CPMC CEO Denies Filipino Nurse Hiring Ban By Claiming He Loves Lumpia, Just Not Balut: NAFCON Demands that Sutter Seriously Address the Filipino Community’s Charge of Illegal Discrimination based on Race and National Origin

Dr. Warren Browner loooooves Filipino food. It’s too bad that he won’t offer the same “respect” to Filipino people.

From The National Alliance of Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) http://nafconusa.org/

CPMC CEO Denies Filipino Nurse Hiring Ban By Claiming He Loves Lumpia, Just Not Balut: NAFCON Demands that Sutter Seriously Address the Filipino Community’s Charge of Illegal Discrimination based on Race and National Origin

07 September 2010

Terrence Valen, Northern California Regional Spokesperson, National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON)
Email: justice4filnurses@gmail.com

San Francisco–Days after the National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON), California Nurses Association (CNA), and other community members charged Sutter Health’s California Pacific Medical Center (CPMC) with discrimination against Filipino nurses, Warren Browner, the hospital’s CEO, unleashed a campaign to divert public attention away from the facts. In separate correspondence sent to community leaders, hospital employees, and city officials, Browner repeatedly claims the allegations are untrue and made without any factual basis; however, Browner does not once refute testimony from three former CPMC managers who state that Diana Karner, Sutter West Bay’s Vice President of Nursing, ordered them not to hire Filipino and foreign graduate nurses. In fact, press releases, letters to community, and Browner’s blog all omit Karner’s name, which community members suspect is a tactic being used by CPMC to avoid accountability.

CPMC further attempts to downplay statistics which support charges of discrimination by claiming the data used does not exist. Terrence Valen, Executive Director of the Filipino Community Center in San Francisco and NAFCON NorCal Regional Spokesperson responds by saying, “CPMC claims that they do not keep records of the national origin of new hires. However, if they were to take the allegations seriously, a simple study of new hires from January 2008 onward could confirm the sharp decline in the hiring of Filipino nurses since that time.”

Adding insult to injury, Browner pleads that he is incapable of discrimination against Filipinos by writing on his blog about his voyeuristic experiences with the Filipino community and the Philippines. Browner blogs about lumpia, exoticized balut, the rice terraces, white-sand beaches, and hand carved chess sets; all of which are irrelevant to the real issue. Valen comments, “We are talking about thousands of highly qualified Filipinos and their families struggling every day to find good jobs, and CPMC’s CEO is talking about being fed lumpia at midnight! The real issue concerns unequivocal testimony by hospital staff indicating a blatant and institutional practice of racism by a VP of San Francisco’s largest hospital management corporation.”

CPMC’s letters and public statements also try to paint the discrimination charge as a meritless tactic by CNA to degrade the reputation of the hospital. Similar to Browner’s failure to respond to the facts, CPMC also fails to recognize the long list of Filipino community organizations and individuals involved in this campaign to hold the hospital and its management accountable. Lyra Ibarra, a student at San Francisco State University studying to be a nurse and a coordinator of the Filipino organization Active Leadership to Advance the Youth, says, “Even though there are a lot of Filipino and community organizations that see the charge of discrimination as very serious, Dr. Browner and CPMC do not seem to recognize how important this issue is to us.” Ibarra continues, “It is already hard enough to be an immigrant working in the U.S.; it only makes it harder to have to face discrimination.” The list of signatories demanding accountability includes over 35 individuals and organizations across the SF Bay Area.

In the official August 19, 2010 letter to Sutter-CPMC, NAFCON, CNA, and other community members gave the company until September 19th to answer to the following demands:

  1. We urge the SF Human Rights Commission (HRC) to conduct an immediate and thorough investigation of the apparent pattern and practice of discrimination by Sutter CPMC against Filipino Registered Nurses.
  2. We request Sutter CPMC’s full and prompt cooperation with the HRC investigation.
  3. We demand a meeting with CPMC CEO Warren Browner and Vice President Diana Karner within one month to discuss discrimination against Filipino RNs, specifically the alleged discriminatory hiring directives by Vice President Karner.
  4. We further demand that CPMC publicly renounce this discriminatory practice and issue a public apology to Filipino nurses and the Filipino community.
  5. Lastly, we demand that CPMC provide equal opportunities and treatment for all job applicants regardless of race, national origin or any other protected status.

