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SEIU Nurse Lockout

 

Taylor has the details :

Late this afternoon, SEIU filed charges with the National Labor Relations Board on behalf of their nurses at Desert Spring and Valley Hospitals.

Take a listen to Chris Moore. You'll hear the passion in his voice. These Valley Hospital nurses want what's best for their patients. It's not about money. It's about caring for sick people.

Universal Health Services seems to want to spread nurses out so they don't have to hire the nurses needed to properly staff their hospitals. UHS also wants to be able to force overtime, as well as float nurses to areas where they have little or no expertise.

You can hear Taylor's podcasts with Chris Moore here and here.

Building bridges between progressive netroots and labor is a very powerful thing, so please show them we can show up for them and sign the petition here to tell UHF to adopt safe staffing levels.

Extra bonus:  it will scare the crap out of DC establishment types to think the netroots are working together with labor.  S'true. 

Update:  Stoller concurs:

A genuine alliance alliance between labor and the netroots should be a terrifying prospect to reactionary insiders, because labor brings scale and resources and we bring innovation and speed.  I'm not sure what such an alliance would look like, but I'm curious to watch over the next few years. 

This is very much something we would like to be a part of. 

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Jane Hamsher

Jane Hamsher

Jane is the founder of Firedoglake.com. Her work has also appeared on the Huffington Post, Alternet and The American Prospect. She’s the author of the best selling book Killer Instinct and has produced such films Natural Born Killers and Permanent Midnight. She lives in Washington DC.
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