Legislative Alert – April 28, 2017

President’s Message
Support Patient Safety and Quality Care

Thousands of nurses descended on Albany this week to continue the momentum and work of a growing movement that supports passage of staff to patient ratios in hospitals and nursing homes across New York State. The bill would require these facilities to finally make sure there is adequate nurses and direct care support staff on each shift based on the number of patients and level of care needed in each department.

The need of this legislation goes far beyond its impact on the workers who provide health care, as critical as that is. More importantly, it is about making sure patients receive quality care and the level and type of treatment they need. Without adequate planning, scheduling and staffing, we are not providing the best care possible. It’s time for New York State to put patients first.

That is why this movement has grown to include organizations advocating for patient care, senior citizens and retirees, community groups, religious groups and advocates for those with various health issues, disabilities or other ailments.

The Democratic Assembly Majority fought past the rhetoric last year to pass this critical bill and now it’s time for all our leaders to act in the best interests of the people who need our help. For those who have the misfortune to need hospitalization or long term care, and for those who provide that care, this issue’s time has come.Mario Cilento, President

Call To Action
Please Join Our Brothers and Sisters from the
NYS Building Trades at a Rally
in Support of
S. 2975 Murphy/A.5498 Bronson

To strengthen public works and labor protections on publicly funded construction projects.

Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017, 9:30am-12pm
West Capitol Park

Issue of the Week
Safe Staffing for Quality Care ActA.1532 Gunther, et al/S.3330 Hannon

The New York State AFL-CIO, representing 2.5 million union members and their families as well as our retirees and their families, strongly supports the above captioned bill. This bill is a product of the Federation’s affiliates which together represent over 75,000 nurses; it is a program bill of the New York State AFL-CIO.

This bill directs the Commissioner of Health to develop standards for safe staffing for nurses and other direct care health employees. The bill establishes minimum staffing ratios for certain types of hospital units and nursing homes, based on patient needs.

Ensuring that adequate staff are assigned to various units and shifts will improve patient care and employee performance. This bill goes to the heart of the issue of quality care in our hospitals. This bill will not only protect workers and create a safer workplace environment, it will also greatly increase patient safety and the quality of health care in our state.

Therefore, this Federation urges this bill be passed.