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The Better Bargain: Transaction Tax, Not Austerity

The Better Bargain: Transaction Tax, Not Austerity

On the eve of Occupy Wall Street’s first anniversary, Congressman Keith Ellison introduced a much-needed common sense bill: HR 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act. The bill taxes financial transactions to generate revenue for social needs. Amid our consensus-narrowed, deficit-obsessed political debate, it’s a call to arms, and a breath of fresh air. —The Nation, 09/26/12 More »

Walter Frederickson: A tax for the people, not on the people

Walter Frederickson: A tax for the people, not on the people

Earlier this spring, I stood on the steamy streets of Chicago and witnessed a revival that my union brothers and sisters in the Windy City said was a long time coming. I’d been swept into town a day earlier along with hundreds of nurses, union members and others to help National Nurses United (of which MNA is a founding member) launch what quickly became a national movement – the call for a “Robin Hood Tax” on the “Too Big to Fail” banks and Wall Street speculators who created this financial nightmare. —Opinion Editorial by: Walter Frederickson, R.N., 08/01/12 More »

Nurse burnout linked to lapses in patient care

Nurse burnout linked to lapses in patient care

For years nurses — and their union representatives — have argued that inadequate staffing hurts patients. A new study in the American Journal of Infection Control examines the problem and suggests that burnout drives some common lapses in patient care. —newsworks, 07/31/12 More »

Burned-out nurses linked to more infections in patients

Burned-out nurses linked to more infections in patients

Heavy patient loads and chronic burnout have long been among the top complaints of nurses at the nation’s hospital bedsides. But a new study shows that those problems affect not only the nurses themselves, but also the number of infections in the people they care for. —NBC News, 07/30/12 More »

Penn Study Examines Link Between Nurse Burnout, Care

Penn Study Examines Link Between Nurse Burnout, Care

For years, as hospitals cut costs to survive ever-increasing financial pressures, nurses argued that inadequate staffing harms patients. California's controversial and, so far, unique response was to mandate minimum nurse-to-patient ratios, which, if applied locally, would prevent 222 surgical deaths annually in New Jersey and 264 in Pennsylvania, researchers here calculated in 2010. Now members of that same University of Pennsylvania team say they have figured out a key reason for that. Though it might seem clear-cut - fewer caregivers provide poorer care - they maintain the issue is not simply numbers but a bad work environment. And that leads to burnout. —Philidelphia Inquirer, 07/30/12 More »

Gold medal coverage? Not exactly

Gold medal coverage? Not exactly

Olympic athletes may perform superhuman feats on the field. But when they buy health insurance, they face a system just as weird and complicated as the rest of us do. —Washington Post, 07/27/12 More »

“Robin Hood Tax” Makes Case in DC

“Robin Hood Tax” Makes Case in DC

As the Global AIDS Conference brings people from all over the world to Washington, DC, National Nurses United and other groups call for a Robin Hood Tax on financial transactions to fund healthcare, housing, and a cure for AIDS. —The Real News Network, 07/25/12 More »

Nurses Union Will Keep Fighting for Medicare for All

Nurses Union Will Keep Fighting for Medicare for All

Now that the Supreme Court has upheld the Affordable Care Act, former insurance company executive Wendell Potter’s appeal to single payer advocates to “bury the hatchet,” recently published in The Nation, is both misdirected and shortsighted. By RoseAnn DeMoro, NNU/CNA Executive Director —The Nation, By RoseAnn DeMoro, 07/17/12 More »

When It’s the Nurse Who Needs Looking After

When It’s the Nurse Who Needs Looking After

Tall, in her 50s and sporting a perfectly coiffed salt-and-pepper pixie cut, the woman was one of the most respected nurses in the hospital. She had nearly three decades of clinical experience, so older nurses and doctors valued her insight, younger ones sought her approval, and those of us in between tried to stand a little straighter in her presence. One morning, however, she arrived at work to find that the hospital was full and her unit understaffed. It wasn’t the first time she had to cover for more patients because of staffing issues, but by the end of this 12-hour shift, she noticed a slight twinge in her lower back — a minor muscle sprain, she thought, from helping one of the other nurses lift a patient. A week later, the slight twinge turned into debilitating back pain. —New York Times, 07/06/12 More »

Sanders, Nurses on SC Ruling: Cool, but We Still Need ‘Medicare for All’

Sanders, Nurses on SC Ruling: Cool, but We Still Need ‘Medicare for All’

