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Vigil Planned Wednesday Evening Outside Kaiser Manteca to Show Community Concern for Ongoing Service

Vigil Planned Wednesday Evening Outside Kaiser Manteca to Show Community Concern for Ongoing Service

Seniors and Nurses Pledge to Fight for Hospital’s Survival After Meeting with Kaiser Executives. Local Kaiser patients and the registered nurses who care for them will hold a vigil Wednesday outside the Kaiser Manteca Medical Center to show their concern for ongoing service cuts at the facility. The vigil follows yesterday’s protest by seniors and RNs outside Kaiser’s headquarters in downtown Oakland. A delegation of seniors, who traveled from Manteca accompanied by RNs represented by the California Nurses Association, met with Kaiser’s top executives. After executives promised only to assess the situation not restore services, seniors pledged to continue to push for the services they are entitled to. —California Nurses Association, 11/06/13 More »

DC Council Health Committee Hearing Friday on Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

DC Council Health Committee Hearing Friday on Safe Patient Staffing Bill for DC Hospitals

The Health Committee of the District of Columbia City Council will hold a hearing Friday on proposed legislation to require safer staffing for patients in District of Columbia hospitals. DC nurses and community leaders will be on hand urging the Council to act on a bill, the Patient Protection Act, introduced earlier this year by DC Council Chairman Phil Mendelson with 10 of the 13 council members as co-sponsors. —National Nurses United, 11/06/13 More »

Seniors and Nurses Pledge to Fight for Survival of Kaiser Manteca After Meeting With Kaiser Execs

Seniors and Nurses Pledge to Fight for Survival of Kaiser Manteca After Meeting With Kaiser Execs

More than sixty Manteca seniors arrived at Kaiser Permanente headquarters in downtown Oakland today to protest the corporation’s withdrawal of vital services at Kaiser Hospital in Manteca. The seniors, many holding pictures of loved ones who are too ill to travel or have passed away, shared accounts of how they and family members have been harmed by Kaiser’s policy of cutting and denying services in Manteca and rerouting patients to Modesto and beyond. —California Nurses Association, 11/04/13 More »

Seniors and Nurses Head for Kaiser Headquarters Monday

Seniors and Nurses Head for Kaiser Headquarters Monday

Calling on Kaiser to Reverse Closure of Hospital in Manteca. Closure is part of pattern of HMO’s new model of care, limiting access to hospital and nursing care. On Monday, fifty seniors will travel from Manteca to Kaiser’s headquarters in downtown Oakland to protest the corporation’s withdrawal of vital services at Kaiser Hospital in Manteca. The seniors will bring photographs of their loved ones who have been harmed by Kaiser’s policy of cutting and denying services in Manteca and rerouting patients to Modesto and beyond. —California Nurses Association, 11/01/13 More »

Nurses Continue to Provide Care at Veterans Administration Medical Centers Despite Payroll Snafu

Nurses Continue to Provide Care at Veterans Administration Medical Centers Despite Payroll Snafu

Registered nurses and other care providers at ten Veterans Administration medical centers in New York, West Virginia, Illinois and Colorado were unpaid or underpaid during their last pay period ending October 25. The payroll errors occurred when the VA’s new payroll system, VATAS, went into effect in these states. —National Nurses United, 11/01/13 More »

Informational Picketing at UC Hospitals Friday morning

Informational Picketing at UC Hospitals Friday morning

Registered nurses, pharmacists, social workers and other professional employees will be picketing in front of the five University of California Medical Centers located in Irvine, Los Angeles, Sacramento San Diego, and San Francisco Friday morning, November 1 to protest UC’s threat to implement take-away proposals against thousands of long serving employees. The research and technical units represented by University Professional and Technical Employees-Communications Workers of America (UPTE-CWA) at UC voted by more than 92 percent to give the union strike authorization, after months of bargaining to beat back the employer’s proposals that include severe cuts to pay and benefits. —California Nurses Association, 10/31/13 More »

