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Nurses Strengthen Patient Advocacy, Improve Wages In New Contract With Enloe Medical Center

Nurses Strengthen Patient Advocacy, Improve Wages In New Contract With Enloe Medical Center

Registered nurses at Enloe Medical Center in Chico have reached a tentative contract agreement with the hospital that they say will provide more time for nurses who provide bedside care to address patient care concerns, as well as economic gains that promote the retention of experienced nurses. —California Nurses Association, 02/10/15 More »

It May Not Be Making Headlines But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Over….Update on EBOLA

It May Not Be Making Headlines But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Over….Update on EBOLA

Although EBOLA has all but vanished from the news it is still not over by any measure. RN DeAnn McEwen, Nursing Practice, Health and Safety Specialist for National Nurses United joins Casey and Shayne to talk about current issues and remaining challenges in the fight. —Nurse Talk Radio, 02/10/15 More »

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s War on Workers

Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner’s War on Workers

Bruce Rauner's campaign for governor of Illinois hit a rough spot when it was revealed that he favored lowering the minimum wage. That's right, lowering. At a December, 2013, Republican campaign forum, the wealthy candidate declared that, "I will advocate moving the Illinois minimum wage back to the national minimum wage. I think we've got to be competitive here in Illinois. It's critical we're competitive. We're hurting our economy by having the minimum wage above the national. We've got to move back to the national." —John Nichols, The Nation, 02/10/15 More »

Right-to-Work Laws are Every Republican Union-Hater’s Weapon of Choice

Right-to-Work Laws are Every Republican Union-Hater’s Weapon of Choice

There are few crusades in American politics more quixotic than bashing unions. They are a threat that exists mostly in the imaginations of their opponents: an all-powerful, resurgent labor movement that scares investors and imperils the economy, despite representing just 11% of the US workforce. Right-to-work laws are their weapon of choice. —Michael Paarlberg, The Guardian , 02/10/15 More »

Nurses Condemn Illinois Governor’s Anti-Worker Executive Order

Nurses Condemn Illinois Governor’s Anti-Worker Executive Order

National Nurses United, the largest organization of nurses in the U.S. and in Illinois late Monday condemned an executive order by new Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner that is intended to dismantle public employee unions, that nurses warn could cause serious harm to public health and safety. —National Nurses Organizing Committee-Illinois, 02/09/15 More »

Nurses Stand in Solidarity with Steelworkers Amid Safety Concerns

Nurses Stand in Solidarity with Steelworkers Amid Safety Concerns

NNU is especially alarmed at the serious threat for workers and residents of local communities near the refineries posed by unsafe staffing levels, excessive worker overtime demands, and the reports of daily occurrences of fires, emissions, leaks and explosions that put tens of thousands of people in danger. —National Nurses United, 02/09/15 More »

Nurses Support Steelworkers Oil Fight for Fair Refinery Contract

Nurses Support Steelworkers Oil Fight for Fair Refinery Contract

NNU is especially alarmed at the serious threat for workers and residents of local communities near the refineries posed by unsafe staffing levels, excessive worker overtime demands, and the reports of daily occurrences of fires, emissions, leaks and explosions that put tens of thousands of people in danger. —National Nurses United, 02/09/15 More »

Nurse’s Court Win Shows Workers Can Beat Koch Brothers-Style Attacks

Nurse’s Court Win Shows Workers Can Beat Koch Brothers-Style Attacks

A civil jury has ordered an Ohio hospital, part of one of the most notorious anti-union hospital chains in the U.S., to pay over $2 million in damages for its actions against Ann Wayt, an Ohio registered nurse it fired, illegally sought to have her nursing license revoked, and then defamed in retaliation for her outspoken patient advocacy and support for her union. —National Nurses United, 02/09/15 More »

Senator Does Good But Must Pay Tribute

Senator Does Good But Must Pay Tribute

They covet office, and the prestige and power it provides. The opportunity to do good while doing well is one of the great privileges of public service. To win that privilege, however, politicians need money. Once elected, they get to make important, consequential decisions, but they must pay tribute to the interests that helped put them there. —Dan Morain, The Sacramento Bee, 02/09/15 More »

Hospital Giant Community Health Systems Ordered to Pay $2 Million For RN Fired

Hospital Giant Community Health Systems Ordered to Pay $2 Million For RN Fired

A civil jury has ordered an Ohio hospital, part of one of the most notorious anti-union hospital chains in the U.S., to pay over $2 million in damages for its actions against Ann Wayt, an Ohio registered nurse it fired, illegally sought to have her nursing license revoked, and then defamed in retaliation for her outspoken patient advocacy and support for her union. —National Nurses United, 02/09/15 More »

Providence Nurses Say Enough is Enough: No More Cuts

Providence Nurses Say Enough is Enough: No More Cuts

Refusing to accept current working conditions, scores of California Nurses Association/National Nurses United RNs from three Los Angeles-area Providence hospitals rallied and picketed on the sidewalks of Saint John's Health Center and Little Company of Mary Torrance, with the same message directed at management: " No cuts!" As they bargain contracts at each of the facilities, nurses demand enforceable staffing language, no cuts in benefits, and enough of a raise in wages to solve Providence's chronic, and costly, crisis of recruitment and retention. —California Nurses Association, 02/06/15 More »

