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Everybody likes Robin Hood, right?

Everybody likes Robin Hood, right?

Well, almost everybody – weeks after granting NNU a permit for a march to and rally at Daley Plaza, the city of Chicago now wants to change our march route and move the rally from Daley Plaza to Petrillo band shell at Butler Field. Either NNU agrees, or else. —NNU Blog, 05/08/12 More »

Emergency Press Conference Wednesday

Emergency Press Conference Wednesday

Nurses Protest Chicago’s 11th Hour Bid to Quarantine RN Protest, Will Challenge Mayor Emanuel’s 11th Hour Demand: ‘Nurses and Musician Tom Morello are Not a National Security Threat.’ More »

National Nurses’ Week ~ Thank You Nurses!

National Nurses’ Week ~ Thank You Nurses!

Today marks the start of National Nurses’ Week. And like a lot of people across the nation who are touched and saved by the contributions of 3.1 million registered nurses, we want to say a simple THANK YOU. Click through for special downloads to help thank nurses everywhere! More »

Robin Hood Joins Nurses’ Campaign to Heal America

Robin Hood Joins Nurses’ Campaign to Heal America

What in the world? The registered nurses of National Nurses United cannot wait to welcome one of the world’s leading defenders of common people to their uncommon May 18th march and rally in Chicago. It’s time for Robin Hood to lend his legendary fame of days gone by to help with the nurses’ campaign to heal the modern-day financial traumas faced by real people at the hands of Wall Street. —NNU Blog by Donna Smith, 05/07/12 More »

Federal mediator to work with Enloe, nurses on contract

Federal mediator to work with Enloe, nurses on contract

A federal mediator has been appointed to help Enloe Medical Center and the union representing its registered nurses work toward agreement on a new contract. Bargaining teams for the hospital and the nurses' union had been making progress since negotiations began in November, said Carol Linscheid, who heads the hospital's human-resources department. But the talks stalled at the last session on April 20, she said. —ChicoER.com, 05/07/12 More »

Historic Agreement for Nurses in Nation’s Biggest For Profit Hospital System

Historic Agreement for Nurses in Nation’s Biggest For Profit Hospital System

Registered nurses at 10 Florida hospitals that are a part of the nation’s largest for profit hospital chain, Nashville-based HCA, have achieved their first collective bargaining contract with important improvements in patient care protections and enhanced professional and economic standards. More »

Cheboygan Nurses Celebrate News of May 14 CMH Re-Opening, Urge Elected Officials to Step Up

Cheboygan Nurses Celebrate News of May 14 CMH Re-Opening, Urge Elected Officials to Step Up

CHEBOYGAN – With news today that McLaren Health Care has finally closed on the sale of Cheboygan Memorial Hospital, the registered nurses who worked there are looking forward to the May 14th re-opening of the emergency department and other services. More »

Enloe RN Picket Friday 3pm-6pm

Enloe RN Picket Friday 3pm-6pm

Contract Talks Heat Up as Nurses Fight for Retiree Healthcare and Voice in Patient Care. Enloe Medical Center RNs will be conducting an informational picket in front of the facility this Friday, May 4, from 3pm to 6pm. More »

Nurses Rally Support To Save San Leandro Hospital

Nurses Rally Support To Save San Leandro Hospital

About 125 people gathered at the San Leandro Senior Community Center Tuesday to oppose the feared closure of the hospital by its new owner, Sutter Health. —San Leandro Patch, 05/03/12 More »

Celebrating May Day, in New and Old Ways

Celebrating May Day, in New and Old Ways

About 4,500 nurses and technicians in the Sutter health care chain in the Bay Area staged a one-day walkout, the third short strike organized by the California Nurses Association against the chain. —LABORnotes, 05/02/12 More »

Nurses to Sutter: ‘We Won’t Back Down’

Nurses to Sutter: ‘We Won’t Back Down’

Nurses at Burlingame's Mills-Peninsula Medical Center joined those at eight other hospitals throughout the state in protest of Sutter Health. —San Mateo Patch, 05/02/12 More »

North Ottawa Community Hospital Nurses Ask Federal Officials to Intervene Again

North Ottawa Community Hospital Nurses Ask Federal Officials to Intervene Again

Nurses at North Ottawa Community Hospital said today they have been forced again to ask federal officials to intervene, this time because hospital leaders refuse to communicate with them and compromise at the bargaining table. This is the fourth time the nurses have had to file an unfair labor practice charge in about a year, an extremely unusual number for a Michigan hospital. More »

Tom Morello to perform in CHICAGO: MAY 18

Tom Morello to perform in CHICAGO: MAY 18

Nurses Converge for “Robin Hood Tax”, Reps from UK, Italy, Canada, Guatemala, Germany and South Korea to join in. More »

A Wall St. Tax and an Independent Workers Movement

A Wall St. Tax and an Independent Workers Movement

An interview with Rose Ann DeMoro and Robert Pollin: There is little will in Washington for a financial transaction tax because Wall St. has "occupied the White House". —the REAL NEWS.com, 05/02/12 More »