“Now is the time for everyone who believes in justice and equality to take a stand. NAFCON urges the public to join the campaign to defend Filipinos against discrimination and hold health management corporations accountable to community health and fair employment practices,” states Valen. Specific action steps delineated by NAFCON include signing the online petition at http://www.petitiononline.com/filnurse/ to end discrimination and support fair hiring practices. A complete list of action steps as well as background material on the case can be found on NAFCON’s website www.nafconusa.org.

To view CEO Warren Browner’s blog responding to the charge of discrimination, Click Here.

Related information:
Los Angeles Times article
Sacramento Bee article
Valerie Francisco’s blog

The National Alliance for Filipino Concerns [NAFCON] is a national multi-issue alliance of Filipino organizations and individuals in the United States serving to protect the rights and welfare of Filipinos by fighting for social, economic, and racial justice and equality. It was launched in San Jose California in 2003. At present, NAFCON members encompass over 23 cities in the United States.



Anakbayan East Bay mourns the death of Danilo Orcullo, a Labor Leader


Working Class Hero

Working Class Hero

For Immediate Release


November 4, 2009

Contact: Katie Joaquin, Secretary-General


Progressive Fil-Am youth group mourns the death of Danilo Orcullo, A leader who inspired Youth to join the struggle of Overseas Filipino Workers!

Anakbayan East Bay mourns the loss of Danilo Orcullo, a labor leader well-known amongst Oakland Airport workers as a loving friend, comedian and tireless fighter for workers rights.

Many of us witnessed Danilo’s fighting spirit and endless humor firsthand when we joined Filipino immigrant workers in the “Justice for Screeners” campaign – a struggle that inspired youth across the U.S. to join Filipino workers in the fight to preserve their jobs and expose immigrant scapegoating after the passing of the Aviation Transportation Security Act (ATSA) following the 9/11 tragedies. ATSA made U.S. citizenship a requirement for Airport Security Screening jobs and displaced thousands of Filipino screeners in the name of a “War on Terror.” Danilo’s courageous leadership was critical in organizing Oakland Airport screeners to overcome their fears and unite to defend their rights. This campaign led to the 2002 founding of the workers’ organization the Peoples Association of Workers and Immigrants, or PAWIS, where Danilo served as Chair for the Oakland chapter and continued to organize his co-workers to fight workers rights abuses. Also an active union leader, Danilo defended airport food concession workers’ rights to a union contract with UNITE HERE 2850 and led airport passenger service workers to win union recognition with SEIU 1877.

Danilo’s death feels heavy as a mountain and hits painfully close to home. His legacy is an inspiration for all Fil-Am youth to join the struggle of Overseas Filipino Workers.

Danilo collapsed from cardiac arrest while doing his job as a utility worker for food concessions at Oakland Airport, where he worked for 12 years. He worked to exhaustion in multiple jobs for meager wages. As sons and daughters of Immigrant families, Danilo’s story is not different from those of our parents, our grandparents, and our friends who work themselves ragged and way past retirement age, often lacking the economic means and benefits that would allow them to rest, even after decades of tireless work. Especially in times of economic crisis, workers feel pressure to push through their fatigue if they expect to hang onto their jobs – a widespread reality illustrated by the fact that Danilo is the 3rd PAWIS member to literally collapse on the job.

Danilo was amongst the 9.2 million overseas Filipino workers forced to leave our homeland because of the Philippine government’s failure to develop national industries and create jobs at home. Instead, Filipinos must struggle to make a living in foreign countries to meet our needs and support family in the Philippines. Filipino workers like Danilo, like our families and co-workers, are responsible for propping up no less than half of the Philippine economy with the money we send back home, yet the Philippine government does nothing to improve our trying situation overseas. The economic hardship of workers in our community lead to increased difficulty for Fil-Am youth to access quality education, healthcare and other basic needs.

Danilo’s life is a reminder that it is up to the youth and all sectors of our community, guided by the leadership of the workers, to address the problems we face. We extend our deepest sympathies to the family of Danilo and express our grief for his loss. Danilo was committed to improving the conditions for Immigrant Workers in the U.S. With his recent death, we are inspired more than ever to keep his fire alive!

To learn more about Danilo — http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BgETvifUAjk

His message was clear: Workers of the World, Unite!

Mabuhay Danilo!

Mabuhay the struggle for the rights and welfare of Overseas Filipino Workers!

Youth and Workers of the World Unite!

AnakBayan-East Bay is a youth/student organization in the East Bay that seeks to build a progressive organization that engages, organizes and mobilizes Filipino youth and students around the collective interest of poor and working-class Filipino communities in the East Bay While linking their particular struggles to the conditions and popular movements for Philippines National Democracy.