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klbackus has 13 years experience and specializes in Health Policy, Cardiac Intensive Care.

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  1. according to the press release from the hospital: for months, the cna has been mounting campaigns to persuade seiu nurses to decertify their union in hospitals in states including california, ohio, and nevada. in march, the cna sabotaged a three-year effort to win a fair process for 8,300 nurses and other workers at catholic healthcare partners (chp) hospitals in ohio to freely choose whether to form a union with seiu. just six days before chp workers were set to vote, cna organizers came to ohio to launch a vicious "vote no" campaign that ended in the cancellation of elections. maybe they should have been focusing their efforts on their own nurse members rather than wasting their dues dollars to sabotage other nurses. for more information, visit www.shameoncna.com.
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    INCREDIBLE CNA/NNOC victory in Houston.

    This week registered nurses at Scripps Memorial Hospital Encinitas voted out the CNA as their union in an election. The decision by Scripps nurses to eject the CNA follows contract negotiations that didn't result in real improvements for nurses or patient care. In her post on another thread, Sherwood said: This is the second attempt made by Scripps nurses to hold the CNA accountable for improving conditions for nurses at their hospital. For months, the CNA has been mounting campaigns to persuade SEIU nurses to decertify their union in hospitals in states including California, Ohio, and Nevada. In March, the CNA sabotaged a three-year effort to win a fair process for 8,300 nurses and other workers at Catholic Healthcare Partners (CHP) hospitals in Ohio to freely choose whether to form a union with SEIU. Just six days before CHP workers were set to vote, CNA organizers came to Ohio to launch a vicious "vote no" campaign that ended in the cancellation of elections. Maybe they should have been focusing their efforts on their own nurse members rather than wasting their dues dollars to sabotage other nurses. For more information, visit www.shameoncna.com.
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    SEIU vs. CNA this week at my hospital

    there's been a lot of back and forth about what actually transpired at the labor notes conference in dearborn, michigan. i wasn't there, but registered nurse dian palmer, president of seiu healthcare wisconsin, was. in this video, she describes what happened at the nonviolent protest and calls on afl-cio president john sweeney to retract the hasty statement he released last week that accepted cna's inaccurate depiction of events. in this unedited video footage, part 1 and part 2, you see that it wasn't a bunch of "thugs" but mostly female seiu members and their families in a brief action. the interaction was spirited, like most labor union protests, and there were some heated exchanges by a few participants on both sides. but the raw video shows that the cna's claims of orchestrated violence just aren't true. a video by the labor video project also tells a different story--not just about the labor notes protest, but also about the union elections in ohio. the video features an interview with susan horne, a registered nurse with chp in cincinnati, who responds to questions from an angry conference participant concerning the protest.
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    Labor Leader Silent on Union-Busting in Ohio Hospitals

    Not according to the Houston Chronicle, "Union is wary of its new rival on the scene / An area leader says California Nurses group is `raiding' her local".
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    Labor Leader Silent on Union-Busting in Ohio Hospitals

    There's still more legal action against CNA pending, including an anti-SLAPP (which stands for strategic lawsuit against public participation) motion claiming that CNA sought the restraining order to silence free speech. See: http://www.ibabuzz.com/politics/2008/04/22/cnas-tro-against-seiu-tossed-by-court/
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    SEIU vs. CNA this week at my hospital

    A California Superior court threw out the temporary restraining order today, dismissing it as another one of CNA's publicity stunts. See http://www.shameoncna.com/.
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    SEIU vs. CNA this week at my hospital

    yeah, this nurse and respiratory therapist are real bullies. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngw2qjtgw4i they were just asking the cna leaders why their organization interfered in the union election of 8,000 healthcare employees in ohio.
  8. Maybe if CNA spent less time trying to interfere in union elections of 8,000 hospital employees in Ohio or attempting to decertify nurses represented by other unions across the country they could focus on California RNs.
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    CNA's Union-Busting in Ohio-An Open Letter

    My heart goes out to Linda and the other RNs at Catholic Health Partners who have had their dreams shattered by CNA--a so-call patient advocacy organization and so-called union. My nursing career has been dedicated to advancing nurses' voices in our hospitals, our communities, our state legislatures and in Congress. I've chosen to work with the Service Employees Internation Union (SEIU) because it is the best organization to advocate for professional nurses in all of these areas. The California Nurses Association (CNA) stooped to an all-time low when it interfered in a democratic election whereby 8,000 nurses and other hospital employees could choose whether or not they wanted to form a union with SEIU. Now, those caregivers are left without a voice--not SEIU, not CNA. This is just another ill-spirited maneuver that threatens our patients and our profession. Time and time again, CNA has used whatever means necessary, including lies, threats, and intimidation, to prevent healthcare employees from uniting in SEIU--these are not virtues that our profession stands for. And these tactics aren't isolated to one state, much less the state of California where 100,000 RNs are without a union. I've seen it in St. Louis, Chicago, Reno, Las Vegas, Memphis and more. Even hospital union-busting consultants don't go this low.
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    SEIU Vote at Ohio Catholic Healthcare Partners

    My nursing career has been dedicated to advancing nurses' voices in our hospitals, our communities, our state legislatures and in Congress. I've chosen to work with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) because it is the best organization to advocate for professional nurses in all of these areas. The California Nurses Association (CNA) stooped to an all-time low when it interfered in a democratic election whereby 8,000 nurses and other hospital employees could choose whether or not they wanted to form a union with SEIU. Now, those caregivers are left without a voice--not SEIU, not CNA. This is just another ill-spirited maneuver that threatens our patients and profession. Time and time again, CNA has used whatever union-busting means necessary, including lies, threats, and intimidation, to prevent healthcare employees from uniting in SEIU--these are not virtues that our profession stands for. And these tactics aren't isolated to one state, much less the state of California where 100,000 RNs are without a union. I've seen it in St. Louis, Chicago, Reno, Las Vegas, Memphis and more. My heart goes out to the RNs at Catholic Healthcare Partners and other hospitals who have had their dreams shattered by CNA--a so-called patient advocacy organization and so-called union.