On Thursday, February 25th, 2021, the Allina Union bargaining team continued to push for progress on Union proposals. Unfortunately, Allina management continues to refuse to engage on issues of Health and Safety, Workplace Violence, Racial Equity and Inclusion, or Hero Pay. After weeks of telling Allina members that they would not be able to make progress on non-economic items and health and safety items important to members until the Union team provided its full list of economic proposals, the Union bargaining team reluctantly complied.
Less than one hour after receiving the Union’s economic proposals Allina said they still have no interest in any health and safety proposals or non-economic proposals. Were they bargaining in bad faith? We will let you be the judge. Allina responded by rejecting all Union proposals on all economic and non-economic items, demanded a wage freeze until 2022 and offered a 1% for members in 2022, and 1.5% in year 3. This would be the lowest wage increase for SEIU hospital workers since 1940! The bargaining team is holding firm on our proposals. For details on the proposals click here.
All Allina members are encouraged to stand behind your bargaining committee 100%, to publicly show your support for a fair contract by wearing Union buttons, stickers or purple! Because Allina will stop deducting Union dues from member paychecks, all members will need to make arrangements to pay your Union dues directly to the Union until a new contract is achieved. While Allina thinks that a refusal to extend the contract will divide us, we can show them our Unity and Strength by standing together until we achieve the contract we deserve! Click to make arrangements for direct pay of Union dues here.
This week, the Union bargaining team and the Twin City Hospitals multi-employer group made steady progress on issues important to members. The employer is working hard on economic proposals but has not yet brought them to the table. They appreciated the Union’s proposals and continued to work on areas of common ground on non-economic proposals. The contracts have been extended for an additional month while we work to hammer out agreements that work for both sides and we will update members after our next bargaining date on Tuesday. Updates can be found here.
Congratulations to the SEIU members at the Emeralds nursing home in Faribault, MN on reaching a Tentative Agreement on their wage reopener! Members will have an opportunity to vote on the proposed agreement soon. Details include:
Last week the Union trustees on the Twin City Hospital Worker’s Pension Plan reached an agreement with the Employer trustees to increase pension benefits, effective January 1, 2021!
More than 8,000 Technical, LPN, and Service and Maintenance workers are covered by the Twin City Hospital Worker’s Pension Fund. Every three years we negotiate contributions to the pension plan that fund monthly benefit checks for SEIU members in their retirement. Our pension fund has been well managed and is fully funded. Based on strong investment returns last year and the contributions negotiated into our contracts in 2018, we were able to secure a $1 per month increase for future service years! The benefit amount effective January 1, 2021 will be $32.
While this is great news to celebrate, the Union bargaining committees for the Allina and Twin City Hospitals are working right now to bargain future increases in contributions so we can raise benefits even more. Keep up to date on negotiations and how the agreements reached will impact your income in retirement.
If you are a member in a facility that has not yet won inclusion in our Union’s pension plan, talk to your Union organizers about including our Union pension plan as a top priority in your next round of negotiations. There is no retirement plan better for healthcare workers than a union pension plan!
Last Thursday, the bargaining team at Cook County NorthShore Hospital and Health Center failed to reach an agreement on a new contract. Members will vote this week on management’s last offer. The bargaining team is recommending that members vote to reject the proposal and move to binding arbitration on the open issues. The open issues include: wage increases, extra shift bonuses, and call back pay, for members called back to work after their shift ends.
Congratulations to the SEIU members and bargaining team at Maplewood Good Samaritan nursing home on reaching a tentative agreement for a new contract! Members will have the opportunity to vote on the agreement later this week. Details include:
Last week, the bargaining team for the Twin City Hospital multi-employer contract (including Fairview Riverside, Southdale, St. John’s, Children’s Minneapolis and St. Paul, North Memorial and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital) made additional progress on non-economic items. The Union team also provided our economic proposals to management for the first time (after 6 days of work on non-economic issues). The Union team continues to make steady progress but needed more time beyond contract expiration to keep bargaining. As a result the parties agreed to extend the contract for another month through the end of March. For more details click here.