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Twin Cities Security Officers with SEIU Reach Tentative Agreement on Landmark New Contract, Win $15 for All Officers


The contract, covering 2,000 security officers, will see some Twin Cities workers receiving a 50% raise over the four year contract

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Minneapolis, Minn— Twin Cities security officers with SEIU Local 26 reached a tentative agreement for a ground-breaking new contract late Wednesday night. All current officers will achieve a minimum of $15 an hour wage and all future officers will be on a path to do the same. The contract also won more sick days, an improvement in healthcare cost for families and for the first time ever combines the Suburban and Downtown contracts to create more equity. The agreement would give substantial raises over the course of the contract for all of the over 2,000 security officers who protect buildings around the Twin Cities that house some of the most prominent and wealthy corporations in the country. Members will vote to ratify the contract in the next few weeks. The agreement comes as the janitors with SEIU Local 26 have voted to authorize a strike if a fair contract is not reached for the 4,000 janitors represented by the union.

20151010_James_Matias_rsJames Matias, a security officer and SEIU Local 26 Executive Board member from St. Paul who was on the bargaining committee, saw firsthand how officers in the union stood together to win this pioneering contract.

“Security officers in the Twin Cities fought hard for this contract, and are proud that we have won such an impressive victory for thousands of working families. Some security officers are currently at $10 an hour, so a jump to $15 by the end of the contract will result in a 50% pay increase, which will be a huge change,” said Matias, who lives in St. Paul with his wife and kids. “We fought to make sure that all workers in our union are given the chance to have the pay and benefits that ensure we can support our families. We won gains for all members, but we remained unified that everyone should have the basic dignity of fair pay for their hard work. In an area as wealthy as the Twin Cities, as we protect some of the most affluent businesses in the world, all working people should be able to provide for their families. This contract is a huge step in the right direction and we are now ready to stand shoulder to shoulder with janitors and other workers in their fight.”

The agreement comes just over a week from the strike deadline set by Twin Cities janitors who are also represented by SEIU Local 26. Unlike security officers, employers on the janitorial side have stalled, delayed and intimidated workers fighting for a fair agreement, which lead to the January 23rd unfair labor practice (ULP) strike authorization vote. The janitorial bargaining committee set a Feb 14th strike deadline for a fair contract. If there is not a fair contract by that date, the committee could call an ULP strike at any point.

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SEIU Local 26 is Minnesota’s Property Services Union, uniting more than 6,000 janitors, security officers, and window cleaners in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. SEIU unites more than 225,000 property services workers nationally, and over 2 million including workers in healthcare and the public sector.

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As Strike Deadline Looms, New Report Highlights Unsafe Workloads and Rising Productivity Demands Facing Twin Cities Janitors

The report, titled ‘Back Breaking Profits,’ highlights how decades of sub-contracting has caused the current situation that contributed to janitors voting to authorize strike

Minneapolis, Minn— Just weeks after Twin Cities janitors voted unanimously to authorize their bargaining committee to call a strike, and the committee set a Feb. 14th deadline for the 4,000 janitors across the Metro to get a fair contract from their employers, a new report titled Back Breaking Profits is shining a light on one of the major issues highlighted by janitors who voted to authorize a strike. The new report lays clear how in the Twin Cities, as in the rest of the United States, the janitorial industry has undergone massive subcontracting in the last three decades, and the harm that has meant for workers, families and our communities.

297155586-Back-Breaking-ProfitsFrom the report:

In the last decade, janitorial services contractors have reduced the number of janitors, forcing the remaining workforce to cover more territory, leading to injuries and high stress for workers. The work is labor intensive, and fast-paced, demanding heavy lifting, repetitive motions, bending and crouching in unnatural positions. Building cleaning and maintenance occupations had the highest rate of days-away-from-work due to on-the-job injury or illness in Minnesota during 2014, nearly three times the average of all private sector occupations.

The cleaning industry is in crisis and janitors are facing the worst of it. Service Employees International Union Local 26 janitorial members have experienced drastic increases in workload; many say the changes began more than 30 years ago, when building owners started contracting out cleaning services rather than employing those workers directly.

