CEOs and non-profit hospitals make millions while health care workers face severe cuts strike vote set for next week

St. Paul, MN— 3,500 members of the Service Employees International Union Healthcare Minnesota (SEIU HCMN,) are voting May 14 and 15 on whether to authorize a 2-5 day Unfair Labor Practice strike at 5 area hospital systems including: Fairview, Children’s, Health East, North Memorial and Park Nicollet.

Health care workers and hospitals have been unable to reach a new contract settlement after the hospitals have continued to propose changes that would radically alter how hospital workers are able to earn an income to secure financial stability for their families. The proposed changes would push the lowest paid employees and their families who depend on these jobs into poverty.

At a time when non-profit hospitals and their CEOs are earning record-breaking profits, Twin Cities hospital workers who work hard every day and every night to provide the best possible care are only looking to be compensated fairly.

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members and leaders will host a media availability as official strike vote procedures begin:

When: 6:45 a.m., Monday, May 14, 2012

Where: 65th and France Ave, underneath the Skyway across from Fairview Southdale

The affected workers include: nursing assistants, ER techs, maintenance and food service personnel, clerks, warehouse staff and others.

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SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in hospitals, nursing homes, schools, childcare, and the Twin Cities’ largest public and private buildings.  The SEIU Minnesota State Council coordinates the electoral, legislative and outreach work of the SEIU Locals in Minnesota to increase the effectiveness of their collective bargaining and new member organizing campaigns.  By building the political involvement of approximately 30,000 SEIU members throughout the state, the State Council is working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans.  The State Council’s board is comprised of elected leaders, members, and staff of the four SEIU Local Unions in Minnesota.

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