Bay Area Sutter RNs Begin One-Day Strike

Bay Area Sutter RNs Begin One-Day Strike

Hospital Giant Seeks Massive Cuts Despite $4 Billion in Profits Nurses to Also Protest Sutter Plans to Close Hospitals, Cut Care. Registered nurses are on strike today at eight hospitals that are part of the wealthy Sutter corporate chain to protest Wall Street-type demands for more than 100 sweeping reductions in patient care and nurses’ standards and workplace conditions. More »

RNs Offer to Postpone Strike if Sutter Withdraws

RNs Offer to Postpone Strike if Sutter Withdraws

Registered nurses who work at Sutter corporation hospitals in Northern California today offered to postpone a planned one-day strike Tuesday against eight Sutter hospitals if the hospital chain withdraws the sweeping concessions it is demanding in RN and patient care standards. —CNA Press Release, 04/30/12 More »

Northern California Sutter RNs to Strike May 1 To Protest Attack on Patient Care, RN Standards

Northern California Sutter RNs to Strike May 1 To Protest Attack on Patient Care, RN Standards

Sutter is making demands for contract concessions and sweeping cuts in care despite making over $4 billion in profits since 2007, and handing its chief executive Pat Fry at 215 percent pay hike to over $4 million a year, in addition to salaries of over $1 million a year to some 20 other top executives. Join the Sutter RNs on the picket line, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at these locations: —NNU Blog, 04/26/12 More »

RNs Condemn Sutter Plan to Close San Leandro

RNs Condemn Sutter Plan to Close San Leandro

Hospital Chain’s Decision to Abandon San Leandro Should Prompt San Francisco Officials to Doubt Sutter Promises on St. Luke’s More »

What Will  the Next Generation of Unionists Do for Millions of Workers Still Unemployed?

What Will the Next Generation of Unionists Do for Millions of Workers Still Unemployed?

“Thinking about Labor’s Future” is a series which will describe what the labor movement has achieved for America’s working families during the past two decades, and the problems (and opportunities) that will confront the unions of tomorrow. Each week, Harry will do an article on a separate issue. In addition to jobs and unemployment, we will include columns on war and nuclear threats, union organizing, leadership, political activity, healthcare, education, retirement income, technology, the workplace, taxes, global relations and working class culture. Stay tuned. —NNU Blog by: Harry Kelber, 04/25/12 More »

Rev. Jackson’s endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups

Rev. Jackson’s endorsement of NATO protest strengthens bond between anti-poverty, anti-war groups

The endorsement of the May 20 march against NATO earlier this month by Rev. Jesse Jackson, along with support from Rev. Phil Blackwell, National Nurses United and members of the Service Employees International Union, represents the latest stage in this collaboration. —Chicago Muckrakers, 04/24/12 More »

Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals

Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals

Hospital patients waiting in the emergency room or convalescing after surgery could find themselves confronted by an unexpected visitor: a debt collector at bedside. —New York Times, 04/24/12 More »

How the Media Distorts Coverage of Social Security

How the Media Distorts Coverage of Social Security

Here are some headlines you won't see after the government releases new figures on Social Security and Medicare later today: "Social Security Trust Fund Even Larger Than It Was Last Year." "Growing Wealth Inequity Will Lead to Social Security Imbalance Later This Century." "For-Profit Healthcare Poses Threat to Medicare, Federal Deficit, and Overall Economy in Coming Decades." Instead here's what we've already seen: "Aging workforce strains Social Security, Medicare." —NNU Blog via Portside, 04/24/12 More »

S.F. Hospital Deal Could Raise Health Care Costs

S.F. Hospital Deal Could Raise Health Care Costs

While the mayor has lauded the complex, 229-page agreement as a jobs generator that will bring the city's hospital network into the 21st century, the deal has raised concerns about how much of the $2.5 billion construction project will be passed on to consumers. More »

Oppose AB 2348 proposed by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell

Oppose AB 2348 proposed by Assemblymember Holly Mitchell

California Nurses Association calls it a major encroachment on nurse practitioners’ practice and unsafe expansion of registered nurses’ scope of practice. More »

Nurses, Robin Hood, Prepare to Converge on Chicago May 18

Nurses, Robin Hood, Prepare to Converge on Chicago May 18

Will Search for AWOL World Leaders in Colorful March with Plan to Heal U.S. and Global Economies, Joined by Occupy Movement and Broad Coalition of Over 65 Environmental, Labor, Health Groups More »

One in four Americans without health coverage: study

One in four Americans without health coverage: study

As the U.S. Supreme Court ponders the fate of healthcare reform in the current election year, a study released on Thursday shows that one in four working-age Americans went without insurance at some point in 2011, often as a result of unemployment and other job changes. —Reuters, 04/19/12 More »