The report includes personal testimonies from Twin Cities janitors who are members of the SEIU Local 26 and would be part of a strike if the contract hasn’t been reached by the Feb 14th deadline. Jessica Hansen has been a janitor since 1977, when a majority of workers like her were white, and has seen the changes as her job has gone from being considered a “good job,” with fair pay, free healthcare, pensions and more, to the current challenges facing workers. Currently over 90% of janitors in the Twin Cities with SEIU Local 26 are people of color. On average, janitors clean the equivalent per square feet of more than 20 houses every night, while some clean much more than that.

In the report, janitors like Elia, who cleans the Ameriprise tower in Minneapolis, share the real world implications of the rising workloads facing janitors and their families. Her testimony includes sharing that “four people got injured at the building I clean between April to December, and I was one of them. Because of my injury, I had to be on light duty for weeks, but the worst part is I’m in so much pain, I can’t play with my children,” she stated. There are countless stories like Elia’s, including many shared in the report, that highlight why increasing workload is such a major issue for janitors, and all working people, across Minnesota.

The report highlights steps being proposed by the janitor’s in negotiations to address this crisis, including:

  • Worker-centered enforcement of safety rules.  Walkthroughs and information for janitors to resolve issues at worksite where they know best. Janitors are experts in their field, they know what works, what doesn’t, what can be accomplished safely and when they’re being pushed to their limits. Workload walkthroughs with janitor, union steward and supervisor are a necessary tool to resolve issues at worksite.
  • Sustainable staffing levels. Establishing reasonable staffing levels, such as 40,000 square feet per night and 225 bathroom units, would ensure manageable workloads and prevent on-the-job injuries.
  • Data driven analysis of how to improve. Fielding an academic study from the University of Minnesota to evaluate ergonomic best practices and asses the effects of workload on janitors

Read the whole report HERE. Workers from the report and the report’s main author are available for comment.

Background: On January 23rd, janitors with SEIU Local 26 voted to authorize their bargaining committee to call a unfair labor practice strike as their employers continue to stall and intimidate workers in bargaining over a new contract for the 4,000 janitors in the Twin Cities. Workers have been fighting for a $15 floor for all workers, a fix to a growing workload crisis and policies that support healthy families. In response they have only seen stalling from employers. The bargaining committee announced a Feb. 14th deadline to reach a fair contract that allows for healthy families and strengthens our community by fighting to address income and racial disparities plaguing our state. If a contract agreement is not reached by Feb. 14th, the committee could call a strike at any point going forward. Janitors have been negotiating since October with their employers. Their current three-year contract expired on Dec. 31st.

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SEIU Local 26 is Minnesota’s Property Services Union, uniting more than 6,000 janitors, security officers, and window cleaners in the Twin Cities metropolitan area. SEIU unites more than 225,000 property services workers nationally, and over 2 million including workers in healthcare and the public sector.

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SEIU Statement on Recommendations from Health Care Financing Task Force

Healthcare workers and leaders praise final recommendations as important framework towards a more healthy state

St. Paul, Minn — With the announcement today of final recommendations from the Health Care Financing Task Force passing with 80% support, SEIU leaders praised the framework and released the following statements:

Phillip Cryan, Executive Vice President of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota and a member of the Task Force, praised the recommendations as charting a course towards a more healthy state.  “These recommendations offer a powerful vision for a better Minnesota. If enacted by the legislature, these policies will improve the lives of hundreds of thousands of families all across our state. Expanding our high-quality, affordable MinnesotaCare program to cover more working families who are now struggling to pay high deductibles and premiums for commercial insurance, ensuring health care coverage for the undocumented, and repealing the sunset on the provider tax that funds MinnesotaCare would all help make our state a more just and healthy place to live,” said Cryan. “I am proud of the role SEIU played, working together with health care providers, patient advocates, other unions, doctors, academics, legislators and state officials to shape these recommendations to improve health care for all Minnesotans.”

Health Care Stethoscope_rsRita Matthews, a Phlebotomy Assistant at Allina’s Mercy Hospital in Coon Rapids and members of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota’s Executive Board, spoke about what these changes would mean for the people she cares for every day, working on the front lines of the healthcare field. “Too often, we see people put off healthcare, either because they lack health insurance or because the costs of their deductibles and copays are so high they can’t afford to go the doctor. This causes unnecessary harm and pain to them and their families. Every Minnesotan should have access to quality, affordable healthcare coverage, and these recommendations from the Health Care Financing Task Force would, if adopted by the legislature, make that closer to a reality for all Minnesotans,” said Matthews. “I hope our elected officials take these recommendations seriously and work to make our state a more healthy and safe place for every patient – which, at some point in our lives, means every one of us – in Minnesota.”

