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Nurses Lead Solidarity Actions “Across the Pond” from 2 million striking British workers

Nurses Lead Solidarity Actions “Across the Pond” from 2 million striking British workers

As more than 2 million nurses, teachers, paramedics and other workers held the largest strike in over three decades across Great Britain, National Nurses United, joined by other union members, held energetic support rallies in six U.S. cities to show solidarity with their embattled British counterparts. —NNU Blog, 11/30/11 More »

Solidarity Messages from the U.S. to the U.K. - Nov. 30, 2011

Solidarity Messages from the U.S. to the U.K. - Nov. 30, 2011

"I stand with you in spirit. I am unable to attend a rally. As a Registered Nurse for the past 43 years, and as a Human Being on this planet, we all deserve respect. I myself face living in poverty at retirement. Can't we all support each other? I think we can. Keep up the fight!" Read the collection in this NNU tribute blog post to UK nurses and public workers fighting to save their pensions. —NNU Blog by Members and Friends , 11/30/11 More »

Strikes over public sector pensions hit services across UK as 2 million walk out

Strikes over public sector pensions hit services across UK as 2 million walk out

Trade unions and the government have traded blows over the impact of the biggest outbreak of industrial unrest in three decades, as up to 2 million public sector workers went on strike, forcing the closure of 62% of state schools in England and the cancellation of 6,000 hospital operations. —The Gardian (UK), 11/30/11 More »

In the Public Interest by Ralph Nader

In the Public Interest by Ralph Nader

"Here, look at this handsome L.L. Bean catalog and tell me what you want for Christmas," said a relative over Thanksgiving weekend. I started leafing through the 88 page cornucopia with hundreds of clothing and household products, garnished by free gift cards and guaranteed free shipping. —Ralph Nader, 11/30/11 More »

Wednesday’s UK strike is just the start

Wednesday’s UK strike is just the start

The day of action is a rebuke to an elite that gives money to banks at the expense of the poor. Wednesday's public sector pensions strike is more than industrial action; it is a national day of rebuke. The dispute represents many things beyond its central purpose of making ministers think again about trying to make public servants pay more, work longer, and receive less. It represents a rebuke to an elite, represented by the Conservative-dominated coalition, which has treated the banks and hedge funds in precisely the opposite way, giving them more to deliver less in lending and investment. —Guardian, UK, 11/29/11 More »

Minnesota Nurses Association leader talks OccupyMN, strikes and Facebook

Minnesota Nurses Association leader talks OccupyMN, strikes and Facebook

A report published last week in Health Care Management Review downplays the importance of nurse-patient staffing ratios in the quality of patient care. But Linda Hamilton, two-term president of the Minnesota Nurses Association, maintains that those ratios are still the 20,000-member organization's utmost concern. —MedCityNews.com, 11/29/11 More »

US Nurses Stand by UK Nurses, Public Workers - Rallies in Six US Cities Nov. 30

US Nurses Stand by UK Nurses, Public Workers - Rallies in Six US Cities Nov. 30

With up to two million British workers expected to join the biggest strike in the United Kingdom in a generation Wednesday, Nov. 30, the largest union of registered nurses in the U.S. announced today that it will hold support rallies for British nurses and other workers in six U.S. cities Wednesday. —NNU Press Release, 11/28/11 More »

Up to two million public sector workers on strike this week

Up to two million public sector workers on strike this week

UK--This Wednesday (30 November) will see up to two million public sector workers including teachers, nurses, probation officers, civil servants, cleaners, paramedics and dinner ladies taking part in the TUC day of action in what could be the biggest strike in a generation. —TUC Press Release, 11/28/11 More »

Tax on financial transactions needed

Tax on financial transactions needed

By: John Karebian, executive director of the Michigan Nurses Association - A tax of less than one percent on activities like stock trades and derivative sales could raise up to $350 billion to immediately put people to work and protect essential safety net programs like Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security. —Lansing State Journal, 11/22/11 More »

Redefining the Union Boss

Redefining the Union Boss

New York Times - When Rose Ann DeMoro speaks, her voice sounds like a burbling faucet. Ms. DeMoro, 61, is executive director of National Nurses United, a 170,000-member union that she runs with dramatic flair. —New York Times, 11/20/11 More »

Study: Family Health Insurance Premiums Up by 52% in California

Study: Family Health Insurance Premiums Up by 52% in California

Premium costs for family health insurance in California increased by 52% from 2003 to 2010 and consume a larger share of residents' income, according to a study by the Commonwealth Fund, the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/17). —California Healthline, 11/17/11 More »

Family health care premiums exceed 20% of income

Family health care premiums exceed 20% of income

Family health insurance premiums in California went up 52 percent between 2003 and 2010 and now exceed 20 percent of income, according to a study released today. —San Francisco Chronicle, 11/17/11 More »

Nurses Joining Students, Occupy Movement, other Labor Unions, to Demand Wall Street Tax 11/17

Nurses Joining Students, Occupy Movement, other Labor Unions, to Demand Wall Street Tax 11/17