CHS Ordered to Pay $2 Million For Ohio RN Fired and Defamed for Patient Advocacy, Union Activity

CHS Ordered to Pay $2 Million For Ohio RN Fired and Defamed for Patient Advocacy, Union Activity

A civil jury has ordered an Ohio hospital, part of one of the most notorious anti-union hospital chains in the U.S., to pay over $2 million in damages for its actions against Ann Wayt, an Ohio nurse it fired, illegally sought to have her nursing license revoked, and then defamed in retaliation for her outspoken patient advocacy and support for her union. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Ohio, 02/06/15 More »

Community Health Systems to pay $75 million for alleged New Mexico Medicaid scheme

Community Health Systems to pay $75 million for alleged New Mexico Medicaid scheme

Investor-owned hospital chain Community Health Systems and three affiliated New Mexico hospitals will pay the federal government $75 million to settle allegations that they made illegal donations to county governments to reap more federal dollars under a now-discontinued matching program. —Lisa Schencker, ModernHealthCare.com, 02/05/15 More »

Verdugo Hills Hospital nurses bring their case to COO

Verdugo Hills Hospital nurses bring their case to COO

Disgruntled employees from USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital on Wednesday marched to the office of the hospital’s chief operating officer, Paul Czajka, where they delivered a community petition bearing as many as 1,300 signatures collected in Glendale, Montrose and La Cañada. —Sara Cardine, Glendale News Press, 02/05/15 More »

Unbought Slate Wins Against Democrats-for-Chevron

Unbought Slate Wins Against Democrats-for-Chevron

It's not often that a city council race in a city of 100,000 draws national attention. It happened in Richmond, California, this fall because one big corporation was so shameless in its open attempt to buy the election. —Jane Slaughter, Labor Notes, 02/04/15 More »

Populist Movement’s “Ground Zero”: The Effort To Reclaim Chicago

Populist Movement’s “Ground Zero”: The Effort To Reclaim Chicago

Since the midterm elections, the media has been buzzing about the growing schism between Wall Street Democrats and the populist wing of the party. Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s recent victories give evidence for the idea that the populists are rising. With their eyes fixed on 2016, many are asking how we can stop a coronation and nominate a populist alternative to former Sen. Hillary Clinton for president. —Jacob Swenson-Lengyel, Campaign for America's Future, 02/04/15 More »

Medical Debt Still a Problem Under Health Law — Despite Protections

Medical Debt Still a Problem Under Health Law — Despite Protections

In 2013, medical debt was the largest cause of personal bankruptcy – 1.7 million people lived in households experiencing bankruptcy because of health costs. But the law hasn’t eliminated the problem. Many states haven’t expanded Medicaid and even those with insurance can rack up big bills, a problem exacerbated by the growing number of plans with high deductibles. —Shefali Luthra, Kaiser Health News, 02/04/15 More »

Salinas RNs Endorse Community Mediator to Settle Contract Dispute

Salinas RNs Endorse Community Mediator to Settle Contract Dispute

Following 10 months of contentious talks that have failed to produce movement by stubborn hospital officials on demands that registered nurses say would jeopardize patient safety, including a management plan to eliminate about 10 percent of all bedside nurses at the hospital, Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital RNs said today that they support a proposal by State Assembly member Luis Alejo for a community mediator to work to resolve the dispute. More »

EPA should strengthen the standards for clean air

EPA should strengthen the standards for clean air

When I was just starting as a nurse, I had a patient that had never touched a cigarette but struggled daily with the simple act of breathing. Her health issues were not because of her ancestors, poor decisions or back luck; it was because she lived near polluting oil refineries. —Heather Albright, RN, Sacramento Bee, 02/03/15 More »

Book Review: America’s Bitter Pill, by Steven Brill

Book Review: America’s Bitter Pill, by Steven Brill

A look at Steven Brill's new book in which he tackles the Gordian knot of the American Healthcare System: what he got right and what he got wrong. —Michael Lighty and Charles Idelson, with contributions by Michelle Mahon, 02/03/15 More »

Nurses Rally at EPA Hearing, Champion Public Health

Nurses Rally at EPA Hearing, Champion Public Health

Nurses were the highlight of the rally. More than 50 were attending a CE class nearby, and they marched down J Street in red scrubs and surgical masks, chanting Clean Air Is Health Care. —California Nurses Association, 02/03/15 More »

Let Prime Healthcare buy Daughters of Charity’s hospitals

Let Prime Healthcare buy Daughters of Charity’s hospitals

Dughters of Charity Health System, a Catholic nonprofit that operates six hospitals primarily for poor and elderly Californians, is reaching the last bead on its fiscal rosary. The chain is losing money at an alarming rate and wants to sell itself to Prime Healthcare Services, but prominent Democrats and a powerful union have called on Atty. Gen. Kamala Harris to block the deal. —The Times Editorial Board, Los Angeles Times, 02/02/15 More »

Pharma, healthcare’s 8-ton gorilla, comes under increasing scrutiny

Pharma, healthcare’s 8-ton gorilla, comes under increasing scrutiny

For all the heavy weights in the healthcare industry, that industry that now gobbles about one fifth of the U.S. economy, none has more weight to throw around than the pharmaceutical giants. Big drug companies make the most profit, mark up their prices the most, have the most clout in Congress and other elected officials, and generally get whatever they want. —Chuck Idelson, 02/02/15 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 01/30/15 More »

