DC Nurses and the Fight for Health Care

A Flashpoint for Union Rights and Health Care. Brian Tierney, CounterPunch, May 6, 2011 As working-class people around the country brace for more budget cuts that, among other things, will further restrict their access to health care, the people providing that care have also been feeling the wrath of austerity – and its attendant national offensive against unions. Public and private hospitals are squeezing their budgets and cutting nurse staffing levels. From Massachusetts to California, understaffing and the resultant decline in patient safety have been at the center of a larger attack on nurse unionism. ... DC