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Bipartisan bill would repeal tax on healthcare benefits

"As a union that strongly supports the Affordable Care Act and regularly negotiates contracts that cover healthcare and other benefits, we are encouraged by today's announcement of a bipartisan bill in the Senate to repeal the law's 40 percent excise tax," AFT President Randi Weingarten says.

AFT builds sepsis awareness

September is Sepsis Awareness Month, and as part of a campaign to educate people about the condition, the Rory Staunton Foundation held its second annual National Forum in Washington, D.C. The AFT is part of the awareness effort.

On Labor Day, we honor all of our members

Our union is our members, and on this Labor Day weekend, I couldn't be prouder of the 1.6 million hardworking nurses, teachers, paraprofessionals, higher education faculty and public employees who work day in and day out to teach our kids, keep our families healthy and improve our communities, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.

Court decision threatens America's working families

The leaders of five major unions issued a statement expressing their disappointment with the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case, Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, that challenges fees non-union members pay.

To improve patient care, nurses need to tell their stories

Suzanne Gordon believes that healthcare unions save lives. She became convinced of this during a recent hospital stay. Gordon recounted that experience to attendees at the AFT Nurses and Health Professionals Issues Conference and National Federation of Nurses Annual Labor Academy, held in Chicago, May 20-22. “As nurses and health professionals, your job is to keep patients safe.

Tamie Tlustos-Arnold, RN

• Registered nurse with over 17 years of experience
• Began working for Kaiser in January of 2012
• Pediatric Case Manager at Rockwood working with Obese & Overweight patients and families
• UBT Co-Lead for Complex Conditions Case Management Team
• Healthy Workforce Committee member at Rockwood
• Elected official for the City of Fairview 2012-2014
• Vice President of the West Columbia Gorge Chamber of Commerce
• City of Fairview Economic Development & Advisory Committee Member

KWMC Labor Partner Election

Position Description

The OFNHP KWMC Labor Partner is a 30 a week position, with hours renegotiated annually with Kaiser management. The workstream is determined jointly by management and labor.

The KWMC Labor Partner consults regularly with OFNHP leadership and staff and attends weekly Monday staff meetings at OFNHP.