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Endorsement: Proposition 32 power play deserves a ‘no’ vote

Endorsement: Proposition 32 power play deserves a ‘no’ vote

Once again, Californians are being asked to diminish unions' power by restricting their ability to raise campaign money. Once more, initiative promoters are trying to mislead voters by claiming to offer campaign finance reform. But just as they did in 1998 and 2005, voters should reject the deception by voting down Proposition 32, a transparent power grab that purports to "stop special interest money." —Sacramento Bee, 09/24/12 More »

Classic Koch: How Prop. 32 Could Enrich Two Billionaires

Classic Koch: How Prop. 32 Could Enrich Two Billionaires

On September 14 the Web exploded with news that billionaire industrialists Charles and David Koch had donated $4 million in support of Proposition 32. A San Francisco Chronicle editorial noting the donation labeled the brothers “conservative ideologues” – a moniker often applied to the Kochs. This description, however, gives the Kochs far too much credit for their supposed philosophical purity—particularly as it relates to the Prop. 32 battle. —Frying Pan News, 09/24/12 More »

Filipino nurses win language discrimination settlement

Filipino nurses win language discrimination settlement

A group of Filipino nurses who claimed they were mocked for their accents and ordered to speak "English only" won a nearly $1-million settlement against a Central California hospital where bosses and co-workers were allegedly urged to eavesdrop on the immigrant workers. —Los Angeles Times, 09/18/12 More »

Aware of ‘no options,’ Woman Dies Fighting For Medical Coverage

Aware of ‘no options,’ Woman Dies Fighting For Medical Coverage

Leslie Elder was always a fighter. But in a message to a friend in the waning days of her life, she seemed exhausted. The note, written at a time of spiritual darkness, suggested defeat after a decades-long struggle for medical coverage. "I honestly don't know how much more I can endure," Elder wrote earlier this year in a Facebook message to her friend Liz Jacobs. "I am fighting for (Medicaid) and disability. I can't work I sit in bed I cry a lot. I am still fighting for healthcare and still fighting foreclosure. —CNN, 09/04/12 More »

Former Wells Fargo Employee Says Company Fired Him Over Daughter’s Cancer Costs

Former Wells Fargo Employee Says Company Fired Him Over Daughter’s Cancer Costs

According to the suit, his daughter's treatment needs forced Gonzalez to work irregular hours, often away from his office at the company's Palm Beach branch. Between 2009 and 2010, Wells Fargo made several changes to its time records management system, including a new rule prohibiting employees from logging time previously worked. —Crain Communications Inc., 08/17/12 More »

Nurses’ union: Legislature should set charity care level for nonprofit hospitals

Nurses’ union: Legislature should set charity care level for nonprofit hospitals

A nurses' union urged state lawmakers Wednesday to set a minimum level of charity care for all nonprofit hospitals in exchange for their lucrative, tax-exempt status. "We are calling on state officials to pass legislation to rein in the abuses we have seen," said Michael Lighty, public policy director for the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —Silicon Valley Mercury News, 08/16/12 More »

Nonprofit hospitals’ charity care under scrutiny

Nonprofit hospitals’ charity care under scrutiny

Nonprofit hospitals in California are facing new scrutiny over whether they are doing enough for the public to justify their tax-exempt status. —Bay Citizen, 08/15/12 More »

California’s Prop. 32 would be Citizens United on steroids

California’s Prop. 32 would be Citizens United on steroids

Conservative activists in California are promoting a deceptive ballot proposition that would increase the ability of business groups and billionaires to dominate state elections. The measure, Proposition 32, claims to be an even-handed effort at campaign finance reform – but nothing could be further from the truth. Prop. 32 (or “Stop Special Interest Money Now,” as its big money supporters prefer to call it) would cripple the ability of unions to participate in politics, but have little or no impact on unlimited spending by corporate executives and other wealthy individuals. —The Hill, 08/14/12 More »

Nurses protest at Rideout

Nurses protest at Rideout

About 50 registered nurses, nursing assistants and their families demonstrated Monday with picket signs across the street from Rideout-Memorial Hospital in Marysville. —AppealDemocrat.com, 08/07/12 More »

Walter Frederickson: A tax for the people, not on the people

Walter Frederickson: A tax for the people, not on the people

Earlier this spring, I stood on the steamy streets of Chicago and witnessed a revival that my union brothers and sisters in the Windy City said was a long time coming. I’d been swept into town a day earlier along with hundreds of nurses, union members and others to help National Nurses United (of which MNA is a founding member) launch what quickly became a national movement – the call for a “Robin Hood Tax” on the “Too Big to Fail” banks and Wall Street speculators who created this financial nightmare. —Opinion Editorial by: Walter Frederickson, R.N., 08/01/12 More »

