SEIU Healthcare Michigan keeps on pushing: new contract agreements, action for good jobs, building a stronger union

SEIU Healthcare Michigan members,

Members have been scoring major contract wins, taking action, speaking out for better jobs and quality care. Here are a few updates about our ongoing campaigns and opportunities to get involved: 

Our SEIU Healthcare Michigan nursing home member general assembly was a big success. Detroit-area nursing home workers gathered on June 8 for an assembly to chart the future and build the power we need to make significant changes in the industry — including winning higher pay and improving staffing and retention. 

Congrats to SEIU Healthcare Michigan members who voted to approve new contract agreements and reached settlements:

  • Service and support workers at Mercy thanks to bargaining team members Lonnie Keech, Tintico Moore, Darla Gallegos, and Marissa Aney.
  • Workers at Mission Point Clarkston and Madison Heights thanks to bargaining team members Ramona Faulks (Madison Hts) and Georgia Williams (Clarkston).

McLaren Oakland Hospital workers picket for quality jobs and care. Service and maintenance workers at McLaren Oakland continue to push for equitable pay increases that boost income for veteran workers and new hires.

  • On June 22, workers organized a protest outside the hospital to show collective determination to win a contract agreement that improves jobs at the facility. 
  • Read about their fight in the Oakland Press

Fighting for permanent $2.35 wage increase through Gov. Whitmer’s nursing home task force. Earlier this year, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer appointed a delegation of SEIU leaders — including nursing home workers Martha Nichols and Nancy Hebert, SEIU Michigan Executive Director Jenn Root, and SEIU Healthcare Michigan Trustee Dian Palmer — to her Nursing Home Stabilization Workforce Council.

  • At Council meetings, we are advocating for the $2.35 hourly pay increase that Michigan implemented in Skilled Nursing Facilities during the COVID-19 crisis be made permanent.
  • We will continue to use our seat at the table at the Council to demand the improvements all Michigan nursing home workers and residents need.

Healthcare Michigan members joined our union family with SEIU Local 1 for a Juneteenth celebration and janitorial contract campaign kick-off on June 15th in Detroit. 

A delegation of seven SEIU Healthcare Michigan members joined the Poor People’s Campaign March in DC on June 18 to demand that all voters have a voice in our democracy and to push elected leaders to eliminate poverty.

  • Healthcare Michigan marched alongside thousands of activists from all across the country who are rising up to make sure that Black, Brown, and white working-class voters have an equal voice in our democracy and to fight for an America where all working people can count on the freedom of economic security. 

 

Join the Unions for All Worker summit on July 11. Together in a union, we know working people have the power to win a better future for our communities. That’s why SEIU members, community leaders, and elected officials are coming together for a Unions For All Summit to demand that every job be a good union job. Let’s make sure Healthcare Michigan members turn out in force.

  • When: July 11, mobilize at 9:30am, program at 10am
  • Where: Durfee Innovation Society, 2470 Collingwood St., Detroit, MI 48206 
  • Register here to join us!

Welcome Akeem Pack as our new SEIU Healthcare Michigan staff attorney. Akeem will serve as lead counsel for the local union and lead on arbitration, labor board proceedings, and other litigation as well as provide legal support for organizing campaigns. Akeem has worked in the labor movement for 17 years, most recently as the Legislative Coordinator for SEIU Michigan. Welcome Akeem!

I continue to be inspired by all the ways Healthcare Michigan members are building power and making change at the bargaining table, in our industries and in our communities.

We are committed to build an even stronger SEIU Healthcare Michigan that will fight to ensure all workers are protected, respected, paid fairly and all families can thrive.

In Unity,

Dian Palmer, Trustee

SEIU Healthcare Michigan

Data Systems Manager

Job Details

Description

SEIU Healthcare Michigan (HCMI) is a dynamic Detroit-based labor union representing thousands of nursing home, home care, and hospital workers throughout Michigan. HCMI members are active and dedicated, fighting to raise standards for healthcare workers across the state and ensure access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Michiganders.