University of Chicago Nurses Vote To Authorize a Strike

University of Chicago Nurses Vote To Authorize a Strike

Registered nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center overwhelming turned out on Thursday and voted by 95% to authorize nurse negotiators to call a one-day strike, if necessary, to protest the Medical Center's refusal to address staffing and patient care concerns that nurses say jeopardize the health and safety of both patients and nurses. —National Nurses United, 01/30/15 More »

Nurses and Veterans Call for Immediate Action to Improve Patient Care at Cincinnati VA

Nurses and Veterans Call for Immediate Action to Improve Patient Care at Cincinnati VA

Registered nurses who work throughout the Cincinnati Veterans Administration Healthcare system will hold an informational picket Friday to draw attention to eroding patient care conditions, including chronic short staffing and barriers facing veterans who seek care at the Cincinnati VA. —National Nurses United, 01/28/15 More »

National Nurses Announce Donation to Ebola Health Work in West Africa

National Nurses Announce Donation to Ebola Health Work in West Africa

National Nurses United today announced a donation of $40,000 to the disaster relief organization International Medical Corps, which is on the front lines of the Ebola response, for its continued efforts to eradicate the deadly virus in West Africa. —National Nurses United, 01/27/15 More »

National Nurses Announce Donation to Ebola Health Work in West Africa

National Nurses Announce Donation to Ebola Health Work in West Africa

National Nurses United today announced a donation of $40,000 to the disaster relief organization International Medical Corps, which is on the front lines of the Ebola response, for its continued efforts to eradicate the deadly virus in West Africa. —National Nurses United, 01/27/15 More »

Kaiser RNs OK new pact with overwhelming approval vote

Kaiser RNs OK new pact with overwhelming approval vote

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and 65 clinics across Northern and Central California, the largest nurses’ collective bargaining contract in the U.S., have voted to approve a new three-year agreement that provides for substantial improvements in patient care, health and safety protections for nurses, and economic gains. —National Nurses United, 01/26/15 More »

In Overwhelming Vote, Kaiser RNs OK New Pact

In Overwhelming Vote, Kaiser RNs OK New Pact

Registered nurses and nurse practitioners who work at 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and 65 clinics across Northern and Central California, the largest nurses’ collective bargaining contract in the U.S., have voted to approve a new three-year agreement that provides for substantial improvements in patient care, health and safety protections for nurses, and economic gains. —National Nurses United, 01/26/15 More »

Press Conference and Job Fair - Monday 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

Press Conference and Job Fair - Monday 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m

As the hospitals in Sanford and the surrounding area experience an influx of patients, RNs at Central Florida Regional Hospital will hold a press conference and job fair on January 26 to recruit for much needed staff. The hospital currently has 116 vacancies ranging from managers to secretaries, including both full time and part-time positions. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Forida, 01/23/15 More »

Flu fills up Worcester hospital beds; nurses say staffing not safe

Flu fills up Worcester hospital beds; nurses say staffing not safe

WORCESTER — Elective surgeries at UMass Memorial Medical Center were canceled a week ago because no hospital beds were available for patients, in or out of the UMass Memorial network. Over the holidays, the UMass Memorial pediatric intensive care unit was closed for a few days because it was full. —Susan Spencer, Telegram.com, 01/22/15 More »

Brigham Shooting Sheds New Light on Hospital Violence Legislation

Brigham Shooting Sheds New Light on Hospital Violence Legislation

It's a level of preparedness that some in the medical community said is not consistent at every hospital in the state, and the incident has shed new light on recently filed legislation that seeks to mandate training around workplace violence at every health care facility in the state. —Jessica Bartlett, Boston Business Journal, 01/22/15 More »

Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street Needed for Broad Economic Reform

Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street Needed for Broad Economic Reform

National Nurses United today welcomed President Obama’s call to reduce income inequality in the U.S. through new taxes on financial institutions and the wealthiest Americans as a “fresh start,” but called on the White House and Congress to go farther and adopt a robust tax on Wall Street speculation to raise the “real revenue needed to repair the U.S. economy and meet the human needs still neglected by the Wall Street-created economic crash. —National Nurses United, 01/21/15 More »

18,000 California Nurses Win Stronger Patient Care, Workplace Protections in New Kaiser Pact

18,000 California Nurses Win Stronger Patient Care, Workplace Protections in New Kaiser Pact

ome 18,000 California registered nurses, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), who work at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics are voting this week on a new contract. The agreement, reached after months of negotiations, will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care and provides breakthrough improvements in workplace protections. —Mike Hall, AFL-CIO, 01/21/15 More »

Nurses: Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street Needed for Broad Economic Reform

Nurses: Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street Needed for Broad Economic Reform

National Nurses United today welcomed President Obama’s call to reduce income inequality in the U.S. through new taxes on financial institutions and the wealthiest Americans as a “fresh start,” but called on the White House and Congress to go farther and adopt a robust tax on Wall Street speculation to raise the “real revenue needed to repair the U.S. economy and meet the human needs still neglected by the Wall Street-created economic crash. —National Nurses United, 01/21/15 More »

