Following NNU

There has been a request to add a post for those who wish to follow what the NNU is doing for its members.  Feel free to post any information you have to share with others.  Here is a link to what nurses in Ca are striking for:http://oaklandnorth.net/2010/10/13/hundreds-of-oakland-nurses-strike-against-health-care-cuts/

Here are the links to an article from CNA about their stand on Magnetism.

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Here are some more stories about the actions of the NNU.

http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/Sparrow_Nurses_Union_Uses_Playbook_in_Labor_Disputes_108745994.html?storySection=story

http://www.wilx.com/news/headlines/Nurses_Association_Prepares_To_Strike_108795799.html

NNU’s stand on the technology that helps nurses provide safe patient care. 

http://www.calnurses.org/research/pdfs/ihsp_tech_basics_sept_2009.pdf

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54 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by dragonfly on October 13, 2010 at 9:00 pm

    Did I read this article correctly? Currently, 60% of their nurses pay no premium for their health insurance? If so, I do not think picking up 15% of the tab for their own insurance is outlandish. Who in this day gets free health insurance andywhere? I do not care what others in the bay area are getting. This is why California is in the financial straights it is in! Their unions–public and obviously private expect to have more than John Q. Public in the private sector. These kids of demands are becoming unsustainable with costs what they are. What say you?

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  2. Posted by butterfly on October 28, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    On the MNA website there is link that infoms its members that states: Don’t forget your right to vote on Nov. 2nd – it goes on to say – In simple terms your right to vote at ANYTIME during your work day and to be paid for it! I am totaly apalled by their promotion of leaving their patients and jeapordizing pt. safety, especialy in light of the fact of that this is what they had struck over. But I am not too surprised since they advocated for its members to strike and willingly jepaordized pt. safety. I hold our right to vote with the highest respect, however this is the unions mentality instead of promoting personal responsibility in regard to exercising our right to vote, they, advocate to leave their pts. wihout any regard to their pts. saftey. The only shift that would cause any conflict in getting to the polls from 7:00am -8:pm is the 12 hour day shift. The best option if you were scheduled 12 hour days would be voting by absentee ballot, the next best option wihout causing disruption in pt. care, is leaving at 7:00pm once the 12 hour nigh shift nurse arrived. I see no reason to jeapordize pt safety an/or getting paid to vote.

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  3. So now NNU/MNA is moving into Iowa. The Iowa nurses do not think they will have to take on the Minnesota issues? MN had to take on the issues of NNU! We had high employee satisfaction survey’s and worked with management and were proud of Magnet status.
    NNU does not promote working together and in fact does not promote Magnet status as that promotes working with management. This will change the culture of their organizations. NNU/MNA creates an “us vs them” environment. These nurses in Iowa have a choice…..the nurses in MN did not get the opportunity to vote on our change in union. How is that for democracy?

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  4. MNA has fact statements for some nurses in Iowa…..they are unbelievable! States that it is your union and it is a democracy!! If MNA/NNU is a democracy why didn’t we even get to vote to become part of NNU? Why did nurses in Massachusetts form Democracy for MNA Now! There are many nurses in MN who resigned from MNA…do you wonder why? Now we are part of a radical union that does not promote working with management and has attacked programs such as Magnet which the ANCC promotes for nurses. If the Iowa nurses think they will continue to work with managment they have not done their homework….if you read the article at the top about Forces of Magnetism you will see how NNU feels about working with management. It is quite a contrast from their fact sheets.

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  5. This is an article about the nurses in Bangore, Maine who had a one day strike…interesting comment from docinmaine! Here is the link to the article

    http://new.bangordailynews.com/2010/11/23/health/emmc-nurses-return-to-bedsides-after-strike-lockout/

    NNU is very busy and is costing our heathcare industry a staggering amount of money by continuing to promote strikes. Do nurses really think striking is for the patients??

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  6. Posted by butterfly on November 25, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    I just wanted to follow up on a few of ANW All Nurse agenda items : One of the items was and I quote”Why You Won in 2010″ I find it very ironic that MNA felt the need to have to explain to its members why they feel they won in the strike – Nobody wins in a strike!! The hospitals had to divert time planning and resources that could have been better allocated to providing for the patients they serve, secondly the nurses and MNA/NNU didn’t win because our profession was tarnished in the publics eye, let alone the hostile environment (for all the employees) that was created and pervasive during this time period and there certainly was a lack of focus on pt. care But most importantly the patients and their families were the most affected ,causing them uneccessary distress and anxiety when they are are already in a vulnerable state. What was won?
    Another item on the agenda was : Saving two hours of pay a period until 2013. Why??? Wouldn’t all of us be better served by working together to solve issues especially in light of the economic and health care crisis our country is facing instead of preparing for another strike? How does this type of rhetoric promote positive change to meet the challenging health care needs ou country is facing?

