Regina Hospital Bargaining 2021

Regina 2021 Settlement Agreement

Regina 2021 Health Insurance Comparison

Allina First Plan Cost Comparison

Yesterday, we negotiated with Allina and reached a Tentative Agreement around 8:30pm. Since a Tentative Agreement has been reached, the strike notice has been withdrawn. Please plan to work all scheduled shifts next week.  We will hold a vote on the tentative agreement next Wednesday, June 21st.

While the tentative agreement we reached it is far from what we deserve, it includes substantial gains, and we feel this is the best possible agreement we can get. Highlights of the tentative agreement include:

Wages:
-3.5% across-the-board increase effective retroactive to July 1st, 2021 and a 3.5% lump sum bonus for anyone with a wage rate on the scale below $15/hr.
-An agreement to meet and confer with us about potential wage adjustments 6 months after the agreement is ratified
-2% across-the-board increase effective July 1, 2023

Health Insurance:

-The tentative agreement includes the non-contract health insurance plan and costs. The non-contract plan will decrease the cost of health insurance premiums by up to 31% depending on FTE, family v. individual and the plan chosen.
-Anyone with an FTE of .75 or higher will receive the full-time health insurance benefit!
-Allina agreed to continue to pay 90% of the premium for employees who have been at Regain since 1984
– Allina would be able to change the plan and costs from time to time, but only if they change it for all eligible employees within the Allina system, which is over half of all employees at Allina.
– More details on the health insurance is available in the document at the top of this page

Health and Safety:

Allina agreed to provide us Health and Safety language including:
– protections for exposure to infections disease, including paid quarantine
-the right to know about any reports of a dangerous, unhealthful, or potentially dangerous or unhealthful condition in our unit.
– a guarantee that we will not be required or allowed to work on any unit or operate any equipment until we have received proper education, training, and instruction.
– a commitment to a work environment that is free from hostile, abusive and disrespectful behavior
– protections and support when workplace violence occurs.

Safe Staffing:
-We agreed that safe staffing can be discussed, along with any other concerns we have around health and safety, scheduling or other topics, in a Labor Management committee that will meet a minimum of two times each year.

Equity and Inclusion:
-The agreement includes language that recognizes that all employees are entitled to a respectful work environment regardless of sex, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, age, disability, marital status or any other protected characteristic.  We agreed to work together to foster a work environment of cultural inclusivity with the goal of overcoming systemic racism and discrimination.

PTO Weekends:
We agreed to increase number of days we can use PTO on weekends from 1 to 2 (less than 10,000 hour) and from 2 to 4 (more than 10,000 hours). The use of PTO on weekends does not have to be on consecutive days.

And more: You can review all of the tentative agreements in the document at the top of this page

All SEIU members at Regina will have an opportunity to vote to either:
– accept the tentative agreement and renew our union contract, or
– reject the tentative agreement and authorize an open-ended strike

Our bargaining team feels this is the best we can get and are unanimously recommending a YES vote to ratify this agreement.  We would not have been able to win a commitment to meet and confer with us on a potential wage increase in 6 months, a bonus for employees with base wage is under $15/hour or a commitment to discuss safe staffing in a Labor Management Committee—without the strength and solidarity of all of you behind us. This was a difficult round of negotiations, but we made important steps forward together and have laid the course to continue to make gains later this year.

The vote will be held next Wednesday, June 21st from 7am to 4pm in a conference room at Regina.

Please reach out to us if you have any questions!


 

July 9, 2021

This morning, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota filed a 10-day notice to Allina informing them that SEIU members at Regina Hospital will engage in an Unfair Labor Practice Strike for 5 days beginning at 7am on Monday, July 19th and ending at 7am on Saturday, July 24th. 