From Washington D.C. to California registered nurse members of National Nurses United (NNU) will join protests alongside students, consumer advocates, Occupy participants, environmental groups and other labor unions Thursday to send a message from Main Street - the time for Wall Street to pay back is long overdue. —Press Release, 11/16/11 More »

Palmetto General RNs Vote by 86% to Join NNOC-Florida With Huge Win at Hialeah Hospital

Palmetto General RNs Vote by 86% to Join NNOC-Florida With Huge Win at Hialeah Hospital

In what Palmetto General Hospital RN Ailen Leiva termed "a clear mandate by Palmetto RNs who see an urgent need to improve quality of care," registered nurses at the Hialeah hospital voted by 86 percent Tuesday night to join the state and nation's largest union and professional association of RNs. —Press Release, 11/16/11 More »

New study shows health insurance premium spikes in every state

New study shows health insurance premium spikes in every state

Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance have risen faster than incomes in every state in the nation, according to a report released Thursday. The analysis of federal data by the Commonwealth Fund, an independent research organization, shed new light on the state-by-state picture while essentially confirming a national trend, highlighted in other recent surveys of employer-sponsored insurance, of greater premiums for skimpier benefits. —Washington Post, 11/16/11 More »

FTT: RX for a Sick Economy

FTT: RX for a Sick Economy

By Rose Ann DeMoro - Amidst the scourge of inequality sweeping the world, marked by continued profits, pay-outs and record levels of cash hoarding -- the spoils of the 1% -- one group has come forward with a remedy, refusing to stand down. Nurses from four continents gathered at the G-20 Summit last week to tell world leaders that time is running out: revenue is needed now and the starting point is a global finance tax. —Huffington Post Blog , 11/10/11 More »

Robin Hood tax gains ground at the G-20

Robin Hood tax gains ground at the G-20

The G-20 meeting in Cannes got under way last week. The sunny beach resort, playground to movie stars and media moguls, was an odd choice for a somber meeting. As President Obama touched down in Air Force One, the Greek government was on the verge of collapse, austerity was sweeping Europe and the future of the Eurozone was in doubt. —Capital Times, 11/09/11 More »

UMH RNs Gain Significant Increases in New Contract

UMH RNs Gain Significant Increases in New Contract

Ann Arbor, Michigan - The 4,000 registered nurses at the University of Michigan Hospital, represented by the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA), have cast a resounding vote to ratify a new three year contract. The contract offers nurses wages and benefits that are among the best in the marketplace, as well as a continued commitment to support the delivery of the highest quality care. —MNA Press Release, 11/07/11 More »

Robin Hood Tax Gains Ground at the G-20

Robin Hood Tax Gains Ground at the G-20

The G-20 meeting in Cannes got underway this week. The sunny beach resort, playground to movie stars and media moguls was an odd choice for a somber G-20 meeting. As President Obama and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner touched down in Air Force One, the Greek government was on the verge of collapse, austerity was sweeping Europe and the future of the Eurozone in doubt. —CommonDreams, 11/04/11 More »

After Campaign by Nurses, Allies, Obama Shifts Stance on Financial Transaction Tax

After Campaign by Nurses, Allies, Obama Shifts Stance on Financial Transaction Tax

On a day 2,000 people marched on the White House and Treasury Department, one of four major actions led by National Nurses United (NNU) following months of actions by nurses and allies, the Obama administration appeared to send signals Thursday of shifting away from its opposition to a tax on financial transactions (FTT). —Press Release, 11/04/11 More »

Union Pressure, OWS Protests Tear Down a Barrier to Taxing Speculators

Union Pressure, OWS Protests Tear Down a Barrier to Taxing Speculators

Does protesting and pressuring powerful players in political and economic life matter? Can the White House and Congress really be moved on questions so central as taxing financial speculation? Yes. And here’s the evidence of how of it works. —The Nation, 11/03/11 More »

Historic NNU delegation to G20 protests in Europe

Historic NNU delegation to G20 protests in Europe

NNU has entered a new era in becoming part of an international campaign to advocate on behalf of not only our patients and Main Street communities at home, but people in crisis around the world, and to hold Wall Street and other global financial institutions accountable to heal our nations. —Jill Furillo, RN, 11/03/11 More »

Bill Gates Urges Obama to Embrace Global Tax

Bill Gates Urges Obama to Embrace Global Tax

When Barack Obama was a senator, he proposed a Global Poverty Act to fulfill the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals. The cost in additional foreign aid: $845 billion. On Thursday, as part of the G20 summit, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, delivered a report on “financing for development” that proposes global taxes on America and other “rich” nations to make the Global Poverty Act a reality. —AIM - Accuracy in Media, 11/02/11 More »

Study: Big corporations use loopholes, dodge taxes

Study: Big corporations use loopholes, dodge taxes

Many of this country's biggest companies paid no federal taxes - or even made money through credits and refunds from the government - over the past three years by using an array of loopholes and tax breaks, according to a report released Thursday. —Washington Post, 11/02/11 More »

