2017 Convention Resolutions

  1. SEIU Healthcare Minnesota’s Midwest Initiative Resolution
  2. UNSTOPPABLE: Member to Member Empowerment Resolution
  3. SEIU Healthcare Minnesota: “A SANCTUARY UNION” Resolution
  4. Approved Dues Proposal

 

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota’s Midwest Initiative Resolution

WHEREAS, increasing corporate power has been allowed and encouraged by our public policies, creating an economy that has been failing the many for the benefit of the few, and

WHEREAS, those in power have been effective at creating and exploiting divisions, especially divisions around race, gender and geography to maintain power regardless of which political party wins an election, and have split and pitted people against each other who are similarly hurt in the current economy, and

WHEREAS, Mayo Clinic has become the largest private sector employer in Minnesota and has also become the largest symbol of run-away corporate power in our state as it demands tax payer funded subsidies to continue operating in Minnesota, seeks to eliminate bargaining rights from workers and is engaged in a pattern of driving down living standards for healthcare workers and communities across the Mid-West, and

WHEREAS, even though workers have won important victories, we need to win on a much greater scale to truly transform our members’ lives, and

WHEREAS, we can no longer rely on the past tactics and theories to win for working families, and therefore must expand methods and try new ways of building solidarity with community members to change the dominant narrative.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT SEIU HEALTHCARE MINNESOTA WILL:

  • Partner with progressive organizations across the state to use our collective power to shape the nature of the 2018 elections and set the stage whereby our collective agenda can become the agenda of our state. To accomplish this we will:
  • Engage our membership over the next 18 months around our core values and connect our issues with the issues of other organizations to build unity among all Minnesotans and across differences.
  • Change the dominant narrative from one of corporate dominance to one powered by the people, so that the issues and values of working families are what candidates must run on to win and govern in Minnesota.
  • Create the environment that our issues are winning issues and candidates run for office with us as a partner.
  • Develop innovative ways to organize around our issues with our members and our communities.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT SEIU HEALTHCARE MINNESOTA WILL:

  • Launch and support C.U.R.E. (Communities United for Rochester Empowerment), to support Mayo workers and community members in holding Mayo Clinic accountable as it builds the Destination Medical Center. We will do this by:
  • Advocating for affordable housing and transportation in Rochester, MN.
  • Fighting to end outsourcing and benefit cuts among Mayo workers.
  • Working to organize unorganized health care workers into our Union.
  • Fighting to expand access to Mayo Clinic for patients on Medicaid, Veterans Administration benefits and other health care plans that Mayo Clinic currently does not accept.
  • Working for tax fairness in the Rochester community.

 

UNSTOPPABLE: Member to Member Empowerment Resolution

WHEREAS, we are facing the most profound attack on working people in our local Union’s 84 year history, including court cases that threaten our ability to joining together in unions, regressive federal and state legislation, executive actions and health care cuts, and

WHEREAS, transforming our union to a 21st century organization is both imperative for our Union to survive and thrive in a highly challenging and rapidly changing environment, and a powerful opportunity to modernize, innovate and engage our members and future members in new and deeper ways, and

WHEREAS, our path forward is centered on organizing workers and making unions our central political demand, driving a turnaround in 2018 and beyond by building power in states and cities and creating our 21st century Union through an unprecedented member outreach and engagement effort, and

WHEREAS, we have created leadership roles that focus on the work needed to meet these challenging times, including Political Leader, New Member Leader, Worksite Leader, Grievance Leader and Circle Leader, are determined to have the right people in the right roles, and

WHEREAS, to build national power to achieve economic, immigrant, racial, gender, healthcare, and environmental justice, we will need to engage in an unprecedented member outreach program led by member leaders under SEIU’s “Together We Rise” program.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT SEIU HEALTHCARE MINNESOTA WILL:

  • Involve, educate and recommit all members to transform our union to build and sustain the power to win for working people in our rapidly changing environment.
  • Strengthen our Union by focusing on building and developing member leaders to engage and reinforce relationships with all members so that we are prepared and ready to fight and win in any future.
  • Empower member leaders to understand that their participation is more important than ever to build member networks and structures in order to mobilize around and expand our vision of a just society for all.
  • Engage in a sustained equitable process of education and engagement that supports our transformation toward becoming an anti‐racist organization, beginning with developing accountability, structures, practices, policies and analyzing all our work through a racial justice lens.

