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$8000 A Week Scabs At Sutter Alta Bates Hospital As CNA NNU Nurses & Techs Strike For 9th
by Labor Video Project
Saturday May 18th, 2013 11:42 AM
For two years, Sutter CNA NNU nurses at many facilities in the East Bay have been fighting against concessions. On May 17, 2013 they launched their 9th strike and $8,000 a week scabs were brought into replace the workers.
$8000 A Week Scabs At Sutter Alta Bates Hospital As CNA NNU Nurses & Techs Strike For 9th Time
After two years and 9 strikes the bosses at Sutter Healthcare continue to demand major concessions from the CNA nurses. On May 17, 2013 nurses and techs struck again against the concession demands of management at Sutter Alta Bates, Summit and other hospitals. Sutter bosses are also spending millions on police and paying the replacement scabs more than $8,000 a week. At the same time the SEIU UHW leader Dave Regan continues to order his SEIU members at the Sutter hospitals being struck to cross the union picket lines. There is growing anger among the nurses about the attacks they face and the war against their union. The 9th strike started on May 17, 2013 and will go on for 7 days.
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§Striking CNA Nurses With Placards
by Labor Video Project Saturday May 18th, 2013 11:42 AM
CNA NNU Sutter Alta Bates workers are growing angry about the union busting approach.
§Kaiser Nurse Rep Spoke At Rally
by Labor Video Project Saturday May 18th, 2013 11:42 AM
A Kaiser Nurse rep spoke at the Sutter strike rally and said Kaiser nurses are also facing a struggle next year and what happens at Sutter will affect their conditions and benefits.

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by Register Peace & Freedom or Green
Monday May 20th, 2013 7:21 AM
With 9 strikes now, you must have figured out that you have to do something different to win. The only solution to ending the greed of private profit medical care is publicly financed medical care known as SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, with all medical care and medically related care paid for with our tax dollars from cradle to grave, including not just medical doctors, but also drugs, all medical devices, dental care, optometry, acupuncture, physical therapy, podiatrists, chiropractor, hospice and all other long term care for the old and disabled both in-home and in institutions, and all other healthcare. SOCIALIZED MEDICINE MUST BE WRITTEN INTO THE UNION CONTRACT.

THE REST OF THE INDUSTRIALIZED WORLD HAS SOCIALIZED MEDICINE, including all of Europe, Israel, Cuba, Canada, China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand. This is not radical; American labor is far behind in fighting for socialized medicine. EVERY SINGLE UNION CONTRACT, not just medical providers' contracts, MUST HAVE SOCIALIZED MEDICINE WRITTEN INTO THE UNION CONTRACT.

The United States now has the highest infant mortality and lowest life expectancy in the industrialized world. The rich may live to 82 and beyond, but the 80% of us who sell our labor for less than $80,000 a year, the workingclass, usually do not. The United States is No. 1 in military hardware and paying billions of our tax dollars to the military to fight blood for oil wars to make the rich richer, the only reason the military exists. WE CANNOT HAVE GUNS AND BUTTER.

As it is now, at Kaiser, the 60-64 age group is paying $784 per month with a $25 payment to see the doctor and a drug discount benefit, or something less per month with either less benefits or a high deductible, down to about $300 per month and a $5,000 deductible with no drug benefits. The cheapest plan for the same age group at Blue Cross is over $600 per month. A top ranked plan at Blue Cross for a patient on Medicare is $1515 per month. This is Obama-Romney care in 2013. I cannot imagine the horrors of 2014 as there is no cost control in Republican Mass former Gov Romney's healthcare plan gone national with Democrat Obama. They make much of insurance but INSURANCE IS NOT HEALTHCARE; it is just a profiteering racket.


