Worker’s Correspondence: Covid Nurse Expresses Need to Organize

By Henry Underwood A nurse who works in a Covid-19 ward at Dell Seton Medical Center in Austin recently spoke with Tribune about high patient-to-nurse ratios, under-staffing, and the necessity to organize for better pay and working conditions. “When the pandemic first started, we begged for specialty pay or hazard pay. … They refused. They all said no,” she told Tribune. Despite a sharp increase … Continue reading Worker’s Correspondence: Covid Nurse Expresses Need to Organize

California: Healthcare Worker Strike Cancelled, Hospitals Agree to Covid Provisions

Photo credit: Al Seib/Los Angeles Times By Serran Soledad In the wake of a 10 day strike-notice issued on December 14 by nurses and healthcare workers across three southern California Hospital Corporation of America (HCA) hospitals, the SEIU 121 RN union representing them has come to an agreement with the hospitals, averting the strike set to begin on Christmas Eve, in exchange for the hospitals … Continue reading California: Healthcare Worker Strike Cancelled, Hospitals Agree to Covid Provisions

40% of COVID-19 Pandemic Deaths in the US Occur In Nursing Homes

By Peter Cherry Based on data gathered by the New York Times, at least 40% of all Coronavirus related deaths in the US have been at nursing homes, targeting the elderly population as well as the low-wage workers who service the facilities. At least 54,000 of the over 125,500 confirmed Coronavirus deaths in the U.S. are residents or workers at these facilities that serve seniors, … Continue reading 40% of COVID-19 Pandemic Deaths in the US Occur In Nursing Homes

New York: Nurses Rally Outside Hospital Demanding Personal Protective Equipment

Cover Image: Striking Nurses at Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, NY By Nélida Tello Frontline nurses and community members rallied outside of the Jacobi Medical Center in Bronx, New York on Saturday, demanding appropriate and sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) in the midst of the COVID-19 outbreak. The outbreak has further overwhelmed an already ill-equipped and insufficient healthcare system where working conditions have only worsened, … Continue reading New York: Nurses Rally Outside Hospital Demanding Personal Protective Equipment