RN Political News – May 2016

121RN Members Advocate Nursing Issues

President Barack Obama meets with nurses to discuss immigration reform, in the Oval Office, June 9, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) This photograph is provided by THE WHITE HOUSE as a courtesy and may be printed by the subject(s) in the photograph for personal use only. The photograph may not be manipulated in any way and may not otherwise be reproduced, disseminated or broadcast, without the written permission of the White House Photo Office. This photograph may not be used in any commercial or political materials, advertisements, emails, products, promotions that in any way suggests approval or endorsement of the President, the First Family, or the White House.

Throughout each year, SEIU 121RN members lobby on behalf of or against state and federal legislative issues that could affect our patients and our profession. Sometimes 121RN members even play a critical role in proposing beneficial legislation. While some legislation directly benefits nurses, such as the Cal/OSHA Workplace Violence Prevention Regulation that should come into effect later this year, other legislation indirectly affects our patients or profession.

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121RN Hosts Legislative Meet & Greet

IMG_2805 edit webNine State Assemblymembers participated in a March 3 Legislative Meet and Greet hosted by SEIU 121RN for SEIU California. With 121RN President Gayle Batiste serving as the emcee at 121RN’s Pasadena headquarters, the event allowed 121RN members to interact with the lawmakers that represent the various hospitals where our nurses work.

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Lawmakers Visit Nurses On-the-Job

IMG_2876 edit webSEIU 121RN nurses were recently visited by several legislators at their worksites. At Providence Tarzana Medical Center, members talked with Assemblymember Matt Dababneh about various health and safety violations that the hospital has been cited for by Cal/OSHA.

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Rendon Sworn In as Speaker

Gayle & Speaker Rendon 03.07 LRAssemblymember Anthony Rendon was sworn in as the 70th Speaker of the California State Assembly on March 7, 2016. 121RN President Gayle Batiste was present to hear Speaker Rendon make a commitment to continue to move California in the right direction.

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Healthcare & Nursing Legislative Update

group crop webSEIU 121RN and the SEIU Nurse Alliance of California are actively tracking legislation and policies that affect nursing and the healthcare industry. These bills include:

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June Primary Endorsements

With elections around the corner, we’ve compiled a handy list of all the candidates endorsed by SEIU members in California.

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Voter Information

i-votedAre you registered to vote? If you need to register, you can now do so online. The last day to register and be eligible to vote in the June 7th Primary Election is May 23, 2016.

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When We Unite, Politicians Listen

Protecting ourselves, our jobs, our profession and our communities isn’t a Democrat or Republican issue — it’s an American issue. That’s why the SEIU COPE program holds politicians accountable to ensure they join us in supporting ideas and policies that will advance quality jobs, safety on-the-job, a strong economy, and healthy communities.

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