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Stop SF Privatization At Potrero Hill Health Center & Defend Health Worker Cheryl Thornton
by Labor Video Project
Sunday Apr 22nd, 2018 7:39 AM
Community and labor advocates rallied against the attacks on San Francisco Potrero Hill health center and racist employment practices including the retaliation and removal of SEIU 1021 healthcare workers Cheryl Thornton
Community and labor advocates rallied on Friday April 20, 2018 at the San Francisco Potrero Hill Health Center to call for an end to the privatization of the center by Department of Public Health Director Barbara Garcia and also the retaliation against the center's worker Cheryl Thornton who is a member of SEIU 1021. The management has a history of workplace bullying and racists work practices against the African American workers.

Community members are angry that the clinic which was founded after a long struggle is being destroyed by city privatizers.
There was also a previous rally to oppose the systemic racist policies at other San Francisco neighborhood healthcare centers. The rally was sponsored by Sponsored by the Patient Advisory Board for Potrero Hill Health Center.

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Statement from Patient Advisory Board for Potrero Hill Health Center.

Thousands of San Francisco families and residents rely on the services facilitated by the City’s Department of Public Health (DPH). We expect this important city to live up to our city’s values of fairness, collaboration, and respect. Our City’s health and well-being depend on it.

The New York Times recently published a series of articles about the dangers of privatizing public services, the first of which was called "When You Dial 911 and Wall Street Answers". Over the years, the Times has published other exposes of privatized services, like hospitals, health care, prisons, ambulances, and preschool for children with disabilities. In some cities and states, even libraries and water have been privatized. No public service is immune from takeover by corporations that say they can provide comparable or better quality at a lower cost. The New York Times said that since 2008 financial crisis, private equity firms "have increasingly taken over a wide array of civic and financial services that are central to American life."

Privatization means that a public service is taken over by a for-profit business, whose highest goal is profit. Investors expect a profit when a business moves into a new venture. The new corporation operating the hospital or the prison of the fire department cuts costs by every means to increase profits. When possible it eliminates unions, raises prices to consumers (even charging homeowners for putting out fires), cuts workers' benefits, expands working hours, and lays off veteran employees who earn the most. The consequences can be dangerous to ordinary citizens.

That’s why it’s troubling to learn that management at DPH refuses to address the staffing and workload issues that are negatively impacting public services. Employees who do important yet often overlooked work are also facing threats to their job security, with the reduction of their duties and responsibilities.

In addition to being unresponsive to issues related to staffing and work load, workers report that management is disproportionately disciplining African American employees and separate them from probation at alarming rates.

Discrimination has no place in our city. Together we must use our power in numbers and demand that DPH investigates how management is unfairly using disciplines and separations from probation. We must end the fear and intimidation of our coworkers.

In Solidarity,
Patients Advisory Board of Potrero Hill Health Clinic
§DPH Barbara Garcia Pushing Racist Policies At Potrero Hill Health Center
by Labor Video Project Sunday Apr 22nd, 2018 7:39 AM
Department of Public Health director Barbara Garcia has brought in managers who have racist and anti-worker actions that have threatened the Potrero Hill Health Center and other community healthcare centers.
§Mother And Children Stand Up Against Attacks On Potrero Hill Health Center
by Labor Video Project Sunday Apr 22nd, 2018 7:39 AM
A mother and her children were at the protest to demand that the center not be privatized and that SEIU 1021 healthcare worker Cheryl Thornton be returned to the center.
§Stop Privatization At SF Health Center
by Labor Video Project Sunday Apr 22nd, 2018 7:39 AM
A community member in front of the Potrero Hill Health Center protested the Department of Public Health policy and Director Barbara Garcia to privatize the centers.