RNs - Oregon

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Teachers' union takes over OR healthcare affiliate

Seattle Times, July 7, 2009 The American Federation of Teachers has taken over the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals and dismissed its leaders. Anne Goodman, a teachers federation healthcare officer, cited concern that some local leaders were jeopardizing union members' interests. The Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals represents 3,000 health care workers in Oregon and Washington. It is part of AFT Healthcare, which is an AFT affiliate. The teachers federation cited concerns over the affiliate's use of union dues and a possible attempt to leave the larger organization. ... Teachers

National group takes over nurse union

Portland Business Journal, July 7, 2009 Concern over the use of nurses’ union dues led a national labor group on Tuesday to remove the top officers of the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, according to the American Federation of Teachers. Kathy Geroux, president of the Oregon union, was among those ousted when AFT Healthcare took over the organization’s functions and finances through a protective order. The national labor group alleged that its Oregon subsidiary used union dues without proper authorization, and may have been attempting to switch union affiliation away from AFT. ... National

National union seizes healthcare local

Jonathan Brinckman, The Oregonian, July 7, 2009 The health care division of the American Federation of Teachers seized control Tuesday of the union local representing about 3,000 workers at the Kaiser Sunnyside Medical Center in Clackamas and other facilities of Kaiser Permanente NW in Oregon and Southwest Washington. The action comes as Kaiser Permanente and the local, the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals, prepare to begin negotiations on five contracts that expire in 2010. Officers of the local also were discussing breaking their affiliation with AFT, the national organization. At 9 AM Tuesday, about two dozen people with the AFT walked into ... National

Nurses union to extend contract without cost-of-living increases

Tim Christie, Eugene Register-Guard, May 16, 2009 Nurses who work at Sacred Heart Medical Center and for Sacred Heart Home Care Services have voted to extend their existing labor contracts for one year with no cost-of-living increases, hospital and union officials said Friday. The Oregon Nurses Association represents about 1,200 nurses at Sacred Heart Medical Center and more than 70 home care services nurses. The two Sacred Heart hospitals in the metro area are owned by PeaceHealth, a Catholic-sponsored, nonprofit health system based in Bellevue. ... Nurses

Mercy nurses approve contract

John Givot, News-Review, August 7, 2007 Nurses at Mercy Medical Center
voted Monday to ratify their first union contract with the Roseburg
hospital. Between 160 and 170 nurses cast ballots, with 96 percent
approving the contract. Mercy employs 344 nurses overall. “It was a
marvelous response and a wonderful affirmation for the amount of
understanding and cooperation. I am hoping we have formed a partnership
for future relationships (with the hospital),” said Bonnie Wallace, a
registered nurse at Mercy. “They made an intelligent choice. “The
nurses who came to vote were extraordinarily informed,” she said. “Each
of them had read the contract. It was over 60 pages.” ... Mercy

Mercy and nurses fail to settle on contract

John Givot, News-Review, July 15, 2007 Unionized Mercy Medical Center nurses went through another round of negotiations with the hospital Friday, in what has been a year-and-a-half process of trying to agree on a new contract. The 41st negotiating session was Friday, and ended no closer to a contract. The nurses will be holding an informational picket to garner public awareness and support for their cause from 8 AM to 8 PM Monday in front of the Roseburg hospital on Stewart Parkway. The process has come to a halt over the issue of closed shop. The nurses' union is demanding that all of the hospital's 344 nurses be required to join the union, or pay "fair share" dues which are 85 percent of the approximately $60 union dues, per month. "Until the issue of closed shop/union representation is resolved, it doesn't appear that the other issues will be addressed," said Kathleen Nickel, the communications director at Mercy Medical Center. ... Mercy

Multnomah County nurses prepare for possible strike

Joe Rojas-Burke, Oregonian, July 13, 2007
About 350 registered nurses employed by Multnomah County are preparing for a possible strike this fall. A majority of the Oregon Nurses Association bargaining unit voted this week to reject the county's contract offer and endorsed the use of a strike if negotiations reach an impasse. As public employees, the nurses must complete two rounds of mediation and go through a 30-day cooling-off period before they can authorize a strike, and then they must give 10 days notice. The county nurses provide care at public health clinics, schools, and county jails. They also work on disease prevention efforts, such as responding to infectious outbreaks. The nurses said they are seeking pay raises and a contract that prevents the county from replacing their jobs with private contractors.

When we gain foreign nurses, do their nations lose key people?

