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If you value patient safety and fairness in the workplace, you should run for Nurses Council

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Meriter Nurses Council Seeks Nominations

– 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.

 

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Meriter Service and Support Members Seek Better Staffing and Workloads

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.

http://www.seiuhcwi.org/event/meriter-service-and-support-contract-negotiations/

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Announcing Your Meriter RN Nurses Council

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.

Co-chairs:

  • Cheryl Eller, Operating Room
  • Bill Schmitz, ICU

Nurses’ Council Members:

  • Sherryl Abplanalp, NICU
  • Ken Adams, 11 Tower
  • Mike Auck, Operating Room
  • Barbara Boehm, Women’s Health Ante/Postpartum
  • Steve Disch, 3 North
  • Victoria Guttierez, IMCU
  • Elisabeth Maier, PACU
  • Mary Malaney, 2 Atrium
  • Kassia Millar, IMCU
  • Emilee Montiel, 1 East Adult Psych
  • Jamie Shulfer, Child/Adolescent Psych
  • Allison Sorg, Women’s Health Perinatal Float Pool
  • Julie Stellmacher, 8 Atrium
  • Marian Stokes, Women’s Health Ante/Postpartum
  • Stephanie Smecko, 10 Tower HVSSU

Congratulate your new Nurses’ Council members and feel free to contact them regarding any issues.

Work Design Team Elections (more…)

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Meriter Service & Support Bargaining Team Nominations

Meriter Service and Support Bargaining Team Biographies

 Group #1: Environmental Services (2 Seats plus 1 alternate)

  • Jill Anthony, Housekeeper – Bargaining Team: Jill has been a housekeeper at Meriter for 11 years. She works as an AM Housekeeper (12 to 8:30). She has worked both AM & PM 1 & 2 shifts, allowing her to know most of her coworkers. Jill has represented the Union in WashingtonD.C. for worker’s rights, attended the last Membership Convention, and attended worksite meetings. Jill wants to represent and support herself and her coworker’s rights for a reasonable new union contract.
  • Salvador Lara, Housekeeper – Bargaining Team: Salvador has been at Meriter for 5 years. He works as a Days Housekeeper currently and recently trained to become a Union steward.
  • Deloris Seawright, Housekeeper – Bargaining Team: Deloris has been at Meriter for 31 years and has worked as a work site leader and Bargaining Team member in past contracts. She currently works on 6 North and she is seeking election because her coworkers have asked her to represent them. They know she will do her best to see that all members will get the best deal possible.
  • Rob White, Housekeeper – Bargaining Team: Rob has been at Meriter for 4 years and currently works Days. He most recently trained to be a Union steward and is working to make sure his coworkers are being as best represented as possible. Rob has worked closely with Ramon Argandona to learn the different leadership roles available with the Union and has attended a number of work site meetings. He also currently sits on the Arbitration Committee for SEIU in order to better learn his role as a steward.
  • Geri Marsh, Housekeeper – Alternate: Geri has been at Meriter as a housekeeper for 30 years. She has worked as a work site leader with the Union in the past as well as a Bargaining Team member. She regularly talks to members about issues and has done an informational picket in the past. She wants to help fill in when someone is not available at Bargaining so that the bargain can go smoother.

Group #2: Food & Nutrition, Biomed, & Engineering (2 Seats plus 1 Alternate)

  •  Brenda Frary, Cook – Bargaining Team: Brenda has worked in the Food and Nutrition services department for more than 33 years. She is currently a cook. She has a BA in Political Science and International Relations from UW Madison and an MSM from Cardinal Stritch University. She enjoys working with all ethnic groups and people from many backgrounds. She has been active in the Union since 1982. She worked for many years as a steward and as a union organizer during the 1980s and 1990s. She has been active because she believes we deserve a voice in our working conditions, benefits, and wages. She has been active because she believes that as a united group, we should have our voices heard. In today’s environment we all need to stick together and be one voice for all Service Workers here at Meriter Hospital.
  • Mahmood Darvish (Moody), Mechanic – Bargaining Team: Moody has worked as a project engineer, facility manager, and power plant operator. He’s been at Meriter for 2 years. He has worked as a Union leader at his past jobs for years.