Kaiser Nurses Protest Plans to Close Hayward Pediatric Unit

Kaiser Nurses Protest Plans to Close Hayward Pediatric Unit

Nurses in Hayward are protesting plans to close a Kaiser Permanente inpatient pediatric unit. Listen to the audio clip that aired this morning: —KQED - NPR, 04/18/12 More »

Nurses Say Kaiser Will Make Kids Drive Too Far For Hospital Care

Nurses Say Kaiser Will Make Kids Drive Too Far For Hospital Care

Protestors in Hayward say that when a pediatric hospital wing in that city is closed in 2014, a new kid's hospital unit should be opened in San Leandro. —Union City Patch , 04/18/12 More »

MNA Nurses help make history with passage of Vulnerable Adult legislation

MNA Nurses help make history with passage of Vulnerable Adult legislation

ST. PAUL (April 18, 2011) – MNA nurses helped make history this week, as Minnesota became the first state to declare criminal neglect of a vulnerable adult a felony while also protecting the rights of healthcare workers. More »

Children’s March to Protest Kaiser Hayward Closure of Vital Pediatrics Unit

Children’s March to Protest Kaiser Hayward Closure of Vital Pediatrics Unit

TUESDAY 4:00-7:00 p.m. -- Several hundred children, parents, and concerned community members along with RNs will hold a children’s march and rally to protest the closure of the inpatient pediatrics unit at Kaiser Permanente located in Hayward. Over 2,000 young children and teenagers received care in the Kaiser Hayward pediatrics unit in 2011 alone, Kaiser RNs report. Kaiser is planning to close the unit despite record profits. More »

Palomar Health Chief Exec’s Wages Land At No. 2 In State

Palomar Health Chief Exec’s Wages Land At No. 2 In State

DeAnn McEwen, co-president of the California Nurses Association, said the district has laid off workers and pushed back the opening of clinics in Ramona and Valley Center. “To support that kind of salary, I think it’s unconscionable,” McEwen said. “They are holding back on what the voters are paying for.” More »

Singh Earns Endorsement from Michigan Nurses Association for 69th House District

Singh Earns Endorsement from Michigan Nurses Association for 69th House District

OKEMOS– The Michigan Nurses Association has endorsed Sam Singh for Michigan’s 69th House District, noting his long record of public service in the community and his advocacy of nonprofits and charities. More »

SMC, NLRB dispute continues

SMC, NLRB dispute continues

Nurses and union officials claim that St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center has violated a days-old agreement to stop activities cited in a complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, so the complaints have been reinstated. —The Pueblo Chieftain, 04/09/12 More »

Nurses, Techs and the Community Hold Rally to Encourage DECH Administration to Listen

Nurses, Techs and the Community Hold Rally to Encourage DECH Administration to Listen

The Nurses and Techs from Down East Community Hospital have been bargaining since last Fall to have a fair and equitable contract. Nurses, Techs, all staff have worked hard to overcome the adversity of the receivership in the past few years to provide the best possible care in the State. The staff provides the highest level of care and management is taking the wrong direction for the community of Machias. —MSNA Media Advisory, 04/09/12 More »

New York Professional Nurses Union Votes to Affiliate with Nation’s Largest Nurses’ Union

New York Professional Nurses Union Votes to Affiliate with Nation’s Largest Nurses’ Union

NEW YORK, NY -- Registered nurses represented by the New York Professional Nurses Union (NYPNU) cast an overwhelming vote this week to affiliate with the NorthEast Nurses Association/National Nurses United (NENA/NNU), the nation’s largest union and professional association of RNs, to provide its members with a stronger regional and national voice in this era of dramatic change in health care. More »

St. Mary-Corwin Agrees to Settle with National Labor Board and Nurses Union to Avoid Trial

St. Mary-Corwin Agrees to Settle with National Labor Board and Nurses Union to Avoid Trial

Facing a federal trial, St. Mary Corwin Medical Center, owned by Catholic Health Initiatives, chose instead to a settlement agreement with the national agency that oversees labor relations, to cease and desist unlawful harassment and coercion of its registered nurses who favor union representation. More »

Supreme Court Judges Have Access to Guaranteed Care, Shouldn’t You?

Supreme Court Judges Have Access to Guaranteed Care, Shouldn’t You?

Justices Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer did not have much in common during the three days of debate on the 2010 healthcare law before the Supreme Court March 26-28. But they did share one essential characteristic. All four will never have to worry about guaranteed access to healthcare. —Commentary by Rose Ann DeMoro, published by Common Dreams, 03/30/12 More »

Open Letter to Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, by Ralph Nader

Open Letter to Richard Trumka, president of the AFL-CIO, by Ralph Nader

You have come to your leadership position of our country’s labor federation of unions with 13 million members the hard way. Starting by working in the coal mines, then becoming a lawyer, heading the United Mine Workers, then becoming the Secretary-Treasurer of the AFL-CIO before assuming your present position in 2009, who can pull rank on you in the formal labor movement? More »