Public Health Hearings Nov. 1 on the Proposed Closure of Critical Care Units

Public Health Hearings Nov. 1 on the Proposed Closure of Critical Care Units

The Department of Public Health will hold a public hearing on Nov. 1 concerning a controversial plan by North Adams Regional Hospital to close its psychiatric, pediatric and critical care units -- programs that are essential for preserving the health care safety net for resident of Northern Berkshire County. The public hearing is part of the legal process NARH is required to go through prior to closing these units, which is designed to determine if these are essential services for patients in the community. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 10/31/13 More »

Economist Jeffrey Sachs, European Parliament VP Anni Podimata to speak with Congress Oct. 30

Economist Jeffrey Sachs, European Parliament VP Anni Podimata to speak with Congress Oct. 30

Washington, D.C. – With the latest showdown over the government shutdown and debt limit finally over and the next budget fight beginning, a coalition of health care, community, faith-based, and labor activists will call on Congress members Wednesday, October 30 to shift the tone from austerity budget cuts to expanding revenues with a small tax on Wall Street speculation that can bring hundreds of billions of dollars into the budget to help rebuild our economy. —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 10/30/13 More »

Nurses Protest Kaiser at Warriors Game-Members Shouldn’t Have to Jump Through Hoops to Get Care

Nurses Protest Kaiser at Warriors Game-Members Shouldn’t Have to Jump Through Hoops to Get Care

OAKLAND-Registered nurses dressed in red scrubs, parents, and children will be protesting Kaiser Permanente’s elimination of essential patient services Wednesday evening at the Golden State Warriors opening game of the season. The nurses are demanding that Kaiser return to their fundamental mission of delivering quality patient care to the community. Kaiser is one of the major corporate sponsors of the Warriors. Kaiser has been reducing inpatient hospital services and RN staffing in its hospitals. On Nov.17, Kaiser will be closing all of their inpatient pediatric services serving southern Alameda County. The unit serves over 1,800 families a year, and more than 100,000 children in the tri-city area receive healthcare from the facility. More »

Forum TONIGHT-Hayward Community Steps up Fight to Keep Vital Kaiser Pediatrics Unit in Hayward Open

Forum TONIGHT-Hayward Community Steps up Fight to Keep Vital Kaiser Pediatrics Unit in Hayward Open

HAYWARD—A public forum to fight the closure of the hospital pediatric unit at Kaiser’s facility in Hayward will be held this evening, following a spirited press conference held Thursday by nurses, elected officials, parents, and their children. Speaking in strong support of keeping the unit open yesterday were Senator Ellen Corbett; Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski; Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle; John Green, a local parent and teacher; and veteran pediatrics RN Kristine Richter. —California Nurses Association, 10/25/13 More »

MountainView Nurses To Hold Candlelight Vigil Over Concern for Eroding Staffing Standards

MountainView Nurses To Hold Candlelight Vigil Over Concern for Eroding Staffing Standards

Neveda--Nurses will hold a candlelight vigil outside MountainView Hospital, Tuesday, Oct. 29 to highlight their concerns with chronic staffing issues and to demand management take action. Tuesday, in preparation for Tuesday’s vigil, nurses are conducting outreach at local shopping centers, telling community members, “As nurses, we want optimal staffing levels so that when you need one of us, we can be there for you.” —NNOC-Nevada, 10/25/13 More »

Mercy Killers—Powerful New Play Inspired by Healthcare Horror Stories Begins Chicago Run Oct. 28

Mercy Killers—Powerful New Play Inspired by Healthcare Horror Stories Begins Chicago Run Oct. 28

Chicago--The American Theater Company of Chicago, in collaboration with National Nurses United (NNU) and the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, are bringing Broadway actor Michael Milligan’s topical solo performance, Mercy Killers, to Chicago for a five-day run Oct. 28 through Nov.3. The opening performance will also feature a panel discussion with Milligan and local activists at the University of Chicago to explore the next steps in finishing the job of healthcare reform in the nation. Admission is FREE to all performances. —NNU, 10/25/13 More »

Nurses, Elected Officials Condemn Kaiser’s Imminent Closure of Vital Pediatrics Unit

