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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 »

Nurses rally in Thief River Falls; hospital staffing at issue

Nurses rally in Thief River Falls; hospital staffing at issue

THIEF RIVER FALLS, Minn. — A group of northern Minnesota nurses will rally in Thief River Falls on Friday in support of a legislative proposal that would set minimum staffing levels at hospitals across the state. —Minnesota Public Radio, 01/10/13 More »

Americans ‘are sicker and die younger’ than people in other wealthy nations

Americans ‘are sicker and die younger’ than people in other wealthy nations

America may be one of the richest countries in the world, but its people are less healthy and more likely to die early from disease or accidents than those in any other affluent country, a damning official US report has found —The Guardian, 01/10/13 More »

Surging flu no reason for vaccine mandate

Surging flu no reason for vaccine mandate

When you decide not to get a flu shot, the risk is that you or someone near you will get sick. But for health care workers, the price is increasingly a pink slip. Hundreds have already been fired. —USA Today, 01/10/13 More »

Nurses union wants better staff ratios

Nurses union wants better staff ratios

AUSTALIA--The NSW Nurses Association has said it will campaign for mandatory staffing ratios in more areas of the health system when the NSW nurses industrial award expires in June. —Newcastle Herald, 01/10/13 More »

Tax Avoidance On the Rise: It’s Twice the Amount of Social Security and Medicare

Tax Avoidance On the Rise: It’s Twice the Amount of Social Security and Medicare

Three trillion dollars a year. That's how much the wealthiest Americans avoid through the system of subsidies and schemes and sweet deals that deprive middle-class workers of their earned benefits. That's three times more than the deficit. That's enough for a full-time job for every middle-class household in America. —Common Dreams, 01/09/13 More »

A small sales tax on Wall Street reaps big rewards

A small sales tax on Wall Street reaps big rewards

One has to wonder if Paul Schott Stevens’ “Don’t enact financial transaction taxes,” December 20, 2012, is more about protecting the turf of billion dollar Wall Street banks and enormous investment firms, including their lucrative mutual fund businesses, than protecting the average people who invest and save. —Health GAP, 01/08/13 More »

Nurses at 2 ProMedica Hospitals Seek Federal Help to Protect Patients

Nurses at 2 ProMedica Hospitals Seek Federal Help to Protect Patients

MICHIGAN--The registered nurses at ProMedica’s Bixby and Herrick hospitals in Lenawee County have filed requests with the federal government to intervene after months of ProMedica failing to work with the nurses to improve patient safety and retaliating when they raise concerns. —Michigan Nurses Association, 01/08/13 More »

RNs Announce New Affiliation in Stepped Up Campaign

RNs Announce New Affiliation in Stepped Up Campaign

To Protect Patients, Uphold Standards, Fight Employer Attacks. Blast Efforts to Roll Back Patient Ratios, Erode Contract Protections. With escalating healthcare industry attacks on patient care protections and living standards for registered nurses and other hospital employees, often aided by a surrogate wearing a union label who cosponsored an effort to suspend California’s nurse-to-patient ratio law, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today announced the affiliation of the National Union of Healthcare Workers. —California Nurses Association, 01/03/13 More »

MSNA/NNU Nurses Win Staffing, Raises and No Mandatory Overtime at Calais Regional Hospital

MSNA/NNU Nurses Win Staffing, Raises and No Mandatory Overtime at Calais Regional Hospital

Nurses represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United have won a two year contract that includes wage increase, provisions for safe staffing and language that prohibits the employer from forcing employees to work beyond their shift or regular schedule. —Maine State Nurses Association, 12/28/12 More »

MNA/NNU Files Charge of Unfair Labor Practice

MNA/NNU Files Charge of Unfair Labor Practice

WORCESTER, MA – The Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MNA/NNU) has filed a charge of unfair labor practice and is seeking an injunction with the National Labor Relations Board against UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMC) for its unprecedented decision to violate the nurses’ union contract and force nurses, who are supposed to have the Christmas Holiday off with their family, to work that day, even though many of these nurses have already worked Thanksgiving, and will be working on New Year’s Day. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 12/21/12 More »

Twin Cities Nurses Ratify Three-Year Contract

Twin Cities Nurses Ratify Three-Year Contract

(St. Paul) - Twin Cities nurses represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association ratified its contract today with health care systems represented by the Minnesota Hospitals Association. The three-year agreement is effective June 1, 2013 – May 31, 2016 and impacts 12,000 nurses working in 13 different facilities in the metro area. —Minnesota Nurses Association, 12/21/12 More »

RNs to Strike 9 Bay Area Hospitals Monday

RNs to Strike 9 Bay Area Hospitals Monday

Protest against cuts that would set back nursing care standards for decades. Registered nurses are holding a year-end one-day strike at nine Bay Area hospitals on Monday, Dec. 24, the latest in a series of protests emphasizing big hospital demands for major cuts in nurses’ and patient care standards. The walkout will affect close to 5,000 RNs represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United at Bay Area Sutter facilities and two San Jose hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 12/21/12 More »

Michigan RN Jeff Breslin on Right to Work for Less

Michigan RN Jeff Breslin on Right to Work for Less

While the nation was watching Honey Boo Boo, the Governor of Michigan was pushing through a radical bill during a lame duck session. Governor Rick Snyder just signed the “right to work” law in the state of Michigan. A state that was built on the strength of labor unions. The state that worked with those unions and corporations to build a strong middle class. We discuss this sad day with Michigan RN and President of the Michigan Nurses Association, Jeff Breslin. —Nurse Talk Radio, 12/20/12 More »

