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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 »

Candlelight Vigil Wednesday, Bakersfield Memorial

Registered nurses at Bakersfield Memorial Hospital, a part of the Catholic Healthcare West chain, will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday, August 10, to highlight their concerns with unsafe staffing and a deterioration of patient care standards at the hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —Press Release, 08/09/11 More »

Making Ourselves Sick with Their Worry?  Not Any More

Making Ourselves Sick with Their Worry?  Not Any More

For some time now, my disabled and retired machinist husband has watched with amusement when stock markets crash and rebound and broad financial indicators stutter and stammer. He has lived a lifetime of economic stress and difficulty and never once has he seen his personal wealth or lack thereof be of any great concern for those who trade and win and lose large sums of money in our world. —Blog, 08/08/11 More »

Now is the summer of our economic discontent

Confidence shot. Tempers up. Patience spent. This economy has Americans feeling cooked. It had been one bummer of a summer, conservatives and liberals agreed, even before the news late Friday that Standard & Poor’s reduced the nation’s top credit rating from AAA to AA-plus. The previous day, after a federal debt deal averted government default, the European credit crisis and fears of a double-dip U.S. recession crashed the Dow anyway — erasing all gains of 2011. —Kansas City Star, 08/06/11 More »

Nurses protest outside Central Florida Regional Medical

Central Florida Regional Medical Center nurses spoke out Friday, citing serious patient care issues at their hospital. —CF News 13, 08/05/11 More »

Nurses picket Central Florida Hospital

The National Nurses United union will be picketing outside of the Central Florida Regional Hospital at 5pm today. —WDBO Radio, 08/05/11 More »

Retreat, Surrender, Can He At Least Plead?

Retreat, Surrender, Can He At Least Plead?

The headlines came quickly after President Obama concluded the deficit-debt deal with the Republicans Sunday evening. There were few shades of gray. The New York Times editorial was titled "To Escape Chaos, a Terrible Deal: Democrats won almost nothing they wanted except avoiding default." —In The Public Interest, 08/02/11 More »

University of Michigan nurses add to unfair labor practice charge

The University of Michigan nurses filed an amended complaint with the state that alleges bad bargaining practices on the part of their employer, they announced at a press conference today. —AnnArbor.com, 08/02/11 More »

University of Michigan nurses allege “assault on women,” unfair labor practices at health system

Tuesday afternoon several dozen nurses employed by the University of Michigan Hospital and Health System held a press conference at the Michigan Union. Speaking on behalf of the 4,000 or so nurses in the U-M health system, the nurses alleged unfair labor practices on the university’s part and announced plans to picket if conditions don’t improve. —Ann Arbor Journal, 08/02/11 More »

Nurses Call on Congress to Reject Flawed Debt Ceiling Deal

Congress members should vote “no” on the debt ceiling deal announced by the White House and Republican leaders Sunday night, and work instead on measures to address the real economic crisis plaguing the nation, said the nation’s leading voice of registered nurses today. —Press Release, 08/01/11 More »

Ideological Inebriation on Capitol Hill

Ideological Inebriation on Capitol Hill

Legislating while under the influence of ideological inebriation is not yet a statutory offense. It is only a multi-directional menace to much of what anxious Americans hold dear for themselves and their children. The dominant Republicans in Congress – both the new and many of the longer-term incumbents – are in heat. —In The Public Interest, 07/26/11 More »

RNs to Call Attention to Sutter Health’s Service Cuts to Community with a Bake Sale

Registered nurses will hold a bake sale and rally Tuesday outside two large Sutter Health hospitals in the East Bay and Peninsula to call attention to cuts in services that have negative impacts to the communities served by its hospitals. Of particular concern is that recent cuts have targeted services involving women. —Press Release, 07/26/11 More »

Gaslight 2011:  Making Us Clamor for Our Own Demise

Gaslight 2011:  Making Us Clamor for Our Own Demise

Michael Moore is hosting his film festival in Michigan this week, and I sure hope they are showing “Gaslight” from 1944. The American electorate would be wise to watch it again and to put into context the messages of our elected officials as they work us to do their bidding on the debt deal and beyond. There are acting awards to be given in the latest turn of events – the President and the Speaker of the House might vie for best actor’s honors while the Senate Majority Leader and Tea Party darling Eric Cantor would surely compete for best supporting actors among a plethora of worthy players. —Blog by Donna Smith, 07/26/11 More »

Save the Date — September 1, 2011

Save the Date — September 1, 2011

RNs across the U.S. are calling on Wall Street to pay for the damage they caused on Main Street. Our communities need healthcare, jobs, education, housing. —Main Street Blog, 07/25/11 More »

Nurses to Rep. Pete Stark: “Keep Kaiser Hayward Pediatrics Open!”

