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Protect the Freedom to Vote!

Fight for our freedom to vote! With lawmakers attempting to launch laws to silence us at the ballot box on the state and local level, we need bold and immediate reforms from the federal government to ensure the voices and votes of Black, Brown, and Asian Pacific Islander working families are heard. Fight for the #VRAA, #FreedomtoVoteAct and #DCStatehood

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Don’t Work After Clocking Out!

More and more nurses are reporting that they are clocking out
and then finishing the day’s work. They report feeling pressured by
their managers to clock out and forego the appropriate overtime
pay. Don’t do it! Don’t do it! Don’t do it!

By clocking out and continuing to work:
• You are violating the hospital’s time-keeping policy and could
be disciplined. Employees can be terminated for inaccurate
time-keeping.
• You put yourself at risk if issues arise. You will have a hard time
explaining how you were clocked out but still providing
patient care. You might even face charges of fraud for charting while not on duty.
• The hospital’s liability insurance will not cover you if you are
working off the clock. This includes breaks and lunches!

There are many reasons you may not be able to complete work
before quitting time: lack of support staff on the unit, higher patient
acuity, increased patient needs and demands, and increasing
amount of required paper work.

At the end of your shift, chart all of the excellent care you provided to
your patients. If you are not going to complete your work on time then
notify the charge nurse. If you are the charge nurse, notify your
manager.

You should not be asked to jeopardize your professional and ethical
standards in order to provide care. And, you should be compensated
for all time worked.

If you feel pressured to clock out and then continue working,
contact your Union steward, Worksite Organizer or Union Representative right away.

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SEIU NURSES SUPPORT JESSICA MARTINEZ FOR APPOINTMENT AS NEXT CAL/OSHA CHIEF 

SEIU MEMBERS RALLY BEHIND JESSICA MARTINEZ
FOR APPOINTMENT AS NEXT CAL/OSHA CHIEF 

 

Sacramento, CA — The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) California released the following statement from Bob Schoonover, Executive Director of SEIU Local 721 and President of SEIU California:

 

“SEIU locals in California and our 700,000 members in frontline roles across California wholeheartedly support Jessica Martinez to become the next Chief of Cal/OSHA.   With a deadly virus chasing down workers and following them home to frontline communities, the need to make workplaces safe and the critical role of Cal/OSHA in workplace justice and equity have never been clearer.   We are confident that Ms. Martinez is the leader California needs to protect workers in this pandemic, to strengthen the agency charged with keeping workers safe from injury and disease, and to empower workers to speak out against unsafe working conditions.

 

“SEIU members have led the charge to make California the safest place in the nation to work, and we know the laws and regulations workers fought so hard to put on the books are only as tough as Cal/OSHA’s ability to enforce them.  Jessica Martinez would bring to this role two decades of expertise in worker health and safety.  As the first Latina Cal/OSHA Chief and the daughter of immigrant parents, we know she would bring to the role a keen eye for the impact of enforcement decisions on justice and equity.

 

“SEIU members share a vision for a California of unparalleled opportunity, justice and equity. A strong leader in Cal/OSHA is a critical partner in fighting the unsafe conditions of exploitation, sexual assault and harassment, and other threats to our vision. We are hopeful that we will be able to work with Jessica Martinez as California’s next Cal/OSHA chief to fulfill this vision.”

 

 

SEIU local unions in California are made up of over 700,000 nurses, healthcare workers, janitors, social workers, security officers, in-home caregivers, school and university employees, court workers, and city, county and state employees.

 

SEIU members work in the private and public sector; we live in all 58 counties of the state. We are Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, and we represent California in all its diversity.

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California Nurse Practitioner Full Practice Authority!

SEIU nurses leading the way, again!

SEIU Nurse Practitioners teaming up with their Registered Nurse colleagues helped pass the landmark legislation, AB 890 (Woods) that allows Nurse Practitioners to work without standardized procedures or physician supervision in defined healthcare settings after completing a transition to practice.

Beginning January 1, 2023, authorizes a certified NP to practice independently outside of a defined healthcare setting after completing 3 years in those settings with independent practice.

It took a few tries, but nurses make the best, most relentless advocates!  This time for themselves in order to better serve our under-served communities that often lack primary care providers.  This will open up access to care in low income communities that are too often also communities of color.

SEIU is dedicated to looking at every issue, solving every problem through a racial justice lens.  Now, more than ever that has to be our top priority.

The Nurse Alliance of SEIU California, is honored to have been a part of the passage of AB 890 and now to be working with our Nurse Practitioners, the Board of Registered Nursing and allies in developing the necessary regulatory changes that will allow our California Nurse Practitioners to finally be able to work with full practice authority!

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