Last Thursday, the bargaining team at Cook County NorthShore Hospital and Health Center failed to reach an agreement on a new contract. Members will vote this week on management’s last offer. The bargaining team is recommending that members vote to reject the proposal and move to binding arbitration on the open issues. The open issues include: wage increases, extra shift bonuses, and call back pay, for members called back to work after their shift ends.
Congratulations to the SEIU members and bargaining team at Maplewood Good Samaritan nursing home on reaching a tentative agreement for a new contract! Members will have the opportunity to vote on the agreement later this week. Details include:
Last week, the bargaining team for the Twin City Hospital multi-employer contract (including Fairview Riverside, Southdale, St. John’s, Children’s Minneapolis and St. Paul, North Memorial and Park Nicollet Methodist Hospital) made additional progress on non-economic items. The Union team also provided our economic proposals to management for the first time (after 6 days of work on non-economic issues). The Union team continues to make steady progress but needed more time beyond contract expiration to keep bargaining. As a result the parties agreed to extend the contract for another month through the end of March. For more details click here.
The SEIU members working for Healthcare Services Group under the Master Contract at nursing homes in Excelsior, Fridley, St. Louis Park, Roseville, Rochester East and Whitewater reached a Tentative Agreement on a new contract last week. The TA includes significant raises of up to 7% for those on the wage scale and 3% for workers at the top of the scale. The Tentative Agreement is subject to ratification by the membership and if approved, the off-scale raises will take effect on March 1, 2021.
Last week, there was a tragic mass-shooting at the Allina Crossroads Clinic in Buffalo, Minnesota. The clinic is located about a mile from the hospital which is represented by our Union. Our hearts go out to the workers and families who were impacted by the senseless violence. Hundreds of SEIU members live and work in the Buffalo community and we have heard from many who have been personally and emotionally impacted by what happened.
I want to thank and appreciate all the first responders as well as the care teams at North Memorial and HCMC who cared for the victims. Please take a moment of silence today to remember and honor Lindsay Overbay, the healthcare worker who died from the shooting.
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