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  7. Posted by Kelly on December 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    They are only continuing to throw their Power, that they have gotten away with and it needs to stop. The nurses need to rememeber they work for their hospital, not the union. The union is supposed to speak for them, not the other way around. At my hospital the MNA nurses were upset, they felt management was telling them that another strike could happen in 2013, it was based off these actions of MNA, MNA can lie and do what ever they want and the hospitals can’t even say a negative word about MNA or they can throw grievances all over the place. My hospital is destroyed I blame MNA, for it all. Relationships between staff and managers will never be the same and for what? Nothing was gained for anyone. I am a non-union nurse and have been MNA, I get that side, I have worked the bedside, I am not management, so I do see all sides here, this summer was devastating to nursing, public view of the profession, and I can’t speak for other hospitals, but where I work will never be the same unless things change within the view of MNA, to work with non-union staff and focus on the issues.

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  8. If you received your Oct issue of National Nurse you can read the article about rounding and scripting….now the NNU is attacking that as deskilling RN’s. I will post when it is available online. Another article titled “Losing our Voice” talks about nurses becoming like waiters. As we have had to lay off ancillary staff after the costly strike this summer and as the economy struggles nurses better get used to doing jobs that they would normally have had a nursing assistant or other staff to perform. I think I remember NNU wanting more RN’s at the bedside….you can’t have everything!! I think this union will cripple our healthcare and cost many jobs to nurses and other staff as our hospitals cannot support their demands.

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  9. Posted by dragonfly on December 4, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Minnesota Nurses Association
    The new, national “Super RN Union” MNA Nurses help found in late 2009 continues to make history! In only 1 year National Nurses United has already unionized 10,000 new Nurses, giving all of us RNs a more powerful voice in patient safety and advocacy.
    This is a quote off MNA facebook with the MNA logo beside it! No wonder we did not get to vote on it–MNA helped create this monster!!! Guys–this was an inside job and we now know why a former MNA president and our former (recently resigned) director is part of their “foodchain” that feed off of good nurse’s dues. I cannot believe what I am finding the more I read and educate myself. Everyone needs to do their homework–do not believe me. This information is too unbelieveable–I couldn’t begin to make this stuff up.I plead with every nurse to start doing their research–the info is out their. Nursing is not BIG LABOR!!!! We can stop this train…

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  10. Posted by Nurses Who Care on December 8, 2010 at 1:11 pm

    It appears with Minnesota State Legislature session approaching, both hospitals and MNA are putting a couple of headlines in the news on KSTP. It all falls back on staffing issues. This continues to be the topic of interest for MNA just like class numbers are for teachers.

    With Republicans in the majority there might not be a large impact with NNU’s appeal with staffing issues. However, Mark Dayton may have a small impact on their cause.

    It would be worthwhile to follow the upcoming session to see MNA’s approach in an attempt to pass laws like California has in the past.

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  11. Posted by Nurses Who Care on December 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Smaller Class Room Size Proven Not To Improve Education Outcome.

    The teacher’s union for years has fought for smaller class sizes just like the nurses are looking at lower patient ratios.

    Now it appears this is not the factors which will improve our children’s education. Instituting merit pay and no tenure are two proven claims which will help our educational system. However, it will be a fight to move the teacher’s union to understand this and see teachers become more accountable for their student’s outcome. I have seen the public tire of the teacher’s union and I believe this will hold true if NNU continues their one day strike tactics and unreasonable demands during this difficult economical time.

    Let us hope the NNU doesn’t have any more negative impacts on our healthcare system like the teacher’s union has on our educational system.

    From studentsfirst.org

    The numbers might seem discouraging, but the report’s findings come as a well overdue wake-up call. As U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “The United States came in 23rd or 24th in most subjects. We can quibble, or we can face the brutal truth that we’re being out-educated.”

    For Students First, the results come as a call to action. The study shows that high performing school systems tend to prioritize teacher pay over smaller class sizes, and combining local autonomy and effective accountability seems to produce the best results. Background or socioeconomic status, while influential, is not the determining factor in how well a student can perform. And as I discussed in a blog post yesterday, great teaching can overcome the circumstances that put our kids behind those of other world powers.

