Policy Advocacy Committee (PAC)
We will work together to get our message on issues to elected leaders to advocate for our patients on matters of social justice and community health. We will formulate a platform to inform our advocacy work in 2017 and beyond. Our PAC will identify issues of common interest to doctors, and hold elected leaders accountable to ensure a more just health system for all. The PAC will also make recommendations to our Executive Committee on position statements and stewardship of COPE funds during election cycles. We would love to hear your ideas and the issues you are passionate about.
Community Advocacy Committee
We understand the community plays a vital role in what we do. This Committee will work together to strengthen existing and create new strategic partnerships and alliances with community organizations. As a union, we can see how important existing partnerships have been through our work on anti – privatization of dialysis, the fight for Labor and Delivery at North Central Bronx or for safety and access to care at Rikers. The struggle of the work we do every day is closely tied with the struggles of the communities we live and work in. We must work closely with partners and allies to improve not only where we work but to combat inequalities that directly affect our patients and communities we serve. Being a part of this Committee means being part of a group of key leaders involved with specific community organizations that we share values with.
Workplace Advocacy Committee
This Committee is committed to organizing, educating and training doctors to improve the lives of our members and build our membership through collective action. We will achieve this by creating a network of leaders and activists who communicate and educate other doctors to address workplace issues. This Committee enhances our flexibility to address issues which may or may not be addressed in the Collective Bargaining Agreement. Additionally, we may mobilize within a department, a hospital or system-wide. Workplace Advocacy Doctors will be asked to talk with members and hear their concerns. Once members understand the issue and what is at stake, we can involve them in collective actions to increase our power (e.g., wearing a button, passing out flyers, signing petitions). By building a Doctors Council that has grassroots membership support and involvement, we put ourselves in a better position to bargain stronger contracts in the coming years, and help us fulfill our mission to advocate for our members, ensuring safe staffing and workload, and to win the respect we deserve.