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23,000 California Nurses to Strike on September 22

Robert Lowes, Medscape Medical News, September 21, 2011

Roughly 23,000 members of the California Nurses Association (CNA) plan to be no-shows on September 22 at several dozen hospitals in what organizers call the largest nurses' strike in the nation's history. The 1-day strike comes amid negotiations between the CNA and 8 individual hospitals operated by nonprofit Sutter Health in northern California that have run aground largely on 2 rocky economic issues for all Americans: healthcare coverage and retirement benefits.

Irony: 200 Nurses at Kaiser Hollywood Strike Over Shoddy Health-Care Benefits

Simone Wilson, LA Weekly, September 21, 2011 'Tis the season for labor strikes! Last week, about 100 Hyatt workers decried their "unfair and abusive" employer along Sunset Boulevard, and this week, a citywide grocery-worker strike was narrowly averted. Today, 2,500 employees from Kaiser Permanente join the fun across California from 6 AM to 2 PM, with up to 20,000 more expected to walk out tomorrow and the next day. Here in LA, the spot to watch about 200 unionized nurses pump their signs and bark their slogans is the hectic corner of Sunset and Vermont, outside the hospital empire's biggest SoCal branch. So, uh: What do they want? ... Irony

23,000 California RNs to Strike Thursday

Walkout to Protest Sutter’s Attack on RN Patient Advocacy Rights, Big Cuts in Nurses’ Healthcare and to Support Kaiser Coworkers.
California Nurses Association, September 19, 2011 Nearly 23,000 registered nurses will hold a one-day strike Thursday at 34 Northern and Central California hospitals saying they will not accept attacks on RN rights to speak out for patients or cuts in healthcare or retiree coverage for nurses or other hospital workers.

The walkout affects two of the biggest and wealthiest hospital chains in California, Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente, as well as Children’s Hospital in Oakland. The RNs are members of the CNA/NNU. ... 23,000

23,000 RNs to Hold One-Day Strike September 22

Demands for Cuts in Patient Care, RN Takeaways, and Support for Kaiser Strikers Key Focus; Walkout to Affect 34 California Hospitals.
California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, September 9, 2011 More than 23,000 registered nurses at 34 Northern and Central California hospitals will hold a one-day strike Thursday, September 22, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United announced today.

The strike affects two of California’s largest and most profitable hospital chains, Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente, as well as Children’s Hospital Oakland. ... 23,000

In two weeks, the largest strike in Kaiser Permanente's history

4,000 NUHW members and 17,000 California Nurses Association members to engage in largest strike in Kaiser's History.
NUHW issues official notice of giant health insurer's first ever statewide strike.
National Union of Healthcare Workers, September 7, 2011

Yesterday, the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW) issued official notice to Kaiser Permanente of the union's plan to engage in a statewide strike by 4,000 Kaiser caregivers should management continue to refuse to bargain in good faith toward a fair contract that safeguards quality patient care and that leaves workers' benefits intact.

Nurses & Labor Bring "Heal America, Tax Wall Street" Message to San Diego

Mike Copass, East County Magazine, September 3, 2011 City Heights - Joining similar actions across 21 states, San Diego nurses stood with community residents in urban San Diego on September 1 to bring their message of jobs, living wages, health care, education and housing.
They proposed what the California Nurses Association calls a "Main Street Contract," an economic recovery program for America with a new funding mechanism: a simple financial transactions tax on Wall Street. Chanting their slogan "Heal America, Tax Wall Street," nurses and progressive organizers representing education, housing and labor joined hands, told their stories, and shared a meal. ... Nurses

Saint Francis nurses plan two-day strike

Los Angeles Wave, September 1, 2011 Lynwood - Registered nurses at Saint Francis Medical Center here notified the hospital Wednesday of their intention to strike for 48 hours in two weeks, their union announced. A majority of the medical center’s 700 registered nurses voted Tuesday to strike from 6:45 AM September 12 to 6:45 AM September 14, following months of negotiations that haven’t yielded a new contract, according to the United Nurses Associations of California/Union of Health Care Professionals. ... Saint

Nurses issue strike notification at Lynwood hospital

Debra Baer, KPCC, September 1, 2011 Contract negotiations have broken down between nurses and management at Saint Francis Medical Center in Lynwood. The nurses now plan to walk off the job for three days. The two sides have been bargaining unsuccessfully since May on a new contract. A spokeswoman for the nurses union says the hospital’s last offer failed to address two key issues: an underfunded pension plan and short staffing, especially in the emergency room. Saint Francis is one of the few ERs still serving South LA, Lynwood and nearby cities since King-Drew Medical Center closed four years ago. The nurses voted Tuesday to strike from September 12-14. In a statement, Saint Francis Medical Center managers said they were disappointed that the nurses called a strike vote.

