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For us, Every Day is Workers' Memorial Day, April 28

Every 15 seconds, a worker dies from a work-related accident or disease, and 160 workers experience a work-related accident.

Known as International Workers’ Memorial Day and the United Nations’ World Day for Safety and Health, April 28 marks the annual day of mourning for workers killed, disabled, injured or made unwell by their work. The day also serves as a potent reminder that most workplace deaths, injuries and illnesses are preventable. Download flier.

Outreach, March/April 2016

The March/April 2016 Outreach is available online. Download here

The costs of California state health care overtime
By Jon Ortiz

This week’s State Worker column looks at overtime for nurses and psychiatric technicians working in state prisons, mental health facilities and prisons. Here are some numbers fromthe Little Hoover Commission report that underpin the column:

CAPT is now accepting applications for its 2016 Anthony Myers Memorial Scholarship Program


CAPT is now accepting applications for the twelfth round of scholarships it will award to students enrolled in Psychiatric Technician education programs.

For applications to be considered, they must be postmarked no later than July 15, 2016. The scholarship winners will be announced at CAPT’s 32nd Annual Meeting, scheduled for late September.

CAPT will award up to 10 scholarships to help students with the cost of tuition, books and other expenses. This year, eight scholar- ships may be awarded for $750 each. Two additional scholarships may be awarded to the individuals whose applications are not only accurately completed, but whose signed statements are exception- ally inspiring and letters of recommendation are highly supportive. One top scholarship may be awarded in the amount of $1,500 and a runner-up awarded in the amount of $1,000. Download flier. Download application.

Overtime means big bucks, headaches for state workers
By Jon Ortiz
  • Report says nurses, psych techs clocked 3.75 million hours of OT last year
  • Cost to taxpayers was $179 million
  • Forced OT is a state ‘staffing tool’ instead of hiring more workers
You’ve looked forward to the end of the day. A patient punched you. Others were so weak that you lifted them from beds or wheelchairs and then cleaned them after they went to the bathroom. If they made it there.

You want to go home. Barbecue. The kids. A Netflix binge.