Posted on November 10, 2014 by dcampbell1
NATIONAL ACTIONS BEGIN WITH CALIFORNIA STRIKES TUESDAY
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.
One centerpiece of the actions will be a two-day strike by 18,000 RNs and nurse practitioners at 86 Kaiser Permanente hospitals and clinics who have been protesting the erosion of patient care standards in Kaiser facilities for months, and see Kaiser’s failure to adopt the optimal safeguards for Ebola as symbolic of its overall dismissal of nurses’ concerns about patient care.
Strikes will also affect some 600 RNs at two other California hospitals, Sutter Tracy and Watsonville General Hospital, and 400 RNs at Providence Hospital in Washington D.C.
The two-day California strikes begin Tuesday morning. The Providence walkout is Wednesday. Continue reading
Filed under: Health Care, Strikes and work action | Tagged: American City Business Journals, Bloomberg L.P., California, California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Ebola virus disease, Kaiser Permanente, National Nurses United, Northern California, Strike action | Leave a comment »
Posted on November 4, 2014 by dcampbell1
Alana Semuels The Atlantic
Oakland, California. This is the hub of one of the smallest, but most powerful unions in the country. Just 190,000 members strong, National Nurses United is growing while other unions across the country are shrinking. When the autoworkers were agreeing to have some members’ pay cut in half, the nurses fought Arnold Schwarzenegger on patient-to-staff ratios—and won. While public employee unions in states like Michigan and Wisconsin were getting decimated by laws restricting their collective-bargaining rights, the nurses were pushing bills in the California legislature that eventually became law.
National Nurses United may be proof that unions are not all on their way out: Some are very much alive, although they may look a little bit different than they used to.
“Nurses United is among the most innovative and bold of U.S. unions,” said Harley Shaiken, a labor expert at Berkeley. “They’ve emerged as a powerful voice in defense of people who receive health care treatment. Continue reading
Filed under: Economy, Health Care, Organizing, Politics, Women | Tagged: California, CNA, Ebola, National Nurses United, nurses, unions | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 17, 2014 by dcampbell1
This is an inside story from some registered nurses at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who have familiarity with what occurred at the hospital following the positive Ebola infection of first the late Thomas Eric Duncan and then a registered nurse who cared for him Nina Pham.
The RNs contacted National Nurses United out of frustration with a lack of training and preparation. They are choosing to remain anonymous out of fear of retaliation.
The RNs who have spoken to us from Texas Health Presbyterian are listening in on this call and this is their report based on their experiences and what other nurses are sharing with them. When we have finished with our statement, we will have time for several questions. The nurses will have the opportunity to respond to your questions via email that they will send to us, that we will read to you.
We are not identifying the nurses for their protection, but they work at Texas Health Presbyterian and have knowledge of what occurred at the hospital.
They feel a duty to speak out about the concerns that they say are shared by many in the hospital who are concerned about the protocols that were followed and what they view were confusion and frequently changing policies and protocols that are of concern to them, and to our organization as well. Continue reading
Filed under: Health Care, Organizing, Resources, Solidarity | Tagged: Dallas, Duncan, Ebola, Ebola virus disease, Emergency Department, Infectious Disease, National Nurses United, Texas | Leave a comment »
Posted on October 12, 2014 by dcampbell1
Amid Soaring Profits, Walmart to Cut Off 30,000 Workers From Health Insurance
Largest private employer in U.S. announces elimination of insurance for part-time workers and across-the-board hikes in premium costs
by Sarah Lazare, staff writer, Common Dreams
Walmart, the largest retailer in the world and the biggest private employer in the United States, announced Tuesday it is eliminating health insurance for 30,000 of its workers and hiking the costs of premiums across the board.
The cutbacks to coverage, which many charge was insufficient to begin with, were met with immediate criticism.
