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MNA Daily NewsScan, Sept. 25, 2012: Scott Walker Irony Alert in full effect

25 Sep

In a serious case of irony, Union-busting Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker took to Twitter early today demanding the return of the NFL’s unionized referees.

LABOR

From the AFL-CIO Blog: Crossing a picket line hurts everyone.

Also, today is National Voter Registration Day. Are you ready to have your voice heard?

HEALTH CARE

NNU’s Rose Ann DeMoro: The Robin Hood Campaign – A Movement, and Now Legislation, Too.

From Minnesota Public Radio: Rural Minnesota retools health care in wave of hospital mergers.

The pace of Health Care inflation is picking up again, according to a new report.

MNA Daily NewsScan, Sept. 21, 2012: Hospitals grabbing at least $1 billion in extra fees

21 Sep

HEALTH CARE

Op/Ed: Leadership not listening to front-line staff can negatively affect patients, staff and hospitals.

Investigation: Hospital grab at least $1 billion in extra fees for ER visits.

MNA Daily NewsScan, Sept. 20, 2012: Verizon, 43,000 Workers Reach Tentative Agreement

20 Sep

LABOR

Verizon Communications and two unions have reached tentative agreements for labor contracts covering about 43,000 workers after more than a year of negotiations and a strike.

HEALTH CARE

A federal judge dismissed Prime Healthcare Services’ lawsuit against Kaiser Permanente and a California workers’ union in what Prime called a conspiracy to whittle the hospital operator out of the market.

MNA Daily NewsScan, Sept. 19, 2012: Robin Hood Tax Hits Congress; CTU Strike Ends

19 Sep

Big News on the Robin Hood Tax front: Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison (pictured above) introduced a bill in Congress this week that would impose a tax on Wall Street speculation.  The Inclusive Prosperity Act  would raise up to $350 billion in annual revenues that would be used to breathe new life into Main Street communities across America, as well as international health, sustainable prosperity and environmental programs.

LABOR

After 7 days, the Chicago Teachers Strike is over and students are returning to the classroom.

Registered nurses at Menorah Medical Center have approved a labor contract to be represented by National Nurses Organizing Committee and National Nurses United.

HEALTH CARE

Gov. Mark Dayton asserted to Legislative leaders Tuesday that he will seek federal approval to move forward on a Minnesota-made health insurance exchange, but said he will defer important policy decisions until after the November election. The exchanges are a key component of President Obama’s health care law that will create a competitive marketplace for individuals and small businesses to shop around for more affordable health insurance.

Despite the sluggish economy and uncertainly surrounding health reform, healthcare construction projects are booming in Kentucky and other states, as large health systems and regional hospitals continue to make multi-million-dollar capital investments.

In their drive to cut costs and produce better patient outcomes, American health care policy makers and administrators are embracing a variety of work reorganization schemes borrowed from other industries. Some boast of their “Toyota lean” approach to health care delivery. Others have looked to Disney World for new ideas. The newest business model being touted is the chain restaurant The Cheesecake Factory.

In Michigan, local retirees try to visit Congressman Dan Benishek’s office on Sept. 12, 2012, in Gaylord, to tell him to protect Medicare instead of millionaires. The office is staffed but locked, and the retirees are forced to stay in the hallway. Watch it below:

Press Release: MN Rep. Keith Ellison Introduces Robin Hood Tax Bill In Congress

17 Sep

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
September 17, 2012

Contact: Carl Ginsburg 917-405-1060 or Charles Idelson, 510-273-2246

Robin Hood Tax Introduced In Congress

HR-6411: To Tax Wall Street; Real Revenue for Critical National, International Needs

New York – The U.S. Robin Hood Tax Campaign today applauded the introduction in Congress of a bill that would impose a tax on Wall Street speculation.  Introduced by Rep. Keith Ellison, HR 6411, the Inclusive Prosperity Act,  would raise up to $350 billion in annual revenues that would be used to breathe new life into Main Street communities across America, as well as international health, sustainable prosperity and environmental programs.

