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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 »

S.F. Hospital Deal Could Raise Health Care Costs

S.F. Hospital Deal Could Raise Health Care Costs

While the mayor has lauded the complex, 229-page agreement as a jobs generator that will bring the city's hospital network into the 21st century, the deal has raised concerns about how much of the $2.5 billion construction project will be passed on to consumers. More »

Oppose AB 2348 proposed by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell

Oppose AB 2348 proposed by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell

California Nurses Association calls it a major encroachment on nurse practitioners’ practice and unsafe expansion of registered nurses’ scope of practice. More »

Nurses, Robin Hood, Prepare to Converge on Chicago May 18

Nurses, Robin Hood, Prepare to Converge on Chicago May 18

Will Search for AWOL World Leaders in Colorful March with Plan to Heal U.S. and Global Economies, Joined by Occupy Movement and Broad Coalition of Over 65 Environmental, Labor, Health Groups More »

One in four Americans without health coverage: study

One in four Americans without health coverage: study

As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the fate of healthcare reform in the current election year, a study released on Thursday shows that one in four working-age Americans went without insurance at some point in 2011, often as a result of unemployment and other job changes. —Reuters, 04/19/12 More »

Kaiser Nurses Protest Plans to Close Hayward Pediatric Unit

Kaiser Nurses Protest Plans to Close Hayward Pediatric Unit

Nurses in Hayward are protesting plans to close a Kaiser Permanente inpatient pediatric unit. Listen to the audio clip that aired this morning: —KQED - NPR, 04/18/12 More »

Nurses Say Kaiser Will Make Kids Drive Too Far For Hospital Care

Nurses Say Kaiser Will Make Kids Drive Too Far For Hospital Care

Protestors in Hayward say that when a pediatric hospital wing in that city is closed in 2014, a new kid's hospital unit should be opened in San Leandro. —Union City Patch , 04/18/12 More »

MNA Nurses help make history with passage of Vulnerable Adult legislation

MNA Nurses help make history with passage of Vulnerable Adult legislation

ST. PAUL (April 18, 2011) – MNA nurses helped make history this week, as Minnesota became the first state to declare criminal neglect of a vulnerable adult a felony while also protecting the rights of healthcare workers. More »

Children’s March to Protest Kaiser Hayward Closure of Vital Pediatrics Unit

Children’s March to Protest Kaiser Hayward Closure of Vital Pediatrics Unit

TUESDAY 4:00-7:00 p.m. -- Several hundred children, parents, and concerned community members along with RNs will hold a children’s march and rally to protest the closure of the inpatient pediatrics unit at Kaiser Permanente located in Hayward. Over 2,000 young children and teenagers received care in the Kaiser Hayward pediatrics unit in 2011 alone, Kaiser RNs report. Kaiser is planning to close the unit despite record profits. More »

Palomar Health Chief Exec’s Wages Land At No. 2 In State

Palomar Health Chief Exec’s Wages Land At No. 2 In State

DeAnn McEwen, co-president of the California Nurses Association, said the district has laid off workers and pushed back the opening of clinics in Ramona and Valley Center. “To support that kind of salary, I think it’s unconscionable,” McEwen said. “They are holding back on what the voters are paying for.” More »

Singh Earns Endorsement from Michigan Nurses Association for 69th House District

Singh Earns Endorsement from Michigan Nurses Association for 69th House District

OKEMOS– The Michigan Nurses Association has endorsed Sam Singh for Michigan’s 69th House District, noting his long record of public service in the community and his advocacy of nonprofits and charities. More »

SMC, NLRB dispute continues

SMC, NLRB dispute continues

Nurses and union officials claim that St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has violated a days-old agreement to stop activities cited in a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, so the complaints have been reinstated. —The Pueblo Chieftain, 04/09/12 More »

Nurses, Techs and the Community Hold Rally to Encourage DECH Administration to Listen

Nurses, Techs and the Community Hold Rally to Encourage DECH Administration to Listen

The Nurses and Techs from Down East Community Hospital have been bargaining since last Fall to have a fair and equitable contract. Nurses, Techs, all staff have worked hard to overcome the adversity of the receivership in the past few years to provide the best possible care in the State. The staff provides the highest level of care and management is taking the wrong direction for the community of Machias. —MSNA Media Advisory, 04/09/12 More »

