Uncategorized

Home Care Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with State of Minnesota

The contract, which needs to be ratified by Union members and the state Legislature, would increase wages for thousands of home care workers from $11 to $13 per hour, boost paid time off, and provide more training opportunities and new holiday pay

Saint Paul – Home care workers and clients who have been bargaining their second Union contract with the State of Minnesota announced a Tentative Agreement (TA) Thursday morning. The TA was reached late Wednesday evening after four months of negotiations. Highlights of the TA included:

  • A $2/hour increase in the wage floor, from $11/hour to $13/hour
  • Over $1m in State support for home care worker trainings
  • New stipends to reward home care workers for taking additional trainings that enable them to provide their clients with safer, higher-quality care
  • The first holiday pay for Minnesota home care workers (many of whom provide essential care on holidays that allows their clients to celebrate with their families), with time-and-a-half pay for two holidays
  • More Paid Time Off, building on the new benefit won in their first contract in 2015
  • Additional wage increases for workers providing support to clients with the highest, most complex care needs
  • An online matching registry, to help home care clients find workers and to help home care workers find clients.


HCWMeeting1_rsJim Carlisle, a disability rights advocate who has received home care services for over forty years and was a member of the bargaining team
, said the changes agreed to in negotiations  would, if ratified by the Union and legislature, represent major steps forward in addressing the care crisis thousands of families across Minnesota currently face.

“My wife and I both rely on home care workers in our day-to-day life. As the current care crisis has grown, we’ve seen the harm to families like ours across the state because of the lack of quality caregivers. I was proud to be on the Union’s bargaining team and to have a chance to help reach this tentative agreement that would raise wages, invest in training and improve benefits  to help attract and retain the quality home care workers we need now and will need even more as our population ages,” said Carlisle, who lives in West St. Paul.

Dawn Burnfin from Chisholm, a home care worker and mother of five who was also part of the SEIU Healthcare Minnesota bargaining team, talked about why the changes in this Tentative Agreement would, if ratified, be so important:

“I am passionate about my job and proud of the good work home care workers do keeping Minnesotans safe and in their homes. The gains in the Tentative Agreement would begin to make home care workers feel like our time, skills and work are just as important as other jobs,” said Burnfin. “I hope elected officials who aren’t yet affected by the care crisis understand it may not be long before you or your spouse or your parent will need someone to care for them. When that time comes, do you want someone well-paid and well-trained, so your loved one gets the care they deserve, or do you want someone who is just passing through until they can find some other job with decent pay and benefits? This tentative agreement is a step towards fixing the care crisis we have ignored for too long, to make sure every Minnesotan gets the care they deserve.”

If the Tentative Agreement gets ratified by Union members, it would then go to the legislature for their approval. The final step would be having it signed by Governor Dayton. The negotiations took place in the months preceding the state’s legislative session in order to ensure that legislators have the opportunity to review the terms of the proposed agreement and vote on whether to ratify it.  Carlisle shared why it is so crucial for elected officials to approve the proposed contract and take steps to address the care crisis in our state.

“My wife and I have seen the best of home care workers, some of whom became like family to us. But we’ve also experienced the trauma that comes when there are not real investments in care work. Everyone who wants and needs it should have access to good, safe care in their homes, and by ratifying this contract the Minnesota Legislature will be taking a strong step towards making that a reality. Having people with disabilities and seniors remain in our homes doesn’t just make our lives better; it also saves taxpayers millions of dollars, compared to having us in nursing homes or other institutional settings.”

The Tentative Agreement comes as groups funded by corporate special interests to undermine the democratically elected Union were dealt yet another setback. Earlier this week the Bierman v. Dayton court case, which aims to strip home care workers in the bargaining unit of their ability to come together and fight to improve the home care industry, was rejected in federal district court.

 

###

 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.

Comments Off on Home Care Union Reaches Tentative Agreement with State of Minnesota

Albert Lea Bargaining Update – November 29, 2016

ALMC 2016 Barg Update #4

Comments Off on Albert Lea Bargaining Update – November 29, 2016

Albert Lea Bargaining Update – November 18, 2016

ALMC 2016 Barg Update #3

Comments Off on Albert Lea Bargaining Update – November 18, 2016

Home Care Members and Clients Discuss the Home Care Crisis with Governor Dayton and Lt. Gov Tina Smith

161128_HC mtg with Dayton-Smith

A group of home care members and the clients they provide care for met yesterday with Governor Mark Dayton and Lieutenant Governor Tina Smith to tell their personal stories about the home care crisis. Too many people with disabilities and seniors across the state are going without the care they need to stay in their homes, because of poverty wages, lack of benefits, inadequate training, and caps on hours for the workers they employ. It was a powerful, emotional, and hopeful conversation about how to fix the care crisis.

