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”

Election of SEIU 1991 Officers and Executive Board

12.03.2021 ELECTION UPDATE Thank you for participating in the SEIU 1991 Local Election, the results for the SEIU 1991 Presidential Election are in! Candidates Leo T. Harris III, PA and Barbara “VIcki” Gonzalez, RN joined the SEIU 1991 members, staff and Election Committee today as votes were reviewed and counted. With a 73% to 27%Continue reading “Election of SEIU 1991 Officers and Executive Board”