IWJC Report: Mental Health Workers' Public Hearings
posted February 5, 2011

UE150 held two major public hearings as part of the Mental Health Workers bill of Rights campaign in Butner, NC on November 20, 2010 and in Goldsboro, NC on February 5, 2011. The purpose of the hearings was threefold: 1) to present further evidence of the need for collective bargaining rights in the public sector; 2) to provide a public forum for issues impacting thousands of mental health workers and patients caused by the state’s failed 2001“reform plan” and calling for a legislative Mental Health Workers Bill of Rights; and 3) demand that the state government no longer balance the budget by cutting vital services and jobs. Before a crowd of more than 100 people, which included members of the mainstream and independent media, patient advocates and the broader community, mental healthcare workers from six (6) state facilities in the Department of Health and Human Services gave testimony about their working conditions. Click Here to Download Report