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St. Rose RNs Ratify First Collective Bargaining Contract

St. Rose RNs Ratify First Collective Bargaining Contract

Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward have overwhelmingly approved their first collective bargaining agreement, the California Nurses Association, National Nurses United announced today. The new two-year pact includes gains on economic security, staffing and workplace violence prevention, and also rejects what had been management demands for reductions in the existing standards for nurses. St. Rose RNs ratified the agreement in membership meetings Thursday. "When we overwhelmingly voted for CNA, we knew it was the best thing for all of us, but winning an excellent first contract is just as powerful,” said Tricia Munoz, Telemetry RN and nurse negotiator. —California Nurses Association, 05/23/14 More »

Keep Doctors San Pablo Open-Town Hall Meeting Closure Would Result in Major Healthcare Crisis

Keep Doctors San Pablo Open-Town Hall Meeting Closure Would Result in Major Healthcare Crisis

CA Nurses file charges with Office of Civil Rights, citing medical redlining, call on federal authorities to intervene. West Contra Costa County registered nurses, seniors, religious leaders and community groups are stepping up efforts to keep Doctors Medical Center (DMC), and its emergency open as a full service hospital as they go door to door to advertise the first of three town hall meetings to be held Thursday at the Easter Hill United Methodist Church in Richmond, the California/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. —California Nurses Association, 05/22/14 More »

RNs to Hold Vigil to Mourn Death of 6-Month Infant, Cite Closure of Pediatric Care Unit at Hospital

RNs to Hold Vigil to Mourn Death of 6-Month Infant, Cite Closure of Pediatric Care Unit at Hospital

Registered nurses will hold a somber candlelight vigil Thursday night in honor of a 6-month old infant who died in April after being discharged after an initial visit to the emergency room at Kaiser’s Hayward hospital which had several months earlier closed its children’s services unit. Kaiser closed the Hayward pediatrics unit in November leaving over 100,000 families in southern and central Alameda County without access to hospitalization for children under 18 in their own communities. The in-patient pediatric facility saw 1,800 families every year who must now travel to Oakland, San Jose or even Roseville on congested freeways for needed care. —California Nurses Association, 05/22/14 More »

Sutter Modesto RNs File for Election to Join CA Nurses Assn. and Gain Voice in Patient Care

Sutter Modesto RNs File for Election to Join CA Nurses Assn. and Gain Voice in Patient Care

Registered nurses at Sutter Modesto Memorial Medical Center filed for an election today with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to join the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU). Modesto Memorial RNs began organizing after seeing the gains made by thousands of other CNA/NNU represented Sutter RNs throughout Northern California. The NLRB will now determine a date to hold a federally supervised secret ballot election for the 850 RNs that will be held at the facility in Modesto. Key issues cited by the nurses are inadequate RN-to patient staffing and requirements that RNs work in clinical areas without the appropriate clinical expertise and orientation, both of which are a risk to patient safety, and hospital respect for RNs and their voice in patient care decisions. —California Nurses Association, 05/16/14 More »

St. Rose RNs, Hayward Reach Agreement on First Contract

St. Rose RNs, Hayward Reach Agreement on First Contract

Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward have reached tentative agreement with hospital officials on their first collective bargaining agreement that includes important gains on economic security, staffing and workplace violence prevent, the California Nurses Association, National Nurses United announced today. St. Rose was one of the last remaining non-union hospitals for RNs in the Bay Area – until St. Rose RNs voted by 91 percent to join CNA in December, 2012. CNA represents 300 RNs at St. Rose. —California Nurses Association, 05/14/14 More »

Thursday- Seniors Host Lemonade Stand in Fight to Restore Critical Services at Kaiser Manteca

Thursday- Seniors Host Lemonade Stand in Fight to Restore Critical Services at Kaiser Manteca

Community questions need for cuts when HMO reports $12 million a day in profits in 2014 first quarter. Seniors from the Manteca area will be selling lemonade in front of Kaiser Permanente Manteca Thursday at 11:00 a.m. to protest the escalation of cuts in patient care services at the facility, the California Nurses Association/ National Nurses United announced today. “We have paid a lifetime of premiums to Kaiser and for them to abandon us as we get older and need hospital care is appalling,” said Rich Paul, a local resident. “Many of us chose to retire in Manteca and bought homes in this area because there was a full-service hospital here. Kaiser charges us thousands of dollars a year in premiums and they want more. So we’re selling lemonade to help restore services.” —California Nurses Association, 05/14/14 More »

