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UMass Medical Center Memorial/Hahnemann Campus Nurses Ratify New Contract

UMass Medical Center Memorial/Hahnemann Campus Nurses Ratify New Contract

WORCESTER, MA – The registered nurses of UMass Memorial Medical Center Memorial/Hahnemann campus voted yesterday to ratify a new three-year contract with UMMMC management that provides the significant staffing improvements nurses sought to ensure that their patients receive quality care at this level one trauma center. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 06/11/13 More »

Nurses to Host Colorful Golden Gate Bridge March June 20 With Call to Stop Keystone XL, Austerity

Nurses to Host Colorful Golden Gate Bridge March June 20 With Call to Stop Keystone XL, Austerity

SAN FRANCISCO – Registered nurses from across the U.S., joined by environmental and Bay Area community activists, will step up the call on the Obama administration to reject approval of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline with a colorful march and rally at the Golden Gate Bridge Thursday, June 20. The event will be hosted by National Nurses United which cites serious adverse concerns about the Pipeline, a project a prominent NASA scientist warns could mean “game over” on climate change. —National Nurses United, 06/11/13 More »

Nurses, Community Leaders to Call on DC Council Members Thursday to Pass Patient Protection Act

Nurses, Community Leaders to Call on DC Council Members Thursday to Pass Patient Protection Act

WASHINGTON, DC –Registered nurses joined by District of Columbia community leaders and activists will visit DC Council members Thursday to press the case for action on the Patient Protection Act of 2013 that would set specific limits on the number of patients for which registered nurses can safely provide care. —National Nurses United, 06/11/13 More »

RNs Reach Tentative Agreements at St. Joseph Hospitals in Apple Valley, Eureka and Petaluma

RNs Reach Tentative Agreements at St. Joseph Hospitals in Apple Valley, Eureka and Petaluma

Registered nurses at three St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) medical centers have achieved a tentative settlement with hospital officials on a new collective bargaining agreement that nurses say will bring significant improvements in patient care protections and healthcare security for nurses. The agreement between nurse and hospital negotiators, reached late Wednesday night, must still be ratified by the RNs who will vote on the proposals in membership meetings expected to be held next week. The new contracts which cover more than 1,100 RNs expire on May 31, 2016. —California Nurses Association, 06/06/13 More »

NNU and MNU Endorse Ed Markey for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts Special Election

NNU and MNU Endorse Ed Markey for U.S. Senate in Massachusetts Special Election

CANTON, Mass — National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the United States, and its affiliate, the Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, announced today its endorsement of Congressman Ed Markey for U.S. Senate in the June 25 Massachusetts special election. “Congressman Markey is a champion of the issues that matter most to nurses: federal and state legislation to require safe RN-to-patient staffing limits for nurses in acute care hospitals, universal single-payer health care, a robust social insurance program and a financial transaction tax on Wall Street trades that would generate hundreds of billions of dollars every year,” said MNA/NNU President, Donna Kelly-Williams, RN. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/30/13 More »

First Maine RN Leader Cokie Giles is Elected to National Nurses Union Presidency

First Maine RN Leader Cokie Giles is Elected to National Nurses Union Presidency

Cokie Giles, RN, president of the Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA) and a working nurse at the endoscopy clinic at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, has been elected as one of the four presidents of National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), one of the largest and fastest growing direct-care RN unions in the United States. Maine has been affiliated with the NNOC since 2006. —Maine State Nurses Association/NNOC/NNU, 05/30/13 More »

Federal Government Indicts Sutter Memorial for Violating Labor Law-Trial Set for August 5

The federal agency that oversees labor law has ordered Memorial Medical Center, a Sutter facility located in Modesto, to stand trial on charges that it violated RNs’ right of free speech, guaranteed under federal labor law. An administrative law judge of the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) will conduct the hearing, which is scheduled to begin on Aug. 5 at Region 32 of the NLRB in Oakland. —California Nurses Association, 05/29/13 More »

Rideout Health Group California RNs Ratify New 4-Year Pact

Rideout Health Group California RNs Ratify New 4-Year Pact

It’s a wrap. Registered Nurses at Rideout Health Group facilities in Marysville and Yuba City Tuesday voted overwhelmingly in membership meetings to approve a new four year collective bargaining contract, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today. The ratification ends a long effort by the 400 RNs to achieve an agreement that they say will strengthen patient care protections as well as standards for the RNs who work at the Rideout Regional Medical Center in Marysville and Women and Infant Services in Yuba City. —California Nurses Association, 05/29/13 More »

DPH Issues Finding Declaring Child Psych Unit at Cambridge Health Alliance an Essential Service

The Department of Public Health has just issued its findings regarding the proposed plan by Cambridge Health Alliance to close its nationally recognized child psychiatric unit for the care of young children with acute mental illness (The DPH letter text appears at the end of this release) The DPH finds that this unit provides an essential service that is “necessary for preserving access and health status in the Cambridge Hospital’s service area, which for the children and adolescents it serves extends throughout Eastern Massachusetts.” —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/28/13 More »

RNs, Rideout Health Group Reach Tentative Agreement Nurses Welcome Gains

Registered Nurses who work at Rideout Health Group facilities in Marysville and Yuba City north of Sacramento have reached a tentative agreement on a new four year contract that provides important patient care and economic gains and holds the line on health coverage, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today. The settlement will go before RNs for ratification in membership meetings Tuesday, May 28. —California Nurses Association, 05/24/13 More »

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Reach Agreement-Strike Averted

