Resolution 18-011R

After spending time with nurses at their National Nurses United event and learning more about the working conditions at John Hopkins, I introduced a Resolution 18-011R. Johns Hopkins Hospital is a world-class medical institution that serves people from across Baltimore as well as from across the world. Many Registered Nurses work at Hopkins for that reason and there is no reason why they do not deserve a world-class working environment as well.
The compassion and service RN’s give their patients are undermined by the poor working conditions, unsafe patient to nurse ratio, poor compensation and the frequent turnovers on the nursing staff.
I believe Johns Hopkins should not use anti-union consultants and tactics to intimidate and prevent RN’s from organizing. This resolution encourages the hospital to adopt a policy of neutrality and non-interference relating to the ongoing unionization efforts of Registered Nurses.

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Lactation Rights Award

I am very grateful to have been awarded the Women Empowerment- Lactation Rights Award from the Baltimore City Office of Civil Rights. The Lactation Accommodation bill was introduced in August, in hopes of providing new mothers with lactation rights to help them transition back to work after giving birth.

Lactation Accommodation

I have introduced the Lactation Accommodation Bill, a bill that will help remove barriers between new mothers and their careers.

This bill would allow employees to request additional time to express breast milk, outside of lunch breaks, which may be unpaid. The legislation also outlines higher standards for a lactation space to include: a private room with a door that can be locked from the inside, a surface to place a breast pump and other personal items, comfortable seating, at least one electrical outlet, a sink with running hot water and a refrigerator to store breast milk. Lastly, this legislation requires all employers and worksites to provide lactation accommodations to all employees if requested.

The Lactation Accommodation Bill will provide new mothers with lactation accommodations and help them transition back to work after giving birth.