EMPLOYER: Golden Living Center
WORKSITE: Golden Living Center St. Louis Park
3201 Virginia Ave S
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
Healthcare Services Group Master 2013-2016
Helena Stezewski, Housekeeping Aide
WORKSITE: Regina Medical Center
1174 Nininger Road
Hastings, MN 55033
Internal Organizer: Lisa McClellan
Deonne McDonnell, Residence Aide
EMPLOYER: Golden Living Center
WORKSITE: Golden Living Center Superior
1612 N 37th St, Superior, WI 54880
GLC Superior Contract 2013-2016
Internal Organizer: Ed Wigg
Community Memorial Hospital
512 Skyline Blvd
Cloquet, MN 55720
Internal Organizer: Julie Boots
St. Paul, Minn — With the announcement today of final recommendations from the Health Care Financing Task Force passing with 80% support, SEIU leaders praised the framework and released the following statements:
Phillip Cryan, Executive Vice President of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and a member of the Task Force, praised the recommendations as charting a course towards a more healthy state. “These recommendations offer a powerful vision for a better Minnesota. If enacted by the legislature, these policies will improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of families all across our state. Expanding our high-quality, affordable MinnesotaCare program to cover more working families who are now struggling to pay high deductibles and premiums for commercial insurance, ensuring health care coverage for the undocumented, and repealing the sunset on the provider tax that funds MinnesotaCare would all help make our state a more just and healthy place to live,” said Cryan. “I am proud of the role SEIU played, working together with health care providers, patient advocates, other unions, doctors, academics, legislators and state officials to shape these recommendations to improve health care for all Minnesotans.”
Rita Matthews, a Phlebotomy Assistant at Allina’s Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota’s Executive Board, spoke about what these changes would mean for the people she cares for every day, working on the front lines of the healthcare field. “Too often, we see people put off healthcare, either because they lack health insurance or because the costs of their deductibles and copays are so high they can’t afford to go the doctor. This causes unnecessary harm and pain to them and their families. Every Minnesotan should have access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage, and these recommendations from the Health Care Financing Task Force would, if adopted by the legislature, make that closer to a reality for all Minnesotans,” said Matthews. “I hope our elected officials take these recommendations seriously and work to make our state a more healthy and safe place for every patient – which, at some point in our lives, means every one of us – in Minnesota.”
Javier Morillo, President of SEIU Local 26, highlighted the recommendation that called for extending healthcare coverage to undocumented families in Minnesota. “With national elected officials continuing to put political posturing over fixing our broken immigration system with a real path to citizenship, it is exciting to see Minnesota putting families first by recommending that undocumented residents receive health insurance. The recommendations from the Task Force, if implemented, would make our state more healthy, safe and inclusive,” said Morillo. “We all gain by raising public health standards when all families have health insurance that allows them to receive the care they need. This would be a huge step forward for our state.”
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota unites more than 35,000 healthcare and long-term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care throughout the state of Minnesota.
Since the new Home Care contract went into effect members have been filing grievances and are winning! So far, home care workers have been awarded $7,432.74. The grievances have been for a number of different issues, including: workers making less than $10.75/hr; workers not being paid overtime; agencies trying to weaken the workers’ union by not deducting dues as members requested/authorized; and agencies distributing inaccurate and misleading information about the Union.
“I worked as a PCA for over 2 1/2 years putting in over 70 hours a week– 10 hours a day 7 days a week and I was never paid overtime,” said Myrtle Koehnen, an SEIU member and Home Care worker from Menahga, MN.
“When our home care union was formed the agency I work through found out that they had to pay me back pay for the overtime I had worked from July 1st to September because of our union contract. I got a check for $400. It felt great to know someone was working for me—and $400 is $400 in my pocket. At the time, I didn’t know who had my back—but I found it was my union. I want to thank the union for stepping in and fighting for me, I am just a little guy and it means a lot.”
Make sure your agency is following the contract. If you have any questions about our collective bargaining agreement, or want to file a grievance, contact the member Action Center at 651-294-8100/800-828-0206 or email@example.com.
Minneapolis, Minn—After member-driven endorsement process for the past several months, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) today endorsed Hillary Clinton for president, calling her a leader who will stand up for the working moms and dads building a movement to secure a better future for their families.
