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U.S. Court of Appeals to CHS: Repay Unions for Willful Bargaining Failures

U.S. Court of Appeals to CHS: Repay Unions for Willful Bargaining Failures

The District of Columbia-based U.S. Court of Appeals has issued a rare, scathing order to the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, Tennessee-based Community Health Systems, requiring it to repay all of a union’s costs incurred in efforts to bargain a contract for registered nurses at a San Diego hospital. Writing for the court May 8, Senior Judge Harry Edwards, the court’s former Chief Judge, rejected CHS’ Fallbrook Hospital’s appeal of an April, 2014, National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling that Fallbrook acted in an “obstinate and pugnacious” manner in unlawfully refusing to bargain with nurses represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. —National Nurses United, 05/08/15 More »

Hundreds of California RNs to Gather at Capitol May 12

Hundreds of California RNs to Gather at Capitol May 12

Hundreds of registered nurses from across California will gather in Sacramento Tuesday, May 12 on the anniversary of the birth of Florence Nightingale to encourage state legislators to step up efforts to improve protections for hospital patients, and stop an attack on regulatory safeguards. —California Nurses Association, 05/08/15 More »

Nurses Welcome Introduction of Legislation to Improve  VA Care, RN Patient Advocacy Rights

Nurses Welcome Introduction of Legislation to Improve VA Care, RN Patient Advocacy Rights

Registered nurses today applauded the introduction of federal legislation to improve patient care for veterans, ensure equity among federal health care workers, and enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to recruit and retain a strong health care work force to serve the nation’s veterans. —National Nurses United, 05/08/15 More »

National Nurses United Board Member Michael Jackson Elected President of California Nursing Board

National Nurses United Board Member Michael Jackson Elected President of California Nursing Board

Michael Jackson, a San Diego RN and board member of National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses, won unanimous election Wednesday as president of the California Board of Registered Nursing (BRN). —National Nurses United/California Nurses Association, 05/07/15 More »

Nurses to Demonstrate in DC for Patient Care Bill & Against VA Mgmt Attacks on Patient Advocacy

Nurses to Demonstrate in DC for Patient Care Bill & Against VA Mgmt Attacks on Patient Advocacy

Registered nurses will mark International Nurses’ Day with two actions in the District of Columbia aimed at protecting patients and caregivers. —Global Nurses United/National Nurses United, 05/07/15 More »

One in Four MA RNs Report Patient Deaths That Are Directly Attributable to Unsafe Patient Assignment

One in Four MA RNs Report Patient Deaths That Are Directly Attributable to Unsafe Patient Assignment

85% of RNs agree that the quality of patient care in Massachusetts hospitals is suffering due to unsafe patient assignments including 61% of RNs who are aware of patient complications and 50% who are aware of patients who have been injured or harmed because hospitals are forcing nurses to care for too many patients at one time. —Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 05/06/15 More »

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 11 Countries Mark Nurses’ Week With Actions to Protect Patients

Nurses, Healthcare Workers in 11 Countries Mark Nurses’ Week With Actions to Protect Patients

Leading nurse and healthcare union organizations in 11 countries across the globe are holding coordinated actions during International Nurses’ Week to highlight the global efforts to improve patient care protections, oppose cuts in health care services, and stop the erosion of nurses’ workplace and living standards that are under attack in many countries. —Global Nurses United, 05/06/15 More »

University of Chicago Approve New 4-Year Pact

University of Chicago Approve New 4-Year Pact

University of Chicago Medical Center registered nurses Tuesday night voted by a strong majority to approve a new four-year agreement with the hospital that they say will strengthen patient care protections at the hospital. —National Nurses United, 05/06/15 More »

St. Joseph RNs Celebrate Nurses’ Day May 6 with Day of Action for Safer Patient Care Across State

St. Joseph RNs Celebrate Nurses’ Day May 6 with Day of Action for Safer Patient Care Across State

From Eureka in the north west corner of California to Apple Valley in the south, registered nurses who work at St. Joseph Health System hospitals will mark national nurses day May 6 with calls for safer patient care at their hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 05/05/15 More »

Nurses Welcome Introduction of Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Health Care

Nurses Welcome Introduction of Legislation to Improve Veterans’ Health Care

Registered nurses today applauded the introduction of federal legislation to improve patient care for veterans, ensure equity among federal health care workers, and enable the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to recruit and retain a strong health care work force to serve the nation’s veterans. —National Nurses United, 04/30/15 More »

