Nurses Say NO on Prop. 32: For a Healthy California





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Published on Oct 9, 2012

Nurses are asking all Californians to vote NO on Proposition 32: for a healthy California.

Here are some Prop. 32 facts:

Corporate special interests love Prop 32- it was written by and for them. Prop 32 was intentionally written to create special exemptions for billionaire businessmen, giving them even more political power to write their own set of rules. Many top contributors to Proposition 32 are former insurance company executives, Wall Street executives, developers, and big money donors to causes that benefit from Prop 32's special exemptions- that's why they've joined the Super PACs in spending millions to promote it.

For nurses, that means we would have far less ability to counter the efforts of the wealthy hospital industry, insurance companies, and other healthcare corporations. They are in the halls of the Capitol every day seeking to roll back patient safety laws, such as safe hospital staffing, and other patient and workplace protections.

If Prop. 32 passes, the California Hospital Association, which already has enormous influence in Sacramento, along with its allies in California Chamber of Commerce, insurance industry, and other corporate interests will be able to take dead aim at RN staffing ratios, meal and rest breaks, limits on forced overtime, oversight on hospital and nursing home abuses, and other workplace and patient safety protections -- with little ability for nurses to use our collective voice to challenge them.

In reality, Prop 32 restricts only some companies and provides huge exemptions to others. Only companies that are organized and narrowly defined as "corporations" are restricted from making contributions.

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