Victory for Ventura County Hospital Lab Workers

VC-labs-2013.jpgOn Nov. 19, SEIU 721 members at two Ventura County hospitals finally got some positive news from management–the County will address the staff shortage issue.
Workers in Ventura County Medical Center and Santa Paula Hospital were feeling the pressure from staff shortages, so they stood up to improve their labs. They launched a “Save Our Labs” campaign, got dozens of signatures in support and held informational meetings.
linda-norman.JPG“I’m hoping that all of our issues will be resolved now and I am happy for all of my co-workers.”
-Linda Norman, Clinical Lab Scientist II, Ventura County Medical Center
Management agreed to add an additional 11 positions and to review compensation for recruitment and retention reasons. They also agreed to engage a consultant to review the labs’ workflow. An SEIU 721 member will be part of the interview process.
All hospital members were a part of this victory. There were several actions throughout the campaign, including sticker actions, and purple tape and banner signing days. Hundreds of workers also committed to participate in informational pickets.
Next Steps
SEIU 721 members are working with management to make sure that all issues are addressed properly.
Congratulations to the workers who stood together to achieve this great victory!
Categories: Santa Paula | Tri-Counties | Ventura