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Kaiser Manteca nurses taking hospital concerns to Del Webb folks

Kaiser Manteca nurses taking hospital concerns to Del Webb folks

Kaiser Manteca nurses are pounding the pavement today at Woodbridge at Del Webb to share with the residents their concerns about the state of health services at the West Yosemite Avenue medical facility. California Nurses Association labor representative Kevin Hall said the Kaiser-Manteca nurses will be knocking on doors this morning. The door-to-door foot campaign will begin with a 30-minute group assembly at the Manteca Fire Station No. 4, 1465 W. Lathrop Road west of Union Road before the nurses start walking around the age-restricted neighborhood. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/14/13 More »

DON’T CLOSE HOSPITAL Rallying cry for Kaiser nurses, members

DON’T CLOSE HOSPITAL Rallying cry for Kaiser nurses, members

A grass-root effort to prevent Kaiser Permanente from continuing to eliminate services and possibly save the Manteca hospital from closing its doors appears to be gaining support. That’s based on the strong turnout at the “Keep Manteca Safe: Kaiser, don’t close our hospital” community forum Sunday at the First Christian Church in Manteca coupled with the 400 signatures taken from last week’s Pumpkin Fair. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/14/13 More »

Nurses Union to Hold Meeting on Kaiser Services

MANTECA - The California Nurses Association, which contends that Kaiser Permanente is escalating its reduction of patient services in Manteca, will host a community meeting at 4 p.m. Sunday at the First Christian Church, 1125 N. Union Road, Manteca. —The Record, 10/14/13 More »

Congress and the President: Just Because You Were Bullied, Don’t Take It Out on Our Seniors

Congress and the President: Just Because You Were Bullied, Don’t Take It Out on Our Seniors

Let’s try to remember a lesson we all should have learned as kids. Just because you were picked on by the neighborhood bully is no excuse to go home and kick the dog or punch your little brother. Maybe some inside the Beltway need a refresher course. Just because a handful on the right have shut down government and threatened default on the debt that’s no excuse to embrace proposals to slash Medicare and Social Security. —Karen Higgins, RN and NNU Co-president, 10/14/13 More »

Nurses Hold Public Forum to Save Kaiser Manteca

Nurses Hold Public Forum to Save Kaiser Manteca

Registered nurses will host a public forum in Manteca Sunday afternoon to call attention to an escalating reduction of vital patient services at Kaiser Manteca Medical Center, practices they warn are leading to a “slow death” of the critical community hospital. Kaiser has been steadily closing entire units and eliminating vital services, including maternity, pediatric, cardiology, ultrasound, radiology, and more, forcing patients to travel to Modesto or Stockton for care. —California Nurses Association, 10/11/13 More »

Maine Nurses Healthcare is a Human Right Tour in Portland Monday & Bangor Tuesday

Maine Nurses Healthcare is a Human Right Tour in Portland Monday & Bangor Tuesday

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, nurses and physicians will provide basic medical screenings and will be joined by local healthcare activists for a public town hall in Portland, October 14 and Bangor, October 15 as part a Health Care is a Human Right Campaign. —Maine State Nurses Association / NNU, 10/10/13 More »

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center RNs Ratify

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center RNs Ratify

Registered nurses at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev. voted Tuesday and Wednesday to ratify a new collective bargaining contract that they say protects patient care standards and provides a safer workplace environment for nurses. It is the first contract that NNOC-Nevada has negotiated with St. Mary's since it was acquired by Prime Healthcare Services from Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West) in 2012. —National Nurses Organizing Committee / NNU, 10/10/13 More »

Congress Could Learn from Global Nursing Unions

Congress Could Learn from Global Nursing Unions

In this month’s issue of AJN, we report on the formation of a new international organization of nurses and health care workers in June—Global Nurses United (GNU). Under the auspices of the California-based National Nurses United, unions from 14 countries agreed to work together to “stop the harmful effects of austerity measures, privatization, and cuts in health care services.” —American Journal of Nursing, 10/10/13 More »

DC RNs Welcome Hearing for Patient Safety Bill —Nov. 8

DC RNs Welcome Hearing for Patient Safety Bill —Nov. 8

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals applauded the movement forward of the DC Patient Protection Act, a bill they say is critical to their ability to provide safe patient care. 57% of District Hospital RNs Cite Inadequate Staffing. New study shows hospitals with higher RN staffing had lower re-admissions. —National Nurses United / Heal DC, 10/10/13 More »

Informational Picket at San Jose Kaiser

Informational Picket at San Jose Kaiser

As many Californians weigh their options for healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act, registered nurses will rally outside the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center this Friday with a message for consumers: Be wary of enrolling in insurance plans that limit your access to a hospital and to safe nursing care. —California Nurses Association, 10/10/13 More »

Kaiser: We’re not closing in Manteca. Nurses contend hospital reductions part of slow death

Kaiser: We’re not closing in Manteca. Nurses contend hospital reductions part of slow death

That is the word from Corwin Harper who serves as senior vice president and area manager of the hospital’s Central Valley area. Manteca Kaiser nurses, however, are maintaining that what the health care corporation has been doing in the past several months is tantamount to a gradual closure of the hospital in Manteca. —Manteca Bulletin, 10/09/13 More »

RN John Armelagos of UMHS Elected as New Michigan Nurses Association President

RN John Armelagos of UMHS Elected as New Michigan Nurses Association President

OKEMOS – Members of the Michigan Nurses Association, the state’s largest and most effective union and professional association for registered nurses, have elected John Armelagos, RN, as their new president. Armelagos, an Ann Arbor resident, is a longtime nurse who has held multiple leadership positions in the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (UMPNC), the Michigan labor community, Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) and its national affiliate, National Nurses United. —Michigan Nurses Association, 10/08/13 More »