Unions vs. Big Banks: Rally for tax to create jobs and fight poverty

Unions vs. Big Banks: Rally for tax to create jobs and fight poverty

Oxfam - As world leaders gather this week for the G20 Summit in Cannes, France, activists around the world are calling for a Robin Hood Tax to make Wall Street pay for their role in the economic meltdown. The tax would raise much needed support to create jobs, protect public services, and fight poverty and climate change. —Press Release, 11/02/11 More »

California Nurses in Solidarity with Occupy Oakland Actions Nov. 2

California Nurses in Solidarity with Occupy Oakland Actions Nov. 2

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today that it is standing in solidarity with Occupy Oakland, its protest actions on November 2 and its continuing movement. —Press Release, 11/01/11 More »

Nurses From Four Continents Urge Global Finance Tax; “We Are Running Out of Time”

Nurses From Four Continents Urge Global Finance Tax; “We Are Running Out of Time”

Capping many months of campaigning across the U.S., nurses from National Nurses United (NNU) – the largest union of registered nurses in the country – brought their urgent message for a financial transaction tax (FTT) to Washington, D.C., today, rallying in front of the White House and Department of Treasury. —Press Release, 10/31/11 More »

Nurses at the front lines of an economics debate? You bet your health!

Nurses at the front lines of an economics debate? You bet your health!

MINN--From Madison to Wall Street, from St. Paul to Washington D.C., people are seeing nurses dressed in red scrubs, holding not a stethoscope but a megaphone. We are carrying signs. We are marching en masse. And we are raising our voices. This may seem unusual behavior for our profession, but in truth, our history is deeply rooted in social advocacy, as well as the bedside advocacy you’ve come to trust. We’re doing more because we must. —MNA Blog, 10/31/11 More »

Nurses protest outside Emanuel’s office over Occupy Chicago arrests

Nurses protest outside Emanuel’s office over Occupy Chicago arrests

More than two dozen people in red shirts affiliated with National Nurses United stood outside Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s fifth floor City Hall office this morning chanting, "Arrest the 1 percent." —Chicago Tribune, 10/24/11 More »

Public hospitals carry burden of charity care despite big tax breaks for nonprofits

Public hospitals carry burden of charity care despite big tax breaks for nonprofits

The East Bay's nonprofit hospitals receive millions of dollars in tax breaks each year to care for the poor and uninsured, yet they provide only a fraction of local charity care, a Bay Area News Group analysis reveals. —Contra Costa Times, 10/23/11 More »

Nurses Condemn Chicago Mayor Emanuel for Arrest Of Nurses, Medical Volunteers at Occupy Chicago

Nurses Condemn Chicago Mayor Emanuel for Arrest Of Nurses, Medical Volunteers at Occupy Chicago

Registered nurses from across the U.S. today condemned Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel for his decision to arrest nurse volunteers, as well as peaceful protesters, in a late night crackdown Saturday night at the Occupy Chicago protest. —Press Release, 10/23/11 More »

Thank you to RNRN volunteers at Occupy protests

Thank you to RNRN volunteers at Occupy protests

Once again, members of the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) and National Nurses United (NNU) have answered the call to volunteer their time, energy and expertise, this time to provide basic first aid services at the Occupy Wall Street protest sites across the country. —RNRN Blog, 10/21/11 More »

Nurses to Send Message to President Obama Nov. 3, March on Treasury Department, G-20

Nurses to Send Message to President Obama Nov. 3, March on Treasury Department, G-20



With a growing international call for a tax on financial transactions to heal global economies, National Nurses United will bring the demand to the doorstep of the U.S. Treasury Department November 3 calling on Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner and the Obama administration to get on board, and to end lobbying efforts at home and abroad against a Wall Street tax.

 —Press Release, 10/21/11 More »

Nurses to Obama: Push for a Global Financial Transaction Tax, Now!

Nurses to Obama: Push for a Global Financial Transaction Tax, Now!

By RoseAnn DeMoro – Will President Obama be the main holdout when world leaders, under growing pressure from the occupy Wall Street protests across the world and demand building for a tax on international financial transactions, meet early next month at the G-20 summit in France? —Alternet BLOG, 10/20/11 More »

California Nurses Begin First Aid Support for Occupy SF

California Nurses Begin First Aid Support for Occupy SF

Registered nurse members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United began their humanitarian program Thursday morning to support Occupy SF - part of an escalating program CNA and its national affiliate NNU have established in four cities as the Occupy Wall Street movement continues to grow. —Press Release, 10/20/11 More »

Outraged Seniors to Hold Demonstration Outside Massachusetts Hospital Association’s Boston Offices

Outraged Seniors to Hold Demonstration Outside Massachusetts Hospital Association’s Boston Offices

Members of the Massachusetts Senior Action Council (MSAC), along with other health care and consumer advocates, will hold a demonstration today at 3 p.m. outside the Boston offices of the Massachusetts Hospital Association to protest the industry’s recently announced campaign to push Congress to raise the age for Medicare eligibility from age 65 to 67. —Press Release, 10/19/11 More »

