Protecting you and those you care for!
Information is power when it comes ensuring the health and safety of our members and those we care for. With reports of the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading across the globe and nation, we want to make sure that you have the most up-to-date information on how to best protect yourself.
COVID-19 Workplace Concerns & Contract Issues
If you have concerns surrounding your employer’s response to the handling of COVID-19 or feel that your health and safety have been compromised at work, fill out the COVID-19 online submission form here.
PETITION: Protect Frontline Healthcare Workers
If you work within the cities of St. Paul or Minneapolis, you can use up to 80 hours of what is called “Safe Time” under those cities’ ESST ordinances, because they define school closures and public-health emergencies as events that can trigger mandatory “Safe Time” coverage from employers. Where you live has no bearing on whether the St. Paul and Minneapolis ordinances apply – just where your work is performed. You accrue 1 hour of Safe and Sick Time for every 30 hours worked, up to a maximum of 80 for the year.
This also means that if the Coronavirus forces some employees to work in a reduced capacity or work fewer hours from what was previously scheduled, those employees may use accrued Sick and Safe Time for the previously scheduled hours.
If you are infected or symptomatic, you may use any accrued sick and safe time hours and the employer is required to allow access. Furthermore, ordinance protection is triggered if an employee has reason to believe they are probably infected. Under those circumstances, self-quarantine (“preventive care” during a global pandemic) would constitute a protected use of accrued sick and safe time. Note that preemptive self-quarantine (i.e. without reason to believe you have contracted an illness) is not covered by the Sick and Safe Time ordinance.
SEIU HCMN worked together with a broad coalition of labor, faith and community partners to pass these ordinances – and continues to fight for the same protections to be extended by state law to cover all workers in Minnesota.
Teletown Hall with Gov. Walz and President Jamie Gulley
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.
COVID-19 FRONTLINE HEROES: Francis’ Story
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!
Heroes on the Frontline of Healthcare – Harry’s Story
Frontline Healthcare Heroes fighting a pandemic. This is Harry’s story, a transport aide at a hospital.
A Message from President Gulley on COVID-19 & Healthcare Workers
Important Info and Documents
- New benefits for members at companies with fewer than 500 total employees
- HealthPartners Update and FAQs (4/2/20)
- Homecare COVID-19 Tips (4/2/20)
- Updated Health Care Benefits for Members on the Union’s Healthcare Plan (4/1/20)
- COVID-19 and Immigrant Workers (AFL-CIO) 3/31/20
- CARES Act Highlights (MN AFL-CIO) 3/31/20
- Worker Protections related to COVID-19 (MN DOL) 3/31/20
- Minnesota Hospital Association Invite Letter (3/23/20)
- Int’l Pres. MK Henry: “Protect All Workers” Healthcare Industry Demand Letter (3/23/20)
- Gov Walz: LTC Redeployment Letter | Attachment (3/21/20)
- Press Release: State’s Largest Healthcare Workers’ Union Welcomes Walz Executive Order To Provide DHS Flexibility To Fight COVID-19 (3/20/20)
- Allina: Temporary Staffing Program (3/21/20)
- Message from President Gulley: School Closures & Healthcare Workers (3/15/20)
- 10 Steps to Preventing Coronavirus
- Labor Management Checklist (English) (Chinese) (Tagalog)
- Info Request to Facilities re: COVID-19 Safety Procedure
- Letter of Understanding Regarding COVID-19
- Minnesota Unemployment Insurance (UI) benefits
Governor Walz Emergency Executive Orders
- Emergency Executive Order 20-01 – Declaring a Peacetime Emergency and Coordinating Minnesota’s Strategy to Protect Minnesotans from COVID-19
- Emergency Executive Order 20-10 – Combatting Price Gouging During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency
- Emergency Executive Order 20-02 – Authorizing and Directing the Commissioner of Education to Temporarily Close Schools to Plan for a Safe Educational Environment
- Emergency Executive Order 20-08 – Clarifying Public Accommodations Subject to Executive Order 20-04
- Emergency Executive Order 20-11 – Securing Federal Authority to Continue Human Services Programs During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency
- Emergency Executive Order 20-07 – Providing for State Workforce Needs During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergenc
- Emergency Executive Order 20-05 – Providing Immediate Relief to Employers and Unemployed Workers During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emerge
- Emergency Executive Order 20-06 – Providing for Emergency Relief from Regulations to Motor Carriers and Drivers Operating in Minnesota
- Emergency Executive Order 20-09 – Directing Delay of Inpatient and Outpatient Elective Surgery and Procedural Cases during COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency
- Emergency Executive Order 20-04 – Providing for Temporary Closure of Bars, Restaurants, and Other Places of Public Accommodation
- Emergency Executive Order 20-03 – Protecting Residents of Minnesota Veterans Homes during the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency
- Emergency Executive Order 20-12 – Preserving Access to Human Services Programs During the COVID-19 Peacetime Emergency
Resources for Members
- Minnesota has set up a child care information hotline open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
- Metro number: 651-297-1304
- Greater Minnesota: 1-800-657-3504
- YMCA: Childcare for healthcare workers (District 196)
- Restaurants offering free kids meals while schools are closed
- Community generated list of free meals for kids across the Twin Cities Metro area
- Lunch pick up for all children through MPLS
- Comcast: offering free internet to those in need during school closures
- Scholastic Learn at Home Program
- United Way
- Protect ALL Workers
- MN COVID-19 Response
- MN Homecare Mutal Aid
- Charities Needing Donations
Fact Sheets on COVID-19
Coronavirus fact sheet Armenian
Coronavirus fact sheet Chinese
Coronavirus fact sheet English
Coronavirus fact sheet French
Coronavirus fact sheet Hmong
Coronavirus fact sheet Korean
Coronavirus fact sheet Russian
Coronavirus fact sheet Spanish
Coronavirus fact sheet Vietnamese
Washing Off COVID-19: The Racism & Xenophobia Too
The situation is evolving rapidly. Please see the links below for the most up-to-date information.
- Minnesota Department of Health
- World Health Organization (WHO) Situation Reports
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Novel Coronavirus
- U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Interim Guidance for Healthcare Workers
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control COVID-19 cases geographical distribution
As a union of healthcare workers, we respect and care for people of all nationalities and ethnicities and realize that screening for the coronavirus must be based upon an individual’s likely exposure to the virus — not their language or skin color. We will support and encourage respectful treatment of all patients and team members during this challenging period. SEIU will continue to monitor the outbreak and provide additional materials to help members protect themselves and their communities.