This is Chris Garlock, with the latest labor news, updates and history from the Metro Washington Labor Council.
Vivian Obijekwu is a registered nurse who has worked at The Johns Hopkins Hospital her entire career. As a bedside RN, Vivian has always spoken up on behalf of co-workers and to improve patient care. On January 31st, she was blamed for a mistake that was not hers, and on February 4, she was fired. Rather than take responsibility for its practices, the hospital is scapegoating Vivian, and leaving a woman who is seven months pregnant with no insurance for herself or her unborn child.
This is just the latest example of Hopkins’ extensive culture of fear that silences front-line caregivers. Vivian is one of many nurses of color who have been disciplined or terminated by Hopkins in the past few months.
We have a petition to reinstate Vivian on our website, dclabor.org
As Vivian says, “Hopkins terminated me in an attempt to silence me and to provoke fear among fellow nurses who are also trying to create change. I will not be silenced, because advocating for my patients is my highest priority and should be Hopkins’ as well.”
Vivian has her co-workers’ and patients’ backs. Let her know that you have hers! Thanks for supporting Vivian and her co-workers. Johns Hopkins can and should do better.
On today’s labor calendar, the Metro Washington Council meets at 6:30 tonight at the AFL-CIO; complete details at dclabor.org, click on Calendar.
In today’s labor history, on this date in 1965, the Amalgamated Association of Street & Electric Railway Employees of America changed their name to the Amalgamated Transit Union, which now has over 200,000 members throughout the United States and Canada.
Today’s labor quote is by Amalgamated Transit Union president Larry Hanley, who said:
"We’ve been sold out by corporate interests that control the politicians."
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