of children, parents, and concerned community members will be picketing Saturday at 11a.m. to protest Kaiser Permanente’s plans to close the inpatient pediatrics unit in Hayward in 2014. More than 1,000 children a year are hospitalized in the unit. The event will have the first-ever children-only picket line at Kaiser, joined by friends dressed as popular Sesame Street characters who will be picketing alongside them. —CNA Press Release, 10/19/12 More »

Why defeating Prop. 32 is a patient safety priority

Why defeating Prop. 32 is a patient safety priority

It would be easy for voters, sick of the auction of California politics to the biggest spenders, to be tempted by the misleading advertising for Proposition 32. But all the ads for 32 ought to come with a warning label – beware of buyer’s remorse. —CNA Blog by: Malinda Markowitz, RN and Co-president, 10/18/12 More »

NNU Stands Behind Lenox Hill RNs on Fair Contract to Protect Patient Care

NNU Stands Behind Lenox Hill RNs on Fair Contract to Protect Patient Care

NEW YORK – In the aftermath of an overwhelming vote in favor of strike– by a 96% margin, and in recognition of the compelling issues that motivated that significant vote, National Nurses United today issued its strongest message of support to the RNs of Lenox Hill Hospital in their call for a fair contract. —NNU Press Release, 10/18/12 More »

Providence Memorial, El Paso Hospital Nurses Vote by 64% to Join NNU in Decisive Election

Providence Memorial, El Paso Hospital Nurses Vote by 64% to Join NNU in Decisive Election

Registered nurses at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso voted by 64 percent Tuesday night to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Texas, the Texas affiliate of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of RNs. The landslide win, 201 to 115 for NNOC-Texas came in a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. NNOC-Texas will represent some 500 RNs at the hospital. Overall, NNU represents 185,000 RNs across the U.S. —NNU Press Release, 10/17/12 More »

Payroll deception with a new face…

Payroll deception with a new face…

Again California "Special Interests" have a proposition on our November ballot. It is called the "Special Exemptions Act", better known as Proposition 32. And it gets a little confusing determining just who are those who will benefit from these "special exemptions". Perhaps this nurse's take on exactly what will this Proposition do for my patients might shed some light on the real agenda this proposition supports. It is NOT what it seems....Proposition 32, the Special Exemptions Act, touted as political campaign reform. Proposition 32 claims to be about stopping special interest money in politics, but it is really an attempt to deceive voters into passing a law that would change the rules to benefit wealthy corporate interests....at the expense of middle-class workers and unions. —CNA blog by Kathryn Donahue, RN, 10/17/12 More »

Citing Safe Staffing Concerns, Kaiser RNs Plan to Picket Oakland Hospital Tuesday

Citing Safe Staffing Concerns, Kaiser RNs Plan to Picket Oakland Hospital Tuesday

OAKLAND—Registered nurses will hold a picket outside the Kaiser Permanente Oakland hospital Tuesday, October 16 to air concerns about ongoing problems with appropriate safe staffing at the Oakland hospital, the California Nurses Association announced today. —CNA Media Advisory, 10/15/12 More »

It’s Up to All of Us to Protect Social Security

It’s Up to All of Us to Protect Social Security

“One thing I know. Social Security is so firmly embedded in the American psychology today that no politician, no political group could possibly destroy this Act and still maintain our democratic system. It is safe forever, and for the everlasting benefit of the people of the United States.” —Frances Perkins, on the 25th anniversary of the enactment of the Social Security Act (from the book, The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience). Good thing Frances Perkins is not hearing the disinformation from Washington and many in the media today claiming Social Security is going broke and that there is a “consensus” that cuts are needed in Social Security to reduce the federal deficit. —NNU Blog, 10/12/12 More »

Barstow RNs Hold Candlelight Vigil Protest on Opening Day of New Hospital-Saturday

Barstow RNs Hold Candlelight Vigil Protest on Opening Day of New Hospital-Saturday

Registered nurses at Barstow Community Hospital (BCH) will hold a candlelight vigil Saturday evening to highlight their concerns with management’s misplaced priorities that placed the construction of a new facility with 15,000 additional square feet before ways to recruit and retain experienced nurses, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. While the new hospital boasts of its emergency department which will include a trauma bay, airborne infection exam room, and 15 exam rooms, nearly one-half of the ED RN staff have resigned. Nurses attribute the exodus of RNs to the substandard patient care protections, salaries, and benefits that are well below community standards of area hospitals. —CNA Press Release, 10/11/12 More »

