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Berkeley City Council Endorses Call to Hold Sutter Alta Bates Accountable on Charity Care

Berkeley City Council Endorses Call to Hold Sutter Alta Bates Accountable on Charity Care

City’s Second Largest Employer a Tax Drain on Community. The Berkeley, CA. City Council Tuesday night voted nearly unanimously to call on the city’s second largest employer, Sutter’s Alta Bates Summit Medical Center to fulfill its charity care obligation in exchange for the substantial public financing they receive through their tax exempt status. Alta Bates Summit with two campuses in Berkeley, is seen as a prime example of a hospital that receives government subsidies as a result of its tax-exempt status that are far beyond what it provides in charity care – a growing problem throughout California. —California Nurses Association, 07/17/13 More »

Marquette RNs speak out for Medicaid expansion

Marquette RNs speak out for Medicaid expansion

MARQUETTE – Registered nurses from the Michigan Nurses Association shared their concerns for the health and wellbeing of Michigan citizens in front of the Old City Hall today. The nurses held signs that showed the number of uninsured in several Upper Peninsula counties that would be eligible for medical coverage once the Medicaid expansion bill passes. —Michigan Nurses Association, 07/16/13 More »

Federal Judge Rules MedStar Washington Hospital Center Unlawfully Reduced Nurses’ Health Benefits

Federal Judge Rules MedStar Washington Hospital Center Unlawfully Reduced Nurses’ Health Benefits

WASHINGTON, DC-- National Nurses United (NNU) today applauded a ruling by U.S. District Court Judge Richard Leon that MedStar Washington Hospital Center violated its nurses’ collective bargaining agreement when it unlawfully and unilaterally instituted sweeping reductions in the nurses’ health benefits. —National Nurses United, 07/16/13 More »

Sutter’s New Electronic System Causes Serious Disruptions to Safe Patient Care at E. Bay Hospitals

Sutter’s New Electronic System Causes Serious Disruptions to Safe Patient Care at E. Bay Hospitals

Introduction of a new electronic medical records system at Sutter corporation East Bay hospitals has produced multiple problems with safe care delivery that has put patients at risk, charged the California Nurses Association today. Problems with technology are not unique to health care – pilots of the ill fated Asiana airline that tragically crashed at San Francisco International Airport July 6 told federal investigators that an automatic throttle failed to keep the jetliner at the proper speed for landing, the Los Angeles Times reported July 9. —California Nurses Association, 07/11/13 More »

Delay in passing Medicaid expansion means more health problems for Michigan citizens

Delay in passing Medicaid expansion means more health problems for Michigan citizens

LANSING – Registered nurses from the Michigan Nurses Association shared their concerns for the health and wellbeing of Michigan citizens from the Capitol steps today. The nurses spoke to an audience of Medicaid program users, Democratic state senators, union members and representatives from other professional associations. —Michigan Nurses Association , 07/03/13 More »

Huge Federal Sanction for Affinity (Oh) Medical Center

Huge Federal Sanction for Affinity (Oh) Medical Center

A federal Administrative Law Judge has issued a scathing ruling against Affinity Medical Center of Massillon, Oh. finding the hospital guilty of multiple violations of federal labor law in refusing to recognize and bargain with its registered nurses, terminating a long term Affinity RN for union activity, and illegally threatening other RNs for advocating for patient safety. —National Nurses Organizing Committee-Ohio/NNU, 07/02/13 More »

Children’s Hospital RNs, Caregivers Join Together to Protest Drastic Cuts in Healthcare Tuesday

Children’s Hospital RNs, Caregivers Join Together to Protest Drastic Cuts in Healthcare Tuesday

OAKLAND- Children's Hospital and Research Center registered nurses and caregivers will support their coworkers, represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), in an informational picket Tuesday. More »

Children’s Hospital RNs, Caregivers Join Together to Protest Drastic Cuts in Healthcare Tuesday

