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University of Michigan nurses allege “assault on women,” unfair labor practices at health system

Tuesday afternoon several dozen nurses employed by the University of Michigan Hospital and Health System held a press conference at the Michigan Union. Speaking on behalf of the 4,000 or so nurses in the U-M health system, the nurses alleged unfair labor practices on the university’s part and announced plans to picket if conditions don’t improve. —Ann Arbor Journal, 08/02/11 More »

Las Vegas nurses take to the streets to fight for patient safety

Registered nurses from MountainView Hospital took to the streets Thursday morning to voice their concerns about patient safety.

 —Fox 5 News, 07/21/11 More »

Nurses Rally Against Government Healthcare and Social Security Cuts

Just to be clear, the more than 100 registered nurses huddled around Irvine's Civic Center Plaza at high noon today are not there to implant a conscience into Larry Agran. —Orange County Weekly BLOG, 07/21/11 More »

Medicare doesn’t cover many health-care expenses for low-income seniors

Helen Johnson gave a welcoming smile to the group of older men and women who had assembled at the senior center in the Maryland Eastern Shore town of Snow Hill on a recent evening. All of them were caregivers for spouses or parents with debilitating illnesses. —Washington Post, 07/20/11 More »

Social Security provides the majority of income for three-fifths of Americans age 65+

The average annual Social Security retirement benefit in 2009 was $13,406.40, slightly above the $10,289 federal poverty line for individuals age 65 and older, but less than the minimum wage. —Economic Policy Institute, 07/20/11 More »

Study: Hospitals add higher skilled nurses in response to mandate

California hospitals have added registered nurses and increased access to professional nursing care since the state’s landmark nurse-to-patient staffing law was implemented, a new study concludes. —Sacramento Business Journal, 07/18/11 More »

Nurses seek financial transaction tax

Nurses seek financial transaction tax

By: Deborah Burger | Is tone deaf the new norm in Washington? Republicans insist on cuts to the bone in basic services while rejecting even modest revenue increases. The president floats proposals to increase the eligibility age for Medicare 65 to 67 along with reductions in Social Security. —San Francisco Chronicle OpEd, 07/18/11 More »

Soup kitchen’ makes a statement to Gov. Snyder

George Gray sells his blood every week so he can afford a bus pass or buy shaving cream. Unemployed and homeless for two years, the 57-year-old also is no stranger to soup kitchens. —Lansing State Journal, 07/14/11 More »

When health insurance isn’t enough

New studies suggest that coverage doesn't protect Americans from going bankrupt over medical costs —Salon.com, 07/07/11 More »

First Study of Its Kind Shows Benefits of Providing Medical Insurance to Poor

When poor people are given medical insurance, they not only find regular doctors and see doctors more often but they also feel better, are less depressed and are better able to maintain financial stability, according to a new, large-scale study that provides the first rigorously controlled assessment of the impact of Medicaid —New York Times, 07/07/11 More »

How health cuts are killing women

As Republicans push for bigger budget cuts, slashed public health programmes mean maternal mortality is already ticking up —The Guardian/UK, 07/06/11 More »

The Wageless, Profitable Recovery

Economists at Northeastern University have found that the current economic recovery in the United States has been unusually skewed in favor of corporate profits and against increased wages for workers. —New York Times Blog, 06/30/11 More »

Nurses union supports equal access for all

The view from the hospital floor where nurses give care 24/7 is quite a distance from the halls of Congress, which is consumed with debates on debt ceilings. —Orlando Sentinel , 06/27/11 More »

Nurses Rally to Tax Wall Street

Nurses Rally to Tax Wall Street

Local nurses rallied today in support of a national call for a half-cent tax on stock and bond sales and other financial transactions. The new revenue would restore jobs and help fix the economy. Members of the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United say the billions raised could ease financial strains on working families. —kpbs, 06/24/11 More »

Unions challenge Wall Street sway over politicians

Unions challenge Wall Street sway over politicians

California’s nurses union stared down former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for trying to scale down the union’s political influence in 2005 and helped sabotage the gubernatorial campaign of another Republican, Meg Whitman, last year. —San Francisco Chronicle, 06/24/11 More »

U.S. Nurses Bring Global Call to Tax Speculators to Wall Street

U.S. Nurses Bring Global Call to Tax Speculators to Wall Street

Nurses from across the United States rallied on Wall Street today, calling on the financial industry to pay their fair share of the costs of the economic crisis. —Institute for Policy Studies, 06/23/11 More »

Nurses’ Union, Community Organizations Rally To Fight New York Budget Cuts: “Make Wall Street Pay!”

Nurses’ Union, Community Organizations Rally To Fight New York Budget Cuts: “Make Wall Street Pay!”

On Wednesday afternoon, June 22, a feisty group of 3,000 nurses, and their supporters from other unions and community groups, rallied at Federal Hall on Wall St. in New York City to confront the greedy banking industry and demand they pay tiny taxes on financial transactions to stop devastating budget cuts and finance health care for all. —Alternet, 06/23/11 More »

Nurses protest cuts to public health, support campaign for Wall Street tax

Nurses protest cuts to public health, support campaign for Wall Street tax

Nurses who support a tax on Wall Street transactions to help fund public health held a demonstration Thursday morning in Ventura, waving signs with slogans like "Too big to fail and getting even bigger" in support of the national campaign. —Ventura County Star, 06/23/11 More »

Nurses Join International Push for Bank Trade Tax

Hundreds of nurses and their allies rallied on Wall Street Wednesday to remind the bankers they owe the nation, and the union movement is determined to collect. —Labor Notes, 06/22/11 More »

Single-payer coverage eyed in New York State

Momentum is moving in a very different direction in liberal Vermont, and maybe in New York State. A month ago, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a law that will create a single-payer health care system, parallel to Canada’s. —Buffalo News, 06/20/11 More »

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