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Contra Costa County nurses to vote on tentative contract

Contra Costa County nurses to vote on tentative contract

The tentative agreement reached after nearly a year and a half of bargaining would cover more than 900 California Nurses Association registered nurses, public health nurses, "per diem" nurses who don't receive benefits but get a higher base wage than other nurses, and nurse practitioners. —Sam Richards, Contra Costa Times, 11/02/15 More »

Debate Over Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Hits Legislature

Debate Over Nurse-to-Patient Ratio Hits Legislature

The bill, on which the Public Health Committee held a hearing last week, would mandate statewide the maximum number of patients any one nurse can care for at once. The limit would be different for different units, but in hospital units for which the bills do not specifically set a limit, the maximum patient assignment would be four patients per nurse. —Anna Burgess, The Sentinel and Enterprise, 11/02/15 More »

Ebola And Beyond: How Prepared Is Boston For The Next Outbreak?

Ebola And Beyond: How Prepared Is Boston For The Next Outbreak?

A year ago, the unthinkable happened. For the first time, a person was diagnosed with Ebola in the United States. A Liberian man, Thomas Eric Duncan, infected two nurses in a Dallas hospital before he died. Nurses across the country were shocked, including Boston Medical Center's Karen Higgins, a nurse for 40 years and co-president of the largest nurses’ union in the country, National Nurses United. —Elizabeth Ross / WGBH News, 10/27/15 More »

How Hospitals Coddle the Rich

How Hospitals Coddle the Rich

WHEN I saw my first red blanket as a young medical student, I thought little of it. One morning, as I rushed around a hospital in California on my daily rounds, I spotted an old man who lay in bed beneath a scarlet cover, a sharp contrast to the white linens wrapped around the other patients. He looked unremarkable, and I assumed he brought the blanket from home. So I moved on. He wasn’t my patient, anyway. —Shoa L. Clarke / New York Times, 10/26/15 More »

NLRB issues complaint against nationwide chain of hospitals

NLRB issues complaint against nationwide chain of hospitals

The National Labor Relations Board’s Office of the General Counsel has issued a consolidated complaint against Community Health Systems Inc. (CHS), the parent company of a nationwide chain of hospitals that includes Greenbrier Valley Medical Center and Bluefield Regional Medical Center. —Tina Alvey / Bluefield Daily Telegraph, 10/24/15 More »

Make college free for all

Make college free for all

In 1877, Rutherford B. Hayes became the first president to make a strong case for universally available public education. “Universal suffrage should rest upon universal education,” he said in his inaugural address, adding that “liberal and permanent provision should be made for the support of free schools.” Hayes, a Republican, didn’t worry that some poor kid might benefit from access to “free stuff,” nor did he believe that the children of wealthy elites should be excluded from the universal nature of the program. For him, education was the basis for full economic and political participation, and full participation was the basis for all prosperity. An education should be available to all regardless of anyone’s station. —Senator Bernie Sanders / Washington Post, 10/22/15 More »

NLRB issues complaint against parent company of Watsonville Community Hospital

NLRB issues complaint against parent company of Watsonville Community Hospital

WATSONVILLE >> A federal labor agency alleges that the parent company of Watsonville Community Hospital and six other subsidiary hospitals engaged in unfair labor practices in violation of the National Labor Relations Act. —Jondi Gumz / Santa Cruz Sentinel , 10/21/15 More »

UPDATE 2-Community Health Systems Violated Worker Rights - U.S. Labor Board

UPDATE 2-Community Health Systems Violated Worker Rights - U.S. Labor Board

Oct 19 Community Health Systems Inc and seven of its hospitals violated employees' rights to discuss working conditions, punished labor organizing and refused to bargain with unions, a U.S. labor agency alleged on Monday. —Daniel Wiessner, Reuters, 10/19/15 More »

The US Tells Other Countries to Respect Unions—Shouldn’t the US Do the Same?

The US Tells Other Countries to Respect Unions—Shouldn’t the US Do the Same?

It should not be hard to organize a union. And a worker certainly should not lose her job for supporting a union organizing drive. That’s a principle long embraced by leaders of the United States when they speak on the international stage. The U.S. formally embraces and supports the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which declares that, “Everyone has the right to form and to join trade unions for the protection of his interests.” —John Nichols, The Nation, 10/06/15 More »

Nurse fired from Huntington Hospital to visit White House, discuss union efforts

Nurse fired from Huntington Hospital to visit White House, discuss union efforts

Allysha Almada leaves today for Washington, D.C. to participate in the White House’s Summit on Worker Voice on Wednesday. Her tour includes meetings with national AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka, presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders and a day along side Obama. —Jason Henry, San Gabriel Valley Tribune, 10/05/15 More »

