Dear SEIU Local 121RN Members,
Tuesday, October 9th, our Executive Board (made up of your colleagues chosen by you to represent Union members at each of our hospitals) selected our new Executive Director, who will work with me and the other Officers and Executive Board to lead our Union. After a thorough, months-long interview process and a selection vote, the Executive Board selected Rosanna Mendez, currently our Union’s Chief of Staff, as Executive Director.
Rosanna will begin her new role in January and will work with me, the other Officers and our full Executive Board to continue the work of building our Union strength in all of our hospitals and at the state capitol.
Rosanna brings 17 years of experience in the labor movement, including more than 15 with SEIU and nearly six here at 121RN. At 121RN, she has worked alongside and shared responsibility with our Executive Director, Sue Weinstein, in a shared vision to improve representation, bargain strong contracts, strengthen our Steward training and recruitment program, and strategically grow our political and member activism campaigns to win solid Nurse and patient laws in Sacramento.
I have worked closely with Rosanna and I know she will bring her incredible energy and deep commitment to leadership growth and development to this important role in our Union.
As Executive Director, Rosanna will supervise the day-to-day operations of the Union, including supervision of Union staff, fiscal management of the Local, and accurate maintenance of membership data. A full description of this role can by found in Article 7 of our Union’s Constitution and Bylaws.
Please join me in welcoming Rosanna into her new role.
And I know you all join me in thanking our longtime Executive Director Sue Weinstein for her many years of service to building this Local during very challenging times. We look forward to our continued work with her until the end of the year, while she transitions out of her role and into the next chapter of her life. We wish you all the best, Sue!
|Gayle Batiste President,
SEIU Local 121RN
RN, CNOR, Northridge
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: August 28, 2018
CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024
Glendora, CA—A large delegation of Registered Nurses from Glendora Community Hospital hand delivered a petition to Parrish Scarboro, the hospital’s new CEO, with the signatures of an overwhelming majority of the RNs. The petition demanded recognition for their newly formed Union.
RNs at Glendora voted back in May to form their Union with SEIU Local 121RN. They were motivated and united by a desire to fight for patient safety and better working conditions that will allow them to provide the highest quality patient care.
“We want a voice in decisions that affect our patients and our profession,” said Bryan Sherratt, an RN in the Geriatric Psych unit. “For example, hospital management just introduced drastic staff reductions, adding to delays in attending to basic patient needs, such as toileting, medications and water. The patients in my unit are especially vulnerable. I’m afraid we’re going to see a rise in falls and injuries.”
RNs say they are deeply committed to the Glendora community and to their patients. They want to use their collective voice and their strength in numbers to address profound concerns they have about safe hospital staffing levels, conditions in the building (such as malfunctioning air conditioning), and respect for experience on the job.
“In our rapidly changing healthcare world, California’s nurses continue to make patient safety our number one priority,” said SEIU Local 121RN President Gayle Batiste, RN, a Certified Nurse, Operating Room at Northridge Hospital Medical Center. “The RNs of SEIU Local 121RN stand with Glendora RNs in their efforts to have a real voice in their hospital.”
After delivering their petition, the RNs left the building chanting “We’ll be back! We’ll be back!” RNs say they are determined to be heard.
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.
Questions? Contact our Union Representative/Organizer
Sopheap Hoy at (626) 379-6112, email@example.com
Questions? Contact your Union Representative/Organizer
Sopheap Hoy at (626) 379-6112 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
It’s time to use our collective strength in contract negotiations! We are ready to negotiate with management about making improvements—including staffing levels, seniority, safety, our pay, benefits, hours, holidays, sick leave, supplies and other working conditions.
We need a strong Bargaining Team to represent us and help us prepare for our Union Contract negotiations with hospital management.
Are you interested in joining our Bargaining Team or want to start a petition to nominate a co-worker?
Petitions must be returned by July 16, 2018, to our Union Representative/Organizer Sopheap Hoy, (626) 379-6112, email@example.com.
Welcome to our newest SEIU Local 121RN members at Glendora Community Hospital who formed their union with us with their overwhelming **YES!** vote on May 23, 2018!
CONGRATULATIONS! Welcome to our good fight for patient safety and working conditions that allow us to provide the highest quality patient care!
This is a victory not only for ourselves but also our patients. Moving forward as a Union, we will work together to ensure that we have a voice in decisions that affect our patients and our profession.