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Why Do Nurses Join Unions? Because They Can

Why Do Nurses Join Unions? Because They Can

Lost for many observers in last month's end-of-the-year hullabaloo was the annual Gallup Honesty and Ethics Survey which by a wide margin again ranked nursing as the most honest and ethical profession. —HealthLeadersMedia.com, 01/03/12 More »

My Word: Nurses’ fight is to ensure quality health care

My Word: Nurses’ fight is to ensure quality health care

By Michele Ross, RN and Elsa Matos-Leal, RN - While most people are decorating trees and planning holiday parties, Sutter's registered nurses have been sitting at bargaining tables around the Bay Area. Despite the pull of the holiday season, we are fighting for health care -- both protecting the health of our patients by holding the line on patient-care protections Sutter wants to eradicate, and stopping unwarranted cuts to health care coverage for our families. —Oakland Tribune, 12/22/11 More »

Nurses Accuse Equity Firm of Cutting Patient Care

Nurses Accuse Equity Firm of Cutting Patient Care

Instead of the inflatable rat that has become ho-hum at union protests in New York, a giant three-headed dog with fangs was the effigy on display as about 250 unionized nurses rallied outside the Midtown headquarters of the private equity firm Cerberus Capital Management. —New York Times, 12/20/11 More »

Medicare penalties for readmissions are likely to hit hospitals serving the poor

Medicare penalties for readmissions are likely to hit hospitals serving the poor

Medicare is preparing to penalize hospitals with frequent potentially avoidable readmissions, which by one estimate costs the government $12 billion a year. —Washington Post, 12/20/11 More »

Study: Unemployed, Underemployed U.S. Residents Delaying Care

Study: Unemployed, Underemployed U.S. Residents Delaying Care

About half of unemployed and underemployed U.S. residents do not have health insurance and 56% are delaying necessary care because of concerns about cost, according to according to a study released Monday by NPR and the Kaiser Family Foundation, National Journal reports. —California Healthline, 12/13/11 More »

Public ranks nurses top in honesty, ethics - again

Public ranks nurses top in honesty, ethics - again

This year's update, from a Nov. 28-Dec. 1 Gallup poll, finds Americans rating the honesty and ethical standards of 3 medical professions -- nurses, pharmacists, and doctors -- the highest of the 21 professions tested. At the other end of the spectrum, Americans give the least positive honesty and ethics ratings to members of Congress, lobbyists, car salespeople, and telemarketers. —Gallup.com, 12/12/11 More »

CPMC spends far less on poor, S.F. report says

CPMC spends far less on poor, S.F. report says

California Pacific Medical Center, including its St. Luke's campus, is San Francisco's most profitable hospital, yet it spends proportionately far less on care for poor residents than other private nonprofit hospitals in the city, according to a new report. —San Francisco Chronical, 12/09/11 More »

Government gets blamed for widening wealth gap

Government gets blamed for widening wealth gap

The state and federal governments are largely responsible for the widening gap between the rich and poor in the United States and should institute policy changes - including reforms to the tax code and more investment in education - to help reverse this 30-year trend, economists and researchers told state lawmakers Wednesday. —San Francisco Chronical, 12/08/11 More »

California’s wealth pyramid

California’s wealth pyramid

Is there a widening gap between rich and poor? In the nation, and particularly in California, the answer is yes. The most durable message from the Occupy Wall Street encampments across the nation is also the simplest: "We are the 99%." But are the implications of that message fair? Is there a widening gap between rich and poor? Are those doing well just a fraction of the populace? —Los Angeles Times, 12/06/11 More »

This strike could start to turn the tide of a generation

This strike could start to turn the tide of a generation

United Kingdom--It's not just the scale of the strike, though, but its breadth, from headteachers to school cleaners in every part of the country, that has set it apart. Most of those taking action were women, and the majority had never been on strike before. This has been the "big society" in action, but not as Cameron meant it. —The Guardian (UK), 12/01/11 More »

Thanks to Nurses Union and Occupy Wall Street, Pressure for Wall Street Speculation Tax Grows

