Press Statement from President Gayle Batiste on Dr. Ed Hernandez’ “Top-Two” primary victory

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Statement of congratulations from SEIU Local 121RN President as Dr. Ed Hernandez moves forward to November Election

SEIU Local 121RN President Gayle Batiste, RN, CNOR, released the following statement to congratulate the Lt. Governor candidate on winning a top-two position in the upcoming General Election:

“The RNs of SEIU Local 121RN celebrate this giant step toward statewide leadership for one of California’s greatest healthcare champions.

“In our rapidly changing healthcare industry, Dr. Hernandez proves over and over again that he puts California’s patients above hospital profits. First as a member of the Assembly Health Committee and later as the Chair of the Senate Health Committee, he made improving healthcare the hallmark of his career in public service. As Chair of the Senate Health Committee, Dr. Hernandez strongly supports our nurse and patient safety efforts, including strong support for SB 1288, our ‘Stop Repeat Offender Hospitals’ bill currently making its way to the Governor’s desk.

“California needs public servants like Dr. Hernandez who will continue to fight for universal healthcare coverage. We lead the nation in ensuring that nearly everyone in our state has access to quality, affordable healthcare. Since the introduction of Covered California, we had the largest drop in uninsured Americans of any state in the union. We are tantalizingly close to having universal coverage, with our insured rates already comparable to European countries. But the constant threats from so-called ‘leaders’ in Washington, D.C., to dismantle this progress means that it’s more important than ever to have leaders in Sacramento who will join us in not resting until we have 100% coverage.”


Service Employees International Union, Local 121RN represents nearly 9,000 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals at 27 hospitals and facilities in Los Angeles and surrounding counties. This member-led organization is committed to supporting optimum working conditions that allow nurses to provide quality patient care and safety.


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