RNs, Hospital Workers, and Community Meet to Save Doctors San Pablo

RNs, Hospital Workers, and Community Meet to Save Doctors San Pablo

RNs Demand County Take Charge Public meeting Saturday 10:00 a.m. at hospital. Registered nurses, hospital workers and community members are holding a public meeting at the hospital this Saturday to plan the next steps in their effort to keep Doctors Medical Center San Pablo (DMC) and its emergency department open. The nurses say that closure of DMC would create a dire public health crisis in the West Contra Costa County and are urging Contra Costa County to assume authority to ensure the continued operation of the facility as an acute care hospital with a fully staffed Emergency Room and ICU. —California Nurses Association, 05/10/14 More »

Hundreds of RNs to Gather in Sacramento May 12. Honor Nurses Week With Call for Action

Hundreds of RNs to Gather in Sacramento May 12. Honor Nurses Week With Call for Action

Up to 500 California registered nurses will gather in Sacramento Monday, May 12 to press the call for passage in Sacramento of essential legislation that would enhance patient safety, increase access to care, and promote workplace violence prevention and other safety measures. The RNs, members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, will convene at 9:30 a.m. and continue until 11:30 a.m. at the Sacramento Convention Center, after which the RNs will hold a colorful march to the State Capitol before going to meet with individual legislators. —California Nurses Association, 05/08/14 More »

CA Nurses Call on County to Step in to Keep Doctors San Pablo Open

CA Nurses Call on County to Step in to Keep Doctors San Pablo Open

RNs warn of major public health crisis if hospital and its busy ER close. Registered nurses from Doctors San Pablo Medical Center (DMC) and Contra Costa Regional Medical Center will hold media availabilities at 10:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at the facility, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced this evening upon hearing the news that Measure C, the parcel tax initiative that would have provided the funds to keep the hospital open, failed to pass. The RNs will attend today’s 4:00 p.m. West County District Healthcare Board meeting and demand that the closure be addressed and put on the agenda. —California Nurses Association, 05/07/14 More »

California Nurses Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

California Nurses Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

Oakland, CA – At a rally and press conference today, Kaiser nurses and consumer advocates exposed the fact that Kaiser Permanente has accumulated a reserve that is $21.7 billion – 1626 percent – more than required by the state, while cutting patient care services and raising premiums on consumers. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, which has 85,000 California members, also announced its endorsement of a measure that will appear on this November’s ballot to regulate health insurance rates in California, just as the state already regulates auto insurance rates. The initiative can force refunds to consumers based on such excessive amounts held in reserve. —California Nurses Association, 05/06/14 More »

Queen of the Valley RNs to Picket for Safe Patient Care Tuesday May 6

Queen of the Valley RNs to Picket for Safe Patient Care Tuesday May 6

NAPA-Queen of the Valley (QVH) registered nurses in Napa, will hold an informational picket, Tuesday, May 7 in an effort to raise patient care standards to the same level as area hospitals, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, (CNA/NNU), who represents the 440 nurses announced today. The RNs won an election to join CNA/NNU last May and began contract negotiations in September. The nurses say patient safety at the hospital is being compromised by management’s refusal to follow California’s lifesaving safe nurse-to-patient ratio law, with patients not receiving appropriate coverage when nurses take their meals and breaks. —California Nurses Association, 05/05/14 More »

Nurses And Consumer Advocates Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

Nurses And Consumer Advocates Rally Against Kaiser’s $21.7 Billion In Excess Reserve

Condemn Care Cuts, Premium Hikes; Endorse Rate Regulation Initiative. Kaiser Permanente nurses, joined by consumer advocates, will hold a press conference Tuesday, May 6 to expose that Kaiser Permanente has held $21.7 billion more than the state required amount in reserve (1626% more than required) and to protest contributions Kaiser has made to an initiative to rein in excessive premium hikes. All those funds, say Kaiser RNs, are diverted from the bedside at a time when Kaiser has been cutting patient care services. —California Nurses Association, 05/05/14 More »

