HCMI Member Victories of 2018: January – June

HCMI Continues Progress with Statewide Vision Tour, Expanded Leadership

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Since the trusteeship began in 2017, our union continues to make progress. We’re dedicated to going above and beyond to ensure that members’ voices are heard as we prepare to return to self-governance.  Later this year, we will begin a statewide vision process where members can come together and share hopes and dreams for the future of our local.  A part of this process includes creating a Committee on the Future, comprising member leaders from all over the state.

Additionally, International President Mary Kay Henry has appointed Healthcare Michigan leaders Andrea Acevedo and Ken Haney as Deputy Trustees to work in partnership with Trustee Inga Skippings on driving this important work and moving us forward.

As we navigate our ongoing leadership transition process, please take a few minutes to complete our member response and feed back survey. Your responses and feedback will impact our overall approach and vision as we seek ways to grow our membership, develop leaders and improve our outreach methods with the goal of making our local stronger than ever, together.

480 Sinai Grace Hospital Workers Vote to Unite in SEIU Healthcare Michigan

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Healthcare workers at Sinai Grace Hospital and the Rehabilitation Institute of Michigan recently voted overwhelmingly in favor of uniting in SEIU Healthcare Michigan. Nearly 500 workers, including patient care technicians, patient sitters, respiratory therapists, radiology technicians and others won their campaign for a union, knowing when their voices are heard and they stand together, their patients, families and communities all benefit. Congratulations and welcome to the SEIU family!

Union Leaders, Members Unite to Win Major Contract, Secures Brighter Future for Families

This spring, over 270 members at West Branch Regional Medical Center ratified a three-year contract even as the hospital continued a merger with MidMichigan Health, putting to question many of the hard-earned benefits workers bargained over the past 20 years. By coming together, they were able to win pay increases and protect their job security and retirement, despite the employer eliminating the pension fund. Congratulations to the West Branch members and their incredible bargaining team on a solid win for workers and their community.

HCMI Members at Cambridge South and Warren Woods Ratify First Union Contract After Joining Our Union

Nurses at both Cambridge South and Warren Woods facilities secured their first contracts as members of SEIU Healthcare Michigan. HCMI members voted by a strong majority to ratify contracts at both these facilities in April 2018. Additionally, by remaining steadfast and displaying teamwork throughout the negotiations process, the bargaining team earned a final agreement with strong language surrounding dignity and respect, safety and health, overtime protocols and overall wage increases honoring seniority. Congratulations nurses at Cambridge South and Warren Woods on the contract victory!

New Member Experience Committee Personifies “The Union Difference”

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The New Member Experience Committee formed earlier this year to discuss how we engage and energize new union members in ways we haven’t before. Members from across the state, including Muskegon, Calhoun and Detroit, met to share lessons from their own personal experiences with new members, brainstorming exciting and fun ways to talk about the union difference, answer common questions and make new co-workers feel welcome. The Committee helped create a New Member Packet, an orientation video and a FAQ handout, all tools that are building solidarity and strength in our union!

U.S. Reps. Levin, Kildee, Dingell, Lawrence Hold Town Hall with Detroit-Area Workers Calling for More Union Jobs, Higher Wages to Make Michigan Stronger


Reps. Sander Levin, Dan Kildee, Debbie Dingell and Brenda Lawrence held a town hall meeting at Wayne County Community College on June 4, 2018 with union members and their families to highlight the need to make it easier for working people to join together in unions to raise wages and create thriving communities. In addition to the legislators present, the panel included workers from healthcare, fast-food and property service industries, where they illustrated the difference unions have made in their lives and on the job.

Gubernatorial Candidate Whitmer “Walks A Day in the Shoes” of Detroit Home Care Worker, Providing Elder Care and other Services


HCMI member and dedicated home care professional, Henrietta Ivey, spent a day caring for her client, while joined by Michigan candidate for governor Gretchen Whitmer. The April visit and day of interaction between Whitmer and Ivey was part of SEIU’s Walk-A-Day series, where candidates experience a day in the life of working people and share insight on how unions fight to elevate working people from poverty.

Candidate Abdul El-Sayed meets with SEIU Healthcare Michigan Steward to Hear What Working People Expect From the Next Governor


Estelle Harding, HCMI member and union steward at Beaumont Wayne Hospital, shared her stories and experiences working as a healthcare worker throughout her 30-year career with Michigan candidate for governor Abdul El-Sayed. Their dialogue and discussion of policies affecting working people and the communities in which they live and serve was part of HCMI’s Coffee and Candidates series, which connects policy influencers directly with union members and voters.

Democratic Gov Candidates Discuss Union Issues, Wages at Forum in Detroit

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Four Democratic candidates for Michigan governor laid out plans to protect Michigan’s economy before a lively crowd of mostly union and community members in April at Wayne County Community College District. Topics ranged from raising the minimum wage and affordable healthcare to the privatization of prisons. Candidates Gretchen Whitmer, Abdul El-Sayed, Shri Thanedar and Bill Cobbs vowed to stand behind the state’s union workers.

Medicaid Recipients from Detroit, Flint Rally Outside Bill Schuette’s Office, Blasting Gov. Candidate’s Plan to Cut Healthcare for 700,000 Michiganders

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More than 100 voters from Detroit and Flint assembled outside GOP gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette’s state office on May 30, 2018 holding a “die-in” to protest his plan to cut healthcare for nearly 700,000 people who rely on the state’s expanded Medicaid program enacted under Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.  HCMI members and registered voters participated in the action to raise their voices in solidarity with other Michigan working families.

HCMI Member Advocate Shares Experiences of Detroit Healthcare Workers at SEIU Executive Board Meeting in June


HCMI member and Detroit Medical Center steward, Anthony Robinson, spoke on a panel of SEIU members from around the country on why he is fighting for non-union hospital workers in Detroit. Robinson played an integral role in the recent victories at Sinai Grace and RIM, and was excited to share his learning experiences with other SEIU member advocates and leaders.

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