Join the campaign, help us gather signatures to protect our patients
On September 18, MNA nurses kicked off the signature campaign to put safe patient limits on the ballot. Packets with petitions and instructions have gone out to all bargaining units. Please see your local bargaining unit committee chair, committee member, or floor rep to get petitions – or you can call the MNA office at 781.821.4625 (and ask for the membership department) to get petitions and instructions. Sign and circulate the petition today! Working together we can make safe staffing the law in Massachusetts!
What is a ballot initiative and why are we doing one?
A ballot initiative is a process that empowers the voters to propose legislation and to enact or reject that legislation at the polls. It is a process that is independent of the state Legislature and its lawmaking power, which means that it is a type of election that is commenced and carried out by the people.
The purpose of a ballot initiative is to permit registered voters to resolve questions where their elected representatives have failed or refused to proceed with a change that the public desires.
With these details in mind, MNA members made a motion at last year’s annual convention requesting that a ballot initiative specific to safe patient care get underway. The motion passed overwhelmingly. Why? Because MNA nurses everywhere knew that it was time to take control of their destiny and to stop relying on the Legislature.
Furthermore, the research and data specific to safe patient care entirely support the MNA’s efforts on this front. For example:
Equally compelling are the following statistics: