nysna

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Dear Sisters and Brothers:

At 7:30 am on January 3, the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA) will go on strike against St. Luke’s-Roosevelt Hospital, unless an agreement has been reached by then. Attached, please find the formal announcement of the impending strike from NYSNA.

The Labor Outreach Committee (LOC) of Occupy Wall Street is appealing
for your support for the nurses. Their struggle embodies many of the
core issues motivating the Occupy movement. They are up against
hospital CEOs who make millions in salaries, yet demand givebacks in
healthcare at a time when, like the rest of the 99%, nurses are
struggling with soaring living expenses.

In standing up for access to healthcare they are also standing up for
the 99%, who confront dwindling access to coverage at a time when
for-profit hospital corporations are making huge profits and
government healthcare programs are being savagely slashed.

The nurses embody the OWS spirit in another important respect: NYSNA
has a newly-elected, activist leadership, able to breathe into union
activities just the kind of new fire and willingness to fight that has made the Occupy movement a pole of attraction.

Finally, your support for the nurses at St. Luke’s-Roosevelt is
crucial because contracts are also being negotiated at Montefiore and
Mt. Sinai Hospitals. The greater the support mobilized prior to the
January 3rd deadline, the more likely it will be that management at
those other hospitals will also yield to the nurses’ just demands.

If there is a strike, picketing will begin at 7:30 am at St. Luke’s at 112th St. and Amsterdam Avenue, and at Roosevelt, on10th avenue
between 58th and 59th St.

We hope that your union or other organization will be present to
support the nurses from the strike’s beginning, and that you will be
able to mobilize your members  to join the NYSNA picket lines on a
regular schedule, for as long as the strike lasts.

We also request that you issue a public statement of support for
NYSNA. Please forward to:
Jackie DiSalvo <jdisalvo@nyc.rr.com>
Andrew Pollack <acpollack2@juno.com>
Johanna Villanueva <johanna.villanueva@NYSNA.org>


In solidarity,
OWS LOC

Fibromyalgia

I recently posted this to a discussion going on VIA stuffsickpeoplehavetoputupwith, and I thought it would be good to let it stand alone.  Basically, it’s in response to the confusion in regards to Fibromyalgia controversy. 

I’d like to add to the discussion regarding Fibromyalgia. Anyone suggesting that it’s “not real” or “fake” is either misinformed or using their words incorrectly. Those terms suggest that Fibro is a pretend diagnosis of something that’s either in someone’s head or an exaggeration. And this is far from truth.
There is a more educated and valid argument going on, however, suggesting that while Fibromyalgia is a *real* diagnosis, it is an *incomplete* one. This comes from the fact that patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia are only diagnosed after a doctor has failed to test them positive for anything else. The reason for doing this, as my mother (RN and former President of NYSNA) suggests is that prescribing proper pain regulators to patients with a diagnosed illness makes it easier to cover over insurance purposes (or, at least it used to.)
Also, Fibro patients are often later found to have an illness that was either not originally tested, newly discovered, or in a case where symptoms are vague and irregular (pretty much any chronic illness, like, ever.)
Fibromyalgia patients are not making it up, they are not exaggerating their pain, and they are not being given a fake diagnosis just to shut them up, or whatever people might like to argue. Their pain is real, and their diagnosis is real, just incomplete.
Look at how much we discover in Chronic Illness every day. I’m betting in a nearby future we’ll start to get clearer, crisper definitions of Fibromyalgia.

Also, I need to add that my bit about NYSNA is not to suggest that I’m an authority on the subject, but more so to make sure you know I have SOME knowledge of what I’m saying, I didn’t just pull it out of thin air lol

NYSNA lobby day 2015. It was amazing to be surrounded by so many nurses and fighting for a cause together in unity, Safe Staffing!! We met with an assembly man and educated him on the realities of current staffing issues and the negative consequences it causes. This bill which was already passed in California has shown significant improvements in all areas, including cutting financial costs of hospitals, increasing patient and nurse satisfaction, and better patient outcomes! Together we stand united, Safe Staffing Saves Lives!

 … ADAPT and NYSNA have reached an agreement on the necessary budget language, however NYSNA must ensure the Assembly supports this change in the final budget agreement.

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god i hope this signals a positive development; there is absolutely no reason why nurses and people with disabilities should be on opposite sides of the fight for affordable, extensive health care for all. indeed, ADAPT was originally co-founded by a health care professional who had been working in a nursing home at the time! the history and potential certainly exists for a powerful coalition to come together to fight against the giant health care corporations, insurance profiteers, and politician-bureaucrats who invariably place greed and profit over human need.