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Government gets blamed for widening wealth gap

Government gets blamed for widening wealth gap

The state and federal governments are largely responsible for the widening gap between the rich and poor in the United States and should institute policy changes - including reforms to the tax code and more investment in education - to help reverse this 30-year trend, economists and researchers told state lawmakers Wednesday. —San Francisco Chronical, 12/08/11 More »

This strike could start to turn the tide of a generation

This strike could start to turn the tide of a generation

United Kingdom--It's not just the scale of the strike, though, but its breadth, from headteachers to school cleaners in every part of the country, that has set it apart. Most of those taking action were women, and the majority had never been on strike before. This has been the "big society" in action, but not as Cameron meant it. —The Guardian (UK), 12/01/11 More »

Thanks to Nurses Union and Occupy Wall Street, Pressure for Wall Street Speculation Tax Grows

Thanks to Nurses Union and Occupy Wall Street, Pressure for Wall Street Speculation Tax Grows

“There’s the idea of taxing financial transactions, which have exploded in recent decades. The economic value of all this trading is dubious at best. In fact, there’s considerable evidence suggesting that too much trading is going on.” —AlterNet.org, 12/01/11 More »

Strikes over public sector pensions hit services across UK as 2 million walk out

Strikes over public sector pensions hit services across UK as 2 million walk out

Trade unions and the government have traded blows over the impact of the biggest outbreak of industrial unrest in three decades, as up to 2 million public sector workers went on strike, forcing the closure of 62% of state schools in England and the cancellation of 6,000 hospital operations. —The Gardian (UK), 11/30/11 More »

Wednesday’s UK strike is just the start

Wednesday’s UK strike is just the start

The day of action is a rebuke to an elite that gives money to banks at the expense of the poor. Wednesday's public sector pensions strike is more than industrial action; it is a national day of rebuke. The dispute represents many things beyond its central purpose of making ministers think again about trying to make public servants pay more, work longer, and receive less. It represents a rebuke to an elite, represented by the Conservative-dominated coalition, which has treated the banks and hedge funds in precisely the opposite way, giving them more to deliver less in lending and investment. —Guardian, UK, 11/29/11 More »

Redefining the Union Boss

Redefining the Union Boss

New York Times - When Rose Ann DeMoro speaks, her voice sounds like a burbling faucet. Ms. DeMoro, 61, is executive director of National Nurses United, a 170,000-member union that she runs with dramatic flair. —New York Times, 11/20/11 More »

Robin Hood tax gains ground at the G-20

Robin Hood tax gains ground at the G-20

The G-20 meeting in Cannes got under way last week. The sunny beach resort, playground to movie stars and media moguls, was an odd choice for a somber meeting. As President Obama touched down in Air Force One, the Greek government was on the verge of collapse, austerity was sweeping Europe and the future of the Eurozone was in doubt. —Capital Times, 11/09/11 More »

Robin Hood Tax Gains Ground at the G-20

Robin Hood Tax Gains Ground at the G-20

The G-20 meeting in Cannes got underway this week. The sunny beach resort, playground to movie stars and media moguls was an odd choice for a somber G-20 meeting. As President Obama and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner touched down in Air Force One, the Greek government was on the verge of collapse, austerity was sweeping Europe and the future of the Eurozone in doubt. —CommonDreams, 11/04/11 More »

Union Pressure, OWS Protests Tear Down a Barrier to Taxing Speculators

Union Pressure, OWS Protests Tear Down a Barrier to Taxing Speculators

Does protesting and pressuring powerful players in political and economic life matter? Can the White House and Congress really be moved on questions so central as taxing financial speculation? Yes. And here’s the evidence of how of it works. —The Nation, 11/03/11 More »

Bill Gates Urges Obama to Embrace Global Tax

Bill Gates Urges Obama to Embrace Global Tax

When Barack Obama was a senator, he proposed a Global Poverty Act to fulfill the U.N.’s Millennium Development Goals. The cost in additional foreign aid: $845 billion. On Thursday, as part of the G20 summit, Bill Gates, co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, delivered a report on “financing for development” that proposes global taxes on America and other “rich” nations to make the Global Poverty Act a reality. —AIM - Accuracy in Media, 11/02/11 More »