Registered nurses from throughout the Kaiser Permanente hospital chain will attend Rep. Pete Stark’s town hall meeting this Saturday in an effort to win his support to keep the pediatric unit open when the local facility moves from Hayward to San Leandro, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. More »

Nurses Warn Washington Risking Lives if Cuts Made to Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid

The nation’s leading voice of registered nurses today called on the White House and Congress to “Just Say No” to any cuts in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid that they warned could “literally mean the difference between life and death for countless numbers of Americans.” —Press Release, 07/22/11 More »

Florida Nurses Condemn Rejection of Child Abuse Prevention Funds

Florida Nurses Condemn Rejection of Child Abuse Prevention Funds

Florida’s leading organization of registered nurses today sharply criticized a decision by Florida lawmakers to reject more than $50 million in federal child-abuse prevention money, a decision they said could cause substantial harm to Florida children. —Press Release, 07/22/11 More »

Why it all sounds like, “Blah, blah, blah”

Why it all sounds like, “Blah, blah, blah”

By NNU Organizer Donna Smith — When push comes to shove everybody gets their political cover moments in Washington, DC. Everybody, that is, except the average working class American. —Blog, 07/21/11 More »

Las Vegas nurses take to the streets to fight for patient safety

Registered nurses from MountainView Hospital took to the streets Thursday morning to voice their concerns about patient safety.

 —Fox 5 News, 07/21/11 More »

Nurses Rally Against Government Healthcare and Social Security Cuts

Just to be clear, the more than 100 registered nurses huddled around Irvine's Civic Center Plaza at high noon today are not there to implant a conscience into Larry Agran. —Orange County Weekly BLOG, 07/21/11 More »

Nurses to Hold Palomar Vigil Thursday to Oppose Cuts

Palomar-Pomerado Health District registered nurses will hold a candlelight vigil Thursday night outside Palomar Medical Center to voice opposition to cuts in nursing assistants and other direct-care staff that they say is causing dangerous and widespread patient care delays. —Press Release, 07/20/11 More »

Medicare doesn’t cover many health-care expenses for low-income seniors

Helen Johnson gave a welcoming smile to the group of older men and women who had assembled at the senior center in the Maryland Eastern Shore town of Snow Hill on a recent evening. All of them were caregivers for spouses or parents with debilitating illnesses. —Washington Post, 07/20/11 More »

Social Security provides the majority of income for three-fifths of Americans age 65+

The average annual Social Security retirement benefit in 2009 was $13,406.40, slightly above the $10,289 federal poverty line for individuals age 65 and older, but less than the minimum wage. —Economic Policy Institute, 07/20/11 More »

Nurses to Lead Irvine Rally Thursday Against Cuts in Medicare, Social Security

More than 100 registered nurses, joined by community activists in Orange County, will hold a noon speak out and rally Thursday in Irvine to call on Congress and the White House to stop any cuts to Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid. —Press Release, 07/20/11 More »

The Corporate Supreme Court

The Corporate Supreme Court

Five Supreme Court Justices--Scalia, Thomas, Roberts, Alito and Kennedy are entrenching, in a whirlwind of judicial dictates, judicial legislating and sheer ideological judgments, a mega-corporate supremacy over the rights and remedies of individuals. —In The Public Interest, 07/18/11 More »

Study: Hospitals add higher skilled nurses in response to mandate

California hospitals have added registered nurses and increased access to professional nursing care since the state’s landmark nurse-to-patient staffing law was implemented, a new study concludes. —Sacramento Business Journal, 07/18/11 More »

Nurses seek financial transaction tax

Nurses seek financial transaction tax

By: Deborah Burger | Is tone deaf the new norm in Washington? Republicans insist on cuts to the bone in basic services while rejecting even modest revenue increases. The president floats proposals to increase the eligibility age for Medicare 65 to 67 along with reductions in Social Security. —San Francisco Chronicle OpEd, 07/18/11 More »

