Proposition 32 claims to be the "Paycheck Protection" proposition. That couldn't be further from the truth. For working folks the proposition actually takes away their voice in Sacramento.

Who would you trust to make good governmental policy decisions for you and your family? Billionaires whose greatest priority is their own bottom line? Health insurance companies who have a track record of denying your claim for needed care prescribed by your doctor? Secretive Super PAC groups who can raise unlimited amounts of money to support and elect politicians friendly to their agendas? More >>

Open Letter to Proposition 38 Proponent, Molly Munger
October 8, 2012 

Dear Ms. Munger, Although we disagree about this year’s ballot initiatives Proposition 30 and 38, we hope that you would agree that it’s best for California, our public schools, our children, and our local health care services to pass Proposition 30. We are not naïve about the initiative process in California, or the dynamics of competing ballot measures. For our part, we have avoided a fight between the two initiatives and have not campaigned against Proposition 38. Based on our experience, we believe your recent characterizations of Yes on Prop 30 ads are not only misleading but also destructive. Don’t we share the goal to win additional funding for education, healthcare and public safety services? If you proceed with ads explicitly attacking Proposition 30 as reported, then you will join your brother, Charles, Jr, in a personal war on the essential services our state needs to prosper. On behalf of our 85,000 members and the patients of California, we cannot afford your family’s politics of social destruction. More >>


Deborah Burger, RN Zenei Cortez, RN Malinda Markowitz, RN DeAnn McEwen, RN 
Co-­‐Presidents, California Nurses Association

Prop. 32 campaign having trouble with the facts

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Just looked up chutzpah in the dictionary. The definition says “see the Proposition 32 campaign in California” (well it does in my dictionary anyway).  Presumably the dictionary is referring to the latest Yes on 32 ad deceptively titled “Dishonest.” No, it was not a confession, but it should have been.

Prop. 32 is the November ballot measure pushed by the right-wing cabal that was behind two previous losing California initiatives to eliminate the influence of unions and working people in state politics. Read and recommend the full blog here >>

DeAnn McEwen, RN
By: DeAnn McEwen, RN

A Nurse’s Care Plan for California: Help STOP the Unkindest Cuts of All
Vote Vote “YES” on Prop. 30; and, “NO” on Prop. 32! 

Trust me when I say that politics has become very personal this year; I’m a nurse. As nurses we ask our patients to “tell us where it hurts.” There are those who are too young and too medically fragile who don’t have the ability to utter a word; yet we see the result of an eroding social safety net etched on their faces and wreaking havoc on their health. It doesn't have to be this way.

Far too many of the patients and people in the community that I care for are suffering as a result of our broken economy. There is hope for them, and we all have the ability to help if we make an informed decision and vote wisely. Before we’re handcuffed by lethal cutbacks and before we become accomplices of injustice and the erosion of our right to protect one another, please join nurses in voting “YES” on Proposition 30; and, “NO” on Proposition 32!

Trust me when I tell you that nurses in the State of California, have a duty as patient advocates to recognize the potential for harm, and, as circumstances require, take action to prevent harm. A “YES” vote on Proposition 30, and a “NO” vote on Proposition 32 will help prevent harm, heal California’s economy, and protect nurses’ ability to continue to be public advocates, whether we’re fighting for a patient’s life at the bedside, or working to inform healthy public policy decisions during town hall meetings and in the legislature.

Why we need to DEFEAT Prop. 32:

Historically nursing has been more than a working class profession with noble ideals. The public has placed their trust in the nursing profession’s right and duty to exercise their advocacy power on behalf of the most vulnerable: patients who are sick or injured. Compelled by the ethic of social responsibility, California Nurses Association RNs sponsored the first-in-the-nation RN to patient ratio law. California’s landmark legislative achievement has been widely recognized and scientifically validated as a benchmark for ensuring improved nurse and patient outcomes.

The safe staffing law is but one example of the long-standing and important public health and safety regulations that will be subject to attack should the unthinkable happen and Prop. 32 passes. Patients are our “special interest”; but if Proposition 32 passes, the ability of direct care registered nurses to safeguard hospitalized patients will be devastatingly threatened. That’s why nurses like me are urging you to Vote “NO” on Proposition 32. Vote “NO” as if your life depends on it; trust me, it does!

Proposition 32 was written to limit the voice of nurses and other working people in Sacramento, while giving free reign for corporate interests and the wealthiest Californians to exert limitless influence over public policy in California. RN duties and rights will be encumbered and made subordinate to the hospital industry’s for-profit business enterprise.

For nurses, that means that we would have far less ability to counter the efforts of the wealthy hospital industry, insurance companies, pharmaceutical and health technology corporations who are in the halls of the Capitol every day lobbying to roll back long-standing workplace safety regulations to increase their own profits at the public’s expense. 

Similarly, other public safety workers and teachers would be unable to fight effectively on issues that matter to us all—like cuts to our schools and colleges; and, police and fire response times. We can’t standby silently when we recognize this threat to the health and well-being of the public. 

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United has come to represent the authentic conscience of the labor movement in California and across the nation. We should not underestimate the wealthy and powerful corporate and media pundits who want us to believe that opposing views should be given equal weight, when one of those views is dangerous and harmful to the social, political and economic interests of main street Californians.

Human beings need certain things to live; yet wealthy, self-interested special interests are trying to buy our democracy. It’s more important than ever for us to rise up to reject austerity and protect humanity, by voting nurses’ values for caring, compassion, and community; which at the end of the day, are the shared values of all Californians. 

Non-partisan groups like the California League of Women Voters, California Common Cause, Public Citizen and Public Campaign, who advocate for policies that curb Koch Brothers and self-serving corporate influence, are urging voters to join us in rejecting Prop. 32. Public Citizen calls it “an attack on labor masquerading as campaign finance reform”.

Why we need to PASS Prop. 30:

Proposition 30 is the Local Schools and Public Safety Protection Act. It will protect California’s schools, colleges and local public safety programs from billions in devastating budget cuts. Our families can’t succeed unless our schools have teachers, colleges are affordable, health care is obtainable, libraries stay open, and neighborhoods stay safe. This initiative puts our state’s priorities back on what matters: our future, our families, and our communities.

People are longing for politics that matter and people need hope that their vote will make a difference. Teachers, nurses, and firefighters and their unions did not cause the economic collapse that has put the American Dream out of reach for most Californians. As Dr. Martin Luther King observed, “It is not a coincidence that the labor movement and the civil rights movement have the same essential origins.” Out of their bold struggles, economic and social reform transformed despair into hope and progress. 

My hope for California’s future is that these two movements will remain united and move forward with their social pioneering initiatives. Registered nurses are the courageous and compassionate activists in a participatory democracy, responsible for promoting (each) individual’s and society’s holistic well-being. We have an opportunity to benefit all who live here in the process. It begins anew with a “YES” vote on Proposition 30.

Californians, please listen to your nurses. And, join us in voting:  “YES” on Proposition 30; and, “NO” on Proposition 32.


DeAnn McEwen, RN is co-president of the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United, and leads the Joint Nursing Practice Commission. This article was originally published at Labor's Edge.