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Nurses Offer to Buy President Shoes To March with Workers in Wisconsin

Recalling a pledge by then-candidate Barack Obama that “If American workers are being denied their right to organize and collectively bargain when I'm in the White House, I'll put on a comfortable pair of shoes myself” and join them, National Nurses United today offered to buy the president those shoes. —Press Release, 03/02/11 More »

Soon-to-Strike Nurses Applaud Mayor Gray’s Support

More than 1,600 nurses from Washington Hospital Center (WHC) are preparing to go on strike this Friday—and are thanking D.C. Mayor Vince Gray for his support, National Nurses United reports today. In a press conference today, the Mayor announced he had spoken with MedStar Health’s CEO Ken Samet, and urged him to resolve the labor dispute prior to the strike. "We want to see people treated fairly," said Gray. —Press Release, 03/01/11 More »

Inspired By Waves of Protests Across World, America’s Nurses Launch “Protests in the USA”

Inspired by the surge of popular protests around the world and in states like Wisconsin against out-of-touch corporate and political power, America’s union of registered nurses today launches a newsline designed to help coordinate and encourage grassroots protests in the United States. —Press Release, 02/17/11 More »

Nurses at Washington Hospital Center Authorize Strike

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Registered nurses at Washington Hospital Center have voted overwhelmingly to authorize a one-day strike, National Nurses United, the largest U.S. nurses union and professional association, announced today. —Press Release, 02/16/11 More »

New Pact Approved for 17,000 Kaiser California RNs

Thousands of registered nurses and nurse practitioners at more than 60 hospitals and medical offices in Northern and Central California have voted nearly unanimously to approve a new three-year contract with Kaiser Permanente, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today. —Press Release, 02/10/11 More »

Nurse, Patients, Consumer Protest Prompts Blue Shield to Delay Massive Rate Hike

Blue Shield’s announcement today that it would agree to a short, 60-day delay in a gargantuan rate hike was the direct outcome of a protest in front of the insurance giant’s corporate offices in San Francisco, said the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United which called the protest. —Press Release, 02/01/11 More »

Hundreds To Protest as Billionaires Gather to Plan 2011-2 National Political Agenda in Palm Springs

Rancho Mirage: Led by the Courage Campaign, Common Cause and the California Nurses Association, a diverse coalition of good government advocates will gather in Rancho Mirage, CA on Sunday, January 30 to protest a gathering convened by the Koch Brothers, secretive far-right billionaires whose corporate agenda has brought harm to America’s economy and undermined the middle class. —Press Release, 01/28/11 More »

Nurses Blast Obama Administration Decision to Stop Requiring Employers to Report Back Injuries

The nation’s largest union and professional association of nurses today sharply criticized a decision by the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday to withdraw a rule requiring employers to report musculoskeletal injuries to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. —Press Release, 01/26/11 More »

NNU Launches Video Ad Campaign Calling on Obama to “Stand Up” for Retirement Security

The nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses today launched an online advertising buy to promote a web video calling on President Obama to “stand up” to corporate interests and for the millions of voters who elected him, especially in the face of calls for him to undermine Social Security and Medicare as Tuesday’s State of the Union approaches. —Press Release, 01/24/11 More »

Arbitrator Orders Washington Hospital Center To Reinstate Veteran Nurse Fired During Blizzard

The union that represents 1,600 registered nurses at Washington Hospital Center today celebrated an arbitrator’s decision that reversed a decision last February to fire one of the 18 registered nurses who were unable to get to work at the peak of crippling snow storms that paralyzed the capital region. —Press Release, 12/22/10 More »

Nurses Welcome News of Help for 9/11 Responders

News of an agreement in the Senate to provide some help for first responders, volunteers, and others adversely affected by the attack on the World Trade Center in 2001 was welcomed today by the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses. —Press Release, 12/22/10 More »

Nurses Join Call to Congress to Reject Faulty Deal To Further Enrich Wealthiest Americans

