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The Big Red Bus Stopped in San Jose

The Big Red Bus Stopped in San Jose

We need single payer health care now! The single payer plan is also called Medicare for All. The Raging Grannies came out in support of the California Nurses Association, saying the best change would be to a system that takes care of everyone in America's health needs. —indybay.org, 07/06/12 More »

Health care for all; California Nurses Association tour makes stop in Santa Cruz

Health care for all; California Nurses Association tour makes stop in Santa Cruz

Volunteer nurses, dressed in red medical outfits matching the color of the tour's coach, were distributing fliers downtown, inviting people to get a free blood pressure screening and a blood sugar test. Santa Cruz was the 12th stop on the California Nurses Association Tour. —Silicon Valley Mercury News, 07/06/12 More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Luis Obispo Friday With Screenings and Town Hall

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Luis Obispo Friday With Screenings and Town Hall

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—20.1% of adults uninsured, 8.7% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost —CNA Press Release, 07/05/12 More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Santa Cruz Thursday With Screenings and Town Hall

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Santa Cruz Thursday With Screenings and Town Hall

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—21.3% of adults uninsured, 13% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

What You Did for the Least of These, California, You Do for Us All

What You Did for the Least of These, California, You Do for Us All

Notes from the road in California: I’ve been on the National Nurses United Medicare for All for life bus tour since mid-June, with one break to travel to Philadelphia for the SiCKO 5th reunion. So first let me admit I have a bit of “bus brain” going on. It’s a condition that goes along with being on an advocacy tour, without the restorative comforts of home. Today we head for Santa Cruz. Join us! —Donna Smith, 07/05/12 More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Francisco Wednesday, in the Post Court Era

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Francisco Wednesday, in the Post Court Era

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—16.4% of adults uninsured, 11% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

Hospital deal in danger as papers suggest breaches

Hospital deal in danger as papers suggest breaches

Mayor Ed Lee's deal with California Pacific Medical Center on a $2.5 billion overhaul of its San Francisco medical facilities is in jeopardy after internal financial documents were leaked showing hospital officials considered cutting hundreds of jobs, paying substantially less in charity care than envisioned in the deal, and could close a hospital despite pledging to keep it open. —San Francisco Chronicle, 07/03/12 More »

3,500 Bay Area Sutter Nurses to Strike Tuesday

3,500 Bay Area Sutter Nurses to Strike Tuesday

Registered nurses at seven Alameda and San Mateo county hospitals operated by the Sutter corporation will begin a one-day strike Tuesday morning, once again protesting a long list of concession demands that they say would undermine patient care protections as well as health and living standards for the RNs. The strike will affect 3,500 RNs and also several hundred respiratory, X-ray, and other technicians. More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Oakland Tuesday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Oakland Tuesday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—17.6% of adults uninsured, 17% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

URGENT: Please help MNA’s Northland RNs

URGENT: Please help MNA’s Northland RNs

Please take a moment to watch this video, see the devastation MNA RNs are suffering in the Northland after the June 20 floods and make an online contribution through MNA to help them! —MNA blog, 06/29/12 More »

State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates Over $84,000 for Willful Failure to Protect Staff, Police Officer

State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates Over $84,000 for Willful Failure to Protect Staff, Police Officer

California’s Department of Occupational Health and Safety has fined Sutter corporation’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for willful misconduct in dangerously exposing staff and police officers to a serious illness that resulted in permanent disabilities for a respiratory tech and an Oakland police officer. More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Jose Monday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Jose Monday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—17% of adults uninsured, 10% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

Pallor or Power, Patients or Consumers:  Which Model Do We Want?

Pallor or Power, Patients or Consumers:  Which Model Do We Want?

It’s a big day. And the corporate model for healthcare in America just triumphed over our humanity. The corporate Supreme Court honored all of its masters mightily in upholding the position that patients are consumers, taxes are bad, and full steam ahead on a healthcare system that includes a bailed-out private health insurance market. Ouch. —Donna Smith, 06/28/12 More »

Sanders, Nurses on SC Ruling: Cool, but We Still Need ‘Medicare for All’

Sanders, Nurses on SC Ruling: Cool, but We Still Need ‘Medicare for All’

What Sanders says about Thursday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the ACA provides important insights for progressives as they respond to a complex decision that, in the words of the National Nurses United union, “should not be seen as the end of the efforts by health care activists for a permanent fix of our broken health-care system.” —The Nation., 06/28/12 More »

Court Ruling Does Not End Healthcare Crisis Or the Need to Continue the Campaign for Reform

Court Ruling Does Not End Healthcare Crisis Or the Need to Continue the Campaign for Reform