New York Professional Nurses Union Votes to Affiliate with Nation’s Largest Nurses’ Union

New York Professional Nurses Union Votes to Affiliate with Nation’s Largest Nurses’ Union

NEW YORK, NY -- Registered nurses represented by the New York Professional Nurses Union (NYPNU) cast an overwhelming vote this week to affiliate with the NorthEast Nurses Association/National Nurses United (NENA/NNU), the nation’s largest union and professional association of RNs, to provide its members with a stronger regional and national voice in this era of dramatic change in health care. More »

St. Mary-Corwin Agrees to Settle with National Labor Board and Nurses Union to Avoid Trial

St. Mary-Corwin Agrees to Settle with National Labor Board and Nurses Union to Avoid Trial

Facing a federal trial, St. Mary Corwin Medical Center, owned by Catholic Health Initiatives, chose instead to a settlement agreement with the national agency that oversees labor relations, to cease and desist unlawful harassment and coercion of its registered nurses who favor union representation. More »

Supreme Court Judges Have Access to Guaranteed Care, Shouldn’t You?

Supreme Court Judges Have Access to Guaranteed Care, Shouldn’t You?

Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer did not have much in common during the three days of debate on the 2010 healthcare law before the Supreme Court March 26-28. But they did share one essential characteristic. All four will never have to worry about guaranteed access to healthcare. —Commentary by Rose Ann DeMoro, published by Common Dreams, 03/30/12 More »

Open Letter to Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, by Ralph Nader

Open Letter to Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, by Ralph Nader

You have come to your leadership position of our country’s labor federation of unions with 13 million members the hard way. Starting by working in the coal mines, then becoming a lawyer, heading the United Mine Workers, then becoming the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO before assuming your present position in 2009, who can pull rank on you in the formal labor movement? More »

Judges Not Debating Their Own Health Care

Judges Not Debating Their Own Health Care

With nearly half the Supreme Court justices who will pass judgment on the 2010 healthcare law beyond the age where they have to worry about their access to care, the nation’s leading voice of nurses said today that all Americans should have the same level of security about their health. More »

Health Care Jujitsu

Health Care Jujitsu

Not surprisingly, today's debut Supreme Court argument over the so-called "individual mandate" requiring everyone to buy health insurance revolved around epistemological niceties such as the meaning of a "tax," and the question of whether the issue is ripe for review. —Huffington Post, 03/27/12 More »

Nurses: Health Care Crisis Will Continue No Matter How Court Rules

Nurses: Health Care Crisis Will Continue No Matter How Court Rules

As the Supreme Court meets to pass judgment on the 2010 health care law the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses today warned that health care will remain beyond the reach of millions of Americans no matter how the court rules. More »

An emergency room story to make anyone ill

An emergency room story to make anyone ill

The tale of an 11-year-old's $5,000 stomachache reveals the Twilight Zone of hospital billing. The charges seem arbitrary if not indefensible. —Los Angeles Times, 03/24/12 More »

Taunton Hospital Closure Plans Stirring Fierce Battle on Beacon Hill

Taunton Hospital Closure Plans Stirring Fierce Battle on Beacon Hill

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON A member of Senate President Therese Murray’s leadership team predicted Thursday that the Senate would support blocking a Patrick administration move to shutter Taunton State Hospital, a mental health facility that serves the state’s southeast region. More »

Anaheim Nurses to Hold Vigil Thursday To Protest Imminent Closure of NICU, Jeopardizing Infants

Anaheim Nurses to Hold Vigil Thursday To Protest Imminent Closure of NICU, Jeopardizing Infants

Nurses will hold a candlelight vigil Thursday to protest the planned closure of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Western Medical Center Anaheim. The hospital, owned by the for profit company Integrated Healthcare Holdings Inc (IHHI), plans to shutter the unit by March 29th. More »

Sacramento Rally at California Hospital Association Thursday

Sacramento Rally at California Hospital Association Thursday

Nurses to Protest Sutter/Hospital Industry Cuts While Providing Lavish Executive Pay Packages More »

Nurses Deliver Petition; Demand Safe Care for Muskegon Area Patients

Nurses Deliver Petition; Demand Safe Care for Muskegon Area Patients

MUSKEGON – Registered nurses from Mercy Health Partners’ Hackley campus delivered a 6 foot high petition today to the office of Roger W. Spoelman, President and CEO of the health system. The petition boasted hundreds of signatures from Hackley nurses requesting safe care for their patients. More »

