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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 »

Treasury Nominee Jack Lew Needs to Get Behind the Robin Hood Tax

Treasury Nominee Jack Lew Needs to Get Behind the Robin Hood Tax

Advocates for American communities still reeling from the 2008 financial collapse are calling upon the Senate Finance Committee this week to press Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew for commitments to hold Wall Street accountable.. One way to do that is to get his pledge of support for the Inclusive Prosperity Act, a bill introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN), which embodies the Robin Hood Tax —a small sales tax on Wall Street speculative activity that would raise up to $350 billion a year and start to turn around our hurting communities. —National Nurses United, 02/11/13 More »

Jack Lew Hearing Puts Spotlight on Wall Street as Main Street Has Yet to Recover

Jack Lew Hearing Puts Spotlight on Wall Street as Main Street Has Yet to Recover

Washington, D.C. – Community, labor and healthcare activists are calling upon the Senate Finance Committee this week to press Treasury Secretary nominee Jack Lew to support a Financial Transaction, or Robin Hood, tax. The Robin Hood tax will begin to bring much needed fairness to the tax code, put the brakes on reckless Wall Street trading, and hold Wall Street accountable to the many communities still suffering from the crashing of the economy. —National Nurses United, 02/11/13 More »

Nurses, Health Care Activists to Protest Health Insurance Industry in Sacramento

Nurses, Health Care Activists to Protest Health Insurance Industry in Sacramento

Protest Monday Calling for Expanded Medicare for All. Registered nurses will join with the Campaign for a Healthy California, a coalition of labor and healthcare activists, Monday in Sacramento in a challenge to California health insurance corporations, the latest step in an ongoing campaign to work for guaranteed healthcare for all by expanding and updating Medicare to cover everyone. —Campaign for a Healthy California, 02/08/13 More »

Nurses Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline, Cite Adverse Effects of Increased Air Pollution, Climate Change

Nurses Oppose Keystone XL Pipeline, Cite Adverse Effects of Increased Air Pollution, Climate Change

Citing serious adverse health concerns, National Nurses United announced today that it is joining with environmentalists, unions and other organizations from across the country to oppose the Keystone XL Pipeline – the 1,700 mile of tar sands oil pipeline from Canada to refineries in Texas. With 185,000 members, NNU is the largest organization and union of registered nurses. —National Nurses United, 02/05/13 More »

Nurses lead push for safer care in DC hospitals

Nurses lead push for safer care in DC hospitals

The proposed law benefits all patients in the District with mandatory minimum nurse-to-patient ratios by hospital unit, whistle-blower protections and an end to mandatory overtime. Nurses are burned out and that puts patient care in jeopardy. “This is a problem at every single hospital in the city,” said Raj. —National Nurses United, 02/05/13 More »

Patient Protection Act Proposed for DC Hospitals

Patient Protection Act Proposed for DC Hospitals

Survey: 57% of District Hospital Nurses Cite Inadequate Staffing. Registered nurses joined with District of Columbia Council members and community supporters in a press conference today to announce the introduction of the Patient Protection Act to dramatically improve care in DC hospitals to protect patients. —National Nurses United, 02/05/13 More »

D.C. Council chair to propose bill boosting nurse staffing at hospitals

D.C. Council chair to propose bill boosting nurse staffing at hospitals

D.C. Council Chairman Phil Mendelson (D) plans to introduce such a bill Tuesday, he announced at a news conference Monday, where nearly 200 nurses wearing red scrubs packed a room in the John A. Wilson Building as union leaders and local politicians led them in chants of “patients over profit.” —The Washington Post, 02/04/13 More »

NURSE TALK RADIO: NNU Political Director, Ken Zinn talks Robin Hood Tax

NURSE TALK RADIO: NNU Political Director, Ken Zinn talks Robin Hood Tax

THIS WEEK we have two very honorable guests to share with you. We promised them we would not tarnish their stellar reputations so they agreed. First, Ken Zinn the D.C. based Political Director for National Nurses United then retired army nurse captain, Vietnam war veteran and founder of the Women’s Vietnam Memorial, Diane Carlson Evans. Listen and share! —Nurse Talk Radio, 02/01/13 More »

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO “GOOD JOBS”?

WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO “GOOD JOBS”?

It is hard to pinpoint the precise moment when “good jobs” disappeared from national discourse, ignored by our leaders and the media that cover them. The phrase was invoked during President Obama’s campaign—that is, his first run for the presidency. But it soon disappeared in a West Wing dominated by Wall Street. —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 01/29/13 More »

RNs, Techs to Picket Glendale Memorial Thursday, Protest Cuts

RNs, Techs to Picket Glendale Memorial Thursday, Protest Cuts

In Patient Services from Layoffs That Undermine Needed Care. Registered nurses, respiratory and X-ray technicians and other staff will picket Glendale Memorial Hospital Thursday, January 31 to protest staffing layoffs they say will adversely affect patient access to needed care. —California Nurses Association, 01/29/13 More »

Next Step in Sutter Solano Protest over RN Harassment

Next Step in Sutter Solano Protest over RN Harassment

Nurses to Picket Hospital Thursday over Attack on Rights. Sutter Solano registered nurses are stepping up their rebuttal to the hospital management in Vallejo and Sutter corporate officials for illegal threats and disciplinary action against nurses who exercised their federally protected right to strike. —California Nurses Association, 01/29/13 More »

Court ruling on labor board harms workers

Court ruling on labor board harms workers

When the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Friday to overturn President Obama's recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, it handed a huge gift to Wall Street, big corporations and the politicians they control. —San Francisco Chronicle, 01/28/13 More »

Affinity Medical Center RNs to Picket Monday for Safe Staffing

Affinity Medical Center RNs to Picket Monday for Safe Staffing

OHIO--Registered nurses at Affinity Medical Center in Massillon, Oh will hold an informational picket outside the hospital on Monday, January 28 to protest unfair labor practices and hospital management policies they say are intended to intimidate and discourage nurses from reporting unsafe practices, such as inadequate staffing, that put patients at risk. —NNOC-Ohio, 01/25/13 More »

Nurses Denounce Court Ruling on Federal Labor Board

Nurses Denounce Court Ruling on Federal Labor Board

Bid to Return to Era of Open Season on U.S. Workers. The nation’s largest organization of nurses today condemned a conservative federal appeals court ruling overturning President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, a step taken by the President only after the refusal of Senate Republicans to restore a quorum on the board to enable it to function. —National Nurses United, 01/25/13 More »

Why unions growing in California - Video highlights CNA

Why unions growing in California - Video highlights CNA

Business reporter Alana Semuels talks with nurses union organizer David Johnson and UC Berkeley Prof. Harley Shaiken about why labor unions are growing in California but not the nation. —Los Angeles Times, 01/24/13 More »

Nurses Mark Five Years of Collective Bargaining, Quality Care in TX

Nurses Mark Five Years of Collective Bargaining, Quality Care in TX

Houston – Registered Nurses, members of the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Texas/National Nurses United (NNU) -- the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, with 185,000 members -- will rally outside Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center (11049 FM 1940, Houston, corner of Steepletop and FM 1960) on Thursday, January 24 at Noon, to celebrate an important anniversary: five years of collective bargaining -- and the quality patient care those contracts provide --in the state’s private sector hospitals. —NNU Texas, 01/24/13 More »

ROBIN HOOD GETS THE GO AHEAD IN EUROPE

ROBIN HOOD GETS THE GO AHEAD IN EUROPE

The 11 countries are Belgium, Germany, Estonia, Greece, Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Portugal, Slovenia and Slovakia. Other countries can opt in later. Sweden, for example, chose not to participate, saying that a “global” tax was needed to protect all national markets. The Netherlands has expressed interested, but would like to see an exemption for their pension funds. Join the U.S. movement at www.RobinHoodTax.org —RobinHood Blog by NNU, 01/23/13 More »

EU approves financial transaction tax for 11 eurozone countries

EU approves financial transaction tax for 11 eurozone countries

Germany, France and nine other eurozone countries have been given the green light to impose a financial transaction tax, despite warnings from banks and business groups that it will drive share, currency and derivative trading out of Europe. —The Guardian, 01/22/13 More »