 

Save

Save

Comments Off on Home Care Members and Clients Discuss the Home Care Crisis with Governor Dayton and Lt. Gov Tina Smith

Congratulations to the newly elected SEIU HCMN Executive Board and Officers

Congratulations to the newly elected SEIU HCMN Executive Board and Officers:

Jamie Gulley, President
Liz Asmus, Executive Vice President
Phillip Cryan, Executive Vice President
Jigme Ugen, Executive Vice President
Lisa Weed, Executive Vice President
Lynn Carlson, Vice President – Allina
Kate Lynch, Vice President – Clinics
Sonja Lemire, Vice President – Long Term Care
Mindy Tomfohrde, Vice President – Southeast
Maxine Maxon, Vice President – Twin City Hospitals
Shaquonica Johnson, Vice President – Home Care
Sumer Spika, Vice President – Home Care
Kent Wilcox, Guard
Kamala Ramnauth, Assistant Guard
Cleveland Donazal, Trustee
Louise Duffee, Trustee
Sandy Koski, Trustee
Dan Mintey, Trustee
Melody Nordby, Trustee
Patti Fritz, Board Member – Retiree
Elsie Urman, Board Member – Retiree
Jeff Sarro, Board Member – Allina
Kaytie Elrite, Board Member – Clinics
Emma Woodward, Board Member – Long Term Care
Mary Bale, Board Member – Southeast
Bennie Cromedy, Board Member – Twin City Hospitals
Darleen Gray, Board Member – Home Care
Francis Hall, Board Member – Home Care
Debra Howze, Board Member – Home Care
LaTanya Hughes, Board Member – Home Care
Cortney Phillips, Board Member – Home Care
Robin Pikala, Board Member – Home Care
Corey Van Denburgh, Board Member – Home Care
Jan Wirpel, Board Member – Home Care
Bri Bernini, Board Member – At Large
Rajib Bhattarai, Board Member – At Large
Charlie Butter, Board Member – At Large
Brian Elliott, Board Member – At Large
Yankuba Fadera, Board Member – At Large
Mark Freeman, Board Member – At Large
Crissy Hanson, Board Member – At Large
Penny Hanson, Board Member – At Large
James Holt, Board Member – At Large
Natalie Jackson, Board Member – At Large
Russ Maloney, Board Member – At Large
Rita Mathews, Board Member – At Large
Kathy Meyer, Board Member – At Large
Katrice Newsome, Board Member – At Large
Jennifer Norgren, Board Member – At Large
Harry O’Mara, Board Member – At Large
Kia Pille, Board Member – At Large
Becky Schmitz, Board Member – At Large
Johnnie Smith, Board Member – At Large
Vivian Strauman, Board Member – At Large
Marty Zahn, Board Member – At Large

Comments Off on Congratulations to the newly elected SEIU HCMN Executive Board and Officers

Home Care Training: CPR Payments


Comments Off on Home Care Training: CPR Payments

Zoo Day Tickets

Zoo Day tickets are no longer available online. Tickets can be purchased at the Minnesota Zoo entrance on Sunday, August 14th.

SEIU Zoo Day is limited to full SEIU members & their immediate families only, up to 10 tickets. Member must be present with the party to be admitted. Tickets will cost $2 per person with free entry without ticket for children under 3.

Phone your union if you are scheduled to work that day, but your immediate family wishes to attend. If your party exceeds 10, the SEIU member may purchase additional tickets for $6.00 each.

Zoo event is not available to fair share fee payers.
Food and beverages can be purchased at the zoo or you may bring a picnic lunch to enjoy in the picnic area.

Comments Off on Zoo Day Tickets

Golden Living Center St. Louis Park

EMPLOYER: Golden Living Center
WORKSITE: Golden Living Center St. Louis Park
3201 Virginia Ave S
St. Louis Park, MN 55426
PHONE: 952-935-0333
WEBSITE

CONTRACTS
Healthcare Services Group Master 2013-2016

Internal Organizer:

Stewards:

HCS:
Helena Stezewski, Housekeeping Aide

Comments Off on Golden Living Center St. Louis Park

Regina Senior Living Center

WORKSITE: Regina Medical Center
1174 Nininger Road
Hastings, MN 55033

PHONE: 651-480-4333
WEBSITE: http://www.regina-seniorliving.com/

CONTRACTS

Senior Living 2014-2016

Internal Organizer: Lisa McClellan

Stewards:
Deonne McDonnell, Residence Aide

Comments Off on Regina Senior Living Center

Purchase Zoo Tickets

Comments Off on Purchase Zoo Tickets