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RNs File Lawsuit Against Trump Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary Wilkie Alleging Illegal Tactics to Deny Union Protections and Silence RNs Ability to Advocate for Veterans

National Nurses United - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 14:44
RNs File Lawsuit Against Trump Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Secretary Wilkie Alleging Illegal Tactics to Deny Union Protections and Silence RNs Ability to Advocate for Veterans kblatt November 16, 2018 Nurses say by denying their union protections, the VA is attempting to limit a Veterans Affairs nurse’s ability to advocate for the highest quality of patient care. Veterans Affairs National Nurses United Nov 16, 2018 Nationwide
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A New Economic Model for the South: Ditch Corporate Welfare and Fund Agricultural Co-ops

Working In These Times - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 14:15

A set of statistics from a new report provides a window into how misplaced economic priorities perpetuate poverty in the rural South.

Since opening a plant in Canton, Mississippi 15 years ago, auto manufacturer Nissan has been awarded at least $1.3 billion in tax subsidies.

Meanwhile, since 2010, small and cooperative farmers across Alabama, Georgia and Mississippi have received just $2.3 million from the US Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Business Enterprise Grant Program, their primary source of economic support.

A report from the Institute for Policy Studies, titled “Agricultural Cooperatives: Opportunities and Challenges for African-American Women in the South,” makes the case that redirecting governmental support from corporate welfare to agricultural co-ops could provide an alternative vision for economic development in the South.

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RN Response Network Sends Volunteer Nurses to Butte County in Aftermath of California Wildfires

National Nurses United - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 14:01
RN Response Network Sends Volunteer Nurses to Butte County in Aftermath of California Wildfires kblatt November 16, 2018 The Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN) is sending volunteer nurses to Butte County, California to assist in responding to the disaster created by the deadly Camp Fire, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) announced today. RNRN RN Response Network Nov 16, 2018 California
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Forget Elections—Labor Needs To Get Back to Its Roots

Working In These Times - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 13:40

With the midterms behind us, we have Nov. 4, 2020, to look forward to—labor’s next morning after. On Nov. 5, 2008, we were euphoric and full of delusional hope over the imminent passage of the Employee Free Choice Act and the restoration of labor. On Nov. 9, 2016, we were paralyzed by despair and denial.

At this point, betting our future on the next brutal mating ritual of Republicans and Democrats is not a bet most workers are willing to take. Since the 1950s, union membership decline has been a straight line downward, regardless of which political party is in power. Only 10.7 percent of workers are unionized; an enormous 89.3 percent are not. That’s too low to make much difference for most people in most places—more molecular level Brownian motion than labor movement. No threat to wealth, the wealthy, or powerful. Much worse, no voice or power of, by, or, for workers. Instead, organized labor has become so marginal Donald Trump has been able to usurp its role as the emotional voice for workers.

The economy is doing great—apart from workers. Wages remain stagnant. Forty percent of adults don’t have enough savings to cover a $400 emergency expense such as a car repair or medical crisis. Forty-three percent of families aren’t making enough to cover monthly living expenses. Uncertain work, unpredictable work hours, mandatory overtime, dictatorial bosses, miserable job standards, create day-to-day desperation with psychological and social tolls. The labor market is ripe for an organizing explosion, but it isn’t happening.

Blaming the rich and the Republicans is great sport. The income inequality research industry is booming and there is no need to catalog Republican offenses—they campaign on them. Long ago, labor outsourced its representation in the public sphere to the Democratic Party, and in the process become a dependent franchise and an easy target. But the truth is that the Democrats patronize labor on a good day, sell us out on a bad day, and ignore us on most days. (I speak as a recovering politician, a Democrat who ran and was elected four times to city council in my heavily Republican small town.)   

Partisan and competitive thinking insidiously affects behavior. Fifty percent plus one passes for solidarity. Unionists succumb to political speak, sounding like Washington rather than “folks ‘round here.” We blame workers for voting for Republicans. If they’d only voted how we told them, then we could get things done. We estrange ourselves from large chunks of workers while giving ourselves an excuse for failure. We don’t have to do the hard work of building a movement, we only need to win an election.

Maybe we should rethink that.

Instead, start today from where we are and who we are. Simple collective self-representation without institutional, ideological, partisan or monetary artifice. Understanding who and where we are by our own compass; by our own position, not opposition. This requires radical respect for our fellow workers. For lack of a better term, this unadorned organizing is social organizing.

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Nurses Applaud Introduction of Federal Legislation to Prevent Workplace Violence in Health Care, Social Service Settings

National Nurses United - Fri, 11/16/2018 - 13:18
Nurses Applaud Introduction of Federal Legislation to Prevent Workplace Violence in Health Care, Social Service Settings kblatt November 16, 2018 National Nurses United (NNU), the nation’s largest union of registered nurses, announced its support for the Workplace Violence Prevention for Health Care and Social Service Workers Act, HR 7141, introduced today by Representative Joe Courtney (CT-2). National Nurses United Nov 16, 2018 Nationwide
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Bernie to Walmart: Pay Your Workers $15 an Hour, or Else

Working In These Times - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 11:00

Fresh off a successful campaign to to name and shame Amazon for its low wages, Bernie Sanders is setting his sights on Walmart. Today, the Vermont senator is introducing the “STOP Walmart Act,” a bill that demands the retail behemoth raise its wages or face penalties.

