Congratulations to the SEIU members at Twin Ports Nursing Home in Superior, Wisconsin on ratifying a new standard setting contract! The contract is a two-year agreement that reopens for wage and benefit negotiations in year 2. Details include:
- Clarified “Failure to Report to Work/No Call/No Show” language; as well as new Health and Safety language; improved bereavement leave language; and 401(k) retirement language.
- Wage increases listed below are retro to April 1st, 2019, and upon ratification current employees will receive at least a 2% wage increase and be placed on the experience scale.
- All employees will receive an additional 1% increase effective October 1, 2019.
- HK, Dietary and Laundry will have a new starting wage experience scale (up 2%) starting at $13.77 with 10 cents added to each step 1-15.
- CNAs will have a new starting wage experience scale (up 2%) starting at $15.81 with 15 cents added to each step 1-15;
- Activities will have a new starting wage experience scale (up 1%) starting at $15.66 with 10 cents added to each step 1-15; and
- Cooks will have a new starting wage experience scale (up 2%) starting at $15.81 with 10 cents added to each step 1-15.
- Current staff will be placed on the scale at the appropriate, verifiable years of experience (there will be no loss in pay rate/no placement on a step below current pay rate).
- Any employee who is currently above the 15-year scale will get a 2% increase at ratification and another 1% increase on October 1, 2019.
- The TA also includes “No Leapfrogging language.”
- The TA includes shift differentials for CNAs of twenty-five cents ($0.25) for all hours worked from 2pm-10pm, and fifty cents ($0.50) for all hours worked between 10pm and 6am.
- After one (1) year, full time employees will receive one personal holiday annually, and after five (5) years, full time employees shall receive two (2) personal holidays annually.
- Finally, employees with one (1) or more years of service may request vacation on a regularly scheduled weekend once per year; employees with five (5) or more years of service may request vacation on a regularly scheduled weekend twice per year.
As a member of the SEIU International Executive Board, I have joined with other local leaders in advocating for a more inclusive member engagement process for national endorsement decisions. Specifically, we believe the 2020 presidential endorsement decision should be inclusive and should focus less on candidates and more on driving political support for unions and policies that support working families. I am pleased to report that I have been appointed to serve on the SEIU committee that will oversee the member engagement process for presidential endorsements. I ask for your help making this year’s endorsement process more inclusive and transparent for members than in past election cycles. Please let me know your thoughts about how we can make the process fun and transparent for all SEIU members.
As part of this process, International Union President Mary Kay Henry will host a webinar on Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 12:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada) to highlight multiple opportunities for members to bring issues important to our families front and center in the Presidential campaign. We will also learn more about our new Unions for All Organizing Network—a hub for SEIU members union-wide to interact and share their excitement, experiences, and thoughts with each other across our whole union. The Unions for All Organizing Network will be available in multiple languages.
Members can register for the webinar here.
While much of the attention will be on the issues and candidates competing for the Democratic Party endorsement, our Union includes thousands of self-identified conservative members as well. We plan to create an engagement process with our conservative members this year to make sure that their voices are heard and respected throughout the process. To that end SEIU Healthcare MN Vice President Corey Van Denburgh will help lead the Conservative Member engagement process at a national and local level.
We know that our union of 2 million members is unlikely to achieve perfect unity behind any decision, let alone one as big and important as a presidential endorsement, but all members deserve to be heard and respected and I am committed to using my leadership role to make that happen. Please join the webinar and email me with your ideas for making this year’s endorsement process our best yet!
We had a record number of members enter our union’s scholarship contest last month. The essays submitted were all terrific! We want to thank all of the members and children of members who participated! Congratulations to the winners of the January Scholarship Essay Contest.
Mindy Tomfohrde Scholarships Contest Winners:
- Wendy Harrison, St. Francis
- Jessica Determan, HealthPartners
Got your Back Scholarship Contest Winners:
- Krysta Anderson, Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital
- Yasmin Banishoraka, Home Care
Cecelia Razook Scholarship Contest Winner:
- Jacob Elfmann, child of HealthPartners member Mary Elfmann
Dr. Martin Luther King Scholarship Winner:
- Makeda Tadesse, child of United Hospital member Medhin Abuhay
The next scholarship opportunity will be for Fall Semester. The deadline to submit is August 31, 2019. For more information go to: seiuhealthcaremn.org/member-resources/scholarships/