The Supreme Court decision should not be seen as the end of the efforts by health care activists for a permanent fix of our broken healthcare system, said the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses today. More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Rafael Friday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Rafael Friday with Screenings and Town Hall, in the Post Court Era

Local stats still show need for healthcare overhaul—14% of adults uninsured, 11% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Chico Thursday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Chico Thursday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—21% of adults uninsured, 16% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

No Matter What, You Cannot Unfeel the Healthcare Pain in California

No Matter What, You Cannot Unfeel the Healthcare Pain in California

It hurts. The stories hurt. The aching, pounding, insistent sounds of Californians telling the nurses where it hurts. This is what the Medicare for all for life bus tour is all about in California. More »

SiCKO Stars to Reunite After 5 Years with Reminder Healthcare System Still Sick

SiCKO Stars to Reunite After 5 Years with Reminder Healthcare System Still Sick

Five years after release of their searing indictment of the failings of the U.S. healthcare system, filmmaker Michael Moore and the real-life stars of SiCKO, will hold a reunion Saturday night in Philadelphia. The event is at 7 p.m. at the Plays and Players Theater, 1714 Delancey Street. More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Stockton Wednesday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Stockton Wednesday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—24.6% of adults uninsured, 16% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

Bay Area Sutter Nurses Set Next Strike – July 3

Bay Area Sutter Nurses Set Next Strike – July 3

With Sutter corporate officials continuing to demand sweeping reductions in nurses contract standards, including proposals that could harm patients, Bay Area Sutter registered nurses are preparing for a new one-day strike on Tuesday, July 3, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today. More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Modesto Tuesday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Modesto Tuesday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—25.7% of adults uninsured, 17.3% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

The Robin Hood Tax: A Powerful Antidote to Austerity

The Robin Hood Tax: A Powerful Antidote to Austerity

Last week, nurses rallied, bank staff marched, conservatives coalesced and finance professionals petitioned—all in support of a global tax on Wall Street speculation. You wouldn’t know it from the headlines, but by week’s end, that elusive goal was closer than ever. —The Nation., 06/25/12 More »

Des Peres Hospital Nurses Vote by 65% to Join Largest U.S. RN Union

Des Peres Hospital Nurses Vote by 65% to Join Largest U.S. RN Union

Registered nurses at Des Peres Hospital in the St. Louis metropolitan area have voted by 65 percent to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Missouri (NNOC-Missouri). More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Fresno Monday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Fresno Monday with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

Local stats show dire need for healthcare overhaul—28.4% of adults uninsured, 16% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

RNs to Host San Leandro Town Hall on How to Hold Non-Profit Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care

RNs to Host San Leandro Town Hall on How to Hold Non-Profit Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care

Elected leaders, nurses, and community members will speak out in a town hall meeting Friday in San Leandro to address an important question affecting the delivery of health care in California – are non-profit hospitals giving back to communities their fair share in exchange for their tax exemption? More »

Health reform bus tour stops in Santa Ana today

Health reform bus tour stops in Santa Ana today

The California Nurses Association will offer free health screenings in Santa Ana Wednesday afternoon as part of a 3-week, statewide bus tour to advocate for expanding Medicare to cover all Americans. —THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 06/22/12 More »

On the Road Again, Cancer Does Not Wait for Nine Robed Judges

On the Road Again, Cancer Does Not Wait for Nine Robed Judges

My cancer won’t wait and doesn’t care about what nine robed judges in Washington, DC, say about healthcare. Cancer doesn’t care. Obamacare. Romneycare. No matter. Cancer doesn’t care. But the nurses do. More »

Enloe RNs to Greet Opening of New Tower with Message to the Public

Enloe RNs to Greet Opening of New Tower with Message to the Public

When Enloe Medical Center holds the grand opening of its new Magnolia Tower Saturday, the hospital’s registered nurses will be on hand with an additional message for the public: Congratulations, but the hospital needs to do a much better job treating the nurses who care for the patients going into those buildings, too. More »

CA Nurses Bring Healthcare Tour to Bakersfield Friday with Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

CA Nurses Bring Healthcare Tour to Bakersfield Friday with Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

Kern county stats show great need for healthcare overhaul— ranking 49 of 58 in health outcomes, 28% of adults uninsured, 18% unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

Let’s get healthcare reform right with Medicare for All

Let’s get healthcare reform right with Medicare for All

Now is not the time for more bailouts to the insurance industry, lowering patient care standards, or abandoning those patients and families who continue to face un-payable medical bills, insurance denials, or who remain uninsured or under insured. Let’s win the reform that can guarantee a single standard of quality care for all: Improved and expanded Medicare. Get Involved! More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Bernardino Thurs with Screenings and Town Hall As Court Ruling Loom