‘Let ‘Em Eat Peas’ Can Be the Modern Age Elitist Mantra

‘Let ‘Em Eat Peas’ Can Be the Modern Age Elitist Mantra

It has been a challenging week for many people. While our elected officials have been broadly reported to be at odds about exactly how to raise the debt ceiling or not, millions of Americans have no work, are running out of ways to keep their homes – rented or owned, and struggle even to keep the basic necessities for themselves and their families. —Blog, 07/15/11 More »

Study Bolsters Case for Pending Legislation to Set Safe Patient Limits in Massachusetts

Study Bolsters Case for Pending Legislation to Set Safe Patient Limits in Massachusetts

New Study Adds to Evidence on Success of California’s RN-Patient Staffing Law to Improve Nursing, Patient Care —Massachusetts Nurses Association Press Release, 07/14/11 More »

New Study Adds to Evidence—California’s RN-Patient Ratios Law Improves Nursing, Patient Care

Another major study has reinforced a growing body of evidence that California’s landmark law requiring minimum, specific nurse-to-patient staffing ratios enhances registered nurse staffing and the quality of patient care. —Press Release, 07/14/11 More »

Soup kitchen’ makes a statement to Gov. Snyder

George Gray sells his blood every week so he can afford a bus pass or buy shaving cream. Unemployed and homeless for two years, the 57-year-old also is no stranger to soup kitchens. —Lansing State Journal, 07/14/11 More »

Who’s Your Doctor’s Daddy?

Who’s Your Doctor’s Daddy?

...when a recent report came out about insurance companies buying up physician groups and providers in increasing numbers, I wasn’t very surprised. —Blog, 07/13/11 More »

Nurses hold “Governor Snyder’s ‘No Soup For You’ Kitchen in Protest of Budget Cuts

Nurses hold “Governor Snyder’s ‘No Soup For You’ Kitchen in Protest of Budget Cuts

Nurses representing the Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) served chicken noodle soup, sandwiches and cookies on the Capital lawn today as a part of “Governor Snyder’s ‘No Soup for You’ Kitchen.” —Press Release, 07/13/11 More »

Nurses Urge Congress to Stop Cuts in Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid

Nurses across the U.S. plan to flood members of the Senate Thursday and Friday with calls demanding they hold the line and oppose cuts to Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid that have been proposed during the current negotiations over the debt ceiling debate. —Press Release, 07/12/11 More »

Steward Holy Family Hospital RNs Vote 70 Percent to join Massachusetts Nurses Association

Steward Holy Family Hospital RNs Vote 70 Percent to join Massachusetts Nurses Association

Culminating a two-year effort to win union representation to improve patient care, registered nurses at Steward Holy Family Hospital voted last night by 70 percent to join the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MNA/NNU), the state and nation’s pre-eminent organization of RNs. —Press Release, 07/12/11 More »

Nurse staffing guidelines at issue in St. Charles Hospital contract dispute

Registered nurses at St. Charles Hospital want management to demonstrate that it’s committed to safe staffing. —Press Release, 07/08/11 More »

Nurses Join Ralph Nader for Debating Taboos Event

Nurses Join Ralph Nader for Debating Taboos Event

While many – far too many – politicians in Washington are fixated on making cuts in our most vital programs that protect American families while refusing to demand those who created our economic freefall pay up to help rebuild this nation, at least some have a broader vision. —Blog, 07/08/11 More »

Why Social Security matters to an El Cerrito RN

Why Social Security matters to an El Cerrito RN

I am just one of so many. I am working and nearing retirement age. My son has had jobs since he was 15 and actually likes to work but his full-time job currently is "applying and interviewing for jobs." —Main Street Blog, 07/07/11 More »

When health insurance isn’t enough

New studies suggest that coverage doesn't protect Americans from going bankrupt over medical costs —Salon.com, 07/07/11 More »

First Study of Its Kind Shows Benefits of Providing Medical Insurance to Poor

When poor people are given medical insurance, they not only find regular doctors and see doctors more often but they also feel better, are less depressed and are better able to maintain financial stability, according to a new, large-scale study that provides the first rigorously controlled assessment of the impact of Medicaid —New York Times, 07/07/11 More »