What Sanders says about Thursday’s Supreme Court decision upholding the ACA provides important insights for progressives as they respond to a complex decision that, in the words of the National Nurses United union, “should not be seen as the end of the efforts by health care activists for a permanent fix of our broken health-care system.” —The Nation., 06/28/12 More »

The Robin Hood Tax: A Powerful Antidote to Austerity

The Robin Hood Tax: A Powerful Antidote to Austerity

Last week, nurses rallied, bank staff marched, conservatives coalesced and finance professionals petitioned—all in support of a global tax on Wall Street speculation. You wouldn’t know it from the headlines, but by week’s end, that elusive goal was closer than ever. —The Nation., 06/25/12 More »

Do Nurses Have an Rx for Our Ailing Economy?

Do Nurses Have an Rx for Our Ailing Economy?

They became a Chicago media sensation after they streamed into Chicago’s Daley Plaza on the morning of May 18, wearing the now familiar National Nurses United (NNU) red scrubs. Many of them had the green caps and masks you've seen in nearly every Robin Hood movie ever made. The NNU is the largest union of nurses in the USA and one of the more progressive unions in the AFL-CIO. In addition to improving working conditions for nurses, the NNU has taken on the role of trying to nurse our sick economy back to health. —Salon.com, 05/31/12 More »

Nurses push tax on trades to help sick

Nurses push tax on trades to help sick

Of all the street actions leading up to the NATO summit, the one that might seem most perplexing is a nurses’ rally for a tax on securities trades. Financial markets are pretty remote from hospital bedsides, you might think. Why would nurses get mixed up in an issue like that? —Chicago Sun Times, 05/23/12 More »

Nurses union urges Wall Street tax at NATO meeting

Nurses union urges Wall Street tax at NATO meeting

The country's largest nurses union Friday afternoon pushed for a tax of Wall Street profits before a crowd of thousands in downtown Chicago at a protest aimed at the NATO summit. The National Nurses United rally concluded with an acoustic solo performance by former Rage Against the Machine guitarist Tom Morello, who's known for his union support. —Modern Healthcare, 05/23/12 More »

National Press on Chicago Rally to Tax Wall St.

National Press on Chicago Rally to Tax Wall St.

A coalition of nurses’ unions is calling for a “Robin Hood” tax on Wall Street, which they say could generate up to $350 billion a year, in the first major protest ahead of this weekend’s NATO summit in Chicago. Their pitch: impose a tax of 50 cents on every $100 of trades of stocks, bonds, dividends and other financial transactions, which are not currently taxed. The U.S. would join more than a dozen other nations that already have a financial transaction tax. —Various News Sources, 05/19/12 More »

City moves NATO protest from Daley Plaza

City moves NATO protest from Daley Plaza

Mayor Rahm Emanuel's administration pulled the plug Tuesday on the only NATO protest planned for a workday in the Loop business district, revoking permission for a May 18 Daley Plaza rally barely a week before world leaders are to arrive in Chicago. The National Nurses United group that planned the demonstration and other protest groups called the move a violation of free speech and said it fits a pattern of City Hall trying to marginalize demonstrations against the May 20-21 gathering. —Chicago Tribune, 05/09/12 More »

City of Chicago Pulls Permit for Nurses Rally After Event Adds Tom Morello Performance

City of Chicago Pulls Permit for Nurses Rally After Event Adds Tom Morello Performance

The city of Chicago has forced the relocation of a National Nurses United rally planned for May 18th after the event added a performance by Tom Morello, the Chicago Tribune reports. —Rolling Stone, 05/09/12 More »

Celebrating May Day, in New and Old Ways

Celebrating May Day, in New and Old Ways

About 4,500 nurses and technicians in the Sutter health care chain in the Bay Area staged a one-day walkout, the third short strike organized by the California Nurses Association against the chain. —LABORnotes, 05/02/12 More »

A Wall St. Tax and an Independent Workers Movement

A Wall St. Tax and an Independent Workers Movement

An interview with Rose Ann DeMoro and Robert Pollin: There is little will in Washington for a financial transaction tax because Wall St. has "occupied the White House". —the REAL NEWS.com, 05/02/12 More »

Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals

Debt Collector Is Faulted for Tough Tactics in Hospitals

Hospital patients waiting in the emergency room or convalescing after surgery could find themselves confronted by an unexpected visitor: a debt collector at bedside. —New York Times, 04/24/12 More »

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