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Nurses flex their political muscle in Sacramento and across California

Nurses flex their political muscle in Sacramento and across California

Rose Ann DeMoro is always ready for another fight. And why not? During the past decade, the leader of the California Nurses Association has won so many of her battles. —Sacramento Bee, 02/06/12 More »

Nurses to Rally at Florida Medical Center Over Hospital Conditions

Nurses to Rally at Florida Medical Center Over Hospital Conditions

Fort Lauderdale - Registered Nurses, members of the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida and National Nurses United -- the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, with 170,000 members -- will hold a Respect Registered Nurses rally at The Florida Medical Center campus (FMC) of North Shore Medical Center – a Tenet hospital. There are 238 RNs on staff at FMC. More »

Sutter Santa Rosa RNs Overwhelmingly Ratify New Agreement

Sutter Santa Rosa RNs Overwhelmingly Ratify New Agreement

Registered nurses at Sutter Santa Rosa Medical Center voted Tuesday night for a new 30-month collective bargaining agreement for the 350 RNs that will strengthen patient protections and maintain affordable healthcare coverage for nurses and their families, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 02/02/12 More »

Of Taxes and Real Entitlement

Of Taxes and Real Entitlement

Robin Hood rides to France. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has followed through on his promise to put before parliament a financial transaction tax – calling it a “Robin Hood Tax” – of 0.1% on stock trades to commence in August, according to reports. Absent from the tax: bond sales. Sarkozy also proposed raising the basic consumption tax (VAT) by 1.6 percent, to 21.2 percent, and upping by 2 percentage points the taxes paid on financial profits. His proposed targets of new revenue: an increase in construction of low-income housing and creation of an “industry bank” to make cheaper loans to small and medium companies. —Protest in the USA Blog, 01/30/12 More »

Nation Recognizes Nuclear Test Downwinders

Nation Recognizes Nuclear Test Downwinders

Today (Jan. 27) is the first annual National Downwinders Day. Downwinders are the folks in western states who were affected by radiation exposure from nuclear test sites in Nevada. Last year the U-S Senate voted unanimously to honor downwinders with a special day of recognition. —KPBS, 01/27/12 More »

How US private insurance healthcare is failing

How US private insurance healthcare is failing

Chances are you've probably never heard of Amelia Rivera, a three year-old from New Jersey. Chances are better you have heard of 29-year-old Canadian, Sarah Burke, one of the best freestyle skiers in the world. Burke and Rivera don't have a lot in common, but tragically, their families do. Both have been borne the scars of a callous and broken US healthcare system... —Commentary by Rose Ann DeMoro in The Guardian (UK), 01/26/12 More »

NURSES PACK HEARING, RENEW CALL FOR STAFFING BILL

NURSES PACK HEARING, RENEW CALL FOR STAFFING BILL

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON--Nurses from around the state, joined by a slew of legislators, urged passage of a nurse staffing law, saying they have battled too long for a bill they say would save patients’ lives. —STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE, 01/25/12 More »

Fresno County Nurses to Strike 3 Days Starting Monday 01-23-12

Fresno County Nurses to Strike 3 Days Starting Monday 01-23-12

FRESNO - The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today its submission of a three-day strike notice to the county. The notice allows for a strike to commence on Monday, January 23, starting at 7 a.m. —CNA Press Release, 01/20/12 More »

Nurses Occupy CPMC Friday as Part of Day of Mass Occupation Protests

Nurses Occupy CPMC Friday as Part of Day of Mass Occupation Protests

Registered nurses from throughout San Francisco will have a strong public message to deliver, and will set up a nurses’ first aid tent for the public, to protest Sutter Health’s plan to shrink St. Luke’s by two-thirds while building an enormous hospital at Cathedral Hill. As part of the 99%, RNs believe Sutter CPMC must meet community needs for housing of low-income residents in the central city, mitigate traffic issues, address issues of jobs and union protections, and maintain services to provide a standard of care that San Franciscans deserve, such as skilled nursing and psychiatric services. More »

Jean Ross | Nurses organization hails hospital merger decision

Jean Ross | Nurses organization hails hospital merger decision

As a bedside registered nurse for nearly 40 years, and an elected leader of National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest R.N. union, I applaud Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to protect University Hospital from privatization by CHI — one of the largest corporate hospital chains in the country. —The Courier-Journal, 01/17/12 More »