Nurses say they’re forced to work OT

Nurses say they’re forced to work OT

Mandatory overtime was a common complaint among Texas nurses a few years ago. They said that being required to tack on extra hours or shifts left many of them exhausted, contributed to errors and accidents and made family responsibilities difficult. More »

Sutter Tracy RNs Vote to Join CA Nurses Association

Sutter Tracy RNs Vote to Join CA Nurses Association

In a hard fought organizing campaign, RNs at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital in Northern California voted to affiliate with the California Nurses Association, the state’s largest organization of RNs. CNA now represents 6,200 RNs at 16 Sutter facilities. More »

Hundreds of Michigan Nurses March on Capitol to Advocate for Patients, Communities

Hundreds of Michigan Nurses March on Capitol to Advocate for Patients, Communities

LANSING – More than 500 nurses and nursing students from across Michigan rallied at the Capitol today, advocating for policies and priorities to heal their patients and communities. This year’s event focused on the introduction of the Safe Patient Care Act, long-overdue legislation to require Michigan hospitals to provide minimal nursing staff in order to protect patients’ care and safety. More »

CA RNs Ratify Pact for 2,700 Nurses at Six Tenet Hospitals

CA RNs Ratify Pact for 2,700 Nurses at Six Tenet Hospitals

Registered nurses at six Tenet Healthcare hospitals in California voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract Monday. The new four year agreement protects health coverage for RNs and their families, wins improvements in patient care and nurses standards, and provides for important economic gains, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. More »

Minnesota Right to Work Update

Minnesota Right to Work Update

Nurses in Minnesota are fighting against an irresponsible ‘Right to Work’ amendment that would make it more difficult for RNs to bargain for safe staffing levels, for construction workers to ensure safe worksites and for emergency responders, like police and firefighters, to negotiate for things that keep us all safe—like faster response times and life-saving emergency equipment. More »

RNs to Salinas Health System: Time for a New Board

RNs to Salinas Health System: Time for a New Board

Following disclosure of a highly critical audit, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today called on Salinas Valley Health System Board majority to resign, and the nurses said the public district should to “stop acting like Wall Street bankers and the 1 percent with lavish executive payouts, dubious conduct, and poor public accountability.” —CNA Press Release, 03/08/12 More »

Chefs, Butlers, Marble Baths: Hospitals Vie for the Affluent

Chefs, Butlers, Marble Baths: Hospitals Vie for the Affluent

The feverish patient had spent hours in a crowded emergency room. When she opened her eyes in her Manhattan hospital room last winter, she recalled later, she wondered if she could be hallucinating: “This is like the Four Seasons — where am I?” —New York Times, 03/06/12 More »

Robin Hood Will Search City for World Leaders

Robin Hood Will Search City for World Leaders

With world leaders of the G-8 nations fleeing the U.S.’ third largest city by moving their May summit to the rural woods outside Washington, the nation’s largest nurses union will bring Camp David and the G-8 summit back to Chicago for a special event on Friday, May 18. More »

Unions, workers launch ballot drive to protect collective bargaining

Unions, workers launch ballot drive to protect collective bargaining

Nurses, teachers, construction workers and others gathered at the Michigan state Capitol Tuesday to launch their drive to enshrine collective bargaining as a right guaranteed to employees under the Michigan Constitution. —mLIVE, 03/06/12 More »

CA RNs Win Pact for 2,700 Nurses at 6 Tenet Hospitals

CA RNs Win Pact for 2,700 Nurses at 6 Tenet Hospitals

Protect Family Health Coverage, Win Economic Gains. Registered nurses at six Tenet Healthcare hospitals in California have won a tentative settlement on a new four year agreement that protects the health coverage for their families, wins improvements in patient care and nurses standards, and provides for important economic gains, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. More »

This is a hospital, not Disneyland

This is a hospital, not Disneyland

How nursing scripts and patient satisfaction surveys project a fantasy of care, not real care. “Hello, Mr. Smith. My name is Joanne. I am your nurse. Are you experiencing any pain today? No? That’s good. Do you need help getting to the bathroom?” (check script) “Can I fluff your pillow, bring you a magazine, turn on your TV, move your water bottle closer?” (check script) “I am so happy to be of service, this is all part of the excellent care we provide here at Happy Homes Medical Center and Resort.” —National Nurse Magazine, 03/05/12 More »

