SEIU LOCAL 250 VISITS THE CAPITOL! Thirty-eight days past the State's
budget deadline, Local 250 members from around northern California
met to lobby the State Legislature. We didn't have money to hand
out, but we had numbers and strong emotion about potential cuts
in health care spending. Most of us have experienced "cuts
in health care spending" in our hospital workplaces, and we
know the negative consequences that brings in terms of staffing
and patient care.
When you hear of "special interest lobbying" in the media,
you never think that it might be you, but on this particular day,
it was us. As citizens and taxpayers, we have the right to make
our views known to our elected representatives, and we did.As members
of a healthcare workers' union, we definitely have a special interest,
healthcare, but if what we are lobbying for fails, the consequences
will be felt by many more than ourselves.