Newton Wellesley Hospital Nurses Go Public With Concerns About Patient Safety

Newton Wellesley Hospital Nurses Go Public With Concerns About Patient Safety

The registered nurses of Newton Wellesley Hospital represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MNA/NNU), recently began a campaign to alert the public about a potentially dangerous plan by Partners Health Care to reduce RN staffing levels and increase nurses’ patient assignments in the facility’s busy emergency department. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 01/21/15 More »

A Tax on Wallstreet Goes Beyond Treating the Symptom

A Tax on Wallstreet Goes Beyond Treating the Symptom

With President Obama’s 2015 State of the Union speech Tuesday night expected to include calls for higher taxes on capital gains and closure of assorted tax breaks for the 1 percent – on the heels of the recent proposal by Representative Chris Van Hollen, the second top ranked Democrat in the House, for revenue enhancements including a version of a tax on Wall Street – it’s clear the campaign for tax justice is making traction in Washington. —Robin Hood Tax, 01/20/15 More »

Kaiser RNs Begin Voting on New 3-Year Agreement

Kaiser RNs Begin Voting on New 3-Year Agreement

In membership meetings held across Northern and Central California beginning today, registered nurses and nurse practitioners at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics will vote on a new three year collective bargaining agreement. As the largest RN contract in the U.S., this agreement is expected to elevate nursing standards and workplace conditions across the nation. —California Nurses Association, 01/20/15 More »

Huntington RNs say: “Don’t Silence Our Voice for Patients! Respect Our Labor Rights!”

Huntington RNs say: “Don’t Silence Our Voice for Patients! Respect Our Labor Rights!”

In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. and his belief that union rights are civil rights, clergy, community members and patients from the Pasadena area will gather at an Interfaith Prayer Vigil at Huntington Memorial, January 20 5:30pm to 7:30pm, to urge administration to stop violating the rights of its nurses and allow a fair, free union organizing campaign with the California Nurses Association. —California Nurses Association, 01/19/15 More »

BREAKING - Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, New Protections

BREAKING - Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, New Protections

With a settlement that is likely to elevate RN standards across the nation, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today announced a major tentative contract agreement for 18,000 California RNs who work at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics that will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care, and breakthrough improvements in workplace protections. —California Nurses Association, 01/17/15 More »

Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: 18,000 RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, Workplace Protections

Settlement Ends Kaiser-RN Dispute: 18,000 RNs Win Stronger Patient Care Voice, Workplace Protections

With a settlement that is likely to elevate RN standards across the nation, California Nurses Association/National Nurses announced a major tentative contract agreement for 18,000 California RNs who work at Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics. The deal will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care, and breakthrough improvements in workplace protections. —California Nurses Association, 01/17/15 More »

The White House Community College Initiative an Investment in our Future

The White House Community College Initiative an Investment in our Future

National Nurses United supports the White House's new community college initiative – a move that would open doors for a new generation of registered nurses. —National Nurses United, 01/15/15 More »

Nurses Want Solution to ‘Epidemic’ of Workplace Violence

Nurses Want Solution to ‘Epidemic’ of Workplace Violence

Members of the National Nurses United union are joining a growing number of industry voices that decry the increasing amount of violence that healthcare workers face on a daily basis, reports ABC News' Tampa, Florida, affiliate. —Leslie Small, FierceHealthcare, 01/15/15 More »

Nurses Welcome White House Community College Initiative

Nurses Welcome White House Community College Initiative

National Nurses United today announced strong support for President Obama's community college initiative that NNU said should have a huge impact on expanding and improving nursing education opportunities for an entire new generation of registered nurses. —National Nurses United, 01/15/15 More »

Daughters of Charity RNs, Other Hospital Workers Step Up Call for Sale Approval

Daughters of Charity RNs, Other Hospital Workers Step Up Call for Sale Approval

With a decision from Attorney General Kamala Harris fast approaching, Daughters of Charity registered nurses and other hospital workers will walk the halls of the State Capitol Thursday calling on legislators to encourage the Attorney General to approve the proposed sale of six California Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare. —California Nurses Association, 01/14/15 More »

Nurses Rally Saying Workplace Violence is an Epidemic

Nurses Rally Saying Workplace Violence is an Epidemic

National Nurses United wants lawmakers to force all hospitals to implement policies that protect healthcare workers from violence. The union calls violence towards nurses in hospitals an epidemic. —ABC News, 01/14/15 More »

Our Perspective: How Simplifying Financing Can Cut Costs in US Healthcare

Our Perspective: How Simplifying Financing Can Cut Costs in US Healthcare

A Simplified financing system in the U.S. could result in cost savings exceeding $350 billion annually, nearly 15% of health care spending —BMC Health Services Research, 01/13/15 More »

Our Perspective: “Wellness” Based Healthcare is a Scam

Our Perspective: “Wellness” Based Healthcare is a Scam

"Wellness" programs have long been oversold as a mechanism to improve health in the workplace, the alleged reason why they were encouraged in the Affordable Care Act. But NNU has long viewed them as scheme, heavily promoted by corporate employers, whose real purpose was to promote the growing practice of health coverage cost shifting from employers to workers, including nurses. —Reuters, 01/13/15 More »

