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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 »

Nurses, Techs, and Community Hold a Candlelight Vigil for Patient Safety and Access to Services

Nurses, Techs, and Community Hold a Candlelight Vigil for Patient Safety and Access to Services

MAINE--The Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United will hold a candlelight vigil Wednesday evening to demand that the administration of Calais Regional Hospital restore recently cut services and staff hours so that patients in the community can continue to receive safe and accessible care. —NNOC-Maine / NNU, 04/28/14 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 »

Maine Nurses Healthcare is a Human Right Tour in Portland Monday & Bangor Tuesday

Maine Nurses Healthcare is a Human Right Tour in Portland Monday & Bangor Tuesday

With the implementation of the Affordable Care Act, nurses and physicians will provide basic medical screenings and will be joined by local healthcare activists for a public town hall in Portland, October 14 and Bangor, October 15 as part a Health Care is a Human Right Campaign. —Maine State Nurses Association / NNU, 10/10/13 More »

First Maine RN Leader Cokie Giles is Elected to National Nurses Union Presidency

First Maine RN Leader Cokie Giles is Elected to National Nurses Union Presidency

Cokie Giles, RN, president of the Maine State Nurses Association (MSNA) and a working nurse at the endoscopy clinic at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, has been elected as one of the four presidents of National Nurses Organizing Committee (NNOC), one of the largest and fastest growing direct-care RN unions in the United States. Maine has been affiliated with the NNOC since 2006. —Maine State Nurses Association/NNOC/NNU, 05/30/13 More »

Maine RNs, Community, and Labor Groups Kick Off New Healthcare Campaign on Nurses Week

Maine RNs, Community, and Labor Groups Kick Off New Healthcare Campaign on Nurses Week

More than 130,000 Maine residents have no health coverage and those with insurance are experiencing drastic reductions in vital services. Personal stories pouring in from residents throughout the state who are suffering as a result of insufficient healthcare will be presented to elected leaders as evidence of the need for dramatic change. More »

MSNA/NNU Nurses Win Staffing, Raises and No Mandatory Overtime at Calais Regional Hospital

MSNA/NNU Nurses Win Staffing, Raises and No Mandatory Overtime at Calais Regional Hospital

Nurses represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United have won a two year contract that includes wage increase, provisions for safe staffing and language that prohibits the employer from forcing employees to work beyond their shift or regular schedule. —Maine State Nurses Association, 12/28/12 More »

Nurses to Testify Against For-Profit Takeover of Dialysis Services

Nurses to Testify Against For-Profit Takeover of Dialysis Services

Registered Nurses, members of the Maine State Nurses Association and National Nurses Organizing Committee /National Nurses United -- the largest union and professional association of registered nurses in the country, with 175,000 members -- will hold a press conference in front of Spectacular Events in Bangor on Tuesday, July 10 at 9:30 am, to call attention to the proposed sale of Eastern Maine Medical Center’s dialysis services to DaVita Inc., the nation’s largest for-profit dialysis provider. —Maine Nurses Press Release, 07/09/12 More »

Nurses Ratify Contract at EMMC with Patient Safety Provisions

Nurses Ratify Contract at EMMC with Patient Safety Provisions

Registered nurses at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine ratified a three year contract last night with important improvements in patient safety and enhanced professional and economic standards. The registered nurses are represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United. The NNU is the largest union and professional organization of nurses in the U.S., with over 170,000 members. —MSNA Media Advisory, 05/30/12 More »

Nurses, Techs and the Community Hold Rally to Encourage DECH Administration to Listen

Nurses, Techs and the Community Hold Rally to Encourage DECH Administration to Listen

The Nurses and Techs from Down East Community Hospital have been bargaining since last Fall to have a fair and equitable contract. Nurses, Techs, all staff have worked hard to overcome the adversity of the receivership in the past few years to provide the best possible care in the State. The staff provides the highest level of care and management is taking the wrong direction for the community of Machias. —MSNA Media Advisory, 04/09/12 More »

Nurses at EMMC Ratify Contract

In one of closest votes in its history, Nurses represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses United ratified a one-year agreement with EMMC late Tuesday evening. Nurses at EMMC have been in bargaining since August 2010, and had to strike EMMC in November to demonstrate their commitment to safe patient care. The three major points of contention were staffing, job security and health benefits. —Press Release, 05/04/11 More »

Nurses Hopeful that EMMC Will Address Patient Safety as Second Strike Vote is Set

Bangor, ME – Nurses represented by the Maine State Nurses Association/National Nurses Unite (MSNA/NNU) have issued a second notice to EMMC over the weekend for a one day strike on Thursday, May 5th. Nurses voted on April 12 to authorized a second strike if management would not move any closer to solving the safe staffing problems and other issues at the next bargaining session. —Press Release, 04/26/11 More »

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