St. Vincent to open psych unit in downtown Worcester

St. Vincent to open psych unit in downtown Worcester

The Massachusetts Nurses Association hailed the announcement today. “We applaud the decision,” said David Schildmeier, MNA communications director. “It's something we've been advocating for well over a year.” He said, “This is a very important development for those suffering from mental illness in Massachusetts, as this will preserve psychiatric beds at a time when there is a dramatic and dangerous shortage of those beds.” —Telegram, 10/11/12 More »

Worker rights panel claims EMMC’s nurse staffing level too low

Worker rights panel claims EMMC’s nurse staffing level too low

BANGOR, Maine — A report released Wednesday by a labor group contends that nurse understaffing is having a negative effect on patient care at Eastern Maine Medical Center, but EMMC officials question the report’s sourcing, data and timeliness. The report, presented by the Worker Rights Board of Eastern Maine during a press conference Wednesday morning at the Bangor Public Library, says that: —Bangor Daily News, 10/11/12 More »

News Coverage of Our 1-Day Strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, MA

News Coverage of Our 1-Day Strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center, MA

Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center returned to work at 7 a.m. on Saturday after their 24-hour strike. The strike began at 7 a.m. Friday. The next negotiation session between the Massachusetts Nurses Association and Baystate Franklin Medical Center is set for Oct. 25. —Several Sources, 10/09/12 More »

Californians: Vote NO on 32

Californians: Vote NO on 32

Who would you trust to make good governmental policy decisions for you and your family? Billionaires whose greatest priority is their own bottom line? Health insurance companies who have a track record of denying your claim for needed care prescribed by your doctor? Secretive Super PAC groups who can raise unlimited amounts of money to support and elect politicians friendly to their agendas? —CNA Blog by Sue Cannon, RN, PhD, 10/09/12 More »

As Benishek’s Wealth Rockets 60% to $5.6M, He Leaves Constituents Behind

As Benishek’s Wealth Rockets 60% to $5.6M, He Leaves Constituents Behind

MICHIGAN--Registered nurses in Congressman Dan Benishek’s district said today a new report that his personal wealth has increased by 60 percent to $5.6 million explains why he has repeatedly voted to make seniors pay thousands of dollars more for their health care every year so that his fellow millionaires can enjoy more tax breaks. —Michigan Nurses Association Press Release, 10/08/12 More »

RNs DECLARE VICTORY IN VA SYSTEM

RNs DECLARE VICTORY IN VA SYSTEM

By an overwhelming majority, nurses at VA medical centers across the country have ratified their contract, an agreement that protects patient care standards and strengthens the voice of RNs in the care of the nation’s veterans. Tonight’s vote at Buffalo VA Medical Center was the final of 22 VA medical centers wins, where RNs are represented by National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, with 185,000 members. —NNU VA Press Release, 10/05/12 More »

For our health and our children, No on 32, Yes on 30

For our health and our children, No on 32, Yes on 30

Proposition 30 will leave a significant imprint on the future of California, whether big budget holes will prompt continuing on a debilitating path of more cuts in education, healthcare and other vital programs that are intrinsic to a humane society, or whether those who have benefited the most from income disparity will be asked to pay their fair share. Prop. 32, a threat to patient care. —CNA Blog by Zenei Cortez, RN, co-president of CNA, 10/05/12 More »

Protect the voice of nurses in California - Vote Nov. 6

Protect the voice of nurses in California - Vote Nov. 6

Far too many of the patients and people in the community that I care for are suffering as a result of our broken economy. There is hope for them, and we all have the ability to help if we make an informed decision and vote wisely. Before we’re handcuffed by lethal cutbacks and before we become accomplices of injustice and the erosion of our right to protect one another, please join nurses in voting “YES” on Proposition 30; and, “NO” on Proposition 32! —CNA Voter Blog, 10/05/12 More »

Debate This: I’m 57 and Want Medicare and Social Security for Future Generations

Debate This: I’m 57 and Want Medicare and Social Security for Future Generations

The most troubling thing I heard last evening during the debate was that I could stop listening about the proposed changes to Social Security and Medicare if I was at or near retirement age. I’m not that selfish. I care that my children and grandchildren have those programs. I care so much that I have devoted my personal and professional energy to improving and expanding a 'Medicare for All for Life' model and making sure Social Security remains the sure and safe program that it has been for decades. —Blog by: Donna Smith, 10/04/12 More »

