The Local 888 Executive Board voted Oct. 20 to endorse a Yes vote on ballot questions 1, 2 and 3.
QUESTION 1: A Yes vote would require emergency room RNs to care for no more than five patients
at a time, fewer depending on a patient’s condition. California provides a successful example of enacting such a law. The ballot question was sponsored by the Massachusetts Nurses Association and the Committee to Ensure Safe Patient Care.
QUESTION 2: A Yes vote would set up a state commission to write a report on money in politics.
The goal, ultimately, is to enact a campaign finance amendment to the U.S. Constitution – overturning the U.S. Supreme Court’s “Citizens United” decision.
That ruling removed many campaign-finance limits
and allowed billion-dollar corporations to make
unlimited political donations.
QUESTION 3: A Yes vote would keep in place a 2016 state law that prohibits discrimination against transgender people in places open to the public. Under the law, transgender people can use a space, such as restrooms, that matches their gender identity. Since the law took effect, there has been no increase in safety incidents in places such as bathrooms.