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Big Triumph – 2-Year Sutter War Ends as RNs OK New Pact

Big Triumph – 2-Year Sutter War Ends as RNs OK New Pact

In packed membership meetings at five San Francisco Bay Area hospitals, registered nurses and techs voted overwhelmingly Wednesday and Thursday to ratify a new collective bargaining agreement, ending a two-year fight by defeating a long list of concession demands by one of the nation’s wealthiest hospital chains. The battle – which centered over Sutter’s insistence on implementing sweeping reductions in patient care, workplace protections, and nursing standards – finally concluded after nine strikes over two years when Sutter agreed to withdraw over 200 concession demands. More »

Mount Diablo Hospital RNs Ratify New Contract Sutter RNs Begin Voting on Tentative Agreement

Mount Diablo Hospital RNs Ratify New Contract Sutter RNs Begin Voting on Tentative Agreement

Registered Nurses at John Muir Mount Diablo Hospital in Concord voted Tuesday night to ratify a new three-year contract that they say strengthens patient care standards as well as securing nurses’ health coverage. Concurrently, RNs at Sutter hospitals began voting on their tentative agreement at Sutter facilities in Berkeley, Oakland, Castro Valley, Antioch and Vallejo. Membership meetings on the agreement will continue through Thursday. Results will be announced Friday. —California Nurses Association, 10/02/13 More »

MNA Nurses at Borgess Win New Patient Protections in 3-Year Contract

MNA Nurses at Borgess Win New Patient Protections in 3-Year Contract

KALAMAZOO – After standing firm in their demands for new protections for their patients, the nearly 600 registered nurses at Borgess Medical Center have ratified a new contract with the hospital that runs through 2016. —Michigan Nurses Association, 10/02/13 More »

DC RNs to Picket Hospitals’ Powerbroker Fundraiser for Councilwoman Alexander Tonight

DC RNs to Picket Hospitals’ Powerbroker Fundraiser for Councilwoman Alexander Tonight

Registered nurses from District of Columbia hospitals, joined by community allies, will picket a fundraiser for DC Councilwoman Yvette Alexander hosted by a hospital industry powerbroker tonight to step up the call for the District Council to move forward on a critical patient safety bill. —National Nurses United, 10/01/13 More »

Kaiser RNs Launch Ad on Eve of ACA: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

Kaiser RNs Launch Ad on Eve of ACA: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

As the Affordable Care Act’s insurance market exchanges open for business Tuesday, Kaiser Permanente RNs today launched a campaign to advise enrollees to ask tough questions and be wary of enrolling in insurance plans that limit your access to a hospital and to safe nursing care. —National Nurses United, 09/30/13 More »

Big Win for Nurses as Sutter War Ends

Big Win for Nurses as Sutter War Ends

It’s over – with a resounding triumph for thousands of registered nurses at five San Francisco Bay Area hospitals operated by the large Sutter Health system who have managed to defend patient care protections and nursing standards from an employer insistent on sweeping concessions in a long running dispute. After nine strikes over two years, with multiple days added on by company lockouts, the RNs have won tentative agreements for new collective bargaining agreements premised on elimination of nearly 200 concession demands by Sutter that were the main issue in the confrontation. —California Nurses Association, 09/27/13 More »

Kaiser RNs’ Message to Public: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

Kaiser RNs’ Message to Public: Be Wary of Insurers Who Limit Access to Hospital, Nursing Care

On the eve of the opening of insurance signups under the Affordable Care Act, registered nurses will rally outside three Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California Monday with a message for consumers – be wary of enrolling in insurance plans that limit your access to a hospital and to safe nursing care. Kaiser, say RNs, has been making it harder for patients to be admitted for hospital care when sick or injured and sending patients home or to other settings when they should still be in the hospital. As part of that shift away from hospital care, Kaiser has been reducing RN staffing in its hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 09/26/13 More »

California Nurses Endorse Alvarez for San Diego Mayor

California Nurses Endorse Alvarez for San Diego Mayor

SAN DIEGO—The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, California’s largest and leading organization of nurses, has endorsed San Diego City Council member David Alvarez for mayor and will join a Thursday press conference with other leading community leaders to support his candidacy. —California Nurses Association, 09/25/13 More »

McLaren Lapeer Nurses, Community Tell CEO: Put Patients Before Profits

McLaren Lapeer Nurses, Community Tell CEO: Put Patients Before Profits

LAPEER – More than 100 registered nurses from McLaren Lapeer Region and community members rallied Monday to demand that hospital CEO Bart Buxton fix the chronic understaffing that can put their patients’ safety at risk. The nurses want to be able to provide safe, quality care to every patient and have been asking the administration to solve serious nurse staffing problems for months. —Michigan Nurses Association/NNU, 09/23/13 More »

Massachusetts RNs launch signature drive for safe patient limits

Massachusetts RNs launch signature drive for safe patient limits

On September 18, MNA nurses kicked off the signature campaign to put safe patient limits on the ballot. Packets with petitions and instructions have gone out to all bargaining units. Please see your local bargaining unit committee chair, committee member, or floor rep to get petitions – or you can call the MNA office at 781.821.4625 (and ask for the membership department) to get petitions and instructions. Sign and circulate the petition today! Working together we can make safe staffing the law in Massachusetts! —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 09/23/13 More »

Joint Committee on Public Health Holds Sep. 24 Hearing on Bill to Give Communities with More Notice

Joint Committee on Public Health Holds Sep. 24 Hearing on Bill to Give Communities with More Notice

The measure responds to efforts by hospital networks to cut needed services in an effort to boost profits even though the DPH has deemed these services to be essential for the communities served by those hospitals. Nurses and other advocates for access to needed health care services will testify, including a nurse from North Adams Regional Hospital, which has announced a plan to shutter the hospital’s inpatient psychiatric unit, pediatric unit and critical care unit. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 09/23/13 More »

New Pact for Mount Diablo Hospital RNs

New Pact for Mount Diablo Hospital RNs

Registered Nurses who work at John Muir Mount Diablo Hospital in Concord have reached a tentative agreement on a new three-year contract that nurses say will provide for additional patient care improvements as well as securing nurses’ health coverage. The settlement, reached Wednesday, covers more than 700 RNs who are members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The settlement will go before RNs for ratification in membership meetings scheduled for October 1. —California Nurses Association, 09/20/13 More »

RNs to Bring Message to Kaiser at Sacramento MD Recruitment Event

RNs to Bring Message to Kaiser at Sacramento MD Recruitment Event

Registered nurses from Northern California Kaiser Permanente facilities will pay a visit to a Kaiser recruitment event in Sacramento this afternoon, September 17 to bring a message to the HMO giant and doctors it is trying to enlist – stop cutting care by pushing nurses and patients out of the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 09/17/13 More »

Judge: MedStar Washington Hospital Center broke federal labor law

Judge: MedStar Washington Hospital Center broke federal labor law

In a stunning rebuke to MedStar Washington Hospital Center management, an administrative law judge ruled last week that Washington Hospital Center management broke federal labor law when it refused to provide information about hospital staffing patterns and patient safety survey information to registered nurses. —National Nurses United, 09/17/13 More »

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 13 Countries Join Global Day of Action for a Healthy Economy

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 13 Countries Join Global Day of Action for a Healthy Economy

NEW YORK, Sept. 17--Leading nurse and healthcare union organizations in 13 countries in the Americas, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe are holding coordinated actions Tuesday, September 17 to escalate the call to stop the harmful effects of austerity measures, privatization, and cuts in health care services that they say are putting people and communities at risk, and call for safer nursing care. —Global Nurses United, 09/16/13 More »

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 »

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