We negotiate again on Tuesday, July 13th.  We are hopeful Allina will see our solidarity and negotiate a fair contract settlement. No one wants to go out on strike. Our negotiating team looks at every day as an opportunity for Allina to do the right thing, but if they don’t, we know our co-workers are behind us and fully prepared and committed to walk off the job on July 19th. We deserve to be treated fairly for the work we do every day for our community. It is a shame that it could take a strike to get Allina to realize just how essential we are.  SEIU Members are Regain can begin preparing for our ULP Strike:

 


Allina Regina Hospital Workers in Hastings File 10-Day Notice for ULP Strike 

5-Day ULP strike would begin Monday, July 19th if no agreement is reached

Members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota voted in late June to authorize ULP strike if Allina management continue to offer proposals that leave healthcare heroes feeling undervalued

MINNESOTA — The bargaining team for Allina Health healthcare workers at Regina Hospital in Hastings have filed a 10-day notice today announcing that they will hold a 5-day Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike starting Monday, July 19th if no deal can be reached.

The group voted with an overwhelming majority in late June to authorize an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike if the two sides cannot reach a deal. The two sides will hold their sixth bargaining session on Tuesday, July 13th, the only currently scheduled date before the strike would begin.

The bargaining unit includes around 100 SEIU Members who work jobs like Dietary Aide, Cook, EVS Aide, Janitor, Linen Aide, Patient Care Tech, Physical Therapy Aide, Surgical Support Tech and more, all of whom have been on the front lines during COVID-19. 

Donna Lindahl, a janitor and member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota who has worked at the hospital since 1992, shared why she is willing to strike if needed:

“We work so hard to make sure our hospital is clean and safe for our patients, but because of the current working conditions, we’ve only had two or three people doing the work usually done by five, which means we’re always scrambling. It’s hard being short staffed, which is why we’re willing to strike if needed to make sure we can win the wages and benefits we need to make sure we can care for our community,” said Lindahl. “We feel like we haven’t gotten recognition for the work we’ve done during and before COVID. We never got to take time off or work from home. We’ve been here taking care of patients and cleaning up throughout COVID. We didn’t get to sit at home. We didn’t get bonuses. The people at the top are getting richer and richer, while those of us who worked throughout COVID aren’t getting recognized. We’re ready to strike if we don’t get a fair contract because we want what is best for essential healthcare workers, our patients and our whole community.”

The main issues that the bargaining team are pushing for include:

  • Fair Wages. Workers are fighting for the same wage rates as SEIU Members who work at Buffalo Hospital to ensure the hospital can have the best staff possible for patients.
  • Safe Staffing Levels to protect patients and workers.
  • Lower-cost Health Insurance so essential healthcare workers are able to be healthy to ensure they can provide the care and service.

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SEIU Healthcare Minnesota represents nearly 50,000 healthcare and long term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care across Minnesota


Negotiations Update #5 (June 30, 2021)

Our team worked hard all day trying to get Allina to move in our direction. We suggested numerous ways we could settle a fair contract. Allina said NO to all our ideas and gave us no new ideas or proposals to consider.

Allina is still insisting that we accept:

  • Wages:
    July 1, 2021: 0%
    July 1, 2022: 3.5%
    July 1, 2023: 2%
  • Health Insurance: The non-union health insurance plans and rates. Allina would pay a larger percentage of the premiums than they do now for most SEIU members at Regina, but they would be able to change that at any time and in any way.
  • Long-Term Disability Insurance: Allina wants us to accept the non-union disability insurance plan, which is the same coverage we have now. The differences would be: 1) employees with an FTE of .5 and above would be covered. Our current contract guarantees coverage for those us with .7 FTE and above.  2) Allina could change the plan in any way or any time, they could even discontinue it and there would be nothing we could do about it.
  • Health & Safety Language: Allina is willing to agree to health and safety protections as part of their settlement package.

We are still fighting for:

  • Wages: equal pay to Buffalo Hospital
  • Health Insurance: We proposed that Allina pay 90% of the premium costs for employees with individual coverage and the non-contract rates for dependent and family coverage, guaranteed in the contract.
  • Safe Staffing: we want Allina to agree to meet with us to address safe staffing
  • Health and Safety: we want the same health and safety protections that other SEIU members in Allina have. Allina has told us they will agree to this as part of their settlement package.

