Union Protections during Transfer to North Shore

[Morning, Tuesday, 10/17/17]

Based on conversations your Union has had with representatives of North Shore, this is what we know as of this writing:

Healthcare Services Group Employees
Your employer is NOT changing so you should experience no changes at this time.  If HCSG makes any changes, please contact your Union at 608-277-1199, Extension 13 so your Union can react timely to the change.

Beloit Nursing and Rehabilitation has NOT transferred due to an unexpected glitch with the Department of Housing and Urban Development, however, North Shore has stated that Beloit will transfer in the future on some unknown date to North Shore.  Stay Tuned!!
(Note: Two Fortis homes will NOT be transferring to North Shore:  All About Life and Willows. These homes will have another owner in the future.)

Probationary Period
All employees hired by North Shore will have a 45 day probationary period.  As long as you do your job and have good attendance, you should get through the probationary period.  It is up to you to meet the expectations of North Shore.

Schedules
Fortis will transfer schedules to North Shore.  Please make sure you are at work as scheduled through the transition.  North Shore may make changes to the schedules in the future so please pay attention daily in case there is a change.

Paychecks
You will be paid twice a month, instead of every two weeks (biweekly).  If your pay date is on a Saturday, you will be paid on Friday.  If your pay date is on a Sunday, you will be paid on Monday.  In December 2017, your second paycheck will be on December 29, instead of in January.  This is only for 2017 so in 2018, this may not occur.

Bargaining for Your New SEIU Healthcare WI Contract
North Shore has committed to starting bargaining for your new Union contract in mid-November 2017.  All of your wages, benefits, hours, and other working conditions will be open for bargaining.  This includes any changes that North Shore has made that are different than your Fortis Contract.  The Fortis Contract is no longer in effect at this time, however, you are still represented by your Union and your Bargaining Team will be working to get your contract settled as quickly as possible.

North Shore has chosen to not continue the Fortis Contract.  Unfortunately, the law allows new owners to do this.  You still have Union rights, just no contract at this time.

Health Insurance
North Shore has offered a Health Insurance Program which you will need to sign up for if you want to continue health insurance coverage or start new coverage.  You will have until October 31, 2017 to make your selection.  Please pay attention to the various coverages and ask questions so you understand the plans thoroughly.  The cheapest plan may not have the coverage you want or need for you and your family.  North Shore coverage, if you sign up, will be effective October 1, 2017.  If you need forms, please contact your Administrator or Human Resources.  If you have an appointment or other medical needs before the insurance card arrives, North Shore will issue temporary cards for employees needing this.  North Shore has benefit counselors coming to each facility as well as setting up a weekly benefit call-in to a number provided by North Shore.  If you have questions, contact your Administrator or Benefit person at your facility.

North Shore will be implementing new plans starting January 1, 2018 so you will need to re-apply again before the end of the year.  North Shore will notify employees when enrollment for the 2018 plans will begin.

Important Note:  We have been told by North Shore that NO health insurance premium will be deducted from this week’s check, however, they will deduct DOUBLE from the next check to catch up so plan accordingly.

Personnel Records and Disciplines from Fortis
Because you all have to pass a probationary period again, North Shore will NOT be transferring any disciplinary actions, attendance occurrences, etc.  You will be starting over as if you are new employees with a clean record.  You just need to get through the probationary period.

For attendance starting with October 1, 2017, North Shore has its own attendance policy which is in the employee handbook.    North Shore is in the process of clarifying certain issues that were not addressed clearly in the handbook.  When those answers have been received, you will be informed of the complete disciplinary and attendance policy.

Overtime
The Fortis overtime provision that states that you get time and one-half after 8 hours will NOT be in effect for North Shore.  However, our Union will be taking this issue to the bargaining to try to get this straightened out.  You will get time and one-half after 40 hours worked in a week.  For overtime, the week begins on Sunday morning at 12:00 am and ends on Saturday night at 11:59 pm (midnight).

Requests for Time Off
You must request time off with North Shore even if Fortis had previously approved it.  If Fortis had previously approved your time off request, you must request again in order to get the time off.  North Shore said they would try to honor any previously approved time off that Fortis granted.  Please be aware that you will NOT be paid for this time off from North Shore unless you have accrued PTO from North Shore.  You received your payout already from Fortis for this time off.

401(k)
The North Shore 401(k) will be rolled out starting later this week.  Please work with your counselor on any roll overs from Fortis to the North Shore plan.  There is NO AUTOMATICE ROLLOVER.

How to Get More Information
As more information is made available to your Union, you will receive an email with that information and your Worksite Leaders will also receive the information.

Questions, contact your Worksite Leaders or your Union Staff Representatives as follows:
For Beloit and Monroe, contact Mike Persley at 608-277-1199, Extension 13.
For Meadow View, Morningside, Sheboygan and Sunrise, contact Bonnie Strauss at 608-225-3491.

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[Afternoon, Friday, 9/29/17]

Beloit Nursing and Rehabilitation will NOT be transferring on September 30 at midnight due to an unexpected glitch, however, North Shore has stated that Beloit will transfer in the future on some unknown date to North Shore.

Transfer Date and Time
* Meadow View, Monroe, Morningside, Sheboygan Progressive and Sunrise will be transferring to North Shore at midnight on Saturday, September 30, 2017.

Applications
* Please make sure you turn in your application and other paperwork in to North Shore ASAP. Hiring decisions will be based on when you get your application in and paperwork in. Do NOT delay. Get this done today. If you need forms, please get them from your Administrator or Human Resources.

