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Patient Advocates Launch Ballot Initiative Petition Drive for Safe Patient Limits in Mass. Hospitals

Patient Advocates Launch Ballot Initiative Petition Drive for Safe Patient Limits in Mass. Hospitals

Following the Secretary of State’s recent release of the official ballot initiative petitions on Wednesday, Sept. 18, the Campaign for Safe Patient Care will launch its drive for the 70,000 signatures needed to place the Patient Safety Act on the 2014 ballot. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 09/16/13 More »

200 Organizations Urge Obama, Congress to Back the Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street

200 Organizations Urge Obama, Congress to Back the Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street

1,000 to March in NYC September 17 to Demand Robin Hood Tax; “Sweet Honey in the Rock” to Perform. On the second anniversary of Occupy Wall Street, and a day when the United Nations General Assembly convenes to address issues of poverty, public health and climate change, New Yorkers from every sector of the city are joining together to demand a Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street to solve America’s revenue crisis. —Robin Hood Tax USA / National Nurses United, 09/16/13 More »

California Election Called Biggest RN Union Win in 7 Years

California Election Called Biggest RN Union Win in 7 Years

In what is believed to be the biggest U.S. election win for non-union hospital registered nurses in seven years, RNs at a Los Angeles area hospital Wednesday night voted to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. With their hard fought election win – by a count of 279 to 261 in secret ballot voting conducted by the National Labor Relations Board – RNs at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, Ca. withstood what CNA characterized as a furious anti-union campaign by hospital management and its high paid anti-union consultants. —California Nurses Association, 09/12/13 More »

Ballot Initiative to Ensure Taxpayer Health Care Dollars Go Exclusively to Patient Care Certified

Ballot Initiative to Ensure Taxpayer Health Care Dollars Go Exclusively to Patient Care Certified

CANTON, Mass. — Last week, the Attorney General’s office certified a ballot e initiative that will require hospitals to be transparent about their financial holdings and other activities, to limit CEO salaries and to limit and claw back excess profits to ensure that taxpayer dollars are dedicated exclusively to safe patient care and necessary services for all communities in the Commonwealth. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 09/10/13 More »

Yet Another Sanction for CHS Barstow

Yet Another Sanction for CHS Barstow

In yet another reprimand for Barstow Hospital and its parent company, Community Health Systems of Tennessee. On behalf of the National Labor Relations Board, an administrative law judge Monday found that Barstow has broken federal law and violated the rights of its registered nurses through its refusal to engage in good faith bargaining with the RNs and their union, the California Nurses Association. —NNU/CNA/NNOC, 09/10/13 More »

Dignity Health RNs Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify New Pact

Dignity Health RNs Vote Overwhelmingly to Ratify New Pact

In nearly 30 membership meetings the past six days across California and Nevada, registered nurses have overwhelmingly approved a new four year collective bargaining covering 12,000 RNs at 28 hospitals in one of the nation’s largest hospital systems. The nurses are members of the California Nurses Association and National Nurses Organizing Committee-Nevada, both part of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of RNs. —CNA/NNOC-Nevada, 09/10/13 More »

RNs Seek Vote for California Pacific Hospital RNs-Rally Sept. 10 for Fair Election

RNs Seek Vote for California Pacific Hospital RNs-Rally Sept. 10 for Fair Election

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United Thursday asked the federal labor board to schedule a secret ballot election for union representation for 600 registered nurses at California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific campus, one of the few hospitals in San Francisco where the RNs remain non-union. CNA is also calling on CPMC and its parent company Sutter Health to respect the democratic rights of the RNs by agreeing to a fair election process by which the nurses will be able to consider unionizing in an atmosphere free of coercion or intimidation. —California Nurses Association, 09/06/13 More »

Safe Patient Limits Ballot Initiative Certified by Attorney General

Safe Patient Limits Ballot Initiative Certified by Attorney General

CANTON, Mass. — The Patient Safety Act today received certification from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s office. The Patient Safety Act will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a safe maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while also providing maximum flexibility to hospitals to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on the specific needs of the patients. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 09/05/13 More »

Nurses, Seniors, Unions, and Community Members to Protest Anthem/Blue Cross-Unreasonable rate hikes

Nurses, Seniors, Unions, and Community Members to Protest Anthem/Blue Cross-Unreasonable rate hikes

Just as California is rolling out the Affordable Care Act (ACA), Anthem Blue Cross is raising premiums on small business and referring patients to substandard retail clinics. In response, the Campaign for a Healthy California, a coalition of nurses, seniors, labor unions, and concerned community members, are calling for the eviction of the insurance giant from the healthcare delivery system in an action at its San Francisco headquarters this Thursday. More »

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Vote to Settle Negotiations Through Binding Arbitration

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Vote to Settle Negotiations Through Binding Arbitration

