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JOB POSTING: Organizing Director

Organization Overview:

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota represents over 40,000 healthcare and long term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing home, and home care across Minnesota. SEIU Healthcare Minnesota is dedicated to building an organization which advances social and economic justice through work on local, state, national and even global policy issues which affect our members; our patients, residents and clients; and our communities. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, long term care, and home care, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, uniting their strength with their counterparts around the state and world to help ensure that workers benefit from today’s global economy.

Summary of Position:

The Organizing Director oversees the local’s work related to external organizing activities. As part of the senior leadership team, the Director collaborates in the overall development and implementation of the strategic organizing plan for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota.

The Organizing Director at SEIU Healthcare Minnesota must carry out a variety of job functions that entail many different areas. An Organizing Director, besides managing the organizing department, is required to develop organizing strategies, organize the community to support SEIU Healthcare Minnesota’s organizing efforts, work closely with international organizing staff, and develop and maintain an SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Member Organizing Team. Any candidate must be willing to work long and irregular hours including weekends and evenings when called for. The Organizing Director must also be willing to travel with some overnight stays.

The Organizing Director shall be required to perform services in accordance with the needs of the Local and at such times and places as are necessary. The Organizing Director 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.

Primary Responsibilities:

• Directs External Organizers in developing and executing the strategic organizing plan for the local including the design and implementation of leadership identification, recruitment, development, and training.
• The Organizing Director oversees and directs the work of all organizing staff, including the development and training of Organizing Committee members.
• Develops organizing campaigns for unrepresented facilities and sectors of workers and works closely with the leadership team members, International Union Division Director, and SEIU local union Organizing Directors when needed to ensure that the targets are aligned with SEIU and local union priorities.
• Develops uniform standards for review and evaluation of campaigns.
• Develops overall industry strategies and action-based campaigns that are industry specific and union-wide on issues that engage workers and members, that are opportunities to build the organization and that are aligned with industry and national objectives within SEIU.
• Ensures the tracking, reporting and analysis on all campaigns in their purview.
• Ensures the handling of elections are consistent with SEIU HCMN standards.
• Provides direction, staff development and disciplinary action (if needed) to staff in their department.
• Develops recommended budgets, allocates resources effectively and plans and implements program activities as appropriate.
• Coordinates with internal Directors to conduct surveys, job audits, investigation and related activities to and in development of Union policies, bargaining positions and development of effective representation programs consistent with internal industry standards and goals.
• Evaluates and initiates requests for ULPs and other third-party proceedings.
• Support and lead organizing staff in all organizing campaign needs.
• Makes organizing decisions in consultation with the designated leadership of Healthcare Minnesota; when to pass cards, file, pull petition, or when to go to hearing on all campaigns.
• Creates a strong community support base through organizing and communication systems; public speaking, leafleting, campaign newsletters and site visits.
• Identifies, recruits, and trains members for Healthcare Minnesota Member Organizing Team.

Skills and Qualifications:

• High School Diploma or GED, Secondary Education preferred, or an equivalent combination of training and experience related to the duties of the position.
• A minimum of 2 years of experience leading large teams of organizing staff/members and demonstrated experience in developing and successfully executing large scale organizing campaigns.
• Demonstrated knowledge of unions, and labor law is preferred.
• Knowledge of workers, the workplace, labor, and political issues.
• Excellent interpersonal skills as demonstrated by the ability to relate, establish and cultivate respectful relationships with people from diverse backgrounds.
• An understanding of the labor movement and commitment to workers’ rights and social justice.
• Skilled at managing and meeting many and varying deadlines.
• Effective demonstrable oral, written and listening skills in English; bilingual skills highly desirable.
• Excellent analytical and judgment skills as demonstrable by the ability to assess information and evidence and act strategically.
• Excellent organizational and prioritizing skills showing flexibility as needed; adept at dealing with conflicting/changing priorities.
• Effective facilitating and organizing meeting skills.
• Experience organizing independently and as part of a team.
• Must have a valid driver’s license, automobile insurance and a working automobile.