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in San Bernardino Thurs with Screenings and Town Hall As Court Ruling Loom

County stats show great need for healthcare overhaul—41 of 58 in health outcomes, 27% adults uninsured, 18% unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Santa Ana Wed. with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

CA Nurses Healthcare Tour in Santa Ana Wed. with Screenings and Town Hall, as Court Ruling Looms

Local stats show great need for healthcare overhaul—23.5% of adults uninsured, 11.9% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost More »

Standing Room Only Crowd Greets San Diego Opening of Medicare for All Tour, Next Stop Santa Ana

Standing Room Only Crowd Greets San Diego Opening of Medicare for All Tour, Next Stop Santa Ana

San Diego – Take heart, America. After an historic day of action in the worldwide launch of the Robin Hood Tax campaign, the nurses of National Nurses United kicked off the California statewide bus tour for Medicare For All to a standing room only crowd in San Diego. —Donna Smith, 06/20/12 More »

Why Jamie Dimon and His Wall Street Buddies Need to Pay a Robin Hood Tax

Why Jamie Dimon and His Wall Street Buddies Need to Pay a Robin Hood Tax

A modest tax on speculative financial transactions would be some restitution for the human costs of this bank-made crisis. —the guardian, 06/19/12 More »

Are Nurses Headed to War with SEIU?

Are Nurses Headed to War with SEIU?

On June 15, a day after a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) official asked labor leaders not to oppose a change to nurse-patient ratios, California Nurses Association (CNA) Executive Director Rose Ann De Moro sent a blistering e-mail to her colleagues: “It is a war, of that I am certain, and it will not be pretty.” —IN THESE TIMES, 06/19/12 More »

Robin Hood Tax Launch Day

Robin Hood Tax Launch Day

The day kicked off with some mischievous merry folk creeping around New York long before the sun was up to mask some of the cities best known statues. By the time sun was up everyone from Ghandi to Andy Warhol was wearing the icon green mask and hat. —Robin Hood Blog, 06/19/12 More »

Nurses Tell Rep. Liss: Stop Betraying Your Profession!

Nurses Tell Rep. Liss: Stop Betraying Your Profession!

State Rep. Lesia Liss (D-Warren) is betraying the nursing profession by supporting the silencing of female legislators, the Michigan Nurses Association said today. Liss, an emergency room nurse, voted for legislation last week that dangerously restricts women’s health care options and said today that criticism of House Republicans for banning the two female leaders from speaking is “making women look bad.” More »

MAJOR NEW CAMPAIGN FOR A ROBIN HOOD TAX ON WALL STREET LAUNCHES IN U.S. TODAY

MAJOR NEW CAMPAIGN FOR A ROBIN HOOD TAX ON WALL STREET LAUNCHES IN U.S. TODAY

Tax on Wall Street Transactions Could Raise Hundreds of Billions in the US for Education, Jobs, Health Care and to Address AIDS, Climate Here and Around the World More »

CNA Wages War Against UHW in California Claiming Attempt to Suspend Staffing Ratios

CNA Wages War Against UHW in California Claiming Attempt to Suspend Staffing Ratios

A war has erupted between two health care unions in California over an attack by one of the unions on the state's nurse-to-patient ratios. —BNA/Bloomberg, 06/19/12 More »

Michigan Nurses Association Proud to Represent RNs at Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan

Michigan Nurses Association Proud to Represent RNs at Cheboygan Campus of McLaren Northern Michigan

CHEBOYGAN – The Michigan Nurses Association today praised McLaren Health Care Corporation for recognizing it as the official collective bargaining agent of the nurses at the former Cheboygan Memorial Hospital, adding stability to the community’s health care after months of uncertainty. More »

CNA and SEIU-UHW Battle Over Labor’s Future

CNA and SEIU-UHW Battle Over Labor’s Future

Going public with longstanding concerns about SEIU-UHW's partnership with the hospital industry, California Nurses Association leader RoseAnn DeMoro called SEIU-UHW head Dave Regan “overtly disgraceful” and “an enormous embarrassment to the labor movement” in a June 14 email. —BeyondChron, 06/18/12 More »

Health Care Unions In California Split Over Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

Health Care Unions In California Split Over Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

One labor union’s position on nurse-to-patient ratios in California hospitals has outraged other unions that represent registered nurses in the state. In California, hospitals are required by law to maintain certain nurse-to-patient ratios at all times -- a hard-won legal stipulation that went into effect in 2004 and has wide support among nurses as well as patient advocates in the state. More »

California RNs Kick off Healthcare Tour in San Diego 6/19, with Screenings and Town Hall

California RNs Kick off Healthcare Tour in San Diego 6/19, with Screenings and Town Hall

