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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 »

How Climate Change is Fueling a Rise in Deadly Diseases

How Climate Change is Fueling a Rise in Deadly Diseases

In the summer of 2012, the mosquito-borne West Nile virus made a surprising comeback in America. In Dallas, the most affected region, 400 people contracted the disease and 19 of them died. That came as a shock to public health officials, since West Nile virus was thought to be in such precipitous decline that it was practically eradicated. —Nation of Change, 07/18/13 More »

Berkeley council wants Alta Bates charity care numbers

Berkeley council wants Alta Bates charity care numbers

BERKELEY -- Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, a nonprofit corporation, is exempt from millions of dollars in property, income and sales taxes. In exchange, the hospital is obligated to provide benefits to the community. But at its July 16 meeting, the City Council expressed frustration at not knowing precisely what those benefits are. How much of the community benefits reported by the hospital goes to charity care, and how much of that is targeted to low-income Berkeley residents, council members asked. "Community benefits can be anything they decide," Dan Johnston, a researcher with the Institute for Health and Socio-Economic Policy, the research arm of the California Nurses Association, told to the council. —Inside Bay Area, 07/18/13 More »

Berkeley City Council Endorses Call to Hold Sutter Alta Bates Accountable on Charity Care

Berkeley City Council Endorses Call to Hold Sutter Alta Bates Accountable on Charity Care

City’s Second Largest Employer a Tax Drain on Community. The Berkeley, CA. City Council Tuesday night voted nearly unanimously to call on the city’s second largest employer, Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center to fulfill its charity care obligation in exchange for the substantial public financing they receive through their tax exempt status. Alta Bates Summit with two campuses in Berkeley, is seen as a prime example of a hospital that receives government subsidies as a result of its tax-exempt status that are far beyond what it provides in charity care – a growing problem throughout California. —California Nurses Association, 07/17/13 More »

MedStar must negotiate big benefits changes with nurses union, judge rules

MedStar must negotiate big benefits changes with nurses union, judge rules

A federal judge dealt a blow to MedStar Health's goal to provide more in-house medical care for its employees, siding with a labor union that objected to hikes to workers' out-of-pocket expenses when they seek treatment elsewhere. —Washington Business Journal, 07/16/13 More »

Air pollution linked to higher risk of lung cancer and heart failure

Air pollution linked to higher risk of lung cancer and heart failure

Two studies show effects on health of long- and short-term exposure to pollutants from traffic and industry. Air pollution, chiefly from traffic exhaust fumes in cities, is having a serious and sometimes fatal effect on health, according to two studies that link it to lung cancer and heart failure. —The Guardian, 07/16/13 More »

Marquette RNs speak out for Medicaid expansion

Marquette RNs speak out for Medicaid expansion

MARQUETTE – Registered nurses from the Michigan Nurses Association shared their concerns for the health and wellbeing of Michigan citizens in front of the Old City Hall today. The nurses held signs that showed the number of uninsured in several Upper Peninsula counties that would be eligible for medical coverage once the Medicaid expansion bill passes. —Michigan Nurses Association, 07/16/13 More »

Federal Judge Rules MedStar Washington Hospital Center Unlawfully Reduced Nurses’ Health Benefits

Federal Judge Rules MedStar Washington Hospital Center Unlawfully Reduced Nurses’ Health Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC-- National Nurses United (NNU) today applauded a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon that MedStar Washington Hospital Center violated its nurses’ collective bargaining agreement when it unlawfully and unilaterally instituted sweeping reductions in the nurses’ health benefits. —National Nurses United, 07/16/13 More »

Digital Health Records’ Risks Emerge as Deaths Blamed on Systems

Digital Health Records’ Risks Emerge as Deaths Blamed on Systems

Electronic health records are supposed to improve medical care by providing physicians quick and easy access to a patient’s history, prescriptions, lab results and other vital data. While the new computerized systems have decreased some kinds of errors, such as those caused by doctors’ illegible prescriptions, the shift away from paper has also created new problems, with sometimes dire consequences. —Bloomberg.com, 07/12/13 More »

