Nursing Home Workers Win Raises at Fairview Ebenezer!

Last week, the SEIU members at Fairview Ebenezer nursing home reached a tentative agreement for a new three-year contract with significant wage increases. Please join me in congratulating the bargaining team and members at Fairview Ebenezer for this incredible settlement. Details include:

  • A new Wages Article was created to better define Union wages, step movements, differentials, leapfrogging, length of service increases, two-hour pay guarantee, on call pay and TMA differentials.
  • Wages will increase to reflect moving ahead of the Minneapolis Minimum Wage Ordinance and will include increases in every job classification on an eight-year moving scale to avoid wage compression.  To do this, all job classifications will have wage increases on January 1, 2021 and the lowest paid classifications will have an additional increase to all steps July 1, 2021.
  • There will be two wage openers: January 1, 2022 and January 1, 2023. The contract will expire December 31, 2023.
  • These classifications will receive two increases (January 1, 2021 and July 1, 2021):
    • Housekeepers/Laundry start rate will move from $13.25 to $14.25 (7.55%) and increases advance through the steps so that the 8-year step moves from the current rate of $13.68 to $15.55  (a total increase of 13.7%)
    • Custodians start rate is $13.69 and moves to $14.72 in 2021 (total increase of 7.23%) and increases advance through the steps so that the 8-year step moves from the current rate of $14.96 to $16.09 on July 1, 2021 (a total increase of 8.42%)
    • Maintenance Assistant 1 start rate will move to $13.52 January 1 and $14.50 July 1, (totaling 9.29% in 2021) and increases advance through the steps so that the 8-year step moves from the current rate of $19.93 to $21.90  (a total increase of 9.72%)
  • These classifications will get increases on January 1, 2021:
    • Central Supply start rate will move to $16.08 (increase of 10.16% in 2021) increases advance through the steps so that the 8-year step moves from the current rate of $15.71 to $17.30 (annual increase of 10.16%)
    • Maintenance Assistant II (Boiler’s License) start rate will move to $20.02 (increase of 3%) and increases advance through the steps so that the 8-year step moves from the current rate of $21.10 to $21.74 (increase of 3%)
    • Nursing Assistants start rate moves from $14.88 to $15.75 (5.8%) and in 90 days moves to $16.37 (10% increase).  Advances through the 8-year steps move to a new 8-year step to $17.78 (9.98%)
  • The scales move on anniversary dates through Step 8, at that point, all employees receive a 1% increase on their anniversary date.
  • In addition, all Employees with 10 years of service or greater receive a bonus of $300 on each anniversary.
  • There will be a new $2.00/hour differential for all hours worked as a TMA
  • The Housekeeping/Laundry weekend differential will increase to $.50/hour.
  • Shift differential times were defined.

Other changes include:

  • Removing some language referring to non-contract employees.
  • Updating Union Security to reflect SEIU has moved to the percentage dues system.
  • Small increase to Steward time with new members and moving the corresponding LOA into the body of the contract.
  • Removed duplication in Seniority language.
  • Updating the definition of the pay period.
  • Updating the language for 15-minute breaks.
  • Added language to Health and Safety to meet to discuss steps to protect workers in a pandemic.
  • Modified language to reflect IRS changes to elective cashing out some PPL and clarified the implementation in a new LOA.

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