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Little Company of Mary, San Pedro RNs OK New Pact

Little Company of Mary, San Pedro RNs OK New Pact

Registered Nurses at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in San Pedro, Ca. have ratified a new collective bargaining contract that provides for additional patient care protections, new hospital rules to assure a safer work environment to stem workplace violence, and economic gains. —California Nurses Association, 04/22/13 More »

Texas Plant Explosion Reveals Wide Gaps In Workplace Safety Laws

Texas Plant Explosion Reveals Wide Gaps In Workplace Safety Laws

WASHINGTON -- The staggering death toll continues to rise -- not in Boston, but in the small town of West, Texas. Buried by the extraordinary developments in the marathon bombing case, the confirmed deaths of at least 14 people and the injuries of 200 more have been all but lost in the breaking terrorism news. But about 1,800 miles from Boston, rescuers and investigators are sorting through the wreckage of the devastating industrial disaster. —Huffington Post, 04/22/13 More »

Thousands Urge Pres. Obama, Sec. Lew to Support 
Robin Hood Tax

Thousands Urge Pres. Obama, Sec. Lew to Support 
Robin Hood Tax

Washington, D.C. – Nearly 2,000 people, decked out in Robin Hood hats and with giant puppets of Wall Street bankers descended on DC today to demand President Obama and Treasury Secretary Lew stop pursuing austerity and instead support a financial transaction tax on Wall Street, commonly referred to as a “Robin Hood Tax.” —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 04/20/13 More »

Sutter Solano Among the Last to Reach Contract Deal with Nurses Union

Sutter Solano Among the Last to Reach Contract Deal with Nurses Union

Sutter Solano Medical Center remains one of five holdouts in ongoing contract talks between Sutter facilities and their nurses union. That's because a tentative agreement has been reached with Marin County's Sutter Novato Community Hospital, union officials said. —Vallejo Times Herald , 04/19/13 More »

HR 1579—The New Bill to Rebuild the Nation With a Tax on Wall Street

HR 1579—The New Bill to Rebuild the Nation With a Tax on Wall Street

Calling the legislation "remarkable" and "bold," Rep. Barbara Lee told the press conference that HR 1579 would address "out-of-control tactics" on Wall Street and would "lead to critical investments for our future -- in health and development assistance." —National Nurses United, 04/19/13 More »

Nurses to Rally Today for Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

Nurses to Rally Today for Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

Hundreds of registered nurses will participate in a late afternoon rally today to show support for major DC legislation that would require minimum safe staffing in DC hospitals to protect patients. The Patient Protection Act, a bill to set specific limits on the number of patients RNs can safely care for in every district hospital, along with other patient protections, was introduced in early February by DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson and nine other council members. —Heal DC / National Nurses United, 04/19/13 More »

Time for a Sales Tax on Wall Street Financial Transactions

Time for a Sales Tax on Wall Street Financial Transactions

The reckless actions of Wall Street institutions led to the collapse of the the U.S. economy and the deep recession of 2008-09. The Wall Street firms looted and gambled trillions in worker pensions and mutual fund savings. The Wall Street traders made billions of dollars in speculative money -- bets on bets -- holding hostage the real economy where money is made by providing goods and services. And the actions of Wall Street resulted in the loss of more than 8 million jobs. —By Ralph Nader, 04/18/13 More »

“A HUGE DAY” Rep. Keith Ellison, on reintroduction of the Inclusive Prosperity Act, H.R. 1579

“A HUGE DAY” Rep. Keith Ellison, on reintroduction of the Inclusive Prosperity Act, H.R. 1579

“The global crisis cost Americans $19 trillion in lost wealth.... American citizens provided the money to stabilize the financial sector….The global financial crisis, along with wars, unabated and unaddressed climate change, unsustainable tax cuts, and a continuing unemployment crisis, if unaddressed, will deprive a generation of a meaningful role in the larger economy.” —Robin Hood Tax Blog, 04/17/13 More »

A Robin Hood Response to the Austerity Lie: Tax Wall Street

A Robin Hood Response to the Austerity Lie: Tax Wall Street

Congressman Keith Ellison, D-Minnesota is reintroducing his Inclusive Prosperity Act, a proposal to add a small “financial transactions tax” on high-volume, high-speed trading by Wall Street speculators. The tax—similar to one that the US imposed until 1966, and to taxes maintained by 40 countries worldwide—would generate roughly $1 trillion in revenue over 10 years. —The Nation, By Jorn n', 04/17/13 More »

Rep. Ellison’s Inclusive Prosperity Act - HR 1579 Reintroduced with Broad Public Backing

Rep. Ellison’s Inclusive Prosperity Act - HR 1579 Reintroduced with Broad Public Backing

Washington, D.C. - With the Capitol as backdrop, and joined by representatives of organizations comprising the Robin Hood Tax Campaign, Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN) today reintroduced The Inclusive Prosperity Act, HR 1579, a financial transaction tax that would provide hundreds of billions of dollars in revenue annually at a time of great need, and allow the U.S.to join the rest of the world in a growing system of financial transaction taxes. —National Nurses United, 04/17/13 More »

Massachusetts Nurses Association RN Board Member Responds to Boston Bombing Victims

Massachusetts Nurses Association RN Board Member Responds to Boston Bombing Victims

Betty, who was on the ground to help victims after Hurricane Katrina and in Haiti after the devastating earthquake, was working at the medical tent at the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday, and she was there to respond and care for the victims when the bombs exploded. “I never had to run out to victims before where one of them could have been someone I knew, a member of my family,” she wrote in an email after the event. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 04/16/13 More »

