We reached a Tentative Agreement on a temporary “Letter of Understanding” that would be in effect through June 30, 2020. If our state is still experiencing a surge of COVID-19 patients, HealthPartners will have the right to extend this agreement one month. Any additional extensions would be by mutual agreement and we are hopeful that additional action would be taken in Congress to guide any negotiations at that time. Click here for the full text version of the Tentative Agreement. On Sunday, April 19th on the Telephone Town Hall meeting members discussed the LOU, debated the provisions and VOTED on the Tentative Agreement. Below is the recording of the call.
First Half of TeleTown Hall – Questions with President Gulley
Second half of TeleTown Hall – Questions and Vote
The agreement provides economic security for our members in exchange for some flexibility in operations.
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Messages from SEIU Healthcare Minnesota staff to our incredible members in the frontline fighting a global pandemic. We are doing everthing possible to ensure your health and safety at work and to #ProtectAllWorkers. We love and appreciate you, our healthcare heroes!
The morning of March 26 Governor Walz and President Jamie Gulley held a Teletown Hall with members to provide updates on the work going on across the state and all the sectors of our union – nursing homes, home care, hospitals and clinics – in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Francis is a Homecare worker, a nurse and a grandmother who takes care of her grandson August, who has a suppressed immune system. There are over 2 million homecare providers (93,000 in Minnesota) who do not have access to Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to protect themselves and their clients. Policymakers cannot afford to neglect homecare providers during this pandemic! Join Francis and working people across the country to call on the government to protect their health and safety by investing to ensure they have the paid time off, access to healthcare, increased safety precautions at work, and equitable treatment no matter where they are from or what race they are. Bail Out Workers, Not Corporations!
Frontline Healthcare Heroes fighting a pandemic. This is Harry’s story, a transport aide at a hospital.
On Saturday, April 11, SEIU HCMN hosted a second Tele-Town Hall to discuss and answer member questions about Worker’s Compensation and Unemployment Benefits.
State Representative Ryan Winkler, Majority Leader of the State House of Representatives discuss the new Worker’s Compensation legislation for COVID-19 related illness and how it benefits members. Listen to the recording here:
Steve Grove, Commissioner of the Department of Employment and Economic Development discussed the new Unemployment Benefits improvements from the state and federal government and answered questions from members. Listen to the recording here:
We have reached an agreement with Allina on a temporary, rotating furlough program to be implemented over the next month. There are departments at the hospitals that will need to reduce staff due to shortages of work while the community waits for a patient surge. Allina members voted to ratify the agreement on Saturday, April 11 during a Tele Town Hall. Listen to the recording above.
The way this would work, is that if the department determines that they can furlough members for the week, they would offer the opportunity for a furlough week to members by high seniority first (per shift), then on down the list and then start over. The opportunity would rotate all the way through the list so everyone who wants an opportunity to take a furlough will get an opportunity before any member receives a second chance. Members who take the furlough would then be able to file for unemployment for that week. For the next 4 months weekly unemployment benefits include an additional COVID-19 Federal benefit of $600 above the your weekly benefit paid by MN. This would allow some members a chance to be away from the hospital and mitigate exposure to COVID-19 as well.