Probationary Period
* All employees hired by North Shore will have a 45 day probationary period. As long as you do your job and have good attendance, you should get through the probationary period. It is up to you to meet the expectations of North Shore.

Schedules
* Fortis will transfer schedules to North Shore. Please make sure you are at work as scheduled through the transition. North Shore may make changes to the schedules in the future so please pay attention daily in case there is a change.

Health Insurance
* North Shore will offer a Health Insurance Program which you will need to sign up for ASAP if you want to continue health insurance coverage. North Shore coverage, if you sign up, will be effective October 1, 2017. If you need forms, please contact your Administrator or Human Resources.

Healthcare Services Group Employees
* Your employer is NOT changing so you should experience no changes at this time.

How to Get More Information
* As more information is made available to your Union, you will receive an email with that information and your Worksite Leaders will also receive the information. People that did not receive an e-mail or text message directly with this update should visit here to get connected: https://hcwi.seiu.org/page/signup/sign-up-for-mobile-alerts-from-seiu-hcwi .

Questions, contact your Worksite Leaders or your Union Staff Representatives as follows:
For Beloit and Monroe, contact Mike Persley at 608-277-1199, Extension 13.
For Meadow View, Morningside, Sheboygan Progressive and Sunrise, contact Bonnie Strauss at 608-225-3491


 

[Morning, Friday, 9/29/17]

Your Union, SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, has been working hard to protect your benefits during the transition from Fortis to North Shore.  Your current Union contract has protections for you that non-Union employees do not have as follows:

Beloit
* Section 16.5 of your Union contract provides for 100% payout of your vacation, sick and personal hours for unused hours on the books as of the date of the transfer to North Shore.

* Employees who are eligible for a longevity (Section 21.5) and/or attendance (Section 21.6) bonus(es) as of the date of the transfer to North Shore will receive their bonus.

Meadow View
* Section 13.5 of your Union contract provides for 100% payout of POWER Hours, for employees with one (1) or more years of service, for unused hours on the books as of the date of the transfer to North Shore.

* Employees who are eligible for an attendance bonus (Section 25.1) as of the date of the transfer to North Shore will receive their bonus.

Monroe
* Section 10.5 of your Union contract provides for 100% payout of POWER Hours, for employees with one (1) or more years of service, for unused hours on the books as of the date of the transfer to North Shore.

Morningside
* Article 11, Section 7 of your Union contract provides for 100% payout of your accrued and unused Paid Time Off (PTO) for employees with at least ninety (90) days of service as of the date of the transfer to North Shore.

* In addition, employees with a sick reserve account will be paid out at 50% of your accrued and unused sick reserve account as of the date of the transfer to North Shore.

Sheboygan Progressive
* Section  13.5 of your Union contract provides for 100% payout of POWER Hours, for employees with one (1) or more years of service, for unused hours on the books as of the date of the transfer to North Shore.

* Employees who are eligible for an attendance bonus (Section 25.1) as of the date of the transfer to North Shore will receive their bonus.

Sunrise
* The Appendix of your Union contract provides for 100% payout of POWER Hours, for employees with one (1) or more years of service, for unused hours on the books as of the date of the transfer to North Shore.

When Payouts Will Be Paid
The payouts above are expected to be on the last paycheck from Fortis that you will receive on the first pay date following the date of the transfer to North Shore.  There will be NO separate check for these.

Transfer from Fortis to North Shore
Fortis will be transferring to North Shore all personnel records, your employment information such as your current wage rate, job title, shift, status as a Full-time or Part-time employee with your standard hours that you work per week, your seniority date, your initial hire date at the facility, and your current schedule.

Information from North Shore
Unfortunately, communication from North Shore to our Union has been very limited.  We do not know very much about what North Shore intends to do.  We DO KNOW that your current Union contract will NOT continue, however, North Shore is legally obligated to bargain a new contract with your Union.  Your Bargaining Teams will be working to put together our new contract for negotiations as soon as possible.  In addition, your Union has already requested a meeting to discuss bargaining dates, operational issues, etc.

Employees Hired by North Shore
As of the writing of this email, your Union has not received any definitive information on who will be hired by North Shore.  Our assumption, however, is that if someone was not being hired, North Shore would have provided a notice by now to those employees.  If you have not been notified, you report to work as you have done in the past according to the posted schedules.

North Shore Handbook and Initial Terms and Conditions
North Shore will be imposing some initial terms and conditions for the interim until your contract is completed.  The Initial Terms and Conditions that North Shore will impose are still negotiable for your Union contract as the initial terms and conditions may not be what you are currently working under.  North Shore will be getting information to you and your Union that outlines these terms and conditions.  In addition, there will be a new handbook from North Shore with more terms and conditions of employment, all of which are negotiable during bargaining.  Your Bargaining Teams will be surveying all of you as to what you want to keep of your current Fortis type benefits and what you want to change.

How to Get More Information
As more information is made available to your Union, you will receive an email with that information and your Worksite Leaders will also receive the information.  People that did not receive an e-mail or text message directly with this update should visit here to get connected https://hcwi.seiu.org/page/signup/sign-up-for-mobile-alerts-from-seiu-hcwi .

Questions, contact your Worksite Leaders or your Union Staff Representatives as follows:
* For Beloit and Monroe, contact Mike Persley at 608-277-1199, Extension 13.
* For Meadow View, Morningside, Sheboygan Progressive and Sunrise, contact Bonnie Strauss at 608-225-3491.

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