Many nurses and nursing unions say legislation is needed to prevent cost-conscious hospitals from endangering patients by putting too large of a workload on too few nurses.
“Hospitals right now are run like businesses and they’re focused on the short-term bottom line,” said Jeff Breslin, president of the Michigan Nurses Association, a union backing a minimum staffing bill in the Michigan legislature.
After hearing from members of the public on both sides of the issue, Northbrook village trustees decided late Tuesday to opt out of Cook County's ordinance mandating a minimum wage hike and mandatory earned sick leave.
Trustees heard a series of impassioned arguments over the course of more than two hours of public comment.
This October, we’ll get a $1.40 increase to $13.60 an hour before the minimum wage reaches $15 in 2018.