SEIU 721 members are leading the charge towards our vision of a Just Culture at the LA County Health Agency.
On August 30th, SEIU 721 members, a coalition of unions and LA County Health Agency managers who are ready to make positive changes came together for the “A Just Culture for All” town hall at the Health Agency office in LA.
This Town Hall is about empowerment and we’re leading the charge!
“Every single one of you – whether you’re seeing patients, working with spreadsheets or keeping equipment running – is empowered to make LA County Health Agency facilities run more safely and more smoothly,” said SEIU 721 President Bob Schoonover.
“Don’t be afraid to speak up! Don’t be afraid to stand up for yourself!” Schoonover continued.
Through Just Culture, SEIU 721 members are building a health agency environment that respects and empowers every employee.
“Just Culture means ‘Be Kind, Be Fair.’ No blame games. We should not fear coming to work and doing our jobs. No more blaming individuals for systemic errors,” said Alina Mendizabal, SEIU 721 Executive Board member and L.A. County Community Health Plan Marketing Rep.
In order for Just Culture to work, there must be buy-in from all key stakeholders at different levels. Managers and Directors from across the Health Agency joined in on the Town Hall to show their commitment and support.
“The only way we understand how things can and do go wrong is by creating a culture where staff feel comfortable telling supervisors what can go or has gone wrong,” said Dr. Mitch Katz, Director of the LA County Health Agency.
Hundreds of SEIU 721 members also joined the Town Hall remotely from sites across L.A. County via Skype. You can view the video of the Town Hall here.
You can learn more about what we are doing to achieve a Just Culture by clicking here.