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About 200 Occupiers have taken over a hotel slated for demolition. The reason it is being demolished is so a hospital can be built. Why would Occupiers object to a hospital being built?

When that hospital is for the 1%.

They will not take patients without insurance. also this hospital will exclusively hire non-union employees keeping wages low for hard working employees.


 
 
 
 
 


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Some backstory on the company putting the hospital in. Basically this is what covers most of the communities objections to the hospital. There is much much more information on the predatory nature of this "health care" company.

We wonder if Sutter/CPMC will invest in the long-term health of this neighborhood by agreeing to strong First Source arrangements for the permanent jobs. We want a percentage of the permanent jobs. We know that the hospital will hire from all over the City and region—but they are coming to our neighborhood so we need to be hired. Without a binding agreement we fear our communities will be left out in the cold. We need to be chipped in not locked out. We don’t need charity, we need jobs and opportunities,” stated residential hotel tenant Clifton Smith of the Community Housing Organizing Project.

Over 200 people showed up to hear testimony from workers and community members
Nurses spoke about the connection between patient care, labor rights and union representation. Eileen Prendiville, a Registered Nurse at the CPMC’s California Campus, stated “I work at the California Campus. It has been 3½ years since our contract expired. CPMC from the very begin did not bargain in good faith. We are just asking for the same contract standards that nurses and other bay area hospitals have previously agreed to. It is not easy to be a patient advocate without a union to protect us. A unionized nurse is much more likely to speak up about unsafe staffing for example. Without union protection there is the very real fear of retaliation by the employer and CPMC has already targeted union activist with trivial disciplinary actions. CPMC routinely ignores our contracts, hands out anti-union information to its new nurses in the new employee package and makes every attempt to divide us.”

Board member Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said, “If it weren’t for the commitment, the dedication of the people who work there, the caregivers, the health providers, the nurses, the doctors, and the rest of the personnel, that building (St. Luke’s) would be worthless and that is what they are saying to you. They are saying that you are worthless that you are expendable well it ain’t going to happen and I promise on the state level to keep their feet to the fire.”

Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:10 PM PT:
 
 
 
 
 


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Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:23 PM PT: Police attacking protesters earlier in the day:

Originally posted to Occupy Wall Street on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 09:18 PM PST.

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  •  Links regarding representations? (2+ / 0-)
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    RanDomino, johnny wurster

    I'd be very interested in reading about their refusal to take any uninsured patients or their exclusion of any labor workforce....but I'm not seeing verification here.

    Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

    by Morgan Sandlin on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 09:24:45 PM PST

    •  Because that is such an extraordinary claim, (5+ / 0-)

      right?

      How dare I show that corporate health care giants care nothing about anything but profits.

      Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

      by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 09:42:20 PM PST

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      •  Sooo...Horace..I take it you don't have a link? (0+ / 0-)

        Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

        by Morgan Sandlin on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:44:36 PM PST

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        •  Just for you (2+ / 0-)
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          Sean X, llbear
          We wonder if Sutter/CPMC will invest in the long-term health of this neighborhood by agreeing to strong First Source arrangements for the permanent jobs. We want a percentage of the permanent jobs. We know that the hospital will hire from all over the City and region—but they are coming to our neighborhood so we need to be hired. Without a binding agreement we fear our communities will be left out in the cold. We need to be chipped in not locked out. We don’t need charity, we need jobs and opportunities,” stated residential hotel tenant Clifton Smith of the Community Housing Organizing Project.

          Over 200 people showed up to hear testimony from workers and community members
          Nurses spoke about the connection between patient care, labor rights and union representation. Eileen Prendiville, a Registered Nurse at the CPMC’s California Campus, stated “I work at the California Campus. It has been 3½ years since our contract expired. CPMC from the very begin did not bargain in good faith. We are just asking for the same contract standards that nurses and other bay area hospitals have previously agreed to. It is not easy to be a patient advocate without a union to protect us. A unionized nurse is much more likely to speak up about unsafe staffing for example. Without union protection there is the very real fear of retaliation by the employer and CPMC has already targeted union activist with trivial disciplinary actions. CPMC routinely ignores our contracts, hands out anti-union information to its new nurses in the new employee package and makes every attempt to divide us.”

          Board member Assemblyman Tom Ammiano said, “If it weren’t for the commitment, the dedication of the people who work there, the caregivers, the health providers, the nurses, the doctors, and the rest of the personnel, that building (St. Luke’s) would be worthless and that is what they are saying to you. They are saying that you are worthless that you are expendable well it ain’t going to happen and I promise on the state level to keep their feet to the fire.”

          Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

          by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:46:34 PM PST

          [ Parent ]

          •  No Horace, that doesn't do.... (3+ / 0-)
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            johnny wurster, coffeetalk, Bill W

            You stated that they would refuse to treat any uninsured individuals and are excluding all labor workforce.

            Look at my most recent diary on Gingrich..its sourced. Anyone that wishes to make a representation to another individual based on that diary knows that they have a foundation.

            I'm not seeing that foundation...and in this battle we need to be able to back up our accusations by something other than  rhetoric.

            This isn't a case of "How dare I show that corporate health care giants care nothing about anything but profits."

            It is a case of sourcing the allegations made in your diary.

            Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

            by Morgan Sandlin on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 10:58:37 PM PST

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            •  You caught me (1+ / 0-)
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              Sean X

              I'm pulling all this out of thin air.

              A major health care corporation would NEVER screw over patients, workers, and their community for just profits:

              "We are being railroaded by California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC)," John Avalos, a member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, told an April 5 morning protest rally on City Hall steps.

