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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 »

RNs DECLARE VICTORY IN VA SYSTEM

RNs DECLARE VICTORY IN VA SYSTEM

By an overwhelming majority, nurses at VA medical centers across the country have ratified their contract, an agreement that protects patient care standards and strengthens the voice of RNs in the care of the nation’s veterans. Tonight’s vote at Buffalo VA Medical Center was the final of 22 VA medical centers wins, where RNs are represented by National Nurses United (NNU), the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, with 185,000 members. —NNU VA Press Release, 10/05/12 More »

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Strike for Patient Safety

Baystate Franklin Medical Center Nurses Strike for Patient Safety

Greenfield, MA – The registered nurses of Baystate Franklin Medical Center walked out of the hospital this morning at 7 a.m. to begin a 24 hour unfair labor practice strike, the first nurses’ strike in the history of the Greenfield-based hospital. The action comes at the end of a year of fruitless negotiations. The nurses were joined by community and labor supporters as well as by more than 100 nurses from hospitals across the state who share the nurses’ concerns for patients safety. —Massachusetts Nurses Association Press Release, 10/04/12 More »

Duggan Campaign Rewrites His Anti-Union History

Duggan Campaign Rewrites His Anti-Union History

Potential Detroit mayoral candidate Mike Duggan’s campaign responded to concerns about the Detroit Medical Center CEO’s reputation as a union buster today with an astonishing string of falsehoods. In an interview on “First Shift With Tony Trupiano,” Duggan’s committee chairman Conrad Mallett Jr. made misstatements about multiple aspects of an organizing drive initiated by DMC nurses in 2007. —Michigan Nurses Association Press Release, 09/27/12 More »

Robin Hood Tax Pledge Sought In 18 Congressional Districts Across U.S.

Robin Hood Tax Pledge Sought In 18 Congressional Districts Across U.S.

On Tuesday, October 2, the eve of the fourth anniversary of the Troubled Asset Relief Program (TARP) -- under which hundreds of billions of tax dollars were handed over to financial institutions deemed “too big to fail”-- the Robin Hood Tax Campaign and its allies in labor, health, religious and consumer organizations, will visit Congressional field offices in seven states to seek pledges of support for the “Inclusive Prosperity Act,” H.R. 6411. Join us! —NNU Robin Hood Tax Press Release, 09/26/12 More »

Nurses Announce Tentative Pact with Sutter Mills-Peninsula

Nurses Announce Tentative Pact with Sutter Mills-Peninsula

Registered nurses have reached a tentative agreement on a new collective bargaining contract with Mills-Peninsula Health Services, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced. —CNA Press Release, 09/26/12 More »

San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital Nurse Picket— WEDNESDAY

San Jose, Good Samaritan Hospital Nurse Picket— WEDNESDAY

SAN JOSE— Registered nurses at Good Samaritan Hospital and Regional Medical Center in San Jose will hold a picket and rally at the facility Wednesday to call public attention to their efforts to stand up for their patients and for the future of their hospitals, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. —CNA Press Release, 09/25/12 More »

Lawrence General Hospital Announces Layoffs, Service Closures and Patient Care Restructuring…

Lawrence General Hospital Announces Layoffs, Service Closures and Patient Care Restructuring…

LAWRENCE, MA – The nurses of Lawrence General Hospital are outraged by a recent decision from hospital management to lay off staff, close services and restructure how nurses deliver patient care at the facility, particularly at a time when nurses have been struggling with inadequate RN staffing levels that compromise their ability to deliver the care their patients deserve. —Massachusetts Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 09/24/12 More »

National Nurses United Endorses President Obama

National Nurses United Endorses President Obama

National Nurses United, the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses, has endorsed President Barack Obama for a second term. The 185,000 member organization’s national executive council made the endorsement at a weekend meeting. —NNU Press Release, 09/24/12 More »

Statement from Donna Kelly-Williams, RN, President, Mass. Nurses Association on U.S. Senate Debate

Statement from Donna Kelly-Williams, RN, President, Mass. Nurses Association on U.S. Senate Debate