Nurses Reach Agreement with Sutter Novato Community

Breakthrough Occurs As Hospital Drops Over 40 Concession Demands. Registered nurses have reached a tentative contract settlement with one more Sutter hospital, Novato Community in northern Marin County, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 04/15/13 More »

Bill Moyers: We Are Living in the United States of Inequality

Bill Moyers: We Are Living in the United States of Inequality

The unprecedented level of economic inequality in America is undeniable. In an extended essay, Bill Moyers shares examples of the striking extremes of wealth and poverty across the country, including a video report on California’s Silicon Valley. There, Facebook, Google, and Apple are minting millionaires, while the area’s homeless — who’ve grown 20 percent in the last two years — are living in tent cities at their virtual doorsteps. —AlterNet, 04/12/13 More »

Minnesota Nurses union reaches deal with St. Luke’s

Minnesota Nurses union reaches deal with St. Luke’s

The Minnesota Nurses Association announced late Tuesday that Duluth nurses came to a tentative contract agreement with St. Luke’s hospital that would raise wages 4.5 percent. The three-year agreement would go into effect in July and run into June 2016. —Duluth News Tribune, 04/12/13 More »

War Memorial Nurses’ Community 5K Will Raise Funds for New ER

War Memorial Nurses’ Community 5K Will Raise Funds for New ER

SAULT STE. MARIE – War Memorial Nurses Association and the Michigan Nurses Association invite the community to participate in their second annual charity race: “Expanding for the Long Run” – a 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, May 4. The nurses are donating proceeds from the family-friendly event to a new WMH Emergency Department to increase the safety and efficiency of patient care. —Michigan Nurses Association, 04/12/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Accountability in Nonprofit Hospitals - AB 975

NURSE TALK RADIO: Accountability in Nonprofit Hospitals - AB 975

Have you ever wondered about what a business or an organization has to provide in order to acquire and keep a not-for-profit (aka nonprofit) status? RN and Director of Government Relations for CNA, Bonnie Castillo talks about a bill, AB 975, that aims to press California non-profit hospitals to fulfill their charity care obligation in exchange for the substantial public financing they receive through their tax-exempt status. —Nurse Talk Radio, 04/12/13 More »

UMass Medical Center Nurses Cast Overwhelming Vote to Authorize a Strike

UMass Medical Center Nurses Cast Overwhelming Vote to Authorize a Strike

WORCESTER, MA – In response to deteriorating patient care conditions, the registered nurses who work at the Worcester-based hospital campuses of UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) cast an overwhelming vote tonight to authorize a one-day strike as management continues to refuse to agree to desperately needed improvements in staffing levels at this major tertiary care provider. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 04/12/13 More »

The New Face of Healthcare: Drone Doctors?

The New Face of Healthcare: Drone Doctors?

VIDEO--"Kaiser's a great model of cutting costs," Bonnie Castillo, legislative director of the California Nurses Association told GRITtv. If current trends at Kaiser are any indication, she says, the future includes fewer, more overworked nurses with less time with patients and more robotic doctors, taking vital signs via remote. —GRITtv, 04/12/13 More »

9 ‘Chained CPI’ Facts They Don’t Want You to Know

9 ‘Chained CPI’ Facts They Don’t Want You to Know

The "chained CPI" proposal in President Obama's budget continues to draw much-deserved fire, which is only likely to increase as more information about it becomes known. Here are nine embarrassing facts about the chained CPI which the White House and its defenders would prefer to see overlooked. —Huffington Post, 04/11/13 More »

National RN Upadate: DC Actions, Stop Social Security Cuts, Charity Care, Massachusetts

National RN Upadate: DC Actions, Stop Social Security Cuts, Charity Care, Massachusetts

TAKE ACTION to stop Social Security Cuts! Join us on April 20 in DC. Robin Hood will be marching from the IMF and World Bank to the US Treasury to demand a Robin Hood Tax in the U.S. We hope you can join us! On April 17 Congressmember Ellison (D-MN) will be holding a press conference to herald the reintroduction of The Inclusive Prosperity Act which calls for a Robin Hood Tax. Get details and see more updates! —National Nurses United, 04/10/13 More »

Consumer Groups Fear Patients Could Be Hit With Large Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Consumer Groups Fear Patients Could Be Hit With Large Out-Of-Pocket Costs

Under the federal law, starting Jan. 1 health plans must include certain benefits, such as hospital care and drug coverage, and must cap the amount consumers can be charged through deductibles, co-payments and co-insurance. That out-of-pocket cap next year is estimated to be about $6,250 for an individual. —Kaiser Health News, 04/10/13 More »

Diminished Patient Protection Forces Steward-Quincy Medical Center Nurses to Conduct One-Day Strike

Diminished Patient Protection Forces Steward-Quincy Medical Center Nurses to Conduct One-Day Strike

To protest dangerous staffing conditions at their hospital, registered nurses at Cerberus-Steward owned Quincy Medical Center will conduct a one-day strike on Thursday, April 11. The strike will be the first nurses’ strike at a Greater Boston hospital in more than 25 years and it has been sanctioned by the most overwhelming nurses strike vote in Massachusetts history. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 04/10/13 More »

New Agreement Moves MNA Nurses, Marquette General Forward

New Agreement Moves MNA Nurses, Marquette General Forward

MARQUETTE – The Michigan Nurses Association and Marquette General Hospital recently finalized an agreement that enables the hospital’s 457 registered nurses to keep focusing on providing safe, quality care for patients at the region’s fastest-growing and most prominent medical facility. —Michigan Nurses Association, 04/10/13 More »

