This past Sunday, I attended the inaugural ceremony of Los Angeles’ new mayor, Eric Garcetti. The experience reaffirmed my optimism over the city’s future under the leadership of a smart and dynamic politician who is a close friend of our union.
Eric Garcetti has been a supporter of NUHW for years. During our strikes at Kaiser in 2011, as the city councilman for the district that Kaiser Los Angeles Medical Center resides in, Eric listened to our concerns, offered his help, and played an important role in advocating for striking NUHW members.
His leadership in countless other areas has been just as pivotal — from supporting the rights of immigrants to environmental protection to creating good jobs in L.A.
That’s why NUHW endorsed Eric’s mayoral candidacy earlier this year and played an important role in helping him win. Now, NUHW members will do what we do so well: stay organized and make sure the new mayor stays committed to the interests of workers in Los Angeles, including NUHW’s members.
On another note: today in Northern California, NUHW members at Children’s Hospital Oakland are conducting an informational picket to fight off employer-threatened cuts and to improve staffing at the hospital to keep patients safe. You can support your NUHW brothers and sisters at Children’s Oakland by calling the hospital’s president, Dr. Bert Lubin, at (510) 428-3461 and telling him you support NUHW members on the picket line!
Sal Rosselli, President
National Union of Healthcare Workers - California Nurses Association