In a time of economic uncertainty, and scaled back federal and state funds, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin was able to negotiate a fair contract for our members at Gunderson Lutheran Hospital, Kindred Nursing Homes, Hartford Care Center, and University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics.
Some highlights include:
- 1.5% wage increases across the board for our members at Gunderson Lutheran, with scheduled increases in 2013 and 2014. We also won the facility’s first ever weekend differential of $1.50 per hour for the hours of Friday midnight to Sunday midnight. Union orientation has been increased from 15 minutes to 30 minutes, which will greatly help us build a strong union with new employees.
- Mounting community pressure and staying strong at the bargaining table, HCWI members got management at Kindred Nursing Homes (Colonial Manor, Eastview, and Northridge Nursing Homes) to drop their dangerous proposal to lower the regular shift hours from 8 to 7 ½ hours. This reduction in hours didn’t just affect the caregivers – it would have reduced the quality of care for every resident. This is a major victory for safe resident care.
- Workers successfully maintained union security at Hartford Care Center. We also prevented takeaways and successfully negotiated bonuses and an extra day of vacation for our members.
- Last month, workers at University of Wisconsin Hospitals and Clinics succesfully negotiated a nurse clinical recognition program as well as an across the board wage increase of 1.3% the first year and 1.2% the second year. In addition we negotiated the continuation of anniversary adjustments with an average 1.7% increase per year.
SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin remains committed to advancing the rights of our members and working people in our state. As these contract victories prove, SEIU HCWI has the strength to win when we all work together. If you’re interested in helping build our union and/or information on how to join our member organizers campaign, please contact the union office closest to you.