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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 »

San Diego RNs join fight for access to fresh healthy food at annual Cesar Chavez tribute Friday

San Diego RNs join fight for access to fresh healthy food at annual Cesar Chavez tribute Friday

San Diego Nurses Issue Public Health Warning. Registered nurses from hospitals throughout San Diego are adding their voices to the growing fight against food injustice in the city’s southeast communities, with their endorsement and participation in this year Cesar Chavez tribute, the California Nurses Association announced today. This year’s theme, Food Injustice: Social Consciousness Raising, Remembered, and Revisited, commemorates the legacy of the labor leader and civil rights activist and is being hosted by the San Diego Community College District and Project New Village. —California Nurses Association, 04/09/14 More »

Nurses Say They Will Continue Public Push to Keep Palm Drive Hospital Open for Community

Nurses Say They Will Continue Public Push to Keep Palm Drive Hospital Open for Community

Registered nurses from Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, Ca. north of San Francisco will call on the hospital board tonight to keep the hospital open warning that its closure would put tens of thousands of western Sonoma County residents at risk. The Palm Drive Health Care District, which voted to authorize a Chapter 9 bankruptcy for the hospital last week is threatening to shut down the only hospital in the western part of the county despite growing public opposition to its closure. The board is meeting is at 5:30 p.m. at the Sebastopol Community Church Memorial Hall, 1000 Gravenstein Hwy North in Sebastopol. —California Nurses Association, 04/07/14 More »

Saturday Press Conference, Sebastopol, Ca. Senior Center

Saturday Press Conference, Sebastopol, Ca. Senior Center

Nurses to Join Assembly member Marc Levine in Call to Stop Closure of Palm Drive Hospital. Assembly member Marc Levine will join with Palm Drive Hospital registered nurses in a press conference Saturday, April 5 to step up opposition to the threatened closure of Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol, Ca. north of San Francisco. The press conference will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Sebastopol Senior Center, 167 N. High St. —California Nurses Association, 04/04/14 More »

RNs to Picket New Kaiser San Leandro Clinic Note Patient Care Services in Hayward Won’t be Replace

RNs to Picket New Kaiser San Leandro Clinic Note Patient Care Services in Hayward Won’t be Replace

Registered nurses will picket the opening of Kaiser Permanente’s San Leandro clinic Monday, protesting the ongoing loss of pediatric care for Alameda County children with the closure last year of Kaiser’s Hayward children’s services, that will remain unfulfilled in San Leandro. Kaiser RNs will be on hand in large numbers at 12:30 p.m. for a protest outside the San Leandro facility, 2500 Merced St., San Leandro. The RNs are members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The San Leandro is intended as a seismic replacement for Kaiser’s Hayward hospital. But, say the RNs, the new facility, even when fully opened in June, will be without the full range of hospital services formerly provided at Hayward. —California Nurses Association, 04/04/14 More »

Vigils at Legislative Offices in San Diego, other cities, April 4

Vigils at Legislative Offices in San Diego, other cities, April 4

Activists to Call on Congress to Honor Dr. King’s Fight for Economic Justice with Tax on Wall Street. Nurses, AIDS activists, students, transit workers, and other community activists will call on Congressional offices in 22 cities – including San Diego – April 4 to step up the call for a tax on Wall Street speculation to fund programs to redress economic inequality and address other basic needs. —California Nurses Association, 04/02/14 More »

Nurses Oppose Closure of Palm Drive Hospital

Nurses Oppose Closure of Palm Drive Hospital

Shutdown Threatens to Abandon Seniors, Thousands of West Sonoma County Residents, Says California Nurses Association. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today condemned the threatened closure of Palm Drive Hospital in Sebastopol saying it threatens to abandon tens of thousands of seniors and western Sonoma County residents to a critical reduction in needed medical care. Registered nurses who work at the hospital are expected to speak out tonight at a meeting of the Palm Drive Hospital District to voice their protest and outrage and the closure threat. —California Nurses Association, 04/01/14 More »

USC Verdugo Hills RNs Vote by 72 Percent to Join California Nurses Association/NNU

USC Verdugo Hills RNs Vote by 72 Percent to Join California Nurses Association/NNU

By a landslide margin of 72 percent, registered nurses at USC Verdugo Hills Hospital in Glendale, Ca. voted Wednesday night to join California’s largest organization of nurses. In a secret ballot election conducted by the National Labor Relations board, the RNs voted 96 to 38, 72 percent, to affiliate with the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The 200 Verdugo Hills RNs will now line up with 800 RNs at two other USC acute care hospitals, Keck Hospital of USC and USC Norris Cancer Center and Hospital who are already CNA members. —California Nurses Association, 03/27/14 More »

St. Rose Hospital RNs in Hayward Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

St. Rose Hospital RNs in Hayward Ready to Strike to Stop Erosion in Patient Care Standards

Registered nurses at St. Rose Hospital in Hayward have authorized a strike, if necessary, to protest management's stalling in negotiations for a first contract and refusing to address issues that are fundamental to quality patient care. The RNs voted unanimously this past Friday to authorize their nurse bargaining team to call a strike, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. No strike date has been set at this time. —California Nurses Association, 03/24/14 More »

San Diego Veterans Administration Nurses File for Election to Join Largest RN Union

San Diego Veterans Administration Nurses File for Election to Join Largest RN Union

Registered nurses who work in the large Veterans Administration hospital in San Diego today announced their request for an election to join the nation’s largest organization of nurses, National Nurses United. —National Nurses United, 03/20/14 More »

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