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NATO Summit caught in spin cycle on both sides

NATO Summit caught in spin cycle on both sides

On the run-up to the NATO summit, free speech is being held hostage. While the summit kicks off this weekend, the war of words has been under way for months. Chicago needs a cease-fire on the distortions, disclaimers and declarations that have filled the public conversation. More »

Global push to guarantee health coverage leaves U.S. behind

Global push to guarantee health coverage leaves U.S. behind

China, Mexico and other countries far less affluent are working to provide medical insurance for all citizens. It's viewed as an economic investment. —Los Angeles Times, 05/12/12 More »

Nurses, Veterans Furious With City’s Changes To NATO Protests

Nurses, Veterans Furious With City’s Changes To NATO Protests

CHICAGO (CBS) – Is the city of Chicago double-crossing demonstrators planning protests during the weekend of the NATO summit? That’s what protest organizers are charging, claiming the city is going back on its word on where and how two big marches will conclude. More »

City moves NATO protest from Daley Plaza

City moves NATO protest from Daley Plaza

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration pulled the plug Tuesday on the only NATO protest planned for a workday in the Loop business district, revoking permission for a May 18 Daley Plaza rally barely a week before world leaders are to arrive in Chicago. The National Nurses United group that planned the demonstration and other protest groups called the move a violation of free speech and said it fits a pattern of City Hall trying to marginalize demonstrations against the May 20-21 gathering. —Chicago Tribune, 05/09/12 More »

City of Chicago Pulls Permit for Nurses Rally After Event Adds Tom Morello Performance

City of Chicago Pulls Permit for Nurses Rally After Event Adds Tom Morello Performance

The city of Chicago has forced the relocation of a National Nurses United rally planned for May 18th after the event added a performance by Tom Morello, the Chicago Tribune reports. —Rolling Stone, 05/09/12 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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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