Mankato Nurses Ratify Agreement with Mayo Clinic Health System

Mankato Nurses Ratify Agreement with Mayo Clinic Health System

(MANKATO) – 470 nurses represented by Minnesota Nurses Association at Mayo Health Systems Clinic have agreed to contract terms that address quality of patient care in the hospital. Five months of negotiations, a nurse force galvanized around patient safety concerns and overwhelming community support all contributed to an agreement that lays a new foundation of nurse input into staffing, scheduling and workload. —Minnesota Nurses Association, 10/04/13 More »

Orlando RNs to Shed Light on how Patient Care and Community is Hurt by Recent Cuts

Orlando RNs to Shed Light on how Patient Care and Community is Hurt by Recent Cuts

Registered nurses and healthcare workers from throughout Orlando Health’s (OH) eight hospitals will hold a press conference and rally Monday morning to speak about the effects cuts are having on their ability to provide safe patient care, the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC)-Florida announced today. The effects, described in more detail below, range from replacing a “sitter” (assigned to ensure a high-risk patient’s safety) with a technician on a different floor monitoring up to 12 cameras on a screen, to blood pressure cuffs not working. —NNOC Florida, 10/04/13 More »

Heroic Fight by Sutter Nurses Shows That Workers Can Fight and Win

Heroic Fight by Sutter Nurses Shows That Workers Can Fight and Win

In a political and economic climate so heavily influenced by Wall Street, corporate CEOs, and extremists like those who shut down the government in an effort to block even the modest reforms of the Affordable Care Act, it's sometimes hard to remember that it is still possible for nurses and working people to fight and win. Well, thank goodness for the 3,000 RNs, and a few hundred techs, who work at Sutter hospitals and facilities in Northern California. They have just delivered an emphatic message to nurses and other workers everywhere. Stand up for yourselves, stand up for the public interest and the public will be with you and you can prevail. —Executive Director of CNA and NNU, Rose Ann DeMoro, 10/04/13 More »

Big Triumph – 2-Year Sutter War Ends as RNs OK New Pact

Big Triumph – 2-Year Sutter War Ends as RNs OK New Pact

In packed membership meetings at five San Francisco Bay Area hospitals, registered nurses and techs voted overwhelmingly Wednesday and Thursday to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement, ending a two-year fight by defeating a long list of concession demands by one of the nation’s wealthiest hospital chains. The battle – which centered over Sutter’s insistence on implementing sweeping reductions in patient care, workplace protections, and nursing standards – finally concluded after nine strikes over two years when Sutter agreed to withdraw over 200 concession demands. More »

Mount Diablo Hospital RNs Ratify New Contract Sutter RNs Begin Voting on Tentative Agreement

Mount Diablo Hospital RNs Ratify New Contract Sutter RNs Begin Voting on Tentative Agreement

Registered Nurses at John Muir Mount Diablo Hospital in Concord voted Tuesday night to ratify a new three-year contract that they say strengthens patient care standards as well as securing nurses’ health coverage. Concurrently, RNs at Sutter hospitals began voting on their tentative agreement at Sutter facilities in Berkeley, Oakland, Castro Valley, Antioch and Vallejo. Membership meetings on the agreement will continue through Thursday. Results will be announced Friday. —California Nurses Association, 10/02/13 More »

DC RNs Picket Hospital Powerbroker’s Fundraiser for Alexander

DC RNs Picket Hospital Powerbroker’s Fundraiser for Alexander

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals, joined by community allies, picketed a fundraiser for DC Councilwoman Yvette Alexander hosted by a hospital industry powerbroker last night to step up the call for the DC City Council to move forward on a critical patient safety bill. —Union City, 10/02/13 More »

MNA Nurses at Borgess Win New Patient Protections in 3-Year Contract

MNA Nurses at Borgess Win New Patient Protections in 3-Year Contract

KALAMAZOO – After standing firm in their demands for new protections for their patients, the nearly 600 registered nurses at Borgess Medical Center have ratified a new contract with the hospital that runs through 2016. —Michigan Nurses Association, 10/02/13 More »

DC RNs to Picket Hospitals’ Powerbroker Fundraiser for Councilwoman Alexander Tonight

DC RNs to Picket Hospitals’ Powerbroker Fundraiser for Councilwoman Alexander Tonight

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals, joined by community allies, will picket a fundraiser for DC Councilwoman Yvette Alexander hosted by a hospital industry powerbroker tonight to step up the call for the District Council to move forward on a critical patient safety bill. —National Nurses United, 10/01/13 More »

A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America’s ailing healthcare

A single-payer system, like Medicare, is the cure for America’s ailing healthcare

The US spends a higher proportion of GDP on healthcare than any other industrialised country – yet 50 million Americans are uninsured, as Obamacare begins. I start my approach to healthcare from two very basic premises. First, healthcare must be recognized as a right, not a privilege. Every man, woman and child in our country should be able to access the healthcare they need regardless of their income. Second, we must create a national healthcare system that provides quality healthcare for all in the most cost-effective way possible. —The Guardian by: Bernie Sanders, 10/01/13 More »

Kaiser RNs Launch Ad on Eve of ACA: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

Kaiser RNs Launch Ad on Eve of ACA: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

As the Affordable Care Act’s insurance market exchanges open for business Tuesday, Kaiser Permanente RNs today launched a campaign to advise enrollees to ask tough questions and be wary of enrolling in insurance plans that limit your access to a hospital and to safe nursing care. —National Nurses United, 09/30/13 More »

Big Win for Nurses as Sutter War Ends

Big Win for Nurses as Sutter War Ends

It’s over – with a resounding triumph for thousands of registered nurses at five San Francisco Bay Area hospitals operated by the large Sutter Health system who have managed to defend patient care protections and nursing standards from an employer insistent on sweeping concessions in a long running dispute. After nine strikes over two years, with multiple days added on by company lockouts, the RNs have won tentative agreements for new collective bargaining agreements premised on elimination of nearly 200 concession demands by Sutter that were the main issue in the confrontation. —California Nurses Association, 09/27/13 More »