Hundreds of Texas Nurses to Rally in Support of Occupy San Antonio Thursday

Hundreds of Texas Nurses to Rally in Support of Occupy San Antonio Thursday

The Texas branch of National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of direct-care registered nurses in the nation, will be holding a march and rally in support of Occupy San Antonio on Thursday. —Press Release, 10/18/11 More »

RNs Defend their Ground at First Aid Station in Occupy NY

RNs Defend their Ground at First Aid Station in Occupy NY

New York - Legendary civil rights leader Rev. Jesse Jackson joined with nurses from National Nurses United and Occupy Wall Street volunteer medics Monday night to defend, for the second time in four days, the city's only medical aid station for the Occupy Wall Street protesters. —Press Release, 10/18/11 More »

MNA Nurses from Central Mass. Offer Support to Occupy Worcester Protesters

MNA Nurses from Central Mass. Offer Support to Occupy Worcester Protesters

Nurses, who every day care for the casualties of the economic crisis driven by Wall Street greed, are standing in solidarity with and offering their support to the new Occupy Worcester protest. Tonight, a delegation of nurses from hospitals and other facilities in Central Mass, who are represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association/ National Nurses United, plan to visit the Occupy Worcester site and deliver blankets, tarps and flashlights as the protesters establish their presence at the Lake Park site. More »

Linda Hamilton Re-Elected MNA President

Linda Hamilton Re-Elected MNA President

ST. PAUL, Minnesota – Linda Hamilton, RN, BSN, has been elected to a second consecutive two-year term as the President of the Minnesota Nurses Association. —MNA Press Release, 10/17/11 More »

Nurses to Set Up First Aid Station for Occupy Wall Street

Nurses to Set Up First Aid Station for Occupy Wall Street

New York – The nation’s largest organization of nurses today announced it will set up a first aid station Friday to provide basic medical assistance to participants in the Occupy Wall Street protests in New York, an effort that will be expanded to other cities where protests continue. —Press Release, 10/13/11 More »

U.S. Nurses to Join RNs From Across Globe at G-20 Summit to Press for Financial Transaction Tax

U.S. Nurses to Join RNs From Across Globe at G-20 Summit to Press for Financial Transaction Tax

When world leaders gather for the G20 summit in France early next month to discuss the worsening global economic crisis, they will get some extra advice from nurses around the world, thanks to an international effort initiated by National Nurses United (NNU) and the global union federation Public Services International (PSI). —Press Release, 10/13/11 More »

U-M RNs rally, march and picket for contracts

U-M RNs rally, march and picket for contracts

Ann Arbor, Michigan – Over 1,200 University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) registered nurses rallied at Liberty Park, marched from downtown Ann Arbor to Medical Center Drive, and picketed for two contracts outside the hospital: the Main Street Contract and a fair contract from UMHS management for 4,000 RNs. The combined event was held on Wednesday, October 12 beginning at 4:30 pm. —Press Release, 10/13/11 More »

Nurses march through Ann Arbor demanding contract

Nurses march through Ann Arbor demanding contract

Crowds of shouting people decked in red marched through Ann Arbor streets yesterday, as University of Michigan Health System nurses and their supporters rallied for a finalized contract. —Michigan Daily, 10/13/11 More »

PSI nurses to deliver message to G20 leaders in Cannes

PSI nurses to deliver message to G20 leaders in Cannes

World leaders who gather for the G20 economic discussions in Cannes, France in early November will get fiscal advice from an unexpected group – nurses, who will prescribe the immediate application of a financial transaction tax for the economic health of communities everywhere. —Press Release, 10/11/11 More »

The barricades are beginning to quiver

The barricades are beginning to quiver

Inside the barricading bubbles surrounding the Wall Street plutocrats and the Washington oligarchs who service them, there must be worry. After three years of disclosed “lying, cheating and stealing” as one prosecutor put it, with nary a visible stir from the masses, suddenly the barricades are beginning to quiver. —In The Public Interest, 10/11/11 More »

Massachusetts Nurses Demand Super Committee Support Jobs, Not Cuts

Massachusetts Nurses Demand Super Committee Support Jobs, Not Cuts

Resolution #1 "In Support of Protests Demanding the Super Committee Support Jobs Not Cuts", of the Massachusetts Nurses Association annual business meeting, October 6, 2011, passed overwhelmingly. —Massachusetts Nurses Association BLOG, 10/11/11 More »

Minnesota Nurses Association Statement of Support for OccupyMN Movement

Minnesota Nurses Association Statement of Support for OccupyMN Movement

ST. PAUL, Minnesota (October 7, 2011) – The Minnesota Nurses Association stands in support of, and in solidarity with, the OccupyWallStreet.org street protests and rallies happening across the country – including today’s “OccupyMN” event near the Hennepin County Government Center in downtown Minneapolis.
 
