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Chicago Nurses, Community Leaders Plan Festive Celebration for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary 07/30

Chicago Nurses, Community Leaders Plan Festive Celebration for Medicare’s 50th Anniversary 07/30

Registered nurses and other community leaders will celebrate the 50th anniversary of Medicare and Medicaid Thursday July 30 with a festive event and action in Chicago. The celebration is part of a national day of action, in over 25 U.S. cities, that calls on policy makers to protect, improve, and expand Medicare to cover all Americans with a single standard of quality care not based on ability to pay. The overall theme is "Medicare is as American as Apple Pie," i.e. to Protect, Improve and Expand (PIE) Medicare to cover everyone. —National Nurses United, 07/23/15 More »

After Long Fight, Cook County RNs Win New Tentative Pact  with Staffing, Economic Improvements

After Long Fight, Cook County RNs Win New Tentative Pact with Staffing, Economic Improvements

More than 1,200 registered nurses who work at Cook County hospitals and clinics have, after many months of effort, won a tentative new collective bargaining agreement with county officials that they say addresses many patient care concerns and provides needed economic improvements. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Illinois, 06/26/15 More »

Cook County RNs to Picket Stroger Hospital Friday Over Short Staffing and Wage Theft

Cook County RNs to Picket Stroger Hospital Friday Over Short Staffing and Wage Theft

Cook County Health and Hospital System (CCHHS), registered nurses, joined by community supporters, will picket John H. Stroger Jr. Hospital Friday, June 5, to protest growing problems with safe staffing and "wage theft," the denial of earned pay by hospital officials.The RNs, who are represented by National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), an affiliate of National Nurses United, voted in late April to authorize their nurse negotiating team to call a strike, if necessary, over inadequate staffing and other pressing issues. —National Nurses Organizing Committee , 06/04/15 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 »

Jackson Park Hospital RNs send years’ worth of unsafe staffing complaints to regulatory agencies

Jackson Park Hospital RNs send years’ worth of unsafe staffing complaints to regulatory agencies

The registered nurses of Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center (JPH), on Chicago’s South Side, are taking a stand for their patients on Thursday, at a press conference announcing that years’ worth of forms documenting unsafe staffing and dangerous patient care conditions—long ignored by administration—will be delivered to the Illinois Department of Public Health and other regulatory agencies. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - Illinois, 04/15/15 More »

Nurses Celebrate Success of “Reclaim Chicago” Candidates in Chicago Primary

Nurses Celebrate Success of “Reclaim Chicago” Candidates in Chicago Primary

Registered nurses joined with their partners in Reclaim Chicago, a new grassroots political organization with a long-term plan to build a progressive majority in city council, to declare Tuesday's primary election a success. —National Nurses United, 02/25/15 More »

Nurses Condemn Illinois Governor’s Anti-Worker Executive Order

Nurses Condemn Illinois Governor’s Anti-Worker Executive Order

National Nurses United, the largest organization of nurses in the U.S. and in Illinois late Monday condemned an executive order by new Illinois Governor Bruce Rauner that is intended to dismantle public employee unions, that nurses warn could cause serious harm to public health and safety. —National Nurses Organizing Committee-Illinois, 02/09/15 More »

University of Chicago Nurses Vote To Authorize a Strike

University of Chicago Nurses Vote To Authorize a Strike

Registered nurses at the University of Chicago Medical Center overwhelming turned out on Thursday and voted by 95% to authorize nurse negotiators to call a one-day strike, if necessary, to protest the Medical Center's refusal to address staffing and patient care concerns that nurses say jeopardize the health and safety of both patients and nurses. —National Nurses United, 01/30/15 More »

100,000 RNs to Join Global Ebola Awareness Day Actions Wednesday with Vigils, Rallies, Strikes

100,000 RNs to Join Global Ebola Awareness Day Actions Wednesday with Vigils, Rallies, Strikes

From California to Florida, from the Philippines to Ireland, 100,000 registered nurses are expected to join a wave of actions to call attention to eroding patient care standards in the U.S. and globally that are symbolized by inadequate preparedness for fighting the Ebola virus. —National Nurses United, 11/11/14 More »

Nov. 12 - White House Vigil, Rallies, RN Strikes, Pickets, Actions in 16 States

Nov. 12 - White House Vigil, Rallies, RN Strikes, Pickets, Actions in 16 States

Registered nurses from California to Maine will hold strikes, picketing, and other actions Wednesday, November 12 in 16 U.S. states and the District of Columbia – with possible support actions globally – as National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses steps up the demand for tougher Ebola safety precautions in the nation’s hospitals. —National Nurses United, 11/11/14 More »

