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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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

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 »

RNs Denounce Sutter’s Devastating Closure of Major Unit for Chronic Severely Ill Patients

RNs Denounce Sutter’s Devastating Closure of Major Unit for Chronic Severely Ill Patients

Registered nurses from throughout the Bay Area will join their Sutter nurse colleagues Thursday in front of Herrick Hospital to protest the large hospital chain’s closure of another vital healthcare service, the pulmonary sub-acute unit (PSAU), the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —CNA Press Release, 08/23/12 More »

Children to Hold Lemonade Stand to Fight to Keep Kaiser Hayward’s Pediatrics Unit Open

Children to Hold Lemonade Stand to Fight to Keep Kaiser Hayward’s Pediatrics Unit Open

HAYWARD-Children, parents, and concerned community members along with RNs will be picketing and selling lemonade Wednesday at noon to protest Kaiser Permanente’s plans to close in 2014 the pediatrics unit in Hayward, for children in need of hospitalization, the California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United announced today. Wednesday’s action is part of a growing and heated battle to keep the unit open;in mid-April a spirited protest was attended by more than 400 people. —CNA press release, 08/20/12 More »

Save Our State from the Bungling Billionaires

Save Our State from the Bungling Billionaires

Nurses, Teachers, Scour Yacht Club Tuesday to Expose Secret Wealthy Donors to Anti-Prop. 30 Campaign —CNA press release, 08/20/12 More »

New Report: California Non-Profit Hospitals Save Billions While Providing Little Charity Care

New Report: California Non-Profit Hospitals Save Billions While Providing Little Charity Care

Private, not-for-profit hospitals, which dominate the California hospital landscape, rack up tax exemption benefits of close to $2 billion a year beyond what they return to communities in charity care, according to a new report released today. —IHSP: Institute for Health & Socio-Economic Policy, 08/15/12 More »

Sacramento Hearing, Rally Wednesday: What Do Hospitals Provide in Return for Non-Profit Status?

Sacramento Hearing, Rally Wednesday: What Do Hospitals Provide in Return for Non-Profit Status?

Do California not-for-profit hospitals return an equitable benefit to the state and local communities for the huge tax privileges they receive for their nonprofit status? Do they provide sufficient levels of charity care? Are they publicly accountable? Are their actions adequately measurable and transparent? —CNA Press Release, 08/14/12 More »

RNs Oppose Prop. 32

RNs Oppose Prop. 32

Would Erode Voice of Nurses, Further Shift Policy Influence to Corporate Interests. Calling the proposal a “cynical fraud that would silence the voices of nurses and other workers in public policy,” the California Nurses Association today announced it is joining with labor, community, consumer, and good government organizations to oppose Proposition 32 on the state’s November election ballot. —CNA Press Release, 08/14/12 More »

Sacramento Hearing, Rally to Shine Spotlight - Aug. 15th

Sacramento Hearing, Rally to Shine Spotlight - Aug. 15th

Do California not-for-profit hospitals return an equitable benefit to the state and local communities for the huge tax privileges they receive for their non-profit status? Do they provide sufficient levels of charity care? Are they publicly accountable? Are their actions adequately measurable and transparent? —CNA Press Release, 08/10/12 More »

Enloe Nurses Cite Gains in Break Relief, Retirement, Compensation in New Contract Agreement

Enloe Nurses Cite Gains in Break Relief, Retirement, Compensation in New Contract Agreement

Registered nurses at Enloe Medical Center have approved a new collective bargaining agreement with the Chico hospital that they say will strengthen patient care standards, increase access to their retirement plans, and improve compensation that will help with retention and recruitment of RNs. —CNA Press Release, 08/08/12 More »

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