HCMI’s is part of the two-million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU). With members throughout the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, we are a diverse workers’ movement that believes in all workers should be valued and all people respected—no matter where we come from or what color we are; that all families and communities should thrive; and that we should leave a better and more equitable world for generations to come.

Purpose:

Reporting to the Office and Operations Manager of the union, the Detroit based Data Systems Manager is responsible for accurate maintenance of the Union’s membership database. This position will provide user support and consistent and accurate analysis through reporting. These reports will support the Union’s member and non-member engagement goals and be used by leaders, representation, organizing and political campaign staff.

Primary Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Recording monthly member dues payments and voluntary political contributions that align with the unions financial system; including reconciliation between the data and accounting systems.
  • Communicating with Employers to collect up-to-date member rosters and documentation of dues withholding.
  • Tracking, reporting and analyzing member data.
  • Training and supporting administrative and program staff to ensure consistent data collection and tracking; pull relevant list and other information from the database.
  • Creation and refinement of custom reports, lists and technical tools to assist and support union staff.
  • Providing campaign-related data management and analysis during contract, political and organizing campaigns.
  • Generate monthly summary reports and exceptions reports that track new member and terminated member records for follow up.
  • Responsible to maintain the overall integrity and quality of our members database (UnionWare), including regular data improvement and hygiene, establishing business rules, maintaining documentation of data and reporting protocols, assisting in the development and implementation of best practices, report customization and analysis.
  • Responsible to optimize the use of the database across the organization by staying current on upcoming enhancements and guiding staff in the appropriate use of the existing functionality. Develop functional / technical specifications for enhancements and work with vendors to implement them.
  • Continually search and implement business process improvements for function area of expertise. Gradually expand the organizational updating access for member database information without reducing the data quality.
  • Provide technical assistance to users and troubleshoot database related problems. Manage the relationship with vendors, escalating issues that require immediate resolution and advocating for fixes/patches to the database programs when appropriate.
  • Develop / maintain databases for various projects and teams.
  • Create, extract, summarize, and compile data for required external reporting. Work with staff and teams to satisfy ad hoc reporting requirements.
  • Create templates for the Finance department and extract / load data in UnionWare and QuickBooks.
  • Handle Security/System Administrator tasks like user accounts’ setup and roles assignments in the UnionWare / NGP-VAN. Protect database by developing access system and specifying user level of access.
  • Perform other related duties as required by the organization.

Qualifications:

  • 3 years of experience with relational database or CRM management.
  • Strong data management and analytical skills.
  • Strong communication skills, both written and verbal.
  • Proficiency in MS Office, including strong Excel skills; ability to learn internal data and workflow systems required.
  • Familiarity with Unionware and Voter Action Network (NGP-VAN) a plus.
  • Familiarity with advanced data processing tool like SQL or python is encouraged.
  • Attention to detail and effective problem-solving skill.
  • Ability to effectively manage multiple projects of varying timelines and resources.
  • Detail oriented and well-organized.
  • Motivated self-starter who can work independently, as well as be an enthusiastic team player.
  • Experience in the labor movement or with organizing or political campaigns a plus.
  • Commitment to social and economic justice a plus.

 Salary and Benefits:

 Salary is negotiable based on relevant experience. HCMI staff enjoy top fully paid benefits including comprehensive health benefits, major medical, dental and vision for employee and eligible dependents,  competitive salaries, generous holidays and vacation policies, and an employer paid defined benefit pension plan.

 Application Requirements: A resume is required for all applicants with a cover letter. Your cover letter should explain your reason for wanting to work for HCMI, SEND APPLICATION WITH RESUME AND COVER LETTER THAT INCLUDES SALARY REQUIREMENT TO: info@seiuhealthcaremi.org with “Data Systems Manager application” in the subject line.

This position is open until filled; however, the posting/acceptance of applications may close at any time. Job descriptions do not cover or contain a comprehensive listing of every activity or responsibility that is required.

