Our strength lies in numbers. The more of us who join together to hold HCA accountable, the more successful we will be at getting HCA to put patients and workers first.
The union difference in healthcare
We must protect the existence and power of union workers at HCA. Unions allow healthcare workers to negotiate fair contracts that guarantee safe working conditions and higher pay, which helps promote quality patient care. A 2016 study from the University of Maryland found that hospitals with unionized staff reported higher job satisfaction and better patient outcomes.
A 2022 study by Health Affairs reveals how the presence of unions in healthcare settings saves patients’ lives and keeps workers safe. The study found that nursing homes with unionized workers had lower resident mortality and lower worker infection rates during the pandemic.
The right to organize
Since taking over as CEO of HCA Healthcare in 2019, Sam Hazen has made it his mission to weaken the collective voice of HCA nurses and hospital staff who are members of SEIU. Under Hazen’s leadership, frontline caregivers have faced disrespect, poverty wages, and dangerous working conditions, and our attempts to challenge the problems we face have been met with intimidation and union-busting.
Our right to organize is protected by the National Labor Relations Act — a right that can not be taken away by Hazen or anyone else.
We are proud to care for and heal our patients, stand up for our coworkers, provide for our families, and defend quality health care.