Statement from SEIU EVP Lisa Weed on Being Appointed to Governor Walz’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health and Human Services

SAINT PAUL – SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Executive Vice President Lisa Weed released the following statement after it was announced that she was appointed to Governor Walz’s Blue Ribbon Commission on Health and Human Services:

 

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“As a nurse and elected leader in a healthcare union representing over 35,000 workers, I am proud to be appointed by Governor Walz to the Blue Ribbon Commission on Health and Human Services. I will use my experience as a nurse and union leader, along with the voices of SEIU members from across our state, to fight for Minnesota patients, nursing home residents and home care clients. When making decisions that will affect families across Minnesota like this Commission will be doing, it is critical that we have the voices of healthcare workers from the hospital, clinic, nursing home and home care fields at the table. Too often, critical decisions about the services we provide get made by insurance companies and providers who focus first and foremost on protecting their profits. As a nurse I have experience keeping Minnesotans safe and healthy. I will use that experience to ensure regular Minnesotans are heard and advocated for in this process. I am honored by Governor Walz’s appointment, and I look forward to making sure the work of this commission helps Minnesotans improve and strengthen our Health and Human Services departments so every Minnesotan – no matter our race, wealth or zip code – can live a safe and healthy life.”

BIO: Lisa Weed joined the labor movement in 2003 by organizing a union where she worked as a Licensed Practical Nurse at Infinia Owatonna Nursing Home. Lisa was actively involved with SEIU HCMN as a member organizer and in October 2004 moved into a position as an external organizer. In 2007, she was an Internal Organizer, and in 2012, became the Long Term Care Director. Lisa has been an Executive Vice President since January 2013. She was appointed by the Executive Board in 2013 and elected by the membership the following year. In 2014, Lisa became the Southeast Sector Director. She currently serves on the Department of Labor’s Rehabilitation and Review Panel, as a Labor Member, and sits on the Health Professionals Services Program Advisory Committee. She is a Board Member of TakeAction Minnesota and sits on the General Board of the Minnesota AFL-CIO.
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SEIU Healthcare Minnesota represents healthcare and long term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care across Minnesota.

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