Qualified applicants should email a r sum , cover letter, and references to Chief of Staff, Luchelle Stevens at Luchelle.Stevens@seiuhcmn.org stating clearly that they are applying for the “Organizing Director” position. This position will remain open until filled. Interviews are on a rolling basis.

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Home Care Workers & Clients Celebrate Legislature Funding and Ratifying Contract and Making Other Policy Changes That Will Help Tens of Thousands of Families

Groundbreaking agreement that covers nearly 29,000 workers will raise pay floor to $15.25 

SAINT PAUL – Home care workers and clients celebrated a state budget deal that included the funding and ratification of the union contract that covers nearly 29,000 home care workers across Minnesota. The contract, negotiated earlier this year with the administration of Gov. Tim Walz and Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, saw strong bipartisan support in both chambers of the legislature.

87935Kristina Walker, a home care worker from Crystal who helps provide care for her older brother who needs 24-hour care after having a stroke, shared why the contract is so important to families across the state:

“I love that I can keep my loved one near me and make sure they get good care. I am literally my brother’s keeper. I’ve cared for other people but caring for my brother has brought us even closer. But it’s hard to survive paying the bills with the ways things are,” said Walker. “I’m excited for the wage increase which will help me and my brother be able to look for better housing and bring stability to our family. Home care workers did so much this last year, and have so much dignity in our work, so winning this wage increase, increased training gains and extra benefits will be a big step towards getting us where we need to be. And some of the other home care policy changes adopted by lawmakers are going to make other needed improvements too. We still have work to do, but this opens the gates for a better future for home care workers and better care for everyone who needs care.”

The contract agreement was reached between members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and the State of Minnesota in January and will bring in over $350 million in additional state and federal funding over the next four years for services for seniors and people with disabilities. The contract, the fourth between the state and the statewide home care workers’ union, includes gains such as a $15.25 minimum wage for all home care workers beginning July 1, 2022.

Marty Eleby, a 25-year home care worker from Minneapolis who currently makes $13.25, shared why this contract is so important to care workers and the clients they serve:

“I love caring for people, making sure they are safe and happy, but it is hard to do this work for such little pay. With the higher pay coming from this contract, I can make sure myself and my client have more of the things we need to get by,” said Eleby. “So many Minnesotans depend on home care workers to survive, get the treatment they need to stay at home and just to have company so they aren’t alone. Seeing the wage floor go up to $15.25 and getting more benefits & training will help make sure we have enough caregivers who will do this work to ensure our clients get the care they deserve.”

Ratification and funding of the home care workers’ contract has attracted strong bipartisan support in both chambers. Once it is signed by the Governor, the provisions in the contract will go into effect on July 1st, 2021. The chief authors of the stand-alone funding and ratification bills were Rep. Luke Frederick (DFL–Mankato) and Rep. Michael Nelson (DFL–Brooklyn Park) in the House and Senator Jeff Howe (R–Rockville) and Senator Jeremy Miller (R–Winona) in the Senate.

Lauren Thompson, a home care client from Crystal who was on the bargaining team, shared the importance of this contract for people who rely on home care services to live their lives:

“This contract starts to create a stable foundation that home care clients haven’t had in a very long time. These investments will mean our workers can have sustainable employment and we as clients can be safer. This industry has been so deprived for so long and this contract begins to fill the gaps and professionalize and incentivise this critical work,” said Thompson. “COVID exacerbated the existing problems of finding home care workers for so many Minnesotans. Funding home care and making sure people can live at home is not only the right thing to do, but saves lives and money. This contract, and the other improvements to home care made by Gov. Walz and state lawmakers, is a step towards dismantling ableism and creating equity not only in terms of helping build a sustainable workforce for workers but also making it so clients have access to our community and can simply live our lives.”

The bargaining team — made up of home care workers, clients and family caregivers — negotiated with the state over four months to reach this agreement, culminating in an 18-hour bargaining session on January 15th when the final agreement was reached. Union home care workers overwhelmingly voted to ratify the tentative agreement in early February. Even before COVID, thousands of families across Minnesota were struggling with a care crisis causing seniors and people with disabilities to not be able to find workers to provide the care they need to stay safely in their homes.

