SEIU 1991 at Baynanza

On April 23, 2022, SEIU Local 1991’s Climate Committee commemorated Earth Day by participating in Baynanza, an annual celebration of Biscayne Bay, one of South Florida’s most significant ecological systems. About 25 SEIU 1991/Climate Committee leaders and members picked up trash along the shoreline of a beach in the Town of Surfside. The Climate CommitteeContinue reading “SEIU 1991 at Baynanza”

Happy Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse Week

A Message from B. Vicki Gonzalez, BSN, RN From April 17-23, we observe Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse Week to raise awareness and elevate the work of nurses who offer specialized care to patients with acute and chronic wounds, ostomies, and incontinence. Our Enterostomal Therapy Nurses and union members treat everything from lacerations to StageContinue reading “Happy Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurse Week”

Join us for the Miami Beach Pride Parade

SEIU Local 1991 invites union members to the Miami Beach Pride Parade on Sunday, April 10. Meet your SEIU 1991 team at 7th Street and Ocean Drive. The parade starts at 12 noon. Pride organizers require all parade participants to be in position by 11 a.m. For those decorating our float, please arrive by 10Continue reading “Join us for the Miami Beach Pride Parade”

SEIU Local 1991 Celebrates Women’s History Month

A Message from SEIU Local 1991 President Vicki Gonzalez, BSN, RN Women hold more than 75 percent of all healthcare jobs in the United States. Throughout history, women in medicine have broken barriers: they have advocated for compassionate treatment, fought for coeducation of medical students, and forged new paths in public health, all while elevatingContinue reading “SEIU Local 1991 Celebrates Women’s History Month”

Remembering Araceli Buendia Ilagan

Two years have passed since the death of Araceli Buendia Ilagan, the first Jackson Health System nurse to die of COVID-19.  Celi, as she was affectionately known, was a nurse’s nurse. She took care of some of the most critically ill patients in the Surgical Intensive Care Unit and mentored fellow nurses over the courseContinue reading “Remembering Araceli Buendia Ilagan”

Florida Congresswoman Val Demings Visits Jackson Memorial Hospital

Florida Congresswoman Val Demings, who is running to unseat U.S. Senator Marco Rubio, visited Jackson Memorial Hospital to meet frontline healthcare workers on Tuesday.  SEIU Local 1991 Executive Director Martha Baker, President Vicki Gonzalez, and Vice President Grace Meatley introduced the Congresswoman to union members and led her on a tour of the hospital’s TraumaContinue reading “Florida Congresswoman Val Demings Visits Jackson Memorial Hospital”

Unions prevail over Tallahassee’s union-busting bill

During this year’s contentious legislative session, Florida lawmakers passed bills that ban abortion at 15 weeks, limit discussions of systemic racism in schools and workplaces, and prohibit classroom discussions about sexual orientation or gender identity. Session ended Monday with legislators passing a $112 billion state budget. The Florida House of Representatives passed a bill onContinue reading “Unions prevail over Tallahassee’s union-busting bill”

SEIU 1991 Celebrates World Social Work Day

March 15, 2022 A message from SEIU 1991 President Vicki Gonzalez, BSN, RN Every year in March, the healthcare community celebrates Social Work Month to honor the change agents who advocate for patients and their families, link them to care, provide ongoing support, and infuse patients with hope throughout their recovery.  According to the NationalContinue reading “SEIU 1991 Celebrates World Social Work Day”