From the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
Up to 3.7 million insured in California’s Medicaid expansion and a further 1.2 million Californians receiving subsidies to buy affordable health insurance in Covered California are at risk if current Republican plans to repeal the Affordable Care Act are enacted, according to a set of new studies and county fact sheets from the UC Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education and the UCLA Center for Health Policy Research.
Millions of Californians stand to lose from ACA repeal in some way — either through lost access to affordable coverage or to jobs created by health insurance expansion.
“Fallout from Republican changes to the health care system could be even more harmful if the administration changes the way Medi-Cal benefits are calculated or if coverage features are reduced,” said Miranda Dietz, researcher at the UC Berkeley Labor Center and lead author of one study.
Read the publication: ACA Repeal in California: Who Stands to Lose?
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Hopefully you as the SEIU Nurse Alliance membership, are aware of the extraordinary effort that the most vulnerable workers in our community, namely, the night-shift men and women on the property maintenance (Janitorial) staffs throughout the state took a bold stand against workplace harassment and abuse at the hands of unscrupulous supervisors and managers. Our sisters and brothers in SEIU’s USWW locals bravely followed through on their promise of a 5-Day-Fast at the State Capital.
It would be reasonable to expect that visits from State Insurance Commissioner and Candidate for Attorney General, D Jones, and the signing of AB1978 would have satisfied the publicity goals of these fasting janitors. Yet while this high-profile, high-risk demonstration of resolve was successful in giving voice to a vulnerable population, it also transcended the original meaning of the protest – namely, to show the Governor, and the people of California, the spirit of Ya Basa!, beyond the current and emerging law of the land. These demonstrators, even though AB1978 was signed into law on day 3 of the fast, persisted as planned for the full 5-days. This demonstration of resolve, signified to all that changes in the law, while necessary, are incomplete. It’s the change in consciousness that were after.
Nurses from SEIU Nurse Alliance of California collaborated to provide medical support and spirited encouragement to the fasting janitors. “This is what community is about, we help each other in times of need. Those of us who were unable to participate in the fasting were able, in our own way to show support for this cause by sharing our stories, listening to their personal testimony about their xperiences of surviving various forms of abuse, harassment, or attack” said Ingela Dahlgren, Director of SEIU Nurse Alliance of California and fellow surviving rape victim. “It was a very emotional experience for me because in supporting the needs of these incredible women I relived the memory of my own survival story.” She continued.
Members are encouraged to closely watch this issue evolve going forward. Governor Brown’s decision to enact AB1978 as law is an important start, but by no means an end to the struggle for workplace safety for night-shift janitors. Here are some important links to follow:
Press Release Covering The 5-Day Fast in Sacramento
Blog Post detailing Justice for Janitors campaign
SEIU stands in solidarity with janitors and building maintenance workers who have shown the courage to speak out against their ongoing abuse at the hands of coworkers, supervisors, and managers. We’re helping to eradicate workplace harassment and abusive behavior toward an extremely vulnerable population with legislation introduced by State Assembly Member Gonzales and his team of coauthors. Undocumented/low wage labor is prevalent and among the most vulnerable in our building/property services workers. These men and women are frequently targeted for harassment, exploitation, and assault (sexual and otherwise). Especially vulnerable to attack during night-shift hours in office buildings, private practice commercial buildings and otherwise unsupervised locations. Victims are subjected to unthinkable indignities and have little voice or recourse, their attackers knowing this often use paycheck manipulation other extortion like threats in order to keep their victims from speaking out.
We and SEIU Nurse Alliance of California add our voices of support for AB1978 which essentially requires employers, supervisors and managers to educate themselves on this issue and demonstrate preventative effort. According to the California Legislative Information website this Assembly Bill is an important effort to “…establish specific standards and protections for property service workers…” as spelled out in the legislative council’s digest section of the website at: https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billTextClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB1978
Nurses in their daily practice, have unique access to victims of abuse and can help expose the perpetrators of workplace abuse by remaining on the lookout for bruises, suspicious bleeding and other signs of bodily harm that isn’t consistent with a patient’s story of how such injuries were inflicted. Patient advocacy goes deeper than just treating an injury. Information gathered at the point of treatment can empower nurses to support the justice process. Legislation such as AB1978 provides a framework for empowering people to assert their rights and access to justice in the workplace.