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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 »

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 »

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