Thousands of RNs Set to Strike Five Sutter Hospitals Thursday

Thousands of RNs Set to Strike Five Sutter Hospitals Thursday

Registered nurses will be on strike at hospitals operated by the profitable Sutter corporation Thursday in a one-day walkout protesting inadequate staffing and other patient care concerns and corporate demands for some 130 cuts in health coverage for the RNs and their families. —California Nurses Association, 04/29/15 More »

RN Strikes Thursday, Friday at 3 Big Los Angeles Hospitals

RN Strikes Thursday, Friday at 3 Big Los Angeles Hospitals

Thousands of California registered nurses will be on strike this week, including RNs at three major Southern California area hospitals in Los Angeles, Torrance, and Santa Monica who are among some 5,000 California RNs who will join walkouts on those days. —California Nurses Association, 04/29/15 More »

Neutral Factfinder Rejects Salinas Hospital’s Plan to Eliminate Charge Nurses

Neutral Factfinder Rejects Salinas Hospital’s Plan to Eliminate Charge Nurses

An impartial fact finding report made public today on the dispute between Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and its registered nurses endorses many of the central issues raised by the RNs on patient care delivery and a controversial restructuring plan sought by the hospital. —California Nurses Association, 04/29/15 More »

Chicago Strike Off- RNs, University of Chicago Reach Tentative Agreement to Settle Dispute

Chicago Strike Off- RNs, University of Chicago Reach Tentative Agreement to Settle Dispute

Following an intensive day of contract talks, University of Chicago Medical Center registered nurses and hospital administrators reached a tentative agreement late Monday night on a new collective bargaining agreement, National Nurses United announced Tuesday morning. —National Nurses United, 04/28/15 More »

Senate Health Committee to Consider CA Charity Care & ‘Observation’ Standards Care Bills

Senate Health Committee to Consider CA Charity Care & ‘Observation’ Standards Care Bills

First hearings on two RN-sponsored California bills, to hold California non-profit hospitals accountable on how much charity care and community benefit services they provide in return for their tax-exempt status and to address the hospital abuse of “observation” status, are scheduled for their first public airing this week by the Senate Health Committee. —California Nurses Association, 04/27/15 More »

Thousands of RNs to Strike California Hospitals Thursday, Friday

Thousands of RNs to Strike California Hospitals Thursday, Friday

More than 2,500 registered nurses who work at five Sutter corporation hospitals will go on strike for one-day Thursday April 30, among some 6,400 RNs who will participate in walkouts next week at various hospitals in California and Illinois. —California Nurses Association, 04/27/15 More »

University of Chicago RNs Set to Strike April 30

University of Chicago RNs Set to Strike April 30

Some 1,550 registered nurses who work at the University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) are preparing to hold a one-day strike April 30. UCMC will be preventing nurses from returning to work for an additional four days following the strike. —National Nurses United, 04/27/15 More »

RNs on Labor Board to Overturn Huntington Election, Say Hospital Created Atmosphere of ‘Fear’

RNs on Labor Board to Overturn Huntington Election, Say Hospital Created Atmosphere of ‘Fear’

Citing more than 40 violations of federal workplace protections that made a “free and fair election impossible,” the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United has called on federal officials to overturn the disputed election at Huntington Memorial Hospital in Pasadena, Ca. —California Nurses Association, 04/24/15 More »

Nurses Strengthen Patient Advocacy, Retain Experienced RNs In New Contract With USC- Verdugo Hills

Nurses Strengthen Patient Advocacy, Retain Experienced RNs In New Contract With USC- Verdugo Hills

Registered nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital have overwhelmingly voted to ratify a first union contract with hospital management, culminating a yearlong campaign persuading the University of Southern California to invest in patient care improvements at the hospital. The agreement includes contract protections for nurses to advocate for improved patient care, as well as wage and benefit improvements to enhance recruitment and retention at the hospital. —National Nurses United, 04/23/15 More »

Salinas Nurses Hold March and Vigil to Protest Hospital’s Staffing Cuts

Salinas Nurses Hold March and Vigil to Protest Hospital’s Staffing Cuts

More than 150 registered nurses, their families and supporters are expected to attend a march and candlelight vigil Thursday to protest worsening patient care conditions at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital and a proposal by management to reduce nurse staffing levels. —California Nurses Association, 04/22/15 More »

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