Highlights of the contract include:

  • Minimum wage increased from $13.25 to $14.40 in October 2021 and to $15.25 in July 2022, a 15% increase
  • More Paid Time Off: accrual rate improved from 1 hour per 40 hours worked to 1 hour per 30 hours worked
  • Two new floating holidays paid at time-and-a-half each year, allowing home care workers to receive extra pay when their clients need care on religious holidays for the first time, and bringing the total time-and-a-half holidays in the union contract each year to 7
  • Added funding to provide trainings and $500 stipends for home care workers who complete a set of training courses, to enhance the quality of care they provide to people with disabilities and seniors
  • Concrete steps toward further professionalization of the Minnesota home care workforce in the future, such as establishing a higher wage for long-time/experienced home care workers and providing better orientation to new home care workers

Thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and strong bipartisan support for home care at the state level, an additional set of improvements and investments in home care were also approved by state legislators and Gov. Walz. They include:

  • Over $30 million in additional state funding for PCAs (matched by a greater amount than that from the federal government, thanks to the American Rescue Plan) through a new PCA rate framework that will allow an additional wage increase on top of the $14.40 negotiated in the union contract, to be set through collective bargaining
  • Home care workers will be compensated for time spent driving clients to appointments, for the first time
  • More home care workers will qualify for the 7.5% “enhanced rate” (an additional wage increase made available through our union contract): now the threshold to qualify will be if your client is assessed to need 10 or more hours a day of services, instead of 12
  • The pandemic measure to allow parents and spouses to be compensated for PCA services will be extended until the end of the peacetime emergency
  • $5 million in workforce-developments grants for Home and Community Based Services

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SEIU Healthcare Minnesota represents nearly 50,000 healthcare and long term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care across Minnesota

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Allina Regina Hospital Workers in Hastings Vote Overwhelmingly to Authorize ULP Strike if No Deal is Reached

Members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota voted Monday to authorize ULP strike if Allina management continue to offer proposals that leave healthcare heroes feeling undervalued

 

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Some Personal News

Screen Shot 2021-06-11 at 2.57.40 PMFrom President Jamie Gulley

Many members might not know this, but last October my family experienced a house fire. Everyone was ok, including the girls and all four of our pets. The fire department arrived quickly, and we know how much worse things would have been without their incredible response and help. However, the house saw extensive fire and smoke damage that resulted in us needing to move into temporary housing until the home could be repaired. Last week, we were very happy to be able to move home!

The experience, unfortunate as it was, has left me feeling incredible gratitude for the many blessings we have; for our family and neighbors, and for the first responders in my community. We received so much support from so many people. For the members and staff who knew what we were going through, thank you so much for the kind thoughts and words of encouragement. They were so very appreciated!

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Children’s Hospital Members Picket for Safe Staffing!

Last week, SEIU and MNA members came together to picket for safe staffing at Children’s Hospitals in Minneapolis and St. Paul! The joint picketing efforts were intended to highlight the need for more Nursing Assistants, Nurses and Support Staff. As work continues to pick up as the community feels safe coming into our hospitals it is way past time for hospitals, like Children’s, to bring staffing levels up to match the level of patient care we are expected to provide. Check out this video of the picketing activity at Children’s Hospital!

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Minimum Wage Going Up in Minneapolis/St. Paul!

On July 1st, the minimum wage is going up in both Minneapolis and St. Paul and more than 60,000 workers will be getting a raise as a result! Here are the details:

Minneapolis   St. Paul
Large Business: $14.25 Large Business: $12.50

Small Business: $12.50

(100 or fewer employees)

Small Business: $11.00

(6-100 employees)

The scheduled minimum wage increases were signed into law after our union led a coalition to increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Minneapolis large businesses will be required to pay $15 an hour beginning next year on July 1, 2022.

