June 8, 2016
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
Kenmore, NY – During a lobbying day held in Albany earlier this year, Union-represented Nurses caught up to New York State Assembly Member Robin Schimminger (pictured below/Internet photo) in an elevator and applied some friendly pressure in order to enlist his support for passing a law that would ensure Safe Staffing Levels for Health Care Givers – and they looked to pick the conversation back up when he attended April’s Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation’s annual Awards Dinner, but the lawmaker made a quick decision to scoot out the door to avoid Communications Workers of America (CWA) Reps after attending its cocktail hour and rubbing elbows with a number of leaders of the region’s Labor Movement.
But today (Monday, June 6th), CWA Representatives headed to State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger’s home turf in the Buffalo Suburb of Kenmore to put additional pressure on the only state-elected Western New York Democrat not to support the Safe Staffing for Quality Care Act (S.782/A.8580-A) – a bipartisan bill that calls on hospitals to maintain a responsible number of Nurses to patients – ensuring better care and the saving of more lives, which has gotten wide political support.
After the news conference that was held outside Kenmore Town Hall, Coalition Members went door-to-door in the surrounding neighborhoods, taking time to individually educate homeowners on the issue, asking them to sign a petition calling for Schimminger to support Safe Staffing Levels for Health Care Givers, and to agree to place Safe Staffing signs on their lawns. They also asked homeowners to ask Schimminger why he will not support such legislation in New York State, even though 85% of New Yorkers do, according to the New York State Nurses Association (NYSNA).
Terry Legierski, who serves as Political Director of CWA Local 1168 – which represents more than 4,000 Members across the area in the Health Care Field, including Nurses employed at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, pulled no punches while speaking at the news conference: “(Robin Schimminger) is the ‘only’ Western New York Democrat ‘who does not support’ Safe Staffing Legislation. He has ‘consistently voted against’ bringing it to vote (in the Assembly). (Schimminger) ‘must be held accountable.’ So Robin, ‘stop stalling and act now!’” To read more click on the following link