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Congratulations to the newly elected SEIU HCMN Executive Board and Officers

Jamie Gulley, President
Jigme Ugen, Executive Vice President
Lisa Weed, Executive Vice President
Phillip Cryan, Executive Vice President
Lynn Carlson, Vice President – Allina Sector
Kate Lynch, Vice President – Clinics Sector
Penny Hansen, Vice President – Long Term Care Sector
Mary Bale, Vice President – Southeast Sector
Maxine Maxon, Vice President – TC Hospitals Sector
LaTanya Hughes, Vice President – Home Care Sector
Corey Van Denburgh, Vice President – Home Care Sector
Kent Wilcox, Guard
Deb Howze, Assistant Guard
Cleveland Donazal, Trustee
Yankuba Fadera, Trustee
Russ Maloney, Trustee
Dan Mintey, Trustee
Melody Nordby, Trustee
Sonja Lemire, Board Member – Retiree
Elsie Urman, Board Member – Retiree
Bri Bernini, Board Member – At Large
Dawn Burnfin, Board Member – At Large
Bennie Cromedy, Board Member – At Large
Liz Dahlen, Board Member – At Large
Kaytie Elrite, Board Member – At Large
Mark Freeman, Board Member – At Large
Antonietta Giovanni, Board Member – At Large
Francis Hall, Board Member – At Large
Crissy Hanson, Board Member – At Large
Yeeg Her, Board Member – At Large
James Holt Jr, Board Member – At Large
Emmanuel Johnson, Board Member – At Large
Leslie Kaup, Board Member – At Large
Rita Matthews, Board Member – At Large
Kathy Meyer, Board Member – At Large
Kolubah Morris, Board Member – At Large
Jennifer Norgren, Board Member – At Large
Jean Pfarr, Board Member – At Large
Robin Pikala, Board Member – At Large
Kia Pille, Board Member – At Large
Kamala Ramnauth, Board Member – At Large
Jeff Sarro, Board Member – At Large
Johnnie Smith, Board Member – At Large
Vivian Straumann, Board Member – At Large
Dahn Vo, Board Member – At Large

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Crosby Healthcare Workers Announce Strike Authorization

Workers at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center vote to authorize a strike if bargaining committee is unable to reach deal with management

CROSBY, MINN — Healthcare workers employed by Cuyuna Regional Medical Center in Crosby have voted to authorize a strike if the bargaining team is unable to reach a tentative agreement with management. The two sides bargained seven times over the last three months, including Monday, and remain divided on key issues. More than 90% of members voted to reject the employer’s proposals and a majority voted to authorize a one-day ULP strike if called by the bargaining committee. There is no strike date set. There must be a 10-day notice before any strike would begin. An update will be shared if a 10-day notice is filed.

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The bargaining team have pushed for higher pay, better benefits and strengthened retirement security to help make sure CRMC continues to recruit and retain the right people to provide high-quality care for patients in the Crosby area.

Roseanne Mackenthun, a member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota on the bargaining team and a phlebotomist for 15 years at CRMC, shared her reason for taking this vote.

“I voted to strike because it is time that management shows that they value the people who work in the buildings as much as they value the fancy new facilities they keep building. We care for everyone who walks through our doors, but too many staff are struggling to care for our families,” said Mackenthun. “We are fighting for better wages, benefits and pensions so we can recruit and retain the best staff for our patients. All of us are part of this community and simply want to be valued for what we do every day to make CRMC the best it can be.”

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

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Job Posting: Internal Organizer

Job Posting: SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Internal Organizer

OVERALL JOB STATEMENT

Internal Organizer at SEIU Healthcare Minnesota carries out a variety of job functions.  An Internal Organizer “IO” will be asked to participate in organizing, legislative and political action, training of members, building worksite leaders, contract negotiations, and other tasks as the need arises.  Any candidate must be willing to work long and irregular hours including weekends and evenings when called for.  The IO must also be willing to travel with some possible overnight stays.

The Union IO shall be required to perform services in accordance with the needs of the Local and at such times and places as are necessary.  The Union IO must have a dedication to improve the position of our members and strengthen the role of our Union in every venture.  There must be a willingness to become educated in health care issues, and a desire to lead and inspire our member leaders and rank and file.

