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18,000 California Nurses Win Stronger Patient Care, Workplace Protections in New Kaiser Pact

18,000 California Nurses Win Stronger Patient Care, Workplace Protections in New Kaiser Pact

ome 18,000 California registered nurses, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU), who work at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics are voting this week on a new contract. The agreement, reached after months of negotiations, will give the RNs a stronger voice on patient care and provides breakthrough improvements in workplace protections. —Mike Hall, AFL-CIO, 01/21/15 More »

As Top Democrats Embrace a Robin Hood Tax, It’s Time for Activists to Go Big

As Top Democrats Embrace a Robin Hood Tax, It’s Time for Activists to Go Big

Americans who are serious about addressing income inequality have long recognized that the United States needs a Robin Hood Tax – a charge on financial transactions proposed by campaigners who have argued since the Wall Street meltdown of 2008 that “banks, hedge funds and the rest of the financial sector should pay their fair share to clear up the mess they helped create.” —John Nicholson, The Nation, 01/12/15 More »

Fatal System Error

Fatal System Error

Private nonprofit hospitals, which benefit from huge tax breaks, fail to care for the East Bay's poorest residents — and now one public hospital is on the verge of collapse. —Sam Levin, East Bay Express, 01/09/15 More »

Hospitals’ sale: Prime is the only buyer who can keep facilities open

Hospitals’ sale: Prime is the only buyer who can keep facilities open

For decades, registered nurses at Daughters of Charity Health System have outlasted wars, pestilence and even earthquakes to fulfill their mission of serving the indigent and the poor in the Bay Area and Southern California. No one alive can recall a time care was not available at the local hospitals. —Sharon Erlich and Donna Fischer, San Jose Mercury News, 01/07/15 More »

Planned sale of 6 hospitals to for-profit ignites debate

Planned sale of 6 hospitals to for-profit ignites debate

The state attorney general’s office will hold a series of public hearings this week on the controversial sale of six nonprofit hospitals, including Seton Medical Center in Daly City and O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, to a for-profit Southern California company. —Victoria Colliver, San Francisco Chronicle , 01/05/15 More »

Letter to the editor: Approve hospital sale

Letter to the editor: Approve hospital sale

I recently read that 18 members of Congress oppose the sale of Saint Louise Regional Hospital as well as the other Daughters of Charity Hospitals to Prime Healthcare, stating basically that it would be bad for the communities, patients and healthcare workers. —George F. Endress III, RN, Morgan Hill Times, 12/30/14 More »

Public hearings set for proposed Seton Medical Center sale

Public hearings set for proposed Seton Medical Center sale

Two local public hearings are scheduled next month to help California Attorney General Kamala Harris decide whether a six-hospital chain including facilities in Daly City and Moss Beach should be sold to a private corporation fiercely opposed by some unions and officials who fear it prioritizes profits over care. —Michelle Durand, Daily Journal, 12/17/14 More »

Dennis Taylor: CEO pay hinders SVMH in labor strife

Dennis Taylor: CEO pay hinders SVMH in labor strife

With nurses at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital having authorized a strike earlier this week, the rhetoric between labor and management is flying. But management's arguments, regardless of how powerful they might be, are overshadowed by the resentment created by the $622,000 annual salary of Chief Executive Pete Delgado. —Dennis L. Taylor, The Californian, 12/10/14 More »

Nurses’ strike is about preserving San Bernardino County patient care: Guest commentary

Nurses’ strike is about preserving San Bernardino County patient care: Guest commentary

We are registered nurses. Many nurses grew up in San Bernardino County, attended local nursing schools, and raised families here. We are your neighbors. We made the decision to dedicate our professional lives to providing quality care to our community in a public health setting. We wanted to work where they took in everyone who needed care — the county. —Toni Rodriguez and Becky Spradling, San Bernardino County Sun , 12/08/14 More »

Nurses strike is part of larger labor push

Nurses strike is part of larger labor push

A strike during the past two days by 18,000 nurses at Kaiser Permanente facilities in northern and central California, including three major Sacramento-area hospitals, was the latest salvo by a powerful union that says it is intent on improving the lot of nurses nationwide. —Hudson Sangree and Bill Lindelof, The Sacramento Bee, 11/13/14 More »