HCMI is committed to equal opportunity, and encourages applicants of all ages, races, sexual orientations, genders, national origins, ethnicities, religions, and veteran status. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and experiences related to our core organizational values and objectives to apply

Office and Operations Manager

Job Details

Description

SEIU Healthcare Michigan (HCMI) is a dynamic Detroit-based labor union representing
thousands of nursing home, home care, and hospital workers throughout Michigan. HCMI
members are active and dedicated, fighting to raise standards for healthcare workers across the
state and ensure access to quality, affordable healthcare for all Michiganders.

HCMI’s is part of the two-million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU). With
members throughout the US, Canada, and Puerto Rico, we are a diverse workers’ movement
that believes in all workers should be valued and all people respected—no matter where we
come from or what color we are; that all families and communities should thrive; and that we
should leave a better and more equitable world for generations to come.

PURPOSE:

Reporting directly to the chief officer of the union, the Office and Operations Manager is a new
senior-level staff position that is responsible for a broad range of administrative functions that
serve to protect the integrity of the union’s data and finance systems, ensure compliance with
internal controls and with the regulatory environment governing labor organizations and attend
to the efficient operation of the organization and its offices.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

OFFICE OPEATIONS

  • Provides logistical support to the department for staff meetings, key events and assists campaigns with booking local travel. 
  • Orders and maintains all inventory of equipment and supplies.
  • Acting as primary liaison with building management and vendors for: repairs, cleaning and
    security.
  • Recommend modification to systems and policies that improved the operation and
    efficiency of the union.
  • Oversee the proper maintenance of the union’s official records and compliance with the
    union’s document retention and disposal policy.

HUMAN RESOURCES

  • On-boarding new hires check HR forms and follow-up as needed.
  • Manage the bi-weekly payroll via Paychex (a contracted payroll service).
  • Serve as administrator for staff benefit accounts.
  • Track use of approved staff paid time off.
  • Keep written Personnel Policies and Financial Procedures up to date.


FINANCE

  • Operate as primary liaison with the outside accounting and bookkeeping firm that manages the local’s finances. 
  • Submit all invoices received at the local’s office for payment by the outside accounting
    and bookkeeping firm and monitor for timely approvals and payments.
  • Deposit all incoming checks, including those from employers for members’ dues, and
    file copies of checks and associated backup electronically.
  • Provide information as needed to the local’s outside accounting and bookkeeping firm
    for the firm to reconcile and code credit card transactions and other expense
    reimbursements.
  • Advise HCMI leaders on financial decisions when asked and recommend modifications
    to improve systems.
  • Receive, and circulate as directed, monthly and annual financial statements and other
    financial reports from the outside accounting and bookkeeping firm.
  • Work with the local’s independent auditor and outside accounting and bookkeeping
    firm to ensure access to documents and reports necessary for completion of the local’s
    annual audit and DOL and IRS filings.

QUALIFICATIONS

Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience required plus a minimum of three (3) years’
experience working in an office setting with increasing responsibilities Labor movement or
non-profit mission driven organization experience is a plus.
Or, a combination of education and experience that would provide for the following
knowledge, skills and abilities.

  • Commitment to social justice and union values.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Demonstrated skill in providing a high level of support to multiple stakeholders.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office software, Google Apps, and Date software systems.
  • Ability to work in a team.
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision to accomplish goals and
    objectives.
  • Ability to use high level judgment and demonstrate leadership qualities.
  • Ability to handle multiple projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to develop and maintain relationships with all levels of staff, leaders, members
    and vendors.
  • Skilled in supervising, supporting and developing staff to high performance.
  •  Must be detail-oriented, self-motivated and self-reliant, patient and flexible as this new
    position in the local evolves.

Salary and Benefits:


Salary is negotiable based on relevant experience. HCMI staff enjoy top fully paid benefits
including comprehensive health benefits, major medical, dental and vision for employee and
eligible dependents, competitive salaries, generous holidays and vacation policies, and
employer paid defined benefit pension

Application Requirements:

A resume is required for all applicants with a cover letter. Your cover letter should include
salary requirements. SEND APPLICATION WITH RESUME AND COVER LETTERS TO: info@seiuhealthcaremi.org with “Office & Operations Manager application” in the subject line.