St. Joseph’s Hospital of Orange RNs Win Major Settlement

St. Joseph’s Hospital of Orange RNs Win Major Settlement

Nurses receive $12 million lost wages in class action lawsuit. The California Nurses Association will be holding a press conference, Wednesday, January 11 at 11:00 a.m., to discuss a recent lawsuit victory for registered nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Orange. The lawsuit stems from the hospital’s attempts to circumvent paying RNs the overtime wages they were lawfully entitled to from December 2001 through June 2009. Awards to the 2,717 plaintiffs have started to be received this month. —CNA Press Release, 01/10/12 More »

Fresno County Nurses Consider Strike, Seek to Block Contract They Say Harms Nurses & County Patients

Fresno County Nurses Consider Strike, Seek to Block Contract They Say Harms Nurses & County Patients

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today announced it has asked the state Public Employees Relations Board to block a decision by Fresno County to impose a harsh new contract on county nurses – and county nurses are voting Tuesday and Wednesday whether to authorize nurse negotiators to call a possible strike. —CNA Press Release, 01/09/12 More »

‘A Nightmare on Wall Street’: New Video From Nurses Says Time to Hold Wall Street Accountable to Hea

‘A Nightmare on Wall Street’: New Video From Nurses Says Time to Hold Wall Street Accountable to Hea

If there is one enduring message from the past year, it is that the days of silent suffering are over for the millions of Americans who continue to face a daily struggle to survive while Wall Street high rollers have yet to be called to account for ruining our economy. By: RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director National Nurses United —NNU Blog, 01/09/12 More »

New Study Shows Dramatic Revenue Potential from a Wall Street Tax

New Study Shows Dramatic Revenue Potential from a Wall Street Tax

A robust tax on Wall Street transactions would raise far more revenue – as much as 17 times as much – than more limited proposals, even accounting for the worst case scenarios of reduced trading as a result of a tax. That’s the findings of an important new research brief from prominent University of Massachusetts Amherst economists Robert Pollin and James Heintz. —NNU Press Release, 01/09/12 More »

Chicago Landslide—Jackson Park Hospital RNs Vote By 85 Percent to Join Nation’s Largest RN Unio

Chicago Landslide—Jackson Park Hospital RNs Vote By 85 Percent to Join Nation’s Largest RN Unio

Registered nurses at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago’s South Side voted by 85 percent Friday to join National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of RNs. —NNU Press Rlease, 01/06/12 More »

Nurses to Join Call for Healthcare for the 99% in Monday Rallies

Nurses to Join Call for Healthcare for the 99% in Monday Rallies

A broad coalition of activists – including registered nurses, medical students, seniors, physicians, members of the Occupy movement, and the recently formed Campaign for a Health California (CHC) – will hold marches and rallies Monday, January 9 in Sacramento and Los Angeles to step up the campaign to extend guaranteed healthcare coverage to all Californians. —CNA Press Release, 01/06/12 More »

‘A Nightmare on Wall Street’ – Nurses Premiere New Video

‘A Nightmare on Wall Street’ – Nurses Premiere New Video

Kicking off the new year in which the ongoing economic crisis will continue to plague millions of American families, the nation’s largest nurses’ organization today unveiled a dramatic short video, “A Nightmare on Wall Street” to renew the push for a tax on Wall Street speculation to raise critically needed funds to heal America. More »

Nurses’ union wins bargaining agreement

Nurses’ union wins bargaining agreement

A federal appeals court agreed that an agreement between union nurses and a hospital should have been honored by new owners. —McKnights.com, 01/04/12 More »

Why Do Nurses Join Unions? Because They Can

Why Do Nurses Join Unions? Because They Can

Lost for many observers in last month's end-of-the-year hullabaloo was the annual Gallup Honesty and Ethics Survey which by a wide margin again ranked nursing as the most honest and ethical profession. —HealthLeadersMedia.com, 01/03/12 More »

The Politics of Lowered Expectations

The Politics of Lowered Expectations

Ezra Klein, the bright, young, economic policy columnist for the "Washington Post" believes that Obama came out ahead last year in the "administration's bitter, high-stakes negotiations with the Republicans in Congress." —By Ralph Nader, 01/03/12 More »

6,000 California RNs Hold One-Day Strike: Dec 22

6,000 California RNs Hold One-Day Strike: Dec 22

Voicing concern over the erosion of quality of care and cuts to patient protections, nurses at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, and 4,000 RNs who work at nine Bay Area facilities that are part of the Sutter Health corporation, are on a one-day strike today. —Press Release, 12/22/11 More »

