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Thousands protest Detroit water shutoffs

Thousands protest Detroit water shutoffs

About 2,000 nurses, community activists and others called on Detroit officials Friday to stop shutting off water to thousands of customers who are behind on their bills. Protesters trying to prevent crews from conducting the shutoffs also picketed earlier in the day outside the offices of a private contractor working for the city. —Corey Williams, Associated Press, 07/21/14 More »

Join RNs To Rally And March

Join RNs To Rally And March

Contra Costa County must recognize basic human and civil rights of the people of West Contra Costa County, and accept responsibility for hospital care in West Contra Costa County by integrating Doctors Medical Center San Pablo into Contra Costa Health Services. —National Nurses United, 07/21/14 More »

Hundreds in Detroit Protest Over Move to Shut Off Water

Hundreds in Detroit Protest Over Move to Shut Off Water

At least 300 demonstrators marched through downtown streets on Friday, protesting a move by the city’s Water Department to force tens of thousands of delinquent customers to pay up or face a cutoff in service. From the Cobo Center to Hart Plaza on the banks of the Detroit River, protesters chanted, “Fight, fight; water is a human right.” Others carried placards that read “Thirsty for Justice.” —New York Times, 07/19/14 More »

Detroit Water Shutoffs Prompt Mass Protest, More Calls For Moratorium

Detroit Water Shutoffs Prompt Mass Protest, More Calls For Moratorium

Throngs of progressive activists, union members and Detroit residents streamed through downtown on Friday to protest the controversial water shutoffs that are leaving homes here dry. With chants of "water is a human right" and "no water, no peace," protesters demanded an end to the shutoff of past-due accounts and declared the situation a public health emergency. —Huffington Post, 07/18/14 More »

Nurses, Kaiser could be headed for contract battle

Nurses, Kaiser could be headed for contract battle

The California Nurses Association is gearing up for what could be contentious contract negotiations with Kaiser Permanente. The existing contract expires Aug. 31. It covers 17,000 registered nurses across Northern California, including 3,500 in the Sacramento region. Face-to-face talks begin July 24 and union officials are willing to call a strike if Kaiser proposes cuts considered harmful to nurses or patients. —Kathy Robertson, Sacramento Business Journal, 07/18/14 More »

Hundreds Turn Out To Protest Detroit Water Shutoffs

Hundreds Turn Out To Protest Detroit Water Shutoffs

As many as one thousand people showed up outside Cobo Center in downtown Detroit Friday, calling for an immediate moratorium on service shutoffs by the city’s water department. Among them was “Avengers” actor Mark Ruffalo, who appeared unexpectedly, calling on others to join the demonstration. —CBS Detroit, 07/18/14 More »

VIDEO: Protest march against Detroit water shutoffs

VIDEO: Protest march against Detroit water shutoffs

Here is a glimpse of the huge march and rally to protest the Detroit water shutoffs. It’s an amazing feat of organization, led by National Nurses United. —Eclecta Blog, 07/18/14 More »

FDA risks disaster without a stronger hand in health IT regulation

FDA risks disaster without a stronger hand in health IT regulation

The comment period for the FDA Safety and Innovation Act framework closed last week with 172 organizations and individuals contributing remarks to the docket. More than 50 of the comments came from registered nurses as part of a campaign by National Nurses United, the largest U.S. nurses union. The group has strongly criticized the implementation of electronic health records, especially clinical decision support software, which provides clinicians with alerts and medical advice. —Ashley Gold, Politico, 07/18/14 More »

When Will We Get Paid?

When Will We Get Paid?

Nurses Continue to Provide Care at Veterans Administration Medical Centers Despite Payroll Snafu —National Nurses United, 07/16/14 More »

Detroit Water Shut-offs Declared ‘Major Health Disaster’ By RNs

Detroit Water Shut-offs Declared ‘Major Health Disaster’ By RNs

National Nurse United has condemned the water shut-offs in the bankrupt city of Detroit as a threat to health disporportionately affecting the poor. NNU, a national union for registered nurses, has called for an immediate halt of all water shut-offs to address health concerns and human rights violations, and declared the situation a public health emergency in a press release Monday. —International Business Times, 07/15/14 More »

John Nichols: Against austerity: ‘Water is a human right’

John Nichols: Against austerity: ‘Water is a human right’

The United Nations formally “recognizes the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights.” A new European Citizens Initiative declares, “Water is a public good, not a commodity.” —John Nichols, The Cap Times, 07/15/14 More »

