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Nurses Host Film Screening Event to Support Clear Skies Ordinance

Nurses Host Film Screening Event to Support Clear Skies Ordinance

The Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United will hold an event Dec. 7, featuring the film This Changes Everything, to raise funds for the City of Portland's Clear Skies Ordinance Defense Fund. —Maine State Nurses Association, 11/30/16 More »

TAMC Nurses to Hold Strike, Rally July 22, 23

TAMC Nurses to Hold Strike, Rally July 22, 23

Nurses at The Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC) will hold a strike on Friday, July 22 and Saturday, July 23—with a rally and press conference at noon on the 22nd—to highlight management’s refusal to address key issues throughout the facility, including safe patient handling and the recruitment and retention of experienced nurses. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 07/21/16 More »

TAMC Nurses Set Two-Day Strike, July 22-23

TAMC Nurses Set Two-Day Strike, July 22-23

With no significant progress at the bargaining table since their overwhelming recent vote to authorize a strike, TAMC nurses delivered a 10-day notice yesterday of their intent to strike on July 22 and 23—and have made an unconditional offer to return on July 24. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 07/13/16 More »

TAMC Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike for Safe Patient Care

TAMC Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize Strike for Safe Patient Care

Nurses at Aroostook Medical Center (TAMC) in Presque Isle voted by an overwhelming majority on Wednesday to authorize a three-day strike, Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA) announced today. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 06/30/16 More »

TAMC Nurses to March For Safe Staffing, Safe Patient Care

TAMC Nurses to March For Safe Staffing, Safe Patient Care

Nurses represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MSNA/NNU) have been in contract negotiations with TAMC since early April. Nurses are asking for provisions that would ensure safe staffing at the medical center—by including improved nurse-to-patient ratios and factoring in the staffing necessary to care for patients at more severe levels of illness or injury. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 06/06/16 More »

Maine RNs Hold Vigil for Safe Staffing Wednesday

Maine RNs Hold Vigil for Safe Staffing Wednesday

This Wednesday, members of the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United will hold a vigil in support of safe staffing at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 05/09/16 More »

Maine Union Members Gather in Support of Bernie Sanders

Maine Union Members Gather in Support of Bernie Sanders

On Saturday, January 23, union members will gather in Portland in support of Senator Bernie Sanders for president of the United States. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 01/21/16 More »

Nurses Report EMMC Continues to Delay Staffing and Safety Improvements

Nurses Report EMMC Continues to Delay Staffing and Safety Improvements

Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center will deliver a petition to Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems on Thursday demanding that they take immediate steps to bring their corporate subsidiary, EMMC, into compliance with the safe staffing agreements made with registered nurses five months ago. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 12/17/15 More »

Maine Nurses Oppose the TPP RNs Tell Commission Agreement Poses Health Risks

Maine Nurses Oppose the TPP RNs Tell Commission Agreement Poses Health Risks

Bangor – Citing the grave public health and safety dangers the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement would pose for American patients, consumers, and workers, registered nurses spokeout at a Maine Citizen Trade Policy Commission hearing against the global trade pact and called on the Maine Legislature to oppose the deal. —Maine State Nurses Association, 12/09/15 More »

Applauding Patient Care Gains, RNs at Eastern Maine Medical Center Ratify New Contract

Applauding Patient Care Gains, RNs at Eastern Maine Medical Center Ratify New Contract

At a membership meeting Friday, registered nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new collective bargaining contract with the hospital, the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MSNA/NNU) announced today. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 07/10/15 More »

Eastern Maine Medical Center Nurses Reach Pact  With Hospital

Eastern Maine Medical Center Nurses Reach Pact With Hospital

Nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center reached a tentative agreement with hospital officials early Wednesday —Maine State Nurses Association, 07/08/15 More »

Nurses Call Two-Day Strike at Eastern Maine Medical Center,  Press Hospital to Address Safe Staffing

Nurses Call Two-Day Strike at Eastern Maine Medical Center,  Press Hospital to Address Safe Staffing

Registered nurses have called a two-day strike July 13 and 14 at Eastern Maine Medical Center to press hospital officials to finally address nurses’ concerns over unsafe staffing at the hospital. Negotiations have been on going since April with little movement over the key issue of safe staffing. Thursday morning, the RNs delivered a 10-day notice to hospital officials of their intent to strike, while noting that the RN negotiating team will continue to be available to bargain up to that deadline. —National Nurses United, 07/02/15 More »

Eastern Maine Medical Center RNs Overwhelmingly Vote to Authorize Strike

Eastern Maine Medical Center RNs Overwhelmingly Vote to Authorize Strike

On Thursday, June 4, registered nurses at EMMC voted overwhelmingly to authorize a strike, if no progress is made in addressing the many patient safety concerns throughout the medical center, including unsafe staffing. —National Nurses Organizing Committee - MSNA, 06/05/15 More »

Eastern Maine Medical Center Refuses to Address Key Safety Issues as RNs’ Contract Expires

Eastern Maine Medical Center Refuses to Address Key Safety Issues as RNs’ Contract Expires

The three-year contract between Eastern Maine Medical Center (EMMC) and the registered nurses represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United (MSNA/NNU) is set to expire as the Medical Center refuses to address nurses’ safety concerns. —National Nurses United, 05/28/15 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 »

Talks Stall as Strike Nears for 18,000 Kaiser RNs

Talks Stall as Strike Nears for 18,000 Kaiser RNs

With strikes and other protest actions fast approaching, talks between registered nurses and one of the nation’s biggest hospital and insurance chains Kaiser Permanente stalled Thursday setting the stage for a strike by 18,000 Kaiser RNs Tuesday November 11 kicking off a historic international day of actions on Wednesday, November 12. More »

Mt. Desert Island RNs Hold Informational Picket Thursday-Noon Rally Concerning Healthcare Technology

Mt. Desert Island RNs Hold Informational Picket Thursday-Noon Rally Concerning Healthcare Technology

Registered nurses at Mount Desert Island Hospital (MDIH), in Bar Harbor, ME will hold an informational picket on Thursday June 26, over ongoing concerns about the safe and proper use of healthcare technology. —Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 06/24/14 More »

Mount Desert Island RNs Press Hospital on Patient Safety

Mount Desert Island RNs Press Hospital on Patient Safety

Nurses cite concerns on proper use of healthcare technology. Registered nurses at Mount Desert Island Hospital in Bar Harbor, Me. Are calling on hospital administrators to take action to improve patient safety, especially on the appropriate use of healthcare technology. The RNs, represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United, say they remain at loggerheads with the hospital administration over a new collective bargaining contract even with the presence of a federal mediator. —Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 05/22/14 More »

Mt. Desert RNs Call on Hospital to Forgo Flowers and Address Patient Safety for Nurse Week

Mt. Desert RNs Call on Hospital to Forgo Flowers and Address Patient Safety for Nurse Week

Candlelight vigil Wednesday May 7. Mt. Desert Island Hospital (MDI) registered nurses will be holding a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to protest ongoing cuts to patient safety and services in their facility and throughout the state, announced the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United. MSNA/NNU represents the RNs. “The recent failure to expand Medicaid and pass health care as a human right legislation in Maine, has resulted in far fewer resources for patients in our state’s hospitals, said Terrylyn Bradbury, an RN who works in the emergency department at Millinocket Regional Hospital. —MSNA/NNU, 05/05/14 More »

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