NHS among developed world’s most efficient health systems, says study

NHS among developed world’s most efficient health systems, says study

The NHS is one of the most cost-effective health systems in the developed world, according to a study (pdf) published in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. The "surprising" findings show the NHS saving more lives for each pound spent as a proportion of national wealth than any other country apart from Ireland over 25 years. Among the 17 countries considered, the United States healthcare system was among the least efficient and effective. —the guardian, 07/31/12 More »

Nurse burnout linked to lapses in patient care

Nurse burnout linked to lapses in patient care

For years nurses — and their union representatives — have argued that inadequate staffing hurts patients. A new study in the American Journal of Infection Control examines the problem and suggests that burnout drives some common lapses in patient care. —newsworks, 07/31/12 More »

Burned-out nurses linked to more infections in patients

Burned-out nurses linked to more infections in patients

Heavy patient loads and chronic burnout have long been among the top complaints of nurses at the nation’s hospital bedsides. But a new study shows that those problems affect not only the nurses themselves, but also the number of infections in the people they care for. —NBC News, 07/30/12 More »

Penn Study Examines Link Between Nurse Burnout, Care

Penn Study Examines Link Between Nurse Burnout, Care

For years, as hospitals cut costs to survive ever-increasing financial pressures, nurses argued that inadequate staffing harms patients. California's controversial and, so far, unique response was to mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, which, if applied locally, would prevent 222 surgical deaths annually in New Jersey and 264 in Pennsylvania, researchers here calculated in 2010. Now members of that same University of Pennsylvania team say they have figured out a key reason for that. Though it might seem clear-cut - fewer caregivers provide poorer care - they maintain the issue is not simply numbers but a bad work environment. And that leads to burnout. —Philidelphia Inquirer, 07/30/12 More »

Gold medal coverage? Not exactly

Gold medal coverage? Not exactly

Olympic athletes may perform superhuman feats on the field. But when they buy health insurance, they face a system just as weird and complicated as the rest of us do. —Washington Post, 07/27/12 More »

“Robin Hood Tax” Makes Case in DC

“Robin Hood Tax” Makes Case in DC

As the Global AIDS Conference brings people from all over the world to Washington, DC, National Nurses United and other groups call for a Robin Hood Tax on financial transactions to fund healthcare, housing, and a cure for AIDS. —The Real News Network, 07/25/12 More »

Out of Work, Out of Luck

The government has the tools to help remedy the jobs crisis, so why isn't it doing anything? —The American Prospect, 07/19/12 More »

Nurses Union Will Keep Fighting for Medicare for All

Nurses Union Will Keep Fighting for Medicare for All

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, former insurance company executive Wendell Potter’s appeal to single payer advocates to “bury the hatchet,” recently published in The Nation, is both misdirected and shortsighted. By RoseAnn DeMoro, NNU/CNA Executive Director —The Nation, By RoseAnn DeMoro, 07/17/12 More »

Annual fashion show keeps Nataline Sarkisyan’s story alive

Annual fashion show keeps Nataline Sarkisyan’s story alive

They weep still for their blue-eyed Nataline. Their tears flow for what they remember: Their daughter in her room, the pink walls decorated with posters of the Jonas Brothers. They see her there sketching in a notebook the dresses and blouses and jackets she would one day like to design. Nataline Sarkisyan died in a UCLA hospital bed on Dec. 20, 2007. She was 17. Her story drew nationwide attention because the liver transplant she needed was denied by her family's health insurer, CIGNA. —Contra Costa Times, 07/11/12 More »

Chicago Nurses Say: We Need a Robin Hood Tax!

Chicago Nurses Say: We Need a Robin Hood Tax!

National Nurses United(NNU) took up the cause of Robin Hood at Chicago’s downtown J.P. Morgan Chase building on June 19. With its merry band of tax reforming nurses, the NNU held a lunch hour rally to press for a financial transactions tax (FTT) or as it is more commonly called, a “Robin Hood Tax”. Chicago was among 15 cities where similar rallies were held. Easily recognized by their red scrubs along with their Robin Hood hats and masks, NNU members described the Robin Hood tax in signs that read,”It’s Not a Tax On the People. It’s a Tax For the People.” —Unions.org, 07/06/12 More »

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