We just got one step closer to winning our new law on safe staffing!

April 19, 2018

Dear SEIU Local 121RN Member,

I went up to Sacramento yesterday to testify before the Senate Health Committee on our “Stop Repeat Offender Hospitals” bill, SB 1288.

I have some great news! » The Committee approved our bill nearly unanimously, 7 to 2! Getting through this committee was the first step to making sure this bill becomes a law.

Here’s how the committee voted…

Senator Dr. Ed Hernandez (Chair) Dem. Yes
Senator Janet Nguyen (Vice Chair) Rep. No
Senator Connie M. Leyva (Bill Author) Dem. Yes
Senator Holly J. Mitchell Dem. Yes
Senator Bill Monning Dem. Yes
Senator Josh Newman Dem. Yes
Senator Jim Nielsen Rep. No
Senator Richard Pan Dem. Yes
Senator Richard D. Roth Dem. Yes

Unfortunately, the Republican Caucus is officially against our bill. Last year, though, they supported our Whistleblower Protection bill, AB 1102.

Click here to listen to testimony and check out photos of the RNs who voiced support!

Click here to watch news coverage and our press conference that day!

Just as a side note, our Union Rep for West Hills hospital was telling RNs more about the bill. In the middle of their conversation, that ABC News report came on the TV in the cafeteria where they were meeting! Let’s just say “The crowd went wild!” :-)

…and down here in SoCal, RNs “Stickered Up!” to put hospitals on alert…click here for some great photos!

Learn more about how a bill becomes a law at our Lobby & Media Training here at our Union hall on May 30th.

In unity,
Gayle Batiste, RN, CNOR
President, SEIU Local 121RN

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