Editor’s note: A month into their strike, 5,000 nurses at five Twin Cities hospitals are holding strong. A majority voted on October 3 to reject the Allina hospital chain’s latest contract proposal.

For too long, health care workers have suffered from the assumption that workplace violence is just part of the job. But that’s finally changing—and union nurses are playing a key role in propelling the change forward.

In a weeklong strike, 5,000 Minnesota nurses are defending a health plan that's an oasis of decency—and battling the hospital chain's cost-cutting scheme to hand over staffing decisions to a robot.

Affiliation between the American Federation of Teachers and the National Federation of Nurses provides much-needed stability for the NFN—and raises questions about its ambitions.

Two of U.S. labor’s biggest recent strikes against concessions were conducted by the California Nurses Association and the National Union of Healthcare Workers. Their target each time was Kaiser Permanente, the giant California health care chain that has made $6 billion in profits since 2009 but still wants job cuts and givebacks.

When Chicago’s “Mayor 1%” Rahm Emanuel threatened to derail the National Nurses United rally this Friday, NNU didn’t back down. Chicago nurse Martese Chism tells why.

Nurses sang sour carols today to the private equity firm they say is starving Massachusetts hospitals and pitting workers against each other. Steward hospitals, owned by Cerberus Capital, is squeezing hard.

A visceral example of the disconnect between the 99% and the 1% has been the Sotheby's lock-out in New York, where Teamsters and occupiers are rallying together. It's a powerful one-two punch.

Reformers inside the New York State Nurses Association are one step closer to taking power in the 37,000-member union after a federal judge ordered the outgoing leaders to seat the winners of an August election.

Job growth is zero, but Congress is fixated on deficits, with a bad case of austerity fever. Now labor leaders are making noises about turning their backs on Democrats.


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