SEIU Healthcare WI member Victoria Gutierrez speaks at State Capitol for safe jobs on Workers Memorial Day (4/28/2017)

2017-4-28-VICTORIA-GUTIERREZI am here today in my role as a union nurse to recognize the sacrifices of my fellow health care workers in ALL health care facilities who face unsafe conditions, who have died or who have suffered from exposure to hazards at work. I am also here to recognize the contributions of ALL OF THOSE IN MY UNION who have fought to keep our workplaces safe… we know SAFER WORKPLACES FOR NURSES AND CAREGIVERS ARE SAFER FOR OUR PATIENTS.

One of the most important ways that I and the nurses with whom I work have been able to fight against threats to safety and health at our workplaces and advocate for quality care has been through our collective bargaining: this includes our victory for a ban on mandatory overtime; our empowered advocacy on safety committees to review lifting technologies to reduce back strains and injuries; and past victories to get safer needles for all.

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