Allina Bargaining

Respect_Protect_Pay (v4)-01Proposals & Updates

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Top 2021 Bargaining Priorities:

  • Health and Safety

Not only do members want to feel protected, supported and respected for the work they do under normal circumstances, but want to be recognized and validated for the work they stepped up to do and continue to do during the last year as front line workers during the COVID-19 crisis/pandemic.

Staffing Shortages: Members were severely understaffed prior to the pandemic and these deficiencies were exacerbated by the pandemic. We are looking for ways to address these concerns that are fair to our members, incentivize coverage and hiring, and keep patients safe and well cared for at all times.

Economic Compensation for Essential Workers. Healthcare workers have worked overtime, short staffed, and without breaks, in highly stressful circumstances. Members are worn out and are looking for the same recognition that grocery store, retail and convenience store workers, in far less critical circumstances, got from their employers when they too were deemed essential: Pandemic Pay.

Enhanced Safety measures during a pandemic/epidemic that ensure the best possible working conditions for us but that also provide a barrier for the safety of our families and the community.

  • Racial Justice, Equity and Inclusion

It is time to start addressing outstanding issues of racism, harassment and discrimination based on a systemic approach and to acknowledge that we are a part of upholding rules and policies that have a far greater impact on some than others. We believe and hope that the employer will be interested in working with us around creating a more inclusive, equitable workplace. One where employees can show up to work as their authentic selves, and work free from discrimination and harassment.

Major areas where we believe we can have lasting impact are:

-Engaging our members in the solutions and ideas on how to address and redress these behaviors

-Training and Education

-Hiring and career laddering

-Creating an affirming and inclusive workplace

-Breaking down wage suppression based on gender

-A mutual commitment to believing members when they raise incidents of discrimination, addressing them proactively and transparently and implementing restorative solutions with the goal of creating an anti-racist work environment free from harassment and discrimination based on any identity carried by your employees.

  • Pay, Pension and other benefits

Together we broke down gender-based wage scales, implemented the first health care worker pension and many other firsts.  It is our hope that the employer also wants to continue to work with us to break down the barriers that keep wages suppressed and people divided. We expect to see movement in wages.   You want to remain competitive; we want these jobs to be known as solid union jobs with good wages and benefits and working conditions that are respectful and our voices are heard and put to good use. We have to work together and see our futures as tied together and not in opposition to each other.

  • Security at Work: Seniority, Reductions, Layoff, Rebids

Feeling secure at work, knowing you have hours guaranteed, a paycheck every payday, and benefits that protect your family is vital to every human being.  Transparency and getting information out as quickly as possible allies fears and can minimize anger.

2021 Bargaining Team

  • SEIU HCMN Allina VP, LPN: Lynn Carlson
  • Abbott Northwestern: Jeff Sarro, Harry O’Mara, Dawn Akkaya, Alissa Stevermer
  • Buffalo: Daryl Carlson, Wilai Carlson
  • Mercy: Rita Matthews, Rockie Dobie, Alex Mergenthal, Jason Proell
  • Owatonna: Leigh Slowinski, MJ Kranda
  • PEI: Kelvin Clark Sr., Nancy Chamberlain Leech
  • St. Francis: Melissa Roberts, Gene Sparks, Chad Hardwick
  • United: Elva Neubauer, Vivian Straumann, James Gessner, Nick Marrone
  • Unity: Larry Schindler, Raquel Robinson

If you would like to be more involved and help to get information out to members, please contact:

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