March has certainly come in like a lion, but SEIU nurses have been up to the challenge. We are taking a stand for our patients and fighting for our colleagues at the state and federal level and at the U.S. Supreme Court.
Nurses from across the country traveled to Washington, D.C., on March 4 to explain what is at stake in the King v. Burwell case for their patients, colleagues and communities, while the Supreme Court heard the case. We have a lot of work to do to make sure our fellow nurses, colleagues and community members raise their voices and again defend the Affordable Care Act (ACA).
In this round-up, we have some great information to underscore including:
Speaker John Boehner and Republican leaders in the House have rolled out their budget plan. They should probably roll it right back up, because it's even worse than this stuff.
1. Cruise ship stomach viruses
You won't be able to eat for a week once you get back to dry land. Alas, the GOP's cuts to SNAP, the food stamp program, means millions could go hungry to help pay for tax breaks for the rich.
2. People opening bags of chips slowly to avoid noise
This is like when you propose repealing all the new Wall Street rules meant to head off another global financial collapse... without anyone noticing. Everyone knows what's happening. Even the people who dialed into the meeting are aware of what you're trying to do. Stop.
This blog post originally appeared at Stand for Security.
The security officers leading the charge to provide opportunity for diverse service workers in Silicon Valley just scored a major victory. Apple announced it was replacing contracted work done by irresponsible contractor Security Industry Specialists (SIS) with stable, full-time security jobs with benefits.
"We welcome Apple's decision to take responsibility for the women and men who protect its campus," said SEIU-USWW President David Huerta. "This decision is a victory for Silicon Valley security officers who are rising up to fix the imbalance in our economy by securing dignified, full-time work and respect on the job."
Apple is one of the tech leaders, along with Google, which has decided to turn the tide against low-wage, contracted service work. Their decisions are setting the gold standard which is helping to raise the bar for all subcontracted workers.
Believe it or not: New York City's industrial laundries aren't like the Laundromat on your block. Industrial laundries are large factories that wash the napkins you use at restaurants, the gowns you wear at the doctor and the sheets you sleep on at hotels. Many of these factories have hundreds of workers handling hundreds, even thousands, of pounds of soiled linen a day.
Some laundry facilities are run like sweatshops by dirty owners who exploit workers and put pressure on workers to put quantity ahead of quality. That means that napkin you use at a restaurant might not be as clean as it could be
That's why I'm excited about the CLEAN ACT recently unveiled by New York City Councilmembers Ritchie Torres and Dan Garodnick. This bill would help our city's worst employers clean up their acts through regulation and licensing, making all the linen we use safer.
The CLEAN ACT would authorize new standards of cleanliness for industrial laundries and for laundry delivery trucks, which would improve the quality of industrial laundry jobs and prevent contamination of linens used by hotels, hospitals, restaurants and other businesses.
I traveled nearly 1,000 miles, away from the nice weather of Florida to this never-ending winter in Washington, D.C., for one reason: to make my voice heard on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court as the justices decide whether or not to gut the Affordable Care Act--an issue that is dear to my heart.
As a registered nurse and SEIU member at the St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie for the past 18 years, I have seen firsthand the effect the Affordable Care Act has had on the residents of my community. Because of tax credits provided under the Affordable Care Act, more people are coming into our hospital to get the care they desperately need. I used to imagine all the folks out there who resisted coming in because they feared the thousands of dollars in medical debt that could eventually cost them their home.
This week, thousands of janitors are stepping up and out in a BIG way. Below are the 4 things you need to know about why janitors are standing side by side and what you can do to contribute.
Thousands of people are standing in solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Chicago and calling on building owners and contractors to raise America with good jobs.
On March 4, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in King v. Burwell.
This case jeopardizes the vision of affordable, quality healthcare for all Americans and challenges the tax credits available through the Affordable Care Act (ACA) that millions of working families depend upon to purchase lower-cost health insurance. This politically motivated case could threaten the overall health and financial security of millions of working people in some 36 states and turn back the gains made in improving access to care.
Registered nurses, doctors and healthcare workers from cities and towns across America and ordinary working Americans have joined SEIU in filing an amicus brief that reveals how the tax credits have helped them, their loved ones, or their patients to afford healthcare coverage, and, subsequently, afford long overdue preventive care and treatment of chronic conditions.
Here are a few of their stories.
Chrysandra Roland, 66-years-old, has worked as a secretary in the neonatal intensive care unit at the Atlanta Medical Center for 41 years. Ms. Roland has three children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.
I have worked in Atlanta Medical Center for more than four decades and seen a lot of changes during my tenure. When I began working, I was among the first African American secretaries at the AMC. Back then, I did not work with a lot of people who looked like me, but I did serve a lot of people who looked like me. They were hardworking families doing what they could to meet whatever health issues that arose.
We have come a long way in those 40 years. From the technology involved in tracking patient care to advances in medical treatments, my work and the healthcare industry as a whole is more effective and efficient. More patients are living longer and healthier lives. Some of the biggest changes I have seen have come in the past two years since the Affordable Care Act passed.