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6,000 California RNs Begin One-Day Strike

Walkout to Target Bay Area Sutter Hospitals, Long Beach Memorial.
 Nurses Cite Patient Care Issues, Cuts in Healthcare Coverage. National Nurses United, December 22, 2011 Voicing concern over the erosion of quality of care and cuts to patient protections, nurses are on a one-day strike today at California’s second largest private hospital and one of its most profitable corporate hospital chains. The strike affects 2,000 RNs at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, and 4,000 RNs who work at nine Bay Area facilities that are part of the Sutter Health corporation. ... 6,000

Nurses' fight is to ensure quality health care

Michele Ross & Elsa Matos-Leal, Oakland Tribune, December 21, 2011 While most people are decorating trees and planning holiday parties, Sutter's registered nurses have been sitting at bargaining tables around the Bay Area. Despite the pull of the holiday season, we are fighting for health care - both protecting the health of our patients by holding the line on patient-care protections Sutter wants to eradicate and stopping unwarranted cuts to health care coverage for our families. Nurses would much rather be at the bedside. We did, in fact, offer to call off Thursday's strike if Sutter withdrew its disgraceful demands ... Nurses

Thousands of nurses at 9 San Francisco Bay area hospitals plan 1-day strike over negotiations

Associated Press, December 21, 2011 Oakland - Thousands of nurses at nine San Francisco Bay area hospitals are planning a one-day strike over contract talks with Sutter Health. Union officials say 4,000 nurses will walk off the job at 7 AM Thursday unless a deal is reached with Sutter. The strike would affect Alta Bates, Summit and Herrick campuses in Berkeley and Oakland, Eden Medical Center facilities in Castro Valley and San Leandro, Sutter Delta in Antioch, Sutter Solano in Vallejo and the Mills-Peninsula hospital campuses in Burlingame and San Mateo. ... Thousands

4,000 Bay Area nurses set to strike Thursday if negotiations unsuccessful

Rallies at Alta Bates Berkeley campus at noon and at the Summit Oakland campus at 4 PM. Angela Woodall, Oakland Tribune, December 21, 2011 Several thousand registered nurses are planning a one-day walkout Thursday at nine Bay Area hospitals unless union negotiations with the Sutter Health parent company can resolve disagreements over proposed concessions. If the two sides cannot agree, the strike is set to begin at 7 AM and end 24 hours later on Friday morning. But Alta Bates Summit Medical Center - one of the hospitals in the Sutter Health network that is the target of the walkout - has pledged to lock out the nurses who strike. ... 4,000

6,000 nurses plan one-day strike across the state

Los Angeles Times, December 19, 2011 Thousands of registered nurses across California will strike for one day this week over myriad issues they say include predatory cuts that affect patient care, unsuccessful contract negotiations and rising healthcare premium costs. The strikes will take place Thursday and will involve 2,000 nurses from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children's Hospital, and 4,000 nurses from eight Bay Area hospitals owned by Sutter Health ... 6,000

Kaiser, docs sue nurses over walkout

Chris Rauber, San Francisco Business Times, November 18, 2011 Chuck Idelson, a spokesman for the Oakland-based California Nurses Association, didn't directly respond to the substance of Kaiser Permanente's lawsuit in US District Court. But he told the San Francisco Business Times late Friday that Kaiser allegedly is taking the step as part of plans for an East Coast expansion move, to New York, New Jersey and the Washington, DC, area (where it already has a regional unit). "Kaiser has dreams of empire," Idelson said, and wants to fund its expansion on the backs of workers. He said that is CNA's only statement on the suit. ... Kaiser

Kaiser Permanente Workers Choose Sides

Steve Early, The Nation, November 22, 2011 Richmond, California - In California, the Kaiser name has long been linked to innovations in work organization, personnel practices and healthcare delivery. During World War II, industrialist Henry Kaiser built America’s largest shipyard, virtually overnight, here in the East Bay. That now-famous facility turned out scores of “Liberty” ships, using new production techniques, female welders (aka “Rosie the Riveter”) and African-Americans who had been excluded from higher-paying blue-collar jobs. Kaiser’s wartime experimentation with a pioneering group health plan, tied to hospitals in Richmond and Oakland, paved the way ... Kaiser