Judges Not Debating Their Own Health Care

Judges Not Debating Their Own Health Care

With nearly half the Supreme Court justices who will pass judgment on the 2010 healthcare law beyond the age where they have to worry about their access to care, the nation’s leading voice of nurses said today that all Americans should have the same level of security about their health. More »

Health Care Jujitsu

Health Care Jujitsu

Not surprisingly, today's debut Supreme Court argument over the so-called "individual mandate" requiring everyone to buy health insurance revolved around epistemological niceties such as the meaning of a "tax," and the question of whether the issue is ripe for review. —Huffington Post, 03/27/12 More »

Nurses: Health Care Crisis Will Continue No Matter How Court Rules

Nurses: Health Care Crisis Will Continue No Matter How Court Rules

As the Supreme Court meets to pass judgment on the 2010 health care law the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses today warned that health care will remain beyond the reach of millions of Americans no matter how the court rules. More »

An emergency room story to make anyone ill

An emergency room story to make anyone ill

The tale of an 11-year-old's $5,000 stomachache reveals the Twilight Zone of hospital billing. The charges seem arbitrary if not indefensible. —Los Angeles Times, 03/24/12 More »

Taunton Hospital Closure Plans Stirring Fierce Battle on Beacon Hill

Taunton Hospital Closure Plans Stirring Fierce Battle on Beacon Hill

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON A member of Senate President Therese Murray’s leadership team predicted Thursday that the Senate would support blocking a Patrick administration move to shutter Taunton State Hospital, a mental health facility that serves the state’s southeast region. More »

Anaheim Nurses to Hold Vigil Thursday To Protest Imminent Closure of NICU, Jeopardizing Infants

Anaheim Nurses to Hold Vigil Thursday To Protest Imminent Closure of NICU, Jeopardizing Infants

Nurses will hold a candlelight vigil Thursday to protest the planned closure of the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) at Western Medical Center Anaheim. The hospital, owned by the for profit company Integrated Healthcare Holdings Inc (IHHI), plans to shutter the unit by March 29th. More »

Sacramento Rally at California Hospital Association Thursday

Sacramento Rally at California Hospital Association Thursday

Nurses to Protest Sutter/Hospital Industry Cuts While Providing Lavish Executive Pay Packages More »

Nurses Deliver Petition; Demand Safe Care for Muskegon Area Patients

Nurses Deliver Petition; Demand Safe Care for Muskegon Area Patients

MUSKEGON – Registered nurses from Mercy Health Partners’ Hackley campus delivered a 6 foot high petition today to the office of Roger W. Spoelman, President and CEO of the health system. The petition boasted hundreds of signatures from Hackley nurses requesting safe care for their patients. More »

Nurses say they’re forced to work OT

Nurses say they’re forced to work OT

Mandatory overtime was a common complaint among Texas nurses a few years ago. They said that being required to tack on extra hours or shifts left many of them exhausted, contributed to errors and accidents and made family responsibilities difficult. More »

Sutter Tracy RNs Vote to Join CA Nurses Association

Sutter Tracy RNs Vote to Join CA Nurses Association

In a hard fought organizing campaign, RNs at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital in Northern California voted to affiliate with the California Nurses Association, the state’s largest organization of RNs. CNA now represents 6,200 RNs at 16 Sutter facilities. More »

Hundreds of Michigan Nurses March on Capitol to Advocate for Patients, Communities

Hundreds of Michigan Nurses March on Capitol to Advocate for Patients, Communities

LANSING – More than 500 nurses and nursing students from across Michigan rallied at the Capitol today, advocating for policies and priorities to heal their patients and communities. This year’s event focused on the introduction of the Safe Patient Care Act, long-overdue legislation to require Michigan hospitals to provide minimal nursing staff in order to protect patients’ care and safety. More »

CA RNs Ratify Pact for 2,700 Nurses at Six Tenet Hospitals

CA RNs Ratify Pact for 2,700 Nurses at Six Tenet Hospitals

Registered nurses at six Tenet Healthcare hospitals in California voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new contract Monday. The new four year agreement protects health coverage for RNs and their families, wins improvements in patient care and nurses standards, and provides for important economic gains, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. More »

Minnesota Right to Work Update

Minnesota Right to Work Update

Nurses in Minnesota are fighting against an irresponsible ‘Right to Work’ amendment that would make it more difficult for RNs to bargain for safe staffing levels, for construction workers to ensure safe worksites and for emergency responders, like police and firefighters, to negotiate for things that keep us all safe—like faster response times and life-saving emergency equipment. More »

RNs to Salinas Health System: Time for a New Board

RNs to Salinas Health System: Time for a New Board

Following disclosure of a highly critical audit, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today called on Salinas Valley Health System Board majority to resign, and the nurses said the public district should to “stop acting like Wall Street bankers and the 1 percent with lavish executive payouts, dubious conduct, and poor public accountability.” —CNA Press Release, 03/08/12 More »

