National Nurses United

National Nurse magazine July-August-September 2020

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4 News Briefs North Carolina RNs win historic union vote 5 | NNU Executive Director Bonnie Castillo, RN named to TIME100 6 | Alameda and San Joaquin County nurses strike for five days 7 | Essentia nurses in Minnesota win new contract; HCA nurses demand OSHA sanctions 8 | Historic first contracts for Tucson nurses 9 | Three CNA-sponsored bills signed into law 10 | John Muir nurses in Concord win new contract; Torrance nurses celebrate new agreement; Queen of the Valley RNs secure new contract; St. Mary nurses ratify new contract; and Humboldt County RNs applaud new agreement. 11 Right Side of History Nurses spoke truth to power in 2020 and saved lives. By Bonnie Castillo, RN 12 The Real Long Haulers For nurses, whose lives are dominated and threatened by government and employer prioritization of profits during Covid-19, it's a never- ending battle they can only win by standing together. By Lucia Hwang 20 Hands Off! Nurses successfully fight back pandemic plays to circumvent safe staffing ratios. By Chuleenan Svetvilas 22 Dearly Departed Nurses bear a new kind of burden when Covid-19 patients die. By Kari Jones 24 An Unconventional Gathering The 2020 CNA/NNOC convention was virtual, but the solidarity was real. By Kari Jones 28 Taking Action Thousands of nurses across the country held more than 200 protests Aug. 5. 32 In Memoriam Honoring our NNU members who died on the front lines of Covid-19. Contents J U LY | A U G U S T | S E P T E M B E R 2 0 2 0 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 A T I O N A L N U R S E 3 ON THE COVER: Nurses at Kaiser Permanente Medical Center South San Francisco rally Aug. 5 to prioritize saving patient lives over profits dur- ing Covid-19 and beyond. Photo: Gus Feldman 12 20 4

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