Co-sponsored by California Rep. Ro Khanna, the bill would prevent Walmart and other large companies from buying back stock unless they pay all employees at least $15 an hour, allow them to earn up to seven days paid sick leave and cap CEO pay at 150 times median worker compensation.

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Nurses, Labor and Faith Leaders Demand State Health Agency Keep Providence Hospital Open

National Nurses United - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 09:33
Nurses, Labor and Faith Leaders Demand State Health Agency Keep Providence Hospital Open kblatt November 15, 2018 Registered nurses and caregivers, along with community, faith and labor leaders, will provide testimony to the D.C. State Health Planning and Development Agency (SHPDA) on the detrimental effects closing Providence Hospital will have on East D.C. communities. National Nurses United Nov 15, 2018 District of Columbia
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22nd USAS National Convention! Register today!

United Students Against Sweatshops - Thu, 11/15/2018 - 07:46

This upcoming year Students Against Social Injustice (SASI) USAS Local 121 is hosting the 22nd United Students Against Sweatshops National Convention. Join us Friday, February 22nd and Saturday, February 23rd at the University of Mississippi in Oxford to build power with students and workers from across the globe. Register below or follow the link here!

SASI has a history of fighting back against confederate iconography on our campus and across our state. SASI’s campaign in 2015 to take down the state flag had a ripple effect across the entire state, but there is still more work to be done.

The conversation about confederate iconography in public spaces has been given a growing national spotlight, with monuments being taken down all over the South, from New Orleans to Chapel Hill. SASI is continuing our fight to purge all confederate iconography from campus by demanding that Chancellor Vitter remove the Confederate statue, a predominant symbol of hate on campus.

The South is a historic site of organizing for the civil rights movement and the labor movement. As we are faced with growing attacks on both, it is crucial that we continue to unite our struggles in our fight for our collective liberation.

Join us at the University of Mississippi to show solidarity with our fight, build organizing skills to take on multinational corporations like Nike, and connect with student organizers and workers from across the world. Make sure to register ASAP!

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When Janus Backfires: A Test Case In Labor Solidarity After Fair Share

Working In These Times - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 16:29

In the aftermath of this summer’s Janus v. AFSCME Supreme Court decision attacking public-sector unions, the University of Illinois at Chicago is rapidly becoming a bellwether for how those unions might sink or swim in a world without fair share.

UIC prides itself on being one of the most diverse college campuses in the country and one of the most welcoming to working-class students. The city’s only public research university and home to a vast hospital system, UIC employs a cross section of public-sector workers including nurses, teachers, clerical workers, and maintenance workers, nearly all of whom are unionized.

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Why Every Democrat In Congress Should Support Bernie Sanders’ $15 Minimum Wage Bill

Working In These Times - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 15:46

Brittany Williamson is 24 and lives in Detroit, the poorest big city in the United States. Over the past three years, she has worked two—and sometimes three—jobs just to make ends meet, shuffling between Detroit-area McDonald’s franchises. That’s why, Williamson told the Detroit Free Press, she turned out to a Fight for 15 protest in October and was arrested for blocking Woodward Avenue, one of the city’s main thoroughfares.

Williamson isn’t alone. Millions of people earn the minimum wage in their respective states—including 1.8 million who are paid at or below the federal minimum of $7.25—and thousands have turned out to protest their insufficient pay. Finally, that situation could be about to change.

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RNs at Methodist Hospital of Southern California Vote to Join California Nurses Association

National Nurses United - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:05
RNs at Methodist Hospital of Southern California Vote to Join California Nurses Association kblatt November 14, 2018 Registered nurses at Methodist Hospital of Southern California in Arcadia, CA voted overwhelmingly on Tuesday to join the state’s largest RN union, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU). This vote represents the largest number of non-union nurses in Southern California to join a union in at least five years. California Nurses Association Nov 14, 2018 California
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Labor Board Finds Merit to Third Allegation That Johns Hopkins Violated Federal Law in Restricting Rights of RNs

National Nurses United - Wed, 11/14/2018 - 09:39
Labor Board Finds Merit to Third Allegation That Johns Hopkins Violated Federal Law in Restricting Rights of RNs kblatt November 14, 2018 The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has determined there is merit to a third allegation that Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore is violating federal labor law in restricting the rights of its registered nurses who are seeking union representation, the National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) announced today. National Nurses United Nov 14, 2018 Maryland
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The Other Victims of California’s Fires: Workers Inhaling Toxic Fumes

Working In These Times - Tue, 11/13/2018 - 18:56

With the death toll now standing at 42 and with some 7,200 structures destroyed, officials are now calling the wildfire in Paradise, CA (dubbed the “Camp Fire”) the deadliest and most destructive in California’s recent history. Two other massive fires—dubbed the Hill Fire and Woolsey Fire are simultaneously scorching Southern California.

