SEIU 521 members create worker committees to map a path forward
Nearly 300 workers joined a conference call on May 8 to hear the latest news on KMC, with dozens signing up for strategic committee work to make sure front-line workers have meaningful input as KMC undergoes changes in the coming months.
Some highlights from the tele-town hall, which were led by Regina Kane, RN, Public Health; Rosie Kidwell, Program Specialist II, KMC; and Phil Brown, Senior Information Systems Specialist, KMC.
KMC Finances and Layoffs
The county has stated that there will be layoffs but we need to know the details and ask why this is being done first. The new world under the Affordable Care Act gives the county and 521 a brand new opportunity to shape and strengthen KMC. We need to build a long-term vision for KMC that calls for investment and improvements, not just the short term plan of cuts and layoffs.
- We have formed a Member Leadership Committee to work directly with CEO Russell Judd and management on changes to the hospital including minimizing the impacts of any layoffs.
Hospital Authority Bill AB 2546
KMC workers were in Sacramento May 7-8 to testify on the bill that would allow the county – if it chose to in the future – to turn control of KMC over to a hospital authority.
If done right, an authority would strengthen KMC by protecting workers while at the same time increasing KMC’s ability to compete and improving the quality of services to the community.
As the bill passes through the state Assembly and Senate, we need to make sure the final language strengthens KMC
and its workers, not weakens us.
Quality Patient Care
KMC faces increased competition for patients. We must transform KMC to ensure patients return to KMC while attracting new patients and new revenue.
We have established a Quality Committee where workers will develop and implement plans to improve quality and attract patients.
Upcoming events: Get Involved!
Monday, May 12 – Board of Supervisor’s Meeting
Public strategy meeting on KMC from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Board of Supervisors’ chambers, 1115 Truxtun Ave., Bakersfield.
This meeting is a wide-ranging discussion about the health and future of KMC. There will be two public comment periods and everyone is encouraged to come and talk about how we will build KMC and provide services to our community.
Wednesday, May 14
Membership meeting @ KMC
3:30 p.m. in room 1065
Monday — Thursday
Information table in the cafeteria
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
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