PPCU Member Newsletter

In This Issue:
  • WRS: Fact & Fiction
  • Introducing the New PPCU
  • Bargaining Update
  • Join the SEIU Retiree Chapter (more…)
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The New PPCU – How to Join

Welcome to the new PPCU!  Professional Patient Care United is the associate membership organization that SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin (HCWI) has created for state workers in our PPCU bargaining unit.  The new PPCU is designed to provide our state healthcare professionals with a unified voice in state politics, at each employing unit and within SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin.  The new PPCU has reduced dues of $20 per month to reflect the limited servicing that SEIU Healthcare can provide.

Here’s how to sign up for your membership:

As an associate membership, you can still participate in SEIU Healthcare Wisconsin activities, consult with our staff on workplace issues and grievances, and remain part of the fight to regain full collective bargaining rights for all state workers.  Together, state workers in the new PPCU can continue to work as a group for the betterment of all.

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WRS Meetings: Stand Up For Your Retirement

Politicians are on the attack, undercutting rights and benefits earned by public service employees. Not satisfied with slashing benefits for current workers, now they have put a target on the Wisconsin Retirement System.

Join us for a discussion about America’s retirement crisis and how the WRS can help us find a way forward. For more details, click on the meeting in your area:

Speakers, which include financial and retirement policy experts, will address:

  • Update on what the recent study of the WRS said about the health of our pensions and recommendations for its future.
  • Discussion about what might happen in 2013.
  • Ways to work together to keep our pensions safe from the agendas of politicians.
  • Extending the model of the WRS to private-sector workers without secure retirements.

A question and answer session will follow the presentations.


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What would it mean to privatize the WRS?

Privatizing the Wisconsin Retirement System (WRS) is another possible attack by Governor Walker and his Koch Brother allies. Nothing concrete has been proposed so far, but a small section in last year’s budget bill sets up a study commission that can recommend changes in the current system.

We don’t know the details of the Walker plan. He’s keeping it secret, just like he kept his attack on public workers secret until he was ready to spring it in the legislature in 2011. But we have a pretty good idea what the Walker plan would look like, because we have seen what his political allies have done in other states. Here’s what they mean by privatization: (more…)

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PPCU Election Update

The recertification election for PPCU employees is fast approaching. We’re working hard to make sure each and every union member knows about the election, holding frequent meetings at worksites throughout the state. More details have come available about the election, and we wanted you to know what we’ve learned.

What we know:

  • The election will be held in October over a twenty calendar day period. The exact dates of election have not been determined; we will notify you with details as they become available.
  • The election will be held by phone through the American Arbitration Association. You can familiarize yourself with the election procedure by doing a free demo on their website. Click here for the demo instructions. (more…)
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SEIU HCWI Files Petition for PPCU Recertification Election

We’ve heard the message loud and clear – PPCU members from all across the state of Wisconsin want a labor union. We know that Wisconsin works best when we say “UNION Yes!” Hundreds of members have attended meetings and signed our online pledge in support of maintaining their union and collective bargaining rights.

That’s why today we filed a petition for an annual certification election with the State of Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. The election will be held in October; we will update you with more details as they become available.

Our most vulnerable citizens rely on our state centers for mental health and developmental disabilities for the affordable, quality healthcare that can’t be found elsewhere. Nurses and healthcare professionals understand that a collective voice equals safe staffing and quality patient care for the citizens of the state of Wisconsin.

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PPCU Recertification Election: Stand Up For Our Union & Our Rights

PPCU Members Brian Virgin and Patti Schaller pledge to vote "Union Yes!"

Governor Walker does not want workers like you to have a say in your workplace. His controversial Wisconsin Act 10 strips public employee unions of their right to collectively bargain over all working conditions, except for wages, where any increases could not exceed the cost of inflation.

Now we have an opportunity to send Governor Walker and the Wisconsin legislature a clear message with our very first recertification election – that public employees support and want a labor union.  We know that our State works best when we say “UNION Yes!”

Dates and times for upcoming PPCU recertification election meetings:

Tuesday, October 4th
  • 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • For: Oshkosh Correctional members
  • Where: Oshkosh Correctional Facility (1730 West Snell Rd, Oshkosh)
Wednesday, October 5th
  • 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • For: Red Granite Correctional members
  • Where: Red Granite Correctional Facility
  • 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • For: Winnebago Mental Health & Wisconsin Research Centre
  • Where: Winnebago Mental Health Institute, Chapel
Thursday, October 6th
  • 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • For: ALL PPCU Members
  • Where: Central Wisconsin Center (371 Knutson Drive, Building 2 break room, Madison)
Friday, October 7th
  • 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • For: Taycheedah Correctional members
  • Where: Taycheedah Correctional Institute, Gower 120

This was never about balancing the budget; this was an all-out attack to silence the voices of working families in Wisconsin. Unions work night and day to promote better conditions for all healthcare workers through safer staffing, better pay, improved scheduling and a voice in the decisions that affect the quality of care we provide. Starting today, we have the opportunity to protect our union that fought for and won many of the privileges we enjoy today: wage increases, benefit package, limits on mandatory overtime, basic workplace fairness and equity, and safe staffing levels.   We need to make sure that we continue to fight to preserve what we have. Take the online pledge to vote “Union Yes!”
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Victory for PPCU Members

As your union, we are fighting for you and your rights one battle at a time. Just recently, we won a major victory for our PPCU members.

All members in pay status (as of 6/30/2011) will now receive up to 24 hours per fiscal year (with a maximum of 48 hours) of sabbatical/termination leave. The number of hours of leave will be prorated in the same manner as your furlough days.
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