Labor Pains, Evergreen

Labor Pains, Evergreen

The battle over the tar sands pipeline among unions has been XL on drama. "For too long we have allowed some corporations to hold a gun to our heads and demand that we choose jobs or choose the earth.” That’s what Terry O’Sullivan, the general president of the Laborers International Union of North America, told green groups and fellow unions at a green-jobs conference in February 2009, just a few months after the union—one of the largest in the country—joined the Blue-Green Alliance, a group organized to advocate for a “clean economy.” —The American Prospect, 04/09/13 More »

CDC: Adults in US Skipping Medicine to Save Money

CDC: Adults in US Skipping Medicine to Save Money

Results from a survey out Tuesday are underscoring the repercussions lack of healthcare insurance and high drug costs have on adults in the US. —Common Dreams, 04/09/13 More »

Time for Hospitals To Act as Good Corporate Citizens

Time for Hospitals To Act as Good Corporate Citizens

Has therapeutic healing and recovery become a vanishing mission among California hospitals? Are California hospitals operating as big corporations more devoted to piling up cash than to assuring the delivery of care? A look at how California's private, not-for-profit hospitals are meeting their responsibilities for providing charity care and community benefit programs suggests many have lost their way. —Malinda Markowitz commentary, California Healthline, 04/09/13 More »

No Grand Bargain; Elderly Women Hit Hardest

No Grand Bargain; Elderly Women Hit Hardest

The largest U.S. organization of registered nurses, National Nurses United (NNU), issued its strongest warning today: Cuts in Social Security and Medicare would do harm to America’s elderly and disabled, vulnerable populations whose resources already place them in the margins. NNU called upon lawmakers to withdraw from all considerations of these cuts. Although Social Security contributes nothing to the federal deficit, Congress could increase revenue for the Social Security trust fund by raising the payroll tax income limit. —National Nurses United, 04/08/13 More »

Two Bay Area lawmakers seek to hold tax-exempt hospitals accountable

Two Bay Area lawmakers seek to hold tax-exempt hospitals accountable

Nonprofit hospitals in California, which take millions of dollars in tax breaks annually, would face greater scrutiny of the charity care and other community benefits they provide under legislation sought by two Bay Area lawmakers. —Mercury News, 04/08/13 More »

Collusion on charity care abuse just the latest

Collusion on charity care abuse just the latest

SEIU-UHW’s Dave Regan’s sordid scorecard: ‘We are proud of it and would do it again’ says Regan of his attack on ratios. RNs across California who work side by side with SEIU-UHW members are probably already aware of the sweeping concessions Regan and his coterie have signed with hospital managers. —California Nurses Association, 04/08/13 More »

Nurses, Quincy hospital move to avert strike

Nurses and officials at Quincy Medical Center plan to negotiate Monday morning in an effort to avert a one-day strike planned for next Thursday. Talks between the nurses and the hospital’s parent company, Steward Health Care, were scheduled by a federal mediator and will focus on staffing levels, the main issue in dispute. —The Boston Globe, 04/06/13 More »

Nurses protest for patient care, hospital says paychecks

Nurses protest for patient care, hospital says paychecks

HAVERHILL — Nurses took to the street near Merrimack Valley Hospital in Haverhill yesterday to call attention to what they think is an alarming trend at some local hospitals. —The Eagle Tribune, 04/06/13 More »

Federal Mediator Calls for Negotiations Between Quincy Medical Center Nurses and Cerberus-Steward

Federal Mediator Calls for Negotiations Between Quincy Medical Center Nurses and Cerberus-Steward

QUINCY, MA — A federal mediator has scheduled a meeting between the Quincy Medical Center nurses, and Cerberus-Steward Health Care on Monday, April 8 at 10 a.m. prior to the nurses’ one-day unfair labor practice strike on April 11. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 04/05/13 More »

JOIN ROBIN HOOD IN DC ON APRIL 20

JOIN ROBIN HOOD IN DC ON APRIL 20

Wall Street banks and corporations are raking in record profits while our communities continue to suffer job losses and cuts to public programs. Instead of lining the pockets of corporate fat cats, this money should go to our children’s Head Start programs, Grandma’s retirement, and fixing our broken healthcare system. JOIN US! —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 04/05/13 More »

RNs Ratify New Pact with Sutter San Francisco Hospitals

RNs Ratify New Pact with Sutter San Francisco Hospitals

Registered nurses at two San Francisco Sutter hospitals, California Pacific Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital, have overwhelmingly ratified a new collective bargaining contract for the 800 RNs represented by the California Nurses Association who work at the two facilities. —California Nurses Association, 04/05/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Missouri RNs fight for safe lift bill - HB 856

NURSE TALK RADIO: Missouri RNs fight for safe lift bill - HB 856

The statistics regarding back injuries are frightening! Approximately 80% of adults are expected to experience back injuries in their lifetime with 10% re-injuring! When it comes to health care professionals, the facts get are even worse. —Nurse Talk Radio, 04/04/13 More »

MNA/NNU Statement Opposing the Cambridge Health Alliance Plan to Close Needed Child Psychiatric Beds

MNA/NNU Statement Opposing the Cambridge Health Alliance Plan to Close Needed Child Psychiatric Beds

CHA Plans to Close 11 Psychiatric Treatment Beds for Young Children With Acute Mental Illness. The Loss of CHA’s Psychiatric Beds Comes at a Time of a Critical Shortage of Beds for Children and Adolescents with Mental Illness in the State, When Children Languish for Days or Even Weeks in Hospital EDs Waiting for These Beds. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 04/04/13 More »

Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Passes First California Legislative Test

Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Passes First California Legislative Test