Once Again Kaiser Has Misplaced Its Priorities

National Union of Healthcare Workers, November 19, 2011 You may have heard about Kaiser’s baseless lawsuit against CNA, aimed at punishing workers for standing in solidarity with each other. If you haven’t, then in a nutshell: Kaiser is suing CNA for striking in solidarity with NUHW members, falsely alleging that it was a violation of their no-strike clause. CNA, no shrinking violets, responds in kind ... Once

Nurses join Occupy SF to march for tax

Michael Cabanatuan, San Francisco Chronicle, November 4, 2011 San Francisco - About 200 nurses joined Occupy San Francisco protesters Thursday and marched from the Federal Reserve building up California Street to Wells Fargo Bank's main branch, promoting a tax on financial transactions. The lunchtime march, organized by the California Nurses Association, was loud but orderly and free of violence, vandalism or even confrontation. San Francisco police escorted the march, which filled the westbound lane of California Street for about a block to the bank's front door. ... Nurses

Occupy LA protesters march through financial district

John Gregory, KABC, November 3, 2011 Los Angeles - Occupy LA demonstrators rallied in downtown Los Angeles Thursday and marched through the LA financial district. About 100 nurses and other supporters marched through downtown, bringing healthcare to the forefront of the Occupy LA movement, in addition to lasting concerns about corruption in the nation's financial system. The members of National Nurses United and the California Nurses Association wore red T-shirts that read, "An Economy for the 99 Percent." ... Occupy

California Nurses in Solidarity with Occupy Oakland Actions November 2

Nurses Continue Support with First Aid Station at Occupy Site.
 California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, October 31, 2011 

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United said today that it is standing in solidarity with Occupy Oakland, its protest actions on November 2 and its continuing movement.

 CNA encourages its members to participate on Wednesday by joining one of the series of events being planned, including a noon protest march starting from City Hall plaza as well as a labor rally scheduled at 5 PM also at the main Occupy Oakland site in front of City Hall. ... California

Long Beach nurses threatening to strike

Stephanie O'Neill, KPCC, October 31, 2011 Registered nurses in Long Beach say they’re ready to walk off the job if they don’t get a new contract soon. A strike would involve nearly 2,000 registered nurses from Long Beach Memorial Medical Center and Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach. Nurses voted late last week to authorize a strike in advance of this week’s talks between representatives of the California Nurses Association and hospital administrators. The previous contract expired in late September. The two sides have been negotiating since July.

Along with salary and benefits issues, the nurses are pressing for changes in patient care. ... Long

Long Beach Memorial nurses authorize strike

Associated Press, October 28, 2011 Long Beach - Hundreds of Long Beach Memorial Medical Center nurses have voted to authorize a strike if contract negotiation talks with hospital management reach an impasse. California Nurses Association spokeswoman Liz Jacobs said Friday that the majority of the 1,900 nurses the union represents at the hospital voted to authorize a strike. Union officials go back to the bargaining table next week. One of the things they'll ask for is no "call-offs," or sending nurses home if there aren't enough patients to tend to. Hospital officials told the Los Angeles Times (http://lat.ms/rI2Gxq) that call-offs are the industry standard and are needed to stay fiscally stable. If bargaining fails, a strike can be declared by the union.

Long Beach Memorial Medical Center nurses prepare for strike

Los Angeles Times, October 28, 2011 Hundreds of registered nurses at Long Beach Memorial Medical Center could go on strike next week if contract negotiations with the hospital’s management fail. Union members authorized the strike after two days of voting, according to Margie Keenan, a 38-year registered nurse at the hospital and secretary of the California Nurses Association. "It was an overwhelming majority," Keenan said Friday. The union represents about 1,900 registered nurses at the hospital, according to Keenan. ... Long

CA Nurses Call for Long-Term Sites for Occupy Oakland and Occupy SF

Nurses Call for Peaceful Protests, and End to Arrests, Confrontations. Latest Income Data Reminder of Message of the Occupy Protests. California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, October 26, 2011 In the aftermath of Oakland’s raid of the peaceful Occupy Oakland encampment Tuesday and a similar crackdown expected in San Francisco, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today called for Oakland and San Francisco officials to work with the occupy movement for permanent sites for an ongoing peaceful protest and an end to arrests and confrontations. ... CA

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