Children’s Hospital RNs, Caregivers Join Together to Protest Drastic Cuts in Healthcare Tuesday

OAKLAND- Children's Hospital and Research Center registered nurses and caregivers will support their coworkers, represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW), in an informational picket Tuesday. Key issues prompting the protest include severe cuts in healthcare for workers and their families, maintaining the rights of all unions to support one another in contract negotiations, and opposition to a "management’s rights” clause which will significantly decrease workers' collective rights and voice in advocating for safe patient care. More »

Nace el Enfermeras Globales Unidas a partir de sindicatos de enfermeras/trabajadores de la salud

SAN FRANCISCO – Líderes de las principales uniones de enfermería y trabajadores de la salud de 13 naciones de las Américas, Africa, Asia y Europa anunciaron planes para formar un nuevo organismo internacional para escalar sus esfuerzos contra los nocivos efectos de las medidas de austeridad, la privatización y los recortes en los servicios de atención a la salud que, afirman, ponen en riesgo a las personas y a las comunidades alrededor del planeta. More »

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Ratify New Contract

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Ratify New Contract

WORCESTER, MA — The registered nurses of UMass Memorial Medical Center University campus voted Friday to ratify a new three-year contract with UMMMC management that provides the significant staffing improvements nurses sought to ensure their patients receive quality care at this level-one trauma center. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 07/01/13 More »

Federal Board Indicts Sutter Vallejo for Illegal Imposition of Higher Healthcare Costs to Nurses

Federal Board Indicts Sutter Vallejo for Illegal Imposition of Higher Healthcare Costs to Nurses

The National Labor Relations Board has ordered Sutter Solano Medical Center in Vallejo to stand trial in September on charges that it violated federal law in imposing higher healthcare costs on its registered nurses and illegally imposing discipline on RNs in retaliation for their participation in a strike last year. In a complaint issued Tuesday, Joseph Frankl, regional director of the NLRB San Francisco region, set a September 9 trial date in San Francisco on the charges over its illegal actions against the nurses. —California Nurses Association, 06/26/13 More »

Nurses Welcome Decision on Gay Rights, But Condemn Court’s Attack on Voting and Workplace Rights

Nurses Welcome Decision on Gay Rights, But Condemn Court’s Attack on Voting and Workplace Rights

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest organization of nurses, welcomed Supreme Court rulings today moving the ball forward on the rights of same sex couples to marry while condemning earlier decisions this week that it said severely undermine democratic rights in the voting booth and in the workplace. —Global Nurses United, 06/26/13 More »

Federal Court Sanctions Barstow Hospital for Failing­­ to Bargain With RNs…

Federal Court Sanctions Barstow Hospital for Failing­­ to Bargain With RNs…

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. Judge Christina Snyder issued the order in response to a complaint filed by the National Labor Relations Board following charges by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United that Barstow has repeatedly and systematically broken federal law with its refusal to hold contract talks and other abridgements of the RNs’ legal and democratic rights. —California Nurses Association/NNU, 06/26/13 More »

Global Nurses United of Nurse, Healthcare Worker Unions, Born

Global Nurses United of Nurse, Healthcare Worker Unions, Born

SAN FRANCISCO – Leaders of the premiere nurses and health care workers unions in 14 nations in the Americas, Africa, Asia, and Europe have announced plans to form a new international organization to step up the fight against the harmful effects of austerity measures, privatization, and cuts in health care services that they say are putting people and communities at risk across the planet. Calling the new formation Global Nurses United, leaders of the initial endorsing countries said they would also work collectively to guarantee the highest standards of universal healthcare as a human right for all, to secure safe patient care, especially with safe nurse-to-patient ratios, and safe health care workplaces. —Global Nurses United, 06/26/13 More »

Government Imposes $4 Million Fine on Kaiser for Limiting Patients’ Access to Mental Health Care

Government Imposes $4 Million Fine on Kaiser for Limiting Patients’ Access to Mental Health Care