Nurses Call for Tax on Wall Street Trades, Not Cuts in Medicare, Social Security, Medicaid

The nation’s leading nurses’ organization, National Nurses United, today called on the Obama administration and Congress to oppose cuts in Medicare, Social Security, and Medicaid, and instead increase national revenues with a tax on major Wall Street speculative activity. —Press Release, 07/07/11 More »

How health cuts are killing women

As Republicans push for bigger budget cuts, slashed public health programmes mean maternal mortality is already ticking up —The Guardian/UK, 07/06/11 More »

Candlelight Vigil for Safe Patient Care Wednesday, Los Angeles

Registered nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital in Los Angeles will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday, July 6, to highlight their concerns with chronic understaffing, nurses unable to safely take a meal break during their 12-hour shifts, and the closures of vital patient care units at the hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —Press Release, 07/06/11 More »

Mandatory Voting: Taboo Topic

Mandatory Voting: Taboo Topic

The first nationally televised debate (C-SPAN) on the subject of mandatory voting, or voting duty, occurred in Washington D.C. on June 27, 2011. Why did it take so long? Because discussing this topic has been a taboo in electoral, legislative and main media arenas. —In The Public Interest, 07/05/11 More »

The Wageless, Profitable Recovery

Economists at Northeastern University have found that the current economic recovery in the United States has been unusually skewed in favor of corporate profits and against increased wages for workers. —New York Times Blog, 06/30/11 More »

Nurses union supports equal access for all

The view from the hospital floor where nurses give care 24/7 is quite a distance from the halls of Congress, which is consumed with debates on debt ceilings. —Orlando Sentinel , 06/27/11 More »

Nurses Rally to Tax Wall Street

Nurses Rally to Tax Wall Street

Local nurses rallied today in support of a national call for a half-cent tax on stock and bond sales and other financial transactions. The new revenue would restore jobs and help fix the economy. Members of the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United say the billions raised could ease financial strains on working families. —kpbs, 06/24/11 More »

Unions challenge Wall Street sway over politicians

Unions challenge Wall Street sway over politicians

California’s nurses union stared down former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for trying to scale down the union’s political influence in 2005 and helped sabotage the gubernatorial campaign of another Republican, Meg Whitman, last year. —San Francisco Chronicle, 06/24/11 More »

U.S. Nurses Bring Global Call to Tax Speculators to Wall Street

U.S. Nurses Bring Global Call to Tax Speculators to Wall Street

Nurses from across the United States rallied on Wall Street today, calling on the financial industry to pay their fair share of the costs of the economic crisis. —Institute for Policy Studies, 06/23/11 More »

Nurses’ Union, Community Organizations Rally To Fight New York Budget Cuts: “Make Wall Street Pay!”

Nurses’ Union, Community Organizations Rally To Fight New York Budget Cuts: “Make Wall Street Pay!”

On Wednesday afternoon, June 22, a feisty group of 3,000 nurses, and their supporters from other unions and community groups, rallied at Federal Hall on Wall St. in New York City to confront the greedy banking industry and demand they pay tiny taxes on financial transactions to stop devastating budget cuts and finance health care for all. —Alternet, 06/23/11 More »

Nurses protest cuts to public health, support campaign for Wall Street tax

Nurses protest cuts to public health, support campaign for Wall Street tax

Nurses who support a tax on Wall Street transactions to help fund public health held a demonstration Thursday morning in Ventura, waving signs with slogans like "Too big to fail and getting even bigger" in support of the national campaign. —Ventura County Star, 06/23/11 More »

Nurses Join International Push for Bank Trade Tax

Hundreds of nurses and their allies rallied on Wall Street Wednesday to remind the bankers they owe the nation, and the union movement is determined to collect. —Labor Notes, 06/22/11 More »

Nurses Take On Wall Street

Nurses Take On Wall Street

More than a thousand RNs and other activists marched on Wall Street Wednesday, chanting “Wall Street got bailed out! We got sold out!” —Main Street Blog, 06/22/11 More »