Detroit’s Water War: a tap shut-off that could impact 300,000 people

Detroit’s Water War: a tap shut-off that could impact 300,000 people

A right-wing state and corporate push to cut off water is economic shock therapy at its most ruthless and racist, but resistance is growing. —Martin Lukacs, The Guardian, 07/14/14 More »

No Water For Motown: Why Detroit Is Denying Its Citizens This Basic Human Right

No Water For Motown: Why Detroit Is Denying Its Citizens This Basic Human Right

When Netroots Nation convenes its 9th annual conference in Detroit this month, I hope that attendees arrive pre-hydrated. Because despite living at the hub of the largest group of freshwater lakes on the planet—taken together, the Great Lakes represent more than one-fifth of the world’s surface freshwater—Detroit residents are running out of running water. They’re also running into city and state bureaucracies that, alarmingly, don’t seem to care. —Katrina vanden Heuvel, The Nation, 07/11/14 More »

Turn on the Water, DETROIT! Tax Wall Street! March & Rally Friday, July 18

Turn on the Water, DETROIT! Tax Wall Street! March & Rally Friday, July 18

Lay the blame for the manufactured crisis at the feet of those responsible: Wall Street Speculators and Gov. Rick Snyder. Join Registered Nurses as they declare a public health emergency and demand a moratorium on the unprecedented water shutoffs. Nurses, Detroit residents, clergy, labor, environmentalists, Netroots Nation opinion leaders, and others will march and rally to condemn this violation of human rights. Gov. Snyder is allowing the tragedy to continue with an endgame of privatizing the public water department — the latest in a string of gifts to Wall Street. —National Nurses United, 07/09/14 More »

Big bucks are driving big data

Big bucks are driving big data

The current rage for building, selling and using “bedside analytics” and big-data technologies is all about financial gain for investors and corporations, it is not about the best interests of the public. Whatever advances the Kaiser technology offers are all proprietary and hidden. Nothing is tested/vetted scientifically by other academic experts. —Modern Healthcare, 07/07/14 More »

John Nichols: High court ruling not the death knell for public-sector unions — yet

John Nichols: High court ruling not the death knell for public-sector unions — yet

There were undoubtedly justices on the most anti-labor U.S. Supreme Court in modern judicial history who wanted to strip public-sector unions of their ability to collect dues from workers they represent. But they were not quite prepared to strike the devastating blow that labor activists feared would be delivered Monday. —John Nichols, The Capital Times, 07/03/14 More »

Manteca Kaiser members paid for & deserve full service hospital

Manteca Kaiser members paid for & deserve full service hospital

What Kaiser is doing to Manteca is indicative of its very lucrative business model: Expand membership while consolidating and reducing services, says Amy Glass, RN in Manteca CA. My colleagues and I who work for Kaiser throughout the region have observed how management manipulates the “census” by denying admissions. They then use the low census to justify cutting services. Voila, less care, more profit! —Amy Glass, Manteca Bulletin, 07/01/14 More »

Tell Your Legislators to Support the Rate Regulation Ballot Measure to Protect Patients

Tell Your Legislators to Support the Rate Regulation Ballot Measure to Protect Patients

The California Nurses Association has endorsed an important patient and consumer protection measure that will be on the ballot this fall. It’s a measure to rein in the spiraling rates and premiums charged by the health insurance industry by requiring them to justify their price hikes. This Wednesday legislators, that spent the past decade opposing rate regulation legislation, will hold a hearing in Sacramento to discredit the ballot measure. CNA members will be there to rally and participate in the hearing to let them know why the measure is needed. —Deborah Burger, California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/30/14 More »

Patient Access, Hospital Accountability Measures Move in Calif. Legislature

Patient Access, Hospital Accountability Measures Move in Calif. Legislature

California patients would have greater access to doctors and hospitals of their choice and the state’s non-profit hospitals would be held more accountable in documenting their charity care and community benefits under two bills strongly backed by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU). —AFL-CIO Blog, 06/27/14 More »

Santa Clara County still interested in DCHS  hospitals

Santa Clara County still interested in DCHS hospitals

The county still wants to buy Saint Louise Regional Hospital in Gilroy and O’Connor Hospital in San Jose, but the Daughters of Charity—owner of six medical care facilities throughout the state—is courting prospective buyers interested in acquiring the entire nonprofit health system, according to Board of Supervisors President Mike Wasserman. —Morgan Hill Times, 06/26/14 More »

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