The sense of doom that motivated an estimated 310,000 people to converge on the Upper West Side of New York City for the People's Climate March did not dampen their hope and optimism for a vision of a green future.
The AFT, which represents 112,000 nurses and other healthcare workers and is the second-largest nurse union in the nation, approved resolutions calling for safe staffing levels and efforts to reshape the healthcare industry to put patients before corporate profits.
A new report from In the Public Interest looks at what happens to communities, and to the quality of life of the workers who provide important public services, when those services are outsourced to for-profit and other private entities.
Milwaukee, WI--Nurses who work at the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health complex will hold a press conference Wednesday afternoon, May 21st, at the Milwaukee County Courthouse to call upon County Executive Chris Abele to take immediate action to fill the dozens of nurse vacancies in the Behavioral Health Department (BHD). The direct care nurses will describe the growing staffing crisis which is putting both patients and staff at risk. They will present a list of immediate actions that could be taken to correct the staffing crisis.
The AFT, in partnership with the Albert Shanker Institute and the AFT Innovation Fund, is accepting applications for the second annual $25,000 Prize for Solution-Driven Unionism, which honors the most innovative, inspiring examples of collaborative work by our state and local affiliates.
In a recent editorial, former County Supervisor Lynne De Bruin, stated support of newly introduced legislation that would dramatically change control of mental health services in Milwaukee County. While I share her frustration on challenges to create a quality community based system of care, the solution she supports is not only wrong, but her rationale is flawed. I served on many of the same committees as she did and worked closely with the transitions of the same County programs and services and have a very different view.
The AFT is urging healthcare members to ask their members of Congress to support an important piece of legislation from U.S. Rep. Jim McDermott (D-Wash.) that would protect the rights of advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs) to meet their patients' needs.
Registered nurses at Northside Medical Center in Youngstown, Ohio, have approved a new collective bargaining agreement that preserves their right to speak out on behalf of patients and professional standards.