NUHW members support bill holding hospital executives accountable

NewsMay 3, 2012

George Ross, LVN, SVMH 25 yearsNUHW is taking action in support of a bill in the California Legislature sponsored by Assemblymember Luis Alejo of Salinas that would limit hospitals’ ability to violate the public trust with excessive pay packages for executives. Assemblymember Alejo drafted the bill after NUHW members exposed gross financial mismanagement and exorbitant executive pay at Salinas Valley Memorial Hospital.

NUHW member George Ross, a 25-year LVN at SVMH, spoke out at a legislative hearing. “This proposal is common sense. It reflects our experience at our hospital. One of our executives received millions of dollars in severance payments in addition to a large pension. That’s shameful and unaccountable.”

You can read more in the Bay Citizen.

NUHW’s fight to hold healthcare executives accountable contrasts with SEIU-UHW, which recently dropped two state-wide ballot initiatives it had spent millions in dues dollars on, ostensibly on behalf of poor Californians, in exchange for a backroom deal with the California Hospital Association. (LA Times)