Nurses Push for National Standard to Prevent Workplace Violence

National Nurses United Co-Presidents Jean Ross, Karen Higgins, Deborah Burger.

By Doug Cunningham

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National Nurses United (NNU) wants OSHA to promptly pass regulations to prevent violence in the delivery of healthcare.

The union registered nurses testified at Occupational Safety and Health Administration hearings on a national standard to prevent workplace violence in healthcare settings Tuesday in Washington.

NNU Co-President Jean Ross says violence has been a problem for far too long in various healthcare settings and a national standard is needed to help prevent it.

“What you need is a standard that’s agreed upon. And that would include adequate levels of staffing. It would include training. The right kind of training. In other words, don’t tell me to go look on a computer site. It has to be hands on with the ability for interaction between the instructor and the people taking the classes. It needs to be clearly understood that you have to have a plan in place to prevent—to prevent—these injuries and deaths.”

Two-Thirds of Surveyed Workers at Labor Secretary Nominee’s Company Report Sexual Harassment

Workers employed by the CKE Restaurants—the company ran by Labor Secretary-nominee Andrew Puzder—report high rates of wage and hour violations and sexual harassment.

That’s according to a survey of CKE employees done by Restaurant Opportunities Centers United (ROC United). Hundreds of workers were surveyed using social media.

Two thirds of the women workers at CKE surveyed by ROC United reported sexual harassment at work. According to Puzder’s employees the nominee to head the Labor Department runs a business that routinely violates labor law and subjects women workers to sexual harassment.