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Univision 34 LA: Nurses plead with the community to take the pandemic seriously

On the frontlines, Nurses witness the worst ravages of COVID-19. So when they see friends and neighbors gathered in large, maskless groups, their frustration is understandable. Our member, St John’s Regional Medical Center RN Jannet Wharton shared her view with Univision 34 LA. …

Riverside Nurse speaks with NBC LA about ICU overwhelmed by COVID-19

As Riverside, California braces for an even worse Coronavirus surge, Riverside Community Hospital RN Randy Duarte tells NBC’s Tony Shin what it’s like to work in a hard-hit, understaffed ICU, where 23 of the 29 beds are occupied by COVID …

VC Star speaks to Nurses and other healthcare workers about inadequate PPE at Ventura County hospitals: ”We could bring it back home”

A Ventura County Star report on healthcare workers’ ongoing lack of PPE featured comments by our Union President and St. John’s Regional Medical Center Nurse Dr. Nina Wells, and SJRMC RN Jannet Wharton. Asked about Nurses access to live-saving PPE, …

LA Times: Massive Cal/OSHA fines at Hollywood Presbyterian following Celia Marcos COVID death investigation

In today’s LA Times, more breaking news related to the tragic death of our Union sister, Hollywood Presbyterian Nurse Celia Marcos. Cal/OSHA issued a $57,120 fine after its investigators found multiple violations, including unsafe exposures among staff on April 3, …

Becker’s lists 5 Nurses “saving lives off the job”; including our fallen RN Celia Marcos

In its list of Nurses “saving lives off the job” leading healthcare industry news outlet Becker’s Hospital Review honored our fallen Union sister, Hollywood Presbyterian Hospital Nurse Celia Marcos. Celia’s final, heroic act was to respond to a code involving …

Press Release: California Nurses’ Union says latest CDC reversal is last straw; puts out its own pandemic safety guidelines.

For Immediate Release: Monday, September 21, 2020   CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024 Los Angeles, CA–The Registered Nurses of SEIU Local 121RN put forward their own pandemic safety guidelines today (outlined below) in response to the CDC’s recent move to acknowledge …

PRESS RELEASE: COMPREHENSIVE PANDEMIC PPE LEGISLATION WILL SAVE LIVES AND PREPARE FOR FUTURE CRISES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 31, 2020   Contact: Mike Roth, 916.813.1554 Maria Elena Jauregui, 818.355.5291 (Spanish-language)   COMPREHENSIVE PANDEMIC PPE LEGISLATION WILL SAVE LIVES AND PREPARE FOR FUTURE CRISES Sacramento, CA—Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California applauded the …

PRESS RELEASE: Nurses launch radio ad campaign to sound the alarm on serious deficiencies—during a pandemic—in three very profitable southland hospitals.

For Immediate Release: Monday, August 17, 2020 CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024 Nurses and Licensed Healthcare Professionals at: Los Robles Regional Medical Center Riverside Community Hospital, and West Hills Hospital and Medical Center …also decry harsh retaliation of those who …

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, starting with some early breaking news: KTLA 5—61-year-old Hollywood …

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. …