 —Press Release, 10/10/11 More »

Healthy California Campaign Steps Up Call for Single-Payer Reform

Healthy California Campaign Steps Up Call for Single-Payer Reform

Inspired by moves toward guaranteed healthcare for all in Vermont and Montana, advocates of Medicare-for-all, single-payer-style reform in California have formed a new coalition, the Campaign for a Healthy California (CHC), and are stepping up activity this coming week by hosting a California tour with a Vermont healthcare activist. —Press Release, 10/10/11 More »

Public Health RNs to Picket Supervisors Over Drastic Health Cuts

Public Health RNs to Picket Supervisors Over Drastic Health Cuts

Fresno County public health nurses will picket outside a meeting of the Board of Supervisors Tuesday, to protest drastic cuts in public-health nursing that they say represent a disgraceful abandonment of the most vulnerable and at-risk patients in the county. —Press Release, 10/10/11 More »

RNs Praise Signing of Landmark Lift Bill to Protect Patients, Nurses

RNs Praise Signing of Landmark Lift Bill to Protect Patients, Nurses

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today praised the decision by California Gov. Jerry Brown to sign an important workplace safety bill to protect registered nurses and other healthcare employees from disabling injuries and safeguard patients from preventable falls. —Press Release, 10/07/11 More »

Nurses File Federal Charges to Sanction Sutter Corporation for Illegal Lockout to Harm RN Rights

Nurses File Federal Charges to Sanction Sutter Corporation for Illegal Lockout to Harm RN Rights

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United filed formal federal charges late Tuesday that Sutter corporation through its hospital affiliates conducted an illegal lockout following a one-day strike last month that violated the legal rights of Sutter RNs. —Press Release, 10/05/11 More »

Nurses’ prescription for healing our economy

If you want to know just how bad things are for those hit hardest by the Great Recession, ask a nurse: They see more young men suffering heart attacks, more anxiety in children, and more ulcers and stomach illnesses in people of all ages. Financial struggles are forcing more patients to forgo necessary medicines and treatments. A Princeton/Georgia State study reports a 39 percent increase in ER admissions for suicide attempts precipitated by home foreclosures, and a direct correlation between foreclosure rates and increases in emergency-room visits and hospitalization for hypertension, diabetes and anxiety. —Washington Post, 10/04/11 More »

Hundreds of Frontline Nurses Plan to Rally in Support of the Occupy Boston Protest in Dewey Square

Hundreds of Frontline Nurses Plan to Rally in Support of the Occupy Boston Protest in Dewey Square

Nurses, who every day care for the casualties of the economic crisis driven by Wall Street greed, plan to hold a rally in Dewey Square at the site of the Occupy Boston Protest, to show their support for the movement and to highlight the MNA/NNU’s “Main Street Contract” campaign for a tax on Wall Street financial speculation to provide revenue for Main Street reforms, including jobs at living wages, quality education, guaranteed health care for all, and freedom from hunger, homelessness, and retirement insecurity. —Press Release, 10/04/11 More »

Nurses Speak Out Thursday On Hospital Staffing

Nurses Speak Out Thursday On Hospital Staffing

Registered nurses, members of the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Texas/National Nurses United -- the largest professional association and union of registered nurses in the country, with 170,000 members -- will hold a press conference outside Bay Area Medical Center/The Heart Hospital on Thursday, October 6th from Noon-1p to call attention to staffing issues and patient care protection at Corpus Christi Medical Center (CCMC). There are 520 RNs on staff at CCMC. —Press Release, 10/03/11 More »

Nurses to Join March on Wall Street October 5;  Demand Wall Street Transaction Tax – an “FTT”

Nurses to Join March on Wall Street October 5;  Demand Wall Street Transaction Tax – an “FTT”

National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of nurses in the US – with 170,000 members, will be represented at the Wall Street March on October 5 by contingents including from Maryland, Pennsylvania, California, Washington, D.C., Illinois and New York. NNU is joining other unions, organizations and community groups in support of Occupy Wall Street. The Wall Street March begins at 5p. —Press Release, 10/03/11 More »

National Nurses United Statement in Support of the OccupyWallStreet.org actions in New York

National Nurses United Statement in Support of the OccupyWallStreet.org actions in New York

National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest registered nurses union and professional association, representing 170,000 direct care RNs, stands in support of, and in solidarity with, the ongoing OcuppyWallStreet.org street protests and rallies. —Press Release, 09/30/11 More »

Nurses Say Camp’s Silence on Supporting Working Families Speaks Volumes

Nurses Say Camp’s Silence on Supporting Working Families Speaks Volumes

MIDLAND – As Michigan’s unemployment rate rises and many in Congress jump to protect millionaires over workers, Michigan nurses today expressed disappointment in U.S. Representative Dave Camp (R-Midland) for failing to support the Main Street Contract for the American People and called on him to hold a town hall meeting in the district. —Press Release, 09/30/11 More »

Hospitals push age hike for Medicare

Hospitals push age hike for Medicare

WASHINGTON - As the deficit reduction supercommittee hunts for $1.5 trillion in additional savings, US hospital executives are so worried about having their payments cut that they plan to start lobbying Congress next week to shift the burden onto their elderly patients - specifically by raising the age of eligibility for Medicare. —The Boston Globe, 09/30/11 More »

