I would like to say thank you to the over 400 nurses who recently traveled to Pittsburgh, Penn. for our biennial Nurse Alliance Conference. I heard from many nurses that they left reinvigorated to take on the challenges ahead and with a new network of colleagues to call upon. I too returned home feeling energized and excited about the future of nursing, the healthcare law and our Nurse Alliance. Check out the photographs from the conference (password is Bedside2Community, available until Nov. 15) as well as the highlight video that reflects on our work over the past two years.
I’d like to thank Jen Stange, for her stalwart and calm leadership in helping to plan this event, and Kathy Magaro, former Coordinator of the Nurse Alliance of Pennsylvania, who came out of retirement (again). They teamed up to make the conference a success. I also deeply appreciate the work of SEIU Healthcare PA.
The health marketplaces opened October 1, and have been met with overwhelming interest and enthusiasm by Americans. Over 19 million people have sought out information about lower-cost plans through healthcare.gov and state-based exchange websites. While there have been real technical challenges with the website, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has brought on more staff to resolve the problems and is confident that they will be resolved.
In the mean time, we are emphasizing that for states like California and New York that are running their own marketplaces, Americans can go directly to their state marketplaces for more information and assistance. And SEIU members across the country are continuing to emphasize to their communities that that there are four ways to apply for lower-cost healthcare in federal exchange states: in person, over the phone, through the website and through the mail.
In this issue of Roundup, we highlight our healthcare fair and neighborhood canvass in Pittsburgh, celebrate the first steps toward healthcare coverage for 520,000 Pennsylvanians and 275,000 Ohioans through Medicaid expansion. We also feature a study that shows the link between job stress and depression.
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)
SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin, along with several other Wisconsin unions, filed a motion asking the court to hold the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, the state’s labor relations commissioners, in contempt of court.
Yesterday, Judge Juan Colas found the labor relation commissioners in contempt for continuing to enforce portions of Governor Scott Walker’s Act 10, despite a ruling that requiring union recertification elections is unconstitutional.
Judge Colás found the commissioners in contempt and ordered them to cancel union-recertification elections set to begin November 1. The question of whether or how the fees unions paid for those elections is still to be determined. Colas also ruled that the Commissioners are enjoined from administering the other Act 10 provisions that were ruled unconstitutional: fair share; dues deduction and base wage provisions.
The case is likely to be taken up by the Supreme Court in November, but the ruling will halt the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission from furthering breaking the law and impeding the rights of public workers.
This is indeed a victory for working people across the state. SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin believes that every working men and women in Wisconsin deserves to have their rights. We will continue to fight for your rights, and stand up for our members at every level. Support for our movement increases every day, drawing us closer and closer to winning the battle to take back our state and our rights.
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
Open enrollment for the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, begins tomorrow, October 1, 2013. Open enrollments lasts from October 1, 2013 through March 31, 2014. However, if you want coverage effective on January 1, you must enroll by December 15.
Am I Eligible?
Eligibility is determined based on household income and whether or not you’re eligible for health insurance at your workplace. Generally speaking, if you receive insurance through your work, you are not eligible for the health care exchanges. Here is a helpful chart that can help you determine your eligibility:
You can find out your exact eligibility and cost by visiting the ACA website www.healthcare.gov
To find out if you are eligible, you will need:
How Do You Sign Up?
You can sign up and browse plans directly by going to www.healthcare.gov. If you need help or want someone to walk you through the process, you can call the federal government ACA hotline 800-318-2596 (open 24/7) or through an authorized agent.
Millions of uninsured, hardworking Americans who currently don’t get affordable insurance through their employers or can’t afford it on their own will finally have an opportunity to obtain affordable healthcare insurance.