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APRIL 29 IN SANTA ROSA
12:00 p.m. Gather at Roseland Plaza by the Dollar Tree, 675 Sebastopol Rd.
1 p.m. Speakers, music and a ceremony led by traditional Aztec dancer
2 p.m. March to Old Courthouse Square, downtown Santa Rosa (Not City Hall).
CONTACT: Community Action Coalition
Join the Facebook event page
Download the flyer here (pdf)
*******Media Advisory for May 6, 2017*******
NORTH BAY WORKERS’ RIGHTS BOARD HEARING TO INVESTIGATE WORKING
CONDITIONS OF HEALTH CARE WORKERS EMPLOYED BY
MARIN GENERAL HOSPITAL
When: Saturday, May 6th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Doors open at 9:00 a.m.
Where: Terra Linda Recreation Center - 670 Del Ganado Rd., San Rafael. Refreshments will be provided.
The North Bay Jobs with Justice Workers Rights Board will hold a hearing on Saturday, May 6, to investigate
employees’ concerns with working conditions at Marin General Hospital and how those conditions impact patient
Marin General Hospital is a facility that touts its ability to meet the health care needs of the people of Marin
County while keeping with the values and needs of the community. The hospital has won awards for its quality
of service, safety, and care. Many of the individuals responsible for ensuring the hospital meets its high standards
– the employees – have brought concerns with their working conditions to the North Bay Workers’ Rights
Board. Worker complaints allege that staffing cuts that impact departments including CSU (cardiac), ICU, and
surgical; outsourcing the work of qualified staff to out of state companies, and automating positions that interact
directly with patients, have led to higher turnover in a hospital that appears to place the bottom-line above quality
care for its patients.
The Workers’ Rights Board, which consists of concerned elected officials, as well as members of faith, labor,
and community organizations, will provide a public forum where hospital employees can bring their complaints,
and give Marin General Hospital management a chance to respond. The Board will then provide recommendations
to management and workers in order to facilitate a resolution to the issues addressed.
Contact: Matt Myres, 707-508-8875
Event is free and wheelchair accessible.
The North Bay Workers’ Rights Board is a project of North Bay Jobs with Justice.
For further information regarding North Bay Jobs with Justice and the North Bay Workers’ Rights Board, see
the website: www.northbayjobswithjustice.org
North Bay Jobs with Justice Annual Fundraiser: Connecting Labor & Community
SAVE THE DATE: JUNE 9, 2017
This year, North Bay Jobs with Justice will be honoring the Superior Court workers of
Sonoma County, represented by SEIU 1021, for their incredible dedication to building the
labor movement through their contract campaign and 3-day strike earlier this year.
We will also be honoring community leader and Board President of Centro Laboral de Graton Gervacio Peña for his tremendous work in broadening the scope of how workers' rights are recognized and his dedication to the labor movement.
Keynote speaker will be Maria Elena Durazo, Vice President for Civil Rights, Diversity, and Immigration with UNITE HERE International Union and the Vice Chair of the Democratic National Committee.
Please join us on the evening of June 9th to help us celebrate and honor our awardees, and honor the work of Jobs with Justice throughout it's 30-year history. Tickets can be purchased by clicking the link below. Limited tickets will also be available at the door:
Close to Home: Sonoma County Board of Supervisors Should Add Paid Sick Days
By Martin J. Bennett
The Press Democrat, March 31, 2017
Last year, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors approved a $15-an-hour living wage ordinance covering more than 1200 low-wage workers employed by the county, county contractors and firms receiving public subsidies. Affected employees include park aides, landscape, janitorial, recycling, security, mental health and other workers.
A broad coalition of labor, faith, environmental and community organizations proposed a living wage law in 2014 and is now requesting that the board amend and revise the legislation to make it more robust and comparable to ordinances implemented by Santa Clara, San Francisco, Los Angeles and Santa Cruz counties.
Worker’s Rights: Superior Court Workers Report Serious Erosion in Public Access to Legal System
By Bonnie Petty
Sonoma County Gazette, February 1, 2017
Let’s say you have been involved in a court case that has finally come before the Sonoma County Superior Court. But 30 minutes past the time court was to begin, the entire courtroom is still waiting (your attorney’s fees are multiplying) because the court reporter is still in another courtroom. When that trial is over, she will have to pack up her gear and race to your courtroom and set up her gear again.
“Oftentimes I am scheduled in multiple courtrooms in a day and packing up my gear and driving over to another courthouse is considered my break,” says Court Reporter Becki Peterson.
It was only one example of the serious deterioration in working conditions and the subsequent erosion of public access to the legal system at the Sonoma County Superior Court, as related by the workers themselves. On Saturday, January 14th, the North Bay Workers’ Rights Board convened a hearing on the working conditions of those court workers, which they requested as a result of the administrators’ failure to respond to their multiple requests for redress.