Local stats show great need for healthcare overhaul—22% of adults uninsured, 13% of adults unable to see a doctor due to cost. More »

California RNs to Host Health Screenings, Town Hall Meetings Across State

California RNs to Host Health Screenings, Town Hall Meetings Across State

With the U.S. Supreme Court decision expected imminently on the fate of the 2010 healthcare law, nurses, physicians, and healthcare activists will begin a three-week tour of California cities Tuesday as a reminder that the healthcare crisis continues to worsen and genuine, comprehensive reform is still needed. More »

California Hospitals, with Help From UHW-SEIU Local, Launch New Attack on Life-Saving Ratio Law

California Hospitals, with Help From UHW-SEIU Local, Launch New Attack on Life-Saving Ratio Law

The California Hospital Association, with the dogged assistance of United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW), is waging a new campaign to overturn California’s historic law mandating minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, a landmark state law that has been proven to save thousands of patient lives. More »

Urgent Letter to California State Legislature

Urgent Letter to California State Legislature

The proposed budget language to suspend the nurse-to-patient ratios for every patient on every unit in the acute care hospitals for the entire period that nurses are away from their patient assignment for meal and rest breaks undermines patient safety in every hospital setting. More »

Legislature’s Interference With Women’s Health Care Decisions Puts Lives At Risk

Legislature’s Interference With Women’s Health Care Decisions Puts Lives At Risk

Michigan--The Legislature’s restrictions on women’s ability to make their own decisions about their reproductive health do the exact opposite of their stated intention to increase safety, the Michigan Nurses Association said today in condemning this week’s passage of legislation in the state House. —Michigan Nurses Association, 06/14/12 More »

Sutter RNs Strike to Stop Cuts That Would Harm Patient Care

Sutter RNs Strike to Stop Cuts That Would Harm Patient Care

Registered nurses from nearly a dozen hospitals in California walked out on the job, grabbed picket signs and held a one-day strike Wednesday to protest massive cuts to patient care and RN livelihood. Many marched outside Sutter Health hospitals in the Bay Area where the corporation is proposing some 100 widespread reductions in patient services and RN contract standards. —CNA Blog, 06/13/12 More »

Health Insurance Fine Print Still Written in Blood

Health Insurance Fine Print Still Written in Blood

With great fanfare this week, the Washington Post reports that United Healthcare plans to keep key consumer provisions of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act no matter what the Supreme Court rules about the individual insurance purchase mandate. It sounds so, well, friendly and reasonable, doesn’t it? But read it again and then I want to tell you what that really says to America’s patients and to United Healthcare’s policyholders. —Donna Smith, NNU Community Organizer, 06/12/12 More »

Santa Monica RNs Postpone One-Day Strike, Accept Offer for Mediation to Resume Contract Talks

Santa Monica RNs Postpone One-Day Strike, Accept Offer for Mediation to Resume Contract Talks

Registered nurses at Saint Johns Health Center in Santa Monica have postponed a strike that had been called for tomorrow, June 13 following an offer from former California State Senator Sheila Kuehl to mediate the nurses’ dispute with Saint John’s management. Hospital executives have also called off plans to lockout RNs following a one-day strike. More »

Sutter RNs Ready to Strike Wednesday, June 13

Sutter RNs Ready to Strike Wednesday, June 13

Sutter Demands Huge Cuts Despite $4.19 Billion in Profits Since 2005. Registered nurses will hold a one-day strike Wednesday, June 13 for Bay Area hospitals operated by the wealthy Sutter corporation, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. Advance Media Availability – Tuesday, June 12, 4 p.m., Oakland. —CNA Press Release, 06/12/12 More »

Nurses Across the State Join Sutter RNs in Major Protest Monday at Summit Oakland

Nurses Across the State Join Sutter RNs in Major Protest Monday at Summit Oakland

Call on Sutter to stop its war on nurses and patients, negotiate a fair contract. Registered nurses from hospitals throughout Northern California are gathering in force Monday to show their support for Sutter Health RNs contract fight. A rally is scheduled at noon at the Summit campus of Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Oakland, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 06/08/12 More »

ST. LOUIS NURSES SAY YES TO UNION

ST. LOUIS NURSES SAY YES TO UNION

RNs AT SAINT LOUIS UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL VOTE BY 76% TO AFFILIATE WITH NATIONAL NURSES UNITED. ST. LOUIS – By a landslide of 76 percent, registered nurses at Saint Louis University Hospital (SLUH) Thursday night voted to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Missouri (NNOC-Missouri), an affiliate of the 185,000-member National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union and professional association of RNs in the U.S. More »

