North Bay Jobs with Justice 1st Annual Fundraiser: Connecting Labor and Community
Friday June 10th, 6-8 pm
Odd Fellows Hall 545 Pacific Ave, Santa Rosa
Join us for hors d’oeurvres, refreshments, wine, beer, and music
Featured speaker: Sarita Gupta, Executive Director, national Jobs with Justice Honoring SEIU 2015 and SEIU 1021 for their new contracts with the County of Sonoma!
Supporting the Fight for $15, a Living Wage, Worker’s Rights, Good Jobs, Immigrant Rights. and Affordable Housing
Tickets: $25 (or pay what you can at the door)
To purchase tickets thru PayPal for the June 10th fundraiser $25 each click here:
Send a check to: North Bay Jobs with Justice, P.O. Box 427, Santa Rosa, CA. 95402
You may also contribute what you can at the door and no one turned away!
The event is wheelchair accessible and nearby public transit (at Mendocino and Pacific streets and bus stop in front of Santa Rosa Junior College. For more information call: 707-346-1187 or email: email@example.com
The North Bay Workers’ Rights Board Releases Report on the Working Conditions of Healthcare Workers Employed by Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley Hospitals
May 10, 2016
The North Bay Workers’ Rights Board has released a report regarding compensation and working conditions for Healthcare Workers employed by Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley Hospitals. The North Bay Workers’ Rights Board (WRB) consists of 19 community leaders and professionals affiliated with labor, faith, and community organizations in the North Bay. The WRB is a public forum where workers can bring complaints against employers and institutions for violating their human and legal rights and expectations of fair treatment at the workplace.
The WRB’s report is based on the testimony of workers given at a public hearing on February 20, 2016, a review of data from the California Department of Public Health Records and the Office of Statewide Planning and Development, and a survey of workers at these hospitals conducted by their union the National Union of Healthcare Workers (NUHW). The WRB has attempted twice to meet with Todd Salnas, the CEO/President of St. Joseph Health System (SJHS) in Sonoma County, which operates both Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley Hospitals, in order to fully understand the perspective of hospital management. The CEO, however, continues to refuse to meet with the WRB citing the fact that there are ongoing confidential negotiations between the management and the workers. The report does, however, include a negotiation update produced and provided to the Workers’ Rights Board by SJHS management.
Click here for the report
Workers’ Rights Board Hearing on Santa Rosa Memorial and Petaluma Valley Contract Campaigns
By Eileen Morris
Sonoma Gazette, March 2016
Like many people with aging parents, I’ve spent a fair amount of time in pre and post-op hospital rooms with them as they awaited surgeries or began their recoveries. I’ve always been grateful to the nurses and technicians and aides who devoted themselves to my parents’ care. They had time to make them comfortable and to educate our entire family about how to speed recovery at home.
My Dad doesn’t remember much about his heart surgery, but he remembers Annie, the nurse who stayed with him all night and reassured him each time he awoke, confused and anxious as a result of anaesthesia.
Last weekend, I attended a North Bay Workers’ Rights Board hearing and, after hearing testimony from nurses and other hospital staff. Again and again, nurses and other hospital staff testified to working conditions that impact patient care and could imperil lives. Between 2011 and 2014, the California Department of Public Health received numerous complaints against local hospitals, and made findings that patient care had been severely compromised because the hospitals failed to staff adequately.
Wages and Housing: Why Sonoma County Workers Can’t Afford the Rent
By Martin J. Bennett
Sonoma Gazette, February 2016
A widening gap between declining incomes and rising rents is fueling two powerful movements in the Golden State: one to raise the wage floor for low-wage workers, and another to control rents and increase funding for affordable housing.
According to the California Housing Partnership Corporation, a combination of falling incomes and high rents is driving the worst rental-housing crisis in California since World War II. Between 2000-2014 in California adjusted median household income fell 8 percent while median rents jumped 20 percent. During this timeframe Sonoma County's median renter income dropped by 9 percent and median rents increased by 17 percent.