2014 News Archive
We Need Your Help In Gathering Signatures for Safe Patient Limits and Hospital Transparency – Click Here to Learn More & Download Petitions
Join the campaign. Help us gather the signatures for two ballot initiatives that will dramatically improve patient safety in Massachusetts hospitals, while also ensuring that taxpayer health care dollars are dedicated exclusively for patient care and needed services for all communities.
Last fall, our members and supporters gathered the first round of more than 100,000 signatures that were required to certify these initiatives by the Secretary of State. To finish the job and place these questions on the ballot in November we are required to gather another 20,000 different signatures from registered voters in Massachusetts prior to June 9.
Here are the materials you need to begin gathering signatures:
- Patient Safety Act Signature Drive Campaign Flyer
- Hospital Profit Transparency & Fairness Act Campaign Flyer
- Ballot Initiative Language for the Patient Safety Act Certified by the Attorney General
- Ballot Initiative Language for the Hospital Profit Transparency and Fairness Act
- Instruction Booklet on How to Gather Signatures for the ballot initiatives
- To obtain petitions to start gathering the signatures that will put the Patient Safety Act on the ballot, call the MNA at 781.821.4625 and ask to speak with the organizing division.
- To download and copy your own Patient Safety Act Petition click here.
- To download and copy your own Hospital Profit and Transparency Act Petition click here.
- Please note: The petitions must be on 8 1/2 x 11 and both sides of the petition must be copied back-to-back. You cannot print out the two sides and then staple them together. No color paper or perforated paper with notebook holes will be accepted.
- Below you will find links to documents listing good locations to gather signatures, including outside supermarkets, local fairs/festivals and registry of motor vehicle locations. You can also take petitions to family gatherings, your children’s’ sporting events and other social gatherings.
- Returning Petitions:
The petitions should be returned to the MNA as soon as you collect them every week. The deadline is June 9, 2014.
If you are mailing the petitions to MNA please ensure that they are mailed in time to reach us by June 7, 2014.
Petitions can also be turned into your MNA Labor Associate Director before June 9th or to your Region Office. (If returning to the Region Office please call first to ensure someone is in the office)
The mailing address is:
Division of Organizing
340 Turnpike Street
Canton, MA 02021
The Patient Safety Act (House Bill 3843) will set a safe maximum limit on the number of patients assigned to a nurse at one time, while also providing maximum flexibility to hospitals to adjust nurses' patient assignments based on the specific needs of the patients.
The Hospital Profit Transparency and Fairness Act (House Bill 3844) will require hospitals to be transparent about their financial holdings and will limit and claw back excessive profits and exorbitant CEO compensation to ensure taxpayer dollars are dedicated exclusively to safe patient care and necessary services for all communities in the commonwealth. The rally is a crucial step in the progress toward ensuring the ultimate success of these initiatives and to protecting patients and providing access to health services.
What is a ballot initiative and why are we doing one?
A ballot initiative is a process that empowers the voters to propose legislation and to enact or reject that legislation at the polls. It is a process that is independent of the state Legislature and its lawmaking power, which means that it is a type of election that is commenced and carried out by the people.
The purpose of a ballot initiative is to permit registered voters to resolve questions where their elected representatives have failed or refused to proceed with a change that the public desires.
With these details in mind, MNA members made a motion at last year’s annual convention requesting that a ballot initiative specific to safe patient care get underway. The motion passed overwhelmingly. Why? Because MNA nurses everywhere knew that it was time to take control of their destiny and to stop relying on the Legislature.