Safe Staffing for Nursing Homes Gets Approval of Senate Appropriations Committee

Sacramento, CA – Today AB 2079, a bill that would address the issue of chronic understaffing in California’s nursing home facilities, was voted on in the Senate Appropriations Committee. The bill received a 5 – 2 vote in support, helping advance the bill forward.

Laphonza Butler, President, SEIU Local 2015 and SEIU California released the following statement:

“Dedicated, compassionate workers who tend to our loved ones in nursing homes appreciate Senate Appropriations Committee members’ vote for safe staffing levels that enable them to deliver health and dignity.

“California lags behind the federal recommendations in hours of care per patient, putting our seniors and disabled at intolerable risk of debilitation and causing too many injuries for workers. Certified nursing assistants suffer stress and heartbreak because they are simply too short staffed to respond to calls for help.

“With one in three of us expected to need nursing home care at some point in our lives, every Californian has a stake in bringing staffing levels up to federal recommendations, at a minimum. AB 2079 must be a priority for legislators and Governor Brown in this legislative session.”

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