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RNs Welcome Updated Legislation to Hold Non-Profit Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care

RNs Welcome Updated Legislation to Hold Non-Profit Hospitals Accountable on Charity Care

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today welcomed the 2014 introduction of legislation to hold non-profit hospitals more accountable on meeting their charity care and community benefit obligations. AB 503, jointly authored by Assembly member Bob Wieckowski of Fremont and Assembly member Rob Bonta of Oakland, addresses what CNA calls a rampant abuse of what the hospitals report in how they provide charity care and community benefit programs in exchange for maintaining their tax exempt status. CNA/NNU is the sponsor of the bill. The Greenlining Institute and the California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation are initial co-sponsors. —California Nurses Association, 03/04/14 More »

Federal Court Blocks Sutter Alta Bates Summit Bid to Roll Back RN Jobs, Health Coverage

Federal Court Blocks Sutter Alta Bates Summit Bid to Roll Back RN Jobs, Health Coverage

A U.S. federal court judge late Friday blocked an attempt by Sutter Health’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center to unilaterally impose sweeping cuts on its entire registered nurse workforce that threatened job rights and health coverage for 1,700 RNs in Oakland and Berkeley. U.S. District Court Judge Richard Seeborg issued a temporary restraining order finding that the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which brought the request, “has shown that its member nurses are likely to suffer irreparable harm in the absence of preliminary relief,” and that a TRO “is in the public interest.” —California Nurses Association, 03/03/14 More »

Nurses Urge DC Council to Pass Emergency Safe Staffing Bill

Nurses Urge DC Council to Pass Emergency Safe Staffing Bill

Washington, DC registered nurses today called on the District of Columbia Council to pass an emergency bill to immediately improve patient care with minimum standards for safe nurse staffing in DC hospitals – and end a delay on the bill that has been fiercely opposed by a hospital industry that the nurses say has been putting their focus on budget goals and profits ahead of patient safety. —National Nurses United, 03/03/14 More »

Baystate VNA Nurses File Charge Against Baystate Health With the NLRB for Bad Faith Bargaining

Baystate VNA Nurses File Charge Against Baystate Health With the NLRB for Bad Faith Bargaining

SPRINGFIELD, MA -- The Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, on behalf of registered nurses of the Baystate Visiting Nurses Association & Hospice (BVNA&H), has filed a formal charge against Baystate Health with the National Labor Relations Board for bargaining in bad faith in negotiations for a new contract. The charge is the latest in a series of complaints filed against Baystate Health for its dealings with the nurses, both at the BVNA&H and during negotiations with the nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center. —Massachusetts Nurses Association / NNU, 02/27/14 More »

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Proposes Nurses Accept Short-Staffing and Deteriorating Conditions

Sutter Tracy Community Hospital Proposes Nurses Accept Short-Staffing and Deteriorating Conditions

Registered Nurses at Sutter Tracy Community Hospital (STCH) will hold an informational picket on Thursday to protest management's continued refusal to take serious action on substantive contract issues after over twenty months at the bargaining table. Safe patient care has been a key focus in contract negotiations between Sutter management and the nurses who voted in March 2012 to affiliate with the California Nurses Association, the state’s largest organization of RNs. Management continues to thwart the bargaining progress and stifle RNs efforts to improve conditions at the hospital, nurses say. —California Nurses Association, 02/26/14 More »

Kaiser RNs Condemn the Downgrading of Care for New Oakland Hospital

Kaiser RNs Condemn the Downgrading of Care for New Oakland Hospital

Kaiser Permanente registered nurses will be holding a vigil Thursday to denounce major patient care reductions proposed for the new Oakland facility which is currently under construction and expected to open this summer, the California Nurses Association announced today. Kaiser is attempting to cut 75 nursing positions in the move to the new hospital. But nurses across all units said that they are responsible for more patients per shift than ever before. The reduction in direct-care RNs comes at a time when six out of 10 insured Californians have Kaiser, a number that is expected to increase significantly under the Affordable Care Act. —California Nurses Association, 02/26/14 More »

