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Lahey Health Nurses Go Public with Concerns for Patient Safety

Lahey Health Nurses Go Public with Concerns for Patient Safety

Exhausted nurses who work at Lahey Health’s Beverly Hospital and Addison Gilbert Hospital in Gloucester are sounding the alarm and taking action to address unsafe patient care conditions at their facilities, as Lahey management is deliberately and repeatedly forcing nurses to work mandatory overtime in direct violation of a 2012 state law that prohibits the dangerous practice as an alternative to providing safe RN staffing. —David Schildmeier, Massachusetts Nurses Association/National Nurses United, 07/07/15 More »

City of Hope RNs Approve New Union Contract Cite Strong Patient Care, Economic Improvements

City of Hope RNs Approve New Union Contract Cite Strong Patient Care, Economic Improvements

Registered nurses who work at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Ca. near Los Angeles voted overwhelmingly Tuesday night to approve a new, three-year collective bargaining contract they say will strengthen their ability to protect patients, as well as provide good economic gains. The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United represents some 850 City of Hope RNs. —California Nurses Association, 07/02/15 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 »

Nurses: Court Decision to Consider Attack on Public Unions Poses threat to Public Health and Safety

Nurses: Court Decision to Consider Attack on Public Unions Poses threat to Public Health and Safety

Today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to grant review of a case challenging the survival of public sector unions poses a significant threat to public health and safety and quality of life, warned National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of nurses. —National Nurses United, 06/30/15 More »

UCSF RNs Challenge Mission Bay Arena Plan, Call for City to Prioritize Health, Public Services 1st

UCSF RNs Challenge Mission Bay Arena Plan, Call for City to Prioritize Health, Public Services 1st

Citing impacts on access to care, patient health and the ability of patients, family members and health professionals to access Mission Bay’s hospitals and clinics in gridlock traffic, the California Nurses Association, today voiced opposition to the current plan for the proposed Golden State Warriors’ entertainment complex in Mission Bay. —California Nurses Association, 06/29/15 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 »

MNA Nurses OK Strike at Leominster Hospital

MNA Nurses OK Strike at Leominster Hospital

The registered nurses of Leominster Hospital, who are represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association and who have been working to negotiate a new contract with UMass Memorial Health Care for more than a year, cast an overwhelming vote tonight in favor of authorizing a one-day strike in protest to management’s refusal to improve its RN staffing levels inside of the hospital. —Massachusetts Nurses Association , 06/25/15 More »

Nurses: Fight for Healthcare for All Will Continue

Nurses: Fight for Healthcare for All Will Continue

National Nurses United welcomes today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court upholding federal tax subsidies for low and moderate income people required to buy private health insurance, but said nurses will continue to work for more comprehensive reform, expanding Medicare to cover all Americans. —National Nurses United, 06/25/15 More »

Nurses Continue to Oppose Flawed Trade Deal

Nurses Continue to Oppose Flawed Trade Deal

In the wake of the Senate move to grant President Obama fast track authority to pass, without amendment, harmful global trade pacts, nurses will continue protests against agreements like the Trans-Pacific Partnership that pose an imminent threat to public health and safety, National Nurses United, the largest U.S. organization of registered nurses, said today. —National Nurses United, 06/24/15 More »

Nurses: Senate Vote on Fast Track Puts Public Health at Risk

Nurses: Senate Vote on Fast Track Puts Public Health at Risk

The nation’s largest organization of nurses today called the Senate vote to green light the fast track process for corporate-oriented trade pacts an abandonment of critical public health protections that will put lives and public health standards in jeopardy for millions of Americans. —National Nurses United, 06/23/15 More »

Nurses to Senator Feinstein: Vote NO on Fast Track and All Trade Deals that Endanger Public Health

Nurses to Senator Feinstein: Vote NO on Fast Track and All Trade Deals that Endanger Public Health

Nurses will hold emergency rallies Monday, along with numerous organizations, at Senator Dianne Feinstein's offices across the state, insisting that she vote “No” on Fast Track Authority and oppose all trade deals that endanger the environment and public health. —California Nurses Association, 06/22/15 More »