A New Study Shows Why Obamacare Should Have Been Single-Payer

A New Study Shows Why Obamacare Should Have Been Single-Payer

A single-payer system akin to the Medicare program or Canada's national healthcare. The study found that the $375 billion saved annually with a single-payer system could be used to cover all of the nation's uninsured and upgrade coverage for millions of under-insured citizens. —Sarah Kollmorgen, New Republic, 01/13/15 More »

As Top Democrats Embrace a Robin Hood Tax, It’s Time for Activists to Go Big

As Top Democrats Embrace a Robin Hood Tax, It’s Time for Activists to Go Big

Americans who are serious about addressing income inequality have long recognized that the United States needs a Robin Hood Tax – a charge on financial transactions proposed by campaigners who have argued since the Wall Street meltdown of 2008 that “banks, hedge funds and the rest of the financial sector should pay their fair share to clear up the mess they helped create.” —John Nicholson, The Nation, 01/12/15 More »

Nurses Urge Legislation to Require Prevention Plans To Stem Epidemic of Violence in Hospitals

Nurses Urge Legislation to Require Prevention Plans To Stem Epidemic of Violence in Hospitals

Registered Nurses will rally in Tampa Tuesday to call for legislative action to require hospitals to step up tough prevention plans to stem a growing spate of violence against nurses and other health workers in hospitals. —National Nurses Organizing Committee, 01/12/15 More »

Kaiser RNs Announce Plans to Strike January 21-22

Kaiser RNs Announce Plans to Strike January 21-22

After months of Kaiser Permanente’s refusal to address the growing erosion of patient care standards, Kaiser RNs will hold a two-day strike January 21 and 22, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced late today. —California Nurses Association, 01/09/15 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 01/09/15 More »

Fatal System Error

Fatal System Error

Private nonprofit hospitals, which benefit from huge tax breaks, fail to care for the East Bay's poorest residents — and now one public hospital is on the verge of collapse. —Sam Levin, East Bay Express, 01/09/15 More »

Nurses Rally Friday at Seton Medical Center – 12 pm

Nurses Rally Friday at Seton Medical Center – 12 pm

DALY CITY/MOSS BEACH— Nurses and community organizations are mobilizing once again Friday at Seton Medical Center (Daly City) and Seton Coastside (Moss Beach), for the fifth and final day of rallies and Attorney General public hearings in support of the proposed sale of six Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare. —California Nurses Association, 01/09/15 More »

Daly City – Nurse Rally, Friday, Noon, Seton Medical Center

Daly City – Nurse Rally, Friday, Noon, Seton Medical Center

DALY CITY/MOSS BEACH— Building on momentum gathered by hundreds of registered nurses who mobilized at Daughters of Charity hospitals earlier this week, nurses and community organizations are turning out again Friday at Seton Medical Center (Daly City) and Seton Coastside (Moss Beach). They will be gathering for the fifth day of rallies and Attorney General public hearings in support of the proposed sale of six Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare. —California Nurses Association, 01/08/15 More »

Gilroy- Nurse Rally, 8:30 a.m., St. Louise Regional Hospital

Gilroy- Nurse Rally, 8:30 a.m., St. Louise Regional Hospital

GILROY— Building on momentum gathered by hundreds of registered nurses who mobilized at hospitals in southern California and San Jose earlier this week, nurses and community organizations are turning out again Thursday at Gilroy's City Hall. They will be gathering for the fourth day of rallies and Attorney General public hearings in support of the proposed sale of six Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare. More »

Hospitals’ sale: Prime is the only buyer who can keep facilities open

Hospitals’ sale: Prime is the only buyer who can keep facilities open

For decades, registered nurses at Daughters of Charity Health System have outlasted wars, pestilence and even earthquakes to fulfill their mission of serving the indigent and the poor in the Bay Area and Southern California. No one alive can recall a time care was not available at the local hospitals. —Sharon Erlich and Donna Fischer, San Jose Mercury News, 01/07/15 More »

48 St. Louis Health Professionals Send Letter Urging Ameren to Move Beyond Coal

48 St. Louis Health Professionals Send Letter Urging Ameren to Move Beyond Coal

ST. LOUIS - On Thursday, health professionals and community residents gathered outside Ameren Missouri's headquarters to deliver a letter signed by 48 public health leaders calling on the utility's CEO and board members to move more quickly beyond coal and invest significantly in clean energy. Ameren relies on coal for nearly 80 percent of its electricity generation, while the national average is closer to 40 percent. —Emily Rosenwasser, Sierra Club, 01/07/15 More »

Public Hearings on Future of Four Bay Area Daughters of Charity Hospitals Start Wednesday

Public Hearings on Future of Four Bay Area Daughters of Charity Hospitals Start Wednesday

Registered nurses and community organizations are turning out for a third day of rallies and public hearings to support the proposed sale of six Daughters of Charity hospitals to Prime Healthcare, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 01/06/15 More »

Nurses Welcome President’s Commitment to Veto Proposed Bill, Green-Lighting Keystone XL Pipeline

Nurses Welcome President’s Commitment to Veto Proposed Bill, Green-Lighting Keystone XL Pipeline

National Nurses United today welcomed the announcement that President Obama will veto legislation by the new Congress pushing forward the controversial Keystone XL pipeline project. The new Congressional majority has said that pushing the pipeline will be a top priority – ignoring the severe consequences for public health and climate change. —National Nurses United, 01/06/15 More »

