Members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota at Cerenity Humboldt Care Center in St. Paul voted Thursday to approve new contract that blocked concessions employer was proposing and won strong gains for frontline, essential workers
Healthcare workers employed by Cerenity Humboldt Care Center in St. Paul voted Thursday to approve a new two-year contract with 94% support from members who voted. The tentative agreement was reached on August 10th following the healthcare workers holding a 24-hour ULP strike on July 20th. The two sides had been bargaining for six months, but came quickly to an agreement in bargaining sessions following the successful 24-hour strike. SEIU Healthcare Minnesota represents 85 healthcare workers who do work as Cooks, Housekeepers, Janitors, Nursing Assistants, Laundry Aides, Dietary Aides, and Restorative Aides.
Key gains won by the workers include:
- At least 4% raises for all workers, with the base pay for cooks raising over 22% to $15 per hour and the base pay of housekeepers raising over 13%.
- Pay increase for shift leads
- Blocking proposals to roll back sick time
- Stopping employer plan to restrict leaves of absences
Rhonda Little, who has been a cook at Cerenity for over 5 years and is a member of the SEIU Healthcare MN negotiating team, shared her reaction to the new contract getting ratified.
“It is clear that our strike was a huge success. I’m so proud that we stood together and were able to win such a strong contract. Our unity allowed us to go right back to the bargaining table after the strike and make sure we were able to keep our sick time and win increased wages for so many people. Finally getting this contract is a relief, especially during a pandemic. I’m hoping this means we can get and retain good employees who can help us continue to provide outstanding care and services our patients need,” said Little. “I know we would not have won all of what we won without going out on strike. To healthcare workers and all essential workers: stay strong and stick together during these challenging times, and never be afraid to fight for what you deserve.”
SEIU Healthcare Minnesota represents over 40,000 healthcare and long term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care across Minnesota