Why the Future of Health Care May Be on the Line With Prop. 30

Why the Future of Health Care May Be on the Line With Prop. 30

There is a hidden risk buried inside Proposition 30 that goes far beyond cuts to education, according to Hope Richardson, policy analyst for the California Budget Project. If the initiative doesn't pass on Nov. 6, she said, it's true that a series of cuts go into effect that would take billions of dollars out of education funding in California. "Most of the trigger cuts are to education," Richardson said. —California Healthline, 10/04/12 More »

A corrupted political system based, like healthcare, on ability to pay

A corrupted political system based, like healthcare, on ability to pay

Essential social goods – political participation and access to necessary health services - are allocated based on ability to pay. When that happens, it’s easy to see who wins and who loses. The gains go to the top and the rest of us have to fight for what we need. —NNU Blog by: Michael Lighty, 10/04/12 More »

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Strike for Patient Safety

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Strike for Patient Safety

Greenfield, MA – The registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center walked out of the hospital this morning at 7 a.m. to begin a 24 hour unfair labor practice strike, the first nurses’ strike in the history of the Greenfield-based hospital. The action comes at the end of a year of fruitless negotiations. The nurses were joined by community and labor supporters as well as by more than 100 nurses from hospitals across the state who share the nurses’ concerns for patients safety. —Massachusetts Nurses Association Press Release, 10/04/12 More »

Proposition 39 Endorsed by California Nurses Association

Proposition 39 Endorsed by California Nurses Association

SACRAMENTO -- The Yes on Proposition 39 campaign announced today that the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA) has endorsed Proposition 39, the November ballot measure that will close an unfair corporate tax loophole that has been costing California $1 billion annually. —Yes on Prop 39, 10/04/12 More »

State-Mandated Nurse Staffing Levels Lead to Lower Patient Mortality and Higher Nurse Satisfaction

State-Mandated Nurse Staffing Levels Lead to Lower Patient Mortality and Higher Nurse Satisfaction

As mandated by State law, the California Department of Health Services requires acute care hospitals to maintain minimum nurse-to-patient staffing ratios. Required ratios vary by unit, ranging from 1:1 in operating rooms to 1:6 on psychiatric units. The legislation also requires that hospitals maintain a patient acuity classification system to guide additional staffing when necessary, assign certain nursing functions only to licensed registered nurses, determine the competency of and provide appropriate orientation to nurses before assigning them to patient care, and keep records of staffing levels. —Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, 10/03/12 More »

Nurses urge Pelosi and others to back the Robin Hood tax

Nurses urge Pelosi and others to back the Robin Hood tax

The Inclusive Prosperity Act, or H.R. 6411, would establish a 0.5 percent tax on the trading of stocks, 50 cents on every $100 of trades and lesser rates on bonds, derivatives and currencies. It's being touted as the "Robin Hood tax" because it would generate an estimated $350 billion dollars annually that would go towards growing local economies, taking from the rich to help the poor. —San Francisco Bay Guardian , 10/03/12 More »

Clinton Urged to Support ‘Robin Hood’ Tax to Fund Climate

Clinton Urged to Support ‘Robin Hood’ Tax to Fund Climate

A transaction levy, or “Robin Hood Tax,” could help fund $100 billion of climate change aid that developed countries have pledged by 2020, and extend to health care and education as well, the 63 groups said in a letter yesterday to Clinton that was e-mailed today by Friends of the Earth. —Bloomberg News, 09/28/12 More »

Vote “YES” on 30; Vote “NO” on 32

Vote “YES” on 30; Vote “NO” on 32

Trust me when I say that politics has become very personal this year; I’m a nurse. As nurses we ask our patients to “tell us where it hurts.” There are those who are too young and too medically fragile who don’t have the ability to utter a word; yet we see the result of an eroding social safety net etched on their faces and wreaking havoc on their health. It doesn’t have to be this way. —DeAnn McEwen, RN, CNA Co-President, 09/27/12 More »

Duggan Campaign Rewrites His Anti-Union History

Duggan Campaign Rewrites His Anti-Union History

Potential Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan’s campaign responded to concerns about the Detroit Medical Center CEO’s reputation as a union buster today with an astonishing string of falsehoods. In an interview on “First Shift With Tony Trupiano,” Duggan’s committee chairman Conrad Mallett Jr. made misstatements about multiple aspects of an organizing drive initiated by DMC nurses in 2007. —Michigan Nurses Association Press Release, 09/27/12 More »

Tele-Press Conference to Demand Deceitful New Ad be Taken Off the Air

Tele-Press Conference to Demand Deceitful New Ad be Taken Off the Air

Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution’s latest ad lies to attack Proposal 2. The 30-second ad falsely claims that Proposal 2 will block schools from removing employees with criminal backgrounds and remove safety standards for school bus drivers. “The last thing we need is parents worrying about the lies in this ad,” said Wayne County Sheriff Benny Napoleon. “Proposal 2 won’t make it harder to protect our kids. —Protect Working Families, 09/27/12 More »

Robin Hood Tax Pledge Sought In 18 Congressional Districts Across U.S.

