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Hundreds of UMass Memorial Medical Center Nurses to Picket Nov. 8 To Call for Safer Staffing Levels

Hundreds of UMass Memorial Medical Center Nurses to Picket Nov. 8 To Call for Safer Staffing Levels

After Posting More Than $88 Million in Profits, UMass Memorial Medical Center Has Slashed its Nursing and Support Staff in the Last Two Years and Has Gone From Being the Best Staffed Hospital in the City to the Worst, While Also Posting Among the Lowest Rankings in the State for Quality Patient Care —MNA Press Release, 11/08/12 More »

National Nurses: Message from Working People to Wall Street- America is Not for Sale

National Nurses: Message from Working People to Wall Street- America is Not for Sale

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses said today that the national election delivered an unmistakable message Tuesday: “From the Presidential race to Senate races to local ballot measures, American voters Tuesday delivered a strong message to Wall Street, billionaires and secretive corporate funded political committees – America is not for sale,” said NNU Executive Director Rose Ann DeMoro. —NNU Press Release, 11/07/12 More »

Petaluma Nurses Picket in Support of Santa Rosa Hospital RN Strike for Patient Care—Saturday

Petaluma Nurses Picket in Support of Santa Rosa Hospital RN Strike for Patient Care—Saturday

Petaluma Valley Hospital RNs will be holding informational picketing at the two St. Joseph Health hospitals in Sonoma County in a show of support for nurses at Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital (SRMH), who begin a three-day strike Saturday, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. SRMH is represented by the Staff Nurses Association. —CNA Press Release, 11/01/12 More »

Nurses Held State House Press Conference Today on New Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

Nurses Held State House Press Conference Today on New Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

BOSTON, Mass — Representatives from the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, along with State Representative Denise Garlick, RN (D-Needham) held a press conference at the State House today to brief reporters on a new law to ban the dangerous practice of mandatory overtime as an alternative to providing safe registered nurse staffing levels in the state’s acute care hospitals. The new law goes into effect on Monday, Nov. 5. —NNU Press Release, 11/01/12 More »

East Bay, Vallejo Sutter Nurses Strike Thursday

East Bay, Vallejo Sutter Nurses Strike Thursday

Registered nurses at seven Sutter hospitals in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties will hold a one-day strike on Thursday, November 1. The walkout is in response to demands by Sutter corporate officials for sweeping reductions in patient care protections and nurses contract standards at these hospitals. The strike will involve about 3,200 RNs as well as several hundred respiratory, X-ray and other technicians. “We have been in negotiations going on 18 months and during this time hospital management has repeatedly misrepresented us as nurses and has shown a lack of respect for the hard working women and men who are the backbone of our hospital,” said Ann Gaebler, an Alta Bates RN. “As staff nurses, we have a responsibility to fight to maintain standards of care for our patients. We cannot allow the erosion to patient care that Sutter's proposed takeaways would represent.” —CNA Press Release, 11/01/12 More »

St. John’s Santa Monica RNs Overwhelming Vote to Approve Historic First Contract

St. John’s Santa Monica RNs Overwhelming Vote to Approve Historic First Contract

Registered nurses at St. Johns Health Center in Santa Monica showed up in force to ratify their first ever collective bargaining agreement in secret ballot voting Friday and Saturday, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 10/30/12 More »

Nurses to Join Women’s Day of Action Event for Ami Bera

Nurses to Join Women’s Day of Action Event for Ami Bera

Leaders of the state’s leading organization of nurses will join a rally and press event for Congressional candidate Dr. Ami Bera Tuesday morning in Elk Grove. The event, which will also include national women’s right advocate Sandra Fluke and Dr. Janine Bera is expected to have a particular focus on women’s health issues. —CNA Press Release, 10/30/12 More »

Nurses Hold State House Press Conference (Nov. 1) on New Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

Nurses Hold State House Press Conference (Nov. 1) on New Law to Ban Mandatory Overtime for Nurses

Representatives from the Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, along with State Representative Denise Garlick, RN (D-Needham) will hold a press conference at the State House on Thursday, Nov. 1, to brief reporters on a new law to ban the dangerous practice of mandatory overtime as an alternative to providing safe registered nurse staffing levels in the state’s acute care hospitals. The new law goes into effect on Monday, Nov. 5. —NNU Press Release, 10/30/12 More »

City Mayor Joins Growing Outcry of Support for Unjust Firing of Affinity Nurse

City Mayor Joins Growing Outcry of Support for Unjust Firing of Affinity Nurse

Affinity Medical Center RNs, along with a growing number of concerned community members, will be holding a second candlelight vigil Friday evening to protest the unjust termination of Ann Wayt, a highly respected orthopedic RN who has worked at the facility for 24 years. Prior to the vigil, nurses and supporters will march in the Beat McKinley parade scheduled for 7 p.m. and then return to the hospital for the candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. —NNU Press Release, 10/25/12 More »

Consumers and Nurses Challenge The Billionaires Behind Props 32 and 33 To A Public Debate

Consumers and Nurses Challenge The Billionaires Behind Props 32 and 33 To A Public Debate

Nurses and consumer advocates challenged Charles Munger Jr. and George Joseph, the two billionaires behind Props 32 and 33, to a public debate on the merits of the ballot measures they have together spent $39 million to promote. Props 32 and 33 will hurt working people in California, but the two reclusive billionaires have refused to step out of the shadows and defend their measures in a public forum, preferring to hide behind massive paid advertising campaigns fronted by public relations firms. —CNA Press Release, 10/24/12 More »