Kaiser RNs’ Message to Public: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

Kaiser RNs’ Message to Public: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

On the eve of the opening of insurance signups under the Affordable Care Act, registered nurses will rally outside three Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California Monday with a message for consumers – be wary of enrolling in insurance plans that limit your access to a hospital and to safe nursing care. Kaiser, say RNs, has been making it harder for patients to be admitted for hospital care when sick or injured and sending patients home or to other settings when they should still be in the hospital. As part of that shift away from hospital care, Kaiser has been reducing RN staffing in its hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 09/26/13 More »

California Nurses Endorse Alvarez for San Diego Mayor

California Nurses Endorse Alvarez for San Diego Mayor

SAN DIEGO—The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, California’s largest and leading organization of nurses, has endorsed San Diego City Council member David Alvarez for mayor and will join a Thursday press conference with other leading community leaders to support his candidacy. —California Nurses Association, 09/25/13 More »

McLaren Lapeer Nurses, Community Tell CEO: Put Patients Before Profits

McLaren Lapeer Nurses, Community Tell CEO: Put Patients Before Profits

LAPEER – More than 100 registered nurses from McLaren Lapeer Region and community members rallied Monday to demand that hospital CEO Bart Buxton fix the chronic understaffing that can put their patients’ safety at risk. The nurses want to be able to provide safe, quality care to every patient and have been asking the administration to solve serious nurse staffing problems for months. —Michigan Nurses Association/NNU, 09/23/13 More »

Massachusetts RNs launch signature drive for safe patient limits

Massachusetts RNs launch signature drive for safe patient limits

On September 18, MNA nurses kicked off the signature campaign to put safe patient limits on the ballot. Packets with petitions and instructions have gone out to all bargaining units. Please see your local bargaining unit committee chair, committee member, or floor rep to get petitions – or you can call the MNA office at 781.821.4625 (and ask for the membership department) to get petitions and instructions. Sign and circulate the petition today! Working together we can make safe staffing the law in Massachusetts! —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 09/23/13 More »

Joint Committee on Public Health Holds Sep. 24 Hearing on Bill to Give Communities with More Notice

Joint Committee on Public Health Holds Sep. 24 Hearing on Bill to Give Communities with More Notice

The measure responds to efforts by hospital networks to cut needed services in an effort to boost profits even though the DPH has deemed these services to be essential for the communities served by those hospitals. Nurses and other advocates for access to needed health care services will testify, including a nurse from North Adams Regional Hospital, which has announced a plan to shutter the hospital’s inpatient psychiatric unit, pediatric unit and critical care unit. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 09/23/13 More »

RN’s Make a Powerful Showing at Cal/OSHA Hearing

RN’s Make a Powerful Showing at Cal/OSHA Hearing

More than 80 CNA members from across California attended a Cal/OSHA hearing yesterday on Safe Patient Handling. Registered Nurses (RN) from every major hospital chain and every region of the state gave compelling testimony in support of strong, concise regulatory language to protect patients and staff from injuries caused by lifting and moving patients. —California Nurses Association, 09/20/13 More »

HAITI UPDATE: RNRN Supports local volunteers and organizations in Haiti

HAITI UPDATE: RNRN Supports local volunteers and organizations in Haiti

In our continued commitment to the people of Haiti, RNRN supported volunteer work by local Habitat for Humanity volunteers, and also donated supplies to support the work of Hope House Haiti with children and families decimated by the 2010 earthquake and ongoing economic challenges. —RNRN, 09/20/13 More »

Tentative 3-year contract agreement between John Muir-Concord, registered nurses

Tentative 3-year contract agreement between John Muir-Concord, registered nurses

Registered nurses at John Muir Medical Center, Concord have reached a tentative three-year contract nurses say will bring patient care improvements as well as secure nurses' health coverage. The settlement, reached Wednesday, covers more than 700 registered nurses who belong to the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. A ratification vote is set for Oct. 1. —Contra Costa Times, 09/20/13 More »

New Pact for Mount Diablo Hospital RNs

New Pact for Mount Diablo Hospital RNs

Registered Nurses who work at John Muir Mount Diablo Hospital in Concord have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract that nurses say will provide for additional patient care improvements as well as securing nurses’ health coverage. The settlement, reached Wednesday, covers more than 700 RNs who are members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The settlement will go before RNs for ratification in membership meetings scheduled for October 1. —California Nurses Association, 09/20/13 More »

Should hospitals be more like Walmart?

We've heard about how healthcare should be more like the airline industry or customer-friendly online retailers such as Amazon or Zappos.com. But a new article in MIT Technology Review argues that after the information technology revolution, medicine will be more like superstore Walmart. —Fierce Health IT, 09/20/13 More »

Global Day of Action by Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 13 Countries

Global Day of Action by Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 13 Countries

United call for Robin Hood Tax--Major nurse and healthcare union organizations marched, rallied, and held other actions in 13 countries Tuesday in the first coordinated global day of action in a call to stop the harmful effects of austerity measures, cuts in health care services, improved patient care, and economic healing and recovery. —Global Nurses United, 09/18/13 More »

Workers Take Center Stage in Occupy’s Second Anniversary

Workers Take Center Stage in Occupy’s Second Anniversary

If you're going to have a raucous, costumed march in New York City, Midtown makes for a great setting. Nurses and HIV activists in Robin Hood hats took the streets yesterday, blocking traffic as they called for a financial transaction tax to fully fund healthcare and other public services. Chants of “People, not profits! Medicare for all!” filled rush-hour streets as business-suited professionals dodged through the crowds. —In These Times, 09/18/13 More »