Ventura County RNs Approve New Agreement

Ventura County RNs Approve New Agreement

Registered nurses and healthcare workers in Ventura County health facilities have approved a new tentative collective bargaining agreement that they call a first step to help retain experienced RNs and recruit new nurses that is essential to tackling a persistent nursing shortage for county health facilities. —California Nurses Association, 05/02/14 More »

Model Program to Provide Ins. Benefit for 12,000 California, Nevada RNs Hurt by Workplace Assaults

Model Program to Provide Ins. Benefit for 12,000 California, Nevada RNs Hurt by Workplace Assaults

Will also cover accidents and Injuries. A landmark program to provide supplemental insurance protection for registered nurses injured in workplace assaults or injuries went live this week for 12,000 RNs who work in 28 California and Nevada hospitals that are a part of one of the nation’s largest hospital systems, Dignity Health. —National Nurses United / CNA, 05/02/14 More »

RN-Backed Bills on Patient Choice, Safety, Workplace Violence Prevention Advance in Sacramento

RN-Backed Bills on Patient Choice, Safety, Workplace Violence Prevention Advance in Sacramento

Three bills sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United that would enhance patient safety, increase access to care, and promote workplace violence prevention advanced in the California legislature this week. Late Tuesday night, the Assembly Health Committee gave the green light to AB 2533 to protect the ability of Californians to seek medical care from the providers of their choice by restricting higher charges for patients who get medical care outside their insurance provider “network.” —California Nurses Association, 05/01/14 More »

San Bernardino County Nurses To Picket Arrowhead Regional Thursday

San Bernardino County Nurses To Picket Arrowhead Regional Thursday

RNs protest unsafe patient care conditions, stalled talks. Several hundred San Bernardino County registered nurses from Arrowhead Regional Medical Center (ARMC), the county detention centers, juvenile halls, outpatient clinics, and public health programs will hold an informational picket on Thursday, May 1, to call attention to what they view as unsafe conditions for their patients and a lack of response in negotiations by county officials. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United represents approximately 1,300 RNs in San Bernardino County who have been trying to negotiate an agreement for more than four months with little progress on key issues of patient safety. —California Nurses Association, 04/30/14 More »

Urgently Needed Hospital Workplace Violence Prevention Bill Moves Forward

Urgently Needed Hospital Workplace Violence Prevention Bill Moves Forward

CA nurses mobilize to win passage into law. Registered nurses applauded the approval of a bill that steps up violence-prevention policies in California hospitals, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, who sponsored the bill, announced today. Senate Bill 1299, introduced by Sen. Alex Padilla, was approved in a vote today in the Senate Labor Committee. It next goes to the Senate Health Committee on April 30. The issue gained greater urgency this week due to the stabbings of two registered nurses at two separate Los Angeles-area hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 04/24/14 More »

RNs Press Case for Hospital Workplace Safety Legislature Set to Hear Bill on Violence Prevention

RNs Press Case for Hospital Workplace Safety Legislature Set to Hear Bill on Violence Prevention

Assembly Committee OKs Bill on MRSA Infection Response. The California state legislature this week is taking a first look on two bills sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United intended to improve workplace safety prevention measures in California hospitals. On Thursday morning, the Senate Labor Committee will review legislation that would step up violence prevention policies in California hospitals, an issue that gained greater urgency this week by the stabbings of two registered nurses at two Los Angeles area hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 04/23/14 More »

Legislature to Hear Two Bills to Improve Hospital Workplace Safety for RNs, Patients, Other Staff

Legislature to Hear Two Bills to Improve Hospital Workplace Safety for RNs, Patients, Other Staff

The California state legislature will consider legislation this week sponsored by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United intended to substantially improve workplace safety prevention measures in California hospitals – an issue heightened by the weekend stabbings of two registered nurses at two separate Los Angeles area hospitals. —California Nurses Association, 04/21/14 More »

In Rare NLRB Order Fallbrook Hospital Must Pay Costs of Refusing to Bargain with its Nurses

In Rare NLRB Order Fallbrook Hospital Must Pay Costs of Refusing to Bargain with its Nurses

The latest in a two-year series of rulings against Fallbrook Hospital, owned and operated by the nation’s largest for-profit hospital chain, Community Health Systems, was issued on Monday by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) upholding a judge’s decision that the hospital repeatedly failed to bargain in good faith with California Nurses Association, representing its RNs who voted for CNA in 2012. —National Nurses United, 04/16/14 More »

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