Chefs, Butlers, Marble Baths: Hospitals Vie for the Affluent

Chefs, Butlers, Marble Baths: Hospitals Vie for the Affluent

The feverish patient had spent hours in a crowded emergency room. When she opened her eyes in her Manhattan hospital room last winter, she recalled later, she wondered if she could be hallucinating: “This is like the Four Seasons — where am I?” —New York Times, 03/06/12 More »

Robin Hood Will Search City for World Leaders

Robin Hood Will Search City for World Leaders

With world leaders of the G-8 nations fleeing the U.S.’ third largest city by moving their May summit to the rural woods outside Washington, the nation’s largest nurses union will bring Camp David and the G-8 summit back to Chicago for a special event on Friday, May 18. More »

Unions, workers launch ballot drive to protect collective bargaining

Unions, workers launch ballot drive to protect collective bargaining

Nurses, teachers, construction workers and others gathered at the Michigan state Capitol Tuesday to launch their drive to enshrine collective bargaining as a right guaranteed to employees under the Michigan Constitution. —mLIVE, 03/06/12 More »

CA RNs Win Pact for 2,700 Nurses at 6 Tenet Hospitals

CA RNs Win Pact for 2,700 Nurses at 6 Tenet Hospitals

Protect Family Health Coverage, Win Economic Gains. Registered nurses at six Tenet Healthcare hospitals in California have won a tentative settlement on a new four year agreement that protects the health coverage for their families, wins improvements in patient care and nurses standards, and provides for important economic gains, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. More »

Nurses Join Seniors in Oakland Action to Tell Congress: Hands Off Social Security and Medicare

Nurses Join Seniors in Oakland Action to Tell Congress: Hands Off Social Security and Medicare

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United will join the California Alliance for Retired Americans and other community activists Tuesday to picket the Oakland appearance of Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson who will be in town promoting their call for a deficit plan that features sweeping cuts in Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid. More »

Unpaid medical bills can drag down credit

Unpaid medical bills can drag down credit

Your credit can be wrecked if the doctor or hospital kicks your unpaid bill to a collection agency. 22 million Americans were contacted by collection agencies for unpaid medical bills in 2005. That increased to 30 million Americans in 2010. People with wrecked credit scores include those who were just trying to resolve a dispute with their insurance company. It includes people owing less than $250. And even after the bill is paid, the record of the collection action can stay on a credit report for up to seven years. That can drag down a credit score and drive up the cost of financing a home. —SFGate, 03/05/12 More »

Maternal Mortality Rates Rising in California

Maternal Mortality Rates Rising in California

It is something we take for granted in the United States. A woman enters the hospital to give birth and she emerges a couple of days later with a beautiful bundle of joy. That is how it usually goes. But this story is about the rare exception -- women who die within 42 days of childbirth. In the health care community it's called simply "maternal mortality." And in the U.S., many experts believe it is on the rise. —ABC News, 03/04/12 More »

Survey Shows Americans Pay a Lot More For Health Care

Survey Shows Americans Pay a Lot More For Health Care

Americans spend more than people in other countries on just about every medical procedure and doctor visit, according to a new report from the International Federation of Health Plans ww.ifhp.com. —National Journal, 03/04/12 More »

Nurses Speak Out to Protect Michigan Workers’ Voices

Nurses Speak Out to Protect Michigan Workers’ Voices

LANSING – Michigan Nurses Association members are serving on the frontline of the fight to protect collective bargaining in Michigan, joining teachers, firefighters and other workers this week in launching an online petition to preserve this most basic and essential right. —Michigan Nurses Association Press Release, 03/02/12 More »

The Real Cure for “Obamacare”: Medicare for All

The Real Cure for “Obamacare”: Medicare for All

With the approaching Supreme Court showdown on the President Obama’s 2010 health care law (the Affordable Care Act, modeled on Mitt Romney’s law in Massachusetts), the U.S. healthcare system remains a dysfunctional mess, as nurses bear witness to every day. By RoseAnn DeMoro, NNU Executive Director —NNU Blog, 03/02/12 More »

I Dreamed About My Cancer Docs Last Night

I Dreamed About My Cancer Docs Last Night

My sleep was restless last night except for the snippets of scenes where I was being tended to by my cancer doctors from some time ago. In those dreams they cared for my body and comforted my fears as we worked together to overcome my illness. Of course time had changed things a bit and their offices were interwoven with the sweet things only dreams can infuse, but it sure was nice to revisit a time in my medical life when the system was even a little less broken than it is today. Don’t get me wrong, the bills were crushing then and some of the barriers daunting, but the slide to an even more difficult healthcare system for patients and our providers continues and deepens. —NNU Blog by Donna Smith, 03/02/12 More »

Blunt, Rubio, And The Madness of Employer-Based Health Care

Blunt, Rubio, And The Madness of Employer-Based Health Care

I'm blinking in astonishment at the vote breakdown on the motion to table the Blunt-Rubio amendment allowing any "sponsor, issuer, or other entity" involved in providing health insurance--not just the Catholic Church--to eliminate coverage for contraceptives if doing so conflicts with that sponsor's, issuer's, or other entitity's "religious beliefs or moral convictions." —The New Republic, 03/01/12 More »