Robin Hood Tax Pledge Sought In 18 Congressional Districts Across U.S.

On Tuesday, October 2, the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) -- under which hundreds of billions of tax dollars were handed over to financial institutions deemed “too big to fail”-- the Robin Hood Tax Campaign and its allies in labor, health, religious and consumer organizations, will visit Congressional field offices in seven states to seek pledges of support for the “Inclusive Prosperity Act,” H.R. 6411. Join us! —NNU Robin Hood Tax Press Release, 09/26/12 More »

California RNs, Make Your Vote Count – Register to Vote, Vote By Mail

California RNs, Make Your Vote Count – Register to Vote, Vote By Mail

Did you ever forget to vote? Were you ever too tired after a long 12 hour shift to make it to the polling place? (And how do you vote when you work a 7am to 7pm shift and that’s only the time the polls are open?) Did a sick child keep you home, or a cranky kid make you too late to vote on the way to work? —CNA Blog, 09/26/12 More »

No on Prop 32

No on Prop 32

If Prop. 32 passes, the California Hospital Association, which already has enormous influence in Sacramento, along with its allies in California Chamber of Commerce, insurance industry, and other corporate interests will be able to take dead aim at RN staffing ratios, meal and rest breaks, limits on forced overtime, oversight on hospital and nursing home abuses, and other workplace and patient safety protections – with little ability for nurses to use our collective voice to challenge them. —CNA Blog, 09/26/12 More »

Join Us for Robin Hood Tax Actions on October 2nd

Join Us for Robin Hood Tax Actions on October 2nd

On Tuesday, October 2, the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) -- under which hundreds of billions of tax dollars were handed over to financial institutions deemed “too big to fail”-- the Robin Hood Tax Campaign and its allies in labor, health, religious and consumer organizations, will visit Congressional field offices in seven states to seek pledges of support for the “Inclusive Prosperity Act,” H.R. 6411. Join us! —Robin Hood Tax Blog, 09/26/12 More »

Yes on Prop 30

Yes on Prop 30

CNA strongly supports Proposition 30 to generate critical resources for education, healthcare and public safety mainly through increased taxes on wealthy Californians. —CNA Blog, 09/26/12 More »

The Better Bargain: Transaction Tax, Not Austerity

The Better Bargain: Transaction Tax, Not Austerity

On the eve of Occupy Wall Street’s first anniversary, Congressman Keith Ellison introduced a much-needed common sense bill: HR 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act. The bill taxes financial transactions to generate revenue for social needs. Amid our consensus-narrowed, deficit-obsessed political debate, it’s a call to arms, and a breath of fresh air. —The Nation, 09/26/12 More »

Nurses Announce Tentative Pact with Sutter Mills-Peninsula

Nurses Announce Tentative Pact with Sutter Mills-Peninsula

Registered nurses have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining contract with Mills-Peninsula Health Services, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced. —CNA Press Release, 09/26/12 More »

Tax Wall Street To Restore Main Street

Tax Wall Street To Restore Main Street

Almost 30 nations have some form of a financial transaction tax and the U.S. had a similar tax from 1914 until 1966. The United Kingdom has had a tax on stock trades for decades – the same rate proposed in HR 6411 – and their volume of trading has grown robustly. Supporters of a form of financial transactions tax include business leaders such as Microsoft founder Bill Gates, Dallas Mavericks’ owner Mark Cuban, and Berkshire Hathaway chairman and CEO Warren Buffet. —Blog by: Rep. Keith Ellison, 09/26/12 More »

UMass Memorial Health Care to eliminate 140 positions

UMass Memorial Health Care to eliminate 140 positions

WORCESTER — UMass Memorial Health Care said Tuesday it will eliminate 140 positions as it seeks to find $80 million in budget cuts and new revenue for the fiscal year starting Oct. 1. —Telegram.com , 09/25/12 More »

San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital Nurse Picket— WEDNESDAY

San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital Nurse Picket— WEDNESDAY