Courageous Pasadena Nurse, Allysha Almada, Is Getting a Voice at the White House

Courageous Pasadena Nurse, Allysha Almada, Is Getting a Voice at the White House

At 6:28 pm on September 21, Allysha Almada looked at her cell phone and saw an email that appeared to come from the White House. "The President cordially invites you to attend the White House Summit on Worker Voice to be held at the White House on Wednesday, October 7, 2015 at nine o'clock in the morning." —Peter Dreier, The Huffington Post, 10/05/15 More »

‘Moral Distress’ Is Major Contributor to Burnout Among Emergency Nurses

‘Moral Distress’ Is Major Contributor to Burnout Among Emergency Nurses

"Moral distress" can play a major contributing role to burnout among emergency nurses, according to a new report commissioned by the Emergency Nurses Association (ENA) and published online in the Journal of Emergency Nursing. —David Ferguson, Fiercehealthcare.com, 09/30/15 More »

Worker Stories: Allysha Almada

Worker Stories: Allysha Almada

Today, we take a look at Allysha Almada. When workers go above and beyond the call of duty to save lives, they don't expect to lose their jobs, in fact, saving lives is what registered nurses do every day. That's why Allysha Almada decided to follow in her mother's footsteps and become an RN at the hospital where she was born, Huntington Memorial in Pasadena, Calif. —Kenneth Quinnell / AFL-CIO Blog, 09/29/15 More »

Martin Shkreli and Pharma: A Reminder Why Bernie Continues to Gain Ground

Martin Shkreli and Pharma: A Reminder Why Bernie Continues to Gain Ground

If you still wonder why Sen. Bernie Sanders is soaring in the polls, meet Martin Shkreli. Shkreli - "pharma bro" as he has come to be know - is the now infamous CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals who sparked a social media firestorm for jacking up the price of an anti-infection drug Duraprim by more than 5,000 percent. —Deborah Burger, via The Huffington Post, 09/29/15 More »

The UN’s development goals require another step first: universal healthcare

The UN’s development goals require another step first: universal healthcare

The World Health Organization estimates that every year 150 million people suffer severe financial hardship because they have to pay out of their own pockets at the time they receive care, and 100 million are pushed into poverty as a result. These statistics, intimidating in themselves, probably mask a problem that cuts far deeper into families and societies across the world. —Sania Nishtar / The Guardian, 09/29/15 More »

Marlborough Nurses Ratify New 3-Year Contract

Marlborough Nurses Ratify New 3-Year Contract

A month after agreeing to a new three-year contract with UMass Memorial Health Care, the registered nurses at Marlborough Hospital voted to ratify the contract Monday. —Jeff Malachowski, Wickedlocal.com, 09/24/15 More »

Sanitation issues continue to hamper Venice Regional Bayfront Health

Sanitation issues continue to hamper Venice Regional Bayfront Health

A series of sewage spills and rodent infestation are just the latest reasons why even some of the doctors who practice at Venice Regional Bayfront Health are raising questions about the facility and its future. The hospital now owned by Community Health Systems (CMS) has it's share of challenges, including the highest rate of hospital associated infections in the State in 2014 to receiving 13 violations of State and Federal regulations from the Florida Agency for Health Care Administration (AHCA) in the hospitals handling of the sewage leak in May OF 2015. —Alix Redmonde / My Suncoast News, 09/24/15 More »

Price Gouging In Health Care Is The Rule, Not the Exception

Price Gouging In Health Care Is The Rule, Not the Exception

Jean Ross, co-president of National Nurses United, discusses the institutional context behind the recent overnight price hike of Dalarpim —TheRealNews, 09/23/15 More »

Nurses say Watsonville hospital promotes ‘culture of fear’

Nurses say Watsonville hospital promotes ‘culture of fear’

WATSONVILLE >> Nurses at Watsonville Community Hospital allege their employer maintains illegal nurse-to-patient ratios as defined by California law, a practice they say endangers the welfare of patients. “I witness nurses working back-to-back and 16-hour shifts,” said Roseann Farris, a critical care registered nurse at Watsonville Community Hospital. “In the Critical Care Unit where I work, the hospital’s core staffing requires that we have four nurses available for every shift; but there are times we have had only one or two.” —Ryan Masters / Santa Cruz Sentinel, 09/23/15 More »

Jury awards $3M to fired nurse who complained of ‘rushing patients through’ to save money

Jury awards $3M to fired nurse who complained of ‘rushing patients through’ to save money

A Portland jury on Friday awarded a nurse more than $3 million -- agreeing that she was wrongfully terminated by Legacy Good Samaritan Medical Center after she complained to management that cost-cutting measures were jeopardizing patient care. —Aimee Green, The Oregonian/OregonLive , 09/22/15 More »

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