Healthcare Workers & the Covid-19 Crisis
March 25, 2020
LINK TO LIVESTREAM- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wA7cKx9sAvs
As COVID-19 comes to the Bay Area, our local health system is completely unprepared to deal with the pandemic. Our county hospitals need more resources and they need them yesterday. Frontline healthcare workers in the Alameda County hospital and clinic system (Alameda Health System) are working without the basic resources they need to care for patients and keep themselves safe. They are chronically understaffed and running out of hand sanitizer, cleaning supplies, and masks. It is a matter of time before healthcare workers start getting sick in large numbers, potentially paralyzing the health system and making the pandemic much worse. Who will run the hospitals and care for the sick when nurses, technicians, custodians, and food service workers are sick themselves?
This under-resourcing is not new for AHS. Alameda County’s hospitals and clinics have been starved of resources for decades. But workers are fighting back. Union healthcare workers in SEIU Local 1021 are fed up with being denied the tools they need to provide quality patient care. They have been fighting for years to win a health system that is fully funded, staffed, and resourced; a healthcare system that works for all of us.
Join SEIU Local 1021 healthcare workers and the Democratic Socialists of America, for a digital town hall this Wednesday March 25th at 6:30 PM PST. We’ll discuss the situation that is unfolding in the Alameda Health System and how union workers are fighting to save our health system and our lives.
Stand with frontline healthcare workers as they demand
Emergency Funding for:
Staffing: we need to immediately hire more nurses, respiratory therapists, housekeepers, patient registration, Nurses Aides, EMTs, lab techs, pharmacists, and techs.
Equipment: we need ventilators, masks, gowns, booties, sani-wipes, tents, hepa filters, cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer, and soap.
Training: we need training on how to treat patients with coronavirus safely, and more educators who can train us.
Will you attend? Let us know!