BJC Healthcare to reduce health benefits for part-timers, employees say

BJC Healthcare to reduce health benefits for part-timers, employees say

St. Louis, MO--BJC Healthcare, the largest St. Louis employer, is preparing to cut health insurance benefits for some of its part-time employees. According to two part-time nurses with the BJC system, managers and Human Resources representatives recently began informing certain employees that those who do not work at least 24 hours per week will be ineligible for health benefits. —St. Louis Post-Dispatch, 09/18/13 More »

Resisting the Empire: Four Days in Chicago

Resisting the Empire: Four Days in Chicago

Resisting the Empire: Four Days in Chicago: A film by Haskell Wexler, ­­­­Andy Davis and Mike Gray (2013). Available for $15 from http://www.fourdaysinchicago.com. Mayor 1% (Rahm Emanuel) invited the G-8 (the Group of 8 most economically powerful countries in the world) and NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) to meet in Chicago in May 2012. Needless to say, this did not go over well with Chicago activists—and a whole lot more other people. —ZNET Communications, 09/17/13 More »

RNs to Bring Message to Kaiser at Sacramento MD Recruitment Event

RNs to Bring Message to Kaiser at Sacramento MD Recruitment Event

Registered nurses from Northern California Kaiser Permanente facilities will pay a visit to a Kaiser recruitment event in Sacramento this afternoon, September 17 to bring a message to the HMO giant and doctors it is trying to enlist – stop cutting care by pushing nurses and patients out of the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 09/17/13 More »

Judge: MedStar Washington Hospital Center broke federal labor law

Judge: MedStar Washington Hospital Center broke federal labor law

In a stunning rebuke to MedStar Washington Hospital Center management, an administrative law judge ruled last week that Washington Hospital Center management broke federal labor law when it refused to provide information about hospital staffing patterns and patient safety survey information to registered nurses. —National Nurses United, 09/17/13 More »

Join the Nurses in NYC or Online Sept. 17

Join the Nurses in NYC or Online Sept. 17

Join nurses, HIV/AIDS activists, environmentalists, students, labor groups and other community members in demanding a Robin Hood Tax – a tiny tax on Wall Street trades – in New York City on Sept. 17 at 5pm. We will be marking the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street and the first day of the UN general assembly by calling for an end to austerity and the full funding of human needs – locally and globally – with a Robin Hood Tax. —National Nurses United, 09/16/13 More »

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 13 Countries Join Global Day of Action for a Healthy Economy

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 13 Countries Join Global Day of Action for a Healthy Economy

NEW YORK, Sept. 17--Leading nurse and healthcare union organizations in 13 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe are holding coordinated actions Tuesday, September 17 to escalate the call to stop the harmful effects of austerity measures, privatization, and cuts in health care services that they say are putting people and communities at risk, and call for safer nursing care. —Global Nurses United, 09/16/13 More »

Patient Advocates Launch Ballot Initiative Petition Drive for Safe Patient Limits in Mass. Hospitals

Patient Advocates Launch Ballot Initiative Petition Drive for Safe Patient Limits in Mass. Hospitals

Following the Secretary of State’s recent release of the official ballot initiative petitions on Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Campaign for Safe Patient Care will launch its drive for the 70,000 signatures needed to place the Patient Safety Act on the 2014 ballot. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 09/16/13 More »

200 Organizations Urge Obama, Congress to Back the Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street

200 Organizations Urge Obama, Congress to Back the Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street

1,000 to March in NYC September 17 to Demand Robin Hood Tax; “Sweet Honey in the Rock” to Perform. On the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, and a day when the United Nations General Assembly convenes to address issues of poverty, public health and climate change, New Yorkers from every sector of the city are joining together to demand a Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street to solve America’s revenue crisis. —Robin Hood Tax USA / National Nurses United, 09/16/13 More »

California Election Called Biggest RN Union Win in 7 Years

California Election Called Biggest RN Union Win in 7 Years

In what is believed to be the biggest U.S. election win for non-union hospital registered nurses in seven years, RNs at a Los Angeles area hospital Wednesday night voted to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. With their hard fought election win – by a count of 279 to 261 in secret ballot voting conducted by the National Labor Relations Board – RNs at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, Ca. withstood what CNA characterized as a furious anti-union campaign by hospital management and its high paid anti-union consultants. —California Nurses Association, 09/12/13 More »

Ballot Initiative to Ensure Taxpayer Health Care Dollars Go Exclusively to Patient Care Certified

Ballot Initiative to Ensure Taxpayer Health Care Dollars Go Exclusively to Patient Care Certified

CANTON, Mass. — Last week, the Attorney General’s office certified a ballot e initiative that will require hospitals to be transparent about their financial holdings and other activities, to limit CEO salaries and to limit and claw back excess profits to ensure that taxpayer dollars are dedicated exclusively to safe patient care and necessary services for all communities in the Commonwealth. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 09/10/13 More »

Yet Another Sanction for CHS Barstow

Yet Another Sanction for CHS Barstow

In yet another reprimand for Barstow Hospital and its parent company, Community Health Systems of Tennessee. On behalf of the National Labor Relations Board, an administrative law judge Monday found that Barstow has broken federal law and violated the rights of its registered nurses through its refusal to engage in good faith bargaining with the RNs and their union, the California Nurses Association. —NNU/CNA/NNOC, 09/10/13 More »

Dignity Health RNs Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify New Pact

Dignity Health RNs Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify New Pact

In nearly 30 membership meetings the past six days across California and Nevada, registered nurses have overwhelmingly approved a new four year collective bargaining covering 12,000 RNs at 28 hospitals in one of the nation’s largest hospital systems. The nurses are members of the California Nurses Association and National Nurses Organizing Committee-Nevada, both part of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of RNs. —CNA/NNOC-Nevada, 09/10/13 More »

Hospital-acquired infections cost $10 billion a year

Hospital-acquired infections cost $10 billion a year

One out of every 20 patients who are admitted to a hospital will fall victim to an infection they pick up while there, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. These infections can be serious and even life-threatening, and recent studies have estimated that as many as half of them may be preventable. —HealthDay Reporter, 09/10/13 More »

CNA union seeks to represent 600 RNs at CPMC’s Pacific campus

CNA union seeks to represent 600 RNs at CPMC’s Pacific campus

The California Nurses Association is seeking a secret-ballot union representation election at California Pacific Medical Center's Pacific campus, which it calls "one of the few hospitals in San Francisco where the RNs remain non-union." The Oakland-based union, which represents 85,000 registered nurses in the state, said it asked the National Labor Relations Board on Sept. 5 to schedule an election for the 600 RNs who work on CPMC's Pacific campus in San Francisco's posh Pacific Heights neighborhood. —San Francisco Business Times, 09/06/13 More »

Kaiser, don’t cancel our patients’ care!