Legislation to press California non-profit hospitals to fulfill their charity care obligation in exchange for the substantial public financing they receive through their tax exempt status passed its first hurdle Tuesday in the California Assembly Health Committee overcoming opposition from California’s biggest hospital corporations and its allies. —California Nurses Association, 04/03/13 More »

Lack of paid sick leave is unhealthy for America

Lack of paid sick leave is unhealthy for America

Ian Rizzio was a 24-year-old mechanical engineering student in Portland, Oregon, managing a sandwich shop to pay his tuition. One day, he woke up sick, but went to work anyway, as he later testified to the Portland City Council. After vomiting in the bathroom, Rizzio spent two hours trying — unsuccessfully — to reach his boss before going home to rest. When Rizzio came into work the next day, he was fired immediately. With $35,000 in student loans, he feared he’d have to withdraw from school. —The Washington Post, 04/03/13 More »

The Tar Sands Disaster

The Tar Sands Disaster

Canada’s tar sands formations, landlocked in northern Alberta, are a giant reserve of carbon-saturated energy — a mixture of sand, clay and a viscous low-grade petroleum called bitumen. Pipelines are the best way to get this resource to market, but existing pipelines to the United States are almost full. So tar sands companies, and the Alberta and Canadian governments, are desperately searching for export routes via new pipelines. —The New York Times, 04/02/13 More »

RN GUEST OPINION: Caring for Morton Hospital’s smallest patients

RN GUEST OPINION: Caring for Morton Hospital’s smallest patients

As I write this letter, I am surrounded by my own young children’s playful laughter and I am both sad and angry for the community I have cared for over the years. This is a dark day for the families of our community. —Taunton Daily Gazette, 04/02/13 More »

SOUTH FLORIDA NURSES WIN FIRST UNION CONTRACTS

SOUTH FLORIDA NURSES WIN FIRST UNION CONTRACTS

South Florida registered nurses this week are celebrating their first ever collective bargaining agreement at Florida Medical Center (FMC) and Palmetto General Hospital, with terms they say will both improve patient care as well as secure economic gains for nurses and their families. —Caribbean Today, 04/02/13 More »

Diminished Patient Protection Forces RNs at Steward Quincy Medical Center to Call For One-Day Strike

Diminished Patient Protection Forces RNs at Steward Quincy Medical Center to Call For One-Day Strike

QUINCY, MA — To protest dangerous staffing conditions at their hospital, today registered nurses at Cerberus-Steward- owned Quincy Medical Center issued a required 10-day notice of their intent to conduct a one-day strike on Thursday, April 11. The strike will be the first nurses’ strike at a Greater Boston hospital in more than 25 years and it has been sanctioned by the most overwhelming nurses strike vote in Massachusetts history. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 04/02/13 More »

National RN Updates: Florida, Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri

National RN Updates: Florida, Illinois, California, Michigan, Missouri

Florida Nurses Welcome First Contract, Illinois Jackson Park Chicago RNs Win First Hospital Contract, California RNs Reach Agreement with Sutter CPMC & St. Luke, Michigan MNA President, Jeff Breslin on Right To Work, Missouri Nurses Push for “Safe Patient Handling” Law HB 856, and more. —National Nurses United, 04/01/13 More »

Round Two in High-Stakes California Health Care Vote

Round Two in High-Stakes California Health Care Vote

In Antioch, California, Angela Glasper walks through the Kaiser Permanente medical center talking to fellow employees about an upcoming vote between two unions. For years she represented her worksite in negotiations and defended co-workers in grievance meetings. Now she hopes they will listen to her and vote for the National Union of Healthcare Workers. —Labor Notes, 04/01/13 More »

Health Care Employees CNA, Sutter Reach Agreement for California Pacific, St. Luke’s Nurses

Health Care Employees CNA, Sutter Reach Agreement for California Pacific, St. Luke’s Nurses

SAN FRANCISCO—Registered nurses who are members of the California Nurses Association will vote in April on a new 34-month proposed contract with California Pacific Medical Center that includes a 6 percent wage increase and guaranteed meal and rest breaks, the union announced March 27. —BNA, 03/29/13 More »

Federal healthcare law could boost some California premiums by 30%

Federal healthcare law could boost some California premiums by 30%

The federal healthcare law will help cause insurance premiums to rise 30% on average for many middle-income Californians next year, but lower-income consumers could save up to 84%, a new government report says. —LAtimes.com, 03/28/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Win for Chicago RNs and National Nurses United!

NURSE TALK RADIO: Win for Chicago RNs and National Nurses United!

Registered nurses at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago’s South Side reached an agreement with hospital officials on their first ever collective bargaining contract that includes significant improvements in patient care protections. —Nurse Talk Radio, 03/28/13 More »

Letter: Hospital staffing needs accountability

Letter: Hospital staffing needs accountability

I'm a registered nurse who actually knows what patients need when they're in the hospital. So I was outraged by The Detroit News' distorted editorial about a bill to require all Michigan hospitals to meet minimal levels of nurse staffing (March 14, "State shouldn't mandate hospital staffing levels"). —The Detroit News by: Julia Morrissey, RN, 03/28/13 More »

Jeff Breslin: Workers’ spirit stronger than Right To Work

Jeff Breslin: Workers’ spirit stronger than Right To Work

The undemocratic, illegal process used to pass that law was shameful. The bills were rushed through the Legislature in a way Michigan has never seen, without public comment and with citizens locked out of the Capitol at times. —Lansing State Journal, by Jeff Breslin, RN, 03/28/13 More »

Assembly to Consider Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Obligation

Assembly to Consider Bill to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care Obligation

The California Assembly Health Committee will hold the first hearings April 2 on two bills sponsored by the California Nurses Association, including one that has already drawn considerable interest on holding hospitals more accountable in meeting their charity care and community benefit obligations. —California Nurses Association, 03/27/13 More »

Nurses Welcome First Contract at Two South Florida Hospitals

Nurses Welcome First Contract at Two South Florida Hospitals

South Florida registered nurses this week are celebrating their first ever collective bargaining agreement at Florida Medical Center (FMC) and Palmetto General Hospital, with terms they say will improve patient care as well as secure economic gains for nurses and their families. —NNOC Florida / NNU, 03/27/13 More »

‘Something’s Fishy at ARMC’ – and Northeast Michigan Knows It!

