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Today's digest of headlines about nursing, labor and health care.  
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GREAT job by MNA President Linda Hamilton - her Letter to the Editor responding to the latest Adverse Events report was featured in today's Star Tribune!
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Hilarious and sad at the same time!
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In light of today's announcement of a new bill in the Minnesota Legislature that would make neglecting a vulnerable adult a more serious crime, the Minnesota Nurses Association issued the following statement:

"As nurses, nothing is more important to us than ensuring our patients – especially the most vulnerable – are protected and given the best care and treatment possible. We applaud the idea of protecting vulnerable adults, which is why nurses have been at the forefront of the movement to highlight the need for adequate staffing inside our hospitals, nursing homes, and other care facilities.

While every caregiver – including nurses – is and should be held accountable for the quality of his or her own care, it is important we don’t lose sight of the bigger issue here: The chronic and systemic understaffing of our hospitals, nursing homes and other facilities where care is delivered. However, if the individual caregiver does not have the ability to increase staffing when necessary, patients will remain vulnerable.

Study after study has shown the direct connection between unsafe staffing levels and adverse events for the patients entrusted to our care. And while we expect personal responsibility and accountability for caregivers of all stripes, our lawmakers should also demand the same type of accountability from the health care facilities and their managers who have the ability to ensure safe staffing.

No patient – especially our most vulnerable adults and children – should ever be neglected and suffer without need. And while there are indeed instances of caregivers failing to do their job properly, there are also countless cases of patients suffering needlessly due to unsafe staffing levels inside our hospitals and nursing homes.

We hope that the issue of unsafe staffing levels will be addressed with the same fervor by state legislators as today’s announcement.

Formed in 1905, the Minnesota Nurses Association represents more than 20,000 nurses in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Iowa. MNA is also a founding member of National Nurses United (NNU), which represents more than 170,000 RNs across the United States."
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More evidence continues to come out in support of the visionary plan championed by +National Nurses United and others to Tax Wall Street! #Labor #Unions
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Congrats are in order! MNA President Linda Hamilton won the "Labor Leader of the Year" award from the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, last night. Way to go, Linda! #Labor #Unions #Nurses
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Please support our Union brothers and sisters in St. Paul either online or in person if you can!

UNITE HERE Local 17 has been in contract negotiations with The Saint Paul Hotel since November 2011. The Hotel has hired a Union busting attorney, John Hauge, and is proposing to take away daily overtime, have workers contribute to their Health Insurance, and impose a 2 tiered wage system, reducing wages by as much as $5.00 per hour, undercutting ALL other Hotel contracts in the Twin Cities Area and lowering the standards of the Hospitality Industry. This is the same Hotel that once wanted to “pay the highest wages and attract the best workers”. The Saint Paul Hotel is a 4 Diamond property and was recently named as the best Hotel in Minnesota. We think they should be able to meet or exceed what all the other Employers agreed to.

Please call or email the management and tell them to “stop disrespecting the workers and hurting the community by turning living wage jobs into low wage jobs”.

David Miller@ 651-228-3801 dmiller@saintpaulhotel.com
Bill Morrissey @651-332-7665 bmorrissey@morrisseyhospitality.com

Event: PLEASE JOIN THE MEMBERS OF UNITE HERE LOCAL 17 IN FRONT OF THE SAINT PAUL HOTEL at NOON on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 16th.
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Wow: Pressure ulcers up more than 19 percent - something that studies have shown is the type of situation that can be improved with adequate staffing! :( #Nurses #Union #hospital
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Fun invite from the St. Paul Regional Labor Federation:

The Winter Carnival is almost here… Come march with us in the King Boreas Grande Day Parade!

We will be gathering at the Labor and Professional Centre in the Main Labor Hall at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday January 28, 2012. We will leave together to line up for the parade which begins at 2:00 p.m.

Our marching unit is co-sponsored by the Saint Paul Regional Labor Federation’s
AFL-CIO Community Services program and Greater Twin Cities United Way.

If you would like to participate, please call Kelsey Eide at (651) 222-3787 ext. 20
or email keide@stpaulunions.org.

Union members and their family and friends are encouraged to participate in this fun community event. Marchers should plan to wear their local union jackets or uniforms if available and carry their local union banners.

We are looking for volunteers to carry signs that proudly proclaim, “Unions and United Way, Partners Serving our Community.” After the parade we will have our annual warm-up party at the Labor Hall. There will be good food and fun for the whole family!
(cc +Minnesota AFL-CIO) #Unions #Labor
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This is why #Nurses are the most amazing people around! Unbelievable.
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An important Editorial by The New York Times calling "Right to Work" efforts what they are - "Shameful."
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So proud of our Nurses! Standing up and speaking out with courage and conviction on behalf of their patients and their profession!
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Formed in 1905, the Minnesota Nurses Association represents more than 20,000 RNs in Minnesota, Iowa and Wisconsin. We love our patients and our profession, and take pride in doing all we can to protect and improve both!