RNs Win Historic New Pact at Sutter Lakeside Hospital

RNs Win Historic New Pact at Sutter Lakeside Hospital

Registered nurses at Sutter Lakeside Hospital in Lakeport have reached a tentative agreement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining contract that nurses say is the latest signal to Sutter Health corporate executives that an end to the broader dispute between nurses and the hospital chain can be achieved. —CNA Press Release, 06/07/12 More »

Santa Monica RNs Plan June 13 Walkout

Santa Monica RNs Plan June 13 Walkout

Registered nurses at Saint Johns Health Center in Santa Monica will hold a one-day strike Wednesday June 13, to protest what they see as stalling by hospital officials in reaching a fair negotiated agreement for the RNs that would enhance patient safety and help retain experienced RNs at the hospital. —CNA Press Release, 06/06/12 More »

Petaluma Nurses Plan June 13 Walkout

Petaluma Nurses Plan June 13 Walkout

RNs to Picket Eureka, Apple Valley St. Joseph Hospitals in Support. Registered nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital in Petaluma will hold a one-day strike Wednesday, June 13 to protest hospital administration demands for economic cuts which will lead to what the nurses say is illegal cuts in professional nursing practice standards and diminished patient care standards the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 06/05/12 More »

It Would Not Be the End of Health Reform, Just a Chance to Get It Right

It Would Not Be the End of Health Reform, Just a Chance to Get It Right

If President Obama is now confiding to Democratic donors that he may have to "revisit" health care in a second term if the Supreme Court throws out his first attempt, as Bloomberg News reported June 1, maybe this time we can get it right. —NNU Blog by: RoseAnn DeMoro, 06/04/12 More »

Do Nurses Have an Rx for Our Ailing Economy?

Do Nurses Have an Rx for Our Ailing Economy?

They became a Chicago media sensation after they streamed into Chicago’s Daley Plaza on the morning of May 18, wearing the now familiar National Nurses United (NNU) red scrubs. Many of them had the green caps and masks you've seen in nearly every Robin Hood movie ever made. The NNU is the largest union of nurses in the USA and one of the more progressive unions in the AFL-CIO. In addition to improving working conditions for nurses, the NNU has taken on the role of trying to nurse our sick economy back to health. —Salon.com, 05/31/12 More »

All Aboard the Healthcare Express! Medicare for All Bus Tour 2012

All Aboard the Healthcare Express! Medicare for All Bus Tour 2012

Nurses and healthcare justice advocates kick-off Medicare for All California Bus Tour in San Diego on June 19. What happens if the U.S. Supreme Court rules that “ObamaCare” is unconstitutional? If the Court upholds it, is this the best we can do? ObamaCare, RomneyCare, what about our care? Volunteer to get involved. —CNA Blog, 05/31/12 More »

Safe and effective care

Safe and effective care

The Eastern Maine Medical Center nurses contract fight is about more than just winning a good contract for our members. When a nurse has 16 hours of work to complete in a 12 hour period of time, her work can’t be left for tomorrow. This is the struggle our nurses face on a day-to-day basis. As patients come to us sicker, with more needs, and as responsibilities increase, staffing levels remain inadequate and uncertain. —Bangor Daily News, 05/30/12 More »

Nurses Ratify Contract at EMMC with Patient Safety Provisions

Nurses Ratify Contract at EMMC with Patient Safety Provisions

Registered nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine ratified a three year contract last night with important improvements in patient safety and enhanced professional and economic standards. The registered nurses are represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The NNU is the largest union and professional organization of nurses in the U.S., with over 170,000 members. —MSNA Media Advisory, 05/30/12 More »

Franken Hearing Wednesday to Focus on Fairview Collection Tactics

Franken Hearing Wednesday to Focus on Fairview Collection Tactics

One of the witnesses scheduled to testify during a U.S. Senate field hearing about collection tactics at Fairview Health Services offered a preview of her comments on Tuesday, May 29. Jean Ross said the collection issue surfaced when her grandson was being treated in 2010 at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, after the 13-month-old boy had been rushed to the emergency room with what turned out to be an acute inflammation of the brain called encephalitis. —Twin Cities, 05/29/12 More »

Nurses push tax on trades to help sick

Nurses push tax on trades to help sick

Of all the street actions leading up to the NATO summit, the one that might seem most perplexing is a nurses’ rally for a tax on securities trades. Financial markets are pretty remote from hospital bedsides, you might think. Why would nurses get mixed up in an issue like that? —Chicago Sun Times, 05/23/12 More »

Nurses union urges Wall Street tax at NATO meeting

Nurses union urges Wall Street tax at NATO meeting

The country's largest nurses union Friday afternoon pushed for a tax of Wall Street profits before a crowd of thousands in downtown Chicago at a protest aimed at the NATO summit. The National Nurses United rally concluded with an acoustic solo performance by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who's known for his union support. —Modern Healthcare, 05/23/12 More »

National Press on Chicago Rally to Tax Wall St.