$4 Million Fine is Second Largest in DMHC’s History; Action Results from Caregivers’ Complaint to the Agency 

Today, the California Department of Managed Health Care (DMHC) announced a $4 million fine against California’s largest HMO for limiting patients’ access to mental health care. The fine affirms the findings of an exhaustive complaint filed by Kaiser Permanente’s frontline mental health clinicians, who are represented by the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). In November of 2011, NUHW filed a 34-page complaint with the DMHC and has cooperated with the agency’s ensuing 19-month investigation. More »

Nurses Call on President Obama to Take the Next Step on Climate Change and Fully Reject Keystone XL

Nurses Call on President Obama to Take the Next Step on Climate Change and Fully Reject Keystone XL

The nation’s largest organization of nurses welcomed the call by President Obama today for action on climate change. But the President’s statement on the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline that “our national interest will be served only if this project does not significantly exacerbate the problem of climate change,” does not go far enough, says National Nurses United. —National Nurses United , 06/25/13 More »

Lack of courage, conviction from Republican Senators shameful for Michigan’s needy

Lack of courage, conviction from Republican Senators shameful for Michigan’s needy

LANSING – Members of the Michigan Nurses Association are livid that over 400,000 of Michigan’s neediest citizens, the majority of which are women and children, will be left without access to health care as a result of the Senate’s refusal to pass the Medicaid expansion program offered as part of the federal Affordable Care Act. “This is callous, heartless behavior,” said Jeff Breslin, RN, MNA president. “From the start of the discussions in the Senate, it’s been shown over and over that money and personal ambitions are clearly taking precedent over a healthier Michigan. When vacations and re-election campaigns and coercion from well-moneyed special interests are controlling how our elected legislators represent the people that voted them into office, it’s a bleak future for our state.” More »

Poison in the Pipeline: The Toxic Risk of Keystone XL

Poison in the Pipeline: The Toxic Risk of Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Independent lab tests of a sample taken from a tar sands oil spill earlier this year in Arkansas detected several highly toxic chemicals, according to a new report by Environmental Working Group commissioned by clean energy advocate and philanthropist Tom Steyer. “A single sample of tar sands oil included chemicals that cause cancer in humans and produce serious and permanent birth defects in children,” said EWG’s director of research, Renée Sharp. “These are the consequences the Obama administration should be weighing first and foremost before it makes its final decision on whether to subject millions of American families to the real risks that could come if the Keystone pipeline is approved.” —Environmental Working Group, 06/20/13 More »

Colorful March on Golden Gate Bridge Today Highlights Push to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

Colorful March on Golden Gate Bridge Today Highlights Push to Stop Keystone XL Pipeline

New Report on Toxic Chemicals in Arkansas Tar Sands Spill Emphasizes Health Hazards Linked to Controversial KXL Project Say Nurses. SAN FRANCISCO – In one of the most colorful protests yet against the Keystone XL Pipeline project, registered nurses from coast to coast, joined by activists from the nation’s leading environmental groups and other Bay Area activists will march across the Golden Gate Bridge today. The message to the Obama administration – stop the pipeline before it’s too late for our planet and our health. Today’s huge march comes as a new report was released today in Washington identifying seven highly toxic compounds that can cause cancer and developmental problems found in a sample from the March tar sands oil spill near Mayflower, Ark. —National Nurses United, 06/20/13 More »

St. Joseph RNs Ratify New Contract at Apple Valley, Eureka, and Petaluma

St. Joseph RNs Ratify New Contract at Apple Valley, Eureka, and Petaluma

Registered nurses at three St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) medical centers have ratified a new collective bargaining agreement that will strengthen patient care protections and provide affordable healthcare benefits, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. Nurses won improved safe RN-to-patient safe staffing ratio language, successfully fought off substantial increases to their healthcare premiums, and secured removal of a punitive “wellness” program that recent studies have concluded fail to provide promised savings while penalizing employees who may have chronic health problems. —National Nurses United, 06/19/13 More »

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