SAN JOSE— Registered nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center in San Jose will hold a picket and rally at the facility Wednesday to call public attention to their efforts to stand up for their patients and for the future of their hospitals, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. —CNA Press Release, 09/25/12 More »

Michigan Nurses Support Proposal 2

Michigan Nurses Support Proposal 2

Proposal 2 would permanently protect collective bargaining rights for all Michigan workers, now and in the future. Making Michigan a state that guarantees workers the basic right to have a voice in the workplace is the most important issue of our time. —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Blog, 09/24/12 More »

Endorsement: Proposition 32 power play deserves a ‘no’ vote

Endorsement: Proposition 32 power play deserves a ‘no’ vote

Once again, Californians are being asked to diminish unions' power by restricting their ability to raise campaign money. Once more, initiative promoters are trying to mislead voters by claiming to offer campaign finance reform. But just as they did in 1998 and 2005, voters should reject the deception by voting down Proposition 32, a transparent power grab that purports to "stop special interest money." —Sacramento Bee, 09/24/12 More »

Classic Koch: How Prop. 32 Could Enrich Two Billionaires

Classic Koch: How Prop. 32 Could Enrich Two Billionaires

On September 14 the Web exploded with news that billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch had donated $4 million in support of Proposition 32. A San Francisco Chronicle editorial noting the donation labeled the brothers “conservative ideologues” – a moniker often applied to the Kochs. This description, however, gives the Kochs far too much credit for their supposed philosophical purity—particularly as it relates to the Prop. 32 battle. —Frying Pan News, 09/24/12 More »

Lawrence General Hospital Announces Layoffs, Service Closures and Patient Care Restructuring…

Lawrence General Hospital Announces Layoffs, Service Closures and Patient Care Restructuring…

LAWRENCE, MA – The nurses of Lawrence General Hospital are outraged by a recent decision from hospital management to lay off staff, close services and restructure how nurses deliver patient care at the facility, particularly at a time when nurses have been struggling with inadequate RN staffing levels that compromise their ability to deliver the care their patients deserve. —Massachusetts Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 09/24/12 More »

National Nurses United Endorses President Obama

National Nurses United Endorses President Obama

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, has endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term. The 185,000 member organization’s national executive council made the endorsement at a weekend meeting. —NNU Press Release, 09/24/12 More »

Statement from Donna Kelly-Williams, RN, President, Mass. Nurses Association on U.S. Senate Debate

Statement from Donna Kelly-Williams, RN, President, Mass. Nurses Association on U.S. Senate Debate

Nurses and Health Care Professionals have seen firsthand how the economy has affected our patients, friends and family through the loss of jobs, their homes and their retirement savings. Tonight, we had the opportunity to see for ourselves the stark difference between the two candidates for United States Senate and who will fight for us in Washington. —Healthcare Global, 09/20/12 More »

RNs and their Families Protest Sutter Black-tie Grand Opening Gala at Eden Medical Center Saturday

RNs and their Families Protest Sutter Black-tie Grand Opening Gala at Eden Medical Center Saturday

RNs from Sutter Health hospitals around the Bay Area will be holding a colorful event Saturday evening to protest a gala black-tie event organized by Sutter for the soon-to-be-opened new facility at the Castro Valley campus, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. Sutter, who has made over four billion in profit since 2007, has billed its event a fundraiser for the new Eden Medical Center building. —CNA Press Release, 09/20/12 More »

The Robin Hood Campaign – A Movement, and Now Legislation Too

The Robin Hood Campaign – A Movement, and Now Legislation Too

For many months, nurses, healthcare, environmental, labor, consumer, faith-based and other community activists have rallied on Wall Street, at banks and legislative offices, and outside the White House and Treasury Department, saying it is time to tax Wall Street to help revive our economy and nation.Robin Tax campaigners rally in New York City on September 17, 2012. —Blog Commentary by NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro, 09/19/12 More »

Filipino nurses win language discrimination settlement

Filipino nurses win language discrimination settlement

A group of Filipino nurses who claimed they were mocked for their accents and ordered to speak "English only" won a nearly $1-million settlement against a Central California hospital where bosses and co-workers were allegedly urged to eavesdrop on the immigrant workers. —Los Angeles Times, 09/18/12 More »

Robin Hood Tax Bill Introduced In Congress

Robin Hood Tax Bill Introduced In Congress

The U.S. Robin Hood Tax Campaign today applauded the introduction in Congress of a bill that would impose a tax on Wall Street speculation. Introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison, HR 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act, would raise up to $350 billion in annual revenues that would be used to breathe new life into Main Street communities across America, as well as international health, sustainable prosperity and environmental programs. —NNU Press Release, 09/17/12 More »

