For: October 25, 2018
CONTACT: Terry Carter, (805) 312-0024
WHAT: The Registered Nurses at Southern California Hospital at Van Nuys have planned an informational picket to make public their grave concerns, including unsafe staffing levels and inadequate patient needs assessments.
WHY: The RNs formed a Union last year, in large part to remedy problems that affect patient care and safety. The RNs are currently using their first contract negotiations to push for their “Patient Safety is #1!” goals. These include enforcement of state-mandated nurse-to-patient ratios at all times, including during meal and other breaks; retention of qualified RNs to prevent the nearly 100%-per-year staff turnover; proper adherence to state laws mandating annual Patient Classification System Committee meetings, which help to ensure accurate measurement of patient acuities; guaranteed support for RNs’ important continuing education.
So far, the hospital has met these patient safety proposals with resistance.
WHO: Registered Nurses
WHERE: Southern California Hospital at Van Nuys, 14433 Emelita St, Van Nuys, CA 91401
WHEN: Thursday, October 25, 2018, 6:30 am–8:00 am
VISUALS: Nurses carrying picket signs and chanting
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.
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