It’s Official, St. Luke’s Hospital Rebuilding Will Begin

It’s Official, St. Luke’s Hospital Rebuilding Will Begin

RNs from the California Nurses Association attended Mayor Ed Lee's signing ceremony approving the plan to rebuild St. Luke’s Hospital and build a new hospital on Cathedral Hill. This victory came after nurses and community members spent years fighting to keep St. Luke's open for medically underserved residents. —California Nurses Association, 07/12/13 More »

Sutter’s New Electronic System Causes Serious Disruptions to Safe Patient Care at E. Bay Hospitals

Sutter’s New Electronic System Causes Serious Disruptions to Safe Patient Care at E. Bay Hospitals

Introduction of a new electronic medical records system at Sutter corporation East Bay hospitals has produced multiple problems with safe care delivery that has put patients at risk, charged the California Nurses Association today. Problems with technology are not unique to health care – pilots of the ill fated Asiana airline that tragically crashed at San Francisco International Airport July 6 told federal investigators that an automatic throttle failed to keep the jetliner at the proper speed for landing, the Los Angeles Times reported July 9. —California Nurses Association, 07/11/13 More »

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA: July 11, 2013

THIS WEEK IN AMERICA: July 11, 2013

A weekly report by National Nurses United on the pulse of Almeria. The American jobs disaster. Low U.S. Wages Spell Demise. Not Much Equality in New Mexico. Half of poor African-American children live in neighborhoods with concentrated poverty. Golden Parachutes Are Still Very Much in Style. —National Nurses United, 07/11/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Beware of Electronic Medical Records

NURSE TALK RADIO: Beware of Electronic Medical Records

NURSE TALK RADIO: RNs DeAnn McEwen and Michelle Mahon tell it like it is. EMR, or Electronic Medical Records, systems are rolling out “live” in hospitals across the country. BUT WAIT! Were nurses at the table when these systems were designed and then implemented? —Nurse Talk Radio, 07/09/13 More »

Yacimovich : Restore the National School Health Service

Opposition leader Shelly Yacimovich called on the Health Ministry on Sunday to restore all of the public health nurses that seven years ago were sent to work for private contractors to operate the National School Health Service. More »

Delay in passing Medicaid expansion means more health problems for Michigan citizens

Delay in passing Medicaid expansion means more health problems for Michigan citizens

LANSING – Registered nurses from the Michigan Nurses Association shared their concerns for the health and wellbeing of Michigan citizens from the Capitol steps today. The nurses spoke to an audience of Medicaid program users, Democratic state senators, union members and representatives from other professional associations. —Michigan Nurses Association , 07/03/13 More »

Judge orders Affinity to bargain with union

Judge orders Affinity to bargain with union

CANTON—A judge ruled Affinity Medical Center violated federal labor laws and ordered the hospital to bargain with the registered nurses’ union and reinstate a nurse fired for union activity. —IndeOnline.com, 07/02/13 More »

RNs United for the Protection of Healthcare

RNs United for the Protection of Healthcare

On July 2, nurses across America created a Human Chain against the Chained CPI and demanded that there be cuts to Social Security or Medicaid. Medicare should be improved and expanded to all! Nurses gathered to celebrate the independence these programs bring to millions of Americans. —National Nurses United, 07/02/13 More »

Huge Federal Sanction for Affinity (Oh) Medical Center

Huge Federal Sanction for Affinity (Oh) Medical Center

A federal Administrative Law Judge has issued a scathing ruling against Affinity Medical Center of Massillon, Oh. finding the hospital guilty of multiple violations of federal labor law in refusing to recognize and bargain with its registered nurses, terminating a long term Affinity RN for union activity, and illegally threatening other RNs for advocating for patient safety. —National Nurses Organizing Committee-Ohio/NNU, 07/02/13 More »

Kempsey nurses see red over patient ratios

Kempsey nurses see red over patient ratios

Staff at Kempsey District Hospital marked the start of the new financial year yesterday by wearing red. They joined colleagues from the NSW Nurses and Midwives Association (NSWNWA) in the statewide campaign for fixed nurse-to-patient ratios in rural public hospitals. —The Macleay Argus, 07/02/13 More »

Children’s Hospital RNs, Caregivers Join Together to Protest Drastic Cuts in Healthcare Tuesday

Children’s Hospital RNs, Caregivers Join Together to Protest Drastic Cuts in Healthcare Tuesday

OAKLAND- Children's Hospital and Research Center registered nurses and caregivers will support their coworkers, represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), in an informational picket Tuesday. More »