“Our schedules and hours are all over the place, and I often find less than I expected and less than my family needs when I see my paycheck,” said Nancy Reynolds, a member of OUR Walmart and worker at a Merrit Island, Florida Walmart store. “Taking away access to healthcare, even though many of my co-workers couldn’t afford it anyway, is just another example of Walmart manipulating the system to keep workers like me in a state of financial crisis.” Continue reading
Filed under: Health Care, Low wage workers, Organizing, Solidarity | Tagged: Convenient care clinic, Health insurance, Home Depot, Merritt Island Florida, United States, Wall Street Journal, Walmart | 1 Comment »
Posted on July 17, 2014 by dsalaborblogmoderator
The Economic Policy Institute has produced a series of informative videos on tipped wage workers. We will continue to share them haring them over the coming week or so. In this video, Economic analyst and former tipped worker David Cooper explains that, even though there are laws protecting tipped workers, the system doesn’t work well. Laws are hard to enforce and frequently violated.
Filed under: Health Care, Low wage workers, Uncategorized | Tagged: #tippedworkerfacts, Economic Policy Institute, EPI, tipped workers | Leave a comment »
Posted on March 19, 2014 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Bruce Vail
President Donald “D” Taylor’s union, Unite Here, released a scathing report last week about the unintended consequences of Obamacare. (Unite Here)
Since President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law in 2010, unions say they have pleaded with the White House dozens of times to make labor-friendly changes to the law. With the deadline to sign up for 2014 coverage looming, hospitality union Unite Here has produced a stinging new report on the failure of the White House and congressional Democrats to face Obamacare’s numerous problems.
The 12-page report, “The Irony of Obamacare: Making Inequality Worse,” began circulating last week to its primary audience of some 270,000 Unite Here members. It largely focuses on the law’s negative future impact on Unite Here’s existing joint labor-management healthcare plans, also known as “Taft-Hartley plans,” warning that union members may lose their existing insurance coverage and be forced to buy more expensive insurance elsewhere. Continue reading
Filed under: Health Care, Politics | Tagged: ACA, Affordable Care Act, UniteHere | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 5, 2014 by paulgarver
by Dave Jamieson
Reposted from the Huffington Post and Portside
March 3, 2014
[Editorial Note: This article by Dave Jamieson and accompanying image by Justin K. Aller ( Getty Images) have a special resonance for me. In 1970 when the US Steel Tower was still the headquarters of the giant steel corporation, I was arrested at a demonstration outside the Western Psychiatric Institute in support of a union organizing drive by Local 1199 of the Hospital Workers. Since then UPMC has engulfed and devoured most of the major hospitals in the Pittsburgh area, including Western Psychiatric, and planted its huge logo on top of the US Steel Tower. With 62,000 employees, the UPMC has eclipsed the steel industry as the largest employer. It is currently spending millions of its subscribers’ dollars in a propaganda media war with a competing HMO to become even larger. Claiming to be a “charity” and not a business, UPMC even has denied it has any employees that could be represented by a union.
Local 1199 merged with the Service Employees International Union, and hospital worker organizing has returned to the Pittsburgh area after a long hiatus (I worked as an SEIU hospital organizer in the Pittsburgh area in the mid 1970s, where we had only modest success, mostly in the public and nursing home sectors). The stakes are even higher, now that the typical Pittsburgh worker labors in a medical or educational institution rather than a steel factory. And those workers need to have the voice of union representation as did the Mon Valley steelworkers two generations ago. – Paul Garver]
Hundreds of demonstrators poured into downtown Pittsburgh Monday to protest low wages at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, escalating a two-year showdown between labor groups and the area’s largest employer.
The Service Employees International Union has been trying to organize service workers at the hospital for at least two years. Joined by steel and mine workers on Monday, pro-union employees of UPMC marched to the hospital’s headquarters at the U.S. Steel Tower with some specific demands: a hospital minimum wage of $15, the elimination of employees’ health care debts to the hospital and recognition of a union. Continue reading
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