“Check out ‘Where Did the OUR Walmart Campaign Go Wrong?’ from In These Times,” suggests OPEIU Local 2’s Bruce Wolf. “This is a good analysis of the Walmart campaign. How can a large entity like Walmart, a truly global economic power, be matched by one union alone? Anyway, we all support the fight but we should also be discussing how better to build strategies and tactics to win.”
"He who puts out his hand to stop the wheel of history will have his fingers crushed."
Registered nurses earlier this month urged the District of Columbia Council’s Committee on Health and Human Services to promptly pass legislation to ensure that hospitals create plans and take necessary action to protect patients, health care workers, and others from violence in hospitals. “A nurse colleague and I were attacked by two family members of a patient on an evening in late 2012,” Elaine Sherman, a registered nurse at the DC VA Medical Center and a member of National Nurses United, told the committee. Hannah Roy, an NNU registered nurse at MedStar Washington Hospital Center, testified that, according to Occupational Safety and Health Administration records, between 2012 and 2014, staff members at her hospital were victims of violence on the job “an average of twenty-three times per year—in other words, at a rate of almost twice a month. This is unacceptable.” Elissa Curry, a registered nurse at Providence Hospital and a member of NNU, added that “My hospital needs to strengthen its health and safety plan, particularly with respect to risks of violence against staff and we have urged management to do so, but this issue goes beyond individual hospitals.” The DC Nurses Association also testified in support of the bill. Click here to read more. photo: (l-r): Sherman, Curry and Roy testify
Faithful labor history reader – and former OSHA staffer -- Camille Villanova says the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) took effect on April 28, 1971, not 12/20 (12/18 UC). She adds that President Nixon signed it into law on December 29, 1970.
Quite right; our apologies for the error, which has now been corrected.