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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 »

Maine Nurses Healthcare is a Human Right Tour in Portland Monday & Bangor Tuesday

Maine Nurses Healthcare is a Human Right Tour in Portland Monday & Bangor Tuesday

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, nurses and physicians will provide basic medical screenings and will be joined by local healthcare activists for a public town hall in Portland, October 14 and Bangor, October 15 as part a Health Care is a Human Right Campaign. —Maine State Nurses Association / NNU, 10/10/13 More »

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center RNs Ratify

St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center RNs Ratify

Registered nurses at St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Reno, Nev. voted Tuesday and Wednesday to ratify a new collective bargaining contract that they say protects patient care standards and provides a safer workplace environment for nurses. It is the first contract that NNOC-Nevada has negotiated with St. Mary's since it was acquired by Prime Healthcare Services from Dignity Health (formerly Catholic Healthcare West) in 2012. —National Nurses Organizing Committee / NNU, 10/10/13 More »

DC RNs Welcome Hearing for Patient Safety Bill —Nov. 8

DC RNs Welcome Hearing for Patient Safety Bill —Nov. 8

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals applauded the movement forward of the DC Patient Protection Act, a bill they say is critical to their ability to provide safe patient care. 57% of District Hospital RNs Cite Inadequate Staffing. New study shows hospitals with higher RN staffing had lower re-admissions. —National Nurses United / Heal DC, 10/10/13 More »

Informational Picket at San Jose Kaiser

Informational Picket at San Jose Kaiser

As many Californians weigh their options for healthcare insurance under the Affordable Care Act, registered nurses will rally outside the Kaiser Permanente San Jose Medical Center this Friday with a message for consumers: Be wary of enrolling in insurance plans that limit your access to a hospital and to safe nursing care. —California Nurses Association, 10/10/13 More »

RN John Armelagos of UMHS Elected as New Michigan Nurses Association President

RN John Armelagos of UMHS Elected as New Michigan Nurses Association President

OKEMOS – Members of the Michigan Nurses Association, the state’s largest and most effective union and professional association for registered nurses, have elected John Armelagos, RN, as their new president. Armelagos, an Ann Arbor resident, is a longtime nurse who has held multiple leadership positions in the University of Michigan Professional Nurse Council (UMPNC), the Michigan labor community, Michigan Nurses Association (MNA) and its national affiliate, National Nurses United. —Michigan Nurses Association, 10/08/13 More »

Mankato Nurses Ratify Agreement with Mayo Clinic Health System

Mankato Nurses Ratify Agreement with Mayo Clinic Health System

(MANKATO) – 470 nurses represented by Minnesota Nurses Association at Mayo Health Systems Clinic have agreed to contract terms that address quality of patient care in the hospital. Five months of negotiations, a nurse force galvanized around patient safety concerns and overwhelming community support all contributed to an agreement that lays a new foundation of nurse input into staffing, scheduling and workload. —Minnesota Nurses Association, 10/04/13 More »

Orlando RNs to Shed Light on how Patient Care and Community is Hurt by Recent Cuts

Orlando RNs to Shed Light on how Patient Care and Community is Hurt by Recent Cuts

Registered nurses and healthcare workers from throughout Orlando Health’s (OH) eight hospitals will hold a press conference and rally Monday morning to speak about the effects cuts are having on their ability to provide safe patient care, the National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC)-Florida announced today. The effects, described in more detail below, range from replacing a “sitter” (assigned to ensure a high-risk patient’s safety) with a technician on a different floor monitoring up to 12 cameras on a screen, to blood pressure cuffs not working. —NNOC Florida, 10/04/13 More »

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