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Mayo St. Mary’s Bargaining Update – June 24, 2014

TENTATIVE AGREEMENT REACHED!

On Tuesday, June 23 we reached a Tentative Agreement with Mayo on a 3-year contract that:

  • Preserves our Union pension
  • Limits mandatory overtime
  • Includes wage increases with retro pay back to 4/22/15

More details to come. Our bargaining committee is recommending a Yes vote!

 

 

Our contract ratification vote is scheduled for:

  • DATE: Monday, July 6
  • TIME: 7:00 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
  • LOCATION: Cafeteria Room D

For more info, talk to a bargaining team member!

 

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Allina Hospital Workers Approve New Contract That Establishes $15 Minimum Wage at Twin Cities Hospitals

3,000 healthcare workers at eight Allina hospitals ratify new 3-year deal with a landmark increase to $15 an hour minimum wage at metro hospitals, advances pay equity at non-metro hospitals and addresses health and safety for workers

As thousands of low-wage workers and allies demonstrate this week for a $15 per hour minimum wage, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members at Allina Hospitals ratified a new three-year contract that establishes a $15 per hour minimum wage for the first time for workers at seven hospitals across the Twin Cities region, including in Shakopee and Buffalo.

“At a time when more and more jobs are low-wage jobs that cannot even begin to support a family, our new contract shows that a $15 per hour minimum wage is possible because we achieved it for all of our members at seven hospitals,” said Paula Lindquist, a Scheduling Coordinator at Buffalo Hospital. “We are an example of the power of workers coming together to improve wages, benefits, quality of services and the future of our communities.”

“For Lab Assistants like me, this is our first union contract and I will see a $5 per hour raise to more than $15 per hour, and better benefits,” said Tigist Tefera of Abbott-Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, whose job classification joined SEIU Healthcare Minnesota last year. “This will mean a better life for us and our families, and all workers deserve the same.”

The contract provides employment security protections as well as additional health and safety protections for workers. It includes a wage increase in every year of the contract for all members, an increase in Allina’s contribution towards the members’ pension plan, and a 25% increase in the amount of tuition reimbursement available to all members annually.

The new agreement also takes a significant step towards equal pay for equal work for workers at Allina hospitals outside the metro region. “We provide the same excellent quality care and service to our patients in Owatonna as our fellow union members do in Minneapolis and Saint Paul,” said Deb Dodds, an Environmental Services Aide at Owatonna Hospital, “so I am glad to see that we are closing the pay equity gap for hospital workers outside the metro area, but we have more progress to make.”

Coming on the heels of a new contract for 3,000 hospital workers at eight other Twin Cities hospitals – including Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Fairview Health Services, HealthEast Care System, North Memorial Health Care, and Park Nicollet Health Services (recently merged into HealthPartners) – over 99.5% of the workers in 16 hospitals covered by these contracts will have a $15 per hour minimum compensation.

“This contract is a step forward for every union member, but there is a lot more that we need to do to improve patient care in our hospitals,” said Vivian Straumann, a Licensed Practical Nurse at United Hospital in Saint Paul. “We will not stop raising the issue of staffing levels until we are satisfied that we have the right number of people to keep ourselves, our patients and our hospitals safe. Staffing levels are directly linked to our patient’s health and our ability as frontline workers to deliver the highest quality of care possible. ”

Over 3,000 Allina hospital workers, including Nursing Assistants; Environmental Services staff; Cooks and Dietary staff; Licensed Practical Nurses; X-Ray, Surgical, and Sterile Processing Technicians; and many others were working without a new contract after their last agreement expired on March 1. They work at eight Allina hospitals, including Abbott-Northwestern, Buffalo, Mercy, Owatonna, St. Francis, United, Unity, and Phillips Eye Institute.

 

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Mayo St. Mary’s Bargaining Update – April 10, 2014

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Mayo Methodist Bargaining Update – April 9, 2014

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Mayo St. Mary’s Bargaining Update – March 27, 2014

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Hundreds of Members Picket at Allina Abbott Northwestern

Members and supporters hold informational picket at Abbott Northwestern in Minneapolis to highlight need for safer staffing levels, other health and safety measures

Minneapolis — Over 500 SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members employed by Allina Health held an informational picket outside of Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis on Wednesday to highlight the need for safer staffing levels and other health and safety measures after drastic cuts made by Allina in recent years have led to over a thousand staffing emergencies in recent years.

 

“Allina has cut staff at every hospital in the last three years, but we are still working the same or more hours and it means we are constantly understaffed,” said Kalsang Dickey, a Nursing Assistant at the Mother Baby Center at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital. “Every night, I have up to 48 patients and only one of me, and it means I have less time to spend with each patient. That puts patient safety at risk when calls go unanswered for too long,” continued Dickey.

 

Allina defines a staffing emergency as any time in which staff work over 120 hours in a two-week pay period, and that has occurred nearly 1,200 times in the last two years, with hundreds of thousands of hours of overtime and other unplanned hours across eight hospitals.

 

“Allina could add hundreds of full-time positions just to fill the extra hours we’re all working,” said Dawn Akkaya, who has worked at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital for sixteen years as a Nursing Assistant and Patient Assistant Coordinator.

 

Workers and supporters, including members of the Minnesota Nurses Association at Allina hospitals, also informed the public about the demand by Allina executives to be able to subcontract hospital jobs and what that would mean for workers and the patients for whom they provide care.

 

“If Allina executives subcontract hospital jobs like Dietary and Environmental Services to the lowest bidder, I think there will be higher turnover, less training, lower standards, and all of that will harm patient care,” continued Akkaya. “We want to work with Allina to invest in our healthcare workforce, not drive a race to the bottom.”

 

Over 3,000 Allina hospital workers, including Nursing Assistants; Environmental Services staff; Cooks and Dietary staff; Licensed Practical Nurses; X-Ray, Surgical, and Sterile Processing Technicians; and many others are working without a new contract after their last agreement expired on March 1. Allina Health hospital workers are calling on the non-profit health system to work with them on important issues like the health and safety of patients and workers. Despite negotiating for months, Allina executives continue to demand changes that will hurt workers and make it harder to provide the outstanding care that Minnesota families deserve.

 

“We are committed to reaching a fair settlement on a new contract that moves forward on critical issues like workplace health and safety and opportunities for advancement,” said Pam Bundy, a Holter Monitor Tech at Abbott-Northwestern Hospital. “We hope that Allina executives will work with us on these issues and drop their demands to be able to subcontract our jobs to the lowest bidder and eliminate the 8-hour work day, which would negatively impact patient care.”

 

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SEIU Healthcare Minnesota represents over 43,000 healthcare and long term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care across Minnesota.

www.seiuhcmn.org

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Allina Bargaining Update – March 16, 2015

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Mayo St. Mary’s Bargaining Update – March 12, 2014

Union Proposals: March 5, 2015
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Allina Bargaining Update – March 11, 2015

This morning, on Wednesday, March 11, Allina made their initial economic proposals to us: 2015-03-11 Allina economics.

It includes a wage proposal of 0.5% increases each year over 3 years; NO pension contribution increase; and NO extension of the Strategic Alliance agreement — they would be able to subcontract our jobs at any time, we would lose our job security language, and we would lose access to $150,000 in education funds.

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Twin Cities Hospitals Tentative Agreement

Here is the full text of our Tentative Agreement with the Twin Cities Hospitals — Children’s, Fairview, HealthEast, North Memorial, and Park Nicollet: SEIU TCH Tentative Agreement

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