Informational Picket for Good Jobs & Quality Patient Care!
Thursday, Jan. 29th, 2–5:30pm at the corner of Eddy and Dudley Streets. Community Delegation at 3pm.
Rhode Island needs good jobs and quality healthcare in our community. That’s why workers and community members are uniting for a Lifespan that puts people first. Teamsters Local 251 represents nearly 2,500 employees who provide direct patient care and make Rhode Island Hospital go. They have put forward a series of proposals in contract negotiations for Good Jobs & Quality Patient Care, including appropriate staffing, fair wages, retirement security, and quality care. As a non-profit entity, Lifespan and RI Hospital are supposed to put the healthcare needs of the community first. Unfortunately, management has taken cost-cutting measures, causing shortages in equipment and staff that undermine patient care. Some Certified Nursing Assistants report having to buy their own equipment to make sure they can monitor patients’ oxygen levels. Physical plant workers report troubling shortages of critical equipment they need to combat mold in ventilation ducts to patient and operating rooms. Now the Hospital is threatening to make the situation even worse by laying off more employees. At the same time, Lifespan paid more than $16.6 million in compensation to just ten executives last year. These individuals averaged $1 million more in compensation than the average compensation earned by CEOs of nonprofit hospitals nationwide. Meanwhile, Rhode Island’s largest healthcare employer has employees working more forty hours per week that get no health coverage. Come out to the informational picket this Thursday, and make sure to get there in time for the community delegation at 3pm. And be on the lookout for other ways to stand together with hospital workers in the fight for Good Jobs & Quality Care.