JOB RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Continuous work on internal organizing within facilities.
  • Identify, recruit, train and develop member leaders; assist in defining member leader roles (New Member, Work Site, Political, Grievance); assist in developing plans for work-site campaigns.
  • Create and implement an onsite visit schedule to be posted on the internal shared calendar
  • Support the member leaders in developing a process for new member orientation
  • Develop a program for COPE
  • Support member leaders in processing grievances and carrying out investigations.
  • Create or assist members in creating communication systems; write and edit leaflets, proposals, newsletters, etc.
  • Negotiate contracts and assist other staff in negotiating contracts – from proposals through strike preparation.
  • Train Member leaders to ensure accordance of collective bargaining agreements at your work-sites by management; meeting timelines and procedures related to labor contracts.
  • Participate in organizing campaigns when requested, lead residual organizing campaigns in existing jurisdictions.
  • Monitor policies in work sites, concerning members, ensuring contract compliance.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS REQUIRED

  • High School Diploma or GED, Secondary Education preferred.
  • Previous work experience in Union setting required.
  • Ability to communicate well in writing and orally.
  • Good personal organizational skills; good record keeping.
  • Must be computer literate; advanced computer skills a plus.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and vehicle in good working condition.  Must have proof of auto insurance.

SKILLS NEEDED

  • Knowledge of labor rights and contract language.
  • Ability to negotiate collective bargaining agreements and develop and execute contract campaign plans.
  • Ability to gather, analyze and present statistical data.
  • Ability to establish rapport with members in widely diversified ethnic, social and economic groups.
  • Ability to mobilize membership around issues.
  • Ability to maintain a commitment to educating the members on the Union and their contract.

BEHAVIORAL QUALIFICATIONS NEEDED

  • Good judgment and ability to discern priorities when faced with many important tasks.
  • Ability to handle very negative situations where in fact, you may be the target of the negativity; and turn the situation around to have the best outcome.
  • Manage conflicting demands.
  • Maintain rapport with members.
  • Show extreme amounts of patience.
  • Reassure members, by your actions, that you are for them and will not take management’s word over theirs or “favor” management.
  • Work under pressure independently.
  • Maintain HIGH degree of confidentiality, both for your members and internal Local issues.
  • Show professional demeanor at work-sites and in the community.
  • Maintain respectful, professional relationship with Union member leaders; monitoring and supporting them in their roles.
  • History of high level of proven leadership.

Candidate will be assigned to meet the needs of SEIU Healthcare and management may alter assignment as those needs change.

Compensation and benefits as set forth in contract with USW Local 7263-21 for “Union Representative and Organizer.”

Qualified Applicants may send resume and cover letter to Brenda.hilbrich@seiuhcmn.org or fax to 651-294-8200

 

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SEIU Healthcare MN Night at the Timberwolves

Screen Shot 2019-09-26 at 10.14.51 AMJoin SEIU Healthcare MN for a night at the Timberwolves game and see Karl-Anthony Towns, Andrew Wiggins and the Minnesota Timberwolves take on Utah Jazz on Wednesday, November 20 at 7:00PM with a special offer!!

SEIU members and their families can get discounted ticket/WolvesBucks voucher packages. Tickets are $20 and unclude a $10 WolvesBucks voucher to use towards food and concessions at the game provided by SEIU.

Purchase tickets at timberwolves.com/groupoffers, use promo code SEIU2019!

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I’m Sticking With My Union: 2019 Convention and Leadership Assembly

Screen Shot 2019-09-23 at 10.19.14 AMOn Friday, September 20 leaders from across the Union came together for a day of workshops and learning at the Delta Marriott hotel in Northeast Minneapolis. Members spent time talking about the 2020 presidential election, learned about some of the most recent decisions by the Supreme Court and the National Labor Relations Board that affect union rights and worker power and considered how best to increase workplace democracy and build union strength, attended workshops on equity and inclusion in our Union and explored the power dynamics behind framing the story we are told about unions, and who’s in control of that story.

Members also celebrated our victories from the past year, and recognized member leaders for outstanding work in their Screen Shot 2019-09-23 at 10.19.20 AMrespective leaders rules. Members recognized included Lynda Moua, Grievance Leader; Khalil Hussein, Joann Palmer, Ziyad Ahmed, and Sherab Khamsakhamstang, Worksite Leaders; Karen Cullen, Orientation Leader; and Isabella Wreh-Fofana, Christina Wilson, and Teanke Tarwai, Political Leaders.