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    • Posted by dragonfly on December 9, 2010 at 1:59 pm

      I have been following Michelle Rhee and her grassroots movement of “students first” closely. The NNU appears to be following the teachers union–class size / patient ratios. Does this sound like the same song differnet verse? I am interested in starting “patients first”. Anyone intersted? I think that is what we have started right here thanks to Penny. I am excited at this prospect. We should not use our patients as a sheild the way teacher’s unions have used our children to pad the union coffers. The citizens of this country need to recognize what is happening here and get a grip NOW!

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  12. Here is the link to an article that appeared in a Council Bluffs newspaper about Jennie Edmundson nurses voting to join MNA/NNU.

    http://www.southwestiowanews.com/articles/2010/12/07/council_bluffs/news/doc4cfe68c4ba856104628386.txt#small

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  13. Posted by butterfly on December 13, 2010 at 10:30 am

    If anyone has any doubts about the aggressive tactics and close alliance with big labor unions that MNA/NNU has planned for the the profession of nursing now and in the future please read in Nov/Dec MNA Nursing Accents, Linda Hamilton’s article on A Care Plan to Put Patients 1st. This alliance has nothing to do with advancing Pt. Care 1st but more about power to change the political landscape of our country. In her own word and I quote ” MNA will continuously agitate for all necessary social, political and economic changes to realize our vision” The delivery of our pt. care depends upon developing a trusting and solid working relationship with the management of all the hospitals and employees in order to continue to provide safe pt. care at all levels. Constant agitation within the workplace is a detrimental and dangerous policy to be following especially in the nursing field where lives are at stake. This does not mean that I don’t think that we should be compensated fairly commensurate with our education and the service that we provide, but I certainly don’t believe that management doesn’t value our service and would be willing to work out a fair contract with a more reasoned approach, which was certainly lacking with the influence of the NNU’s agenda. I find it very ironic and almost comical that On MNA’s website they keep listing specialty(such as orthopedic, cardiac, neurological surgeons etc.) Dr’s salaries after all the education, money and time they invested in order to provide these extraordinary lifesaving and highly skilled services, when NNU’s own president Rose Ann DeMoro was nothing more than a grocery store worker with no advanced education pulling down a salary well over $350,000, and her husband working for NNU well in the 6 figure range. I have been a nurse for 25 years and will not recognize her as being any one that should have a national platform speaking on any nursing related issues, she simply is a big labor activist that has highjacked the nursing profession and is using us as pawns, in order to advance the power of UNIONS in our country, not to help solve Pt.Care and economic issues that our hospitals our working diligently on a daily basis.

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    • Posted by Maria on December 13, 2010 at 5:07 pm

      Very well said, Butterfly. I too read with great interest the article from Linda Hamilton in the newest nursing accents issue. I also find it very curious that she would actually use the word “agitate” to describe the unions methodology. Are we professionals or two year olds exerting our tempers….”Mine! Mine! Mine!” This is really unbelievable how unabashedly the MNA leadership is using such heavy handed language and tactics to keep the ire of nurses on edge. Predictably, the process of working nurses all up into a frenzy continues. I hope more RN’s will open their eyes to these tactics and start believing in their own professional practice and experience…

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      • Posted by Maria on December 13, 2010 at 5:46 pm

        One other thing. Linda Hamilton also put forth the following agenda item in the MNA’s “Plan of Care that captures our passion and focuses our power” Quote: “MNA will oppose and expose those nurse staffing agencies that recruit and hire scab RN’s who undermine our collective efforts to improve patient care and standard for Nurses” My response to that would be “Good luck with that”!!!! First of all, if (when) the MNA/NNU calls for another strike the union will not have to concern itself with nurse recruiting agencies simply because of the number of Twin Cities RN’s who will refuse to strike and will not be compelled to abandon their patients again. The popularity of this blog, as well as, the thousands who would have resigned the union and worked during the open ended strike are testament to that fact. Additionally, how would our esteemed MNA president have the hospitals respond in the event of another nursing strike….simply leave the patients to fend for themselves? Does the MNA/NNU agenda devalue our patient care so much so that they believe our patients and their safety would be just fine without nurses at the bedside??? This objective is absurd and is morally objectionable…our profession and our patients deserve better than THIS!