‘Something’s Fishy at ARMC’ – and Northeast Michigan Knows It!

Northeast Michigan citizens who are worried about potentially devastating changes at Alpena Regional Medical Center can now take action by signing an online petition at ARMCwatch.org. The website details why “Something’s fishy at ARMC” and features a fish chasing a hook baited with a golden dollar sign. —Michigan Nurses Association, 03/27/13 More »

Nurses Reach Agreement with Sutter California Pacific

Nurses Reach Agreement with Sutter California Pacific

Registered nurses at two San Francisco Sutter hospitals, California Pacific Medical Center and St. Luke’s Hospital, have, at long last, reached agreement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining contract for the 800 RNs who work at the two facilities, the California Nurses Association said today. —California Nurses Association , 03/27/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Michael Lighty on the Keystone XL Pipeline and Actions By Nurses

NURSE TALK RADIO: Michael Lighty on the Keystone XL Pipeline and Actions By Nurses

Director of Public Policy for California Nurses Association Michael Lighty talks with Casey and Shayne about the health and environmental concerns related to the Keystone XL Pipeline. —Nurse Talk Radio, 03/27/13 More »

Fighting for patients, beyond the bedside

Fighting for patients, beyond the bedside

It's no coincidence that the California Nurses Association has been the most active and effective union in fighting for a broad social and economic justice agenda, one that seeks to give greater value to caring and caregiving. Unlike many unions that fight mostly for their members' interests, CNA is an extension of the nursing ethos itself. —San Francisco Bay Guardian, 03/27/13 More »

Six Charts That Illustrate Just How Much Higher Health Care Costs Are For Americans

Six Charts That Illustrate Just How Much Higher Health Care Costs Are For Americans

Still, a report released by the International Federation of Health Plans (i.e., health insurance companies) today provides a striking reminder of just how much more expensive health care is for Americans. —Jeffrey Young on Huffington Post, 03/26/13 More »

“SAFE PATIENT HANDLING” LAW HB 856 CRITICAL TO HOSPITAL SAFETY, MAKES ECONOMIC SENSE, SAY NURSES

“SAFE PATIENT HANDLING” LAW HB 856 CRITICAL TO HOSPITAL SAFETY, MAKES ECONOMIC SENSE, SAY NURSES

Registered Nurses from hospitals in Kansas City and St. Louis, members of National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), will hold a press conference on Wednesday, March 27 at 12:30p at the Gallery of the House of Representatives Lounge in Jefferson City to underscore support for the “Safe Lift” bill. The bill puts in place known solutions available to reduce patient and healthcare-giver injuries resulting from lifting. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Missouri, 03/25/13 More »

Union: Haley VA has critical nursing shortage

TAMPA — Army Staff Sgt. Alex Dillmann, his spine severely wounded by an explosion in Afghanistan, said his nurses at the James A. Haley VA Medical Center were horribly overworked and short-staffed. —Tampa Bay Times, 03/23/13 More »

Our Voice: Not-for-profit hospitals should provide their fair share of charity

Our Voice: Not-for-profit hospitals should provide their fair share of charity

Until 1969, the federal government required not-for-profit hospitals to meet the 5 percent standard. However, after Medicare and Medicaid were enacted in 1965, hospitals argued that the need for charity care would decline so that hospitals could not meet the IRS standard and that they should be awarded more flexibility. The IRS dropped the 5 percent rule but established a “community benefit standard.” —MyDesert.com, 03/22/13 More »

Stephanie Roberson on Why You Should Care About Health Care and Staffing Legislation

Stephanie Roberson on Why You Should Care About Health Care and Staffing Legislation

AB 975 Charity Care? Check it out. Or maybe SB 631 Observation Study? You don’t want to end up in a hallway at the hospital for over 24 hours do you? Listen as we check in to see what the California Nurses Association has been doing lately to fight for nurses and their patients. More »

Nurses picket for patient care concerns

Nurses picket for patient care concerns

BLUEFIELD — Nurses and their supporters formed a picket line Tuesday evening near the entrance to Bluefield Regional Medical Center and drew attention to what they said were violations of federal law by the facility’s owner, Community Health Systems medical facilities. —Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 03/20/13 More »

Jackson Park Chicago RNs Win First Hospital Contract

Jackson Park Chicago RNs Win First Hospital Contract

Registered nurses at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago’s South Side late Monday reached agreement with hospital officials on their first ever collective bargaining contract that includes significant improvements in patient care protections. —National Nurses United, 03/19/13 More »

Quincy Medical Center Nurses Cast Overwhelming Vote (94 %) to Strike Over Staffing Conditions

Quincy Medical Center Nurses Cast Overwhelming Vote (94 %) to Strike Over Staffing Conditions

QUINCY, MA — Nurses at Quincy Medical Center cast an overwhelming vote last night to authorize a one-day strike over dangerous staffing conditions at their hospital and a recent decision by Cerberus-Steward, the for-profit owner of the hospital, to close a 40-bed medical-surgical unit and layoff 30 nurses and more than 40 other health care staff who provide care to patients admitted to the hospital. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 03/19/13 More »

