For Immediate Release Contact: Jamie Lucas
April 1, 2016 720-621-3689
MILWAUKEE, WI--Nurses, community leaders, and mental health advocates have joined together to demand that Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele stop playing politics with fragile lives. In spite of a gag order placed on all County employees by Abele, the Wisconsin Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (WFNHP) and the mental health community are calling on the County Executive to release critical information requested by a County Auditor in order to conduct a standard review of safety conditions at the County-operated Behavioral Health Division (BHD). Public officials have also expressed outrage that the secretive actions of the Abele administration have caused the safety review to be suspended.
On Thursday, March 24th, WFNHP leaders attended one of the only Milwaukee County Mental Health Board meetings open to public comment. Members testified about their concerns for the safety of the patients and staff at the Behavioral Health Division (BHD), and the lack of adequate resources and staff in all County health programs that care for the critically ill.
Nobody's vote is more important than yours! We have a lot of concerns this election. We're sure you do, too. Now, let's make sure we do something about them! VOTE on Tuesday, April 5th for candidates who will stand up for working families. How you vote is a personal decision. Our union has researched the candidates' records and believes these are the best candidates:
U. S. President - Hillary Clinton (endorsed by our national union, AFT)
WI State Supreme Court Justice - Joanne Kloppenburg
Ascension Healthcare has officially taken over St. Francis Hospital. The workers are joining together to keep our voice in the workplace and we need your help to make sure we succeed in keeping the Southside strong.
In her most recent column appearing in the New York Times, AFT President Randi Weingarten talks about the need for our country to return to the kind of thoughtful yet passionate discourse and engagement in civic life that's been far too rare lately.