Study: Big corporations use loopholes, dodge taxes

Study: Big corporations use loopholes, dodge taxes

Many of this country's biggest companies paid no federal taxes - or even made money through credits and refunds from the government - over the past three years by using an array of loopholes and tax breaks, according to a report released Thursday. —Washington Post, 11/02/11 More »

Nurses From Four Continents Urge Global Finance Tax; “We Are Running Out of Time”

Nurses From Four Continents Urge Global Finance Tax; “We Are Running Out of Time”

Capping many months of campaigning across the U.S., nurses from National Nurses United (NNU) – the largest union of registered nurses in the country – brought their urgent message for a financial transaction tax (FTT) to Washington, D.C., today, rallying in front of the White House and Department of Treasury. —Press Release, 10/31/11 More »

Public hospitals carry burden of charity care despite big tax breaks for nonprofits

Public hospitals carry burden of charity care despite big tax breaks for nonprofits

The East Bay's nonprofit hospitals receive millions of dollars in tax breaks each year to care for the poor and uninsured, yet they provide only a fraction of local charity care, a Bay Area News Group analysis reveals. —Contra Costa Times, 10/23/11 More »

Nurses’ prescription for healing our economy

If you want to know just how bad things are for those hit hardest by the Great Recession, ask a nurse: They see more young men suffering heart attacks, more anxiety in children, and more ulcers and stomach illnesses in people of all ages. Financial struggles are forcing more patients to forgo necessary medicines and treatments. A Princeton/Georgia State study reports a 39 percent increase in ER admissions for suicide attempts precipitated by home foreclosures, and a direct correlation between foreclosure rates and increases in emergency-room visits and hospitalization for hypertension, diabetes and anxiety. —Washington Post, 10/04/11 More »

Hospitals push age hike for Medicare

Hospitals push age hike for Medicare

WASHINGTON - As the deficit reduction supercommittee hunts for $1.5 trillion in additional savings, US hospital executives are so worried about having their payments cut that they plan to start lobbying Congress next week to shift the burden onto their elderly patients - specifically by raising the age of eligibility for Medicare. —The Boston Globe, 09/30/11 More »

Pay reform offers new backdrop in long battle over nurse staff

Pay reform offers new backdrop in long battle over nurse staff

Boston - Reviving one of Beacon Hill’s oldest and most hard fought battles – whether to force hospitals to abide by nurse-to-patient staffing levels –nurses cautioned lawmakers Tuesday that they’ve left the care of their constituents at risk by failing to pass a staffing law, and the state’s top hospital official calling mandated staffing requirements a “terrible idea” that would represent a step backwards in the fast-changing health care field. —State House News Service, 09/27/11 More »

Nurses rally for law banning forced overtime

Nurses rally for law banning forced overtime

HYANNIS — Massachusetts hospitals need more nurses, not more nurses working overtime, health care advocates said Monday at a press conference near Cape Cod Hospital. —CapeCod Online, 09/27/11 More »

Patient died during Calif. nurse labor dispute

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Authorities were investigating the death of a patient who was given a "non-prescribed dosage" of a medical drug by a replacement hired when thousands of nurses went on strike across California, an Oakland police spokeswoman said Sunday. —Associated Press, 09/25/11 More »

Death of patient blamed on strikebreaking nurse

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Police were investigating the death of an East Bay patient Saturday morning that hospital officials say was fatally dosed with an unknown medication by a replacement nurse brought in from out-of-state during a recent nurse strike. —KTVU, 09/25/11 More »

“Lethal Dose” Kills Patient During Lockout

A patient's death at Oakland's Alta Bates Summit Medical Center has sparked out cry by nurses who have been locked out of work since they hit the picket lines for a one day strike Thursday. —NBC BAY AREA, 09/25/11 More »

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