National Press on Chicago Rally to Tax Wall St.

A coalition of nurses’ unions is calling for a “Robin Hood” tax on Wall Street, which they say could generate up to $350 billion a year, in the first major protest ahead of this weekend’s NATO summit in Chicago. Their pitch: impose a tax of 50 cents on every $100 of trades of stocks, bonds, dividends and other financial transactions, which are not currently taxed. The U.S. would join more than a dozen other nations that already have a financial transaction tax. —Various News Sources, 05/19/12 More »

NURSES  BRING  ROBIN HOOD TO CHICAGO

NURSES BRING ROBIN HOOD TO CHICAGO

More than 6,000 nurses and activists gathered at Daley Plaza in Chicago Friday to rock out with musician Tom Morello and call for a tax on financial speculation — a Robin Hood tax. This small sales tax on Wall Street trades could raise up to $350 billion a year in the U.S., money that American communities desperately need. More »

Nurses Demand That Foster Apologize For Using Female Slur

Nurses Demand That Foster Apologize For Using Female Slur

The Michigan Nurses Association demanded today that State Representative Frank Foster (R-Petoskey) apologize for calling one of their staffers the “c word” during a visit to her neighborhood. The organization is asking House Speaker Jase Bolger to investigate whether action should be taken against Foster for his offensive conduct. More »

Nurses to Lead Big May 18 Rally in Chicago on Eve of Summit with Plan to Heal Global Economies

Nurses to Lead Big May 18 Rally in Chicago on Eve of Summit with Plan to Heal Global Economies

Registered nurses, renowned musician Tom Morello, labor, community, and Occupy Wall Street activists will gather in a major rally in Chicago Friday, May 18 to kick off protests on the eve of the G-8 and NATO summits. The rally will be held at 12 noon in Chicago's Daley Plaza. —PR Newswire, 05/16/12 More »

Anna Deavere Smith—of Nurse Jackie— to Perform in Chicago on Nation’s Healthcare Crisis

Anna Deavere Smith—of Nurse Jackie— to Perform in Chicago on Nation’s Healthcare Crisis

The critically acclaimed actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith, who portrays a nurse on the Emmy award winning Showtime dark comedy Nurse Jackie, will perform Tell Us Where It Hurts, America’s Nurses are Listening, a theatrical piece written for an estimated international audience of more than 1,000 nurses. This unique performance is derived from real-life stories of nurses and their patients gathered by the members of National Nurses United (NNU). —NNU Press Release, 05/15/12 More »

NATO Summit caught in spin cycle on both sides

NATO Summit caught in spin cycle on both sides

On the run-up to the NATO summit, free speech is being held hostage. While the summit kicks off this weekend, the war of words has been under way for months. Chicago needs a cease-fire on the distortions, disclaimers and declarations that have filled the public conversation. More »

Global push to guarantee health coverage leaves U.S. behind

Global push to guarantee health coverage leaves U.S. behind

China, Mexico and other countries far less affluent are working to provide medical insurance for all citizens. It's viewed as an economic investment. —Los Angeles Times, 05/12/12 More »

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Agrees to Let Nurses Rally in Daley Plaza

Chicago Mayor Emanuel Agrees to Let Nurses Rally in Daley Plaza

Nurses Praise Tom Morello, Public Support for May 18 Rally. National Nurses United today welcomed a decision by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and city officials to reverse efforts to block a planned rally by nurses, and community supporters, joined by eminent musician Tom Morello, at Daley Plaza, May 18. More »

Bill Moyers Interviews National Nurses Director RoseAnn DeMoro Sunday on Call for Robin Hood Tax

Bill Moyers Interviews National Nurses Director RoseAnn DeMoro Sunday on Call for Robin Hood Tax

Sunday 6 p.m. - most PBS stations: NEW YORK - Moyers & Company, a current affairs program featuring Bill Moyers and airing on PBS stations nationwide, ran this segment Sunday evening with RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, with 170,000 members. Check local air times. —NNU Press Release, 05/11/12 More »

McLaren Evasive About Rehiring Cheboygan Memorial Nurses for Re-Opened Hospital

McLaren Evasive About Rehiring Cheboygan Memorial Nurses for Re-Opened Hospital

Registered nurses who worked at Cheboygan Memorial Hospital before it closed should be the ones hired to take care of patients at the re-opened hospital, the Michigan Nurses Association said today. More »

