Florida senators and representatives spent the last week of February in their home districts meeting with residents in preparation for the 2013 legislative session. Local 1991 members took advantage of the opportunity to meet with their legislators about priority issues such as Medicaid expansion.
On Feb. 11, SEIU Local 1991 president Martha Baker, RN, and board member Maggie Pena, a social worker, traveled to Tallahassee to testify about the necessity of Medicaid expansion to Jackson Health System.
On Jan. 10 and 11, Local 1991 members Vilma Bates, R.N., Marlene Bachrach, ARNP, and Kathleen McGrath, R.N., participated in the Florida Healthcare Affordability Summit that was put on by the Associated Industries of Florida (AIF) in Orlando.
A packed room of nurses and other healthcare professionals from across the Jackson system greeted management representatives who turned up Jan. 22 to bargain the impact of the new uniform policy proposed by Chief Nursing Officer Ric Cuming, RN.
COPE members returned from the holidays in January with a renewed energy to get involved in politics at every level. If you missed the meeting, mark your calendar for February 12, 2013 at noon for the next COPE meeting (DTC 270). This month, members told us how they would be staying engaged in politics andContinue reading “January 2013 COPE Political Update”
Police and firefighters held a press conference on Wednesday, Sept. 12th, outside Ryder Trauma Center to oppose plans to privatize Jackson’s Emergency Room services and Roxcy Bolton Rape Treatment Center. “We don’t serve bankers, we don’t serve lobbyists, we serve patients,” City of Miami firefighter Troy Sutton said. “Don’t allow big money to privatize our public hospital or patients will suffer.”
Elected officials, community activists and Jackson caregivers packed today’s Financial Recovery Board meeting to oppose plans to privatize Jackson’s ER services.
On Tuesday, July 24th, Local 1991 members joined other labor organizations for a rally to raise the minimum wage at Bayfront Park. Did you know that the current federal minimum wage is $7.25 (Florida’s is $7.67)? If our politicians did their job and raised the wage with inflation, it would be $10.55. That would putContinue reading “Members Fight for a Rai$e in the Minimum Wage at Bayfront Park”
On Friday, June 29th, Local 1991 joined other organizations for a press conference to respond to the landmark US Supreme Court ruling that upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), the sweeping national health reform legislation that has improved the lives of millions, including our patients at Jackson Health System.
Community leaders and residents converged on Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Alamo Park on May 1st to come together in support of “Our Jackson.” Religious leaders, elected officials, community organizers, patients and residents came to Jackson to protest the 1,100 layoffs taking affect this week that will undoubtedly impact patient care and services. A variety of speakersContinue reading “Community Leaders Unite to Save Our Jackson”