Bill seeks nonprofit hospital charity boost, Eisenhower Medical Center on list

Bill seeks nonprofit hospital charity boost, Eisenhower Medical Center on list

RANCHO MIRAGE — A new bill under consideration in Sacramento would require not-for-profit hospitals such as Eisenhower Medical Center to raise charity spending to 5 percent of their net revenue. —Palm Springs Desert Sun, 03/18/13 More »

Apple Valley Nurses Hold Vigil to Address Staffing Concerns

Apple Valley Nurses Hold Vigil to Address Staffing Concerns

APPLE VALLEY-Nurses held a candlelight vigil Wednesday night at St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, calling for improved nurse staffing throughout the St. Joseph Health System. —Daily Press, 03/15/13 More »

Homes for All campaign opens in Oakland

Homes for All campaign opens in Oakland

Saying that housing is a basic human right, about 75 protesters gathered in downtown Oakland Wednesday as part of the new Homes for All campaign. The grassroots movement, launched with similar events in 11 cities nationwide, asks President Obama and other elected leaders to develop a plan to expand and protect affordable housing. —SF Chronicle, 03/14/13 More »

RNs to Picket Ohio, West Virginia, and California Community Health Systems Hospitals March 19

RNs to Picket Ohio, West Virginia, and California Community Health Systems Hospitals March 19

Registered nurses at five Community Health Systems hospitals in West Virginia, Ohio, and California will hold a national day of action Tuesday, March 19 to call attention to brazen violations of federal law by CHS-affiliated hospitals and the hospitals’ failure to address rampant patient care problems. —NNOC/CNA, 03/14/13 More »

Hospitals’ abuse of charity care puts communities at risk

Hospitals’ abuse of charity care puts communities at risk

If there’s any label that has lost all meaning it must be “non-profit” hospital. Long gone are the days when hospitals were small institutions, focused on patient care, and run by local boards accountable to their local communities. Today, most “non-profit” hospitals are part of mega corporate chains, operated in secret by corporate executives whose dedication to the bottom line far exceeds their dwindling interest in community service. —Capitol Weekly, 03/12/13 More »

Community Rallies Behind ARMC Nurses As Hospital Demands Huge Cuts

Community Rallies Behind ARMC Nurses As Hospital Demands Huge Cuts

ALPENA – Nearly 100 retirees and other community members held a rally Monday evening in Duck Park with ARMC nurses to speak out against drastic, unnecessary wage and benefit cuts proposed by the hospital that could threaten safe patient care and the local economy. —Michigan Nurses Association, 03/12/13 More »

US ‘Corporate Tax Dodgers’ Keeping More Money Overseas

US ‘Corporate Tax Dodgers’ Keeping More Money Overseas

At a time of record corporate profits, U.S. "corporate tax dodgers" are parking more of their profits offshore, taking advantage of tax loopholes to shield billions from U.S. taxes, according to new analyses in the Wall Street Journal and Bloomberg. —Common Dreams, 03/11/13 More »

A Recommitment to the American Ideal That Labor Rights Are Human Rights

A Recommitment to the American Ideal That Labor Rights Are Human Rights

The makers of We Are Wisconsin—the critically acclaimed documentary about the 2011 Wisconsin Uprising and its aftermath—are sponsoring screenings of the film Monday in communities across the country as part of a National Day of Recommitment to labor rights. —John Nichols, 03/11/13 More »

The doctor is NOT in

The doctor is NOT in

The slippery slope for patients, nurses, and doctors posed by robots in healthcare. For patients needing dialysis or care for acute kidney failure, there’s a new doctor in the nephrology ward at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, Calif. Meet the doc on a stick. It’s not a scene from “Star Trek” or the latest X-box video game. And, like the smooth-sounding, but ominous “Hal” computer running the spaceship in “2001: A Space Odyssey,” those side effects might be a killer. —National Nurse Magazine, 03/11/13 More »

Antelope Valley RNs Announce Tentative Hospital Pact Cite No Concessions Plus Patient Care, Economic

Antelope Valley RNs Announce Tentative Hospital Pact Cite No Concessions Plus Patient Care, Economic

Sparked by the decision of hospital officials to withdraw concession demands and agree to patient care and economic improvements, registered nurses at Antelope Valley Hospital Medical Center (AVH) have reached a new contract pact with the Lancaster, Ca. district hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. More »

Cape Cod Hospital Plans to Close Endoscopy Center that Serves More than 5,000 Patients a Year

Cape Cod Hospital Plans to Close Endoscopy Center that Serves More than 5,000 Patients a Year

HYANNIS, MA — Nurses at Cape Cod Hospital are outraged by CCH, CEO Mike Lauf’s Plan to close the Endoscopy Center at Cape Cod Hospital, an essential program for the diagnosis and treatment of colorectal cancer and other serious gastro-intestinal conditions that serves more than 5,300 Cape and Island patients each year. In closing the program, Lauf will lay off more than 18 of the hospital’s most experienced nurses along with other staff; a move that nurses believe will place patients, particularly frail elderly and disabled patients who require endoscopy services in an acute care setting, in jeopardy. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 03/07/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: Holding Insurance Companies Accountable and Healthcare Colorado

NURSE TALK RADIO: Holding Insurance Companies Accountable and Healthcare Colorado

This week one of our good friends returns to Nurse Talk to talk about her new project, Healthcare for All Colorado. None other than Donna Smith is with. Donna as most of our listeners know, worked for five years as National Nurses United Legislative Advocate based in D.C. She just returned to her home state of Colorado and now serves as the Executive Director of Healthcare for All Colorado. —Nurse Talk Radio, 03/06/13 More »