Group #3: Nursing (3 Seats plus 1 Alternate)

  •  Lisa Chamberlain, CNA in the Operating Room – Bargaining Team: Lisa is training to be a Union steward and has been a delegate at the SEIU HCWI membership convention. She is seeking election because she believes this is going to be one of the hardest years for bargaining and she is fully committed to representing her fellow CNAs and service members. She finds the bargaining to be very interesting and she believes she has what it takes to stay strong and fight for what’s right.
  • Cass Downing, CNA in Mobile Unit – Bargaining Team: Cass has been a delegate at the SEIU membership convention and worked to get out the vote during campaign season with SEIU. She is seeking election because she wants a better contract and to represent her co-workers.
  • Cortney Kuehn, CNA on 9 Tower – Bargaining Team: Cortney has been a CNA on 9 Tower, 10 Tower, and the OR. She has been to the SEIU membership convention and worked for the Obama campaign with SEIU. She has also been on the Arbitration Committee and an active member. Cortney is seeking election because we need a great representation for the service and support. She has experience in 3 different floors at Meriter and has been a CNA at Meriter for 9 ½ years. She feels as if she can be a great representative for the service and support staff.
  • Tina Wacker, SPD, Operating Room Materials Aide – Bargaining Team: Tina has worked at Meriter for 9 years and been a member of the service team. She has been a Union unit contact for her group and has worked to communicate Union issues to her co-workers and attended meetings. She wants to be on the bargaining team in order to support her work group and the service and support membership.
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Nurses’ Council Nominees

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):

  • Sherryl Abplanalp, NICU. Sherryl has worked as a Research Nurse in the NICU for 7 years and as a NICU Staff Nurse for 30+ years. Prior to Meriter, Sherryl was a staff nurse in the NICU at St. Mary’s for 1 year. She has served on the Elections Board and most recently has been a Union unit contact for the NICU during contract negotiations. Sherryl has spent her entire nursing career in the world of the NICU and would like to gain some perspective when it comes to problems and solutions. She would like to be better informed about the happenings at Meriter and in the Union so that she and her co-workers have accurate and timely information about things that are important to them.
  • Ken Adams, 11 Tower Heart and Vascular. Ken has been an RN on HVU for almost 2 ½ years. Prior to that he was a nursing assistant on 8T Neuro for over 4 years. He has also worked as a National Ski Patroller and an EMT before joining the military. He has been a Union unit contact for HVU during the recent contract negotiations and he actively wrote letters to Jim Woodward and Pat Grunwald as well as attended regular Union meetings and the informational picket. Ken has also been a member of the Teamsters Union when he worked for UPS years ago. Ken wants to help make a positive difference not only for himself and 11Tower co-workers, but for all Meriter nurses and employees.
  • Mike Auck, Operating Room. Mike has been an RN in the OR for 11 years. He looks forward to becoming more involved in the Union and wants to help in more ways than just being supportive.
  • Barbara Boehm, Women’s Health Ante/Postpartum. Barb has been an RN at Meriter since 1981 and a member of the Nurses’ Council for the past few years. She believes our Union gives us a much needed voice in our workplace and she wants to be a part of that.
  • Steve Disch, 3 North. Steve has been an RN at Meriter for 14 years. Prior to that, he worked at Oscar Meyer for 30 years. Steve was an executive at Local 530 for 10 years and a steward for 20 years before working at Meriter. Now, Steve wants to make a difference working with his Meriter RN Union.
  • Allison Sorg, Women’s Health Perinatal Float Pool. Allison has been a Meriter RN for 8 years and has worked in the Med/Surg, OB, and NICU departments. She has been a previous Nurses’ Council member and a Union steward. Allison would like to continue to represent Meriter RNs on Nurses’ Council and bring information back to members as well as bring members’ concerns to Council meetings and UP/NAC.
  • Julie Stellmacher, 8 Atrium. Julie has worked at Meriter for over 23 years, 20 of which she has worked as an RN. She has worked on 6 Tower and 8 Atrium as well as the old Meriter Dialysis unit. Julie has been a previous Nurses’ Council member, on the Cluster Floating Taskforce committee, and a Bargaining Team member in the past. She feels that with this past bargain and the changes we are about to see with the new partnership, it is more important than ever to represent our membership and work with management to preserve our union. She believes that our contract has been so pivotal in maintaining safety for staff and patients alike, it is imperative that it continues. As in the past as a council member, it would be her pleasure to take the concerns of the membership to the Nurses’ Council.