Allina agreed to extend our contract for another two weeks and to negotiate again on July 13th. Between now and then, it is up to all of us to continue to show Allina that we are determined to win a fair contract.  Please talk with us negotiating team members in the coming days. We want to know what ideas you have for how we might reach a fair contract settlement. What do you think about filing a 10-day notice for a ULP strike prior to our next negotiating session? We can only strike when our contract is expired (after 7/14/21), but we could submit a 10-day notice to Allina before our next negotiating session. A strike is the most powerful tool we have as union members.

Please continue to wear your purple buttons and lanyards and show your Union Pride at work. We can expect to see messages from Allina encouraging us to agree to their offer and discouraging a strike. Please remember you have rights as union members. Allina leaders cannot spy, intimidate, make promises or threaten union members in any way. If that happens, please reach out to one of us right away.

It is in Allina’s interest to divide us and make us lose faith, but we have the power to win the respect we deserve if we stick together.


Allina Regina Hospital Workers in Hastings Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize ULP Strike if No Deal is Reached

Members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota voted Monday to authorize ULP strike if Allina management continue to offer proposals that leave healthcare heroes feeling undervalued

MINNESOTA — Frontline Allina Health healthcare workers at Regina Hospital in Hastings voted with an overwhelming majority Monday to authorize an Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) strike if the two sides cannot reach a deal. The bargaining team would have to give a 10-day notice for any potential strike. The two sides will hold their fifth bargaining session on Wednesday, June 30th.

The bargaining unit includes around 100 SEIU Members who work jobs like Dietary Aide, Cook, EVS Aide, Janitor, Linen Aide, Patient Care Tech, Physical Therapy Aide, Surgical Support Tech and more, all of whom have been on the front lines during COVID-19.

Jesse Nei, a lead cook at Regina Hospital for 19 years, shared the frustration of many of the essential healthcare workers who voted yes to authorize a ULP strike if Allina refuses to reach a fair deal:

“I voted yes to authorize a ULP strike because we deserve to be treated fairly for the work we do every day for the community members who come into our hospital. We’re running so short on staff, and after this last year many are watching these negotiations to see if our hard work is valued by our employer. We are fighting for higher wages, better health & safety protections and safe staffing levels to ensure we have the best people in here to help keep the hospital running,” said Nei. “We’ve been with Allina for seven years and it doesn’t always feel like we’re part of the team. We’re providing the same quality of care and service as other Allina hospitals in Minnesota, yet we are paid less than others and receive less benefits and support. As a lifelong member of this community who has had family members receive wonderful care here at Regina, I’m concerned about what happens to our community hospital if we don’t take steps forward. I hope Allina will reach a fair dea with usl, but if not we showed today we are ready to stand up for what is right.”

Kathy Bronsing, a dietary aide for 43 years at Regina Hospital, shared why she voted yes: 

“The hospital, assisted living facility and community meals we serve are so important to our community. I voted yes to authorize a ULP strike because it’s so critical we are able to continue to do this important work to help the people of our community,” said Bronsing. “I’ve been here for over 40 years and know that we all want what is best for Regina and the Hastings community, so I hope we can reach a fair deal that respects the work we do every day. If we can’t, we’re ready to stand up for what is right for healthcare workers, our patients and our community.”

The main issues that the bargaining team are pushing for include:

  • Fair Wages. Workers are fighting for the same wage rates as SEIU Members who work at Buffalo Hospital to ensure the hospital can have the best staff possible for patients.
  • Safe Staffing Levels to protect patients and workers.
  • Lower-cost Health Insurance so essential healthcare workers are able to be healthy to ensure they can provide the care and service.

VOTE: ULP Strike Authorization 

We negotiate again with Allina this coming Wednesday, June 30th.  We are determined to settle a fair contract that recognizes us at Regina as valuable Allina employees, just as valuable as people doing the same work and wearing the same uniform across the Twin Cities.