              CPMC has four hospitals in the city and is the second-largest private employer, with 6,000 employees and 1,200 staff physicians. It is owned by Sutter Health--another huge operation that is northern California's largest and most profitable medical chain.

              This powerhouse of wealth, money and power is forging full speed ahead to build a modern mega-hospital featuring high-end specialty procedures, while downsizing St. Luke's Hospital, which has long been a critical care provider to its adjacent poorer neighborhoods swelling with uninsured and underinsured.

              Not surprisingly, there are lots of powerful supporters who see big advantages in the CPMC hospital expansion, budgeted at $2.5 billion for its construction--1,500 construction jobs would be one of the immediate benefits.

              Nonetheless, say critics, unless there are substantial changes to the proposal, the community is paying too high of a price.

              Sutter has often been accused of reducing services for the underprivileged, and they operate no differently in San Francisco. "Many people are concerned that CPMC has one of the worst records of serving the poor in this city," said Nella Manual, a Medi-Cal patient. "Despite record profits, CPMC has the lowest record of serving us."On the other hand, Sutter's profits jumped by 30 percent last year.

              While our coalition supports Mayor Lee’s demands of Sutter CPMC, we feel they do not go far enough to ensure that CPMC is rebuilt the right way.  We believe he should stand firm on these demands and should push Sutter to pay its fair share for charity care, affordable housing, etc. as a tax-exempt nonprofit organization. We also believe that he should support the community and labor’s demands that Sutter/CPMC should be accountable to the community by signing an enforceable Community Benefits Agreement that is negotiated transparently with real community input and accountability.

              CPMC, the largest and most profitable operator of hospital beds in San Francisco, has plans to redesign their system in a way that

              would dramatically impact our City’s healthcare services for decades.  What we are asking for is that Sutter/CPMC, like every major developer in San Francisco, help offset the impacts of its new expansion and maximize its benefits for the City of San Francisco.  This involves committing to standard levels of healthcare service to the poor, committing to a viable St. Luke’s Hospital for the medically underserved Southeast sector, mitigating its enormous impact on the demand for affordable housing by its workforce, preventing a trafficnightmare on Geary and Van Ness, and ensuring good jobs for San Franciscans and basic rights for its workers.

              Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

              by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:05:39 PM PST

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              •  Sigh...Horace, your links show me that the (1+ / 0-)
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                coffeetalk

                history is one of concern regarding providing service to the underinsured but your diary states that they will deny all care to uninsured and accept absolutely no union employees.

                Its actually a good story...but you lost in looking for the quick comment rather than providing your readers a look into the substantive problem.

                Its not enough to just preach to the choir, on some of these important issues (and when it comes to community health care I deem that an important issue) we need to give the choir factual weapons to bring others in so that change is accomplished.

                Wonders are many, but none so wonderful as man.

                by Morgan Sandlin on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:16:46 PM PST

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            •  BTW (2+ / 0-)
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              Sean X, llbear

              Do you see the word livestream in the title?

              That means I'm trying to work with a fluid situation and you are WASTING MY TIME looking up stuff you could just as easily look up yourself.

              So instead of being able to keep the readers updated about the real story I'm playing researcher looking for a company that has so many stories about anti-union, anti-patient, and anti-community behaviors that I can't find the specific location this is addressing.

              BTW if you want the livestream posts to be 100% factual you can just complain to Kos. I DO retract and correct as I go. But this instance of demanding proof is so ludicrous you are driving me up the wall. STOP IT! Complain to Kos if you don't like it.

              Education is a progressive discovery of our own ignorance.

              by Horace Boothroyd III on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:12:03 PM PST

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        •  For Morgan Sandlin... (3+ / 0-)
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          Horace Boothroyd III, Sean X, llbear

          If it weren't so late, and I weren't so tired, I would provide you with a personal example.  But it's too late, and I'm too tired.  So therefore, you can dismiss me also as just making another wild statement without backup.  That's fine with me.

          "The Future of Man" [... ???] Pierre Teilhard de Chardin

          by dharmasyd on Fri Jan 20, 2012 at 11:40:34 PM PST

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  •  As someone tweeted (6+ / 0-)

    This building has enough room to house all the homeless in SF within a 30-block radius.

  •  Article (6+ / 0-)
    Dozens of protesters stormed into the vacant Cathedral Hill Hotel about 6:30 tonight as part of a demonstration organized by Homes Not Jails that started at the Civic Center around 5 p.m. According to its website, the organization advocates for the use of vacant and abandoned housing for people who are homeless.

    http://www.sfexaminer.com/...

  •  Thank you Horace (1+ / 0-)
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    llbear

    Most of us know where the links are and how to find them.  You stay very busy.. We appreciate this work you do.  

    We the People have to make a difference and the Change.....Just do it ! Be part of helping us build a veteran community online. United Veterans of America

    by Vetwife on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 04:30:13 AM PST

  •  so this ISN'T the former Cathedral Hill hotel? (0+ / 0-)

    Sounds like there's more than one building being demolished for a hospital, and the loss of housing stock is reason enough to occupy, let alone the non0union non-living wage aspects.

    Thank you, Horace.

    All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

    by Dave in Northridge on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 05:57:37 AM PST

    •  ah, never mind. (1+ / 0-)
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      llbear

      New rule.  Before you comment, always expand the comments, which will probably make whatever you're questioning very clear.

      All it takes is security in your own civil rights to make you complacent.

      by Dave in Northridge on Sat Jan 21, 2012 at 05:58:38 AM PST

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