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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  1. fernace

    People in this country don't know from socialism! I have actually lived in countries with social democratic regimes, & we're nowhere near a socialistic regime! We are however pretty much in the middle of welcoming a plutocratic regime, especially if any of the GOP-TP candidates win!!

    September 22, 2011 at 9:45 am | Report abuse |
  2. fernace

    People in this country don't know from socialism! I have actually lived in countries with social democratic regimes, & we're nowhere near a socialistic regime! We are however pretty much in the middle of welcoming a plutocratic regime, especially if any of the GOP-TP candidates win!! 🙁

    September 22, 2011 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
  3. fernace

    Sorry bout the duplicate, didn't think it was accepted the 1st time!!

    September 22, 2011 at 9:49 am | Report abuse |
  4. Scottish Mama

    I think it is to bust any kind of unions. Do not take money from the wealthy in any way(hedge fund con artist bank debocle leaders) but the nurses and car workers. there was a man that explained this in a Missouri paper yeaterday. Pensions were paid in by the teachers themselves and when they get there pensions, if they do not do another job outside of the teaching they get reduced Social security payments. Hilmer the guy that was reelected (only a higher being knows why) made the general public think that it was the people that paid into the nurses, police, firefighters, and teachers pension funds. If people knew how the wealthy are just trying to push everything on the backs of the 12% of union workers to get the debt they put us in.
    Prophet hows that for my non-balls.

    September 22, 2011 at 10:07 am | Report abuse |

    Chrissy, its not a black thing, its a why cant he fix it thing. americans are spoiled, now that we cant deny a economical crisis we all want it fixed, by all i mean the ones who go to work everyday because we cant afford a day off. no poolitician is willing to say it. no more lobbying, no campaign contributions. if they turn on big bussiness they get primaried(?). that means their party replaces them. both sides guilty here. do you think they really understand? care? they dont craft legislature desinged to you, they say they do, but when the votes are in, the bill passed into law, and low and behold we got fuked again, this is no accident, it happens everytime

    September 22, 2011 at 10:16 am | Report abuse |
  6. Scottish Mama

    Well the first year of Obama was Bush budget the second was Obamas and the last year was gridlock. I wish the people would have given him at least 4. Then we could not blamed the republicans, it would have been the on the Dems shoulders. It takes at least 5 years to get out of a recession and they gave him 1. I hope america wises up gives him the next 4 with house and senate and see what he really could do. I do not believe america can do another 4 of gridlock and I so not want any more republican shinanigans with wealthy taking anymore middle class rights, bargaining, insuance premiums we cannot afford, running the deficit up for their wealth, and trying to make it seem like their doing it for us.
    If people do not get their heads out the self fullfilling prophecy of end of times will come. This is not a religious thing its a financial one.

    September 22, 2011 at 10:28 am | Report abuse |
  7. rightospeak

    Union busting,middle class destruction are the goals of the Evil Greedy .

    September 22, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |

    Im a UAW rep. here in my city, unions formed to protect workers from greed, thats why they are targets, read the handwritting on the wall, soon it will be your guns, despite bipartisan oppossition by the voters. they will find a way, our government is jacked, mere puppets for koch brothers, and the likes. your government has no real interest in what you want.did anyone see the debate on campaign contributions? thats because there was no debate, they showed their loyalties. this will get bad soon

    September 22, 2011 at 10:47 am | Report abuse |
  9. chrissy

    omg mmmm im sooo sorry i fell back asleep lol maybe cuz u took so long on ur tea break. and if u obama doubters paid attention u would notice the reason he cant get alot done is cuz of the spoiled brat club we got in congress and the senate. fight fight

    September 22, 2011 at 10:52 am | Report abuse |

    What happened to campaign reform? all politicians agreed, it was a problem, and needed to be adressed! thay adressed it alright, again, your desires justified, legitimate. and totaly disregarded. how is this going to get better. our government knows how to fix this, they lack integrity to do it, they will lose their position, so we get fuked again. this is starting to hurt

    September 22, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  11. chrissy

    @ name eileen its not too late if one just believes! u gotta have faith theres a better place commin girl! Gods Kingdom will soon remove all the governments of this world, and it itself will replace all of them (daniel 2:44) Then gods kingdom will usher

    September 22, 2011 at 11:02 am | Report abuse |

    Were fuked, fuked fuked!!! super rich have no ability to decifer between illegal, and moral, or more apprpriatly, legality, and morality, as in, your life has no Meaning next to money. nice knowing where i stand

    September 22, 2011 at 11:07 am | Report abuse |
  13. chrissy

    in an earthly paradise. There ya go prophet, actual words from the bible not that mumbo jumbo i constantly read u spewling out in these blogs day after day! 🙁 UHOH did i just display some balls ??? Lmao

    September 22, 2011 at 11:09 am | Report abuse |
  14. chrissy

    sorry to my friends for that last comment just couldnt resist- but while im not resisting, prophet, go lay down by ur dish plz! my only defence, its been a very rough week, that or ive really lost my mind lol oh & another thing the senate and congress

    September 22, 2011 at 11:16 am | Report abuse |

    And chrissy, you got one thing right, if you have no religious convictions, youd better find some, our world governments are ushering in prophecies. mass wealth cant save you! did you hear that joel olsteen, that means you. i remember when joel first got on tv, the bibles reference to a rich man getting into heaven was interpereted differently than he does now that he is worth 50 million. just that simple? amazing! he of all knows of gods warning. yet he still asks me for more. sad.he has been disallusioned, he will burn with the rest

    September 22, 2011 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
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