Nurses, Veterans Furious With City’s Changes To NATO Protests

Nurses, Veterans Furious With City’s Changes To NATO Protests

CHICAGO (CBS) – Is the city of Chicago double-crossing demonstrators planning protests during the weekend of the NATO summit? That’s what protest organizers are charging, claiming the city is going back on its word on where and how two big marches will conclude. More »

City moves NATO protest from Daley Plaza

City moves NATO protest from Daley Plaza

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration pulled the plug Tuesday on the only NATO protest planned for a workday in the Loop business district, revoking permission for a May 18 Daley Plaza rally barely a week before world leaders are to arrive in Chicago. The National Nurses United group that planned the demonstration and other protest groups called the move a violation of free speech and said it fits a pattern of City Hall trying to marginalize demonstrations against the May 20-21 gathering. —Chicago Tribune, 05/09/12 More »

City of Chicago Pulls Permit for Nurses Rally After Event Adds Tom Morello Performance

City of Chicago Pulls Permit for Nurses Rally After Event Adds Tom Morello Performance

The city of Chicago has forced the relocation of a National Nurses United rally planned for May 18th after the event added a performance by Tom Morello, the Chicago Tribune reports. —Rolling Stone, 05/09/12 More »

Everybody likes Robin Hood, right?

Everybody likes Robin Hood, right?

Well, almost everybody – weeks after granting NNU a permit for a march to and rally at Daley Plaza, the city of Chicago now wants to change our march route and move the rally from Daley Plaza to Petrillo band shell at Butler Field. Either NNU agrees, or else. —NNU Blog, 05/08/12 More »

Emergency Press Conference Wednesday

Emergency Press Conference Wednesday

Nurses Protest Chicago’s 11th Hour Bid to Quarantine RN Protest, Will Challenge Mayor Emanuel’s 11th Hour Demand: ‘Nurses and Musician Tom Morello are Not a National Security Threat.’ More »

National Nurses’ Week ~ Thank You Nurses!

National Nurses’ Week ~ Thank You Nurses!

Today marks the start of National Nurses’ Week. And like a lot of people across the nation who are touched and saved by the contributions of 3.1 million registered nurses, we want to say a simple THANK YOU. Click through for special downloads to help thank nurses everywhere! More »

Robin Hood Joins Nurses’ Campaign to Heal America

Robin Hood Joins Nurses’ Campaign to Heal America

What in the world? The registered nurses of National Nurses United cannot wait to welcome one of the world’s leading defenders of common people to their uncommon May 18th march and rally in Chicago. It’s time for Robin Hood to lend his legendary fame of days gone by to help with the nurses’ campaign to heal the modern-day financial traumas faced by real people at the hands of Wall Street. —NNU Blog by Donna Smith, 05/07/12 More »

Federal mediator to work with Enloe, nurses on contract

Federal mediator to work with Enloe, nurses on contract

A federal mediator has been appointed to help Enloe Medical Center and the union representing its registered nurses work toward agreement on a new contract. Bargaining teams for the hospital and the nurses' union had been making progress since negotiations began in November, said Carol Linscheid, who heads the hospital's human-resources department. But the talks stalled at the last session on April 20, she said. —ChicoER.com, 05/07/12 More »

Historic Agreement for Nurses in Nation’s Biggest For Profit Hospital System

Historic Agreement for Nurses in Nation’s Biggest For Profit Hospital System

Registered nurses at 10 Florida hospitals that are a part of the nation’s largest for profit hospital chain, Nashville-based HCA, have achieved their first collective bargaining contract with important improvements in patient care protections and enhanced professional and economic standards. More »

Cheboygan Nurses Celebrate News of May 14 CMH Re-Opening, Urge Elected Officials to Step Up

Cheboygan Nurses Celebrate News of May 14 CMH Re-Opening, Urge Elected Officials to Step Up

CHEBOYGAN – With news today that McLaren Health Care has finally closed on the sale of Cheboygan Memorial Hospital, the registered nurses who worked there are looking forward to the May 14th re-opening of the emergency department and other services. More »

Enloe RN Picket Friday 3pm-6pm

Enloe RN Picket Friday 3pm-6pm

Contract Talks Heat Up as Nurses Fight for Retiree Healthcare and Voice in Patient Care. Enloe Medical Center RNs will be conducting an informational picket in front of the facility this Friday, May 4, from 3pm to 6pm. More »

Nurses Rally Support To Save San Leandro Hospital

Nurses Rally Support To Save San Leandro Hospital

About 125 people gathered at the San Leandro Senior Community Center Tuesday to oppose the feared closure of the hospital by its new owner, Sutter Health. —San Leandro Patch, 05/03/12 More »

Celebrating May Day, in New and Old Ways

Celebrating May Day, in New and Old Ways

About 4,500 nurses and technicians in the Sutter health care chain in the Bay Area staged a one-day walkout, the third short strike organized by the California Nurses Association against the chain. —LABORnotes, 05/02/12 More »

