Online Program

Workplace violence prevention program of a local healthcare union

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Richard Negri, BA, Service Employees International Union, Local 121RN, Pasadena, CA
Gayle Batiste, RN, CNOR, Service Employees International Union, Local 121RN, Pasadena, CA
Sue Weinstein, RN, Service Employees International Union, Local 121RN, Pasadena, CA
Katherine Hughes, RN, Service Employees International Union, Local 121RN, Pasadena, CA
Mark D. Catlin, BS BA, Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Washington, DC
To respond to the ongoing threat of workplace violence facing its members, Service Employees International Union Local 121RN has established a four-part program in 2013. This poster will describe the origins of this prevention program, its four key elements and the accomplishments in its first year. The 121RN Workplace Violence Prevention Program consists of the following four elements: 1. Collective bargaining and contact language and enforcement 2. Education and communication, including the use of social media 3. Regulatory and legislative strategies 4. Cooperation with other SEIU local unions across the nation, the SEIU International Union and other unions and organizations. 121RN created a position of Director of Health & Safety and hired staff to help implement the Local's workplace violence program. Local 121RN, is a labor union representing 8,000 registered nurses and other healthcare professionals employed at 18 hospitals throughout Southern California. SEIU Local 121RN is affiliated with the Service Employees International Union, which has more than 2 million members worldwide. SEIU is the nation's largest healthcare workers' union with more than 750,000 RN and LVN nurses, doctors, technicians and others, including 35,000 Registered Nurses in California.

Learning Areas:

Implementation of health education strategies, interventions and programs
Occupational health and safety

Learning Objectives:
list four elements of a union-based workplace violence prevention program.

Keyword(s): Violence Prevention, Labor

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the Health and Safety Director for SEIU 121RN and I led the development of and direct this program.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.