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Sanders Bill Signals Growth of Broad Robin Hood Tax Movement

Sanders Bill Signals Growth of Broad Robin Hood Tax Movement

Seven years after Wall Street gamblers wrenched the U.S. economy into the worst economic swoon since the Great Depression, the movement to make the high rollers pay some restitution to people and communities harmed by their profligacy is gaining stream. —RoseAnn DeMoro writing for Common Dreams, 05/27/15 More »

Recent DOJ Enforcement Actions Demonstrate that the Focus on Mental Health Services Fraud Continues

Recent DOJ Enforcement Actions Demonstrate that the Focus on Mental Health Services Fraud Continues

Two recent actions announced by the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), one civil and one criminal, along with a recent speech by Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell, illustrate the current climate of government enforcement related to mental health services (i.e., intensive outpatient psychotherapy (IOP) and partial hospitalization program (PHP) services). —Amanda Enyeart and Laura B. Morgan, Mondaq, 05/20/15 More »

Fallbook Hospital Spanked by Court

Fallbook Hospital Spanked by Court

On May 8, Fallbrook Hospital (which closed in December) got a spanking from the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. —Don Bauder, San Diego Reader, 05/19/15 More »

NLRB rightly ordered obstinate employer to pay union’s negotiating expenses

NLRB rightly ordered obstinate employer to pay union’s negotiating expenses

“Far from the run-of-the-mill failure to bargain,” a health care employer deliberately obstructed any meaningful negotiations with the union that won an election to represent employees at one of its acute-care hospitals. —Lisa Milam-Perez, J.D., Wolters Kluwer, 05/13/15 More »

Nurses Take to Downtown Streets in Protest

Nurses Take to Downtown Streets in Protest

Before marching on the state Capitol, CNA nurses rally in the lobby of the California Hospital Association in downtown Sacramento. —Lezlie Sterling, The Sacramento Bee, 05/12/15 More »

D.C. Circuit Says Hospital Must Pay Union’s Negotiating Expenses

D.C. Circuit Says Hospital Must Pay Union’s Negotiating Expenses

A U.S. appeals court on Friday affirmed a rare decision by the National Labor Relations Board ordering an employer to pay a unions' negotiating expenses, saying the board has broad discretion to decide the types of egregious conduct that warrant the unusual remedy. —Daniel Wiessner, Reuters, 05/11/15 More »

When Hospitals Move, Who Gets Left Behind?

When Hospitals Move, Who Gets Left Behind?

A growing number of hospitals are relocating to wealthier towns, citing financial necessity, but many see it as a choice to abandon the residents of poorer areas. —Phil Galewitz for The Atlantic, 05/11/15 More »

Apple Vally Nurses participate in 3-hour picket

Apple Vally Nurses participate in 3-hour picket

Registered nurses at St. Joseph Health, St. Mary participated in a three-hour informational picket in front of the hospital Wednesday, claiming that cuts to staffing and supplies have hurt patient care. —Shea Johnson, Victorville Daily Press, 05/07/15 More »

Nurses ratify contract with University of Chicago

Nurses ratify contract with University of Chicago

University of Chicago Medical Center nurses have ratified a four-year labor contract that raises wages by up to 3 percent annually, increases health care costs for nurses and ends rotating shifts, according to the union and the hospital. —Alejandra Cancino, Chicago Tribune, 05/07/15 More »

Guest Commentary: Good Reasons to Keep Thunder Road Open

Guest Commentary: Good Reasons to Keep Thunder Road Open

Thunder Road must remain open. The agency provides a vital and absolutely mandatory service to at-risk youth, ultimately saving lives and costs of incarceration and medical expense incurred by the county and the community. —Michael Wachter, Contra Costa Times, 05/05/15 More »

Nurse Ann Wayt wins $2 million union organizing case against Massillon hospital

Nurse Ann Wayt wins $2 million union organizing case against Massillon hospital

MASSILLON, Ohio – Ann Wayt recently won a $2 million award against Affinity Medical Center after the hospital fired her and attempted to ruin her reputation for helping unionize nurses. Many may think the size of the jury award the most important words in that sentence. For Wayt, a registered nurse for 38 years, one word stands out as the most important -- "reputation." She had always excelled at nursing, especially in patient care. The hospital had even admitted that, giving her its Nurse Excellence Award in 2008. —Cleveland Plain Dealer, 04/27/15 More »

