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Tom Steyer ups climate change pressure on Obama

Tom Steyer ups climate change pressure on Obama

On Thursday, San Francisco billionaire climate activist Tom Steyer is launching a new online campaign Thursday in Washington, D.C. to turn up the heat on his friend President Obama to do more to take on climate change — starting with urging him again to oppose the proposed Keystone XL pipeline. Called “We Love Our Land,” it will run at least 10 weeks and be based largely on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and later, Change.org. If some street demonstrations grow out of this, fine, organizers said, but that’s not the point. It is an argument aimed squarely at Obama supporters who are disappointed that he hasn’t done more on climate change. —Joe Garofoli for SF Chronicle, 06/20/13 More »

Petaluma hospital nurses OK labor contract

Nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital represented by the California Nurses Association have approved a labor agreement with St. Joseph Health, which runs the hospital, the union said. The deal gives nurses pay raises of 2 percent a year for three years but also reduces their stand-by pay, a St. Joseph's official said. The CNA represents about about 170 nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital. The union contract also was approved by more than 900 union nurses at two other St. Joseph hospitals, St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley. —Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 06/19/13 More »

St. Mary nurses ratify labor agreement

APPLE VALLEY • After more than six months of negotiations, registered nurses at St. Joseph, St. Mary ratified a new collective bargaining agreement Wednesday, according to a news release from the California Nurses Association and National Nurses United. Local nurses joined others at the Eureka and Petaluma locations in the St. Joseph Health system in ratifying the deal after a preliminary agreement was reached earlier this month. “We are extremely pleased that the bargaining teams for the CNA union and our hospital have reached agreement on a new contract with our valued nurses,” said St. Joseph Health, St. Mary spokesman Randy Bevilacqua in a written statement after the preliminary deal. “As always, the focus of our clinical teams continues to be on providing high-quality, safe, compassionate care and service to our patients at all times.” —Daily Press, 06/19/13 More »

Sutter Health patient information turns up in drug bust

Sutter Health patient information turns up in drug bust

When Alameda County sheriff’s deputies conducted a drug bust in Oakland on May 16, they found drugs, but a search turned up something else, too: personal information on about 4,500 Sutter Health patients. It’s unclear how the information got there, but it may have come from Sutter hospitals, including Alta Bates Summit Medical Center in Berkeley and Oakland, Sutter Delta Medical Center in Antioch and Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley, according to a letter to patients from David Bradley, president of Sutter’s East Bay Region. —Sacramento Business Journal, 06/10/13 More »

Stop Austerity, Stop Keystone: Our Planet, Our Health

Stop Austerity, Stop Keystone: Our Planet, Our Health

Keystone represents the false choices of the austerity era. Jobs VS the planet. Economic recovery VS healthy communities. Our money or our lives. The Robin Hood Tax will heal our environment AND our economy. March across the Golden Gate Bridge with 350.org, 350BayArea.org, National Nurses United, Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club, Sierra Club SF Bay Chapter, CREDO, Food and Water Watch, Asian Pacific Environmental Network, EQUAL Health Network, California League of Conservation Voters, Center for Biological Diversity, Keystone XL Action Council, UNITE HERE! Local 2850, Movement Generation, Bay Localize, Citizens Climate Lobby, Sustainable San Rafael, Global Exchange, and other environment and public health advocates to send this message to Wall Street and Washington, DC. Tax Wall Street to heal the environment —National Nurses United, 06/10/13 More »

Nurses Reach Tentative Agreements at St. Joseph Hospitals in Apple Valley, Eureka and Petaluma

Nurses Reach Tentative Agreements at St. Joseph Hospitals in Apple Valley, Eureka and Petaluma

Registered nurses at three St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) medical centers have achieved a tentative settlement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining agreement that nurses say will bring significant improvements in patient care protections and healthcare security for nurses. The agreement between nurse and hospital negotiators, reached late Wednesday night, must still be ratified by the RNs who will vote on the proposals in membership meetings expected to be held next week. For more information, you can read the press release and news articles collected here. —Multiple Sources, 06/07/13 More »

Nurses reach tentative labor agreement

Nurses reach tentative labor agreement

Registered nurses reached a tentative labor deal with St. Joseph Health, St. Mary, according to a news release from the California Nurses Association on Thursday. RNs say the new collective bargaining agreement will protect RN-to-patient ratios in the Apple Valley hospital while also preventing increases in the cost of nurses’ health care coverage. “We made major improvements to our contract and gave nurses the tools to advocate for their practice and their patients,” said Ron Herron, a critical care RN at St. Mary, in a prepared statement. “We maintained affordable health care benefits which are critical to attracting nurses to our growing community hospital.” —Victorville Daily Press, 06/07/13 More »

St. Joseph nurses reach tentative collective bargaining agreement

St. Joseph nurses reach tentative collective bargaining agreement

Registered nurses at St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka, along with nurses from St. Joseph Health System medical centers in Apple Valley and Petaluma, announced on Thursday a tentative settlement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining agreement. Susan Johnson, a registered nurse in St. Joseph's labor and delivery unit, said, in a press release from the California Nurses Association, that language improvements under the new agreement will create safer staffing conditions for both nurses and patients. —Eureka Times Standard, 06/07/13 More »