Nurses, Elected Officials Condemn Kaiser’s Imminent Closure of Vital Pediatrics Unit

Closure is part of pattern of HMO’s new model of care, limiting access to hospital and nursing care. Registered nurses, elected officials, including Assemblymember Bob Wieckowski, and Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle and concerned community members will hold a press conference Thursday, followed by a community forum Friday, to protest Kaiser Permanente’s decision to close the inpatient pediatrics unit in its Hayward facility on Nov. 17. —California Nurses Association, 10/23/13 More »

Mercy Killers, A Play Inspired by Health Care Horror Stories, Featured in State-wide Tour

Mercy Killers, A Play Inspired by Health Care Horror Stories, Featured in State-wide Tour

Mercy Killers, a special, topical one-man play that highlights the ongoing plight of the uninsured, many of whom suffer financial tragedies on top of chronic illnesses, will be presented in venues throughout California from November 7 – November 22, 2013. —Campaign for a Healthy California, 10/21/13 More »

Federal Budget Crisis Illustrates Need for New Revenue

Federal Budget Crisis Illustrates Need for New Revenue

Washington, D.C. – With the latest showdown over the government shutdown and debt limit finally over and the next budget fight beginning, a coalition of health care, community, faith-based, and labor activists will call on Congress members Wednesday, October 30 to shift the tone from austerity budget cuts to expanding revenues with a small tax on Wall Street speculation that can bring hundreds of billions of dollars into the budget to help rebuild our economy. —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 10/18/13 More »

Des Peres Nurses Win First Collective Bargaining Pact

Des Peres Nurses Win First Collective Bargaining Pact

Registered nurses at Des Peres Hospital in St. Louis have achieved their first ever collective bargaining contract citing important improvements in patient care protections and securing their employer-paid health coverage at a time when so many workers face cuts in health benefits, the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Missouri (NNOC-Missouri) said today. —NNOC-Missouri, 10/18/13 More »

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Vote to Authorize a Three-Day Strike

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Vote to Authorize a Three-Day Strike

GREENFIELD, Mass — The registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center cast an overwhelming vote yesterday to authorize a three-day strike in response to Baystate Health’s refusal to engage in a good faith effort to reach a settlement for a new contract, a process that has dragged on for nearly two years and had forced a previous one-day strike by the nurses on Oct. 5, 2012. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 10/16/13 More »

New Agreement for RNs at Reborn San Leandro Hospital

New Agreement for RNs at Reborn San Leandro Hospital

Registered nurses at San Leandro Hospital have achieved their first ever contract under the hospital’s new owner, Alameda (county) Health Services who will begin operating the hospital at the end of this month. AHS will maintain prior contract standards the RNs had under the hospital’s former owner, Sutter Health, with some improvements in retiree health and pension benefits, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —California Nurses Association, 10/16/13 More »

Nurses, Community Residents to Deliver Petition to Kaiser Manteca Wed-Call to Restore Vital Services

Nurses, Community Residents to Deliver Petition to Kaiser Manteca Wed-Call to Restore Vital Services

Nurses and Kaiser Permanente members will deliver a petition of more than 300 signatures to the Kaiser Manteca Medical Center Wednesday calling on Kaiser to bring back critical diagnostic services cut earlier this year. The petitions also call on Kaiser to re-open the hospital’s third floor to admit patients from the Emergency Room or following surgery, and to stop denying admission to patients in need of longer term recovery services in the second floor sub-acute unit. —California Nurses Association, 10/15/13 More »

Nurses Hold Public Forum to Save Kaiser Manteca

Nurses Hold Public Forum to Save Kaiser Manteca

Registered nurses will host a public forum in Manteca Sunday afternoon to call attention to an escalating reduction of vital patient services at Kaiser Manteca Medical Center, practices they warn are leading to a “slow death” of the critical community hospital. Kaiser has been steadily closing entire units and eliminating vital services, including maternity, pediatric, cardiology, ultrasound, radiology, and more, forcing patients to travel to Modesto or Stockton for care. —California Nurses Association, 10/11/13 More »

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