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help SEIU ban mandatory overtime for health care workers
Last year, I blogged about SEIU's efforts to ban mandatory overtime for health care workers. Our bill passed in the house, but we ran out of time to pass it in the Senate.
Responding to the comment about needing to know the arguments. The main issue at stake here is that if you are a direct care giver (RN, LPN, CNA), the boss has the ability to 'mandate' you to work an extra shift. Workers are often threatened with being charged with 'patient abandonment' (a charge that the state Board of Nursing takes very seriously) if they refuse to work a second shift. Hospital RNs commonly work a 12-hour shift, so mandation means that they are at work for 24 straight hours.
Mandatory overtime has been linked to increased medical errors, and has also contributed to the nursing shortage, as nurses with young children or other family commitments abandon hospital employment in order to make sure that they are able to balance their work and their life.
There is more information about this online here.
This session, we're determined to end the exploitive practice of forcing health care workers to stay at work for double shifts. Our bill has been reintroduced in the house as HB 834, and should be voted on sometime in April. Currently, the bill has 70 co-sponsors from both sides of the aisle, but we expect opposition from the health care industry.
Please call your state rep, and make sure they are protecting the safety of Pennsylvania's patients by banning mandatory overtime!