Chicago Nurses Sound Alarm to Save Cook County Health and Hospital System

Chicago Nurses Sound Alarm to Save Cook County Health and Hospital System

National Nurses United, representing 1300 registered nurses throughout the Cook County Health and Hospital System and 6000 nurses in Chicago, call on Cook County President Toni Preckwrinkle to stop her destructive plan to cut pensions. The plan will exacerbate the county's fiscal crisis and ruin the county's safety net hospital system, nurses say. —National Nurses United / NNOC, 05/14/14 More »

Nurses, Community Activists to Call on City to Enact Moratorium on Dangerous Petcoke Piles Exposure

Nurses, Community Activists to Call on City to Enact Moratorium on Dangerous Petcoke Piles Exposure

CHICAGO – Registered nurses and other community activists will take a bus tour of polluting petcoke sites Monday, May 12, and then hold a noon press conference at City Hall to demand Mayor Rahm Emanuel and the City Council stop the delays and declare an immediate moratorium on petcoke to protect city residents. —National Nurses United, 05/09/14 More »

Chicago RNs, Community Supporters to Call on Rep. Danny Davis to Support Wall Street Tax

Chicago RNs, Community Supporters to Call on Rep. Danny Davis to Support Wall Street Tax

In honor of Martin Luther King Jr, supporters of the Inclusive Prosperity Act (H.R. 1579), also known as the Robin Hood Tax, will hold a rally outside U.S. Congressman Danny Davis's district office on Friday, January 17. Participants are urging Davis to help realize Dr. King's dream of economic justice by reaffirming his support for the Robin Hood Tax bill. —Robin Hood Tax Campaign, 01/16/14 More »

RN Disaster Relief Volunteers Home for the Holidays

RN Disaster Relief Volunteers Home for the Holidays

As Next Delegation Set to Deploy to Philippines. The latest group of registered nurse volunteers, who have been at working providing medical care to survivors of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, return tonight and Saturday. But the disaster relief program established by National Nurses United is far from over – another group is already in formation with plans to head to the Philippines in early January. —RNRN/NNU, 12/20/13 More »

Nurses Continue to Provide Care at Veterans Administration Medical Centers Despite Payroll Snafu

Nurses Continue to Provide Care at Veterans Administration Medical Centers Despite Payroll Snafu

Registered nurses and other care providers at ten Veterans Administration medical centers in New York, West Virginia, Illinois and Colorado were unpaid or underpaid during their last pay period ending October 25. The payroll errors occurred when the VA’s new payroll system, VATAS, went into effect in these states. —National Nurses United, 11/01/13 More »

Mercy Killers—Powerful New Play Inspired by Healthcare Horror Stories Begins Chicago Run Oct. 28

Mercy Killers—Powerful New Play Inspired by Healthcare Horror Stories Begins Chicago Run Oct. 28

Chicago--The American Theater Company of Chicago, in collaboration with National Nurses United (NNU) and the Illinois Single Payer Coalition, are bringing Broadway actor Michael Milligan’s topical solo performance, Mercy Killers, to Chicago for a five-day run Oct. 28 through Nov.3. The opening performance will also feature a panel discussion with Milligan and local activists at the University of Chicago to explore the next steps in finishing the job of healthcare reform in the nation. Admission is FREE to all performances. —NNU, 10/25/13 More »

National Nurses Join DC Action to Reclaim Dr. King’s Dream

National Nurses Join DC Action to Reclaim Dr. King’s Dream

Washington, DC – This Saturday, Aug. 24, members of National Nurses United, the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, will join hands with thousands of activists from coast to coast in the historic commemoration of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s March for Jobs and Freedom. —National Nurses United, 08/23/13 More »

Honor RNs for Nurses Week by Supporting Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios in Every Hospital

Honor RNs for Nurses Week by Supporting Safe RN-to-Patient Staffing Ratios in Every Hospital

The nation’s largest organization of nurses today called on the healthcare industry and elected leaders to provide the best gift of all for nurses as a tribute to Nurses Week by supporting proposals to help nurses provide safer care through enacting nurse to patient ratio laws. —National Nurses United, 05/08/13 More »

Chicago Nurses Host Town Hall on Safe Staffing Bill

Chicago Nurses Host Town Hall on Safe Staffing Bill

Chicago nurses will hold a town hall meeting Monday night to call public attention to a state legislation that would dramatically improve patient safety in Illinois hospitals by setting limits on the number of patients per nurse, along with other patient protections. In addition to nurses, patients, community allies and legislators will be present. —National Nurses United / NNOC, 05/02/13 More »

Jackson Park Chicago RNs Win First Hospital Contract

Jackson Park Chicago RNs Win First Hospital Contract

Registered nurses at Jackson Park Hospital and Medical Center on Chicago’s South Side late Monday reached agreement with hospital officials on their first ever collective bargaining contract that includes significant improvements in patient care protections. —National Nurses United, 03/19/13 More »

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