On the Radar: Nurses' strike, Obama speech, Taiwan arms
Health care workers walk a picket line outside a Kaiser Permanente facility in Los Angeles on Wednesday.
September 22nd, 2011
06:32 AM ET

On the Radar: Nurses' strike, Obama speech, Taiwan arms

Three things you need to know today.

Nurses strike: Almost 23,000 nurses at hospitals in northern and central California won't report to work on Thursday as they stage a one-day strike to protest concessions demanded by hospitals that the nurses say will hurt their role as patient advocates and cut their health and pension benefits.

The strike by members of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United targets hospitals operated by Sutter Health and Kaiser Permanente as well as Children's Hospital in Oakland.

Among their grievances, the  nurses say job concessions sought by Sutter Health would require them to report to work when ill, endangering patient health, according to a statement on the union's website.

At Kaiser, nurses are striking in sympathy with co-workers who face cuts in their health coverage and retirement plans, the nurses' union says.

Complaints at Children's Hospital include cuts to health care plans that would make it too expensive for nurses to bring their own kids to Children's for treatment, according to the union statement.

See a list of affected facilities.

Obama jobs speech: President Barack Obama head to Cincinnati on Thursday to pitch his $447 billion jobs bill – a combination of infrastructure spending, tax cuts and aid to state and local governments.

He'll speak with the Brent Spence Bridge as a backdrop. The span across the Ohio River carries one of the country's major trucking routes, but it is in need of $2.4 billion in repairs, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.

The bridge links the constituencies of the top two Republicans in Congress - House Speaker John Boehner's district is on the Ohio side while Kentucky is home of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, and winning Ohio's 18 electoral votes in 2012 could be pivotal to Obama's re-election.

Taiwan arms: China warned the United States Thursday that a multi-billion dollar arms sales to Taiwan will create "severe obstacles" between Beijing and Washington, the state-run Xinhua news agency reported.

"The wrongdoing by the U.S. side will inevitably undermine bilateral relations as well as exchanges and cooperation in military and security areas," Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Zhijun said, according to Xinhua. Zhang summoned U.S. Ambassador Gary Locke to lodge a protest.

The $5.3 billion arms package includes upgrades to Taiwan's F-16 fighter fleet, a five-year extension of F-16 pilot training at Luke Air Force Base in Arizona and spare parts for the upkeep of three different planes used by the Taiwanese, according to State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland. The deal is part of the U.S. Foreign Military Sales program.

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soundoff (84 Responses)
  1. chrissy

    are we ever gonna get out from under china???

    September 22, 2011 at 6:39 am | Report abuse |
  2. chrissy

    and of all the professions in the world one would think you would not want a sick nurse????

    September 22, 2011 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
  3. Mmmmm

    Real shocker...leadership of those healthcare companies and hospitals need to be fired for imposing chainfood work model on medical professionals.

    September 22, 2011 at 6:57 am | Report abuse |
  4. moses kestenbaum ODA

    F-cked up speeches,screwed up polices,economy in dumps,president obama please retire and allow someone else to lead us

    September 22, 2011 at 7:38 am | Report abuse |
  5. chrissy

    lmao and here i thought u was still drinkin tea in ur car and dreamin of hittin the lottery!

    September 22, 2011 at 7:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Mmmmm

      Nope...the world is callin' this mornin' and I'm thinkin' about answering with a sick call...pardon the pun nurses in California.

      September 22, 2011 at 8:21 am | Report abuse |
  6. chrissy

    and why oh why is all this obamas fault? oh yea i 4got cuz hes the lst black president. are ppl ever gonna get over the color thing? he inherited this mess he didnt create it! & as many years as it took 2 get this bad & ppl think he should have it fixed?

    September 22, 2011 at 7:47 am | Report abuse |
  7. chrissy

    kinda hard 4 him to accomplish anything when hes dealing with congress aka romper room and the senant aka elmos world now aint it? dayum and i was havin such a good morning too, shoulda known someone would get me riled up!

    September 22, 2011 at 7:51 am | Report abuse |
  8. ajd041

    I live in Cincinnati and obama is going to screw up the traffic theyre closing so many lanes downtown and half of the bridge too i like obama but theres such a thing as too much security

    September 22, 2011 at 7:57 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    fussing?

    September 22, 2011 at 8:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. chrissy

    omg thats whats done 4 every president. and more needs to be done now more than ever after the death threats sheesh louise it dont take a rocket scientist to figure it out particularly when u just read that ppl believe the economy is his fault!

    September 22, 2011 at 8:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Mmmmm

    Crunch, did I just kill this thread? Damn, need to watch where I'm stepping....

    September 22, 2011 at 8:32 am | Report abuse |
  12. The Prophet

    What is the aim of this strike if its put in place by the very same Governement as a deterant tactic?

    September 22, 2011 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
  13. Name*eileen

    yeah crissy u r right. he inherited the national debt and so did our children. whats going on is the fault of no one person. but why didnt we see this coming? now its too late.

    September 22, 2011 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
  14. The Prophet

    Socialism is here and people are so in deniel to see it

    September 22, 2011 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
  15. The Prophet

    i think i am wasting my time on this blog people with no balls

    September 22, 2011 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
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