Unfortunately, Allina seems determined to continue to treat us as less than. We are asking you, our co-workers and fellow SEIU members, to give us the option to schedule an unfair labor practice strike of up to 5 days if we are unable to reach a fair contract agreement. No one wants to strike, and we will do everything we can to avoid it, but a strike is the most powerful tool we have as union members.

A VOTE to authorize a ULP Strike will be held on Monday, June 28th from 1:00pm-8:00pm outside Regina Hospital on a public street. Look for a moving truck with an SEIU banner. We will send out a text with our exact location on Monday.  If you are not receiving text messages, please contact SEIU Organizer, Krystal, at 651-253-7845.

If you have questions about negotiations, please ask any of us on the negotiating team. Click here for answers to some common questions we are hearing about a ULP Strike. If you have more questions, please ask.

Negotiations Update #4 (June 21, 2021)

Our team worked hard to make progress towards a fair contract. We modified and dropped many of our proposals and saw some movement from Allina in our direction. However, Allina is still insisting that we take a 0% wage increase this year, and they are unwilling to treat us at Regina like true members of the Allina family.  We negotiate again next Wednesday, June 30, which is the day our contract expires.

Please talk to a negotiating team member today or tomorrow to let them know your thoughts on how we should proceed with negotiations. It is important that we hear from everyone! You can talk with us at work or call us on the phone. More details about what is still on the table and what happened today are available here.

Negotiations Update #3 (June 10, 2021)

Yesterday was our third day of contract negotiations with Allina.  We made no progress. Allina said NO to all our remaining proposals, economic and non-economic. We agreed to work with a mediator going forward and will negotiate two more times, on June 21st and June 30th, before our contract expires at the end of the month.

Allina’s wage proposal:
July 1, 2021: 0%
July 1, 2022: 3.5%
July 1, 2023: 2%

Allina still wants to:

  • Take away the 8-hour workday and schedule us to work shifts of any length.
  • Take away our prescription benefit that allows us to get prescriptions filled at cost.
  • Charge higher premiums for health insurance for employees who have been at Regina since before April 1, 1984.
  • Make it more difficult and costly to arbitrate grievances.

Our Union Negotiating Team is fighting for:

  • Fair Wages. We proposed that we get paid the same wage rates as SEIU Members who work at Buffalo Hospital. See wage scale here.
  • The same Health and Safety protections other SEIU members at Allina already have, including: protections for exposure to infections disease, workplace violence, disability.
  • Safe Staffing.
  • Increase the amount of PTO we can have in our bank and win a PTO cash-out option.
  • Increase the shift differential and the on-call pay rate.
  • Retirement: we proposed the SEIU Pension plan.
  • Lower-cost Health Insurance. We proposed that we get the same lower premiums other SEIU members who work for Allina already have.
  • Allow more SEIU member access to long-term disability (.5 FTE and up).

Agreements Reached:
None. Allina dropped their proposal to have extra hours sign-up be online only. We modified several proposals and Allina said no. We also offered a package proposal and more modifications to our proposals at the end of the day, which Allina will respond to when we negotiate again on Monday, June 21st.

What’s next?

  • Continue to wear your SEIU buttons and show your union pride at work.
  • Continue to take actions together at work to show Allina our strength, unity and determination.
  • If we are unable to reach an agreement on June 30th our contract will expire. We need to decide if we want to ask Allina to extend the contract or not.  If we ask Allina to extend the contract and Allina agrees, then our contract will continue as is for however long we choose to extend it. If we allow the contract to expire or if Allina does not agree to extend it— all provisions of the contract will stay the same, except three things:
  1. We will have the ability to strike, with a 10-day notice to Allina.
  2. Allina could stop automatic transfer of our dues to the union office, and we will have to pay our dues directly to stay in good standing.
  3. Any grievances filed while the contract is expired cannot go to arbitration.

