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National Nurse Magazine June 2012

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12 18 Contents 4 News Briefs SEIU local teams up with hospitals to attack ratios 5 | Baystate RNs win victories, go back to bargaining table 6 | Minnesota Nurses Association adopts Member Action Team model 7 | Sutter RNs strike fourth and fifth time 8 | Kansas City RNs win first contract; RNs at two St. Louis hospitals win unionizing elections 9 | Michigan RNs key to vote on protecting collective bargaining; 10 | Two CNA RNs appointed to California Board of Registered Nursing; NNU leaders take inspiration from Haiti relief project; RNs help launch campaign to pass Robin Hood Tax on Wall Street; NNU-VA nurses settle their contract, fight mandatory overtime, and receive training on bargaining rights 11 Ratios at Risk 12 6 18 Still SiCKO Five years after release of the seminal documentary, the film���s subjects reunite to discuss how little has changed. By Donna Smith Next Steps JUNE 2012 The hospital industry is finding lackeys in labor to attack California���s safe staffing ratios. By RoseAnn DeMoro Registered nurse volunteers with the Medicare for all bus at its June 26 stop in Modesto, Calif. RNs gave free health screenings and then hosted a town hall meeting on Obamacare���s shortcomings and the benefits of Medicare for all. Photo by Erin FitzGerald. ON THE COVER: Are you wondering what the U.S. Supreme Court decision on the Affordable Care Act means for patients? Learn what the law does and doesn���t do, and how improving and expanding Medicare for all is the only solution that works. By Charles Idelson W W W. N A T I O N A L N U R S E S U N I T E D . O R G N AT I O N A L N U R S E 3

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