Kaiser, don’t cancel our patients’ care!

View a slideshow of Kaiser RNs in Oakland, CA on September 6, 2013. —California Nurses Association, 09/06/13 More »

RNs Seek Vote for California Pacific Hospital RNs-Rally Sept. 10 for Fair Election

RNs Seek Vote for California Pacific Hospital RNs-Rally Sept. 10 for Fair Election

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United Thursday asked the federal labor board to schedule a secret ballot election for union representation for 600 registered nurses at California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific campus, one of the few hospitals in San Francisco where the RNs remain non-union. CNA is also calling on CPMC and its parent company Sutter Health to respect the democratic rights of the RNs by agreeing to a fair election process by which the nurses will be able to consider unionizing in an atmosphere free of coercion or intimidation. —California Nurses Association, 09/06/13 More »

Safe Patient Limits Ballot Initiative Certified by Attorney General

Safe Patient Limits Ballot Initiative Certified by Attorney General

CANTON, Mass. — The Patient Safety Act today received certification from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. The Patient Safety Act will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a safe maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while also providing maximum flexibility to hospitals to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on the specific needs of the patients. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 09/05/13 More »

Monopoly medicine may be bad for your health

Monopoly medicine may be bad for your health

Who is really behind the doors at your local “community” hospital? In recent weeks you may have seen a billboard near Barstow Community Hospital with a message from registered nurses, “Protect Our Patients, Don’t Silence Nurses,” and a photo of a real RN (that’s me). —By: Deborah Burger, RN and CNA/NNU Co-president, 09/04/13 More »

Nurses, Seniors, Unions, and Community Members to Protest Anthem/Blue Cross-Unreasonable rate hikes

Nurses, Seniors, Unions, and Community Members to Protest Anthem/Blue Cross-Unreasonable rate hikes

Just as California is rolling out the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Anthem Blue Cross is raising premiums on small business and referring patients to substandard retail clinics. In response, the Campaign for a Healthy California, a coalition of nurses, seniors, labor unions, and concerned community members, are calling for the eviction of the insurance giant from the healthcare delivery system in an action at its San Francisco headquarters this Thursday. More »

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Vote to Settle Negotiations Through Binding Arbitration

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Vote to Settle Negotiations Through Binding Arbitration

FRANKLIN, MA -- Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center voted overwhelmingly on September 3 to submit their proposals to a neutral arbitrator for resolution of the contract negotiations which have been ongoing for nearly two years. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 09/04/13 More »

Join the MSNA “Health Care is a Human Right” Tour!

Join the MSNA “Health Care is a Human Right” Tour!

MAINE--On October 14-15 join MSNA and healthcare justice advocates on the "Health Care is a Human Right" Tour! The program consists of two parts – health screenings and town hall meetings -- and the tour’s purpose is to broaden and diversify public support and deepen RN support for Medicare for All. Sign up today! —Maine State Nurses Association, 09/03/13 More »

For This Labor Day We Need a Main Street Contract for the American People

For This Labor Day We Need a Main Street Contract for the American People

In 1963, labor was at its apex of strength, as evidenced just two years later with enactment of another signature reform in America, Medicare and Medicaid, the direct result of a campaign led by unions and active and retired union members. —National Nurses United, 08/30/13 More »

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA - August 30, 2013

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA - August 30, 2013

A weekly report by NNU on the pulse of Almeria: Fast Food Workers On Strike in 60 Cities. Record Bank Profits Reported. Healthcare Systems Ranked Around The World. For-Profit Dialysis Companies Flex Muscle in Congress. —National Nurses United, 08/30/13 More »

International Nurse News Round-Up

International Nurse News Round-Up

A weekly collection of International news stories impacting nurses around the globe, and how they advocate for their patients. —Global Nurses United, 08/30/13 More »

Sgro: Wake up and smell smoke of bad decisions

Sgro: Wake up and smell smoke of bad decisions

The Rim Fire above Yosemite is hitting very close to home for me and my family, even though we live in Clovis. I am an emergency room registered nurse and my husband is a firefighter. As a trauma nurse, I see the deadly impacts that fire and smoke can have on our community's health: children with asthma that turns life threatening, the elderly with emphysema gasping for a breath, homeowners trying to protect their property left with second- and third-degree burns. —By Rhonda Sgro, RN, 08/29/13 More »

Dignity Shows Respect for Nurses in New Contract

Dignity Shows Respect for Nurses in New Contract

Nurses with Dignity Health, one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, just settled a four-year master contract covering about 12,000 RNs in California and Nevada that not only keeps everything they had, but actually makes improvements in salaries, expands retiree health and pension benefits, and even establishes a new insurance program to protect nurses in case of needle sticks on the job or other work injuries. —California Nurses Association, 08/28/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Massachusetts Nurses Take “Safe Staffing” to the People!

NURSE TALK RADIO: Massachusetts Nurses Take “Safe Staffing” to the People!

