Massachusetts nurses union rallies support for staffing ratio, transparency ballot vote

The Massachusetts Nurses Association (MNA) acquired enough signatures to put two hospital initiatives up for a ballot vote in November, according to the Boston Business Journal. The MNA garnered more than 25,000 signatures for both the "Patient Safety Act" measure, which would set a maximum number of patients assigned to one nurse, and the "Hospital Profit Transparency and Fairness Act," which would require hospitals receiving any tax dollars to provide comprehensive financial documents on hospital profits and CEO compensations. If the signatures check out, the questions will go on the ballot. The vote will be the first time the MNA attempted to enact laws through a ballot question, said David Schildmeier, director of public communications for the MNA/National Nurses United. Article