TODAY 8:00 a.m. St. Vincents, Rally-Daughters of Charity Hearing Day 2

TODAY 8:00 a.m. St. Vincents, Rally-Daughters of Charity Hearing Day 2

Daughters of Charity RNs will continue to hold rallies and testify in support of saving vital healthcare services in their communities, voiced by those who know first-hand what's at stake. The second hearing will take place today at St. Vincent's Medical Center located in downtown Los Angeles. — St. Vincent Medical Center Rally at 8:00 a.m., Hearing at 10:00 a.m. More »

With Congress Set to Green Light Keystone XL Pipeline, Nurses Urge President to Reject KXL

With Congress Set to Green Light Keystone XL Pipeline, Nurses Urge President to Reject KXL

Citing continuing concerns about the threat to public health, National Nurses United today urged the Obama Administration to formally reject the permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, not just rely on a possible veto of legislation expected to pass in the new Congress. —National Nurses United, 01/06/15 More »

The great PetKoch battle of the Southeast Side

The great PetKoch battle of the Southeast Side

About two years ago, residents of Chicago’s Southeast Side saw piles of black dust in their neighborhood growing taller and taller. The piles, stored along the Calumet River, reached six stories high – 60 feet tall – and when the wind blew they would send clouds of black dust through residential streets. —Kari Lydersen, The Gate News, 01/05/15 More »

Planned sale of 6 hospitals to for-profit ignites debate

Planned sale of 6 hospitals to for-profit ignites debate

The state attorney general’s office will hold a series of public hearings this week on the controversial sale of six nonprofit hospitals, including Seton Medical Center in Daly City and O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, to a for-profit Southern California company. —Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle , 01/05/15 More »

Attorney General Hearings on Fate of Four Bay Area Daughters of Charity Hospitals Start Wednesday

Attorney General Hearings on Fate of Four Bay Area Daughters of Charity Hospitals Start Wednesday

Registered nurses from Daughters of Charity hospitals throughout the greater Bay Area will hold rallies prior to hearings and then testify to share findings from an impact report released mid-December, by CNA/NNU outlining the crucial healthcare services that would be lost in the event of hospital closures. —California Nurses Association, 01/04/15 More »

First Attorney General Hearings on Fate of Daughters of Charity Hospitals Begin in LA Monday

First Attorney General Hearings on Fate of Daughters of Charity Hospitals Begin in LA Monday

Registered nurses from Daughters of Charity hospitals will give testimony at St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood and St. Vincent’s Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday Jan 5, and Tuesday Jan. 6 respectively in their continued fight to save their hospitals and preserve essential patient care services in their communities. —California Nurses Association, 01/04/15 More »

Registered Nurses Welcome First Contract at Community Hospital Long Beach

Registered Nurses Welcome First Contract at Community Hospital Long Beach

Yesterday registered nurses voted to approve their first ever collective bargaining agreement at Community Hospital Long Beach. At a time when many labor contracts are premised on substantial cuts in workplace and living standards for nurses and other workers, the RNs successfully negotiated an agreement that represents improvements in their existing standards. —California Nurses Association, 12/31/14 More »

Attorney General to Hold Daughters of Charity Hearings Jan 5-9 in LA and Bay Area

Attorney General to Hold Daughters of Charity Hearings Jan 5-9 in LA and Bay Area

Registered nurses from Daughters of Charity hospitals are mobilizing en masse to public hearings next week, in their continued fight to save their hospitals and preserve essential patient care services in their communities, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) who represents 1,800 nurses at four of the hospitals announced today. —California Nurses Association, 12/30/14 More »

Today Nurses Hold Vigil, Urge MWHC Execs to Work With Them to Address Problems

Today Nurses Hold Vigil, Urge MWHC Execs to Work With Them to Address Problems

The RNs' strike, and the hospital's subsequent lockout, were preceded by management's refusal to bargain in good faith and continued actions to undermine discussion. In November, hospital executives acted unilaterally, and illegally, in implementing their most recent position and declared an impasse, despite the fact that the registered nurses were ready and willing to continue negotiations with hospital executives to protect quality patient care and safe working conditions. —National Nurses United, 12/30/14 More »

Letter to the editor: Approve hospital sale

Letter to the editor: Approve hospital sale

I recently read that 18 members of Congress oppose the sale of Saint Louise Regional Hospital as well as the other Daughters of Charity Hospitals to Prime Healthcare, stating basically that it would be bad for the communities, patients and healthcare workers. —George F. Endress III, RN, Morgan Hill Times, 12/30/14 More »

National Labor Relations Board Rules in Favor of RNs at Bluefield Regional and Greenbrier

National Labor Relations Board Rules in Favor of RNs at Bluefield Regional and Greenbrier

Last week the National Labor Relations Board ordered Bluefield Regional Medical Center (BRMC) in Bluefield, W. Va and Greenbrier Valley Medical Center (GVMC) in Ronceverte, W.Va. to end their lawless behavior in refusing to bargain with its registered nurses. —National Nurses Organizing Committee, 12/29/14 More »

Registered Nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center to Hold One-Day Strike December 22

