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NFN to Wisconsin Lawmakers: STOP Anti-Union Legislation That Puts Patients’ Lives in Jeopardy

For the safety of nurses and their patients, National Federation of Nurses (NFN) traveled to Madison, Wisconsin, pleading with lawmakers to defeat legislation that would strip public employees of their right to collectively bargain for fair and equitable workplace conditions.

Watch a powerful video clip of NFN president Barbara Crane, RN, speech to thousands gathered in Wisconsin’s Capitol.

“This is a matter of life or death. If nurses cannot come together for safe equipment and working conditions, than we’re not only talking about nurses leaving the job and adding to the current shortage, we’re talking about patients’ lives at risk,” said Barbara Crane, RN, president of NFN.

Collectively bargaining allows nurses to advocate for protections that directly affect patient safety and care. This includes making sure nurses aren’t assigned to too many patients at once or forced to work long, overtime hours that lead to burnt out and make them unable to effectively do their jobs.

Similar legislation is being discussed in Ohio. NFN member, the Ohio Nurses Association, says one-third of its membership would be directly affected. It would also indirectly affect all nurses who have benefited from the workplace standards created by nurses represented under collective bargaining agreements in the state.

To protect nurses and patients there, the Ohio Nurses Association has organized rallies at the state Capitol. Find out how you can get involved.

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