Nurses’ Council Member (1 Year Terms):

  • Elisabeth Maier, PACU. Elisabeth has been a staff nurse in the PACU for years and has been on Nurses’ Council in the past. She has represented the Union on the Hospital-wide Safety Committee as well. Elisabeth would like to serve as a Nurses’ Council member one more time before retirement.
  • Emilee Montiel, 1E Adult Psych. Emilee has been an RN on 1 East for 8 years. She has attended bargaining regularly and been a Union unit contact during the recent contract negotiations. She wants to stay more involved with the Union and be more informed on hospital occurrences.
  • Jamie Shulfer, Child/Adolescent Psych. Jamie has been an RN at Child Psych for 7 years. She has attended multiple bargaining meetings and wants to represent her unit on Nurses’ Council.
  • Stephanie Smecko, 10 Tower HVSSU. Stephanie has worked at Meriter for almost 9 years. She has worked as an Exercise Physiologist for 5 years and became a nurse on 11 Tower for 2 ½ years before moving to 10 Tower. She has worked on 10 Tower for 2 years now. Stephanie has not been very involved with the Union and would like to start. She wants to become more involved in Meriter’s Nurses’ Union and support her co-workers and fellow nurses.

 

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Meriter Mandatory Flu Vaccination Program Information

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:

  • All employees are required to get the flu vaccine.
  • If you are medically unable to receive the flu vaccine, Meriter shall grant exemptions. These medical exemptions must be submitted to Employee Health Services (EHS) by November 1st 2013. Beginning next flu season, that date will become 3 weeks prior to the start of the flu clinics.
  • If you have a permanent medical condition, this exemption only needs to be submitted once in your career at Meriter and will apply to all subsequent flu seasons.
  • If you have a temporary medical condition, this exemption will only apply to the flu season you submit it for.
  • If you have a non-medical reason, exemptions may be requested through EHS and must be submitted by November 1st 2013. Beginning next flu season, that date will become 3 weeks prior to the start of the flu clinics.
  • Meriter cannot unreasonably deny any of these exemptions. If you feel you are unreasonably denied, please immediately contact a Union steward or your Staff Representative listed below.
  • You are NOT required to wear a mask as part of the flu vaccination program. If you are granted any kind of exemption from the program, you will NOT be required to wear a mask.
  • If you receive the flu vaccine and still contract the flu within the season, an absence will NOT be counted so long as written confirmation of contracting the flu is provided to EHS from your healthcare practitioner. (more…)
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Meriter Service & Support Bargaining Team Elections

 

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)

Click here for the Bargaining Team nomination form. (more…)

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Election time for Meriter Nurses’ Council!

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…)

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Meriter SS: Flu Vaccine Vote!

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

 

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Nurses’ Council Alert: Mandatory Flu Vaccination Program Information

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:

  • All employees are required to get the flu vaccine.
  • If you are medically unable to receive the flu vaccine, Meriter shall grant exemptions. These medical exemptions must be submitted to Employee Health Services (EHS) by November 1st 2013. Beginning next flu season, that date will become 3 weeks prior to the start of the flu clinics.
  • If you have a permanent medical condition, this exemption only needs to be submitted once in your career at Meriter and will apply to all subsequent flu seasons.
  • If you have a temporary medical condition, this exemption will only apply to the flu season you submit it for.
  • If you have a non-medical reason, exemptions may be requested through EHS and must be submitted by November 1st 2013. Beginning next flu season, that date will become 3 weeks prior to the start of the flu clinics.
  • Meriter cannot unreasonably deny any of these exemptions. If you feel you are unreasonably denied, please immediately contact a Union steward or your Staff Representative listed below.
  • You are NOT required to wear a mask as part of the flu vaccination program. If you are granted any kind of exemption from the program, you will NOT be required to wear a mask.
  • If you receive the flu vaccine and still contract the flu within the season, an absence will NOT be counted so long as written confirmation of contracting the flu is provided to EHS from your healthcare practitioner.

 

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: danad@seiuhcwi.org

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