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Happy Pride Month

seiu pride collageThis month we continue to celebrate Pride as we strive for inclusion and equality. As an organization, we affirm our commitment to LGBTQ+ rights, celebrate the progress that has been achieved, and recognize that attitudes and injustice still remain. Pride Month is important because it marks the start of huge change within the LGBTQ+ community, as well as the wider societal implications.

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JOB POSTING: Canvass Coordinator

SEIU HEALTHCARE MINNESOTA

Canvass Coordinator

 

Organization Overview:

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota represents over 40,000 healthcare and long term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing home, and home care across Minnesota. SEIU Healthcare Minnesota is dedicated to building an organization which advances social and economic justice through work on local, state, national and even global policy issues which affect our members; our patients, residents and clients; and our communities. Focused on uniting workers in healthcare, long term care, and homecare, SEIU members are winning better wages, healthcare and more secure jobs for our communities, uniting their strength with their counterparts around the state and world to help ensure that workers benefit from today’s global economy.

Position Description:

This is a full-time position through September 2021, with the possibility of extension depending on the program’s results. SEIU Healthcare Minnesota is seeking a Canvass Coordinator to lead a team of canvassers who will have organizing conversations with home care workers who provide services to people with disabilities and seniors all across the state. Home care workers are often isolated from other people who do the same work as them and share similar struggles to theirs. Through organizing and becoming active in their union, they can discover the power of collective action and their own individual power as leaders of a statewide movement for recognition, fair treatment and professionalism for the vital work they do. The canvass coordinator will play a central role in bringing that opportunity for transformation and progress to more home care workers across the state. The canvass team will be based in St. Paul, and deployed from there to cities throughout Minnesota. Irregular hours, evening and weekend work will be required.

Responsibilities:

  • Recruitment:  Build a team of canvassers by recruiting from within local communities. Interview prospective staff and make personnel decisions, jointly with the union’s home care sector director.
  • Team Building: Coach and develop canvassers, individually and as a group, to create a positive learning environment where each canvasser’s contributions and insights matter to the whole team. Instill a sense of deep responsibility and accountability to the work and to the learning.
  • Staff Management: Ensure all staff are properly trained and consistently productive. Ensure that daily, weekly, and monthly goals are met or exceeded.
  • Data Management: Create and implement systems to ensure that all required reporting is accurate and timely. Monitor and regularly analyze metrics.  Ensure that data is properly entered into a database and tracking spreadsheets nightly.
  • Logistics:Manage the logistics of traveling regularly throughout Minnesota, including booking hotels and tracking mileage.
  • Canvassing: Canvass in the field, both to train and develop new and experienced staff in the field and as a member of the team responsible for achieving the overall goals of the canvass.
  • Reporting: Regularly meet with and report to the home care sector director and the union’s leadership team. Written reports may be expected on occasion.

Qualifications:

  • A demonstrated commitment to social justice, including an understanding of systemic oppression based on race, class, gender, sexual orientation and gender identity. An understanding of challenges facing immigrant communities, communities of color, and low- and moderate-income families.
  • Experience leading teams.
  • A track record of managing programs that develop capacity to meet metrics-based goals.
  • Experience working on social-justice issue campaigns and/or electoral campaigns, with a preference for work in a) a fund-raising canvass for a social justice organization and/or b) a labor union.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Must have prior experience using a contact-tracking and turf-cutting database.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced, metrics-driven work environment.
  • Ability to work weekends and long, irregular hours, with significant travel throughout Minnesota.
  • Must have reliable access to a vehicle with a valid driver’s license and auto insurance.

Salary and benefits are subject to existing policies and procedures, as well as individual qualifications. The position qualifies for health insurance coverage and Paid Time Off.

Qualified applicants may send a résumé, cover letter, and three references to Phillip Cryan, Executive Vice President of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, at phillip.cryan@seiuhcmn.org.

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Allina Bargaining – Tentative Agreement Ratified

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Congratulations to the St. Francis Techs on ratifying their new contract at Allina!

We will work with the employer over the coming weeks to draft the new contracts for distribution and will then begin work to implement member raises and new provisions to the contract. Thanks to all of the members for sticking together through the past year! It made a huge difference in the outcome!!!

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