Massachusetts Nurses Association President, Donna Kelly Williams RN talks about a newly sponsored ballot measure campaign to fight for patient safety and protection. —Nurse Talk Radio , 08/28/13 More »

New Four-Year Pact for 12,000 California and Nevada Dignity RNs

New Four-Year Pact for 12,000 California and Nevada Dignity RNs

Registered nurses at one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, Dignity Health, have reached a major new tentative collective bargaining contract covering some 12,000 RNs at 28 Dignity hospitals in California and Nevada that nurses say is a sharp break from a concessionary spiral so prevalent among many employers in healthcare and other sectors. —National Nurses United, 08/28/13 More »

Sutter electronic records system went down in East SF Bay

Sutter electronic records system went down in East SF Bay

The electronic health record system at seven East Bay hospitals, medical offices and clinics went dark on Monday in an unplanned outage. The information technology system had been down for a planned upgrade Friday. At about 8 a.m. Monday, the electronic health record system at seven East Bay hospitals, medical offices and clinics went dark. The meltdown continued through late afternoon or early evening, according to early reports from the California Nurses Association. —Sacramento Business Journal, 08/27/13 More »

Cypress Fairbanks RNs Approve New Pact with Houston Hospital

Cypress Fairbanks RNs Approve New Pact with Houston Hospital

Registered nurses at Houston’s Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center voted unanimously Monday night to approve a new collective bargaining agreement with the hospital, extending the only private union contract for nurses in America’s fourth largest city. More »

Sutter’s $1 Billion Boondoggle-New Electronic Records System Goes Dark

Sutter’s $1 Billion Boondoggle-New Electronic Records System Goes Dark

A controversial electronic health records system on which Sutter corporation has said it is spending $1 billion went completely dark Monday at Sutter hospitals in Northern California exposing patients to additional risk beyond problems reported with the system in July, registered nurses reported yesterday. For several months RNs have cited multiple problems with the new system, known as Epic, with safe care delivery that the California Nurses Association says is increasingly troublesome. —California Nurses Association, 08/27/13 More »

Another Accolade for National Nurses United Director,  RoseAnn DeMoro

Another Accolade for National Nurses United Director,  RoseAnn DeMoro

For the 12th consecutive year, National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro has been deemed one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare in the U.S., once again named to a list published today by Modern Healthcare, a prominent national healthcare industry publication. More »

National Nurses Join DC Action to Reclaim Dr. King’s Dream

National Nurses Join DC Action to Reclaim Dr. King’s Dream

Washington, DC – This Saturday, Aug. 24, members of National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, will join hands with thousands of activists from coast to coast in the historic commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March for Jobs and Freedom. —National Nurses United, 08/23/13 More »

Listen to Your Local Nurses! Monopoly Medicine is Bad for Your Health

Listen to Your Local Nurses! Monopoly Medicine is Bad for Your Health

The registered nurses of National Nurses Organizing Committee have put up billboards in California, Ohio, and West Virginia as part of our national campaign to educate the public about Community Health Systems, one of the country’s largest hospital corporations. —NNOC / CNA, 08/22/13 More »

Palomar Health Reaches Four-Year Deal With Nurses, Caregivers

Palomar Health Reaches Four-Year Deal With Nurses, Caregivers

Nurses and other caregivers at Palomar Health have tentatively agreed to a new four-year contract that covers more than 3,000 employees at three North County hospitals. The new labor agreement calls for raises of up to 14.75 percent over four years. After months of negotiations, nurses convinced management to drop cuts in retirement benefits. —KPBS News, 08/20/13 More »

Palomar Health RNs, Caregivers Call Tentative Agreement a Win for Public Safety

Palomar Health RNs, Caregivers Call Tentative Agreement a Win for Public Safety

Eight tough months of negotiations for registered nurses and service and technical staff that included protests at hospital board meetings, an overwhelming vote of no confidence in management, and caregivers’ resolve to protect patient care have culminated in tentative agreements with Palomar Health District, the California Nurses Association (CNA) and Caregiver and Healthcare Employees Union (CHEU) announced today. —California Nurses Association / CHEU, 08/16/13 More »

NNU Joins National Action to Reclaim MLK’s Dream

NNU Joins National Action to Reclaim MLK’s Dream

Washington, DC--On Saturday, August 24, join nurse and other groups for a rally and commemorative march along MLK’s historic 1963 route to bring the Main Street Contract and the call for living wage jobs, equal access to quality education, guaranteed healthcare, a secure retirement, clean and safe housing and a fair taxation system to Congress and the President. —National Nurses United, 08/16/13 More »

Let’s Talk About Health Care and I Don’t Mean the ACA

Let’s Talk About Health Care and I Don’t Mean the ACA

By Deborah Burger, RN and NNU Co-president. Let's talk about health care. I don't mean debating the Affordable Care Act. I mean health care, as in: If everyone needs health care, guarantee that everybody gets it. I know, when it comes to health care, it's easy to get into a debate for or against Obamacare. But we nurses see the world through a different lens: our patients. —Deborah Burger, RN and NNU Co-president, 08/12/13 More »

Chevron Feels the Summer Heat in Richmond, CA

Chevron Feels the Summer Heat in Richmond, CA

Last Saturday, August 3, a broad coalition of labor, indigenous, health and environmental justice groups marched to the Chevron refinery in Richmond, California, marking the one-year anniversary of the explosion and fire that sent smoke billowing into the air and 15,000 area residents to the hospital with respiratory problems. Nineteen refinery workers were lucky to escape the incident alive. —The Progressive, 08/12/13 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, 08/09/13 More »

Ballot Question Would Set Nursing Levels

Ballot Question Would Set Nursing Levels

The Massachusetts Nurses Association has filed a ballot initiative that would require one nurse for every four patients in medical or surgical units, one nurse for up to three patients in emergency departments and one nurse for every two patients in critical care units. —WGGB.com, 08/09/13 More »