Nurses Hold, "Heal America Tax Wall Street" Rally

KEYT, September 1, 2011 Nurses converged on 60 Congressional offices in 21 states today. They filled a bus and drove to Camarillo to rally outside the office of US Representative Elton Gallegly. The group which brought the popular "Queen Meg" to the California governor's race last year made their point with political theater. They say Gallegly has taken more than $1.3 million in campaign contributions from Wall Street interests and large corporations while hardworking people in his Congressional district are suffering. ... Nurses

Representative Joe Baca joins movement to reinstate Wall Street tax

Jim Steinberg, Redlands Daily Facts, September 1, 2011 San Bernardino - "Wall Street got bailed out. We got sold out," they chanted. Some 200 people gathered Thursday in front of the district office of Representative Joe Baca, D-San Bernardino, seeking endorsement of a plan to tax Wall Street transactions, such as the purchase or sale of stocks, bonds and derivatives. The very visible campaign here by National Nurses United - the largest nursing union in the nation - was echoed across the country in 21 states and in front of the offices of 59 other members of Congress on Thursday. ... Representative

Nurses Call For Stock Trading Tax

Dave Rice, San Diego Reader, September 1, 2011 Labor groups representing nurses, postal workers, machinists, and others converged on Representative Darrell Issa’s Vista office this morning. The crowd, which approached 200 in number, was assembled by National Nurses United. The group is mobilizing 10,000 nurses and supporters today to target 61 legislators in 21 states with a plea to reinstate the financial transaction tax. “Through such a tax, we will make Wall Street pay for the damage it has caused to Main Street,” declares a flyer distributed at the event and promoting a “Main Street Contract for the American People.” ... Nurses

Nurses: Make Wall Street Help Struggling Residents in LA County

Nurses from around the San Gabriel Valley will hold a "Call for Action" rally outside of the San Dimas office of US Representative David Dreier (R-San Dimas) in support of a tax making Wall Street responsible for the faltering economy. Gina Tenorio, Glendora Patch, August 31, 2011 As the economy continues to sputter, members of National Nurses United said it is the working class that is shouldering the burden. On Thursday, nurses in 21 states will descend on congressional district offices to demand that Wall Street pull their weight. ... Nurses

Nurses Picket Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek

Issues in informational picketing are reduction in Registered Nurses and patient care, union says. Lance Howland, Patch.com, August 23, 2011 Nurses are protesting a plan by Kaiser Permanente Walnut Creek Medical Center "demanding severe cuts to hospital staff" that include a reduction of 50 Registered Nurse positions, according to the California Nurses Association. Alerting the public in a handout to "unsafe staffing that has been and continues to occur," some 100 red-shirted nurses and their supporters marched on the sidewalk in front of the hospital for three hours Tuesday morning. ... Nurses

Nurses Protest What They Say Are Unsafe Staffing Levels

KTVU, August 23, 2011 Walnut Creek - At least 200 registered nurses held a protest Tuesday morning to show their opposition to what they say are chronic unsafe nurse-to-patient staffing levels at Kaiser Permanente's Walnut Creek hospital, according to California Nurses Association spokeswoman Debra Grabelle. According to the union, hospital management has announced plans to eliminate what amounts to about 26 full-time registered nurses at a time when staffing levels are already inadequate. Within the past 18 months, registered nurses have filed 600 separate incidents of unsafe care, which they claim hospital management has largely disregarded, according to the union. ... Nurses

A Message from CNA Nurses to Kaiser: Stop the Lies

National Union of Healthcare Workers, August 20, 2011 The California Nurses Association is circulating this leaflet at Kaiser facilities, letting CNA nurses know that their contract fully protects their right to engage in a sympathy strike with NUHW members. Kaiser management is lying to CNA members in an effort to undermine our strike - and nurses aren’t buying it. ... A

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