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It’s about safe patient care

The St. Vincent nurses are making a stand for safe limits on nurses’ patient assignments to ensure you receive the care and monitoring that could save your life. —Worcester Telegram, 04/21/11 More »

Alameda County must accept St. Rose offer for San Leandro Hospital

THE FUTURE of San Leandro Hospital has been in doubt for more than two years, but at long last there is now hope to save the hospital -- and to save the lives of untold numbers of its patients. Seeing this hope to fruition must become an urgent priority for all Alameda County policy makers. —Oakland Tribune, 04/18/11 More »

Overtime goes overboard at Cook County hospitals

Staff shortages and management woes at Cook County hospitals are pushing overtime to extraordinary levels, imposing huge costs on taxpayers and raising concerns about patient safety. —Crain's Chicago, 04/15/11 More »

Patient safety should be a priority everywhere

Patient safety should be a priority everywhere

The disrespect Eastern Maine Medical Center Board Chairman Mike McInnis shows in his March 19 commentary toward nurses who have devoted years of service to our patients and our community, and his dismissive tone about our serious concerns about patient safety, demonstrates why we continue to have a dispute at EMMC. —Bangor Daily News, 04/15/11 More »

University of Chicago Medical Center nurses vote to authorize strike

CHICAGO — Union nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center have voted to authorize a strike, but an interim contract will keep them on the job until at least the end of June. —Daily Reporter, 04/15/11 More »

Nurses poised to strike at UC Medical Center

CHICAGO—Unionized nurses have voted to authorize a strike against the University of Chicago Medical Center. —WGN Chicago, 04/15/11 More »

Insurance commissioner joins lawsuit alleging fraudulent billing by Sutter Health

Sutter Health hospitals routinely charged insurers for anesthesia services that were never performed, bogus bills that potentially ran into the hundreds of millions of dollars, the state's insurance commissioner alleged Wednesday in joining a lawsuit against the Sacramento-based health network. —Sacramento Bee, 04/13/11 More »

Saint John’s nurses petition to hold union election

SAINT JOHN'S — Nurses at Saint John's Health Center have formally petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election, a step organizers say is a decade in the making. —Santa Monica Daily Press, 04/13/11 More »

Quality care should not be subjective

If you had a loved one hospitalized at St. Vincent, you would want the hospital and its staff to provide that person with the best care. Should it alarm you, then, that St. Vincent nurses in the past 15 months reported more than 1,000 incidents in which they believe inadequate staffing conditions jeopardized patient safety? —Worcester Telegram, 04/08/11 More »

An Open Letter to CBS’ 60 Minutes Following its Pitch for More Corporate Handouts

An Open Letter to CBS’ 60 Minutes Following its Pitch for More Corporate Handouts

Your report on the corporate tax rate and new tax havens March 27 (“A look at the world’s new corporate tax havens”) was a stunning disservice to all the Americans who are harmed by a national budget that is seriously distorted by the failure of so many U.S. corporations to pay their fair share. —Alternet, 03/31/11 More »

Nurses rally to protest budget plan, emergency financial manager law

Nurses rally to protest budget plan, emergency financial manager law

A flurry of red-and-white signs with the words "Some cuts never heal" flapped furiously in front of the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon. The signs were accompanied by more than 200 nurses, nursing students and local and state officials who criticized Gov. Rick Snyder's budget proposals and legislation that gives emergency financial managers the authority to cancel union contracts. —Lansing State Journal, 03/31/11 More »

Want to Cut the Deficit? Restore Fair Taxes on Corporations and the Wealthy

Greed at the upper echelons of our society is bankrupting our governments at every level. "Suggesting corporations and the wealthiest Americans pay their fair share," writes Deborah Burger, "usually earns one the reproof of advocating class warfare. But class warfare when practiced by the elites is apparently perfectly acceptable. The average CEO who was paid $27 for every dollar earned by an employer 25 years ago – during which wages have mostly fallen or stagnated – now gets a ratio of about $275 to $1." —CommonDreams, 03/25/11 More »

Hospitals Oppose California Bill to Tighten Security

Citing high costs, the California Hospital Association is opposing a bill in the state legislature that would require hospitals to tighten security and increase reporting of violent events, according to a report by the Los Angeles Times. —Becker Hospital Review, 03/23/11 More »

Bill to tighten hospital security clears California legislative panel

A California legislative committee gave preliminary approval Tuesday to a bill that would tighten security at hospitals and increase their requirements for reporting violent acts to the state. —Los Angeles Times, 03/23/11 More »

Ex-hospital head takes plea in retaliation case

A former West Texas hospital administrator accused of retaliating against two whistle-blowing nurses accepted a plea deal Monday and could testify in trials for a doctor, sheriff and prosecutor facing similar charges. —Associated Press, 03/22/11 More »

Tufts nurses protest over hospital staffing

Tufts Medical Center nurses are ratcheting up their heated contract dispute with the Boston teaching hospital. Nurses planned to follow a flash mob at South Shore Plaza yesterday with picketing from 4 to 6 p.m. today outside the hospital in Chinatown. —Boston Globe, 03/17/11 More »

PROMISES, PROMISES: Obama shies away from protests

Union leaders urged Vice President Joe Biden during a White House meeting last month to go to Wisconsin and rally the faithful in their fight against Gov. Scott Walker's move to curtail collective bargaining rights for most public employees. —Associated Press, 03/12/11 More »

‘Shame!’ Legislators Approve Wisconsin Governor’s Anti-Worker Agenda

Wisconsin State Representative Mark Pocan, the former co-chair of the legislature's powerful Joint Finance Committee, says he is starting to feel as if he lives in a “third world junta.” Wisconsin State Senator Bob Jauch, a senior Democrat, says that what he is witnessing feels like “a coup.” Marty Beil, the head of the AFSCME Council 24, the state’s largest public employee union, said Wisconsin had been turned into “a banana republic.” —The Nation, 03/10/11 More »

Vital Signs: Medicaid programs also a casualty of last night’s surprise vote, angry advocates say

Once again, Medicaid seems forgotten as another wave of protests and media stories rocks the Capitol. Last night's surprise vote by GOP lawmakers pushing a pared down version of the so-called budget repair bill through a hastily convened conference meeting and a rapid approval by the Senate to what now seems to be almost definite passage as early as this morning impacts not just collective bargaining rights in the state, but the health care and benefits of nearly 1.2 million Wisconsin residents in the public health programs. —The Capital Times, 03/10/11 More »

Don’t Believe the Hype: Worker solidarity can win economic justice

There’s a joke circulating around the Internet that goes something like this: A corporate CEO, a union member and a tea partier are sitting at a table with a plate of a dozen cookies. The CEO takes 11 cookies and wolfs them down. Then he turns to the tea partier and says, “Watch out for that union guy. He wants part of your cookie.” It’s a joke that has billionaires like the Koch Brothers—who fund tea party groups through Americans for Prosperity—and their errand boys Dick Armey of Freedom Works and Karl Rove of American Crossroads laughing all the way to the bank. —The Source Weekly, 03/09/11 More »

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