On Tuesday, January 22nd, Glendora Community Hospital Nurses attended a meeting of the Glendora City Council to educate the city’s elected leaders about dangerous problems at the hospital, and to give them a message for GCH owner Prime Healthcare: “It’s time to sit down with the Union!” Here is a report back from Glendora RNs and Union members Wonjin Cho, Junaicie Hawkins, Karlo Soria and Rosalie Anniel:
We’re so proud of our fellow Union members, the Nurses of Glendora Community Hospital. On Tuesday, we packed a room at Glendora City Hall to tell the City Council about everything that is wrong with our hospital, and our fight to change it. It is a story that we all know well—we’ve been at this for a long time.
But for the Council, the truth was shocking.
One by one, we stood before the Mayor and the Councilmembers and testified about all of the things that make their community hospital a dangerous place for both patients and Nurses. We told them about the call lights that don’t turn on, the air conditioners that break in the Summer, and the ceilings that leak when it rains. We explained that our units are understaffed, and how sometimes we can’t even respond properly to emergencies because there aren’t enough of us there. We made one thing clear: if the hospital keeps running this way, it’s going to create a crisis.
We also told them why we have hope that we’re going to turn Glendora Community Hospital around. Now, they know about our fight with Prime Healthcare and their refusal to recognize our Union, even though the federal government has told them they must. And when we spoke, every single Councilmember leaned in to listen.
It was a great action, but it was just the beginning of this new phase of our fight. We’re going to keep speaking out for our rights, for recognition and for patient safety. We’re not going to stop until we win.
Wonjin Cho, RN, ICU; Junaicie Hawkins, RN, Med/Surg; Karlo Soria, RN, ER and Rosalie Anniel, RN, ICU
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
Questions? Contact your Union Representative/Organizer
Sopheap Hoy at (626) 379-6112 or by email at email@example.com
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.