Registered Nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center to Hold One-Day Strike December 22

Registered nurses at Washington Hospital Center (MWHC), part of the Medstar Health hospital chain,will hold a one-day strike commencing Monday, Dec. 22 at 7 a.m. and ending Tuesday, Dec. 23. at 6:59 a.m. —National Nurses United, 12/19/14 More »

Nurses Voted #1 in Honesty, Ethics, Again as in 15 Previous Gallup Polls

Nurses Voted #1 in Honesty, Ethics, Again as in 15 Previous Gallup Polls

RNs are viewed as having "very high" or "high" ethical and honesty standards by 80 percent of the public, a full 15 points higher than any other profession in the Gallup Poll. Nurses have topped the list each year since they were first included in 1999, with the exception of 2001 when firefighters were included in response to their work during and after the 9/11 attacks. More »

More from the People’s Climate Summit in Peru

More from the People’s Climate Summit in Peru

Last week, we participated in the People's Climate Summit march in Lima, Peru. The march wove through busy Lima streets, blocking traffic and shutting down large parts of the downtown area. It ended at Plaza San Martin, a central plaza surrounded by beautiful colonial buildings. The plaza was filled with drumming, music, and chanting. Banners and flags waved in the air calling for climate justice. —Erin Carrera, RN, 12/18/14 More »

Public hearings set for proposed Seton Medical Center sale

Public hearings set for proposed Seton Medical Center sale

Two local public hearings are scheduled next month to help California Attorney General Kamala Harris decide whether a six-hospital chain including facilities in Daly City and Moss Beach should be sold to a private corporation fiercely opposed by some unions and officials who fear it prioritizes profits over care. —Michelle Durand, Daily Journal, 12/17/14 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 12/16/14 More »

Tentative Contract for 3,000 Tenet RNs Protects Health Coverage, Improves Retirement Security

Tentative Contract for 3,000 Tenet RNs Protects Health Coverage, Improves Retirement Security

Registered nurses at six Tenet Health hospitals from Northern to Southern California are voting this week on a new four-year agreement with the hospital system that protects health coverage and provides for pension and economic gains. More »

Nurses to Issue Impact Report, Urge State Officials to Save Daughters of Charity

Nurses to Issue Impact Report, Urge State Officials to Save Daughters of Charity

Registered nurses who work in five Daughters of Charity hospitals across California will hold a Sacramento press conference Wednesday to urge Attorney General Kamala Harris to approve the sale of the hospitals to a buyer that has pledged to stop the threatened closure of the hospitals and preserve critical healthcare services. —National Nurses United, 12/16/14 More »

Nurses join tour of fracking sites hosted by Movement Generation

Nurses join tour of fracking sites hosted by Movement Generation

On the drive down to the valley, we talked about the intersection of labor and environmental justice and about what a just transition would really mean. Our nurses spoke very thoughtfully about health and environmental justice. They related the profit motives of their hospitals leading to poor patient care and deteriorating working conditions in some of the most environmentally impacted communities. Clarita and Pushpa are power houses. —California Nurses Association, 12/15/14 More »

Nurses Picket Against Float Pool, Mandatory Overtime

Nurses Picket Against Float Pool, Mandatory Overtime

The bitter cold did not deter a group of more than 20 nurses from holding signs that read “Exhausted nurses = unsafe care,” “End mandatory overtime,” and “When nurses float, patient safety sinks,” at the corner of Palmer Avenue and Ter Heun Drive in an informational picketing on the morning of Thursday, December 11. Donning hats and mittens to guard against the off-and-on raindrops and snow flurries, the group waved and smiled to passersby at the intersection located steps away from their workplace, Falmouth Hospital. —Lannan M. O'Brien, capenews.net, 12/15/14 More »

We must fight for clean energy the same way we fight for healthcare for all

We must fight for clean energy the same way we fight for healthcare for all

While government officials across the world are participating in United Nations climate treaty talks in Lima, people from all walks of life are taking part in an alternative People's Climate Summit. —Erin Carrera, RN, 12/12/14 More »

“If the energy source requires a smoke stack, then it isn’t clean.”

“If the energy source requires a smoke stack, then it isn’t clean.”

During the UN Climate Change Summit, we’ve been meeting regularly with other activists from the Trade Unions for Energy Democracy, the International Transportation Union and the Peruvian Federation of Nurses. —Lara Norkus-Crampton, RN, 12/12/14 More »

Senate Asked to Oppose CROmnibus Unless Wall Street Gifts, Wealthy Donors, Pension Attacks Removed

Senate Asked to Oppose CROmnibus Unless Wall Street Gifts, Wealthy Donors, Pension Attacks Removed

Citing fatal flaws in new handouts to Wall Street, wealthy donors, and an attack on the living standards of pensioners, National Nurses United today called on U.S. Senators to oppose the Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act (CROmnibus) unless those provisions are removed. —National Nurses United, 12/12/14 More »

RNs to Hold Vigil at O’Connor Hospital - Today 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

RNs to Hold Vigil at O’Connor Hospital - Today 3:45 - 4:45 p.m.

