Gov. Evers Stands up For Patients, CNAs with Assembly Bill 76 Veto

Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO


Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO, released the following statement
 on Gov.  Evers’ veto of Assembly Bill 76, a Republican-led effort to lower instruction hours for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) by nearly half. The Wisconsin State AFL-CIO called upon Governor Evers to veto this dangerous legislation and we are happy to report that he has done so. 

“CNAs and patients in Wisconsin are better for Governor Evers’ bold action to safeguard our citizens from this reckless Republican-led legislation to slash training hours for Certified Nursing Assistants (CNAs) in half. With this veto, CNAs, as well as patients, will not be put in dangerous situations by starting a first day with just half of the current training level," said Stephanie Bloomingdale, President of the Wisconsin AFL-CIO. "CNAs are some of the lowest paid healthcare workers and do essential work caring for our sick, elderly and frail. The only way to address a worker shortage is to value our CNAs by increasing pay and benefits, improving working conditions, and ensuring sure every CNA has the opportunity to join a union. Thank you, Gov. Evers, for protecting patients and CNA training standards by vetoing Assembly Bill 76.”  

Many organizations and citizens came together to put a stop to this bill. You sent messages and made phone calls, calling on Gov. Evers to stand up for quality patient care and safeguard our most vulnerable citizens with proper CNA training. You took action and our Governor listened.

Thank you, Gov. Evers, for putting patients first.