Nurses set to march at G-8 summit in May

Nurses set to march at G-8 summit in May

National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union and professional association of nurses in America, announced this week that they will hold a march and rally at the G-8 summit in Chicago on May 18. —New York Amsterdam News, 03/01/12 More »

Henry Mayo RNs Candlelight Vigil Wednesday to Protest Hospital Policy that Undermines Care

Henry Mayo RNs Candlelight Vigil Wednesday to Protest Hospital Policy that Undermines Care

Registered nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital in Valencia, Ca., will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to protest facility policies they say undermines the quality of patient care, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 02/29/12 More »

Henry Mayo RNs To Protest ‘Team Nursing’ With Candlelight Vigil

Henry Mayo RNs To Protest ‘Team Nursing’ With Candlelight Vigil

VALENCIA (CBS) — Nurses at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday night to protest policies they say are undermining patient care. —CBS Los Angeles, 02/29/12 More »

Statement by Karen Higgins, RN, Co-President NNU

Statement by Karen Higgins, RN, Co-President NNU

As a Registered Nurse for [32] years, I have seen the struggles of patients, particularly women, to access the care they need. Skyrocketing out of pocket costs, restrictions on network providers, and coverage limitations can keep my patients from receiving treatment in a timely fashion, ultimately compromising their health and costing all of us dearly. —NNU Blog, 02/29/12 More »

MNA RNs Introduce 2012 Staffing For Patient Safety Act

MNA RNs Introduce 2012 Staffing For Patient Safety Act

Armed with new – and disturbing – evidence gathered from the front lines of hospitals across the state, Minnesota nurses introduced legislation today aimed at addressing patient safety through adequate staffing levels. —MNAnurses.org, 02/28/12 More »

More Americans seeking dental treatment at the ER

More Americans seeking dental treatment at the ER

More Americans are turning to the emergency room for routine dental problems - a choice that often costs 10 times more than preventive care and offers far fewer treatment options than a dentist's office, according to an analysis of government data and dental research. —Associated Press / Yahoo News, 02/28/12 More »

Unions, not manufacturing, key to economic revival

Unions, not manufacturing, key to economic revival

Suddenly, manufacturing is back - at least on the campaign trail. But don't be fooled. The real issue isn't how to get manufacturing back. It's how to get good jobs and good wages back. They aren't at all the same thing. Republicans have become born-again champions of American manufacturing, especially given crucial primaries occurring this week in Michigan and next week in Ohio. —SFGate, 02/27/12 More »

“Robin Hood Tax” Echoing Worldwide

“Robin Hood Tax” Echoing Worldwide

Thousands of Nurses, Activists to March at G8 May 18, Call for Tax on Wall Street, Challenge Austerity Agendas. RNs to be Joined by Healthcare, Community, Global Activists in Chicago to Call for Wall Street Speculation Tax as Starting Point to Address Economic Crisis. —NNU Press Release, 02/27/12 More »

As Court Showdown Nears, Our Healthcare System Still a Mess

As Court Showdown Nears, Our Healthcare System Still a Mess

Commentary from Rose Ann DeMoro, Executive Director, National Nurses United, AFL-CIO and California Nurses Association, published by Huffington Post. —Huffington Post, 02/27/12 More »

Editorial: ‘Right to work’ is wrong for state

Editorial: ‘Right to work’ is wrong for state

Minnesota governors can't veto proposed constitutional amendments. But governors have bully pulpits. DFL Gov. Mark Dayton used his during last week's State of the State address to take a swipe at a bad idea that some GOP legislators want to add to the Constitution -- a ban on labor contracts that require all workers employed under the terms of the contract to pay a share of union costs. —StarTribune, 02/24/12 More »

NNU RNs support victorious Republic Windows union employees

NNU RNs support victorious Republic Windows union employees

NNU RNs support victorious Republic Windows union employees who called off their occupation of their workplace early today after its owner said it will keep the factory operating for 90 days while the union and management look for a buyer. —NNU News, 02/24/12 More »

Nurses Fight for a Dose of Tax Justice

Nurses Fight for a Dose of Tax Justice

Before there was Occupy, thousands of nurses were already taking on Wall Street to demand a financial transaction tax. —YES! Magazine, 02/22/12 More »

John Nichols Talks to CNA/NNU About His New Book, Uprising

John Nichols Talks to CNA/NNU About His New Book, Uprising

Photos from the event held at California Nurses Association’s office on Tuesday night. John Nichols – author of Uprising – spoke about how the Wisconsin movement began and how the people continue the fight today. He give props to nurses for bringing more energy to the efforts by demanding no concessions. —NNU News, 02/22/12 More »