Javier Morillo, President of SEIU Local 26, highlighted the recommendation that called for extending healthcare coverage to undocumented families in Minnesota. “With national elected officials continuing to put political posturing over fixing our broken immigration system with a real path to citizenship, it is exciting to see Minnesota putting families first by recommending that undocumented residents receive health insurance. The recommendations from the Task Force, if implemented, would make our state more healthy, safe and inclusive,” said Morillo. “We all gain by raising public health standards when all families have health insurance that allows them to receive the care they need. This would be a huge step forward for our state.”

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SEIU Healthcare Minnesota unites more than 35,000 healthcare and long-term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care throughout the state of Minnesota. 

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Hamline University Adjuncts Reach Tentative Agreement on Historic First Union Contract

The agreement, called a victory for both faculty and students, will help promote stability through substantial wage increases and new professional development fund

St. Paul, Minn – Late Wednesday night, adjunct faculty at Hamline University reached a tentative agreement for their historic first contract with the University. After 10 years without a raise, adjuncts voted overwhelmingly to form their Union with SEIU Local 284 in June of 2014, and have been negotiating their first contract with the University for over a year. The adjunct faculty on the bargaining team praised the contract as a strong step forward to improving Hamline for adjuncts, students and the whole Hamline community.

Mark Felton, a Hamline adjunct in the business school and member of the bargaining team, highlighted how the contract is a “win-win” for everyone at Hamline.

“Teaching is my passion, which is why I joined the fight to win this first contract that makes Hamline stronger for both adjunct faculty and our students,” said Felton, who has taught at various Higher Education institutions in Minnesota for over 10 years. “Increasing wages after all these years, establishing a professional development fund and crafting a system where adjuncts have advance notice of when we will teach courses will all help to create an environment where we have the capacity to do what we love to do, which is spend time with and teach our students. We always believed we could reach an agreement that moves everyone forward, and we are proud that we came together and made this contract a reality.”

Della Zurick, a Hamline adjunct who teaches political theory and is a member of the bargaining team, shared that her love of her students got her involved in the campaign and why their support helped to make the contract a reality.

“I teach my students about standing up for their convictions, and feel strongly that this contract does just that for Hamline adjuncts who have fought so hard for what is best for both faculty and students,” said Zurick. “I feel called to teach, and find great joy in engaging with my Hamline students. It has been amazing to see and hear the support they have given us throughout my time on the campaign.  I believe this contract will help to strengthen that experience for all involved at Hamline. When adjuncts aren’t having to run from one job to the next, scrambling to fit together various pieces, it gives us more time to actually teach our students.”

Hamline_University_Old_Main_rsHamline students have been strong supporters of the adjuncts during the campaign for a first contract. Kyle McGuinn, a first year MFA student at Hamline, shared why he worked to support adjuncts and why he was excited for this first contract.

“This agreement is a great step forward for both Hamline students and faculty. Students supported the adjuncts bargaining for a fair first contract because we know that if our teachers are paid fairly and given the support they need, they will have more time to invest in our education,” said McGuinn. “I’m proud that adjuncts stood up for a better future for higher education, and proud that the student body showed our support for the teachers that make our education possible. This is a big win for all of Hamline.”

Highlights of the tentative agreement include:

  • Raises for all adjunct faculty. A majority will receive a 15% increase in year 1 and base pay will increase by 20% by the 2017-2018 fiscal year.
  • Additional compensation for adjuncts with their terminal degree and length of service will increase base pay in year 1 by 25% and by 30% in fiscal year 2017-2018.
  • A professional development fund will be established.
  • Adjunct faculty will receive much earlier notice of courses they will teach, and will be compensated for work if there is a last minute cancellation. Additionally, they will have the first right of refusal to teach a course they design or be compensated for the curriculum.
  • Establishment of a Union/University Collaboration Committee (otherwise known as a Labor Management Committee)

Adjunct faculty in the bargaining unit will vote in early 2016 on ratification of the agreement, which would then go into effect for the Spring semester.