Hospital nurses are owed safe working environment

Hospital nurses are owed safe working environment

As a student nurse, I write in support of Massachusetts House Bill 1506, an act that protects patients from preventable medical errors by prohibiting mandatory overtime. Mandatory overtime requires nurses to stay on after their 12-hour shifts to fill in planned gaps in the schedule. After 12 hours on the job, nurses are statistically more likely to make errors and jeopardize patient safety. —Cape Cod Times, letters to the editor, 09/30/11 More »

CNA members: Nurses protect patients

CNA members: Nurses protect patients

Genel Morgan, RN and Rita LaBarge, RN - To suggest that nurses who fight to provide safe care every minute of every day are using the death of one of our patients for our own gain is genuinely disturbing. One only has to view the video of the candlelight vigil held honoring Judith Ming to recognize palpable grief in all of our faces as we honored the life of a patient caught in the crosshairs of a system gone awry. —San Francisco Chronicle OpEd, 09/30/11 More »

I am what stands between you and disaster

I am what stands between you and disaster

An anonymous nurse responds to recent media attacks blaming union nurses for a tragic death at Sutter/Alta Bates-Summit during the five day lockout that followed their one-day strike. —Blog, 09/28/11 More »

Pay reform offers new backdrop in long battle over nurse staff

Pay reform offers new backdrop in long battle over nurse staff

Boston - Reviving one of Beacon Hill’s oldest and most hard fought battles – whether to force hospitals to abide by nurse-to-patient staffing levels –nurses cautioned lawmakers Tuesday that they’ve left the care of their constituents at risk by failing to pass a staffing law, and the state’s top hospital official calling mandated staffing requirements a “terrible idea” that would represent a step backwards in the fast-changing health care field. —State House News Service, 09/27/11 More »

Nurses rally for law banning forced overtime

Nurses rally for law banning forced overtime

HYANNIS — Massachusetts hospitals need more nurses, not more nurses working overtime, health care advocates said Monday at a press conference near Cape Cod Hospital. —CapeCod Online, 09/27/11 More »

Nurse-to-Patient Ratios Bill Introduced in the Pennsylvania House

Nurse-to-Patient Ratios Bill Introduced in the Pennsylvania House

PENNSYLVANIA - This morning, State Representatives Phyllis Mundy (D-120) and Deberah Kula (D-52) joined together to introduce a nurse-to-patient ratios bill in the Pennsylvania State House. This bill, modeled on California’s extremely successful 1999 law, would amend the Health Care Facilities Act to establish life-saving minimum nurse-to-patient ratios throughout the hospital. —Press Release, 09/26/11 More »

Patient died during Calif. nurse labor dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities were investigating the death of a patient who was given a "non-prescribed dosage" of a medical drug by a replacement hired when thousands of nurses went on strike across California, an Oakland police spokeswoman said Sunday. —Associated Press, 09/25/11 More »

Death of patient blamed on strikebreaking nurse

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Police were investigating the death of an East Bay patient Saturday morning that hospital officials say was fatally dosed with an unknown medication by a replacement nurse brought in from out-of-state during a recent nurse strike. —KTVU, 09/25/11 More »

“Lethal Dose” Kills Patient During Lockout

A patient's death at Oakland's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has sparked out cry by nurses who have been locked out of work since they hit the picket lines for a one day strike Thursday. —NBC BAY AREA, 09/25/11 More »

RNs Want Sutter to End Lockout & State to Investigate Safety Violations Following Patient Death

RNs Want Sutter to End Lockout & State to Investigate Safety Violations Following Patient Death

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today called on Sutter corporation to immediately end the unsafe lockout of its regularly scheduled nurses following media confirmation of a patient death while under the care of a strike replacement RN, as well as reports of other serious problems involving strike replacement RNs. RNs will hold a memorial candlelight vigil Sunday night and to press Sutter executives to end the lockout. The vigil will be held at 7 p.m. at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit hospital campus in Oakland at 350 Hawthorne St. —CNA Press Release, 09/25/11 More »

Replacement nurse involved in ‘medical error’ leading to patient death at Oakland hospital

A replacement nurse at an Oakland hospital committed a "medical error" while administering a dosage of medication to a cancer patient leading to her death early Saturday morning, police and hospital officials said. —Contra Costa Times, 09/24/11 More »

National Nurses United Convention Calls for Stepped Up Push For Wall Street Transaction Tax

Delegates to the second convention of National Nurses United Friday called for a sweeping set of reforms to address the economic crisis swamping American families, and pledged to step up the campaign for a tax on Wall Street financial transactions to pay for Main Street reforms. —Press Release, 09/17/11 More »

Nurses rally again to ask that Wall Street be taxed

Nurses rally again to ask that Wall Street be taxed

San Francisco - Over 1,000 registered nurses from all over the U.S. rallied in San Francisco on September 15 near the Federal Reserve Bank in an effort to step up the campaign to place a tax on Wall Street. —The Digital Journal, 09/16/11 More »