CNA RNs, Labor Supporters Join Sutter Solano RNs to Condemn  Illegal Attacks on Nurses’ Rights

CNA RNs, Labor Supporters Join Sutter Solano RNs to Condemn Illegal Attacks on Nurses’ Rights

Sutter Solano registered nurses, joined by RNs from other hospitals and local labor leaders spoke out Tuesday to condemn the Vallejo hospital executives for illegal threats and disciplinary actions against nurses who have exercised their collective rights to protest sweeping concession demands. —CNA Blog, 01/22/13 More »

We Need a Real Economy

We Need a Real Economy

“We have to have an economy – a real economy. What do we have now?” asked RoseAnn DeMoro, executive director of National Nurses United. ‘Poverty a crime against humanity in the world’s richest country’. Watch and share “Vision for a New America” on the C-SPAN website, and tell the president #PovertyMustEnd. —NNU Blog, 01/18/13 More »

One big way to reduce poverty - expand Medicare to everyone, no cuts to Social Security or Medicare

One big way to reduce poverty - expand Medicare to everyone, no cuts to Social Security or Medicare

With poverty rates spinning perilously out of control in the U.S., it’s time to send an unmistakable message to Congress and the White House as they prepare to resume the ongoing obsession with the deficit: End the silence on poverty, don’t make poverty worse through cuts to Social Security or Medicare, and address a principle cause of poverty with a permanent fix to our dysfunctional healthcare system. —NNU Blog, 01/17/13 More »

The troubling state of America’s health

The troubling state of America’s health

America is dangerous to your health. A recent international commission reported that U.S. men rank last in life expectancy for the 17 industrial nations in the study; U.S. women rank next to last. When it comes to health, the United States is exceptional — exceptionally bad. —The Washington Post, 01/16/13 More »

More Powerful than Prison Guards: The Woman Who Knows What Nurses Need

More Powerful than Prison Guards: The Woman Who Knows What Nurses Need

Columnist Colleen O'Connor explains why Rose Ann DeMoro, the director of the nurses union, is more powerful than any woman in California but the governor's wife. A month into the new year and it is obvious who the 2013 Person of the Year in California will be: Rose Ann DeMoro. —PowayPatch.com, 01/16/13 More »

NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro to speak on health and poverty televised panel in DC

NNU Executive Director, RoseAnn DeMoro to speak on health and poverty televised panel in DC

Be sure to watch RoseAnn DeMoro, National Nurses United’s executive director, talk Thursday about how bedside nurses are witnessing the devastating harm the economy has on patients and their communities. —NNU Blog, 01/15/13 More »

Union Members Recommit to Winning Improved and Expanded Medicare for All

Union Members Recommit to Winning Improved and Expanded Medicare for All

Chicago, IL – More than two hundred union leaders and activists gathered in Chicago for the Labor Campaign's fourth national conference to strategize about next steps for labor in the movement to win universal health care. With government officials from both major parties contemplating cuts in Medicare as part of a "grand bargain," delegates resolved to stand up to any cuts in this cornerstone social insurance program. —Labor Campaign for Single Payer Health Care , 01/14/13 More »

Brockton Enterprise Continues Coverage of MNA Efforts to Improve Staffing at DMH’s Brockton Multiser

Brockton Enterprise Continues Coverage of MNA Efforts to Improve Staffing at DMH’s Brockton Multiser

BROCKTON -- Nurses union leaders are hopeful they will see changes at the Brockton Multi-Service Center after sitting down with the state’s mental health commissioner. —EnterpriseNews.com, 01/14/13 More »

The Two Americas

The Two Americas

There are more billionaires than ever, while children and seniors go hungry and record numbers of families struggle in poverty. Nurses can help by passing the Robin Hood Tax. —NNU Blog, 01/14/13 More »

California Health Care Workers Divided Over Flu Vaccine Requirements for Hospital Staff

California Health Care Workers Divided Over Flu Vaccine Requirements for Hospital Staff

In a California Healthline Special Report by Kenny Goldberg, experts discussed whether hospital workers should be required to obtain vaccines for influenza. Hear what Zenei Cortez, co-president of the California Nurses Association has to say in this audio interview. —California Healthline, 01/14/13 More »

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