Worker Power Update
CWA New Jersey Healthcare Workers Rally for Safe Staffing
Last Thursday, CWA healthcare workers in New Jersey joined a coalition of other union healthcare workers in the state to rally at the State House in Trenton to demand safe staffing and push legislators to pass a law that mandates enforceable nurse staffing levels in hospitals. The workers, who were joined by elected officials and community supporters, expressed their concern about the understaffing that is driving the healthcare system to the brink of collapse and needlessly threatening patient care, and shared their experiences of how short staffing is causing the healthcare workforce to leave their profession in record numbers.
CWA Activists in Ohio Fight for Democracy
Last week, CWA members from across Ohio, along with coalition partners from 240 bipartisan organizations, spoke out against the efforts of antidemocratic lawmakers to eliminate the sacred principle of “one person, one vote” in citizen-initiated constitutional amendment ballot issues. Ballot issues are one of the few ways everyday Ohioans can hold legislators accountable. Proposed legislation would undermine their ability to do so by adding further restrictions to the ballot initiative process that would make it harder for citizens to exercise their voice at the ballot box.
The activists flooded the state legislature in opposition to this harmful measure that would give special interests, lobbyists, and anti-worker politicians more power to pursue their agenda. Despite the activists' mobilization, the resolution passed, but the activists immediately launched the Vote No in August campaign to continue their fight to protect their voting rights and democracy.