MNA/NNU Opposes Hospital Industry Policies to Mandate Masking As Part of Flu Prevention Program

MNA/NNU Opposes Hospital Industry Policies to Mandate Masking As Part of Flu Prevention Program

CANTON, MA -- As the state prepares for the upcoming influenza season, the Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA), the state’s largest union of registered nurses and health professionals, strongly opposes a new policy being implemented by a number of hospital and health care employers calling for mandatory masking of health care workers as a component of a flu prevention program, and threatens to fire nurses who don’t wear the mask throughout the hospital all day. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 12/20/12 More »

Sutter RNs Offer to Postpone Strike if Hospitals Withdraw Concession Demands

Sutter RNs Offer to Postpone Strike if Hospitals Withdraw Concession Demands

Registered nurses at Bay Area Sutter hospitals have offered to call off plans for a one-day strike Monday, December 24 if Sutter executives agree to withdraw demands for sweeping and unwarranted reductions in patient care protections and other contract standards, which is at the heart of the dispute between the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United and local Sutter hospitals —California Nurses Association, 12/20/12 More »

Nurses at Kaiser hospital in San Rafael say staffing levels too low

Nurses at Kaiser hospital in San Rafael say staffing levels too low

Nurses at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in San Rafael, and 20 other Kaiser hospitals from Santa Rosa to Fresno, picketed Wednesday to protest what they say is "persistently inadequate nurse staffing." The action mounted by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United comes as Kaiser is attempting to cut its nurse staffing. —Marin Independent Journal, 12/20/12 More »

The President’s Unnecessary and Unwise Concessions

The President’s Unnecessary and Unwise Concessions

Why is the President back to making premature and unnecessary concessions to Republicans? Two central issues in the 2012 presidential election were whether the Bush tax cuts should be ended for people earning over $250,000, and whether Social Security and Medicare should be protected from future budget cuts. —Robert Reich's Blog, 12/20/12 More »

Fiscal cliff cuts threaten austerity for 50 million Americans already in poverty

Fiscal cliff cuts threaten austerity for 50 million Americans already in poverty

Our nurses see dire need every day in the ER, but the growing gulf of inequality in the US has made such deprivation ubiquitous. With a compromise on social security now unmasked – costing the elderly an estimated 6.2-7.7%, according to business writer Doug Henwood – America becomes more and more a place of poverty. Warnings that austerity begets poverty will go ignored, but the nation's deteriorating condition cannot so easily be overlooked. —The Guardian, 12/19/12 More »

St. Rose, Hayward RNs Vote by 91% to Join CNA

St. Rose, Hayward RNs Vote by 91% to Join CNA

Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward -- one of the last remaining non-union hospitals for RNs in the immediate Bay Area -- voted by 91 percent Tuesday night to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 12/19/12 More »

Robin Hood for Treasury Secretary. The gift that keeps on giving!

Robin Hood for Treasury Secretary. The gift that keeps on giving!

Who wins: Robin Hood or the Grinch? On December 20th, help us deliver this message to the White House: Heal America. Re-Build the American Dream. Tax Wall Street! Call and share: 202-456-1414. —National Nurses United, 12/18/12 More »

RNs to Picket 21 Kaiser Hospitals Wednesday

RNs to Picket 21 Kaiser Hospitals Wednesday

Registered nurses will picket 21 Kaiser Permanente hospitals from Santa Rosa to Fresno Wednesday, Dec. 19 to protest what they say is persistently inadequate nurse staffing in emergency care and other hospital areas, as well as patients being turned away from needed care, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 12/18/12 More »

Time to Act Now To Restore Our Ravaged Mental Healthcare System

Time to Act Now To Restore Our Ravaged Mental Healthcare System

Registered nurses across the country mourn the loss of life marked by the shooting of innocents in Connecticut. This should be a clear wake up call for the White House, Congress, and state and local legislators to take action to address causes of the violence, including restoring the devastating cuts that have occurred to mental health services across the U.S. —By Deborah Burger, RN, 12/18/12 More »

America’s Largest Nurses Union Calls for Action on Nation’s Ravaged Mental Health Services

America’s Largest Nurses Union Calls for Action on Nation’s Ravaged Mental Health Services

CT shooting devastating, sadly not surprising to nation’s RNs. Registered nurses across the country mourn the loss of life marked by the shooting of innocents in Connecticut and say it is time for the White House, Congress, and state and local legislators to take action to address causes of the violence, including restoring the devastating cuts that have occurred to mental health services across the United States. More »

RNs Set Next Strike Date for 9 Bay Area Hospitals

RNs Set Next Strike Date for 9 Bay Area Hospitals

Registered nurses will hold a year-end one-day strike at nine Bay Area hospitals on Monday, Dec. 24, the latest in a series of protests emphasizing big hospital demands for major cuts in nurses’ and patient care standards. The walkout will affect close to 5,000 RNs represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United at Bay Area Sutter facilities and two San Jose hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 12/14/12 More »

NNU Celebrates Three Years

NNU Celebrates Three Years

Every year, National Nurses United’s top RN leaders convene to celebrate the accomplishments of the past year as well as to strategize about how to build the national nurses movement and push back against the incessant forces of corporate healthcare in the year ahead. —NNU Blog, 12/13/12 More »

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