Please let our negotiating team members know whether you think we should try to extend the contract or not if we are unable to reach an agreement.

If you want more details about what happened in negotiations today, please reach out to any of us on the negotiation team. You can also view the proposals we traded back and forth above.

THANK YOU to everyone who signed and delivered the petition to Regina leaders this week. We know you have our backs. Let’s keep up the fight! Divided we beg, together we win!

Negotiations Update #2 (June 3, 2021)

Today was our second day of contract negotiations with Allina. We worked hard to reach compromises and agreements that we could live with—and Allina did not!

We ended the day early because we could not move any more in their direction while they continue to say NO to our proposals and insist on take-aways. Allina did not drop or modify a single proposal today.

Allina wants to:

  • Take away the 8-hour workday and schedule us to work any length of shift they want.
  • Take away our prescription benefit that allows us to get prescriptions filled at cost from Allina pharmacies.
  • Charge higher premiums for health insurance for employees who have been at Regina since before April 1, 1984.
  • Make it more difficult and costly to arbitrate grievances.

Allina said NO to:

  • Giving us the same health and safety protections other SEIU members who work at Allina already have, including: protections for exposure to infectious disease, workplace violence, disability accommodations, the right to know about health and safety concerns, a commitment to a respectful workplace and more.
  • Safe Staffing.
  • Union Orientation for new employees.

Agreements reached:

  • Allina agreed to a letter of understanding regarding racial equity and non-discrimination, in exchange for us dropping our proposal to make MLK Jr Day a paid holiday, AND agreeing to their proposals to eliminate the pay advance option ahead of vacations, AND agreeing to renew the LOU regarding eliminating Step 2 of the grievance process.
  • Allina agreed to modify the language around PTO weekends to allow weekends off to be taken on non-consecutive days and to allow the hospital to grant more weekend days off, if possible—in exchange for us dropping our proposal to make students regular employees, AND our proposal for more layoff protections, AND agreeing to their proposals to post open positions electronically, AND to pay PTO to employees who are employed at multiple Allina facilities using the wage rate at Regina if they use PTO at Regina.

We are waiting for more information from Allina in order to respond to their proposal to change our long-term disability benefit. Allina asked for our economic proposals, but after all their unwillingness to work with us today, we felt it was best to end our negotiating session for the day so that we can let you all know what happened before moving forward. We negotiate again next Wednesday, June 9th.

We are still determined to get Allina to say YES to our priority proposals and to respect our lives. We need everyone to stand TOGETHER and demand that Allina change their approach in negotiations!

  • Wear SEIU buttons every time you work
  • Talk to negotiating team members about other action steps we are taking together this week

Negotiations Update #1 (May 27, 2021)

Yesterday was our first day of contract negotiations with Allina.

We argued passionately for improvements, and Allina said NO to all our priorities: health & safety protections, safe staffing, non-discrimination, more PTO on weekends, layoff protections, and making student employees regular employees. We are holding strong on these very reasonable proposals.

Allina proposed to weaken our contract and take-way some benefits—including prescriptions and the 8-hour day! We did not agree to those changes, but Allina is still insisting on them.

We were able reach three tentative agreements to clean-up and update out-of-date contract language. You can see exactly what we proposed, what Allina proposed and what we tentatively agreed on above.

We will bargain again next Thursday, June 3rd. We are determined to get Allina to say YES to our priority proposals.  Please do your part as a union member!

  • Wear SEIU Buttons every time you work to show Allina we are united!
  • Share your experience with the negotiating team. Have you experienced workplace violence or injury? Did you lose pay due to exposure to COVID19? Have you experienced a hostile or disrespectful work environment? Have you experienced racism or sexism at work? Allina feels they are already making a strong commitment on these issues, but we know that we need health and safety guarantees in our contract—the same as SEIU members across Allina already have.
  • Let your negotiating team know which of the proposals we have on the table are most important to you. You can see a fill list above

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