San Bernardino County Supervisors Approve 2-year Agreement with Nurses Union

San Bernardino County Supervisors Approve 2-year Agreement with Nurses Union

San Bernardino County supervisors this week approved a two-year agreement with the union representing 1,200 registered nurses employed by the county. —Jim Steinberg, The Sun, 04/24/15 More »

Guest commentary: Community just can’t allow Thunder Road to close

Guest commentary: Community just can’t allow Thunder Road to close

For many of our youth, Thunder Road represents a safe haven where they receive wraparound assistance to help them regain control of their lives and successfully reenter their schools and communities. As the only center of its kind in the nine-county Bay Area to serve these young people, it's is a vital resource to our community that cannot be lost. —L. Karen Monroe, Contra Costa Times, 04/23/15 More »

Oakland: Protesters Rally to Keep Youth Rehabilitation Center Open

Oakland: Protesters Rally to Keep Youth Rehabilitation Center Open

About 150 people gathered Monday outside a teen addiction rehabilitation center to protest its possible closure. Sutter Health's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been trying to shed Thunder Road Adolescent Treatment Centers for the past two years, which runs an annual $800,000 deficit. Alameda County is working with Sutter to find a provider to take over the program. —Rebecca Parr, Inside Bay Area News, 04/14/15 More »

Vote Could Shutter Oakland Youth Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center After 30 Years Of Service

Vote Could Shutter Oakland Youth Drug & Alcohol Treatment Center After 30 Years Of Service

A drug and alcohol treatment center for young people in Oakland is considered an invaluable resource in the East Bay community. But after 30 years, a facility is now threatened with closure by Sutter Health, one of the largest nonprofit health care corporations in the state. —Dave Padilla, KCBS San Francisco, 04/14/15 More »

Nurses fall in line on possible strike at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital

Nurses fall in line on possible strike at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital

Nurses at USC-Verdugo Hills Hospital took action in the face of contract negotiations that have dragged on since last Mayby taking a strike vote Thursday and Friday, and 85% of the nurses who voted supported a strike, according to the nurses union representative. —Sara Cardine, La Canada Valley Sun, 03/28/15 More »

San Bernardino County nurses ratify new pact

San Bernardino County nurses ratify new pact

Registered nurses who work at Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC) and other San Bernardino County health facilities voted by 93 percent to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement. —Fontana Herald News, 03/27/15 More »

Alta Bates To Face Fines For Failing To Follow Infectious Disease Protocols

Alta Bates To Face Fines For Failing To Follow Infectious Disease Protocols

The Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has been fined by the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health for willfully violating safety protocols that put staff, patients and visitors at high risk of contracting infectious diseases. Ironically, this violation was discovered as Cal/OSHA personnel were investigating the hospital for another safety transgression. —Dianne Depra, Tech Times, 03/27/15 More »

North County Cares Coalition to Hold Day of Action for Restoration of a Full Service Hospital

North County Cares Coalition to Hold Day of Action for Restoration of a Full Service Hospital

On the one-year anniversary of the illegal closing of North Adams Regional Hospital on March 28, 2014the North County Cares Coalition (NCCC) is hosting a day of action and demonstrations as part of a year-long effort to restore a full service hospital to meet the significant health care needs of the 37,000 residents of Northern Berkshire County who are currently going without access to needed services, and are forced to travel a long distance to receive services they used to receive close to home. —North County Cares Coalition press release, 03/26/15 More »

Hard Facts

Hard Facts

The management of Huntington Memorial Hospital (HMH) would have the Pasadena community believe that it is a great hospital and that current efforts by its registered nurses to form a labor union in affiliation with the California Nurses Association (CNA) will lead to ruin. It may be hard for management to admit, but neither claim could be further from the truth. —John Grula, PhD, Pasadena Weekly, 03/25/15 More »

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