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  14. Posted by dragonfly on December 29, 2010 at 7:50 pm

    I read Jenny E. went under…fell prey to the big union. Have they ever had a strike? They now have “democracy” promised to them by MNA/NNU…

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  15. Here is the link to the NNU magazine available online in case you did not get your issue. Read for yourself what your union is doing for you.

    http://www.nationalnursesunited.org/publications/entry/national-nurse-magazine/

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  16. This will be something to follow….legislation introduced that would make MN a right to work state.

    http://kstp.com/news/stories/s1924660.shtml?cat=1

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  17. Posted by HusbandOfNurse on January 20, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    So, with the adverse events report coming out, I wonder will we see/hear something from the MNA or will they wait until the next contract….

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  18. Here is the link to the adverse events report from the MN Dept of Health.

    http://www.health.state.mn.us/patientsafety/

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  19. This is not related to NNU but wanted to share an article…”8 Common Myths About the Nursing Field”

    Here is the link:
    http://www.mastersinhealthcare.com/blog/2011/8-common-myths-about-the-nursing-field/

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  20. There is a facebook page “I stand with Scott Walker”
    for those who are following what is going on in our neighboring state.

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  21. Posted by butterfly on February 26, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    I am totally appalled that MNA/NNU is sending buses to Madison and carrying the huge banner as seen on MNA’s website saying”Don’t Silence our Voices /NO TAKEAWAYS.” The taxpayers and citizens of Wisconsin elected the Governor, Senate and House in November, their voices should not be silenced by any special interests and lobbyists outside of Wisconsin. As a side note I would love to know how much of our dues are being spent to send all these buses. You may not be aware but federal unions in our country are not allowed to negotiate wages, benefits etc. the only thing they are allowed to negotiate is personnel issues. I bet none of you would guess that was Jimmy Carter and a Democratic Congress that enacted these measures, because he did not want the federal government held hostage with labor strikes. I find it very hypocritical that the 14 Democratic senate members have fled the state there by denying democracy to take place. I did not mean for this to be a poitical dialogue but I am sick and tired of MNA/NNU trying to silence any voice of opposition of its members. Now the reason why I am really uset by the “NO TAKEAWAY” banner is that Childrens is now facing a second round of layoffs and quite possibly because of their mantra of No Takeways and NO Givebacks on pension, healthcare. LOA etc. during negotiations this past summer. Our hospital may not have had to lay off as many nurses if we all shared in making some concessions. But no MNA only holds administration accountable,I think MNA?NNU has just as much accountability in these staff reductions becasue of their refusal to recognize the fiscal deficits that Childrens is facing in this very uncertain economic climate that our whole country is facing.

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    • Bravo butterfly!! The teachers have a choice…either do something to help the situation or teachers will be laid off. How do the teachers at the bottom feel right now…are they out there picketing so they can get laid off??
      The reality is the “no takeaway” is going to cost some of our nurses jobs. Democracy is not working in our government or union right now.

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  22. Posted by Maria on February 28, 2011 at 3:02 pm

    Thank you John Nemo and the individual who posted a link to this blog via MNA facebook. Great thinking. Providing a direct link to ensure that like minded nurses who share a moral compass have access to the facts and the tools necessary to prevent a strike in 2013. Bravo. Keep up the good work. The activity and views here have increased accordingly.

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  23. Here is the link to an article that explains where our union dues are going. MNA/NNU has been so good to show us how much our CEO’s and physicians make so maybe it is time we see how much our union employees are making. How much college debt did these union executives have when they got done with college?? Oh that’s right some never went to college….Rose Ann Demoro was a grocery store clerk so does she deserve her almost 1/2 million dollar salary.

    http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/117290533.html

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  24. NNU is starting strikes around the country…..a one day strike today (3/4/11) in Wash, DC. Here is the link to the article. It said 150 of the 300 nurses scheduled to work did not show up…that means 150 did!!! yeah go nurses!!!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/04/AR2011030401496.html

    Here is our union at work in Bangor Maine. NNU is continuing to damage our profession across the country….they have ruined our culture in MN and will continue if we allow them.

    http://new.bangordailynews.com/2011/02/28/health/emmc-officials-nurses-meet-but-can%e2%80%99t-solve-standoff/#

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  25. Posted by dragonfly on March 4, 2011 at 12:38 pm

    Check out that blog beneath the Bangor article in response to the nurse’s (rather UNION’S) demands. I can barely find anything vaguely supporting the nurses. It is just a reflection of what is happening across our country in response to how things are changing. 5 years from now, I would guess most states will be “Right to Work” staes. “Unions are wearing out their welcome in our country” as one blogger stated.

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  26. Here is the link to an article about the cost of the strike in DC….I applaud the over 500 nurses who crossed the picket line!!

