Our chief concern on election night as RNs and health care professionals was whether the results would help our patients and our professions and stem the attacks on labor unions. Two weeks after the election, it is now safe to say the results were favorable.
UNAC/UHCP’s evaluation of candidates for endorsement prioritized their positions on protections for scope of practice and workplace violence regulations, staffing ratios, the expansion of health care and protecting our collective bargaining rights.
For the past two years, we have been fighting the possibility of a national so-called right-to-work law which could hurt labor unions and prevent union members from bargaining for fair wages, health care and safe working conditions. This month, we slowed those efforts to attack organized labor with the election of new leadership in the U.S. House of Representatives. Additionally, we won greater protections against destructive “right-to-work” laws in different states across the country by electing governors and state legislatures who support collective bargaining rights.
In California, we elected and supported Gavin Newsom for our next Governor (pictured above with UNAC/UHCP President Denise Duncan, RN). He won a resounding victory and we are confident that labor and health care values will be at the forefront of his incoming administration.
As one election ends, the next one is right around the corner. Looking ahead toward 2020 we will continue to advocate for our patients and grow our union’s strength.