At our annual SEIU Healthcare Minnesota membership convention on Saturday, members voted to adopt six bold resolutions charting the course for the future of our Union. We committed to investing more deeply in education and leadership development opportunities for our member leaders, pledged to “stick with my union” and fight back against all the corporate and ideological attacks against us , and made specific commitments to ambitious new strategies in our hospital, nursing home, and home care sectors. And, in preparation for our next major round of collective bargaining – which starts just a few weeks from now, with 1,900 members in the HealthPartners clinic system – we took an unprecedented step as a Union. For a copy of the full resolutions go to seiuhcmn.org/member-resources/convention/.

Screen Shot 2019-09-23 at 12.17.56 PMHealthPartners management has told our members it will seek cuts and concessions on the health benefits those workers have won through years of collective bargaining. Our HealthPartners members have shown that they are ready to do whatever it takes to stop this cost-shifting, up to and including going out on strike. While we are proud to have over one million dollars in our Union’s strike fund, we know that if a strike involving a group this large were to last long enough, eventually those resources would be depleted. We don’t want to ever be in the position, as a Union, of not fully having the backs of any group of members choosing to strike to defend their benefits. As a result, on Saturday morning all the other members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota – working in home care, nursing homes, hospitals, and other clinic systems – took the unprecedented step of agreeing to increase their own dues if HealthPartners members have to go on an open-ended strike to defend their health benefits. As one HealthPartners member leader and nurse, Jean Pfarr, put it during this morning’s debate: “This is what true solidarity looks like.” And as another, Clinics Vice President Kate Lynch, put it in introducing the resolution: “The only way to hold the line against cuts is to hold the line against cuts.” #WhenWeFightWeWin #WhenWeStrikeWeWin

 

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Visit the SEIU Kiosk at the MN State Fair: August 22-Labor Day

Screen Shot 2019-08-05 at 11.36.16 AMSEIU Healthare Minnesota if back at the Great Minnesota Get-Together this year! Stop by our kiosk at the MN AFL-CIO Labor Pavilion, at the corner of Cooper St. and Dan Patch Ave. SEIU members and staff will be at the kiosk from 8am-5pm, greeting fair-goers, answering questions and handing out stickers and fans to help beat the heat.

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Medicare and Medicaid: Celebrating 54 Years

LBJ MedicareMedicaidLast week on July 30th, we marked the 54th anniversary of the day President Lyndon Johnson signed the bill to create Medicare and Medicaid. The government healthcare programs are essential to so many of the people we care for and their funding is critical to our jobs. We are committed as ever to protecting these programs. For more information check out: mn.gov/dhs/medicaid-matters/.

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Scholarship Deadline is August 31!

IMG_1165SEIU Healthcare Minnesota is dedicated to helping members achieve their educational goals. Which is why we offer six scholarship opportunities, awarded twice per year (spring/fall) for use at any accredited post-secondary institution. The fall deadline is coming up quickly on August 31! Below is basic information about the scholarships, for more details and how to apply go to the SEIU website Scholarship page.

  • Two $1,000 scholarships to further the education of a SEIU Healthcare Minnesota member through the “Mindy Tomfohrde Scholarship Fund”;
  • Two $1,000 scholarships to further the education of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members 30 years old or younger through the “Got Your Back Fund”;
  • One $1,000 scholarship to further the education of a spouse, child, stepchild, grandchild, or legal ward of a member through the “Cecelia Razook Memorial Scholarship”; and
  • One $1,000 scholarship to further the education of a non-member involved in organizing around social and economic justice fights in Minnesota, through the “Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Fund.”
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Upcoming Events: Rochester Labor Day Picnic

Enjoy free food, beverages at the Rochester Labor Day Picnic on Monday, September 2. There will be activities for kids, including a bouncy castle, clown, balloons, bike giveaway and more!

Monday, September 2nd
11:00am – 2:00pm
Bear Creek Park: 1237 Marion Rd SE, Rochester, MN 55904

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Summer Picnic Success!

Last weekend, more than 400 SEIU members attended the summer union picnic with their families at Como Park! There was plenty of food, fun, prizes and ride wristbands for kids at Como Town. St. Paul mayor Melvin Carter was on hand to help celebrate our members and all of the hard work and care that members provide to the community every day.como picnic group shot como picnic 3 Como picnic 2 como picnic

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