Posted on November 12, 2014 by dcampbell1
by Duane Campbell
On November 11, 2014, the California Nurses Association ( AFL-CIO) goes on strike while SEIU ( CTW) sends its members into work across the picket lines.
The ILWU prepares for a possible West Coast strike that could close the ports. What will other unions do?
I recognize the arguments about strategic plans and contract obligations for an advance notice for a strike.
But, when unions members are encouraged to cross picket lines – what do you have? While critics write essays about the internal conflicts in national union offices and new directions, if union members are not organized and led to not cross picket lines then all the rest is B.S.
In campaigns we call for international solidarity with workers across the globe ( a worthy goal) but many union leaders do not encourage solidarity with the worker down the street.
When national union leaders act as if union solidarity is of little importance, not much more than office politics, then it is no wonder that unions can’t win a contract nor an election in Tennessee. These unions are not demonstrating that solidarity works and workers in non union plants and non union states learn from their example.
Filed under: Organizing, Solidarity, Strikes and work action | Tagged: Associated Press, California Nurses Association/National Nurses Organizing Committee, Ebola virus disease, Kaiser Permanente, National Nurses United, Northern California, Nursing, Personal protective equipment, Strike action, Washington DC | 2 Comments »
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 April 11, 2014 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Bill Barclay
Bill Barclay speaking at Chicago RHT rally
April 4th was the Fiftieth anniversary of an event that we don’t like to remember: the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. But, it also offers the chance to honor and carry forward MLK’s thinking and goals, particularly the concerns with poverty and inequality that he articulated with increasing intensity in the last years of his life.
So, on April 4th there was a national mobilization around the Robin Hood Tax (RHT), the proposal for a very small tax on financial transactions in stocks, currencies, debt and derivatives, futures and options based on these financial claims. The RHT has two goals: raising a large amount of money to reconstruct the U.S. political economy in a way that serves most of the population and at, the same time, restricting or even eliminating some of the most destructive aspects of finance and financial activities by throwing a small amount of sand into the gears of always increasing and always going faster treading volumes.
Filed under: Economy, Politics, Uncategorized | Tagged: Chicago DSA, DSA, National Nurses United, NNU, NPA, PDA, RHT, robin hood tax | Leave a comment »
Posted on January 31, 2013 by dcampbell1
By RoseAnn DeMoro
NNU Executive Director
When the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington ruled Friday to overturn President Obama’s recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board, it handed a huge gift to Wall Street, big corporations and the politicians they control.
In health care, the implications are especially insidious. It is a clear assault on the ability of nurses to act collectively to improve safety standards and public protections for patients.
When the labor board is not dominated by corporate-oriented appointees, as it has been most of the past four decades, the game plan of the antiunion crowd is to bar the board from operating, either by refusing to confirm appointees, de-funding it or destabilizing it. That was what prompted these recess appointments, made by President Obama only after the Senate minority blocked confirmation of his nominees needed to restore a quorum on the board to enable it to function. Continue reading
Filed under: Busting the union busters, Health Care, Solidarity, Women | Tagged: Barack Obama, National Labor Relations Board, National Nurses United, Obama, Senate, United States, United States courts of appeals, Wall Street | Leave a comment »
Posted on May 26, 2012 by dsalaborblogmoderator
by Bob Simpson
They became a Chicago media sensation after they streamed into Chicago’s Daley Plaza on the morning of May 18, wearing the now familiar National Nurses United (NNU) red scrubs. Many of them had the green caps and masks you’ve seen in nearly every Robin Hood movie ever made. The NNU is the largest union of nurses in the USA and one of the more progressive unions in the AFL-CIO. In addition to improving working conditions for nurses, the NNU has taken on the role of trying to nurse our sick economy back to health.
Near the Picasso sculpture in Daley Plaza, the NNU had a stage with a large banner of a smiling nurse in a Robin Hood outfit. Next to her was another banner of Sherwood Forest itself which served as the backdrop to the speeches, skits and music. The nurses put on quite a show, all in support of taxing Wall Street.
Filed under: Economy | Tagged: financial transactions tax, National Nurses United, NNU, robin hood tax | Leave a comment »