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When there's a nurses strike, "travel nurses" (Zeltzer calls 'em scabs) are brought in so patients still get the care they need or else the nurses would not be able to strike. Would you rather the hospital not bring in these scabs? Steve Zeltzer's LVP should know better but he engages in misleading reporting that benefits management.
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Friday May 24th, 2013 9:34 AM
Striking California nurses return to work as patient death raises tensions
Woman dies after medical mistake by replacement worker while thousands of Californian nurses locked out of their hospitals
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California nurses: about 23,000 members of National Nurses United went on strike last Thursday. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images
Thousands of Californian nurses will return to work on Tuesday morning after a four-day lockout by hospital management during which a patient died having been mistakenly given a lethal drug dose by a temporary replacement carer.

Judith Ming, 66, died on Saturday morning at Alta Bates Summit medical centre in Oakland after being given what police say was a "non-prescribed dosage of medication" at lethal levels. The drug was administered by a stand-in nurse brought in from Louisiana by the company that owns the hospital, Sutter Health, following a one-day strike organised by California nurses in protest at cuts to hospital services, benefits and working conditions.

About 23,000 members of America's largest nurses' union National Nurses United went on strike last Thursday, intending to return to their positions after 24 hours. Of those, 17,000 were allowed back by the health giant Kaiser Permanente, but 6,000 nurses were locked out for a further four days by the hospital chain Sutter Health and the independent Children's hospital in Oakland.

Martha Kuhl, one of the locked-out nurses, said the union had given two weeks' notice to employers before the strike began to allow them to assemble suitably qualified replacements, "but apparently that hasn't happened". She said the lockout had been unnecessary and regrettable.

"Qualified nurses were available to work, but management prevented them from returning. So, yes, I believe that the blame for the patient's death lies with them.

"Nurses with 24 years' experience were showing up for work, but were denied entry by security guards."

The hospital is carrying out an internal investigation into the death, and is co-operating with a police inquiry. Dr Steve O'Brien, the medical centre's vice-president of medical affairs, said the death was caused by medical error.
"While medical errors do exist in health care, we are constantly investing in ways to improve patient care. This is a most unfortunate event for which we are very sorry," he said.

Sutter Health also put out a media statement that accused the union of exploiting "the tragic death of a patient to further its own bargaining purposes". It said that all of the 500 replacement nurses that were used were experienced in the areas in which they were assigned.

The union says the strike was part of worsening relations between medical staff and employers, which unions accuse of driving hospitals relentlessly in a commercial direction and imposing market-based cuts in services – even though they are described as not-for-profit institutions. The union accuses management of trying to roll back on standards of health provision, including minimum nursing numbers per patient.

In some of the medical centres involved in the strike, managers have tried to change the conditions of nurses so they would have to pay $4,000 more a year to have their children treated at the hospitals at which they work – a hike that union members say would make the services they themselves supply unavailable to their own children.

Ming was being treated for cancer and had been at Summit hospital since July. Further information about her was being kept private under Californian and federal privacy laws.

Kuhl said it was inevitable that replacement nurses were less equipped to care properly for patients. "We work together, we know the equipment and we know each other's skills and abilities. When management brought in unqualified or even qualified workers, they don't have that advantage, and that sets people up, unfortunately, to make mistakes."
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Saturday May 25th, 2013 7:44 AM
Scab Nursing Agencies-Travel Nurses Beware
Travel nurses beware!
The following "scab registries" make a profit by providing scabs to employers who are trying to break strikes by registered nurses. This kind of nurse strike breaking always leads to diminished patient care at the facility and is always a blow to the creation of a national nurse movement. They may keep you in the dark about what kind of assignment you’re going to receive, or how difficult it will be.

Please support your fellow RNs by refusing to accept contracts at facilities on strike, or from the following agencies with a history of strike-breaking:

• Advanced Clinical Employment Staffing (ACES)

• Crisis Nurse


• Health Source Global Staffing

• Healthcare Contingency Staffing Services, Inc.

• Huffmaster Crisis Management

• Modern Industrial Services

• Modern Staffing & Security Consultants, Inc.

• Nurse Bridge

• TravelMax

• US Nursing/ US Nursing Corp