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Chicago Nurses Say: We Need a Robin Hood Tax!

Chicago Nurses Say: We Need a Robin Hood Tax!

National Nurses United(NNU) took up the cause of Robin Hood at Chicago’s downtown J.P. Morgan Chase building on June 19. With its merry band of tax reforming nurses, the NNU held a lunch hour rally to press for a financial transactions tax (FTT) or as it is more commonly called, a “Robin Hood Tax”. Chicago was among 15 cities where similar rallies were held. Easily recognized by their red scrubs along with their Robin Hood hats and masks, NNU members described the Robin Hood tax in signs that read,”It’s Not a Tax On the People. It’s a Tax For the People.” —Unions.org, 07/06/12 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 »

The Big Red Bus Stopped in San Jose

The Big Red Bus Stopped in San Jose

We need single payer health care now! The single payer plan is also called Medicare for All. The Raging Grannies came out in support of the California Nurses Association, saying the best change would be to a system that takes care of everyone in America's health needs. —indybay.org, 07/06/12 More »

Health care for all; California Nurses Association tour makes stop in Santa Cruz

Health care for all; California Nurses Association tour makes stop in Santa Cruz

Volunteer nurses, dressed in red medical outfits matching the color of the tour's coach, were distributing fliers downtown, inviting people to get a free blood pressure screening and a blood sugar test. Santa Cruz was the 12th stop on the California Nurses Association Tour. —Silicon Valley Mercury News, 07/06/12 More »

Hospital deal in danger as papers suggest breaches

Hospital deal in danger as papers suggest breaches

Mayor Ed Lee's deal with California Pacific Medical Center on a $2.5 billion overhaul of its San Francisco medical facilities is in jeopardy after internal financial documents were leaked showing hospital officials considered cutting hundreds of jobs, paying substantially less in charity care than envisioned in the deal, and could close a hospital despite pledging to keep it open. —San Francisco Chronicle, 07/03/12 More »

State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates Over $84,000 for Willful Failure to Protect Staff, Police Officer

State Fines Sutter/Alta Bates Over $84,000 for Willful Failure to Protect Staff, Police Officer

California’s Department of Occupational Health and Safety has fined Sutter corporation’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center for willful misconduct in dangerously exposing staff and police officers to a serious illness that resulted in permanent disabilities for a respiratory tech and an Oakland police officer. 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 »

Health reform bus tour stops in Santa Ana today

Health reform bus tour stops in Santa Ana today

The California Nurses Association will offer free health screenings in Santa Ana Wednesday afternoon as part of a 3-week, statewide bus tour to advocate for expanding Medicare to cover all Americans. —THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER, 06/22/12 More »

Are Nurses Headed to War with SEIU?

Are Nurses Headed to War with SEIU?

On June 15, a day after a Service Employees International Union (SEIU) official asked labor leaders not to oppose a change to nurse-patient ratios, California Nurses Association (CNA) Executive Director Rose Ann De Moro sent a blistering e-mail to her colleagues: “It is a war, of that I am certain, and it will not be pretty.” —IN THESE TIMES, 06/19/12 More »

CNA Wages War Against UHW in California Claiming Attempt to Suspend Staffing Ratios

CNA Wages War Against UHW in California Claiming Attempt to Suspend Staffing Ratios

A war has erupted between two health care unions in California over an attack by one of the unions on the state's nurse-to-patient ratios. —BNA/Bloomberg, 06/19/12 More »

CNA and SEIU-UHW Battle Over Labor’s Future

CNA and SEIU-UHW Battle Over Labor’s Future

Going public with longstanding concerns about SEIU-UHW's partnership with the hospital industry, California Nurses Association leader RoseAnn DeMoro called SEIU-UHW head Dave Regan “overtly disgraceful” and “an enormous embarrassment to the labor movement” in a June 14 email. —BeyondChron, 06/18/12 More »

Health Care Unions In California Split Over Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

Health Care Unions In California Split Over Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

One labor union’s position on nurse-to-patient ratios in California hospitals has outraged other unions that represent registered nurses in the state. In California, hospitals are required by law to maintain certain nurse-to-patient ratios at all times -- a hard-won legal stipulation that went into effect in 2004 and has wide support among nurses as well as patient advocates in the state. 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 »

Safe and effective care

Safe and effective care

The Eastern Maine Medical Center nurses contract fight is about more than just winning a good contract for our members. When a nurse has 16 hours of work to complete in a 12 hour period of time, her work can’t be left for tomorrow. This is the struggle our nurses face on a day-to-day basis. As patients come to us sicker, with more needs, and as responsibilities increase, staffing levels remain inadequate and uncertain. —Bangor Daily News, 05/30/12 More »

Franken Hearing Wednesday to Focus on Fairview Collection Tactics

Franken Hearing Wednesday to Focus on Fairview Collection Tactics

One of the witnesses scheduled to testify during a U.S. Senate field hearing about collection tactics at Fairview Health Services offered a preview of her comments on Tuesday, May 29. Jean Ross said the collection issue surfaced when her grandson was being treated in 2010 at Fairview Ridges Hospital in Burnsville, after the 13-month-old boy had been rushed to the emergency room with what turned out to be an acute inflammation of the brain called encephalitis. —Twin Cities, 05/29/12 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 »

NATO Summit caught in spin cycle on both sides

NATO Summit caught in spin cycle on both sides

On the run-up to the NATO summit, free speech is being held hostage. While the summit kicks off this weekend, the war of words has been under way for months. Chicago needs a cease-fire on the distortions, disclaimers and declarations that have filled the public conversation. More »

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