RNs reach tentative deal with Petaluma Valley Hospital

PETALUMA — Registered nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital and two other St. Joseph Health–affiliated facilities today reached a tentative accord with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining agreement, the California Nurses Association said. The Oakland-based nurses’ union, an affiliate of National Nurses United, said the agreement “will bring significant improvements in patient care protections and health care security for nurses.” —North Bay Business Journal, 06/07/13 More »

Petaluma hospital nurses reach tentative contract agreement

Petaluma hospital nurses reach tentative contract agreement

The California Nurses Association, which represents about 170 nurses at Petaluma Valley Hospital, announced a tentative agreement Thursday with St. Joseph Health, which runs the hospital. CNA negotiators representing more than 900 union nurses at two other St. Joseph hospitals, St. Joseph Hospital in Eureka and St. Mary Medical Center in Apple Valley, also reached tentative labor agreements. Nurses are expected to vote next week on whether or not to ratify the three-year agreement. —Santa Rosa Press Democrat, 06/07/13 More »

California Rideout Nurses to Vote on New Contract on Tuesday

California Rideout Nurses to Vote on New Contract on Tuesday

Registered nurses at Rideout Health Group will vote Tuesday on whether to approve a tentative agreement on a new four-year contract, the association representing the nurses said Friday. The agreement, if finalized, would provide some 400 registered nurses with a 9 percent across-the-board pay increase over the four years of the agreement with an additional 2 percent for longer term registered nurses. —Appeal Democrat, 05/28/13 More »

Fallbrook Hospital May Be Forced to Negotiate with Nurses

Fallbrook Hospital May Be Forced to Negotiate with Nurses

Fallbrook Hospital may be forced to return to contract negotiations with its registered nurses. The National Labor Relations Board is set to go to federal court June 5 to request a rare federal injunction to force the hospital to comply with federal labor law. Last May, Fallbrook RNs voted to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. After initial meetings to discuss a collective bargaining contract, hospital officials walked away from talks. —San Diego Union Tribune, 05/21/13 More »

Sutter Health’s Alta Bates fined for health, safety violations

Sutter Health’s Alta Bates fined for health, safety violations

State regulators have slapped Sutter Health's Alta Bates hospital in Oakland with potential fines totaling $142,970 for six health and safety violations related to failure to properly isolate patients with airborne diseases such as tuberculosis. Two violations were determined to be “serious” and “willful,” carrying a proposed penalty of $70,000 each. —Sacramento Business Journal, 05/21/13 More »

Cedars-Sinai stands out for steep pricing

Cedars-Sinai stands out for steep pricing

When Medicare disclosed average charges from thousands of U.S. hospitals for 100 common procedures last week, only one hospital was near the top in every category: Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Be it a cardiac stent, a hip replacement or a pacemaker, Cedars-Sinai's list prices for these routine treatments ranked among the top 5% in the country. —L.A. Times, 05/20/13 More »

Marin General Hospital nurses warn that new computer system is causing errors, call for time out

Marin General Hospital nurses warn that new computer system is causing errors, call for time out

Nurses at Marin General Hospital have asked administrators to put implementation of a new computerized physician order entry system on hold until glitches can be worked out and more training provided to nurses and doctors who use it. —Marin Independent Journal, 05/15/13 More »

Billing charges that hospitals say are meaningless stir controversy

Billing charges that hospitals say are meaningless stir controversy

Hospitals in Ventura County used billing charges in 2011 that exceeded their actual costs by a range of 339 to 598 percent, according to data from the California Nurses Association. —Pharmacy Choice. First appeared in Ventura County Star, CA, 05/15/13 More »

California Governor Jerry Brown Honors Nurses on Nurses Week

California Governor Jerry Brown Honors Nurses on Nurses Week

Registered nurses form the backbone of an advanced health care system. They spend notoriously long shifts at hard labor, under great risk of work-related injury or disease, while maintaining professional and technical standards as a matter of life and death. Even under these conditions, nurses are also the heart and soul of our hospitals and clinics, providing a human touch and support for the emotional needs of the patients. It's most fitting that we honor their enormous efforts and vital contributions to our collective well-being. —Governor Jerry Brown, 05/10/13 More »

San Leandro city leaders support hospital charity care bill

San Leandro city leaders support hospital charity care bill

A bill aimed at increasing accountability and charity care provided by California's nonprofit hospitals has gained the support of the City Council. —Inside Bay Area, 05/08/13 More »

Queen nurses vote to unionize

Nearly 500 RNs will be part of California Nurses Association. Registered nurses at Queen of the Valley Medical Center voted by 64 percent Tuesday night to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —Napa Valley Register, 05/01/13 More »

Sutter Solano Among the Last to Reach Contract Deal with Nurses Union

Sutter Solano Among the Last to Reach Contract Deal with Nurses Union

Sutter Solano Medical Center remains one of five holdouts in ongoing contract talks between Sutter facilities and their nurses union. That's because a tentative agreement has been reached with Marin County's Sutter Novato Community Hospital, union officials said. —Vallejo Times Herald , 04/19/13 More »

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