Governor Brown thanks the nurses

Governor Brown thanks the nurses

"I want to thank you, each one of you, for all the help you gave in the great campaign to make sure that the queen was not crowned, but was exiled, hopefully for a long time," Brown said. —Blog, 09/16/11 More »

1,000 Nurses to Rally in San Francisco Thursday, Sept. 15 Call for Tax on Wall Street

Some 1,000 registered nurses from across the U.S. will rally in San Francisco Thursday across from the Federal Reserve Bank to step up the campaign to tax Wall Street financial speculation to fund a recovery program for the economic crisis slamming Main Street communities. —Press Release, 09/15/11 More »

Nurses Say Letting Uninsured Patients Die Is No Laughing Matter Following Abhorrent Audience Cheers

The nation’s largest representative of registered nurses today expressed revulsion at the cheering of some audience members in the CNN-Tea Party Republican debate Monday night at the prospect of letting a sick person die just because they do not have health insurance. —Press Release, 09/13/11 More »

Statement on Census’ 2010 Poverty, Income, and Health Insurance Data

Today's Census report shows that in 2010, the share of all Americans and the share of children living in poverty, the number and share of people living in "deep poverty," and the number without health insurance all reached their highest level in many years — in some cases, in several decades — while median household income fell significantly after adjusting for inflation. —Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, 09/13/11 More »

Obama’s Pipeline Quagmire

Obama’s Pipeline Quagmire

It was the most extraordinary citizen organizing feat in recent White House history. Over 1200 Americans from 50 states came to Washington and were arrested in front of the White House to demonstrate their opposition to a forthcoming Obama approval of the Keystone XL dirty oil pipeline from Alberta, Canada down to the Gulf Coast. —In The Public Interest, 09/13/11 More »

California Gov. Brown, Filmmaker Michael Moore to Address 1,000 Nurses at San Francisco Convention

California Gov. Jerry Brown, acclaimed filmmaker Michael Moore, Canadian nurses union leader Linda Silas, and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, and will be among the featured speakers this week as 1,000 nurses gather in San Francisco Sept. 14 to Sept. 16 for the 2011 convention of National Nurses United, the nation's largest union and professional association of registered nurses. —Press Release, 09/13/11 More »

Stories from Main Street: RN Sue Gray says her biggest concern is keeping health insurance

Stories from Main Street: RN Sue Gray says her biggest concern is keeping health insurance

RN Sue Gray is exhausted. A cancerous battle has raged inside her body for more than a decade. Despite treatment, the deadly disease spread five years ago from her breasts to her liver and bones and is now stage-4. But the Minnesota nurse continues to work at Children’s Hospital in Minneapolis where she cares for children. More »

Taxing Wall Street to bail out Main Street

Members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and their backers rallied September 1, at the congressional offices of Democrats and Republicans in 21 states across America for a 0.5 percent federal tax on big financial transactions to raise $350 billion annually to fund jobs, health care and schools. The tax would apply to stocks, securities, debt purchases, options, credit swaps, foreign currency bets and derivatives only, according to the CNA/NNU. —Sacramento News and Review, 09/08/11 More »

Let Wall Street pay

Last Thursday, Sept. 1, a group of nurses demonstrated at Rep. Wally Herger’s office at 11 a.m. and then, from noon to 1 p.m., set up a “soup kitchen”—actually, they served Mexican food—in City Plaza. They were among some 10,000 members of the National Nurses Union who mounted similar actions that day in 61 congressional districts as part of their Main Street Campaign. —Chico News and Review, 09/08/11 More »

A Nation Worried Sick

A Nation Worried Sick

Why did thousands of working nurses and supporters converge on scores of Congressional offices from Maine to California last week? How is it that nurses working long shifts at demanding jobs took time away from rest and family to appear before their representatives? —The Nation, 09/07/11 More »

Why labor movement will rise again

This Labor Day, the task was not so much how to assess labor's status as to address this question: What on earth happened? —Washington Times, 09/07/11 More »

Let’s call it Un-Labor Day

Let’s call it Un-Labor Day

In honor of the latest dreary news that exactly zero net jobs were created in August, the corporate CEOs who ship our jobs overseas, and the budget cutters in Washington whose priorities lie elsewhere, let’s just rechristen the September holiday “Un-Labor” Day. —National Nurses Movement, 09/04/11 More »

Thousands of nurses storm 60 Congressional offices

Thousands of nurses storm 60 Congressional offices

In a week that recorded no new jobs being created in the U.S. for the entire month of August, and many people struggling with what to do about it, nurses around the U.S. sent an entirely different message -- get out in the streets and demand change. On Thursday, thousands of nurses, joined by other labor and community supporters, went to the doorsteps of 60 members of Congress in 21 states across the U.S. —National Nurses Movement Blog, 09/03/11 More »

