Sunday, August 31, 2014

Union chief mobilizes nurses to fight hospitals : The fiery activism of Communist Jill Furillo reinvigorates the labor group's push for job protections.

Crain's New York reports:
New York's biggest nurses union last week won a round in its fight to protect jobs at failing hospitals when a court temporarily stopped the state from transferring emergency services at Long Island College Hospital.

At issue: The union claimed LICH's unionized nurses were not being given priority for the few jobs that will be available when NYU Langone Medical Center takes over the site.

Leading that charge was Jill Furillo, a registered nurse whose activism has influenced her life, from an arrest protesting the Vietnam War and her membership in a Communist youth group, to labor union work and a controversial but successful fight to get California politicians to pass a law requiring greater nurse staffing.
Here's more from comrade Jill Furillo:
When Ms. Furillo was 25, she was an active member of the Young Workers Liberation League, a youth arm affiliate of the Communist Party USA, and an editor of its Young Worker publication. She wrote in 1975: "It is clear that for youth today, there is no real and meaningful future under capitalism. Capitalism means joblessness, racism and degeneracy."
Just a reminder, you're medical care must be "influenced" by comrade Furillo. How creepy is that?