Nurses Charge Washington Hospital With Violating Federal Law

Nurses Charge Washington Hospital With Violating Federal Law

Nurses Charge Washington Hospital With Violating Federal Law By Refusing to Meet as Safety Problems and RN Vacancies Mount: Reality for RNs, Patients in Stark Contrast with Hospital’s Recent Ad Campaign —NNU Press Release, 02/22/12 More »

RN Jean Ross on Solidarity with Britain’s Nurses on Nurse Talk Radio, Feb. 18-19, 2012

RN Jean Ross on Solidarity with Britain’s Nurses on Nurse Talk Radio, Feb. 18-19, 2012

Updates on recent U.S. rallies organized by nurses to support their counterparts in Great Britain. —Nurse Talk Radio, 02/17/12 More »

Santa Monica RNs to Picket Thursday

Santa Monica RNs to Picket Thursday

Registered nurses at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica will picket the hospital Thursday morning to protest what they see as stalling by hospital officials in reaching a fair negotiated agreement for the RNs that would enhance patient safety and help retain experienced RNs at the hospital. —NNU Press Release, 02/15/12 More »

U.S. Healthcare in a Glance

U.S. Healthcare in a Glance

The percentage of adults with no health insurance is the highest on record, 17.3 percent of adults as of the third quarter of 2011. Three years ago, in the third quarter of 2008, only 14.4 percent of adults lacked health insurance. —CNA / IHSP, 02/14/12 More »

Saint John’s Nurses To Picket Thursday

Saint John’s Nurses To Picket Thursday

On Thursday, from 8 to 11 a.m., Saint John’s Hospital nurses will hold an informational picket on Santa Monica Boulevard between 23rd and 20th Streets. —Santa Monica Dispatch, 02/14/12 More »

RNs Tuesday to Join Growing Protest Over San Mateo Plan to Close Burlingame Long Term Care Facility

RNs Tuesday to Join Growing Protest Over San Mateo Plan to Close Burlingame Long Term Care Facility

San Mateo County registered nurses Tuesday will join an outpouring of community residents who plan to pack a special hearing of the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors on a proposal to close a 240-bed long-term care facility in Burlingame. —NNU Press Release, 02/13/12 More »

Federal advisors propose steps to boost health worker flu vaccination

Federal advisors propose steps to boost health worker flu vaccination

Federal vaccine advisors today unveiled proposed voluntary recommendations for increasing flu vaccination in healthcare workers, sparking strong reactions from employee groups who object to language that stops just short of urging mandatory vaccination. —CIDRAP, 02/08/12 More »

Largest National Nurses Union Opposes Mandatory Flu Vaccination as Condition of Employment

Largest National Nurses Union Opposes Mandatory Flu Vaccination as Condition of Employment

Hospital-based registered nurses, who are members of National Nurses United, will make a statement before the Health and Human Services National Vaccine Advisory Committee in a public forum on Tuesday in Washington, D.C. NNU, with 170,000 RN members, is the largest professional association and union of direct-care registered nurses in the United States, with more than 95 percent of the nurses working in acute-care hospitals. —NNU Press Release, 02/08/12 More »

Nurses flex their political muscle in Sacramento and across California

Nurses flex their political muscle in Sacramento and across California

Rose Ann DeMoro is always ready for another fight. And why not? During the past decade, the leader of the California Nurses Association has won so many of her battles. —Sacramento Bee, 02/06/12 More »

Nurses to Rally at Florida Medical Center Over Hospital Conditions

Nurses to Rally at Florida Medical Center Over Hospital Conditions

Fort Lauderdale - Registered Nurses, members of the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida and National Nurses United -- the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, with 170,000 members -- will hold a Respect Registered Nurses rally at The Florida Medical Center campus (FMC) of North Shore Medical Center – a Tenet hospital. There are 238 RNs on staff at FMC. More »

Sutter Santa Rosa RNs Overwhelmingly Ratify New Agreement

Sutter Santa Rosa RNs Overwhelmingly Ratify New Agreement

Registered nurses at Sutter Santa Rosa Medical Center voted Tuesday night for a new 30-month collective bargaining agreement for the 350 RNs that will strengthen patient protections and maintain affordable healthcare coverage for nurses and their families, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 02/02/12 More »

Of Taxes and Real Entitlement

Of Taxes and Real Entitlement

Robin Hood rides to France. French President Nicolas Sarkozy has followed through on his promise to put before parliament a financial transaction tax – calling it a “Robin Hood Tax” – of 0.1% on stock trades to commence in August, according to reports. Absent from the tax: bond sales. Sarkozy also proposed raising the basic consumption tax (VAT) by 1.6 percent, to 21.2 percent, and upping by 2 percentage points the taxes paid on financial profits. His proposed targets of new revenue: an increase in construction of low-income housing and creation of an “industry bank” to make cheaper loans to small and medium companies. —Protest in the USA Blog, 01/30/12 More »

