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TELL YOUT REPS: RNs Oppose Right to Work’ and Support Safe Patient Handling (HB 2612)

National Nurses Organizing Committee / NNU, 4/1/14

Nurses rally at capitol to SUPPORT—Safe Patient Handling bill as critical for hospital safety and OPPOSE—Alleged ‘Right to Work’ bill weakens RNs ability to advocate for patients.

Tell Your State Representative RNs Oppose Right to Work’ and ‘Paycheck Protection and RNs Support Safe Patient Lift Legislation (HB 2612)

Missouri nurses, patients and unions are under attack in Jefferson City! We need to oppose such attacks, while fighting for the Safe Lift legislation that our patients deserve.

Opposition to ‘Right to Work’ and ‘Paycheck Protection’

This week RNs from across MO mobilized to Jefferson CIty to meet with legislators over the course of the day and joined with unions from around the state for a noon rally to send the message that so-called ‘Right to Work’ (RTW) and ‘Paycheck Protection’ laws pose a safety threat to Missouri patients and communities.

RTW states rank worse, on average, than union shop states on a wide range of social and public health outcomes including a higher prevalence of smoking, occupational fatalities, child poverty, infant mortality, preventable hospitalizations and cardiovascular deaths.” (US Bureau of Labor Statistics, US Department of Labor, Occupational Employment Statistics Survey 2008)

Additionally, strong unions provide RNs with a collective voice to advocate for the needs of patients at the bedside. Non-union nurses are often fearful that speaking up against unsafe patient care and conditions will result in retribution from their employers.

“My union allows me to be a better patient advocate, said Marchelle Bettis, an RN at Saint Louis University Hospital. “We negotiated patient care protections and a process to track unsafe practices and negotiate ongoing improvements. These laws will weaken our contract and impair our ability to be effective patient advocates.”

Support for Safe Patient Handling (HB 2612)

As part of our lobby day, we also spoke to legislators to seek their support for the ‘Safe Patient Handling and Movement Act’ (HB 2162), sponsored by Representative Judy Morgan, which puts in place known solutions available to reduce an increasing number of patient and caregiver injuries, resulting from lifting patients.

HB 2162 provides uniform safety standards by replacing manual lifting and transferring of patients with powered patient transfer devices, lifting devices and designated lift teams available at all times.

Nurses and other healthcare workers top truck drivers as the profession with the highest rate of occupational injuries, and annual costs associated with these injuries in the U.S. approximately $7,400,000,000.

CALL NOW at 1-888-825-1418 and you will be connected to your State Representative. Remind your State Representative that nurses OPPOSE all "Right to Work" and "Paycheck Deception" bills and that nurses SUPPORT HB 2162 the ‘Safe Patient Handling and Movement Act’.

 

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