This position is open until filled; however, the posting/acceptance of applications may close at any time. Job descriptions do not cover or contain a comprehensive listing of every activity or    responsibility that is required.

HCMI is committed to equal opportunity, and encourages applicants of all ages, races, sexual
orientations, genders, national origins, ethnicities, religions, and veteran status. We encourage people from diverse backgrounds and experiences related to our core organizational values and objectives to apply.

On June 8th nursing home workers will chart a new course

SEIU Healthcare Michigan members,

As we wrap up the first month of our trusteeship, we offer a multitude of opportunities for members to engage, grow, and take leadership in their union. We invite you to participate in one of our many events during the next few months. Of course, we will continue bargaining for strong contracts and streamlining representation for our members. 

Detroit Nursing Home Workers Assemble on June 8th: SEIU is hosting a meeting for metro Detroit nursing home leaders this week to chart our future course and build the power we need to make significant changes in the industry. Though we have made many victories in the past two years, we have much further yet to go. If you are a metro Detroit nursing home leader, you can register for the event here. We will be hosting additional leadership meetings around the state for nursing home workers located in other regions. 

Juneteenth celebration and Janitorial campaign kick-off on June 15th: Healthcare Michigan will be joining our union family SEIU Local 1 to celebrate Juneteenth and kick-off their janitorial contract campaign. We will meet at the Local 1 office at 10am and proceed to the spirit of Detroit at 11am. Register here to join. 

Trinity Techs ratify contract; Service and Support vote scheduled for next week:  The Trinity Tech II united overwhelmingly voted yes to ratify their contract last Thursday. Great work by Sherri Samp, Kim Vossekull, Chris Davey, Jeff Heyes, Erin Saffell, and Cyndi Zeanwick.  Trinity Service and Support will vote to ratify their contract on June 7th. 

Tentative agreement reached for Mission Point Clarkston service unit and Mission Point Madison Heights LPNs: As both units will merge into a master contract, the employer agreed to keep their current work hours and same shift differential. The employer also agreed to clear the attendance record for all nurses.

DMC Sinai Grace contract negotiations continue: SEIU bargained with DMC on June 1st. DMC has been proposing mostly rollbacks and/or takeaways from important contract provisions we won in prior bargaining. The Union put 10 proposals on the table, almost all of which were rejected. We continue to argue for important proposals like requiring the Hospital to automatically bump up wages for existing employees when the Hospital hires new employees with equal experience at a higher rate in job classifications.

Contract negotiations continue at McLaren, Crothall, DMC, and various nursing homes: Our team is supporting negotiations for new contract agreements at DMC Sinai Grace, McLaren Oakland, and Crothall at DMC. Upcoming negotiations include:

  • June 3rd for Heritage Manor
  • June 7th for Manor of Farmington Hills,
  • June 8th for Hartford
  • June 9th for Wellspring Lutheran Service Unit
  • June 10th for Wellsprings Lutheran LPNs
  • June 11th for Regency at Fremont
  • June 14th for Courtney Manor Service Unit and LPNs.

 

If you have any questions, please email us at info@seiuhealthcaremi.org or call Latoyia Comb at 313-985-1246.

With the strength of our members, we continue to grow and thrive. 

In Unity,

Dian Palmer, Trustee

SEIU Healthcare Michigan

SEIU wraps up contracts with Trinity + McLaren Oakland workers meet Pontiac Mayor

SEIU Healthcare Michigan members,

The local is ramping up its efforts to grow our union and support all members with an emphasis on streamlining operations and bargaining strong contracts for members. This week we settled one of our largest contracts at Trinity Health Muskegon. We continue to build momentum in hospital and nursing home campaigns that will put pressure on employers to pay higher wages and benefits to frontline workers. 

