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Nurses want law to prevent on-the-job injuries

Nurses want law to prevent on-the-job injuries

A union representing nurses says that employees are getting hurt on the job, and they want Massachusetts hospitals to do something about it. The Massachusetts Nurses Association estimates health care workers lift about 1.8 tons during an average shift. The union claims that nurses are developing serious injuries over time, causing many RN’s to miss as many as 60 days of work each year. —Tiffany Chan / 22News, 12/09/15 More »

How Gavin Newsom Keeps Getting Ahead of the Pack

How Gavin Newsom Keeps Getting Ahead of the Pack

Two things were evident amid the fusillades of confetti and extended glad-handing at last week's endorsement of gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom by the politically powerful California Nurses Association. —Cathleen Decker, Los Angeles Times, 12/06/15 More »

Two Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

Two Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

Two hospitals that are part of the Sisters of Providence Health System are highlighted for their safety procedures in a new federal government report, "Preventing Workplace Violence: A Road Map for Healthcare Facilities." —Anne-Gerard Flynn, MassLive.com, 12/04/15 More »

Two Western Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

Two Western Mass hospitals praised in federal reports on preventing workplace violence

SPRINGFIELD - Two hospitals that are part of the Sisters of Providence Health System are highlighted for their safety procedures in a new federal government report, "Preventing Workplace Violence: A Road Map for Healthcare Facilities." —Anne-Gerard Flynn / Mass Live, 12/04/15 More »

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom was greeted by raucous applause and blasts of confetti Wednesday as he took the stage to receive his first major endorsement in his 2018 campaign for governor from a labor union representing nurses in California. —Javier Panzar and John Myers, Los Angeles Times, 12/03/15 More »

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

California nurses union endorses Gavin Newsom in governor’s race

A labor union representing nurses throughout California gave Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom an early endorsement in his 2018 campaign for governor Wednesday. The Democratic hopeful was set to speak to the group's conference in Los Angeles. —Javier Panzar / Los Angeles Times, 12/02/15 More »

Gavin Newsom picks up California nurses endorsement

Gavin Newsom picks up California nurses endorsement

The California Nurses Association, whose support helped Gov. Jerry Brown defeat Republican Meg Whitman in 2010, on Wednesday endorsed Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom to succeed him. The endorsement, though not unexpected, comes unusually early – three years before the 2018 election. It is an indication of Newsom’s appeal to organized labor, and also a challenge facing one of his main rivals, former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. —David Siders / Sacramento Bee, 12/02/15 More »

Minnesota Nurses Association Demand Respect for BLM Protesters and Resolution to Investigation

Minnesota Nurses Association Demand Respect for BLM Protesters and Resolution to Investigation

The Minnesota Nurses Association supports members of the Black Lives Matter movement and their peaceful demonstration of grievances to protest the very real and harmful inequities that continue to be imposed on people of color. Nurses everywhere see how racism results in reduced access to healthcare, poorer health, and threats to basic safety. We urge all departments of the City of Minneapolis to work together to swiftly conclude the investigation behind the death of Jamar Clark and the shootings of BLM protesters to restore calm to the community. —Linda Hamilton / Minnesota Nurses Association , 11/25/15 More »

Nurses, students can help each other solve education funding problems

Nurses, students can help each other solve education funding problems

Yesterday, hundreds of registered nurses from around California joined the UC Berkeley student walkout as part of the #millionstudentmarch national day of action. There were walkouts, teach-ins and rallies held at more than 100 college campuses including at UC Davis, UC Santa Cruz, UC Riverside, UC Irvine and UC San Diego. The national day of action focused on three key demands: tuition-free public education, cancellation of all student debt and $15 per hour campuswide minimum wage at every college in the country. —Katy Roemer / The Daily Californian, 11/13/15 More »

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 »

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