Franklin County Nurses and Community Leaders to Hold a Community Forum on March 6 in Greenfield

Franklin County Nurses and Community Leaders to Hold a Community Forum on March 6 in Greenfield

Participants Will Discuss the Impact of the Erosion of Services at BFMC. Community Members to Share Ideas and Strategies to Ensure BFMC Remains a Full-Service Community Hospital Providing a Full Range of Services Close to Home. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 03/06/13 More »

Minnesota and DC Lawmakers Consider Nurse Staffing Bills

Minnesota and DC Lawmakers Consider Nurse Staffing Bills

March 1, 2013 - Lawmakers in Minnesota and the District of Columbia are considering nurse staffing bills, with a goal of improved patient safety and quality of care. The legislation is based on research studies that have shown how a nurse’s workload impacts adverse events, patient satisfaction and other quality indicators. —NurseZone.com, 03/05/13 More »

Nurses Welcome Steps toward Cathedral Hill Agreement, More Need to Protect Security for RNs

Nurses Welcome Steps toward Cathedral Hill Agreement, More Need to Protect Security for RNs

The California Nurses Association today called the framework for an agreement for a new hospital at Cathedral Hill and preservation of St. Luke’s a “testament to the dedicated efforts of a broad community coalition and San Francisco nurses, but real healthcare and employment security for nurses and their families must be achieved before the deal is finalized.” —California Nurses Association, 03/05/13 More »

Bill would require nurse-to-patient ratios in Michigan hospitals

The Michigan Nurses Association joined Democratic lawmakers Monday in their push to make Michigan the second state to mandate hospital staffing levels, but hospital officials expressed concern the requirement could backfire due to higher costs. —LSJ.com, 03/05/13 More »

Hospital safety should be a guarantee, not a gamble, legislators say

Hospital safety should be a guarantee, not a gamble, legislators say

State legislators are launching a new push to protect the lives and health of all Michigan residents by ensuring that hospitals provide enough nurses to give every patient safe, appropriate care. Responding to nurses’ pleas to fix hospitals’ chronic understaffing, State Rep. Jon Switalski (D-Warren) and State Sen. Rebekah Warren (D-Ann Arbor) have introduced a plan to make Michigan the second state to require hospitals to have a comprehensive nurse staffing plan, including minimum nurse-patient ratios, to protect patients. —Michigan Nurses Association, 03/04/13 More »

Sutter Vallejo Hospital Ordered to Stand Labor Board Trial

Sutter Vallejo Hospital Ordered to Stand Labor Board Trial

The Sutter corporation’s Sutter Solano hospital in Vallejo has been ordered to stand trial on charges that it violated federal law in imposing immediate hundreds of dollars a month in higher healthcare costs for registered nurses, and, starting next year, eliminating all health coverage for nurses who work less than 30 but more than 20 hours a week. —California Nurses Association, 02/28/13 More »

Why labor should oppose the pipeline

Why labor should oppose the pipeline

As pressure from the fossil-fuel industry, conservative Canadian and US politicians, and some construction unions mounts on President Obama to greenlight the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project, a growing coalition has a different message. —San Francisco Bay Guardian Online, 02/27/13 More »

Lew’s Latest Shows US Increasingly Out of Step in Holding Wall Street Accountable

Lew’s Latest Shows US Increasingly Out of Step in Holding Wall Street Accountable

How far behind the rest of the world can we continue to fall on holding the Wall Street traders and tycoons to account for the mess they made of our economy? The sharp contrast Monday between the Obama administration and Europe in statements about a financial speculation tax shows the gap appears to be widening. —Common Dreams, 02/27/13 More »

MNA Endorses Stephen Lynch for U.S. Senate Seat in Special Election

MNA Endorses Stephen Lynch for U.S. Senate Seat in Special Election

CANTON, MA -- The Massachusetts Nurses Association /National Nurses United (MNA/NNU), the largest union of registered nurses and health professionals in the Commonwealth, today announced that it has endorsed U.S. Congressman Stephen Lynch for U.S. Senate in the Massachusetts special election. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 02/26/13 More »

John Nichols: Avoid sequester cuts by taxing Wall Street

John Nichols: Avoid sequester cuts by taxing Wall Street

Sequestration threatens to cut vital public services and undermines the economy in order to achieve budget priorities that benefit Wall Street while damaging Main Street. —The Cap Times, 02/26/13 More »

RNs Sponsor Bills to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care, Reduce Workplace Violence, Increase

RNs Sponsor Bills to Hold Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care, Reduce Workplace Violence, Increase

The California Nurses Association today welcomed the introduction of four California legislative proposals that it said will hold hospitals more accountable in meeting their charity care obligations, reduce hospital workplace violence, and increase healthcare industry transparency upon implementation of the Affordable Care Act. The bills were formally introduced Friday. More »

HOSPITAL SHORT-STAFFING TIED TO SERIOUS DELAYS IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, SAY D.C. NURSES

HOSPITAL SHORT-STAFFING TIED TO SERIOUS DELAYS IN EMERGENCY MEDICAL SERVICES, SAY D.C. NURSES

Problems associated with RN short-staffing are played out on every floor, every day in the vast majority of this nation’s hospitals. That’s why the RNs of National Nurses United (NNU) place such a high priority on adequate staffing. Minimum nurse-to-patient ratios are the critical factor in providing safe, quality patient care. Just ask Leah Hale, RN. —National Nurses United, 02/26/13 More »