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SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Statement on New DHS Commissioner

Union praises gains made for working families during tenure of former Commissioner Jessen, looks forward to working with Commissioner Johnson Piper

St. Paul, Minn — With the news today that Governor Dayton has appointed Emily Johnson Piper to replace Lucinda Jesson as his next Commissioner of the Department of Human Services, SEIU Healthcare Minnesota released the following statement:

“As the largest healthcare union in the state, we value strong leadership in the Department of Human Services. We want to commend Commissioner Jesson for her outstanding term and all she did to help working people in our state during her tenure. She managed the historic first contract for home care workers, which saw the people who care for our families in our homes raise their pay floor and get paid time off, many for the first time ever. This is an important step to stabilizing this growing industry in Minnesota. Her department implemented the increased funding for nursing home workers from the last legislative session, which has resulted in raising standards in nursing homes across the state, with a specific emphasis on care facilities in Greater Minnesota. In addition, the Department’s work strengthening MNSure and the successful extension of Medical Assistance and MinnesotaCare coverage to many thousands more low-income working people in our state during Commissioner Jesson’s time has reduced the uninsured rates and helped to make Minnesota a stronger and more healthy state.

“We applaud Governor Dayton’s choice of  Emily Johnson Piper as the new Commissioner and look forward to working with Commissioner Johnson Piper and the whole Department to continue pursuing our shared goals of making sure that all Minnesotans can live the healthy and independent lives that they choose.”

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SEIU Healthcare Minnesota unites more than 35,000 healthcare and long-term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care throughout the state of Minnesota. 

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Minnesota Home Care Workers Praise Dismissal of Anti-Union Lawsuit

St. Paul, Minn — Today the 8th Circuit U.S Court of Appeals upheld the lower court ruling in the case of Greene vs. Dayton, reiterating the right of home care workers in Minnesota to continue their democratically elected Union.

Sumer Spika, a mother from St. Paul who works in home care and is a Vice President of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, released the following statement:

“Today’s news of the dismissal of the lawsuit from extremists intent on destroying our Union is good news for home care clients and workers in Minnesota. We are very excited to put this particular lawsuit behind us and continue our work to improve our industry for thousands of families across Minnesota. But we know there are other legal attacks still being made against our right to organize improved standards for home care workers and clients, including in the Bierman v. Dayton case, and we will not let any court challenge stop us from moving forward.

“I am proud of the gains we made in our first contract, winning an $11 pay floor, paid time off for the first time, a training fund and more, but both workers and consumers in Minnesota still deserve much more than we are currently receiving. We are part of the national Fight for $15 because we know that our industry needs pay and benefits that will ensure that care work is treated as a career, not just a temp job, so the people we serve are given the consistent care that they need. Our work, done predominantly by women and people of color, has been undervalued for far too long. With our union, we are beginning to fight back and ensure that workers and the people we serve have a voice, and we won’t let any lawsuit stop us. We are glad that this particular lawsuit is behind us as we move forward in our work to improve the lives of thousands of families across our state.”

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SEIU Healthcare Minnesota unites more than 35,000 healthcare and long-term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care throughout the state of Minnesota.

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Statement from SEIU Executive Director Brian Elliott On Appointment to Minneapolis Workplace Regulations Partnership


Minneapolis, MN 
- Today, the Minneapolis City Council appointed Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Minnesota State Council Executive Director Brian Elliott as one of the 15 members of the City’s Workplace Regulations Partnership to study and propose solutions to address the lack of earned sick and safe time by many workers in the City. Below is Elliott’s statement on the appointment: (more…)

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SEIU Minnesota State Council Statement on Black Lives Matter Minneapolis #Justice4Jamar

Minneapolis, Minn — In regards to the police response to the peaceful Black Lives Matter Minneapolis #Justice4Jamar actions in North Minneapolis, the SEIU Minnesota State Council released the following statement:

“Many SEIU members and staff have been spending time at the 4th Precinct over the last few days in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter Minneapolis protesters who are fighting for justice in Minneapolis. This situation, and particularly the actions taken by the police on Wednesday, made it clear that there is an incredibly troubling imbalance in power in Minneapolis. Until that fact changes, we will continue to be in the streets for peaceful protests with our sisters and brothers from Black Lives Matter Minneapolis.

