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Press Release: Hospital retaliates against Nurses who held a 10-day strike for safe staffing

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024 Hospital retaliates against Nurses who held a 10-day strike for safe staffing. Riverside Community Hospital plans to throw away 842 years of nursing experience. Riverside, CA–Registered Nurses who …

Statement from SEIU Local 121RN Executive Director on the passing of Civil Rights icon Rep. John Lewis

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 19, 2020 CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024 SEIU Local 121RN Executive Director Rosanna Mendez released the following statement: “The Nurses and healthcare professionals of SEIU Local 121RN mourn the loss of civil rights champion Representative John …

Healthcare Dive story on “union activity during the pandemic” quotes RCH member and notes Encino Professionals’ Union vote!

Pandemic spurs national union activity among hospital workers. Healthcare Dive Leading healthcare business outlet Healthcare Dive took a look at the healthcare workers across the country who have been stepping up and speaking out during the pandemic. Their story leads …

LA Times COVID surge story features two RCH members on why #SafeStaffingSavesLives

With coronavirus patients filling up Inland Empire hospitals, nurses are desperate for relief. The Los Angeles Times Two Riverside Community Hospital RNs are intereviewed in this LA Times story about the latest COVID surge. Their insightful commentary makes one thing …

CBS Evening News on the California surge; PPE shortages, features 121RN memebers

“Medical workers are sounding the alarm about a shortage of PPE,” reports CBS Evening News Anchor Norah O’Donnel. They include RNs from West Hills and Riverside Community Hospitals, who were featured in this broadcast. Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

Licensed Medical Professionals form Union at Prime Healthcare’s Encino Hospital

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Hal Weiss, (213) 247-4585 July 7, 2020 Professionals will join Registered Nurses and others in their industry in their united fight for patient safety, as members of SEIU 121RN. Encino, CA—Licensed Medical Professionals employed at Encino …

Breaking: All the coverage of our RCH Strike!

Riverside Community Hospital Nurses are ON STRIKE for Safe Staffing. Nearly 600 Nurses came out to picket on the first shift of the first day of the strike, which runs until 7 a.m. on July 6. Bookmark this page to …

Press Release: Riverside Nurses strike for patient safety

For Immediate Release:  Friday, June 26, 2020 CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024 Shamezo Lumukanda, (818) 652-3260 Hal Weiss, (213) 247-4585 Nurses’ frustration levels skyrocket as hospital’s lack of safety before & during pandemic continues. They strike over cuts to staffing …

Press Release: Nurses issue 10-day strike notice at Riverside Community Hospital and plead for staffing and safety.

For Immediate Release: Monday, June 22, 2020 CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024 Nurses’ frustration levels skyrocket as hospital’s lack of safety before & during pandemic continues. Cuts to staffing and other changes implemented unilaterally by the hospital. Riverside, CA–Registered Nurses …

The world mourned with us for our fallen sister, Celia Marcos

Celia Marcos was a Charge Nurse in the Telemetry Department at Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital for 16 years. She passed away of COVID-19 in April, triggering an outpouring of grief and outrage: April 28, 2020. KTLA 5—61-year-old Hollywood Nurse dies two …

COVID-19 media wrap: Nurses on the front lines.

As the COVID-19 crisis deepens, SEIU 121RN members are sounding the alarm about what is happening inside hospital walls. Their hope is that these reports will help save the lives of their patients—and their fellow Nurses. Riverside Community Hospital RN …

Media Advisory: Union RNs to offer **FIRST AID** in solidarity with Women’s March

For: January 18, 2020 CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024 Shamezo Lumukanda, (626) 491-2208 NOTE: SEIU Local 121RN nurses will also march; they will gather at 9:00 a.m. in Pershing Square WHAT:    In solidarity with the tens of thousands of L.A. …

Los Robles hospital employees join union in hopes of increased staffing, better pay.

By Tom Kisken, VC Star. Nearly 120 healthcare workers at Los Robles hospital in Thousand Oaks are joining a union in a drive some said drew pushback from the employer and was certified Thursday by the National Labor Relations Board. Pharmacists, clinical laboratory …

Press Release: Nurses’ “Stop Repeat Offender Hospitals” patient safety bill becomes law on January 1st

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 27, 2019 CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024 Los Angeles, CA—In October, Governor Newsom signed SB 227 into law, agreeing with Nurses and other healthcare professionals that hospitals must put patient safety before profits and stop their corner-cutting …

Nurses win patient safety improvements in their Union contract with Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center

For Immediate Release: December 19, 2019 CONTACT: Hal Weiss, (213) 247-4585 Pomona, California—Registered Nurses at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new Union contract today, solidifying a tentative agreement reached with the hospital after four months …

Pomona nurses vote yes on new contract that includes 12% raises over 4 years

By Jack Katzanek. Nurses at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center have overwhelmingly voted to accept a new contract with the hospital, ending five months of negotiations. The 1,200 registered nurses at the hospital voted to accept the four-year contract, with …

Pomona Valley nurses’ authorize a strike as contract negotiations continue

Registered nurses at Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center voted Wednesday to authorize a strike, a union spokesperson said. Read more here. Did you like this? Share it:Tweet

Ventura County Star: Jobs to be eliminated in restructuring at Oxnard, Camarillo hospitals

More than 30 employees at St. John’s hospitals in Oxnard and Camarillo have been told their positions will be eliminated next month in what a hospital representative called a restructuring, not a reduction. Read more here.   Did you like this? Share …

Statement from SEIU Local 121RN President on new law to improve hospital patient safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 12, 2019 CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024 SEIU Local 121RN President Gayle Batiste, RN, CNOR, released the following statement on the Governor’s signing of SB 227 (Leyva): “The Registered Nurses of SEIU Local 121RN are grateful …

PRESS RELEASE: SB 227 Author Senator Leyva, Speaker Rendon, Legislators Join Nurses to Demand Safety for Hospital Patients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 11, 2019 CONTACTS: Terry Carter (805) 312-0024 Jenna Thompson (916) 444-7280 SB 227 Author Senator Leyva, Speaker Rendon, Legislators Join Nurses to Demand Safety for Hospital Patient… Patients suffer when hospitals ignore the law. Sacramento, CA—Speaker …