Nurses Unveil Bold New Ad Charting Third Way in Healthcare Debate

Nurses Unveil Bold New Ad Charting Third Way in Healthcare Debate

“Our taxes should pay for our healthcare: Seniors have it. Congress has it. Other countries have it. Why not the rest of us?” Challenging policymakers to heed the advice of America’s registered nurses to guarantee healthcare for all, National Nurses United (NNU) is sending a message to House Speaker John Boehner and other members of Congress and the administration. —National Nurses United, 08/08/13 More »

Study: Single-payer healthcare system would save billions

Study: Single-payer healthcare system would save billions

Expanding the nation’s Medicare program to cover people of all ages would save the government billions of dollars, according to a new study released Wednesday. —TheHill.com, 08/07/13 More »

ALEC Convention Met With Protests in Chicago

ALEC Convention Met With Protests in Chicago

A coalition of labor, community and environmental groups from throughout the Midwest will gather to protest the group’s three-day conference throughout the week, with organizers expecting the largest actions against ALEC since the group first drew attention in 2011 for its role in providing model legislation written by corporations pushing a broad right-wing, pro-corporate agenda. —The Nation, 08/07/13 More »

Nurses union tells supervisors it has no confidence in management

Nurses union tells supervisors it has no confidence in management

The nurses union at Ventura County’s public hospitals presented a letter of no confidence in management to the county Board of Supervisors on Tuesday. The nurses are in contract talks with county management. Eight of them spoke at Tuesday’s board meeting, complaining of insufficient staffing, low pay and indifferent management. An additional 40 or so people, including nurses and their families, sat in the audience in support. —Ventura County Star, 08/06/13 More »

Union backs Mass. vote on nurse staffing levels

Union backs Mass. vote on nurse staffing levels

BOSTON — A union representing Massachusetts nurses is pushing a ballot initiative designed to set limits on the number of patients that can be assigned to a nurse at any one time. —NewsObserver.com, 08/06/13 More »

U.S. District judge: BCH must negotiate  Hospital could be slapped with fines if not compliant

U.S. District judge: BCH must negotiate Hospital could be slapped with fines if not compliant

After more than a year-long failure to reach an initial contract, a U.S. District judge has ruled Barstow Community Hospital must bargain with its registered nurses’ representative or potentially face fines. A 10(j) injunction was levied against BCH last week and comes on the heels of a temporary restraining order issued against the hospital June 24. The two sides — Community Health System-backed BCH and the California Nurses Association union — have been at an impasse since the CNA was certified in June of last year as the RN’s exclusive representative for the purposes of collective bargaining. —Desert Dispatch, 08/06/13 More »

Ventura RNs Sound Alarm on Patient Care Conditions at County Health System

Ventura RNs Sound Alarm on Patient Care Conditions at County Health System

Nurses in trauma units working up to nine short while executives given 10% Raises. Registered Nurses who work throughout the Ventura County have taken a vote of “no confidence” in the health systems administration leadership in a week-long vote conducted throughout the county’s various healthcare facilities. The 800 RNs and other caregivers are represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 08/06/13 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 in Peru, Israel, Brazil, New Zealand, and Argentina. —Global Nurses United, 08/05/13 More »

To Protect Patients and Improve Care, Massachusetts Nurses File Ballot Initiative for Safer Staffing

To Protect Patients and Improve Care, Massachusetts Nurses File Ballot Initiative for Safer Staffing

CANTON, Mass. — In response to deteriorating patient care conditions in the state’s acute care hospitals the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MNA/NNU) announced today that it is filing a ballot initiative, the Patient Safety Act, that would dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a safe maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while also requiring hospitals to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on the specific needs of the patients. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 08/05/13 More »

Federal Court Issues Sweeping Order for RNs Against Barstow Hospital

Federal Court Issues Sweeping Order for RNs Against Barstow Hospital

Third major lawsuit filed by government against a Community Health Services hospital for illegal labor practices since April. A U.S. District Judge in Los Angeles Monday issued a federal injunction against Barstow Hospital ordering it to cease and desist its flagrant violations of the collective bargaining rights of its registered nurses. The injunction follows a restraining order issued against Barstow in June. —California Nurses Association, 08/02/13 More »

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA: August 2, 2013

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA: August 2, 2013

A weekly report by NNU on the pulse of Almeria: Banks Take Homes from Millions. Threats to Food Stamps Continue. Losing Ground in the U.S. A Call for an Investigation of top economist Lawrence Summers. —National Nurses United, 08/02/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Victory for Northern Calif. Sutter RNs

NURSE TALK RADIO: Victory for Northern Calif. Sutter RNs

Recently, a federal administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board handed nurses a victory, finding Sutter Hospitals in the San Francisco Bay Area engaged in illegal “unfair labor practices” when it unilaterally cut paid sick leave and eliminated all paid healthcare coverage for RNs who work less than 30 hours per week, affecting hundreds of nurses and their families. —Nurse Talk Radio, 08/01/13 More »

Nurses File for Election to Join CNA at Providence Little Company of Mary, Torrance

Nurses File for Election to Join CNA at Providence Little Company of Mary, Torrance

Registered nurses at Providence Little Company of Mary, Torrance filed for an election with the National Labor Relations Board July 30, 2013 to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU). The NLRB will then determine a date to hold a federally supervised secret ballot election for the nurses. The nurses submitted a sufficient number of signed union cards (30%) to trigger the process for setting the election for the approximately 725 RNs. —California Nurses Association, 08/01/13 More »

Nurses Join Massive Protest on Anniversary of Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire Saturday

Nurses Join Massive Protest on Anniversary of Chevron Richmond Refinery Fire Saturday

Cite climate change and toxic tar sand as number one danger to public’s health. Richmond, CA—Registered nurses will join a broad and growing number of labor, environmental, and community organizations in one of the largest climate justice events in recent history on Saturday, the first-year anniversary of the catastrophic explosion and fire whose massive vapor cloud nearly killed 19 workers and sent 15,000 Richmond residents to local hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 07/31/13 More »

