Limo safety bill

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau 



September 11, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Four months have passed since five Filipino women, who were on their way to a bridal party, died from a limousine fire along San Mateo Bridge in the San Francisco Bay Area. 

And since then, state lawmakers have taken efforts to make limousines safer for passengers. 

With a 44 to 26 vote, the California Assembly passed a bill that would require limousines operated in California to have emergency exits. The bill also cited that limousines carrying fewer than 10 passengers would have to have two push-out windows and two rear doors. Drivers are also mandated to instruct passengers about the vehicles’ safety feature before the trip begings. 

The bill now goes to the California Senate for a vote. 

For more information, you may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com

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Filipino nurses, community leaders rally for right to unionize

By Henni Espinosa, ABS-CBN North America Bureau 

September 11, 2013

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Filipino nurses working at the California Pacific Medical Center’s Pacific Campus in San Francisco held a protest in front of their hospital yesterday to fight for their right to unionize. 

The California Nurses Association/National Nurses United filed for a secret ballot election for union representation for 600 registered nurses at CPMC’s Pacific Campus, one of the few hospitals in SAn Francisco where the nurses remain non-union. 

In a press statement, CPMC said it prefers to work directly with employees, without a union in the middle. But the hospital management stressed that it “believes that all employees should be able to make fully informed decisions and exercise freedom of choice through the secret ballot and democratic process established by the National Labor Relations Board.

The union, as well as advocates from Gabriela and from National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) said nurses need to work in an environment where they can organize, without fear of coercion or intimidation from management.

”It’s important for me to have a fair election because we will be able to come out and talk to other nurses, freely, without being kicked out,” said Aisha Magno, a Filipina nurse at CPMC.

”I want nurses to have a place on the table, to collaborate with management, in order to decide on how best to safely practice care to its patients,” added Lea Ejanda, another Filipina nurse working for the hospital.

For more information, you may contact Henni Espinosa at henni_espinosa@abs-cbn.com.


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  • kikay.Pang0
    13 September 2013 at 5:38 am - Reply

    Did they include excessive use of hair spray on the Bill ?

  • jorge buesa
    13 September 2013 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    LIttle to late for the state lawmakers have taken efforts to make limousines safer, for passengers ? After 5 filipino women got kill in a limousine fire ? Very Sad for the 5 womens !

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