Valley RNs to Receive Thousands in Back Pay

Valley RNs to Receive Thousands in Back Pay

NNOC-Texas nurses filed a claim against Valley Baptist Medical Center in Harlingen and Brownsville, Texas for lost overtime wages due to working through their meal breaks. —Blog, 06/22/11 More »

Cuts in Public Health May Cause Danger to Children, Say Ventura County RNs Who Plan Protest Thursday

A Ventura County children’s program called First 5 which provides care to an at-risk population of children up to age five, has been seriously compromised with the elimination of the five public health nurse positions who provided the care. Ventura County RNs say that this will significantly delay needed care and put children at risk. On Thursday, the nurses, who are represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, plan to protest the cuts. —Press Release, 06/22/11 More »

San Diego RNs Sound Alarm over Harm to Local Community from Economy, Health Cuts

Nurse Rallies to Heal America in San Diego, Ventura, Northern Los Angeles Counties Coincide with National Wall Street Protest —Press Release, 06/22/11 More »

Antelope Valley RNs Sound Alarm over Harm to Community from Economy, Health Cuts

Antelope Valley Hospital RNs represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United are identifying broad declines in health tied to economic hardship and obstacles to healthcare coverage. —Press Release, 06/21/11 More »

Single-payer coverage eyed in New York State

Momentum is moving in a very different direction in liberal Vermont, and maybe in New York State. A month ago, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a law that will create a single-payer health care system, parallel to Canada’s. —Buffalo News, 06/20/11 More »

Marquette Labor Council First in State to Back Main Street Contract

Marquette, MI – Last night, the Marquette County Labor Council, a chapter of the Michigan State AFL-CIO, unanimously joined with over 170,000 registered nurses across the nation in support of the Main Street Contract. —Press Release, 06/17/11 More »

Nurses Take on Wall Street

Nurses Take on Wall Street

From Maine to California, nurses have launched a campaign for a new direction for America to reverse the disastrous course of policies that demand ever more hardship for Main Street, while giving more tax breaks and special favors to Wall Street. —Main Street Blog, 06/15/11 More »

RNs Lead Community Rally in NYC June 22 to Heal America

RNs Lead Community Rally in NYC June 22 to Heal America

Registered nurses, joined by labor and community leaders and activists, will rally in front of the New York Stock Exchange Wednesday, June 22, to call for a sales tax on Wall Street speculative activity. The tax would raise revenue to rebuild the nation. Rally participants tie financial speculation to the present economic crisis. —Press Release, 06/14/11 More »

Unions: D.C.’s Broken Ambulances Too Hot to Handle

This week, the District has been besieged by relentless heat. It’s uncomfortable, perhaps even more so, for those on the verge of death. When that's the case, emergency medical technicians, paramedics, firefighters, and registered nurses think D.C. ambulances shouldn't be a very uncomfortable 107 degrees. —Washington City Paper, 06/10/11 More »

Nurses’ Main Street Campaign to Rebuild America

Nurses’ Main Street Campaign to Rebuild America

In every city and town across America today there is a "Mr. Cellophane," as the musical Chicago put it, and other men, women, and children who seem to have become invisible to those who set policy in Washington and to the financiers on Wall Street who put them in the shadows. More »

National Nurses United Launches Economic Education Drive

Bringing their outspokenness to the entire country, National Nurses United is launching a nationwide economic education drive, saying they will speak out about income and economic inequality and its impact on themselves and their patients – and get the rest of the country to do so, too. —Press Associates Union News Service, 06/10/11 More »

Nurses Union Keeps Pressure On Health Care Overhaul

Hundreds of nurses from across the country rallied to support broader access to health care and to call for higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy. —Kaiser Health News, 06/10/11 More »

March on Wall Street for the Damage Done to Main Street

March on Wall Street for the Damage Done to Main Street

An international day of action to make Wall Street Pay - nurses are joining workers to demand jobs, guaranteed healthcare, quality public education, fair housing and enactment of a Financial Transaction Tax (Wall Street sales tax) —Blog, 06/09/11 More »

Hospital Building Battle Moves to SF City Hall

The ongoing battle between California Pacific Medical Center and city leaders and union and community groups over its plans to build a new hospital intensified this week, when the health care provider said it could not afford to meet the city's conditions for developing a site on Cathedral Hill. —The Bay Citizen, 06/08/11 More »

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