Children’s Hospital RNs, Caregivers Join Together to Protest Drastic Cuts in Healthcare Tuesday

Children’s Hospital RNs, Caregivers Join Together to Protest Drastic Cuts in Healthcare Tuesday

OAKLAND- Children's Hospital and Research Center registered nurses and caregivers will support their coworkers, represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), in an informational picket Tuesday. Key issues prompting the protest include severe cuts in healthcare for workers and their families, maintaining the rights of all unions to support one another in contract negotiations, and opposition to a "management’s rights” clause which will significantly decrease workers' collective rights and voice in advocating for safe patient care. More »

Nace el Enfermeras Globales Unidas a partir de sindicatos de enfermeras/trabajadores de la salud

SAN FRANCISCO – Líderes de las principales uniones de enfermería y trabajadores de la salud de 13 naciones de las Américas, Africa, Asia y Europa anunciaron planes para formar un nuevo organismo internacional para escalar sus esfuerzos contra los nocivos efectos de las medidas de austeridad, la privatización y los recortes en los servicios de atención a la salud que, afirman, ponen en riesgo a las personas y a las comunidades alrededor del planeta. More »

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Ratify New Contract

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Ratify New Contract

WORCESTER, MA — The registered nurses of UMass Memorial Medical Center University campus voted Friday to ratify a new three-year contract with UMMMC management that provides the significant staffing improvements nurses sought to ensure their patients receive quality care at this level-one trauma center. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 07/01/13 More »

Labor relations board to hear retaliation complaints against Sutter Solano

Labor relations board to hear retaliation complaints against Sutter Solano

The National Labor Relations Board will hold a hearing Sept. 9 on complaints that Sutter Solano Medical Center violated federal law when it imposed higher health care costs on registered nurses and disciplined them in retaliation for their participation in a strike last year. Joseph Frankl, the San Francisco-based regional director of the NLRB, consolidated a series of complaints Wednesday and set the hearing date. —Sacramento Business Journal, 06/28/13 More »

Federal court sanctions BCH-Injunction orders hospital to stop interfering with nurses’ legal rights

Federal court sanctions BCH-Injunction orders hospital to stop interfering with nurses’ legal rights

BARSTOW • A U.S. District Judge in Los Angeles issued a federal injunction against Barstow Community Hospital, ordering it to cease and desist its violations of the collective bargaining rights of its registered nurses, according to a news release from the California Nurses Association on Wednesday. Judge Christina Snyder issued the order in response to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board following charges by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United that Barstow has repeatedly and systematically broken federal law with its refusal to hold contract talks and other abridgments of the RNs’ legal and democratic rights, the release states. —Desert Dispatch, 06/27/13 More »

Federal Board Indicts Sutter Vallejo for Illegal Imposition of Higher Healthcare Costs to Nurses

Federal Board Indicts Sutter Vallejo for Illegal Imposition of Higher Healthcare Costs to Nurses

The National Labor Relations Board has ordered Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo to stand trial in September on charges that it violated federal law in imposing higher healthcare costs on its registered nurses and illegally imposing discipline on RNs in retaliation for their participation in a strike last year. In a complaint issued Tuesday, Joseph Frankl, regional director of the NLRB San Francisco region, set a September 9 trial date in San Francisco on the charges over its illegal actions against the nurses. —California Nurses Association, 06/26/13 More »

Nurses Welcome Decision on Gay Rights, But Condemn Court’s Attack on Voting and Workplace Rights

Nurses Welcome Decision on Gay Rights, But Condemn Court’s Attack on Voting and Workplace Rights

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of nurses, welcomed Supreme Court rulings today moving the ball forward on the rights of same sex couples to marry while condemning earlier decisions this week that it said severely undermine democratic rights in the voting booth and in the workplace. —Global Nurses United, 06/26/13 More »

Federal Court Sanctions Barstow Hospital for Failing­­ to Bargain With RNs…

Federal Court Sanctions Barstow Hospital for Failing­­ to Bargain With RNs…

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. Judge Christina Snyder issued the order in response to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board following charges by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United that Barstow has repeatedly and systematically broken federal law with its refusal to hold contract talks and other abridgements of the RNs’ legal and democratic rights. —California Nurses Association/NNU, 06/26/13 More »

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