FRANKLIN, MA -- Nurses at Baystate Franklin Medical Center voted overwhelmingly on September 3 to submit their proposals to a neutral arbitrator for resolution of the contract negotiations which have been ongoing for nearly two years. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 09/04/13 More »

New Four-Year Pact for 12,000 California and Nevada Dignity RNs

New Four-Year Pact for 12,000 California and Nevada Dignity RNs

Registered nurses at one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, Dignity Health, have reached a major new tentative collective bargaining contract covering some 12,000 RNs at 28 Dignity hospitals in California and Nevada that nurses say is a sharp break from a concessionary spiral so prevalent among many employers in healthcare and other sectors. —National Nurses United, 08/28/13 More »

Cypress Fairbanks RNs Approve New Pact with Houston Hospital

Cypress Fairbanks RNs Approve New Pact with Houston Hospital

Registered nurses at Houston’s Cypress Fairbanks Medical Center voted unanimously Monday night to approve a new collective bargaining agreement with the hospital, extending the only private union contract for nurses in America’s fourth largest city. More »

Sutter’s $1 Billion Boondoggle-New Electronic Records System Goes Dark

Sutter’s $1 Billion Boondoggle-New Electronic Records System Goes Dark

A controversial electronic health records system on which Sutter corporation has said it is spending $1 billion went completely dark Monday at Sutter hospitals in Northern California exposing patients to additional risk beyond problems reported with the system in July, registered nurses reported yesterday. For several months RNs have cited multiple problems with the new system, known as Epic, with safe care delivery that the California Nurses Association says is increasingly troublesome. —California Nurses Association, 08/27/13 More »

Another Accolade for National Nurses United Director,  RoseAnn DeMoro

Another Accolade for National Nurses United Director,  RoseAnn DeMoro

For the 12th consecutive year, National Nurses United Executive Director RoseAnn DeMoro has been deemed one of the 100 most influential people in healthcare in the U.S., once again named to a list published today by Modern Healthcare, a prominent national healthcare industry publication. More »

National Nurses Join DC Action to Reclaim Dr. King’s Dream

National Nurses Join DC Action to Reclaim Dr. King’s Dream

Washington, DC – This Saturday, Aug. 24, members of National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, will join hands with thousands of activists from coast to coast in the historic commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March for Jobs and Freedom. —National Nurses United, 08/23/13 More »

Palomar Health RNs, Caregivers Call Tentative Agreement a Win for Public Safety

Palomar Health RNs, Caregivers Call Tentative Agreement a Win for Public Safety

Eight tough months of negotiations for registered nurses and service and technical staff that included protests at hospital board meetings, an overwhelming vote of no confidence in management, and caregivers’ resolve to protect patient care have culminated in tentative agreements with Palomar Health District, the California Nurses Association (CNA) and Caregiver and Healthcare Employees Union (CHEU) announced today. —California Nurses Association / CHEU, 08/16/13 More »

Nurses Unveil Bold New Ad Charting Third Way in Healthcare Debate

Nurses Unveil Bold New Ad Charting Third Way in Healthcare Debate

“Our taxes should pay for our healthcare: Seniors have it. Congress has it. Other countries have it. Why not the rest of us?” Challenging policymakers to heed the advice of America’s registered nurses to guarantee healthcare for all, National Nurses United (NNU) is sending a message to House Speaker John Boehner and other members of Congress and the administration. —National Nurses United, 08/08/13 More »

Ventura RNs Sound Alarm on Patient Care Conditions at County Health System

Ventura RNs Sound Alarm on Patient Care Conditions at County Health System

Nurses in trauma units working up to nine short while executives given 10% Raises. Registered Nurses who work throughout the Ventura County have taken a vote of “no confidence” in the health systems administration leadership in a week-long vote conducted throughout the county’s various healthcare facilities. The 800 RNs and other caregivers are represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 08/06/13 More »

To Protect Patients and Improve Care, Massachusetts Nurses File Ballot Initiative for Safer Staffing

To Protect Patients and Improve Care, Massachusetts Nurses File Ballot Initiative for Safer Staffing

CANTON, Mass. — In response to deteriorating patient care conditions in the state’s acute care hospitals the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MNA/NNU) announced today that it is filing a ballot initiative, the Patient Safety Act, that would dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals by setting a safe maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while also requiring hospitals to adjust nurses’ patient assignments based on the specific needs of the patients. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 08/05/13 More »

Federal Court Issues Sweeping Order for RNs Against Barstow Hospital

Federal Court Issues Sweeping Order for RNs Against Barstow Hospital

Third major lawsuit filed by government against a Community Health Services hospital for illegal labor practices since April. A U.S. District Judge in Los Angeles Monday issued a federal injunction against Barstow Hospital ordering it to cease and desist its flagrant violations of the collective bargaining rights of its registered nurses. The injunction follows a restraining order issued against Barstow in June. —California Nurses Association, 08/02/13 More »

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