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2011/03/10/AR2011031006278.html?referrer=emailarticle

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  27. Massachusetts is facing the possibility of four hospitals going out on strike at once. St Vincent has offered to hire 15 nurses to ease the staffing and 1% raises but MNA, who is so concerned over the unsafe staffing, is holding out for higher wages. As a strike is looming Rep. Vincent A. Pedone (D) stated “It’s very hard to accomplish anything at a bargaining table when the threat of a coordinated strike effort is moving forward.” The union is once again promising to to do what is necessary to have the maximun impact on the hospitals. When will NNU quit using the excuse that they are doing this for the patients…they are doing this to prove their own power and hurting the patients to get what they want.

    http://www.telegram.com/article/20110316/NEWS/103160422/0/APA&TEMPLATE=MOBILE

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    • Posted by butterfly on March 24, 2011 at 10:46 am

      The article from the Tufts Medical Medical Center could not have said it better, this is exactly what this blog is all about. I hope that our MNA will abandon the national agenda of the NNU and return to establishing a working relationship with management at each of the respective hospitals in Minnesota in order to improve patient care delivery and help to solve the financial strain that many of our hospitals are dealing with on a daily basis, instead of continuing to drive a wedge between labor and management that is very detrimental to everyone that depends of that facility whether it be for care or employment.

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  28. The saga continues. When will the nurses see that they are being used to promote the national agenda of the NNU? The “no takebacks” of our contract last summer is now contributing to lay offs for a hospital that cannot afford to maintain in this economy. MNA/NNU has alread been telling us to prepare for an even bigger strike in 2013..does that sound like a union that is working for us or for the safety of our patients?

    http://www.bradenton.com/2011/03/28/3066355/tufts-medical-center-calls-on.html?storylink=addthis#

    http://www.sunherald.com/2011/03/29/2982379/tufts-medical-center-prepares.html?story_link=email_msg#

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  29. Posted by butterfly on April 2, 2011 at 2:33 pm

    I found this on the website http://www.onevoiceourvoice.com about the professionalism of nursing and I wanted to share it with all of you, because I feel it is important that we don’t lose our professionalism in nursing. This is a grassroots independent group pf nurses in California who formed this website in opposition to the CNA/NNU.
    Speaking Out as Professional is Important!

    “How we speak out is clearly very important, some nurses make the mistake of acting without thinking things out thoroughly. Sometimes when that happens, what they wanted to say gets lost in what they did to make their point. Sometimes these actions can be encouraged by those who are not even nurses. What do they care…They’re not responsible for patient lives. How could they possibly even understand the impact. This is a major reason we don’t believe in union activity to solve workplace problems. This is why you will never see us on a strike line. We will be where we belong and where we are needed. At the bedside caring for our patients and families. The nurses of One Voice Our Voice encourage professionalism in everything. Even when you have what you feel are legitimate problems, complaints or strong feelings to express, it is NEVER scceptable to impact patient care and safety in a negative manner to make a point. The nurses of One Voice Our Voice will never use our patients as pawns to get what we want. Not now, Not in the future, Not ever period.
    What does it mean to be professional?

    It means showing up when you are supposed to.
    It means giving excellent care at all times even if you have other things on your mind.
    It means identifying problems in a professional manner and being part of the solution
    It means being a good role model for others who are coming up behind you and watching you for leadership.
    It means facing your responsibilities even when you don’t feel like it.
    It means showing those who depend on you for their very life that you will be there… no matter what.
    It means being a nurse.. a real nurse..A professional nurse.

    This is not “pro-union” or “no union” issue. This is a Professionalism issue.

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    • Butterfly, thanks for this website. We all have a voice and do not need someone to speak for us…especially a union who does not speak the same language as we do. We are professionals!!

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  30. A couple great articles on what NNU is doing in Massachusetts…it continues to sadden me what they are doing to our profession. The first article also discussed voting…intersting read!!

    http://news.yahoo.com/s/usnw/20110411/pl_usnw/DC80892

    http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1330064

    Here is an article about the vote in Hibbing.

    http://www.startribune.com/local/119956854.html

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  31. Posted by Dragonfly on April 15, 2011 at 6:05 pm

    Both of the above articles are on the mark.As I said with our own election and the practice of how votes are counted, “Those who cast the votes determine NOTHING, Those who count the votes determine EVERYTHING”. -Josef Stalin-
    Also, sounds like they are doing business “in the middle of the night” to pull off their agenda. Think about how NNU got voted in here in Minn.–not by membership!!! And our annual meeting is held in Duluth when the majority of our members are in the Twin Cities. Couldn’t be they want to make it difficult for members to attend and see what the heck they are trying to do to our good profession could it?
    As for staffing ratios, their administrator is right on–this is all about INCREASING MEMBERSHIP not patient safety! I keep trying to see their point of view but I cannot get my head up my a*# that far! Wake up nurses and see the light!!!