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Reach Agreement-Strike Averted

After hours of negotiations today the registered nurses of UMass Memorial Medical Center’s University campus reached a tentative agreement with UMMMC management that provides the staffing improvements nurses sought to ensure their patients receive quality care at this level one trauma center. The settlement averts a strike, which was set to begin at 6 a.m. on Thursday. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/23/13 More »

Big Rallies Today – San Jose and Berkeley

Big Rallies Today – San Jose and Berkeley

Registered Nurses at Good Samaritan and Regional Medical Center in San Jose begin a two-day strike Thursday, May 23 as RNs at five East Bay Sutter hospitals begin the final day of their seven-day walkout. Both walkouts –protests against hospital employer demands for sweeping reductions in RN standards and concerns about patient protections – will feature large mid-day rallies. —California Nurses Association, 05/23/13 More »

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Strike Update

UMass Medical Center University Campus Nurses Strike Update

Final Round of Talks Scheduled from 2 – 6 p.m. Today at DCU Center. Pre-Strike Rally Tonight at 6 p.m., Coral Seafood, 225 Shrewsbury St., Worcester. If Talks Fail, Nurses to Conduct One-Day Strike for Safe Patient Care, Thursday, May 23, Beginning at 6 a.m. Nurses Will Picket for 24 hours and will be prepared to re-enter the hospital on May 24 at 6 a.m. to resume care of patients. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/NNU, 05/22/13 More »

San Jose Nurses to Begin Two-Day Strike Thursday Cite Concerns over Safe Staffing, Proposed Pension

San Jose Nurses to Begin Two-Day Strike Thursday Cite Concerns over Safe Staffing, Proposed Pension

Registered Nurses at Good Samaritan and Regional Medical Center in San Jose have will begin a a two-day strike Thursday, May 23, continuing Friday, May 24. Key issues to protest the refusal of hospital officials to move forward in efforts to end the contract dispute with nurses which centers in large part on proposed elimination of the nurses’ pension plan, and concerns about hospital staffing. The 1,400 RNs at the two HCA-affiliated hospitals are represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —California Nurses Association, 05/22/13 More »

Leading Nevada RN Organization Opposes SB 362

Leading Nevada RN Organization Opposes SB 362

‘Bill Would Help Hospitals, Not Patients, and Erodes Safe Staffing’. A major organization of Nevada registered nurses is calling on Nevada legislators to reject a misleading bill promoted by hospital executives that nurses say would undermine their efforts to genuinely protect patients and speak up for safer patient care conditions. —NNOC-Nevada / NNU, 05/22/13 More »

UMass Medical Center Nurses To Conduct  One-Day Strike on Thursday, May 23

UMass Medical Center Nurses To Conduct One-Day Strike on Thursday, May 23

WORCESTER, MA – In response to deteriorating patient care conditions, the 1,100 registered nurses who work at the University Hospital campus of UMass Memorial Medical Center (UMMMC) in Worcester plan to conduct a one-day strike on Thursday, May 23. The strike would be the largest nurses’ strike in Massachusetts history. A pre-strike Rally for the nurses and community supporters has also been scheduled for Wednesday, May 22, beginning at 6 p.m. at Coral Seafood Restaurant, located at 225 Shrewsbury St. in Worcester. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 05/21/13 More »

Good faith bargaining? Federal agency expected to file injunction against BCH

Good faith bargaining? Federal agency expected to file injunction against BCH

BARSTOW--The National Labor Relations Board is expected to file an injunction in federal court against Barstow Community Hospital regarding its alleged bargaining tactics with the California Nurses Association, according to a CNA news release. —SBsun.com, 05/21/13 More »

Columbia Graduates Call for Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street to Address Student Debt

Columbia Graduates Call for Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street to Address Student Debt

New York - Members of the Class of 2013 of Columbia University, joined by graduating students from other campuses and supporters, will hold a press conference outside the Main Gate to Columbia University on Broadway at W. 116th Street on Tuesday, May 21 at 8 a.m. The students, many of whom are buried in debt from college tuition costs, are calling for a Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street transactions to fund education programs that could alleviate student debt now and in the future. Student debt in the U.S. has surpassed consumer debt and now stands at an amount in excess of $1 trillion. —RobinHoodTax.org, 05/21/13 More »

Tuesday - Robin Hood Fair, March and Call for Support at Oakland City Council

Tuesday - Robin Hood Fair, March and Call for Support at Oakland City Council

The California Nurses Association (CNA), together with community partners, will host a Robin Hood Fair outside Oakland City Hall on Tuesday, May 21 at 12 noon in support of the Robin Hood Tax, whose goal is to bring a real recovery to Main Street and to end climate change and HIV/AIDS. The Robin Hood Tax is embodied in the Inclusive Prosperity Act, H.R. 1579, reintroduced in Congress last month by Rep. Keith Ellison (D-MN). —California Nurses Association, 05/20/13 More »

Labor Board Judge Convicts Fallbrook for Violating Law, Barstow Also Indicted

Labor Board Judge Convicts Fallbrook for Violating Law, Barstow Also Indicted

Two Southern California hospitals that are part of one of the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chains, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, are facing major sanctions from the federal government for significant abuses of the democratic rights of their registered nurses. In a scathing decision issued late last week, a federal administrative law judge has asked the federal labor board to order Fallbrook Hospital in northern San Diego County to end illegal evasive tactics and return to contract negotiations with its registered nurses. —California Nurses Association, 05/20/13 More »

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