My Word: Nurses’ fight is to ensure quality health care

My Word: Nurses’ fight is to ensure quality health care

By Michele Ross, RN and Elsa Matos-Leal, RN - While most people are decorating trees and planning holiday parties, Sutter's registered nurses have been sitting at bargaining tables around the Bay Area. Despite the pull of the holiday season, we are fighting for health care -- both protecting the health of our patients by holding the line on patient-care protections Sutter wants to eradicate, and stopping unwarranted cuts to health care coverage for our families. —Oakland Tribune, 12/22/11 More »

Nurses Accuse Equity Firm of Cutting Patient Care

Nurses Accuse Equity Firm of Cutting Patient Care

Instead of the inflatable rat that has become ho-hum at union protests in New York, a giant three-headed dog with fangs was the effigy on display as about 250 unionized nurses rallied outside the Midtown headquarters of the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management. —New York Times, 12/20/11 More »

Medicare penalties for readmissions are likely to hit hospitals serving the poor

Medicare penalties for readmissions are likely to hit hospitals serving the poor

Medicare is preparing to penalize hospitals with frequent potentially avoidable readmissions, which by one estimate costs the government $12 billion a year. —Washington Post, 12/20/11 More »

RNs Offer to Postpone Strike if Sutter Pulls Concession Demands

RNs Offer to Postpone Strike if Sutter Pulls Concession Demands

Registered Nurses today offered to postpone a scheduled one-day strike against eight Sutter hospitals Thursday if Sutter officials agree to withdraw major concessions they are demanding, and work toward achieving a fair contract settlement with the RNs. —Press Release, 12/19/11 More »

TAKE ACTION! Stop the Assault on Your Scope of Practice!

TAKE ACTION! Stop the Assault on Your Scope of Practice!

Just think how drastically your nursing practice would change for the worse if your patients’ caregivers or family members were allowed to give them medications in the hospital? That is just one of many recent changes proposed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as conditions of participation. —Blog, 12/19/11 More »

Nurses Warn: Wall Street Targeting Hospitals for Profits

Nurses Warn: Wall Street Targeting Hospitals for Profits

New York City - Hundreds of nurses and their supporters from across the U.S. will converge outside the offices of Cerberus Capital Management, 299 Park Avenue, on Tuesday, Dec. 20, at 12:30 p.m., to protest the practices of the multi-billion dollar private equity firm’s health care unit, Steward Health Care System. —Press Release, 12/19/11 More »

Long Beach RNs Prepare for One-Day Strike on Thursday, Dec. 22

Long Beach RNs Prepare for One-Day Strike on Thursday, Dec. 22

LONG BEACH— Registered nurses from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach preparing to go on strike for one day on Dec. 22 will be making picket signs on Monday, Dec. 19 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. and are available to the media for interviews during that time. —Press Release, 12/16/11 More »

Saint John’s RNs Want a Safe Patient Care Contract for Christmas—

Saint John’s RNs Want a Safe Patient Care Contract for Christmas—

RNs at Saint John’s Health Center will hold a candle light vigil this Monday, December, 19 because of management’s refusal to seriously address key patient safety and nurse injury prevention proposals, and its continual delay on negotiations on these issues. —Press Release, 12/16/11 More »

National RNs to Newt: ‘We Know Nurses, You are Not a Nurse;’ Largest RN Organization on Gingrich

National RNs to Newt: ‘We Know Nurses, You are Not a Nurse;’ Largest RN Organization on Gingrich

The nation’s largest organization of registered nurses today ridiculed Republican Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich’s attempts to excuse his ethics violations and callous treatment of his wives because he was feeling the same exhaustion experienced by many nurses. “I know nurses. I work with nurses every day. You, Mr. Gingrich, are not a nurse,” said RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director the 170,000 member National Nurses United, a non-partisan organization of the 99 percent which has not endorsed any candidate for President. —NNU Press Release, 12/15/11 More »

Marin General Nurses Ratify New 3-Year Pact after Hospital Withdraws Concession Demands

Marin General Nurses Ratify New 3-Year Pact after Hospital Withdraws Concession Demands

Registered nurses at Marin General Hospital in Greenbrae, Ca. Wednesday night approved a new three-year contract with the local hospital district with important provisions they say will improve patient care at the hospital, help protect nurses and patients, and keep experienced RNs at the bedside. More »

New study: Jobs crisis promotes rationing of care

New study: Jobs crisis promotes rationing of care

A new NPR/Kaiser Family Foundation survey released today documented again the direct link between the economic crisis – you know the one Nobel Laureate Paul Krugman now says we ought to start calling a Depression – and families undermining their health. —National Nurses Movement, 12/13/11 More »