President Obama’s flawed compromise agreement with Republican leaders to extend Bush-era tax cuts for millionaires and billionaires should be rejected by Congress, said National Nurses United, the nation’s largest professional association and union of nurses, today. —Press Release, 12/08/10 More »

Nurses’ Statement on Debt Panel Report: Fix Economy and Cut Deficit with Jobs, Healthcare for All

Following the adjournment of the President’s Deficit Commission, National Nurses United, the nation’s largest professional nurses’ union, called on Congress to fully scrap the deeply flawed recommendations of the panel’s co-chairs, and move forward with the urgent actions that will protect America’s nurses and working families. —Press Release, 12/03/10 More »

Nurses Blast ‘Final’ Debt Panel Report, Call on Washington to Protect Retirement Security

The revised, final report by the president’s National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility is an “unwarranted, outrageous attack on the health, safety, and retirement security of millions of nurses and tens of millions of other working people and should be immediately rejected by the Obama administration and Congress,” said the nation’s largest union and professional association of registered nurses today. —Press Release, 12/01/10 More »

Nation’s Largest RN Union Criticizes President’s Pay Freeze For Veterans Affairs Nurses

The nation's largest union and professional association of registered nurses today condemned the decision by President Obama mandating a two-year wage freeze for Veterans Affairs nurses along with other federal employees. —Press Release, 11/29/10 More »

San Francisco Passes Nationally Significant Legislation Advancing Healthcare via Planning Process

Registered nurses from the California Nurses Association, along with their patients and community healthcare advocates, cheered yesterday when the San Francisco Board of Supervisors passed historic legislation to allow the City to consider the impact on access and equity to healthcare when deciding whether to approve planning proposals for medical facilities. The program calls for a Healthcare Services Master Plan to be drafted to better coordinate care across the city, and restores the mission of the long-defunct West Bay Health Systems Agency to regional healthcare planning to increase access. After the master plan is completed through a public process, medical institutions seeking entitlements from the Planning Department would need to demonstrate that their services meet city needs for healthcare or offer other significant public benefits. —Press Release, 11/17/10 More »

Nation’s Nurses Sharply Criticize Deficit Commission’s Bowles-Simpson Proposal

Jean Ross, RN, co-President of National Nurses United, the nation's union and professional association for registered nurses, issued the following statement on suggestions from Erskine Bowles and Alan Simpson, co-chairs of the Commission on the Deficit, that Social Security and Medicare be cut: —Press Release, 11/10/10 More »

Calif. Nurses Congratulate Gov.-Elect Brown & Sen. Boxer

The California Nurses Association today offered congratulations to Gov.-elect Jerry Brown and returning U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer for their impressive, double-digit election wins, and to California voters for providing a national alternative to the conservative, corporate-oriented economic program that won so many other races nationwide. —Press Release, 11/03/10 More »

Elizabeth Cady-Stanton Descendant to Join RNs and Cast of Thousands in Sacramento Suffrage Anniversa

The great, great, great granddaughter of legendary suffragist and women’s rights activist Elizabeth Cady-Stanton will join thousands of registered nurses and other women’s, labor, and community groups in Sacramento, August 26, in the nation’s largest event marking the 90th anniversary of enactment of the 19th Amendment – which finally achieved Stanton’s dream of securing the right to vote for women. —Press Release, 08/24/10 More »

Bill to Restore Rights for Veterans Affairs RNs Advances

The Senate Veterans Affairs Committee today approved legislation that would restore some essential rights for registered nurses who work at Department of Veterans Affairs facilities. The committee passed the bill on a 10-6 vote. S 3486, introduced by Sen. Sherrod Brown on behalf of the 155,000-member National Nurses United, would expand collective bargaining rights for VA nurses on compensation issues, as other VA clinicians and nurses who work for other federal agencies including the Defense Department, have now. —Press Release, 08/05/10 More »

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