Nurses and Health Care Professionals have seen firsthand how the economy has affected our patients, friends and family through the loss of jobs, their homes and their retirement savings. Tonight, we had the opportunity to see for ourselves the stark difference between the two candidates for United States Senate and who will fight for us in Washington. —Healthcare Global, 09/20/12 More »

RNs and their Families Protest Sutter Black-tie Grand Opening Gala at Eden Medical Center Saturday

RNs and their Families Protest Sutter Black-tie Grand Opening Gala at Eden Medical Center Saturday

RNs from Sutter Health hospitals around the Bay Area will be holding a colorful event Saturday evening to protest a gala black-tie event organized by Sutter for the soon-to-be-opened new facility at the Castro Valley campus, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. Sutter, who has made over four billion in profit since 2007, has billed its event a fundraiser for the new Eden Medical Center building. —CNA Press Release, 09/20/12 More »

Robin Hood Tax Bill Introduced In Congress

Robin Hood Tax Bill Introduced In Congress

The U.S. Robin Hood Tax Campaign today applauded the introduction in Congress of a bill that would impose a tax on Wall Street speculation. Introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison, HR 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act, would raise up to $350 billion in annual revenues that would be used to breathe new life into Main Street communities across America, as well as international health, sustainable prosperity and environmental programs. —NNU Press Release, 09/17/12 More »

Victory for TX Nurses

Victory for TX Nurses

In a major win for nurses, patients and three Texas communities, registered nurses in El Paso, Corpus Christi and Brownsville gave final approval to contracts yesterday in first-ever collective bargaining agreements. The agreements make significant strides for working conditions for RNs, patient care standards and the quality of care at the four facilities. —NNU Press Release, 09/06/12 More »

Antelope Valley RNs Set Candlelight Vigil to Protest Serious Patient Care Problems at Hospital

Antelope Valley RNs Set Candlelight Vigil to Protest Serious Patient Care Problems at Hospital

Registered nurses at Antelope Valley Hospital (AVH) in Lancaster, California will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to protest eroding patient care conditions at the hospital and the administration’s hard-line stance in talks for a new contract. Some 900 RNs at the facility are represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. RNs cite deteriorating care conditions, especially in safe staffing, at the hospital that they say are consistently putting patients at risk on a daily basis. —CNA Press Release, 09/05/12 More »

Nurses Ask Rep. Benishek to Tell Seniors His Price for a Public Medicare Town Hall

Nurses Ask Rep. Benishek to Tell Seniors His Price for a Public Medicare Town Hall

Registered nurses who live and work in Congressman Dan Benishek’s district today asked him to name his price to hold a public town hall so the patients they take care of every day know how much they have to pay to express concerns and publicly ask questions about his plan to end Medicare and make them pay thousands of dollars more for health care each year. Just a week after spending days in Florida generating support for re-election from fellow Republicans, Benishek will head to Grand Rapids on Wednesday for a $1,000-a-person fundraiser with special guest U.S. House Speaker John Boehner. —Michigan Nurses Assoc. Press Release, 09/04/12 More »

Michigan Nurses Association Welcomes New Security Measures at Sparrow Hospital

Michigan Nurses Association Welcomes New Security Measures at Sparrow Hospital

“We’re glad to see Sparrow officials taking steps to protect staff and patients. Nurses and other healthcare professionals should not have to worry about being attacked while helping others, yet far too often they experience violence on the job. These matters must be taken seriously. The Michigan Nurses Association also continues to push for state legislation that strengthens penalties against those who assault healthcare workers. Everything possible should be done to ensure that our hospitals are safe for all health care professionals and every patient we take care of.” —Michigan Nurses Association, 08/31/12 More »

Nurses Vote To Authorize Strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center

Nurses Vote To Authorize Strike at Baystate Franklin Medical Center

“The nurses at Franklin Medical Center with this vote have said that they will not accept proposals that will cut into their ability to deliver quality patient care, they will not allow Baystate to take away their union rights, and they will stand and fight to protect their community hospital. Most of our members are life time, or long time community members. Franklin Medical Center is our hospital and we will continue our struggle to keep it a community hospital,” said Donna Stern, RN co-chair of the 209 member bargaining unit. —Massachusetts Press Release, 08/31/12 More »

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