 

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota: “A SANCTUARY UNION” Resolution

WHEREAS, our Union has repeatedly adopted resolutions and programs committed to fighting discrimination and oppression in all forms and in all places including our workplaces, communities and in ourselves, and

WHEREAS, our Union has a long and proud history of linking arms with other social-justice movements to build a wider movement that can win on multiple fronts and wield power for working people– regardless of race, immigration status, religion, ethnicity, gender or sexual orientation, and

WHEREAS, white supremacists, neo-Nazis and the Ku Klux Klan have said they feel empowered to openly mobilize and come out of the shadows, and inflict further terror on American communities as witnessed in St. Paul, Charlottesville, Boston, and cities across the country, and

WHEREAS, our members and leaders strongly condemned the violence that took place at the Dar Al Farooq Islamic Center, a place of worship in Bloomington, and

WHEREAS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents have reportedly been targeting Nursing Homes where many of our immigrant members work, thus increasing levels of fear, anxiety, and insecurity among patients, healthcare workers and their family members, and

WHEREAS, the current administration is rescinding the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) that has provided over 800,000 young people (“DREAMERS”) relief from deportation since 2012, and allowed these young people to work, serve in the military, and go to college and, therefore, contribute to the nation’s well-being.

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED THAT SEIU HEALTHCARE MINNESOTA WILL:

  • Unconditionally denounce fear-mongering, racism, anti-Semitism, bigotry and violence perpetrated by white supremacists, neo-Nazis, the KKK and other hate groups.
  • Continue to actively partner with people-of-color-led organizations to fight for issues that are of central importance to our members of color, and fully support the development of an organizational infrastructure needed to make racial equity a lasting priority in our state.
  • Call on this Administration to maintain and expand the DACA program, and urge Congress to permanently address the legal status of DREAMERS.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT SEIU HEALTHCARE MINNESOTA WILL:

  • Declare itself a “Sanctuary Union” and will:
  • Actively protect the rights and safety of every member of our union, our community and all patients regardless of one’s immigration status.
  • Not voluntarily cooperate with federal agents to enforce immigration laws – and will not record any information from our members that may be used against them in terms of their immigration status.
  • Request that our hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and other healthcare providers declare support and protection of undocumented people and their families, affirmatively creating a welcoming environment as “safe zones” so that no member of our community feels threatened when seeking medical care.
  • Commit to holding ‘Know Your Rights’ training and sharing legal resources with our community, and to collectively bargain new contract languages that strengthen workplace protection for our immigrant members.
  • Continue to build alliances with others organizations engaged in similar work while continuing to resist on the streets and disrupting structures that attempt to divide us.

 

Dues Proposal – Approved September 16, 2017

The Executive Board of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota recommends the following changes to the dues structure of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.

 

Public Sector Facilities Currently on Traditional SEIU Dues Structure

Effective January 1, 2018, the dues rate for members working in public sector facilities (not including the State home care contract) will be as follows:

2.25% of gross wages, per pay period, to a maximum of $36 per pay period. The minimum dues per pay period will be $5.

 

Private Sector Facilities Currently on Traditional SEIU Dues Structure

Effective January 1, 2019, the dues rate for members working in private sector facilities will be as follows:

2.25% of gross wages, per pay period, to a maximum of $36 per pay period. The minimum dues per pay period will be $5.

 

Rochester and Albert Lea Facilities Currently on Flat Rate Dues Structure

Effective January 1, 2019, the dues rate for members working in Rochester and Albert Lea facilities that are currently on a flat rate dues structure will be as follows:

2.25% of gross wages, per pay period, to a maximum of $22 per pay period. The minimum dues per pay period will be $5. The maximum dues per pay period will increase by $.50 each year for five years, starting January 1, 2020.

 

Duluth, Cloquet and Superior Facilities Currently on Flat Rate Dues Structures

Effective January 1, 2019, the dues rate for members working in Duluth, Cloquet and Superior facilities that are currently on a flat rate dues structure will be as follows:

2.25% of gross wages, per pay period, to a maximum of $20 per pay period. The minimum dues per pay period will be $5. The maximum dues per pay period will increase by $.50 each year for five years, starting January 1, 2020.

 

Cook County Facility Currently on Flat Rate Dues Structure

Effective January 1, 2018, the dues rate for members working in the Cook County facility that are currently on a flat rate dues structure will be as follows:

2.25% of gross wages, per pay period, to a maximum of $10 per pay period. The minimum dues per pay period will be $5. The maximum dues per pay period will increase by $1.50 each year for five years, starting January 1, 2019.

 

Home Care Dues for Members Currently on Percentage Dues Structure

Effective January 1, 2019, the dues rate for members working in home care under the State contract will be as follows:

3% of gross wages, per pay period, to a maximum of $36 per pay period. The minimum dues per pay period will be $5.

 

In all cases the Executive Board of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota shall have the authority to approve a reasonable delay in implementation of the changes for administrative or organizing purposes to reduce the percentage or maximum dues rates per pay period, for any members in any bargaining unit, for administrative or organizing purposes, provided that there is no resulting dues increase for any members of the Union.

Members working under contracts with more, or fewer, than 26 pay periods per year, will have the per pay period percentages, minimums and maximums adjusted to be equal to the 26 pay period calculation in the above dues structure.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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