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  32. Things are getting nasty in Boston….somehow this union needs to be stopped as they are continuing to destroy our profession.

    http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1330917

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  33. The union was hadning out information to patients and visitors…not right!

    http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2011/04/18/hospital-nurses-postpone-strike-vote.html?surround=etf&ana=e_article

    Lay offs once again plague our hospitals while the NNU continues to cost them millions of dollars…and us hundreds/thousands of jobs.

    http://www.bizjournals.com/washington/news/2011/04/18/layoffs-coming-at-washington-hospital.html?surround=eft&ana=e_article

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  34. Look what this union is doing! How can nurses continue to support this behavior?? How can professional nurses do this to our patients?

    http://thehealthcaremarketer.wordpress.com/2011/04/13/what-happens-when-nurses-strike/

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  35. Posted by Dragonfly on April 23, 2011 at 8:48 pm

    Nurse’s strikes continue to roll across our nation leaving our patients at risk. The hostages of these strikes are our patients! How can nurses do this to the people of our communities? On the blogroll, there is an article titled “Do Strikes Kill?”. It was compiled by the Nat’l Bureau of Economic Research from data collected from 1984-2004 in New York (NY had a history of the most nurses’ strikes). This study was just released March of 2010. The results revealed nurses’ strikes increase in-hospital mortality by 19.4% !! That is SIGNIFICANT…please think twice before you walk out on your patients. How would you feel if your family member was hospitalized during a nurse’s strike? We are not assembly line workers fellow nurses, we care for living human beings…we should NEVER ABANDON our patients to put our needs above their needs. The price is too high.

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    • Posted by Maria on April 27, 2011 at 4:54 pm

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4X_qcA2-CRg Gee, why does this story sound familiar. The union, under the direction of NNU, will stop at nothing to intimidate nurses who refuse to abandon their patients. Hibbing nurses….follow your conscience and protect your patients. The strike the union is calling for is just a ploy to strong arm management and increase union members and as a result increase union money. Crossing the picket line is a gut wrenching decision, but it is not the end of the world. I chose to protect my patients here in Mpls during the one day strike and while things were initially difficult at work, presently, my fellow co workers are treating me with the same respect they did prior to the strike. We will support those nurses who will not strike and your patients and the public at large will applaud your integrity.

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  36. This article has some interesting comments….the public can see what this union is doing to our profession I wish more nurses would see the light.

    http://www.berkshireeagle.com/ci_17954383

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  37. Posted by Dragonfly on May 3, 2011 at 11:13 pm

    The comments on the site in regard to the latest article listed above speaks volumes. Everyone is wise to the staffing ratio issue. NNU is not concerned about our patient’s safety. NNU is concerned about lining its own pockets through growing membership. Pray for “right to work” in every state across the US to stop unions from extorting money from thsoe who want no part of their tactics. Nurses know what is best for nurses and their patients not teamsters!

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    • Posted by Hummingbird on May 4, 2011 at 2:37 pm

      I agree, Dragonfly, the president of a nurses union should be a nurse not a Teamster like Rose Demoro. Demoro doesn’t care about Minnesota nurses or the welfare of Minnesota’s citizens. All she wants is our dues.

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  38. Another strike in Oakland, CA.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2011/05/04/BAA41J7VJU.DTL

    This is a quote from a comment on the voting: “can speak personally that there are a lot of nurses that work there that aren’t happy with the union and would rather not strike.

    As they’ve been in negotiation, the union hasn’t taken any dues from the nurses paychecks in many months. Then the nurses received notice that they owe back dues, in some cases 800-900 dollars. Many nurses weren’t able to pay that so they didn’t get to vote on whether to strike or not. The ones who did pay are the hardcore union types, and of *course* they voted for the strike…”

    The nurses are returning to work in Oakland, CA after another strike.

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article/article?f=/c/a/2011/05/09/BAAO1JCVNR.DTL

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  39. Posted by Anon on August 5, 2011 at 1:09 pm

    NNU President Rose Demoro speaking in June at organized labor’s “Make Wall Street Pay” rally in New York City:

    http://tinyurl.com/3tuuyz6

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