Nation Recognizes Nuclear Test Downwinders

Nation Recognizes Nuclear Test Downwinders

Today (Jan. 27) is the first annual National Downwinders Day. Downwinders are the folks in western states who were affected by radiation exposure from nuclear test sites in Nevada. Last year the U-S Senate voted unanimously to honor downwinders with a special day of recognition. —KPBS, 01/27/12 More »

How US private insurance healthcare is failing

How US private insurance healthcare is failing

Chances are you've probably never heard of Amelia Rivera, a three year-old from New Jersey. Chances are better you have heard of 29-year-old Canadian, Sarah Burke, one of the best freestyle skiers in the world. Burke and Rivera don't have a lot in common, but tragically, their families do. Both have been borne the scars of a callous and broken US healthcare system... —Commentary by Rose Ann DeMoro in The Guardian (UK), 01/26/12 More »

NURSES PACK HEARING, RENEW CALL FOR STAFFING BILL

NURSES PACK HEARING, RENEW CALL FOR STAFFING BILL

STATE HOUSE, BOSTON--Nurses from around the state, joined by a slew of legislators, urged passage of a nurse staffing law, saying they have battled too long for a bill they say would save patients’ lives. —STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE, 01/25/12 More »

Fresno County Nurses to Strike 3 Days Starting Monday 01-23-12

Fresno County Nurses to Strike 3 Days Starting Monday 01-23-12

FRESNO - The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today its submission of a three-day strike notice to the county. The notice allows for a strike to commence on Monday, January 23, starting at 7 a.m. —CNA Press Release, 01/20/12 More »

Nurses Occupy CPMC Friday as Part of Day of Mass Occupation Protests

Nurses Occupy CPMC Friday as Part of Day of Mass Occupation Protests

Registered nurses from throughout San Francisco will have a strong public message to deliver, and will set up a nurses’ first aid tent for the public, to protest Sutter Health’s plan to shrink St. Luke’s by two-thirds while building an enormous hospital at Cathedral Hill. As part of the 99%, RNs believe Sutter CPMC must meet community needs for housing of low-income residents in the central city, mitigate traffic issues, address issues of jobs and union protections, and maintain services to provide a standard of care that San Franciscans deserve, such as skilled nursing and psychiatric services. More »

Jean Ross | Nurses organization hails hospital merger decision

Jean Ross | Nurses organization hails hospital merger decision

As a bedside registered nurse for nearly 40 years, and an elected leader of National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest R.N. union, I applaud Gov. Steve Beshear’s decision to protect University Hospital from privatization by CHI — one of the largest corporate hospital chains in the country. —The Courier-Journal, 01/17/12 More »

St. Joseph’s Hospital of Orange RNs Win Major Settlement

St. Joseph’s Hospital of Orange RNs Win Major Settlement

Nurses receive $12 million lost wages in class action lawsuit. The California Nurses Association will be holding a press conference, Wednesday, January 11 at 11:00 a.m., to discuss a recent lawsuit victory for registered nurses at St. Joseph’s Hospital of Orange. The lawsuit stems from the hospital’s attempts to circumvent paying RNs the overtime wages they were lawfully entitled to from December 2001 through June 2009. Awards to the 2,717 plaintiffs have started to be received this month. —CNA Press Release, 01/10/12 More »

Fresno County Nurses Consider Strike, Seek to Block Contract They Say Harms Nurses & County Patients

Fresno County Nurses Consider Strike, Seek to Block Contract They Say Harms Nurses & County Patients

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today announced it has asked the state Public Employees Relations Board to block a decision by Fresno County to impose a harsh new contract on county nurses – and county nurses are voting Tuesday and Wednesday whether to authorize nurse negotiators to call a possible strike. —CNA Press Release, 01/09/12 More »

‘A Nightmare on Wall Street’: New Video From Nurses Says Time to Hold Wall Street Accountable to Hea

‘A Nightmare on Wall Street’: New Video From Nurses Says Time to Hold Wall Street Accountable to Hea

If there is one enduring message from the past year, it is that the days of silent suffering are over for the millions of Americans who continue to face a daily struggle to survive while Wall Street high rollers have yet to be called to account for ruining our economy. By: RoseAnn DeMoro, Executive Director National Nurses United —NNU Blog, 01/09/12 More »

New Study Shows Dramatic Revenue Potential from a Wall Street Tax

New Study Shows Dramatic Revenue Potential from a Wall Street Tax

A robust tax on Wall Street transactions would raise far more revenue – as much as 17 times as much – than more limited proposals, even accounting for the worst case scenarios of reduced trading as a result of a tax. That’s the findings of an important new research brief from prominent University of Massachusetts Amherst economists Robert Pollin and James Heintz. —NNU Press Release, 01/09/12 More »

Chicago Landslide—Jackson Park Hospital RNs Vote By 85 Percent to Join Nation’s Largest RN Unio

Chicago Landslide—Jackson Park Hospital RNs Vote By 85 Percent to Join Nation’s Largest RN Unio

Registered nurses at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago’s South Side voted by 85 percent Friday to join National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of RNs. —NNU Press Rlease, 01/06/12 More »

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