WE CAN STOP THE CLIMATE CHAOS

WE CAN STOP THE CLIMATE CHAOS

Join nurses, community members, and other union members in one of the largest climate justice events in recent history on Saturday, August 3 where thousands of people will come together in a momentous West Coast mass action — We Can Stop Climate Chaos —California Nurses Association, 07/29/13 More »

Sutter Health dealt unfairly with nurses, says federal labor board

Sutter Health dealt unfairly with nurses, says federal labor board

A federal administrative law judge with the National Labor Relations Board has ruled that Sutter Health East Bay Region officials engaged in unfair labor practices in its dealings with the California Nurses Association representing about 300 registered nurses at Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch. The Tuesday ruling by Jay R. Pollack said Sutter, based in Sacramento, acted improperly when it implemented terms and conditions of employment in September last year, following prolonged negotiations that Sutter declared at an impasse. —Sacramento Bee, 07/26/13 More »

Panel with Bill McKibben (350.org), Katy Roemer (CNA) & Others: Confronting the Climate Crisis

Panel with Bill McKibben (350.org), Katy Roemer (CNA) & Others: Confronting the Climate Crisis

Bill McKibben (350.org), Gopal Dayaneni, Reverend Sally Bingham, Katy Roemer (CNA), & Antonia Juhasz. 

Friday, August 2, 2013 at 7:00 pm 
Nourse Theater - 275 Hayes Street (at Franklin), San Francisco, CA 

Tickets are $10 

How do we build a movement to challenge the immensity of the climate crisis? —Indy Bay, 07/26/13 More »

Saving Detroit is a Step towards Saving America.

Saving Detroit is a Step towards Saving America.

Saving Detroit is a Step towards Saving America. Writing in Huffington Post, Richard Eskow makes a convincing and impassioned argument for Detroit pensioners, many of whom are threatened by that city’s prospective bankruptcy. “The Federal government should bail out Detroit city worker's pensions so that retirees can be paid in full,” wrote Eskow. —National Nurses United, 07/26/13 More »

Kaiser nurses protest at First 5 meeting

Kaiser nurses protest at First 5 meeting

Registered nurses from Kaiser Permanente and other advocates showed up at a meeting of the First 5 California commission meeting in Sacramento Thursday to protest appointment of their boss to the group. Kaiser CEO George Halvorson was appointed to the commission by Gov. Jerry Brown in May. At the helm at Kaiser since 2002, he plans to retire at the end of the year. The protesters are members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. They showed up at the commission meeting to draw attention to Kaiser’s decision to close a pediatrics unit in Hayward and move patients to a new medical center in Oakland. —Sacramento Business Journal, 07/26/13 More »

Stunning Rebuke to Sutter Health in East SF Bay Area, CA Issued by Federal Judge

Stunning Rebuke to Sutter Health in East SF Bay Area, CA Issued by Federal Judge

At Issue: Sutter’s disingenuous use of Affordable Care Act as excuse to slash nurses healthcare. A federal Administrative Law Judge with the National Labor Relations Board handed the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) a resounding victory this week, finding Sutter Bay East Hospitals engaged in illegal “unfair labor practices” when it unilaterally cut paid sick leave and eliminated all paid healthcare coverage for RNs who work less than 30 hours per week, affecting hundreds of nurses and their families. —California Nurses Association, 07/25/13 More »

RNs to Protest Appointment of Kaiser CEO Halvorson to First 5 CA Children’s Commission

RNs to Protest Appointment of Kaiser CEO Halvorson to First 5 CA Children’s Commission

Decision to close vital Hayward pediatric unit shows his inability to act in best interests of children. Registered nurses from throughout Kaiser Permanente will protest the appointment of Kaiser CEO George Halvorson to the First 5 California Children and Families Commission in the public comment period of the Commission’s meeting Thursday, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. The nurses cite the controversial decision by Halvorson to close the pediatrics unit at Kaiser Hayward for children in need of hospitalization as one example of his unworthiness to safeguard the welfare of the state’s young population. The unit serves more than 1,000 families a year and covers 100,000 children in the Tri-City area who receive healthcare from Kaiser Permanente. More »

Berkeley orders Sutter Health’s Alta Bates to file details on community benefits

Berkeley orders Sutter Health’s Alta Bates to file details on community benefits

The Berkeley City Council voted 7-1 Tuesday night to require Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center to provide an annual report to the council with specific detail on the charity care and community benefits reported on tax returns and the value of these benefits to Berkeley residents. The resolution also includes a provision to schedule a council work session on the topic. The council action follows research on the issues by the Community Health Commission, which raised questions about how the information is reported, the myriad of activities that fall under “community benefit” and how well this offsets the nonprofit health system’s tax-exempt status. —Sacramento Business Journal, 07/19/13 More »

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA: July 19, 2013

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA: July 19, 2013

A weekly report by NNU on the pulse of Almeria: A culture of greed. Flooded in Profits. Doubly Whammy: Mega-Exec Pay = Mega-Write Offs. Detroit In Ruins. —National Nurses United, 07/19/13 More »

RNs, Caregivers Blast Priorities at Palomar Health District

RNs, Caregivers Blast Priorities at Palomar Health District

Registered Nurses and other caregivers have taken a vote of “no confidence” in the management of the Palomar and Pomerado hospitals and are calling on the Palomar Health District to act immediately to change course from a path of closures and cuts while giving huge cash and contract awards to chief executive officer Michael Covert and other executives. In just concluded voting by 1,345 hospital employees, 94 percent of Palomar Health RNs and ancillary workers said they have no confidence or trust in the district’s executive leadership, 96 percent said the district had exhibited poor fiscal responsibility, 95 percent said the executive leadership had failed to share the financial pain inflicted on other employees, and 90 percent pledged to take a more active role in fighting to save the district “for our patients, our community and our families.” —California Nurses Association, 07/18/13 More »

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