“SEIU members endorsed and were some of the strongest supporters in getting Mayor Hodges elected, in no small part because of her commitment to closing our city’s awful racial inequalities. For that commitment to have a chance of becoming a reality, Mayor Hodges must engage directly to deescalate the current situation brought on by the police and reengage in productive dialogue with Black Lives Matter Minneapolis to solve not only this situation, but the gnawing racial divides tormenting our city. We believe this moment is an essential test of whether our city moves forward as one, or the cracks of inequality and injustice split wide open. We need leadership of the Mayor more than ever, and we look to support the Mayor in taking immediate action to support those calling for justice.

“We are especially concerned about Chief Harteau’s decision to escalate on a peaceful protest starting Wednesday afternoon. Not only did this not help resolve the situation, it made matters worse and has increased tension and division in our community. If her goal was to open the police station, it has backfired. If her goal was to end the peaceful protest of those exercising their first amendment rights, the opposite has happened. Her decision to crack down on peaceful protesters not only inflames this situation, but it moves us further away from finding real solutions to the problems plaguing our community. These uncalled-for actions only reiterate the feeling among many that their voices are silenced and their concerns are not legitimate. Chief Harteau can and must use this situation to radically rethink her strategy of policing people of color in Minneapolis, especially in North Minneapolis.

“We commend the young people of color who are leading Black Lives Matter Minneapolis, both in this action and in their overall work, so our city finally can have the conversation we need to be having about race and inequality. We urge our city leaders to hear their voices.”

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SEIU is the workers who provide care and support for your family in public schools, hospitals, higher education, nursing homes, schools, in your homes 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 the approximately 60,000 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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Minnesota Home Care Workers Speak Out for Good Care and Good Jobs After Oral Arguments in Appeals Court Cases Seeking to Take Away Their Union

Workers, clients and community supporters express dismay that just as real changes and improvements in home care are beginning to take effect, anti-union groups want to reverse that progress

St. Paul, MN – On Wednesday morning outside of the Federal Court Building in St. Paul, dozens of home care workers, clients and supporters spoke out for good care and good jobs for both home care workers and
the clients they serve. They gathered after oral arguments in appeals of district court rulings in two lawsuits brought by small groups of extremist millionaires and billionaires. The Chief Judge of the Federal Court in Minneapolis issued decisive rulings earlier this year and last year vindicating home care workers’ right to organize.

20151021_HCW_Federal_CourtThe hearings combined lawsuits from two anti-Union groups, including the Virginia-based National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation. After voting overwhelmingly to form their Union in 2014, home care workers negotiated and ratified their historic first contract earlier this year.  Amongst other contractual benefits, home care workers are now beginning to be able to take paid time off if they are sick or want to take a brief vacation, many for the first time ever after many years of work caring for people with disabilities and seniors.

Speaking outside of the courthouse after the hearings, Deb Howze, a home care worker from Minneapolis and a member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, shared that home care workers are confident that they will win and why they are so outraged that a small group of millionaires and billionaires are funding work to destroy the home care workers’ union.

“This work is predominantly work done by women and people of color, and so I see this court case as a direct attack on women and people of color. We voted democratically to form our union so we can get the benefits that we deserve, such as a pay raise, sick time and access to training. These things help us better care for our clients,” Howze said. “Our home care system has been broken for years. Many PCAs have worked around the clock without a break, overtime or even being paid at all for what we do. Why would the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation want to undo the work we’ve done to improve conditions for clients and PCAs? Why would they want to take our rights away? Why are they threatened by us standing up for ourselves?”

Howze continued: “We are confident the judge will rule in our favor against these baseless attacks, but no matter what they try to do in court to stop us from standing up for ourselves, we are going to continue to fight to make sure home care workers and our clients have a voice to improve care for the tens of thousands of people with disabilities and seniors we serve all across our state.”

Francis Hall, a home care worker from Crosby and member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota,last week became the first known home care worker in Minnesota to utilize the paid time off provision workers won in their contract. It was the first paid time off she has had as a home care worker in over 15 years doing the job.

“In my 15 years as a home care worker, my day of paid time off last week was my first day of paid time off as a home care worker. 15 years! A few years back I broke my back and only took three unpaid days off.  I needed to pay my bills, so I bought baggy clothes to cover my back brace and painfully went back to work without telling my employer what had happened,” Hall told the crowd of supporters outside of the courthouse. “Despite the important work we do caring for seniors and people with disabilities, too many home care workers did not have basic protections like paid time off before this contract. That is why we came together to form our union. It is wrong that extremists are trying to take away our union. It is wrong for workers in every corner of our state. It is wrong for the people we care for. We are going to stick together and keep fighting because we’ve come too far and the home care industry is too important to not stand up and fight back.”