Menorah Medical Center Contract Win

Menorah Medical Center Contract Win

Nurses in Overland Park, Kansas, were savoring a win this weekend, as they reached agreement with HCA-affiliated Menorah Medical Center. Ratification of the new contract is expected this week in a deal that covers the facility’s 325 RNs. All are members of National Nurses Organizing Committee and National Nurses United (NNU). —NNU Blog, 09/10/12 More »

National Nurses United Supports Chicago Teachers

National Nurses United Supports Chicago Teachers

Support Chicago Teachers! Call the head of Chicago Public Schools and Mayor Rahm Emanuel to support the teachers' demands. Tell them that teachers are fighting for the things that really matter in the classroom, like guaranteed limits to class size. TAKE ACTION! CALL NOW! (they're keeping a tally). Chicago Public Schools CEO J.C. Brizard (773) 553-1500 and Mayor Emanuel (312) 744-3300. —NNU Blog, 09/10/12 More »

Victory for TX Nurses

Victory for TX Nurses

In a major win for nurses, patients and three Texas communities, registered nurses in El Paso, Corpus Christi and Brownsville gave final approval to contracts yesterday in first-ever collective bargaining agreements. The agreements make significant strides for working conditions for RNs, patient care standards and the quality of care at the four facilities. —NNU Press Release, 09/06/12 More »

Antelope Valley RNs Set Candlelight Vigil to Protest Serious Patient Care Problems at Hospital

Antelope Valley RNs Set Candlelight Vigil to Protest Serious Patient Care Problems at Hospital

Registered nurses at Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) in Lancaster, California will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to protest eroding patient care conditions at the hospital and the administration’s hard-line stance in talks for a new contract. Some 900 RNs at the facility are represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. RNs cite deteriorating care conditions, especially in safe staffing, at the hospital that they say are consistently putting patients at risk on a daily basis. —CNA Press Release, 09/05/12 More »

Nurses Ask Rep. Benishek to Tell Seniors His Price for a Public Medicare Town Hall

Nurses Ask Rep. Benishek to Tell Seniors His Price for a Public Medicare Town Hall

Registered nurses who live and work in Congressman Dan Benishek’s district today asked him to name his price to hold a public town hall so the patients they take care of every day know how much they have to pay to express concerns and publicly ask questions about his plan to end Medicare and make them pay thousands of dollars more for health care each year. Just a week after spending days in Florida generating support for re-election from fellow Republicans, Benishek will head to Grand Rapids on Wednesday for a $1,000-a-person fundraiser with special guest U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 09/04/12 More »

Aware of ‘no options,’ Woman Dies Fighting For Medical Coverage

Aware of ‘no options,’ Woman Dies Fighting For Medical Coverage

Leslie Elder was always a fighter. But in a message to a friend in the waning days of her life, she seemed exhausted. The note, written at a time of spiritual darkness, suggested defeat after a decades-long struggle for medical coverage. "I honestly don't know how much more I can endure," Elder wrote earlier this year in a Facebook message to her friend Liz Jacobs. "I am fighting for (Medicaid) and disability. I can't work I sit in bed I cry a lot. I am still fighting for healthcare and still fighting foreclosure. —CNN, 09/04/12 More »

Michigan Nurses Association Welcomes New Security Measures at Sparrow Hospital

Michigan Nurses Association Welcomes New Security Measures at Sparrow Hospital

“We’re glad to see Sparrow officials taking steps to protect staff and patients. Nurses and other healthcare professionals should not have to worry about being attacked while helping others, yet far too often they experience violence on the job. These matters must be taken seriously. The Michigan Nurses Association also continues to push for state legislation that strengthens penalties against those who assault healthcare workers. Everything possible should be done to ensure that our hospitals are safe for all health care professionals and every patient we take care of.” —Michigan Nurses Association, 08/31/12 More »

Nurses Vote To Authorize Strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center

Nurses Vote To Authorize Strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center

“The nurses at Franklin Medical Center with this vote have said that they will not accept proposals that will cut into their ability to deliver quality patient care, they will not allow Baystate to take away their union rights, and they will stand and fight to protect their community hospital. Most of our members are life time, or long time community members. Franklin Medical Center is our hospital and we will continue our struggle to keep it a community hospital,” said Donna Stern, RN co-chair of the 209 member bargaining unit. —Massachusetts Press Release, 08/31/12 More »

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