National Nurses Make History - Sept 1, 2011

National Nurses Make History - Sept 1, 2011

RNs sponsor soup kitchens, food pantries, speak outs on the need for jobs, healthcare, education, housing – and outline the RN plan on how to pay for it. —Press Release, 09/01/11 More »

How Will We Pay for Obama’s New Jobs Push? Answer: Tax Wall Street

President Obama is right: the United States needs a jobs program that spends federal tax dollars to retain jobs, to create jobs and to put tens of millions of Americans back to work. —The Nation, 08/31/11 More »

Elizabeth Warren’s More Than Just a Senate Campaign

Elizabeth Warren’s More Than Just a Senate Campaign

Elizabeth Warren's all-but-announced candidacy for the Massachusetts U.S. Senate seat once held by Edward Kennedy is a state-based campaign. But it has national implications. —The Nation, 08/26/11 More »

National Nurses United Endorses Consumer Advocate Elizabeth Warren for US Senate Race

National Nurses United Endorses Consumer Advocate Elizabeth Warren for US Senate Race

Heralding the candidacy of “Main Street Hero” Elizabeth Warren, the 170,000 member National Nurses United today announced it has endorsed Warren’s exploratory candidacy for the U.S. Senate in Massachusetts, and urged her to officially enter the race. —Press Release, 08/24/11 More »

Nurses Protest What They Say Are Unsafe Staffing Levels

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- At least 200 registered nurses held a protest Tuesday morning to show their opposition to what they say are chronic unsafe nurse-to-patient staffing levels at Kaiser Permanente's Walnut Creek hospital, according to California Nurses Association spokeswoman Debra Grabelle. —KTVU.com , 08/23/11 More »

National Nurses Director RoseAnn DeMoro, Makes Most Influential Healthcare List 10 Straight Years

National Nurses Director RoseAnn DeMoro, Makes Most Influential Healthcare List 10 Straight Years

For the tenth straight year, National Nurses United Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro has won national recognition from a major healthcare industry publication as one of the “100 Most Influential People in Healthcare” which was announced today. —NNU Press Release, 08/22/11 More »

Kaiser Walnut Creek RNs picket for safe patient care, Tuesday

Registered nurses at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Walnut Creek are holding an informational picket Tuesday, August 23, to protest chronic unsafe nurse-to-patient staffing levels, that they say are jeopardizing patient safety at the facility, the California Nurses Association announced today. —Press Release, 08/22/11 More »

Mid-Michigan District Health Department nurses ratify four-year contract

Okemos - The registered nurses at Mid Michigan District Health Department ratified a new four year collective bargaining agreement last week, a few days before the Board of Commissioners also ratified the agreement. —Press Release, 08/22/11 More »

Nurses say: Join Us on Sept. 1 on Main Street, Don’t Return to DC

Nurses say: Join Us on Sept. 1 on Main Street, Don’t Return to DC

By: Donna Smith. Main Street, USA – Nurses call their neighbors and their elected officials to come to Main Street on September 1, even as many of the elected officials continue chiding one another about returning to DC. —Main Street Blog, 08/22/11 More »

Demonstration draws attention to staffing problems at hospital

About 50 nurses and their family members and friends held an hour-long informational picket today outside Las Palmas Medical Center to bring public attention to what the nurses say is a staffing problem hurting patient care at the hospital. —El Paso Times, 08/18/11 More »

After Three Years of Hand-Wringing San Leandro Joins Fight To Save Its Hospital

Like in Washington, the people running San Leandro failed to listened to their constituents with tangible action. It took the City of San Leandro three years to make a move on the issue with this week's filing of an amicus brief in support of theEden Township Healthcare District's appellate case against Sutter Health to maintain services at San Leandro Hospital. Why did it take so long? The same reason why Congress is unable to help its constituents with jobs and a positive belief in the future: poor leadership that comes with institutional hand-wringing. —East Bay Citizen, 08/17/11 More »

Stories from Main Street: Catie Sager, RN, says everyone deserves to retire with dignity.

Stories from Main Street: Catie Sager, RN, says everyone deserves to retire with dignity.

For years, Americans believed if we worked hard, took care of our families, and followed the rules that we would eventually be allowed to retire with dignity. That’s not the case anymore. —Blog, 08/16/11 More »

Nurses union to University of Michigan: ‘no cuts’ to benefits

Carrying signs with slogans like “Chop from the top,” and chanting “Nurses united will never be divided,” hundreds of University of Michigan nurses rallied Saturday to show support for a favorable contract for their 4,000-member union. —AnnArbor.com, 08/13/11 More »

Mom sues Denver, three workers over child’s death

A Denver mother whose son died after she was unable to fill his multiple prescriptions because pharmacists kept telling her he was not eligible for Medicaid — even though records proved he was — has filed a lawsuit against the city and county of Denver. —Denver Post, 08/11/11 More »

If U.S. is serious about debt, there’s a single-payer solution.

If America truly is serious about dealing with its deficit problems, there's a fairly simple solution. But you're probably not going to like it: Enact a single-payer health care plan. —St. Louis Today (stltoday.com), 08/10/11 More »

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