Hiring foreign-trained people raises tough issues for some. Bill Kettler, Mail Tribune, May 20, 2007 Hiring foreign-trained nurses may help alleviate our nursing shortage, but in a world where basic health care is in short supply in many nations, the practice troubles some people. "The biggest issue is the ethical one," said Susan King, executive director of the Oregon Nurses Association. "Should the United States steal nurses from another country that needs their nurses as much as we do?" On the other hand, America has historically welcomed people who want to work here and use their skills to better their lives, said Paul Foster, president of O'Grady Peyton, the Florida-based medical staffing company that hired five foreign-trained nurses who now work at Rogue Valley Medical Center. ... When

Nurses from abroad

RVMC decides to hire foreign-trained nurses to help alleviate shortage; more are on the way. Bill Kettler, Mail Tribune, May 20, 2007 Newly hired nurses at Rogue Valley Medical Center can ask "Where does it hurt?" in half a dozen languages besides English. They may be new to RVMC, but five foreign-trained nurses who just started work at the hospital bring a wealth of international experience to Southern Oregon. Emma Comejo and Ana Lim cared for patients in the Philippines and United Arab Emirates before coming to Medford. Maya Dhilip worked at hospitals in India and Singapore. Prem Sharma worked in Great Britain, as did Henry Vizmanos, who had his first nursing job in the Philippines. Now they're absorbed in learning American-style nursing and adjusting to life in the United States. ... Nurses

Nurses organize BBQ, at Roseburg Labor Temple

News Review, April 27, 2007
Roseburg - The nurses of Mercy Medical Center are rallying next Friday as they take a break from contract negotiations for their first union contract at 11 AM to 1:30 PM at the Roseburg Labor Temple on Southeast Roberts Avenue. They’re inviting the public to the free barbecue which will have speakers from the AFL-CIO and the Oregon Nurses Association. The nurses seek recruitment and retention of their fellow nurses through industry standards and wages, including a respect for seniority and experience.

Nurses are divided about setting staffing standards

Some say a policy is needed to ensure quality care for patients. Peter Wong, Salem (OR) Statesman Journal, March 28, 2007 Some nurses asked lawmakers Tuesday to specify how many patients can be assigned to a registered nurse in a hospital. Linda Boly, who works at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland, said a patient who had just left surgery went unattended for nearly an hour because all the nurses had their hands full with other patients. "We believe hospitals will not regulate themselves," she told the House health-policy subcommittee. "We need staffing standards in place, and we also need a union to enforce safe patient standards." ... Nurses

Nurses union victorious in RVMC case

Agreement calls for hospital to pay $500,000 for missed breaks, boost staff to meet demands on busiest units. Bill Kettler, Mail Tribune, February 16, 2007 Rogue Valley Medical Center will spend about $2 million to pay its nurses for rest breaks and meal breaks they missed while caring for patients and to hire new nurses to spread the workload. RVMC and the Oregon Nurses Association have negotiated an agreement that calls for the hospital to add 27 new full-time nursing jobs and pay nurses $500,000 for breaks they missed. The nurses union filed a grievance with the hospital in 2006 when nurses said they were too overworked to take the rest breaks and lunch breaks that are specified in their contract. ... Nurses

Board is as tough as it needs to be

Of 62,000 licensed nurses, only 1 percent have been subject of complaints.
Susan King, RN, Portland Tribune, March 21, 2006

What a contrast between the Portland Tribune article published March 7 (Nursing chaos) and the most recent Gallup Organization poll regarding the public’s opinion of nurses. The 2005 poll revealed that nurses are ranked No. 1 in professional honesty and ethical standards.

Of the 21 professions listed, six have majority “high ethical” ratings - nurses (82 percent), pharmacists (67 percent), medical doctors (65 percent), high school teachers (64 percent), police officers (61 percent) and clergy (54 percent). ... Board

Nursing chaos

Is the Oregon State Board of Nursing protecting nurses at the expense of the public’s safety?
Peter Korn, Portland Tribune, March 7, 2006

A Milwaukie nurse licks the morphine from pain relief patches intended for elderly patients in a nursing home, then conceals his work, allowing the now-useless patches to be placed on the patients’ bodies. The Oregon State Board of Nursing takes no disciplinary action against him. ... Nursing

Roseburg nurses vote to join private union

Statesman Journal, January 13, 2006

Roseburg - Nurses at the Mercy Medical Center in Roseburg have voted to join the Oregon Nurses Association in what labor observers said was the second-largest election victory for a private union in Oregon this decade.

The union represents 10,000 nurses in nearly 50 health-care facilities, agencies and health departments in the state. ... Roseburg

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