RNs, Vets Rally Over Proposed Bed Closures at Brooklyn VA

RNs, Vets Rally Over Proposed Bed Closures at Brooklyn VA

Registered nurses, veterans and community members will hold an informational rally and press conference on Monday, June 22, at the Brooklyn VA hospital, to speak out against hospital management’s recent decision to close the 25-bed-capacity 12W medical surgical unit, National Nurses United announced today. —National Nurses United, 06/19/15 More »

As Fast Track Passes House, Nurses Shift Pressure to Senate To Prioritize People Over Wall Street

As Fast Track Passes House, Nurses Shift Pressure to Senate To Prioritize People Over Wall Street

Nurses have been mobilizing for months against Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which threatens to give pharmaceutical companies the ability to inflate lifesaving medication costs and corporations the power to overturn environmental and food safety regulations. More »

RNs, Community Members Hold Sit In at Offices of Rep. Jim Costa, Urge No Vote on Fast Track/TPP

RNs, Community Members Hold Sit In at Offices of Rep. Jim Costa, Urge No Vote on Fast Track/TPP

National Nurses United announced that that its nurse members will be joining a sit in, along with community organizations, at the offices of Rep. Jim Costa today urging him to shift his position and vote “No” on dangerous trade deals that have dire consequences for public health and patient safety. —California Nurses Association, 06/16/15 More »

Nurses, Community Leaders Will Speak Out on Threats to Patient Care at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

Nurses, Community Leaders Will Speak Out on Threats to Patient Care at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital

Registered Nurses will hold a town hall meeting at the Valencia Branch of the Santa Clarita Public Library this Wednesday evening to let the public know what they are doing to insure quality patient care at Henry Mayo Newhall Hospital. —California Nurses Association, 06/16/15 More »

California Nurses, Teachers Oppose Phillips 66 Oil Train Project

California Nurses, Teachers Oppose Phillips 66 Oil Train Project

The 120,000-member California Federation of Teachers yesterday voted to add their voice to the growing community of nurses and teachers opposed to the Phillips 66 oil train project. —California Nurses Association, 06/15/15 More »

Fast Track Stalled by House Vote, RNs Seek to Derail For Good

Fast Track Stalled by House Vote, RNs Seek to Derail For Good

As a House of Representatives vote Friday stalled Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, National Nurses United (NNU)—the largest organization of nurses in the country—has announced that its 190,000 members are doubling down pressure on Congress to derail Fast Track for good. —National Nurses United, 06/15/15 More »

UMass Memorial Medical Center Nurses Ratify New One-Year Contract

UMass Memorial Medical Center Nurses Ratify New One-Year Contract

WORCESTER, MA – After just a handful of negotiating sessions held over the last two months, the 2,214 nurses represented by the Massachusetts Nurses Association at the UMass Memorial and UMass University campuses have cast overwhelming votes to ratify respective one-year contracts that provide the nurses with needed staffing increases, a modest pay raise and a novel “Respectful Relationship” clause that the nurses hope will lead to safer care for patients and a more satisfying environment. —Massachusetts Nurses Association, 06/15/15 More »

A Win For Public Health, For Now: Fast Track Stalled by Today’s Vote

A Win For Public Health, For Now: Fast Track Stalled by Today’s Vote

As a House of Representatives vote Friday stalled Fast Track authority for the Trans-Pacific Partnership, National Nurses United (NNU) —the largest organization of nurses in the country—has announced that its 190,000 members are doubling down pressure on Congress to derail Fast Track for good. —National Nurses United, 06/12/15 More »

Registered Nurses Urge DC Council to Protect Patients

Registered Nurses Urge DC Council to Protect Patients

Washington, D.C. – Registered nurses filled the District of Columbia Council chamber today to urge the council’s Committee on Business, Consumer and Regulatory Affairs to improve public safety and protect vulnerable hospital patients by enacting the Patient Protection Act. —National Nurses United, 06/11/15 More »

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