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Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:45 PM

Washington UPS Gets 667 Packages Of Cards For Senator Who Said Nurses 'Play Cards' At Work

A UPS store in Washington state said it received 667 packages of playing cards Tuesday addressed to the state Sen. Maureen Walsh (R), who’s been in hot water since saying that nurses “play cards for a considerable amount of the day.”

The letter was in response to Walsh’s April 16 comments about nurses in smaller, rural hospitals. She is opposing a bill that would require uninterrupted lunch and break periods for hospital nurses and certain health care employees.

“By putting these types of mandates on a critical access hospital that literally serves a handful of individuals, I would submit to you those nurses probably do get breaks,” Walsh said on the Senate floor. “They probably play cards for a considerable amount of the day.”

The state House passed the bill in discussion on March 6. The Senate approved the bill on March 16, including Walsh’s amendment that excludes small, rural hospitals from the uninterrupted breaks mandate. The bill also includes an amendment, backed by Walsh, that limits the number of hours nurses can work in a 24-hour period.

The Washington State Nurses Association opposes both amendments, calling them “unworkable for most hospitals and unfair to nurses.” Lawmakers will discuss the House and Senate versions of the bill before a final version is sent to Gov. Jay Inslee (D) for consideration.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/washington-ups-cards-senator-maureen-walsh_n_5cc1200de4b0ad77ff7f9666


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Reply Washington UPS Gets 667 Packages Of Cards For Senator Who Said Nurses 'Play Cards' At Work (Original post)
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ismnotwasm Apr 2019 #1
left-of-center2012 Apr 2019 #4
ismnotwasm Apr 2019 #6
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Apr 2019 #2
CaliforniaPeggy Apr 2019 #3
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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 10:50 PM

1. The Bill passed without the obnoxious amendments

Headed to Inslee’s desk. A great union win!

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Response to ismnotwasm (Reply #1)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 02:26 PM

4. ????

"The Senate approved the bill on March 16,
including Walsh’s amendment that excludes small, rural hospitals from the uninterrupted breaks mandate."

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Reply #4)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 07:19 PM

6. Here

https://housedemocrats.wa.gov/riccelli/2019/04/24/bill-guaranteeing-nurse-meal-and-rest-breaks-headed-to-governors-desk/

House Bill 1155, sponsored by Rep. Marcus Riccelli (D-Spokane), provides for uninterrupted meal and rest breaks for nurses and certain other health care employees, and prohibits the use of prescheduled on-call time to fill foreseeable staff shortages.

“Our loved ones deserve the best care, no matter what hospital they step in, and our nurses deserve the same important worker protections so they can provide the best possible care,” Riccelli said. “After five years in a row of this measure passing off the House floor, nurses are finally getting commonsense breaks so they can recharge and be able to focus on the critical work they do.”

The original version of the bill, which passed the House back in March, was amended in the Senate to limit the list of protected health care occupations, exempt certain facilities from the bill’s requirements, and limit all shifts to only eight hours of work in 24 hours. The changes would have significantly undermined the bill’s goal of ensuring all health care workers in Washington state have basic breaks and overtime protections.

When the House refused to concur with the Senate amendments, a conference committee formed to resolve the issue. The final bill eliminates the eight-hour maximum shift limit, keeps techs in the overtime protections, and includes all hospitals but with a two-year delay for critical access hospitals, solo community hospitals, and hospitals with under 25 beds.

“This legislation addresses the challenges health care workers face in providing safe patient care and the shortage of nurses that we’re facing statewide,” said Rep. Mike Sells (D-Everett), one of the bill’s cosponsors and chair of the House Labor and Workplace Standards Committee. “The protections in this bill will improve job-retention by helping reduce chronic fatigue, which will enable nurses to provide better and more focused care for their patients.”

The 2019 legislative session concludes this Sunday, April 28.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Wed Apr 24, 2019, 11:24 PM

3. How appropriate! Now......

Let's boot her from office, so she'll have plenty of time to play with all her new cards.

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Response to left-of-center2012 (Original post)

Thu Apr 25, 2019, 05:34 PM

5. K&R

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