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The Miami Herald: Educators, healthcare workers say state should increase revenue, not cut spending

Educators, healthcare workers say state should increase revenue, not cut spending

Pulling on a yellow and orange rope in a faux “tug-of-war” game, educators and healthcare workers said they were going to fight against Gov. Rick Scott and the Legislature’s effort to increase education spending by $1 billion while cutting funding for hospitals and health programs.

Instead, the union-led coalition is backing an unpopular Democrat-led initiative to close business tax loopholes to increase revenue and avoid spending cuts on either side. Martha Baker, president of the SEIU chapter representing workers at Jackson Memorial Hospital, and United Teachers of Dade President Karen Aronowitz said lawmakers shouldn’t have to make an either-or choice when it comes to schools and healthcare.

“We’re not falling for that tug of war,” Baker said. “We’re not going to split monies. We’re going to stand up for a fair economy.”

The Democrats’ proposal, called the Fair Economy Act, has not gone anywhere this year or in previous attempts. Senate Minority Leader Nan Rich, D-Weston, and Rep. Evan Jenne, D-Dania Beach, are sponsoring the legislation this year. Rich says the proposal would net the state $500 million each year, but the Republican-led Legislature has not shown any interest in ending tax breaks for the state’s largest businesses.

Jenne took his normally fiery approach when addressing the crowd at a news conference hosted by Progress Florida, a progressive advocacy organization. Attendees rewarded him with cheers and applause that caused event to take on the air of a church service.

“Ladies and gentlemen, you’re doing God’s work, understand that,” he said. “Understand what you’re doing other people would literally not have the heart, the spine, the guts to do on a daily basis.”

There were a few “amen”s shouted as Jenne railed against the state’s tax code, describing it as antiquated and favoring corporations over the commoner.

“The reason I’m doing this bill is to stand up for the middle class, to stand up for the people that make this economy run,” he said. “And to understand that you, not some corporate entity, are the life’s blood of this state.”

The House Appropriations Committee has approved a budget that doesn’t cut health care spending as much as the governor proposes but still reduces Medicaid reimbursements to hospitals and nursing homes to the tune of about $145 million.

The Senate hasn’t proposed a budget yet, but Sen. Joe Negron, R-Stuart, who chairs the Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services Appropriations, said his general fund allocation will be $7.3 billion, requiring him to cut $300 million more than the House proposal.

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Members Take Off For Tallahassee!

Jackson’s caregivers are descending on our state’s capitol today to lobby our elected officials on issues affecting our patients and profession during our annual Nurse Lobby Day!  Safe staffing legislation, funding for Jackson Health System and our ongoing fight to keep Jackson public are just some of the topics that members will be discussing with legislators during our two-day trip. For the first time this year, members traveled to Tallahassee with educators from the United Teachers of Dade. On Thursday, teachers and caregivers will be holding a joint press conference  to oppose Gov.  Rick Scott’s decision to rob Medicaid to begin replenishing cuts to public education.  Instead, they are calling on lawmakers to support the Fair Economy Act package of legislation.

Stay tuned for more coverage and pictures of our annual event.

Click here to see news coverage as our members depart for Tallahassee!

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Members Stand Up for Breast Cancer Awareness at Komen Race for the Cure


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Team 1991 participated in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure on Saturday, October 15th, with more than 60 members walking together through downtown Miami in support of breast cancer awareness.

More than 20,000 people packed the streets of Miami to participate in the 3.1-mile race that wound through the streets surrounding Bayfront Park, starting at 8:30 a.m. Thanks to all of our members for making this year’s event so successful by gathering pledges and supporting this important cause. Scroll down for more pictures!

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Race for the Cure Registration

SEIU Local 1991 will once again be a proud participant in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure! The event will take place on Oct. 15th, 2011 in Bayfront Park, Downtown Miami at 7:30 a.m.

Our union will be covering registration costs for each SEIU Local 1991 member participating in the race. Following your registration, you will receive a T-shirt, along with information on where we will meet on Race Day. The deadline to register is Friday, September 30th.

Our goal is to raise $1,991.00 to support breast cancer programs and research. We can reach our fundraising goal if we collect $19.91 from 100 supporters. This year, you will be working with other members in your unit to raise donations. Talk to your co-workers, brainstorm fundraising ideas and ask your family, friends and fellow employees for donations for this important cause! The unit who raises the most money for Susan G. Komen will win a prize! For a pledge form, click here!

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Susan G. Komen Race 2010


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On Saturday, Oct. 16th about 35 members participated in the annual Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure at Bayfront Park in downtown Miami. Thanks to everyone who participated in another successful event!

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Local 1991 Members March in Gay Pride Parade

On Saturday, April 16th, members marched in the Gay Pride Parade. This is the third year our union participated in the event. We also had a booth there where we gathered hundred of signatures for our Save Jackson Campaign! Check out pictures from our event!

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Nurse Lobby Day 2011

As Legislators marked the half-way point in the 2011 general session, nearly 100 Local 1991 members, CIR doctors and  nurses from other unions, descended on Tallahassee to let our voices be heard about issues affecting our patients and profession.

After participating in educational sessions to learn about effective advocacy and the issues at play, our members fanned out around the capitol, discussing key issues with their Senators and Representatives. Topics discussed included proposed bills attacking collective bargaining, bills undermining the public sector pensions (particularly the FRS) and budgets in both houses which threaten severe cuts in education and healthcare.

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