Nurses: Lew’s Fealty to Wall Street Shows U.S. Again Lags

Nurses: Lew’s Fealty to Wall Street Shows U.S. Again Lags

On a day in which the European Union’s tax commissioner recommended the U.S. join the growing list of nations favoring a tax in financial speculation to repair global economies, the largest U.S. organization of nurses criticized recent comments by Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew for showing more loyalty to Wall Street than to Main Street. —National Nurses United, 02/26/13 More »

Doctors Med Center RNs, Healthcare Workers to Call on Board

Doctors Med Center RNs, Healthcare Workers to Call on Board

Registered nurses and other healthcare employees of Doctors Medical Center will call on the West Contra Costa County Healthcare District Board of Directors Wednesday to stop the escalating cuts at the San Pablo hospital and clinics and work with the nurses and other workers providing hands on care to find permanent solutions to save the community hospital. —California Nurses Association, 02/26/13 More »

Sparrow, MNA Nurses/Health Care Professionals Finalize Contract Modification

Sparrow, MNA Nurses/Health Care Professionals Finalize Contract Modification

LANSING, Mich. - Sparrow Hospital and the Michigan Nurses Association, which represents nearly 2,200 nurses and health care professionals who provide care to mid-Michigan patients and families every day, have finalized modifications to a contract that would have expired this year. —Michigan Nurses Association, 02/25/13 More »

Local Nurses Say Hospitals “Skirting the Law”

Local Nurses Say Hospitals “Skirting the Law”

Area nurses and healthcare advocates met in Worcester with the Health Policy Commission on Friday to fight against mandatory overtime practices being used at local hospitals to skirt the issue of poor staffing. —GoLocalWorcester, 02/25/13 More »

Court Temporarily Halts Plan to Close a Brooklyn Hospital

Court Temporarily Halts Plan to Close a Brooklyn Hospital

A state judge has temporarily halted plans to close the financially ailing Long Island College Hospital, giving a victory to hospital workers who say that its closing would be devastating to community health care. —The New York Times, 02/25/13 More »

Nurses Oppose the KXL Pipeline - and All of Labor Should Too

Nurses Oppose the KXL Pipeline - and All of Labor Should Too

Noticeably absent from President Obama's "fix-it-first" program for rebuilding America's crumbling infrastructure, highlighted in his State of the Union speech, is, so far, the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project. Let's keep it that way. —National Nurses United, 02/23/13 More »

City of Hope RNs to Hold Prayer Vigil Monday

City of Hope RNs to Hold Prayer Vigil Monday

City of Hope RNs will hold a prayer vigil Monday night outside the Duarte hospital to alert the public to concerns over hospital actions they believe potentially jeopardize patient safety involving the introduction of new specialized equipment for patients needing continuous cardiac monitoring, and the hospital’s retaliation and discrimination against nurses for voicing concerns about proper use of the equipment. —California Nurses Association, 02/23/13 More »

Working Families Call on Wall Street Firms to Pay Their Taxes

Working Families Call on Wall Street Firms to Pay Their Taxes

(Detroit, MI) Working people passed out leaflets in front of Chase Bank on Woodward Avenue this afternoon, calling on corporate special interests to pay their fair share in taxes. —Michigan Nurses Association, 02/20/13 More »

Health Policy Commission to Hold Hearing Feb. 22 on Recently Enacted Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime

Health Policy Commission to Hold Hearing Feb. 22 on Recently Enacted Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime

Massachusetts Nurses along with other advocates will be on hand to push for a clear definition of a government declared emergency to prevent hospitals from skirting the law and endangering patients. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 02/20/13 More »

Medicare Uncovered: What the president said, and didn’t say

Medicare Uncovered: What the president said, and didn’t say

The president’s State of the Union message may have sort of resolved the question: “Will he or won’t he touch Medicare? The answer: he probably will, a conclusion based on his cryptically grand rhetoric. The president called for those who care deeply about Medicare to “embrace the need for modest reforms—otherwise our retirement programs will crowd out the investments we need for our children.” Vague enough! —Columbia Journalism Review, 02/14/13 More »

Robin Hood Calls on Jack Lew to Pledge a Real Recovery Through Wall Street Sales Tax

Robin Hood Calls on Jack Lew to Pledge a Real Recovery Through Wall Street Sales Tax

Washington, D.C. – Wearing their signature Robin Hood hats, U.S. Robin Hood Tax Campaign advocates brought their message of a Wall Street sales tax directly into the confirmation hearing of Jack Lew before the Senate Finance Committee this morning: The next Treasury Secretary needs to give his highest priority to raising revenue for Main Street and the many communities still suffering from the financial collapse of 2008. Robin Hood called upon Lew to pledge his support for the Robin Hood Tax, embodied in the Inclusive Prosperity Act, or Ellison bill. —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 02/13/13 More »

Department of Public Health to Hold Public Hearing (Feb. 15)

Department of Public Health to Hold Public Hearing (Feb. 15)

On the Proposed Closure of a 15-bed Drug and Alcohol Detox Unit at Brigham & Women’s Faulkner Hospital. Opponents to the Closing Will Present Testimony Detailing the Devastating Impact the Loss of this Service Will Have on the Most Vulnerable Patients Requiring Complex Treatment for Addiction. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 02/13/13 More »

Sierra Medical Center RNs, El Paso Vote by 60 Percent to Join NNOC

Sierra Medical Center RNs, El Paso Vote by 60 Percent to Join NNOC

Registered nurses at Sierra Medical Center in El Paso voted by 60 percent Tuesday night to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Texas, the Texas affiliate of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of RNs. —National Nurses Organizing Committee/NNU, 02/13/13 More »

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