Nurses demand better Ebola protection at Oakland rally

Nurses demand better Ebola protection at Oakland rally

Wearing red, waving placards and chanting, almost 1,000 nurses from as far away as Bakersfield rallied in front of the federal building Wednesday to protest what they called hospitals' lack of preparation for Ebola. —Rebecca Parr, The Daily Review, Contra Costa Times, 11/13/14 More »

US Nurses Plan Widespread Strike Over Lack of Ebola Prep

US Nurses Plan Widespread Strike Over Lack of Ebola Prep

Nurses in at least 14 states and the District of Columbia plan strikes and a national day of action to protest for better patient care and Ebola preparedness on November 11 and 12, according to a statement from National Nurses United (NNU), a nursing union with 155,000 members. —Troy Brown, RN; Medscape Medical News, 11/05/14 More »

National Nurses Union rallies in Oakland after Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola

National Nurses Union rallies in Oakland after Dallas nurse diagnosed with Ebola

The union said hundreds of nurses are expected to join a national discussion Wednesday that will address hospital preparations for Ebola, and the training nurses are receiving. So far, they say, the data received in the union's survey of more than 1,900 registered nurses at more than 750 hospitals in 46 states and the District of Columbia wasn't encouraging. —Rick Hurd, Contra Costa Times, 10/13/14 More »

Op-Ed - Why California needs Prop. 45

Op-Ed - Why California needs Prop. 45

If you believe the advertising on television, health insurance in California is now the best deal since sliced bread. Four health insurance companies, which control 84% of the California market, are spending tens of millions of dollars to convince voters they have it so good that the state doesn't need Proposition 45. The November ballot measure would simply give the insurance commissioner the right to reject excessive health insurance rates. —Jamie Court of Consumer Watchdog, via Los Angeles Times, 10/08/14 More »

Stanislaus County Health Workers Prepare in case Ebola Arrives

Stanislaus County Health Workers Prepare in case Ebola Arrives

Local hospitals, clinics and health agencies said they, too, are preparing for the possibility of an Ebola outbreak. Officials stress that there are no cases of the deadly disease in California. But a man who had traveled from Liberia was diagnosed with Ebola on Sept. 30 in Texas. —Ken Carlson, The Modesto Bee, 10/07/14 More »

Co-President of NNU – Speaks About Ebola on MSNBC

Co-President of NNU – Speaks About Ebola on MSNBC

Watch National Nurses United Co-President Deborah Burger on MSNBC, speaking out on how U.S. nurses are saying they are unprepared for the Ebola virus. —The ED Show, MSNBC, 10/04/14 More »

RN Response Network Director Bonnie Castillo Speaks on CNN

RN Response Network Director Bonnie Castillo Speaks on CNN

RNs and survey results were featured on national media from coast to coast, including an interview with RN Response Network director Bonnie Castillo, RN on CN. —CNN, 10/04/14 More »

Are We Prepared for An Ebola Outbreak

Are We Prepared for An Ebola Outbreak

On Friday’s Podcast Ed is joined by Deborah Burger, Co-President of the National Nurses United and long-time Registered Nurse, to discuss a NNU survey showing just how unprepared our nation’s hospitals are for an Ebola outbreak. —The Ed Schultz Show, 10/03/14 More »

Nurses Pretend to Die During Ebola Protest in Las Vegas

Nurses Pretend to Die During Ebola Protest in Las Vegas

Dressed in hazmat costumes and red shirts, roughly 1,000 nurses gathered on the Las Vegas strip to call attention to the United States' level of preparedness in fighting a potential Ebola crisis at home. —Brittany Levine, Mashable, 09/29/14 More »

IMAGES: Nurses stage Ebola ‘die-in’ on Las Vegas Strip

IMAGES: Nurses stage Ebola ‘die-in’ on Las Vegas Strip

Nurses protest along Las Vegas Boulevard Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014, in Las Vegas. Nurses in town for the California Nurses Association and National Nurses Organizing Committee convention protested on the Strip because they say U.S. hospitals aren't ready for an Ebola outbreak. —John Locher, Associated Press, 09/29/14 More »

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