I have been called many things, grandpa, nurse, husband, brother, and some I choose not to repeat. I am retired as a RN in an emergency room at a community hospital and I serve as Executive Vice President of AFT Connecticut. This blog is about my views and my life.
Wednesday, July 8, 2015
If this is Wednesday, this must be DC (wait, did I say that already????)
OK, you got me, I used that blog title in June.
Yet, here it is again, Wednesday and I’m in DC.
This trip is for a planning retreat on an AFT initiative to
put Patients Before Profits, with Ole and Matt, from the AFT Connecticut
organizing and communications departments.
It couldn’t have come at a better time.
We only need to look at our own Connecticut hospital to see
how “not for profit” hospital systems are attempting to shed non profitable
parts of their business, regardless of how it effects patients in the communities
they are chartered to serve.
Why?They’re “not for
profit” aren’t they?
The hospitals may be, but the people running them are not.
Salaries and bonuses are exurbanite, and at the expense of the most vulnerable
in our communities.
Least you think healthcare has the corner on squeezing
personal wealth out of the working class, let us not forget charter schools.
This is not to say that charter schools are by necessarily bad.In fact, it was former AFT president Al
Shanker who first proposed the idea, but when the Walmart family gets into a
business, that’s a red flag. Link to an article.
The Connecticut legislature recognizes the danger so much that
it passed a bill to protect the public’s right to accountability in charter
schools, which the governor has just signed. Link
Let me close with by reminding you that both hospitals and
schools are public institutions that rely on taxpayer money to provide vital
services.There is an ethical responsibility
to ensure that those moneys are not profited and that those services are truly provided
We must reign in those whose ethical beliefs do not align with
Our students, our patients and society are at risk.