Study: Unemployed, Underemployed U.S. Residents Delaying Care

Study: Unemployed, Underemployed U.S. Residents Delaying Care

About half of unemployed and underemployed U.S. residents do not have health insurance and 56% are delaying necessary care because of concerns about cost, according to according to a study released Monday by NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation, National Journal reports. —California Healthline, 12/13/11 More »

Nurses Top Gallup Poll on Honesty, Ethics – Again

Nurses Top Gallup Poll on Honesty, Ethics – Again

It’s time to put nurses in the Hall of Fame. For the 12th time in 13 years, nurses have earned top honors in the annual Gallup poll on ethics and honesty. —Press Release, 12/12/11 More »

6,000 California RNs Set One-Day Strike December 22

6,000 California RNs Set One-Day Strike December 22

Nurses are poised to hold a one-day strike at California’s second largest private hospital, and one of its most profitable corporate hospital chain December 22. —CNA Press Release, 12/12/11 More »

Public ranks nurses top in honesty, ethics - again

Public ranks nurses top in honesty, ethics - again

This year's update, from a Nov. 28-Dec. 1 Gallup poll, finds Americans rating the honesty and ethical standards of 3 medical professions -- nurses, pharmacists, and doctors -- the highest of the 21 professions tested. At the other end of the spectrum, Americans give the least positive honesty and ethics ratings to members of Congress, lobbyists, car salespeople, and telemarketers. —Gallup.com, 12/12/11 More »

HCA RNs Win Key Gains in Patient Care, RN Standards in First Contract at Las Vegas Hospital

HCA RNs Win Key Gains in Patient Care, RN Standards in First Contract at Las Vegas Hospital

Registered nurses at a Las Vegas hospital that is part of the nation’s largest 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 that will help keep experienced RNs at the bedside, National Nurses United announced today. —NNOC/NNU Press Release, 12/09/11 More »

CPMC spends far less on poor, S.F. report says

CPMC spends far less on poor, S.F. report says

California Pacific Medical Center, including its St. Luke's campus, is San Francisco's most profitable hospital, yet it spends proportionately far less on care for poor residents than other private nonprofit hospitals in the city, according to a new report. —San Francisco Chronical, 12/09/11 More »

Texas Tragedy Reminder of a Job for Robin Hood

Texas Tragedy Reminder of a Job for Robin Hood

In a year of ghastly stories from the economic implosions on Main Street, this one might have been the worst. By: NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro —NNU Blog, 12/08/11 More »

Government gets blamed for widening wealth gap

Government gets blamed for widening wealth gap

The state and federal governments are largely responsible for the widening gap between the rich and poor in the United States and should institute policy changes - including reforms to the tax code and more investment in education - to help reverse this 30-year trend, economists and researchers told state lawmakers Wednesday. —San Francisco Chronical, 12/08/11 More »

HCA RNs Win Key Gains in Patient Care, RN Standards in First Contract at Las Vegas Hospital

HCA RNs Win Key Gains in Patient Care, RN Standards in First Contract at Las Vegas Hospital

Registered nurses at a Las Vegas hospital that is part of the nation’s largest 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 that will help keep experienced RNs at the bedside, National Nurses United announced today. —NNU Press Release, 12/08/11 More »

California’s wealth pyramid

California’s wealth pyramid

Is there a widening gap between rich and poor? In the nation, and particularly in California, the answer is yes. The most durable message from the Occupy Wall Street encampments across the nation is also the simplest: "We are the 99%." But are the implications of that message fair? Is there a widening gap between rich and poor? Are those doing well just a fraction of the populace? —Los Angeles Times, 12/06/11 More »

This strike could start to turn the tide of a generation

This strike could start to turn the tide of a generation

United Kingdom--It's not just the scale of the strike, though, but its breadth, from headteachers to school cleaners in every part of the country, that has set it apart. Most of those taking action were women, and the majority had never been on strike before. This has been the "big society" in action, but not as Cameron meant it. —The Guardian (UK), 12/01/11 More »

Thanks to Nurses Union and Occupy Wall Street, Pressure for Wall Street Speculation Tax Grows

Thanks to Nurses Union and Occupy Wall Street, Pressure for Wall Street Speculation Tax Grows

“There’s the idea of taxing financial transactions, which have exploded in recent decades. The economic value of all this trading is dubious at best. In fact, there’s considerable evidence suggesting that too much trading is going on.” —AlterNet.org, 12/01/11 More »

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 »

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