Crosby, Minn – Following months of negotiations, a one-day ULP strike authorization vote and a tentative agreement reached Oct. 28th, members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota at Cuyuna Regional Medical Center have voted to ratify their new 3-year contract. Three units voted on the contract, with one unit ratifying with over 90% approval and the other two with over 70% approval.
The bargaining team for SEIU Healthcare Minnesota noted the contract included the best wage increases in years (including back pay at new rates), holiday pay, increased uniform allowances and call pay, full-time benefits for .9 FTE members starting next year, and much more. While not getting everything the team wanted or felt like they deserved, the bargaining committee noted that the solidarity and the willingness to strike helped land the final deal.
Kathy Meyer, a cook at CRMC for 15 years, Executive Board member of SEIU and member of the bargaining team, shared her feelings on the new contract.
“SEIU Healthcare Minnesota members are proud of the work we do every single day to make CRMC the quality healthcare facility that it is. We know that as the front line staff of CRMC, our work is what most directly impacts our patients and community, so we are proud that we fought so hard to make sure our work is valued,” said Meyer. “We are proud of what we won, even if it wasn’t everything we wanted and felt we deserved. I am proud of the progress we made and I look forward to continuing the work to ensure CRMC is the best it can be for staff, patients and our whole community.”
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota represents nearly 600 healthcare workers working at the hospital, nursing home, assisted living center and the ambulance crew. SEIU members perform nearly every job at CRMC except Registered Nurse, including: Radiologic Technologists, Medical Lab Techs, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Surgical Techs, Paramedics, EMTs, Sterile Processing workers, Skilled Maintenance workers- carpenters/electricians, Business Office Clerical workers, Admissions, Environmental Services, Dietary and more.
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota represents healthcare and long term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care across Minnesota