With growing concern over the threatened closure of hospitals in the San Jose and Los Angeles metro areas, registered nurses will hold a vigil Friday afternoon at O'Connor Hospital in San Jose to urge state officials to take the steps needed to preserve the hospitals for public safety. More »

Scenes from Climate Change Summit in Peru

Scenes from Climate Change Summit in Peru

Nurses landed in Lima, Peru this week at the start of the United Nations Climate Change Summit - #COP20. We're here to emphasize the health impact of our climate crisis and to let people know we want to be part of the solution. We're joining thousands of other activists and meeting allies who are gathering for forums, discussions and protests during this historic environmental justice moment. —Lara Norkus-Crampton, RN, 12/11/14 More »

Registered Nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center Set One-Day Strike for December 22

Registered Nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center Set One-Day Strike for December 22

Registered nurses at Medstar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) in the District of Columbia announced today that they plan a one-day strike on December 22. The strike has been announced due to unfair labor practices committed by hospital executives and refusal to fairly address matters of health, safety and equity for patients and nurses. —National Nurses United, 12/11/14 More »

San Bernardino Nurses Head to Board of Supervisors Next Week

San Bernardino Nurses Head to Board of Supervisors Next Week

Following a two day walkout at San Bernardino County’s Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and County clinics, registered nurses will call on the San Bernardino Board of Supervisors next Tuesday to press the Board to commit the resources needed to address the critical staffing retention issues at the County. —California Nurses Association, 12/10/14 More »

Dennis Taylor: CEO pay hinders SVMH in labor strife

Dennis Taylor: CEO pay hinders SVMH in labor strife

With nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital having authorized a strike earlier this week, the rhetoric between labor and management is flying. But management's arguments, regardless of how powerful they might be, are overshadowed by the resentment created by the $622,000 annual salary of Chief Executive Pete Delgado. —Dennis L. Taylor, The Californian, 12/10/14 More »

Hospitals’ Nurses Plan Picket

Hospitals’ Nurses Plan Picket

Nurses at Cape Cod and Falmouth hospitals have scheduled an informational picket Thursday to protest mandatory overtime and other labor issues currently on the bargaining table during contract negotiations. —Cynthia McCormick, Cape Cod Times, 12/10/14 More »

Strike by San Bernardino RNs Begins Today - Rally at 12 Noon

Strike by San Bernardino RNs Begins Today - Rally at 12 Noon

A two day walkout by registered nurses who work at San Bernardino County’s Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and county clinics is on after county officials in 11th hour bargaining Monday night refused to resolve the key problems that have led to the loss of many experienced RNs and have put quality care for community residents at risk. More »

NNU Delegation to Lima Climate Summit

NNU Delegation to Lima Climate Summit

Leaders from the General Workers Confederation of Peru and members of Trade Unions for Energy Democracy at a forum sponsored by the fighting water workers union. —National Nurses United, 12/08/14 More »

Strike by San Bernardino RNs to Begin Tuesday

Strike by San Bernardino RNs to Begin Tuesday

Registered nurses who work at San Bernardino County’s Arrowhead Regional Medical Center and clinics across the county remain on track to begin a two-day strike Tuesday after county officials lost two court efforts Friday and earlier today to enjoin the walkout. —California Nurses Association, 12/08/14 More »

Nurses’ strike is about preserving San Bernardino County patient care: Guest commentary

Nurses’ strike is about preserving San Bernardino County patient care: Guest commentary

We are registered nurses. Many nurses grew up in San Bernardino County, attended local nursing schools, and raised families here. We are your neighbors. We made the decision to dedicate our professional lives to providing quality care to our community in a public health setting. We wanted to work where they took in everyone who needed care — the county. —Toni Rodriguez and Becky Spradling, San Bernardino County Sun , 12/08/14 More »

Nurses: Climate Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

Nurses: Climate Crisis is a Public Health Crisis

Today, I am on my way to Lima, Peru as part of a small delegation from California Nurses Association/National Nurses United going to participate in the United Nations Climate Change Summit 20th yearly Conference of the Parties (COP 20). —Erin Carrera, RN, 
First in a series of blogs from Peru, 12/08/14 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

See a collection of links to news stories about nurses in other nations, and how they are advocating for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 12/05/14 More »

Nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

Nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

Registered nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital (SVMH) authorized a strike, if necessary, to protest management's refusal to address issues that are fundamental to quality patient care at the facility and answer basic questions regarding their proposed restructuring plan. —California Nurses Association, 12/05/14 More »

Critics pack hearing, air concerns about Quincy hospital closure

Critics pack hearing, air concerns about Quincy hospital closure

City residents had a message for Attorney General Martha Coakley and the state’s Department of Public Health: Save Quincy Medical Center and hold Steward Health Care System accountable. Critics of Steward’s plan to close the 124-year-old hospital at 114 Whitwell St. by Dec. 31 gave impassioned testimony Tuesday during a public hearing at Quincy High School. Some fear that the absence of a hospital in a city approaching 100,000 residents will result in tragedy for those in need of quick care. —Patrick Ronan, The Patriot Ledger, 12/03/14 More »

Providence Hospital RNs Cite Patient Care, Economic Gains in First Ever Union Contract

Providence Hospital RNs Cite Patient Care, Economic Gains in First Ever Union Contract

Registered nurses at Providence Hospital have won their first ever collective bargaining agreement in a tentative settlement late Monday night. —National Nurses Organizing Committee, 12/02/14 More »

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