The legislation embodies the Robin Hood Tax, a 0.5% tax on the trading of stocks, 50 cents on every $100 of trades, and lesser rates on trading in bonds, derivatives and currencies.  It marks the return of a sales tax on financial transactions in place from 1914 to 1966 and targets the high-risk, high-speed trading that dominates the markets.

“The American public provided hundreds of billions to bailout Wall Street during the global fiscal crisis yet bore the brunt of the crisis with lost jobs and reduced household wealth,” said Rep. Ellison in a press statement.  “This is a phenomenally wealthy nation, yet our tax and regulatory system allowed the financial titans to amass great riches while impoverishing the systems that enable inclusive prosperity. A financial transaction tax protects our financial markets from speculation and provides the revenue needed to invest in the education, health and communities of the American people.”

The legislation’s goal is to raise meaningful tax revenue dedicated to low- and moderate-income families by strengthening the social safety net and by expanding investments to protect health, rebuilding infrastructure and creating good-paying jobs.  The tax is also to target international needs, including AIDS treatment, research and prevention and for other critical assistance.

“Congressman Ellison is showing great leadership for our country,” said Jean Ross, RN, co-president of National Nurses United. “HR-6411 is a critical step to generate the revenue for the healing and recovery our Main Street communities across the nation so desperately need.  From coast to coast, nurses, health care, AIDS, environmental, labor, faith community, and other community activists have come together calling for a Robin Hood tax on financial speculation so that Wall Street will help pay to reverse the damage its reckless behavior caused to our economy,” said Ross. “This is a small, common sense tax, already in place and working wonderfully well in dozens of countries across the world. America is ready for the Robin Hood tax.”

“Last summer, scientists proved that we can actually end the AIDS pandemic if we just scale up our investment in treatment and prevention programs,” said Jennifer Flynn, managing director of Health GAP (Global Access Project). “But when we go to Congress, all we hear about are budget cuts.  We need to increase revenue and the Robin Hood Tax is the best of all proposals to do just that.”

“This tiny tax on Wall Street will make our economy more stable and more fair.  The U.S. once had a Robin Hood Tax and we were better off for it, it’s time to bring it back,” said Liz Ryan Murray, policy director for National People’s Action.

“In its essentials, the idea of a financial market transaction tax is simple,” said economist Robert Pollin, co-director, Political Economy Research Institute (PERI), University of Massachusetts-Amherst.  “It would mean that financial market traders would pay a small fee to the government every time they purchased any financial market instrument, including all stock, bond, options, futures, and swap trades.  This would be the equivalent of sales taxes that Americans have long paid every time they buy an automobile, shirt, baseball glove, airline ticket, or pack of chewing gum, eat at a restaurant, or have their hair cut.”

The Robin Hood Tax also helps to control the volume of speculation engulfing the financial markets, where risky bets are causing instability and sidelining billions in funds that might otherwise be directed to a productive economy.  And the sales tax assists in curtailing speculation in food and fuel markets, where bets on these essentials are causing spikes in prices and serious shortages.

The introduction of H.R. 6411 came on the eve of the One Year Anniversary of Occupy Wall Street.  Occupy’s call to stop the policies of inequality of the 1% continues to resonate across this country and beyond.   Robin Hood Tax campaigners today joined Occupy activists at a labor solidarity press event at Zuccotti Park in New York City, and then carried the message  to offices of financial institutions to demand imposition of the Robin Hood Tax.

Learn more at: www.RobinHoodTax.org

MNA Daily NewsScan, Sept. 7, 2012: Don’t Mess With Texas (RNs); Why Front-Line Health Care Employees Matter

7 Sep

LABOR

In a major win for nurses, patients and three Texas communities, registered nurses (RNs) in El Paso, Corpus Christi and Brownsville gave final approval to contracts yesterday in first-ever collective bargaining agreements with National Nurses United.

Labor negotiations will resume in early October for workers at Hibbing Taconite, United Taconite and other facilities owned by Cliffs Natural Resources, according to the Star Tribune.

HEALTH CARE

Op/Ed: Why health care leaders can’t ignore front-line employees

The biggest key to patient satisfaction isn’t a fancy hospital lobby or high-tech equipment; it’s the staff, according to a survey released yesterday by J.D. Power and Associates.