California Nurses Join National March for Climate Action

California Nurses Join National March for Climate Action

As a national march convenes Saturday morning in Los Angeles for action to address the growing crisis of climate change, registered nurses will be on hand to highlight the human toll of the climate crisis. A 9 a.m. rally at Wilmington Waterfront Park in Wilmington, Ca, adjacent to C Street near the port will be followed by a march, which is the first leg of a national series of actions intended to build public demand for real solutions to address the worsening climate crisis. —CNA/ NNU, 02/25/14 More »

Sen. Sherrod Brown Visits Ohio Affinity RNs

Sen. Sherrod Brown Visits Ohio Affinity RNs

In an important visit with registered nurses Affinity Medical Center of Massillon, Oh on the eve of their first court-mandated contract bargaining talks with hospital management, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown praised the nurses for their “courage” in fighting for improved protections for patients and their own rights and standards. Noting the heavy presence of management staff surrounding the RNs, Brown also praised the nurses for their determination in standing up to the tactics of intimidation. —NNOC/NNU, 02/20/14 More »

Nurses Call on California Board to Adopt Strong Standards to Stem Hospital Workplace Violence

Nurses Call on California Board to Adopt Strong Standards to Stem Hospital Workplace Violence

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United will step up the call today for tougher state standards to stem a growing problem of workplace violence in California hospitals. At a Sacramento hearing this morning before the California Occupational Safety and Health Standards Board, CNA RNs will describe how too many hospitals have lax standards and protocols for responding to workplace violence. The hearing was set for this morning at the State Resources Building Auditorium. —California Nurses Association, 02/20/14 More »

Harry Potter, Walking Dead celebrities team up to promote Wall Street tax

Harry Potter, Walking Dead celebrities team up to promote Wall Street tax

Forget flesh-eating zombies and Lord Voldemort, celebrities seen in Harry Potter movies and the Walking Dead TV show are now going up against some real power. In a short film released February 18, some big film stars promote a financial transaction tax, which Wall Street lobbyists and their European counterparts fiercely oppose. The three-minute film’s director is David Yates, who made the last four Harry Potter movies. Actors include: Andrew Lincoln (star zombie-fighter on the hit AMC TV show “The Walking Dead”), Bill Nighy (“The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel” and “Love, Actually”), Javier Cámara (star of Pedro Almodóvar films “Talk to Her” and “Bad Education”), Clémence Poésy (“Harry Potter”), and Heike Makatsch (“Love, Actually”). —Robin Hood Tax/NNU, 02/18/14 More »

Big Valentine Gift for 800 San Francisco Sutter RNs, Patients

Big Valentine Gift for 800 San Francisco Sutter RNs, Patients

It’s official. The federal government has upheld the vote by registered nurses at San Francisco’s largest private hospital, and largest non-union facility, Sutter’s California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific campus with 800 RNs, to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United.Federal Board Upholds Vote by Sutter California Pacific, SF’s Largest Hospital, to Join CNA —California Nurses Assoctiation / NNU, 02/14/14 More »

Manteca Seniors and Nurses Hold Valentine’s Day Protest—Friday 5:30 p.m.

Manteca Seniors and Nurses Hold Valentine’s Day Protest—Friday 5:30 p.m.

Message to Kaiser—“Stop Breaking Our Hearts!” Denial of care is the theme this Valentine's Day in Manteca as senior citizens and registered nurses from Kaiser Manteca and Modesto prepare to protest the loss of vital services at the hospital with a candle light vigil Friday, the California Nurses Association announced today. —California Nurses Association / NNU, 02/13/14 More »

Alta Bates Summit RNs Warn Staffing Shortages Pose Increasing Risk for Oakland, Berkeley Patients

Registered nurses at Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center will hold a press conference Thursday outside the hospital’s Oakland facility to alert the public to an escalating crisis in safe patient care because of chronic short staffing that RNs say is ignored by hospital management. More »

