– Election season is upon us for Meriter Nurses Council! “If you value patient safety and fairness in the workplace, you should run for Nurses Council,” says Mary Malaney, RN and Council Member.
Our Nurses Council is the nurses, your co-workers and the leadership of our Union at Meriter Hospital. We handle the issues that come up with management, educate members, and coordinate union activities.
“Having always worked in the NICU, Nurses’ Council put me in touch with the rest of the house. It helped me see things from a different perspective and made me feel more a part of the whole. Many on NC are active not only in our union, but also serve on unit and/or hospital-wide committees. They are real “go-to” people. And meeting with HR and different members of administration each month has been enlightening as well as informative. This is a great place to start if you have interest in being involved in improving our work environment and in turn, improving things for our patients. I wish I would have gotten involved a long time ago,” says Sherryl Abplanalp, RN and Council Member.
We meet the third Wednesday of every month for one and ½ hours. We also meet with the Nursing Directors on the same day. Meeting time with the Directors is paid time. Meeting times alternate between 11:30am – 3pm and 3:30pm – 7pm so that members from different shifts can attend. Co-chair members also attend a meeting with HR called Good Relations once a month and automatically will serve on our bargaining team for contract negotiations in 2017. Together Co-chairs and Council members organize and run our membership meetings. Each unit is allowed their own representative, with a total of 22 Council seats. Term limits are for either one or two years. Elections will be held October 27, 2015.
“By being on Nurses Council you will learn about the benefits and protections our contract provides. More importantly, you will have the support of and opportunity to learn from other Nurses Council members and our union Staff Representative,” says Mary Malaney, RN and Council Member.
Be Part of the Solution! Click here to download the nomination form. Nomination forms are due October 13, 2015 by 5pm to the Union Office.
Last week, the Meriter Service and Support Bargaining Team sat down to put the issues most important to SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin members at Meriter Hospital on the table. The Meriter Service and Support union bargaining team is fighting hard to attain better staffing levels and workloads. Meriter wants their retirement.
Management put very few issues on the table and even less that aimed to create a better work environment. Instead, they put retirement, health insurance and economic issues at the forefront.
The Union Bargaining Team asks Meriter employees to take a stand and attend Bargaining. Say no to cuts to retirements and futures.
Contract negotiations will be held Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, February 11 – 13th, 7:30am-7:00pm at the Quality Inn on Fish Hatchery Road at the corner of Cahill Main (just after Copps) in Fitchberg.
Your new Nurses’ Council has been elected! Elected by you, the Nurses’ Council handles the issues that come up with management, educates members, and coordinates union activities.
Nurses’ Council Members:
Congratulate your new Nurses’ Council members and feel free to contact them regarding any issues.
Work Design Team Elections (more…)
Group #1: Environmental Services (2 Seats plus 1 alternate)
Group #2: Food & Nutrition, Biomed, & Engineering (2 Seats plus 1 Alternate)
Group #3: Nursing (3 Seats plus 1 Alternate)
Elections will then be held on Monday, November 4th
at the Labor Temple from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
Co Chair: Bill Schmitz, ICU. Bill has been an ICU RN for 13 years at Meriter. He is a current Co-chair of Nurses’ Council and a member of the 2013 Bargaining Team. He has been active as a member of Nurses’ Council for almost 10 years.
Nurse’s Council Member (2 Year Terms):
Nurses’ Council Member (1 Year Terms):
Have you been asked to meet with HR in order to discuss a flu vaccine exemption? If so, feel free to contact a union steward or your union staff representative. You always have the right to ask for a union representative to be present at any meeting with management.
Your SEIU bargaining team(s) negotiated over how this program will be implemented. We created safeguards for those of you who need to opt out of the program for various reasons as well as those of you who don’t.
Here is what you need to know:
Elections will be held Thursday, November 7th from 7:00 AM -7:00 PM at the Labor Temple.
Our Service and Support Council has been working very hard in order to improve our power and strength. We are building power by recruiting members to be more active. In order to be prepared for bargaining, we are electing our Bargaining Team as outlined below. Click here for the Bargaining Team nomination form.
1. BARGAINING TEAM SIZE: We will have a total of seven (7) Bargaining Team members. Meriter pays for bargaining time for the seven (7) regular team members up to their FTE of record at the rate of 8 hours per daily bargaining session.
2. ELECTIONS BY WORK UNIT: In order to improve representation on the team from a variety of Units, the Council has divided the Bargaining Unit into three (3) Unit Groups, each of which will have seats on the Bargaining Team according to the size of the Unit Group. The following three Unit Groups were made with attention paid to size, similarities, etc.:
GROUP #1: ENVIRONMENTAL SERVICES (2 SEATS PLUS 1 ALTERNATE)
GROUP #2: FOOD & NUTRITION, BIOMED AND ENGINEERING (2 SEATS PLUS 1 ALTERNATE)
GROUP #3: NURSING (3 SEATS PLUS 1 ALTERNATE)
Nurses’ Council Nominations are due into the Union office no later than Wednesday, October 30th by 5:00 PM.
Elections will then be held on Monday, November 4th at the Labor Temple from 7:00 AM – 7:00 PM.
We are your co-workers and the leadership of our Union at Meriter. We handle the issues that come up with management, educate members, and coordinate union activities. Click here for the nomination form.
We meet the third Wednesday of every month for one and ½ hours. We also meet with the Nursing Directors on the same day. Meeting time with the Directors is paid time. Meeting times alternate between 11:30am – 3pm and 3:30pm – 7pm so that members from different shifts can attend. Co-chair members also attend a meeting with HR called Good Relations once a month. Each unit is allowed their own representative, with a total of 22 seats. Elections will be held following the receipt of the nominations.
Nurses’ Council is a great way to help build a stronger Union and learn more about your contract!! No experience necessary, we mentor and train! (more…)
Flu Vaccine Vote!
Your Service and Support Bargaining Team has reached a Tentative Agreement with Management on the Flu Vaccine Program. A number of improvements were made since we voted down Management’s last offer, and your Bargaining Team can now stand behind this agreement.
Vote and have your own voice be heard.
Friday, October 11th
Labor Temple (1602 S Park, Room 109)
11am — 7pm
You should have received notification from Meriter that they will be implementing a mandatory flu vaccination program beginning this year.
Your SEIU RN Bargaining Team negotiated over how this program will be implemented. We created safeguards for those of you who need to opt out of the program for various reasons as well as those of you who don’t.
Here is what you need to know:
If you have any questions regarding the program or how to obtain an exemption, please contact a Nurses’ Council member or call your Union Staff Representative, Dana Dumbacher at 608-277-1199 ext. 12 or email at: firstname.lastname@example.org