MNA Daily NewsScan, July 26, 2012 – AFL-CIO Steps Up, Study Shows Medicaid’s Benefits

26 Jul

LABOR

Yesterday, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka joined 1,300 workers with the Bakery, Confectionery Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union (BCTGM), who have been locked out of five processing facilities and other facilities of American Crystal Sugar, in announcing that the AFL-CIO and BCTGM are escalating their campaign for fairness and justice at the company.

The lockout, which began on August 1, 2011, came in the midst of bargaining over a successor contract between American Crystal Sugar and five locals of BCTGM at various locations in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa. Trumka pledged the ongoing support and coordination of efforts with the BCTGM National in focusing on American Crystal Sugar’s total disregard for their employees. The AFL-CIO and BCTGM pledged to make American Crystal Sugar a poster child for corporate greed and profit above employees.

HEALTH CARE

New Study: Flaws and all, Medicaid can improve adults’ health.

Medicare For All! Uninsured Aurora Victim Could Face $2 million in medical bills.

Mobile medical instruments such as infusion pumps are woefully underused and are costing hospitals millions of dollars a year, according to a study by GE Healthcare.

MNA Daily NewsScan, July 25, 2012 – Insider Spills Secrets, More Nurses Needed in Workforce, AFL-CIO President Trumka in St. Paul to Make “Major Announcement”

25 Jul

NURSING

Although much attention focuses on filling physician spots, many hospitals increasingly are facing more vacancies in nurse positions. Nursing represented the biggest increase (40 percent) in job openings from Q1 to Q2, according to a brief issued today from recruiting firm HEALTHeCAREERS Network. Most nursing openings (90 percent) were looking for experienced nurses rather than entry-level nurses.

LABOR

Former U.S. Treasury insider Neil Barofsky tells all in a new book: “Washington abandoned Main Street while rescuing Wall Street. The suspicions that the system is rigged in favor of the largest banks and their elites, so they play by their own set of rules to the disfavor of the taxpayers who funded their bailout, are true. It really happened. These suspicions are valid.”

AFL-CIO President Richard L. Trumka will be in St. Paul on Wednesday with members of the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco, & Grain Millers Union, (BCTGM) who have been locked out of their jobs at American Crystal Sugar for several months. Trumka is expected to make “a major announcement” regarding the lockout on behalf of the 12 million member labor federation. Since August 1, 1300 workers in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Iowa have been locked out of their jobs at American Crystal Sugar Company. Trumka will speak at 4:30 pm at the AFL-CIO headquarters in St. Paul.

HEALTH CARE

Minnesota has slipped three rungs in a high-profile ranking of child-friendly states, largely because of its growing number of uninsured children.

MNA Daily NewsScan, July 24, 2012 – Nurses March in D.C.

24 Jul

HEALTH CARE

Colorado State Senator: Nurses, Doctors and other heroes stepped in to save dozens of lives during tragic shooting.

Nurses from across the U.S. – including many from National Nurses United – will be joining others as they march through the streets of Washington DC today, demanding more funding for HIV/AIDS treatment.

The nation’s health insurers will pay out more than $1 billion in rebates over the coming days after many of them fell short of new standards that require them to spend a certain share of premiums on patient treatment.

LABOR

In Colorado, RNs are calling on the Centura Office of Compliance and the board of Catholic Health Initiatives, owners of St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, to remedy problems related to nutrition services at the hospital, the National Nurses Organizing Committee announced.

MNA Daily NewsScan, July 11, 2012: Gov. Dayton Moving MN Toward Implementing Health Care Law

11 Jul

HEALTH CARE

While some states are opting out of President Obama’s health care programs, Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton wanted it known Tuesday that he’s all-in. “I write to reiterate the State of Minnesota’s intention to continue the planning and development” of a state-based version of the federal health care act, Dayton wrote in a letter to the U.S. secretary of Health and Human Services. “We will seize the historic opportunities to improve the quality and affordability of health care afforded us by the new law, known as the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, whose constitutionality has now been upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.”

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