Nurses to Sutter: ‘We Won’t Back Down’

Nurses to Sutter: ‘We Won’t Back Down’

Nurses at Burlingame's Mills-Peninsula Medical Center joined those at eight other hospitals throughout the state in protest of Sutter Health. —San Mateo Patch, 05/02/12 More »

North Ottawa Community Hospital Nurses Ask Federal Officials to Intervene Again

North Ottawa Community Hospital Nurses Ask Federal Officials to Intervene Again

Nurses at North Ottawa Community Hospital said today they have been forced again to ask federal officials to intervene, this time because hospital leaders refuse to communicate with them and compromise at the bargaining table. This is the fourth time the nurses have had to file an unfair labor practice charge in about a year, an extremely unusual number for a Michigan hospital. More »

Tom Morello to perform in CHICAGO: MAY 18

Tom Morello to perform in CHICAGO: MAY 18

Nurses Converge for “Robin Hood Tax”, Reps from UK, Italy, Canada, Guatemala, Germany and South Korea to join in. More »

A Wall St. Tax and an Independent Workers Movement

A Wall St. Tax and an Independent Workers Movement

An interview with Rose Ann DeMoro and Robert Pollin: There is little will in Washington for a financial transaction tax because Wall St. has "occupied the White House". —the REAL NEWS.com, 05/02/12 More »

Bay Area Sutter RNs Begin One-Day Strike

Bay Area Sutter RNs Begin One-Day Strike

Hospital Giant Seeks Massive Cuts Despite $4 Billion in Profits Nurses to Also Protest Sutter Plans to Close Hospitals, Cut Care. Registered nurses are on strike today at eight hospitals that are part of the wealthy Sutter corporate chain to protest Wall Street-type demands for more than 100 sweeping reductions in patient care and nurses’ standards and workplace conditions. More »

RNs Offer to Postpone Strike if Sutter Withdraws

RNs Offer to Postpone Strike if Sutter Withdraws

Registered nurses who work at Sutter corporation hospitals in Northern California today offered to postpone a planned one-day strike Tuesday against eight Sutter hospitals if the hospital chain withdraws the sweeping concessions it is demanding in RN and patient care standards. —CNA Press Release, 04/30/12 More »

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

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

Sutter is making demands for contract concessions and sweeping cuts in care despite making over $4 billion in profits since 2007, and handing its chief executive Pat Fry at 215 percent pay hike to over $4 million a year, in addition to salaries of over $1 million a year to some 20 other top executives. Join the Sutter RNs on the picket line, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at these locations: —NNU Blog, 04/26/12 More »

RNs Condemn Sutter Plan to Close San Leandro

RNs Condemn Sutter Plan to Close San Leandro

Hospital Chain’s Decision to Abandon San Leandro Should Prompt San Francisco Officials to Doubt Sutter Promises on St. Luke’s More »

What Will  the Next Generation of Unionists Do for Millions of Workers Still Unemployed?

What Will the Next Generation of Unionists Do for Millions of Workers Still Unemployed?

“Thinking about Labor’s Future” is a series which will describe what the labor movement has achieved for America’s working families during the past two decades, and the problems (and opportunities) that will confront the unions of tomorrow. Each week, Harry will do an article on a separate issue. In addition to jobs and unemployment, we will include columns on war and nuclear threats, union organizing, leadership, political activity, healthcare, education, retirement income, technology, the workplace, taxes, global relations and working class culture. Stay tuned. —NNU Blog by: Harry Kelber, 04/25/12 More »

Rev. Jackson’s endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups

Rev. Jackson’s endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups

The endorsement of the May 20 march against NATO earlier this month by Rev. Jesse Jackson, along with support from Rev. Phil Blackwell, National Nurses United and members of the Service Employees International Union, represents the latest stage in this collaboration. —Chicago Muckrakers, 04/24/12 More »

Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals

Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals

Hospital patients waiting in the emergency room or convalescing after surgery could find themselves confronted by an unexpected visitor: a debt collector at bedside. —New York Times, 04/24/12 More »

How the Media Distorts Coverage of Social Security

How the Media Distorts Coverage of Social Security

Here are some headlines you won't see after the government releases new figures on Social Security and Medicare later today: "Social Security Trust Fund Even Larger Than It Was Last Year." "Growing Wealth Inequity Will Lead to Social Security Imbalance Later This Century." "For-Profit Healthcare Poses Threat to Medicare, Federal Deficit, and Overall Economy in Coming Decades." Instead here's what we've already seen: "Aging workforce strains Social Security, Medicare." —NNU Blog via Portside, 04/24/12 More »

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