As frontline firefighters—including many prison laborers—continue to battle the blaze while healthcare providers work around the clock treating fire victims, millions of other workers far away from the inferno are feeling a secondary impact: toxic smoke.

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As Doors Close on Central American Immigrants RNRN Conducts Medical Mission in Guatemala

National Nurses United - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 12:32
As Doors Close on Central American Immigrants RNRN Conducts Medical Mission in Guatemala kblatt November 12, 2018 On June 3, 2018, the Volcan de Fuego, one of Guatemala’s many active volcanoes, exploded with catastrophic consequences. The disaster left more than 3000 people displaced, 332 people dead and 246 people missing. RNRN National Nurses United Nov 12, 2018
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National Strategy Call to Win Medicare for All, Tuesday, Nov. 13

National Nurses United - Mon, 11/12/2018 - 09:40
National Strategy Call to Win Medicare for All, Tuesday, Nov. 13 kblatt November 12, 2018 The Nurses’ Campaign to Win Medicare for All is hosting a national strategy call, Tuesday, Nov. 13, to discuss next steps in organizing for Medicare for All, now that Democrats have won control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections. National Nurses United Nov 12, 2018 Nationwide
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“Words Can’t Articulate the Joy”: Wisconsin Workers Celebrate Scott Walker’s Defeat

Working In These Times - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 12:56

Joy is the order of the day as 100 people or so congregate at the rotunda of the Wisconsin Capitol in Madison just hours after incumbent Republican Scott Walker conceded the gubernatorial election to Democratic challenger Tony Evers, a former teacher who heads the state's education department.

It's an emotional celebration. Old friends and allies greet one another with warm hugs, happy tears, cheers of delight and sighs of relief. They form a circle for, literally, the 1,999th gathering of the "Solidarity Sing Along," an hour-long, informal event held every Monday through Friday at noon.

Songs of solidarity and protest have filled the Capitol, buoyed spirits and lifted hearts during the eight years that purple Wisconsin bled beet red after the disastrous midterms of 2010. Upon taking office, Walker and statehouse Republicans immediately moved to strip public sector workers of union rights, spurring an uprising that erupted in February 2011 and continued into 2012 and beyond. Massive protests, bitter recall elections and multiple occupations of the Capitol captured the attention of the nation and the world.

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Registered Nurses Express Outrage as VA Announces Latest Effort to Deny Nurses Union Protections and Silence their Ability to Advocate for Best Patient Care Practices

National Nurses United - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:29
Registered Nurses Express Outrage as VA Announces Latest Effort to Deny Nurses Union Protections and Silence their Ability to Advocate for Best Patient Care Practices kblatt November 9, 2018 Registered nurses with National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU) are outraged by the latest union busting effort by this administration, an effort that aims to limit a Veteran Affairs nurse’s ability to advocate for the highest quality of patient care. Veterans Affairs National Nurses United Nov 9, 2018 Nationwide
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Additional 350 Registered Nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center Vote to Join National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United

National Nurses United - Fri, 11/09/2018 - 10:03
Additional 350 Registered Nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center Vote to Join National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United kblatt November 9, 2018 An additional 350 registered nurses at University of Chicago Medical Center (UCMC) voted overwhelmingly this week to join National Nurses Organizing Committee/National Nurses United (NNOC/NNU). The nurses will join the same bargaining unit as the 1,800 other UCMC registered nurses who are already part of NNOC/NNU. National Nurses United Nov 9, 2018 Illinois
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What the midterms taught us: A ‘PEOPLE’S WAVE’ is rising. And we WILL win Medicare for All.

National Nurses United - Thu, 11/08/2018 - 13:42
What the midterms taught us: A ‘PEOPLE’S WAVE’ is rising. And we WILL win Medicare for All. kblatt November 8, 2018 From record voter turnout — to mass grassroots door knocking, phone banking and volunteering, the win the pundits overlooked is the win of a rising “people’s wave.” This mass movement, a rebuke to the corporate agenda, is not beholden to election cycles or candidates, but rather to the issues themselves, from health care; to environmental, racial and economic justice; to voting rights. Bonnie Castillo, Executive Director, National Nurses United Nov 8, 2018
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CNA Welcomes Growth of Activism, Expanded Opportunities For Transformative Change in California and Nationally

National Nurses United - Wed, 11/07/2018 - 11:59
CNA Welcomes Growth of Activism, Expanded Opportunities For Transformative Change in California and Nationally smaple November 7, 2018

With much of the national focus on changing control of the House, the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United today highlighted what may be the most significant, and lasting election development–ongoing momentum for grassroots activism, especially on the critical issue of health care.
 

California Nurses Association Nov 7, 2018 California
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