Thanks to Nurses Union and Occupy Wall Street, Pressure for Wall Street Speculation Tax Grows

“There’s the idea of taxing financial transactions, which have exploded in recent decades. The economic value of all this trading is dubious at best. In fact, there’s considerable evidence suggesting that too much trading is going on.” —AlterNet.org, 12/01/11 More »

Strikes over public sector pensions hit services across UK as 2 million walk out

Strikes over public sector pensions hit services across UK as 2 million walk out

Trade unions and the government have traded blows over the impact of the biggest outbreak of industrial unrest in three decades, as up to 2 million public sector workers went on strike, forcing the closure of 62% of state schools in England and the cancellation of 6,000 hospital operations. —The Gardian (UK), 11/30/11 More »

Wednesday’s UK strike is just the start

Wednesday’s UK strike is just the start

The day of action is a rebuke to an elite that gives money to banks at the expense of the poor. Wednesday's public sector pensions strike is more than industrial action; it is a national day of rebuke. The dispute represents many things beyond its central purpose of making ministers think again about trying to make public servants pay more, work longer, and receive less. It represents a rebuke to an elite, represented by the Conservative-dominated coalition, which has treated the banks and hedge funds in precisely the opposite way, giving them more to deliver less in lending and investment. —Guardian, UK, 11/29/11 More »

Minnesota Nurses Association leader talks OccupyMN, strikes and Facebook

Minnesota Nurses Association leader talks OccupyMN, strikes and Facebook

A report published last week in Health Care Management Review downplays the importance of nurse-patient staffing ratios in the quality of patient care. But Linda Hamilton, two-term president of the Minnesota Nurses Association, maintains that those ratios are still the 20,000-member organization's utmost concern. —MedCityNews.com, 11/29/11 More »

Redefining the Union Boss

Redefining the Union Boss

New York Times - When Rose Ann DeMoro speaks, her voice sounds like a burbling faucet. Ms. DeMoro, 61, is executive director of National Nurses United, a 170,000-member union that she runs with dramatic flair. —New York Times, 11/20/11 More »

Study: Family Health Insurance Premiums Up by 52% in California

Study: Family Health Insurance Premiums Up by 52% in California

Premium costs for family health insurance in California increased by 52% from 2003 to 2010 and consume a larger share of residents' income, according to a study by the Commonwealth Fund, the San Francisco Chronicle reports (Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle, 11/17). —California Healthline, 11/17/11 More »

Family health care premiums exceed 20% of income

Family health care premiums exceed 20% of income

Family health insurance premiums in California went up 52 percent between 2003 and 2010 and now exceed 20 percent of income, according to a study released today. —San Francisco Chronicle, 11/17/11 More »

New study shows health insurance premium spikes in every state

New study shows health insurance premium spikes in every state

Premiums for employer-sponsored health insurance have risen faster than incomes in every state in the nation, according to a report released Thursday. The analysis of federal data by the Commonwealth Fund, an independent research organization, shed new light on the state-by-state picture while essentially confirming a national trend, highlighted in other recent surveys of employer-sponsored insurance, of greater premiums for skimpier benefits. —Washington Post, 11/16/11 More »

Robin Hood tax gains ground at the G-20

Robin Hood tax gains ground at the G-20

The G-20 meeting in Cannes got under way last week. The sunny beach resort, playground to movie stars and media moguls, was an odd choice for a somber meeting. As President Obama touched down in Air Force One, the Greek government was on the verge of collapse, austerity was sweeping Europe and the future of the Eurozone was in doubt. —Capital Times, 11/09/11 More »

Robin Hood Tax Gains Ground at the G-20

Robin Hood Tax Gains Ground at the G-20

The G-20 meeting in Cannes got underway this week. The sunny beach resort, playground to movie stars and media moguls was an odd choice for a somber G-20 meeting. As President Obama and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner touched down in Air Force One, the Greek government was on the verge of collapse, austerity was sweeping Europe and the future of the Eurozone in doubt. —CommonDreams, 11/04/11 More »

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