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Remember That Time You Thought Your Hospital Charged You Too Much? You Were Probably Right

Remember That Time You Thought Your Hospital Charged You Too Much? You Were Probably Right

Everybody knows about exorbitant hospital prices, but data compiled by National Nurses United (NNU) shows that many hospitals, especially the for-profit ones, are price gouging their patients. Many for-profit hospitals, according to NNU, actually charge patients more than 10 times what it costs to provide care.

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D.C. RNs Vote Union for Patient Care

D.C. RNs Vote Union for Patient Care

Registered nurses at Providence Hospital in Washington, D.C., Tuesday night voted 232 to 66–a 78% margin–to join the National Nurses Organizing Committee, an affiliate of National Nurses United (NNU). They became the first nonunion D.C. hospital workers in decades to vote to join a union. The National Labor Relations Board conducted the secret ballot election. 

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What Does Community Health Systems Care About? Not Patients or Nurses, It Seems

What Does Community Health Systems Care About? Not Patients or Nurses, It Seems

Seeking to improve patient-care and work conditions at Community Health Systems (CHS) hospitals in four states, registered nurses held a national day of action at seven locations. According to a press release from National Nurses United (NNU), workers at the CHS-owned hospitals engaged in strikes, informational pickets and other events on Tuesday. The CHS hospitals repeatedly have been found to have violated the rights of their employees in ways that have endangered patients.

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Nurses Respond Swiftly to Typhoon Devastation

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Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, an extreme storm that may have killed as many as 10,000 people in the Philippines, created a massive demand for nurses who have experience with disaster relief and who are familiar with Tagalog, the most common language in the affected area. In the United States, the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a project of National Nurses United (NNU),asked for volunteers and more than 3,000 nurses responded and will be going to help. AFT is also sending more than 200 volunteers to help in the region. 

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NNU’s Disaster Response Network Seeking RNs, Donations for Philippine Typhoon Relief Effort

In the aftermath of the devastation from Super Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda, one of the worst storms on record, the Registered Nurse Response Network (RNRN), a project of National Nurses United (NNU), has put out a call for volunteers and donations through its vast network of direct-care nurses both nationally and internationally. After a request sent out this weekend from RNRN, within five hours, 370 RNs already had signed up to help.

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Nurses Lead Lobbying for 'Robin Hood Tax'

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Spurred on by rousing speeches and favorable opinion polls, National Nurses United delegates led hundreds of activists into D.C. this week to lobby for a tax on financial transactions. The “Robin Hood Tax” would impose a tiny tax on each financial transaction—the buying and selling of stocks, bonds, derivatives and other financial instruments—and raise some $350 billion yearly that could be redirected to human needs.

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Sutter Nurses' Stance and Strikes for Patient Care Pay off with Tentative Pact

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After a series of strikes during the past two years protesting sweeping reductions in patient care, nurses’ standards and workplace conditions that Sutter Health system demanded during contract talks at San Francisco Bay area hospitals, some 3,000 registered nurses have reached a tentative agreement that eliminates more than 200 concession demands.

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RNs Withstand ‘Furious Anti-Union Campaign,’ Join CNA/NNU

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Some 725 registered nurses at Providence Little Company of Mary Medical Center in Torrance, Calif., won representation from California Nurses Association/National Nurses United (CNA/NNU) last week after beating back what they say was a “furious anti-union campaign by hospital management and its high paid anti-union consultants.”

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MedStar’s NNU Nurses Win Rollback of Health Care Cost Hikes

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In 2012, MedStar Washington (D.C.) Hospital Center—where some 1,850 registered nurses and members of National Nurses United (NNU) work—unilaterally instituted sweeping reductions and changes in the nurses’ health benefits.

A federal judge last week upheld an arbitrator's ruling that MedStar acted unlawfully and must reimburse the nurses for any increased costs they paid and roll back the reductions and changes.  

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Nurses' Collective Bargaining Agreement Focuses on Improving Lives of Patients

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Nurses at Chicago's Jackson Park Hospital recently reached an agreement with hospital officials on a collective bargaining contract, National Nurses United (NNU) reported. The nurses went out of their way to make sure the contract wasn't just about improving their own lives, but that it also focused on improving the lives of their patients.

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