Affinity Nurses Plan Festive Return for RN Unlawfully Fired for Union Activity

Affinity Nurses Plan Festive Return for RN Unlawfully Fired for Union Activity

Affinity Medical Center registered nurses will be joined by members of local unions and community supporters in a celebratory show of support for RN Ann Wayt on her first day back to work Thursday after a federal court ordered the hospital to reinstate her, the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Ohio, announced today (NNOC-OH). Affinity is also ordered to retract the report it made to the Ohio Board of Nursing seeking to have her nursing license rescinded. —National Nurses United, 02/12/14 More »

Alta Bates Summit RNs Warn Staffing Shortages Pose Increasing Risk for Oakland, Berkeley Patients

Alta Bates Summit RNs Warn Staffing Shortages Pose Increasing Risk for Oakland, Berkeley Patients

Over the past year alone, Alta Bates Summit RNs have submitted to hospital managers some 500 reports of what they say are unsafe assignments required of the RNs. Yet hospital officials routinely ignore the problems and fail to fix the problems that are now widespread affecting units throughout the Oakland and Berkeley hospitals, RNs note. —California Nurses Association / NNU, 02/12/14 More »

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement With Baystate Health

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Reach Tentative Agreement With Baystate Health

GREENFIELD, Mass — The registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center (BFMC) have reached a tentative agreement on a new five-year contract, averting a one-day strike that was planned for Monday, Feb. 10. The pact provides protections the nurses had sought to prevent the use of mandatory overtime as an alternative to providing safe staffing at the hospital. It also includes improvements to the nurses’ health insurance benefit and will grant the nurses pay raises. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 02/07/14 More »

Vigil in Hayward Today, 2:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Nurses Support a Healthy Future for St. Rose Hospital

Vigil in Hayward Today, 2:00 p.m.- 4:30 p.m. Nurses Support a Healthy Future for St. Rose Hospital

The Registered Nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward will conduct a candlelight vigil today to protest management's stalling in negotiations for a first contract and refusing to address issues that are fundamental to quality patient care. In December 2012, after several years of mismanagement at St. Rose, the RNs voted to affiliate with the California Nurses Association. Since that time, RNs have actively sought to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement that preserves some of their existing standards, and also improves them so that RNs can provide the best patient care. —California Nurses Association, 02/06/14 More »

Orlando Health to Face Federal Labor Board Trial On Charges of Harassment, Violations of RN Rights

Orlando Health to Face Federal Labor Board Trial On Charges of Harassment, Violations of RN Rights

For the past several months, Orlando Health RNs have in discussion about seeking collective representation to improve patient care conditions and protect their economic standards through the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Florida, an affiliate of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of RNs. But in an attempt to suppress that effort, Orlando Health has responded, say RNs and NNOC-Florida, with a campaign of harassment against nurses. More »

Nurses Criticize State Dept Keystone XL Pipeline Report

Nurses Criticize State Dept Keystone XL Pipeline Report

Nurses Warn of Escalating Effects of Climate Change on Public Health. The nation’s largest U.S. organization of nurses today criticized the new State Department report on the Keystone XL Pipeline, presumably intended to encourage a green light on construction of the controversial project, for paying inadequate attention to the serious consequences on public health. “There is broad concern about the harmful health effects linked to both the extraction and transport of tar sands, as well as how the Pipeline will accelerate the steadily worsening erosion of health we see every day as a result of climate change,” said Jean Ross, RN, co-president of National Nurses United. —National Nurses United, 01/31/14 More »

St. Rose Nurses To Protest Layoffs, Attacks on RNs

St. Rose Nurses To Protest Layoffs, Attacks on RNs

Registered nurses at St. Rose Dominican hospitals around Las Vegas will hold a picket Tuesday evening to protest demands by hospital officials for cuts in RN positions, and other concerns that they say is having an adverse effect on nurses and the healing environment in St. Rose hospitals. —NNOC-Nevada / NNU, 01/31/14 More »

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