“I truly believe that Hillary Clinton shares our goal of fighting for working people who are trying to provide a good life for our families,” said LaDonna Meinecke of Minneapolis, a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota. “I had the chance to meet Hillary earlier this year at a small community event and hear her plan for moving our country forward, and it was clear that she stands with us on the issues that matter most to families in Minnesota. He strength, compassion and experience make it clear that she will be a great President. I know she will fight tirelessly for working families, and I look forward to fighting to make sure Hillary is our next President so we can continue to move our country forward.”
“The members of SEIU in Minnesota are proud to support Hillary Clinton for president,” said Jamie Gulley, President the SEIU Minnesota State Council. “We are concerned about the same things as people across the country: earning a fair wage for a fair day’s work and the ability to take care of and provide a better life for our families. We are ready to fight for a better future. We cannot afford four years of policies that will hurt working families while lining the pockets of big corporations.”
“Hillary has spoken out about issues that matter so much to families in our state, including better wages for working families and the need for more investment in early childhood education,” said Amanda Reink, a Pre-K teacher from Buffalo and member of SEIU Local 284. “I want my children to grow up in a more just world where they see strong female leaders making our world a better place, which is one of the many reasons I am so excited to support Hillary for President.”
SEIU’s national months-long member engagement process included a 1,200-member conference in March, three national tele-town hall meetings in which more than 80,000 members participated, three national member polls from the fall of 2014 through the fall of 2015 and more than 200 local executive board debates and discussions with thousands of local union officers and elected member-leaders.
Hillary Clinton will fight to raise wages and has stood up for the rights of workers to join together in a union. She has spoken out in support of the Fight for $15 movement: on the movement’s April 15 national day of action, during the New York wage board fight that resulted in $15 for all fast food workers in the state, for the $15 victories in Los Angeles city and county and again just last week, on Nov. 10, during the biggest day of action yet.
Once elected, Hillary Clinton will have the opportunity to address the epidemic of low wages and poor training standards for our nation’s airport workers, who keep travelers safe and airports clean. “Airport jobs should be good jobs — and together, we can make sure they are,” she wrote to airport workers gathered at a national convention last month in Washington.
Clinton has recognized the value of care work in our nation, particularly the home care providers and child care teachers who help educate our future generations and allow our seniors and those with disabilities to live with dignity at home. In many places, these workers earn poverty wages with no sick or vacation time and few if any benefits. “One of the things I’m trying to do in this campaign is put raising wages at the center,” Clinton said at an August roundtable meeting in Los Angeles with SEIU home care providers. “I think your skills deserve a lot more pay and benefits than what’s currently being made available to you.”
Clinton is also a leader on the core issues SEIU members care about in this election, including fighting for commonsense immigration reform that includes a path to citizenship, standing up for voting rights and criminal justice reform that prioritizes ending mass incarceration and supporting and strengthening the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Clinton’s commitment to quality, affordable healthcare goes back decades to her courageous efforts in 1994 to ensure coverage for all. SEIU members know she will fight hard to strengthen the ACA so we never go backward.
“Hillary Clinton has proven she will fight, deliver and win for working families,” said SEIU International President Mary Kay Henry. “SEIU members and working families across America are part of a growing movement to build a better future for their families, and Hillary Clinton will support and stand with them. This movement for economic, racial, immigrant and social justice is poised to turn out to vote in November with their families and communities and keep pushing elected officials to deliver once in office.”
SEIU’s 2 million members will join hands with community partners in a broad movement for economic, social, immigrant and racial justice. Along with the 64 million people who work at jobs paying poverty-level wages, they will be a powerful force during the 2016 elections. Hundreds of thousands of face-to-face and door-to-door contacts, millions of phone calls, robust digital engagement and other activities to get out the vote will counteract the efforts of billionaires and corporations to elect leaders who would answer only to the wealthy few.
SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in public schools, hospitals, higher education, nursing homes, schools, in your homes and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings. The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their collective bargaining and new member organizing campaigns. By building the political involvement of the approximately 60,000 SEIU members throughout the state, the State Council is working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans. The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, members, and staff of the four SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.
The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) unites 2 million diverse members in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. SEIU members working in the healthcare industry, in the public sector and in property services believe in the power of joining together on the job to win higher wages and benefits and to create better communities while fighting for a more just society and an economy that works for all of us, not just corporations and the wealthy.