Tentative Pact for RNs at Saint John’s Santa Monica

Tentative Pact for RNs at Saint John’s Santa Monica

Registered nurses and hospital officials have reached a tentative agreement on a first collective bargaining agreement at Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica that ends a long-running dispute at the hospital, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. Key to the agreement are provisions that the nurses say will enhance patient protections, as well as economic gains, no reductions in nurses’ health coverage or pensions, and other contract protections that the RNs say will promote quality of care and retention of experienced RNs and recruitment of new nurses. —CNA Press Release, 10/23/12 More »

East Bay, Vallejo Sutter Nurses to Strike Nov. 1

East Bay, Vallejo Sutter Nurses to Strike Nov. 1

With little movement from Sutter corporate officials on their demands for sweeping reductions in patient care protections and nurses contract standards, registered nurses at Sutter hospitals in Alameda, Contra Costa, and Solano counties will hold a one-day strike on Thursday, November 1, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today. —CNA Press Release, 10/22/12 More »

Brotman RNs to Picket Culver City Hospital Tuesday

Brotman RNs to Picket Culver City Hospital Tuesday

Registered nurses at Brotman Medical Center will hold a picket Tuesday morning to call on the private equity firm that operates the Culver City hospital to forego its proposals that would undercut patient care standards and make a commitment not to erode patient care. —CNA Press Release, 10/22/12 More »

San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital RNs Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital RNs Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

Registered nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center in San Jose have authorized a strike, if necessary, to protest hospital management demands they say will erode patient care and RN contract standards that will also undermine the ability of the hospital to recruit new RNs and have adverse effects on the San Jose community. —CNA Press Release, 10/19/12 More »

CHILDREN’S Picket at Kaiser Hayward-SATURDAY,11a.m.-1p.m.

CHILDREN’S Picket at Kaiser Hayward-SATURDAY,11a.m.-1p.m.

“Treat us, don’t trick us!” they demand! Hundreds of children, parents, and concerned community members will be picketing Saturday at 11a.m. to protest Kaiser Permanente’s plans to close the inpatient pediatrics unit in Hayward in 2014. More than 1,000 children a year are hospitalized in the unit. The event will have the first-ever children-only picket line at Kaiser, joined by friends dressed as popular Sesame Street characters who will be picketing alongside them. —CNA Press Release, 10/19/12 More »

NNU Stands Behind Lenox Hill RNs on Fair Contract to Protect Patient Care

NNU Stands Behind Lenox Hill RNs on Fair Contract to Protect Patient Care

NEW YORK – In the aftermath of an overwhelming vote in favor of strike– by a 96% margin, and in recognition of the compelling issues that motivated that significant vote, National Nurses United today issued its strongest message of support to the RNs of Lenox Hill Hospital in their call for a fair contract. —NNU Press Release, 10/18/12 More »

Providence Memorial, El Paso Hospital Nurses Vote by 64% to Join NNU in Decisive Election

Providence Memorial, El Paso Hospital Nurses Vote by 64% to Join NNU in Decisive Election

Registered nurses at Providence Memorial Hospital in El Paso voted by 64 percent Tuesday night to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee-Texas, the Texas affiliate of National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of RNs. The landslide win, 201 to 115 for NNOC-Texas came in a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations Board. NNOC-Texas will represent some 500 RNs at the hospital. Overall, NNU represents 185,000 RNs across the U.S. —NNU Press Release, 10/17/12 More »

Citing Safe Staffing Concerns, Kaiser RNs Plan to Picket Oakland Hospital Tuesday

Citing Safe Staffing Concerns, Kaiser RNs Plan to Picket Oakland Hospital Tuesday

OAKLAND—Registered nurses will hold a picket outside the Kaiser Permanente Oakland hospital Tuesday, October 16 to air concerns about ongoing problems with appropriate safe staffing at the Oakland hospital, the California Nurses Association announced today. —CNA Media Advisory, 10/15/12 More »

Barstow RNs Hold Candlelight Vigil Protest on Opening Day of New Hospital-Saturday

Barstow RNs Hold Candlelight Vigil Protest on Opening Day of New Hospital-Saturday

Registered nurses at Barstow Community Hospital (BCH) will hold a candlelight vigil Saturday evening to highlight their concerns with management’s misplaced priorities that placed the construction of a new facility with 15,000 additional square feet before ways to recruit and retain experienced nurses, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. While the new hospital boasts of its emergency department which will include a trauma bay, airborne infection exam room, and 15 exam rooms, nearly one-half of the ED RN staff have resigned. Nurses attribute the exodus of RNs to the substandard patient care protections, salaries, and benefits that are well below community standards of area hospitals. —CNA Press Release, 10/11/12 More »

As Benishek’s Wealth Rockets 60% to $5.6M, He Leaves Constituents Behind

As Benishek’s Wealth Rockets 60% to $5.6M, He Leaves Constituents Behind

MICHIGAN--Registered nurses in Congressman Dan Benishek’s district said today a new report that his personal wealth has increased by 60 percent to $5.6 million explains why he has repeatedly voted to make seniors pay thousands of dollars more for their health care every year so that his fellow millionaires can enjoy more tax breaks. —Michigan Nurses Association Press Release, 10/08/12 More »

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