Nurses Join Seniors in Oakland Action to Tell Congress: Hands Off Social Security and Medicare

Nurses Join Seniors in Oakland Action to Tell Congress: Hands Off Social Security and Medicare

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United will join the California Alliance for Retired Americans and other community activists Tuesday to picket the Oakland appearance of Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson who will be in town promoting their call for a deficit plan that features sweeping cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. More »

Unpaid medical bills can drag down credit

Unpaid medical bills can drag down credit

Your credit can be wrecked if the doctor or hospital kicks your unpaid bill to a collection agency. 22 million Americans were contacted by collection agencies for unpaid medical bills in 2005. That increased to 30 million Americans in 2010. People with wrecked credit scores include those who were just trying to resolve a dispute with their insurance company. It includes people owing less than $250. And even after the bill is paid, the record of the collection action can stay on a credit report for up to seven years. That can drag down a credit score and drive up the cost of financing a home. —SFGate, 03/05/12 More »

Maternal Mortality Rates Rising in California

Maternal Mortality Rates Rising in California

It is something we take for granted in the United States. A woman enters the hospital to give birth and she emerges a couple of days later with a beautiful bundle of joy. That is how it usually goes. But this story is about the rare exception -- women who die within 42 days of childbirth. In the health care community it's called simply "maternal mortality." And in the U.S., many experts believe it is on the rise. —ABC News, 03/04/12 More »

Survey Shows Americans Pay a Lot More For Health Care

Survey Shows Americans Pay a Lot More For Health Care

Americans spend more than people in other countries on just about every medical procedure and doctor visit, according to a new report from the International Federation of Health Plans ww.ifhp.com. —National Journal, 03/04/12 More »

Nurses Speak Out to Protect Michigan Workers’ Voices

Nurses Speak Out to Protect Michigan Workers’ Voices

LANSING – Michigan Nurses Association members are serving on the frontline of the fight to protect collective bargaining in Michigan, joining teachers, firefighters and other workers this week in launching an online petition to preserve this most basic and essential right. —Michigan Nurses Association Press Release, 03/02/12 More »

The Real Cure for “Obamacare”: Medicare for All

The Real Cure for “Obamacare”: Medicare for All

With the approaching Supreme Court showdown on the President Obama’s 2010 health care law (the Affordable Care Act, modeled on Mitt Romney’s law in Massachusetts), the U.S. healthcare system remains a dysfunctional mess, as nurses bear witness to every day. By RoseAnn DeMoro, NNU Executive Director —NNU Blog, 03/02/12 More »

I Dreamed About My Cancer Docs Last Night

I Dreamed About My Cancer Docs Last Night

My sleep was restless last night except for the snippets of scenes where I was being tended to by my cancer doctors from some time ago. In those dreams they cared for my body and comforted my fears as we worked together to overcome my illness. Of course time had changed things a bit and their offices were interwoven with the sweet things only dreams can infuse, but it sure was nice to revisit a time in my medical life when the system was even a little less broken than it is today. Don’t get me wrong, the bills were crushing then and some of the barriers daunting, but the slide to an even more difficult healthcare system for patients and our providers continues and deepens. —NNU Blog by Donna Smith, 03/02/12 More »

Blunt, Rubio, And The Madness of Employer-Based Health Care

Blunt, Rubio, And The Madness of Employer-Based Health Care

I'm blinking in astonishment at the vote breakdown on the motion to table the Blunt-Rubio amendment allowing any "sponsor, issuer, or other entity" involved in providing health insurance--not just the Catholic Church--to eliminate coverage for contraceptives if doing so conflicts with that sponsor's, issuer's, or other entitity's "religious beliefs or moral convictions." —The New Republic, 03/01/12 More »

Nurses set to march at G-8 summit in May

Nurses set to march at G-8 summit in May

National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union and professional association of nurses in America, announced this week that they will hold a march and rally at the G-8 summit in Chicago on May 18. —New York Amsterdam News, 03/01/12 More »

Henry Mayo RNs Candlelight Vigil Wednesday to Protest Hospital Policy that Undermines Care

Henry Mayo RNs Candlelight Vigil Wednesday to Protest Hospital Policy that Undermines Care

Registered nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, Ca., will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to protest facility policies they say undermines the quality of patient care, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 02/29/12 More »

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