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Unions challenge Wall Street sway over politicians

Unions challenge Wall Street sway over politicians

California’s nurses union stared down former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger for trying to scale down the union’s political influence in 2005 and helped sabotage the gubernatorial campaign of another Republican, Meg Whitman, last year. —San Francisco Chronicle, 06/24/11 More »

U.S. Nurses Bring Global Call to Tax Speculators to Wall Street

U.S. Nurses Bring Global Call to Tax Speculators to Wall Street

Nurses from across the United States rallied on Wall Street today, calling on the financial industry to pay their fair share of the costs of the economic crisis. —Institute for Policy Studies, 06/23/11 More »

Nurses’ Union, Community Organizations Rally To Fight New York Budget Cuts: “Make Wall Street Pay!”

Nurses’ Union, Community Organizations Rally To Fight New York Budget Cuts: “Make Wall Street Pay!”

On Wednesday afternoon, June 22, a feisty group of 3,000 nurses, and their supporters from other unions and community groups, rallied at Federal Hall on Wall St. in New York City to confront the greedy banking industry and demand they pay tiny taxes on financial transactions to stop devastating budget cuts and finance health care for all. —Alternet, 06/23/11 More »

Nurses Join International Push for Bank Trade Tax

Hundreds of nurses and their allies rallied on Wall Street Wednesday to remind the bankers they owe the nation, and the union movement is determined to collect. —Labor Notes, 06/22/11 More »

Single-payer coverage eyed in New York State

Momentum is moving in a very different direction in liberal Vermont, and maybe in New York State. A month ago, Vermont Gov. Peter Shumlin signed a law that will create a single-payer health care system, parallel to Canada’s. —Buffalo News, 06/20/11 More »

National Nurses United Launches Economic Education Drive

Bringing their outspokenness to the entire country, National Nurses United is launching a nationwide economic education drive, saying they will speak out about income and economic inequality and its impact on themselves and their patients – and get the rest of the country to do so, too. —Press Associates Union News Service, 06/10/11 More »

Nurses Union Keeps Pressure On Health Care Overhaul

Hundreds of nurses from across the country rallied to support broader access to health care and to call for higher taxes on corporations and the wealthy. —Kaiser Health News, 06/10/11 More »

Nurses Rally for Health Care Funding

Hundreds of members of the nation’s largest nurses’ union demonstrated outside the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. —New York Times Blog, 06/07/11 More »

AFL-CIO chief amplifies warning to Democrats

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka amplified his call for a politically independent labor movement Tuesday and said unions too often are holding "a canceled check" after Election Day. —The Hill, 06/07/11 More »

Nursing Union Goes to Washington

Nurses are rallying in Washington, DC, Tuesday to bring attention to average Americans' healthcare hardships, saying the economic downturn has resulted in a healthcare emergency for many in this country. —HealthLeaders Media, 06/07/11 More »

Nurses Call for ‘Main Street Contract’ To Reverse National Priorities, Policies

National Nurses United, the country's largest union and professional association representing registered nurses, is launching a campaign to reverse national priorities and policies that have put the interests of Wall Street ahead of the crisis facing American families today, the union announced June 6. —Bureau of National Affairs, 06/07/11 More »

Medicare doesn’t have to be cut

They're not buying it. Most Americans say they don't believe Medicare has to be cut to balance the federal budget, and ditto for Social Security, a new poll shows. —Associated Press, 05/23/11 More »

Vermont Steps Closer To Single-Payer Health Care

Vermont is about to accomplish something the federal government couldn't. Once Gov. Peter Shumlin signs a bill on May 26, the state will be on track to having a single-payer health care system. —NPR, 05/22/11 More »

New Polling Says Overwhelming Majority Wants Social Security Left Alone

Ask the voters and they'll tell you: Social Security cuts are off the table when it comes to cleaning up the budget mess in Washington. —Talking Points Memo, 05/22/11 More »

Does Official Washington Care about the Jobless, Really?

Unemployment is up. Joblessness has increased for African Americans. Black women are being hit especially hard. The question now is whether the people running the country really care? And if they do, why are they avoiding the subject? —BlackCommentator.com, 05/20/11 More »

Ryan’s wrong — we need ‘Medicare for all’

House Budget Committee Chair Paul Ryan proposes to undermine the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, with an eye toward enriching the insurance companies that so generously fund his campaigns. —The Nation, 05/18/11 More »

Hospitals Eliminate 1 in 4 U.S. Emergency Rooms Since 1990, Study Finds

More than one in four U.S. emergency departments were closed in the past two decades, forcing the nation’s poor and elderly to seek care in fewer, more crowded facilities, researchers found. —Bloomberg News, 05/17/11 More »

U.S. Health Care Costs Per Family More Than Doubled In Nine Years, Report Finds

U.S. healthcare is so expensive that records are broken even when cost increases slow. According to a new report by Milliman, a global consulting and actuarial firm, the total cost of healthcare for the average family of four, if covered by a preferred provider organization, is now a record $19,393. —Hunffington Post, 05/16/11 More »

Single Payer Health: It’s Only Fair

By Senator Bernie Sanders — The United States is the only major nation in the industrialized world that does not guarantee healthcare as a right to its people. Meanwhile, we spend about twice as much per capita on healthcare and, in a wide number of instances, our outcomes are not as good as others that spend far less. —The Guardian/UK, 05/10/11 More »

Cut Medicare? No Way! Make It ‘Medicare for All’!

House Budget Committee chair Paul Ryan [1], R-Wisconsin, proposes to undermine the integrity of the Medicare and Medicaid programs, with an eye toward enriching the insurance companies that so generously fund his campaigns. —The Nation, 05/10/11 More »

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