Healthwire: Summer 2015

  • A new partnership in Alaska

    Alaska nurses endorse national union affiliation with AFT

    THE ALASKA NURSES Association (AaNA) Labor Program has agreed to affiliate with the American Federation of Teachers Nurses and Health Professionals. The announcement was made jointly by AaNA Labor Council Chair Donna Phillips in Anchorage and AFT President Randi Weingarten in Washington, D.C....

  • Where We Stand

    Building our power by standing together Randi Weingarten, AFT President

    SCHOOL NURSES IN MARYLAND. Third-generation nurses in Ohio. X-ray technicians in Wisconsin. Our members are proud of what they do. Across the country, AFT Nurses and Health Professionals members are building on that pride to strengthen our union from the inside out, while fighting for the...

  • Strength in Numbers

    To bolster union strength, we must harness the power of our members. Adrienne Coles

    The unionized workforce has been under constant attack for years by anti-union forces determined to tear down our infrastructure. To reinforce our infrastructure and increase our muscle, we must tap into the power of our members.

    One way to do this is through member...

  • Election 2016

    As we approach the 2016 presidential election, working families want to know about the issues at stake and where the candidates stand.

    We’ve put together information on leading declared and potential candidates and their positions on issues critical to AFT members and the communities they...

  • Safe staffing measures introduced

    Proposed legislation gives nurses support to improve patient care and safety.

    DURING NATIONAL NURSES WEEK this May (6-12), members from AFT Nurses and Health Professionals traveled to Washington, D.C., to lobby for federal staffing legislation that would improve the quality of care and patient safety.

    The National Nursing Shortage Reform and Patient Advocacy Act was...

  • The campaign for a national nurse

    Role would increase the visibility of nurses

    THE CREATION OF a national nurse for public health would give recognition to the important role nurses play in the healthcare system and provide a platform for greater education on the importance of preventive care, proper treatment of chronic illnesses and the need for emergency preparedness....

  • In Wisconsin, pension repayment demand is overturned

    Victory ‘speaks to the power a strong union’

    LAST YEAR, HELEN SCHMIDT received a shocking letter from Milwaukee (Wis.) County, her former employer. The letter stated that the pension board of the Milwaukee County Employees’ Retirement System made a mistake regarding employee pensions, and it wanted its money back.

    “I was totally...

  • After Ebola

    One major lesson learned: Ongoing training is important Amanda Spake

    NINA PHAM was the first nurse at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas intensive care unit assigned to treat Thomas Eric Duncan, a traveler from Liberia, who became the first person diagnosed with Ebola in the U.S.

    According to a lawsuit filed in March by Pham against the hospital...

  • In the news

    WE RISE!
    In April, the AFL-CIO launched “We Rise!” a national immigration initiative to reach, mobilize and organize immigrant workers to build power on the job and in the community. We Rise will train union members and equip union halls around the...