Home care consumers like Nikki Villavicencio of Maplewood joined workers at the Federal Courthouse in support of a strong home care union. Villiavicencio touched on the how important a strong home care industry is to families like hers who receive home care services.

“My home care workers assist me with almost every aspect of my life, from the time I put my three year old on the bus, to meetings, dinner, bed and many things in between. Without home care my life would look very different. Right now I go to meetings every day and have things like enough clean clothes for my daughter. Without home care workers, I wouldn’t be able to leave my house for days, I would struggle to make meals for my family, not to mention not contributing to the many community activities that I am involved in. My life would go from very active and complex to isolated and exhausting. That is why as a recipient of home care and a disability advocate I have been, and continue to be, a strong supporter of the home care workers’ union and am confident we will win this case.”

Cortney Phillips, a home care worker from the St. Cloud area and member of SEIU Healthcare Minnesota, spoke about why she made the trip to St. Paul to speak out for a strong home care workers’ union.

“We’ve made initial gains with paid time off, raising the wage floor, and funding for training, and those are great starting points. However, we still have a very long way to go to give home care the value it truly deserves,” said Phillips, a mother of three. “After getting involved with the union and breaking down those barriers of isolation and hearing from other workers like myself, I realized that so many of us are facing the same struggles and issues working in the home care industry. There are thousands of us from every corner of our state, from the Twin Cities to Greater Minnesota where I am from, who want to voluntarily join this union to improve our industry. We won’t stop fighting, because this work is too important.”

After the hearing, while the speakers told their stories, workers and clients held signs saying things like “Don’t Take Away my PTO” and “We Love Home Care Workers,” vowing to continue their fight for good care and good jobs no matter what attacks they face.

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SEIU Healthcare Minnesota unites more than 42,000 healthcare and long-term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care throughout the state of Minnesota. SEIU represents more than 60,000 members across Minnesota and is a powerful voice working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans.

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In Sweeping Ruling, North Memorial Ordered to Bring Back Fired Worker And Provide Back Pay

Ruling comes after June 2014 firing for Union activity

St. Paul, MN – An Administrative Law Judge has ruled in favor of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare Minnesota and Minnesota Nurses Association for joint Unfair Labor Practices the two unions filed against North Memorial Medical Center.  The ruling, on behalf of the National Labor Relations Board, found the Robbinsdale hospital unlawfully infringed on protected concerted activity by union members and union representatives.

As part of the sweeping ruling, North Memorial was ordered to reinstate Melvin Anderson, a SEIU Healthcare Minnesota Executive Board member and worker in the Sterile Processing Unit at North Memorial, who was fired after a June 24, 2014 informational picket outside of the hospital. As part of the ruling, Anderson will be “made whole” by receiving back pay for all of his time lost over the last year.

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota President Jamie Gulley praised the ruling and commended Anderson for not giving up in the fight for safe patient standards in hospitals across the state.

“I am incredibly happy that the Administrative Law Judge corrected the wrong that North Memorial committed by firing Melvin for Union activity. By giving him his job back and paying back pay for the time they took from him, this ruling shows that workers can stand up for what is right for patients and workers and not have to fear for their job,” said Gulley. “Melvin, and all of the members of SEIU and MNA who continue to stand up for patient safety, should take pride that this ruling only reinforces their fight.”

As part of the extensive ruling (full list of the orders for North Memorial are at the bottom), the judge found that Union staff are entitled to have conversations in public areas and may not be intimidated or surveilled to prevent them from speaking to members. In addition, it states that union organizers cannot be banned from the property if they are not being “disruptive” nor can union members or representatives be prevented from wearing union shirts.

Per the judge’s order, North Memorial must also post the fact that they have been found to have committed these unfair labor practices and that they will halt them immediately.

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 SEIU Healthcare Minnesota unites more than 42,000 healthcare and long-term care workers in hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, and home care throughout the state of Minnesota. SEIU represents more than 60,000 members across Minnesota and is a powerful voice working to improve the lives of all Minnesotans.

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