Service and support workers reach tentative agreement with Trinity Health Muskegon:  After a marathon session that ended Tuesday at midnight, service and support workers reached a tentative agreement with Trinity. The agreement includes pay increases every year for every worker, placement on a new wage scale based on years of service in your job, better longevity steps for most job titles, a clause where new employees will not be able to leapfrog current employees, and no concessions. The ratification date for service and support will be announced soon. This concludes a campaign with Trinity Health that has impacted over 1,800 hospital workers. We are excited for and proud of our frontline workers who have persevered through the pandemic for a contract they truly deserve. 

McLaren Oakland workers meet with Pontiac Mayor Greimel: On Monday, McLaren healthcare workers met with the City of Pontiac’s Mayor Tim Greimel to brief him on the status of their current contract negotiations. Mayor Greimel agrees that McLaren workers are a vital asset to their community, and shouldn’t settle for lesser wages than other healthcare counterparts in the region. McLaren workers will host a membership meeting on Tuesday, May 31st to discuss the next steps in their contract campaign. The next bargaining session will be on June 10th. 

Nursing Home Workers secured contracts at multiple facilities: 

  • Regency of St. Clair Shores tentative agreement: Won higher wages across all classifications, retro back for two months, increases in disability, and increases in shift differential. The ratification vote will be on Thursday, June 2. 
  • Aberdeen Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center ratification: CNAs with 10 years plus certification wages from $18 to $18.50/hr, nurses with 10 years plus certification $29/hr, and wages for housekeeping, and laundry, and dietary up to $15.10/hr.  We also were able to increase the CNA shift differential and for the Employer to stop mandating workers when they pick up shifts.
  • Beaumont Botsford Commons ratification: One-time ratification bonus of $1,000/$500 for full-time/part-time employees, increases on shift differentials, wage increase across the board and up to 9% for some classifications, and 2 days of paid steward training. 

Contract negotiations continue at Crothall and DMC: Our team is supporting negotiations for new contract agreements at DMC Sinai Grace, and Crothall at DMC. Bargaining at Regency at Fremont will start June 11th. 

Trustee Dian Palmer appointed to Governor’s Nursing Home Workforce Stabilization Council: Governor Whitmer has appointed Dian Palmer to represent the nursing home workforce stabilization council for a term commencing May 26, 2022 and expiring December 1, 2023. The Council will identify, review, develop, and recommend policies, administrative actions, legislative changes, and other approaches to support high-quality nursing home care. We are excited to begin this work that will recommend crucial reforms in the nursing home industry. 

We are also continuing to make progress in reorganizing the administration, finances, and operations of the local union. We have been paying bills that were past due to make sure that the local union is no longer paying unnecessary late fees — those resources are better spent building a strong union. If you have any questions, please email us at info@seiuhealthcaremi.org or call Latoyia Comb at 313-985-1246.

With the strength of our members, we continue to grow and thrive. 

In Unity,

 

Dian Palmer, Trustee

SEIU Healthcare Michigan

SEIU nursing home workers meet with state legislators + members take action as negotiations heat up

SEIU Healthcare Michigan members,

Members are moving towards action and demanding respect, protection, and pay on the job. This week, we spoke with our state legislators to push for key policies that would address the staffing crisis in nursing homes. Here are a few updates about our ongoing campaigns: 

Nursing Home Workers Meet with Legislators: Over the next few weeks, nursing home workers are meeting with state legislators to discuss extending and fully funding a $2.35/hour wage pass-through for all nursing home workers and creating a fee cap for what agencies can charge nursing homes. With nursing home staffing in a crisis, these policies would help recruit and retain staff so that workers can provide the highest level of quality care to residents. Last week, workers met with Rep. Huizenga, Sen. Hertel, Rep. Tate, Rep. Green, and Sen. Brinks. As the state budget talks heat up, SEIU will continue to engage legislators on solutions that will help workers across the state. In order to be enacted into law, the new budget will have to be passed by the state house, state senate, and signed by the Governor. 

SEIU Tech II Workers Reach Tentative Agreement with Trinity Health Muskegon: Late on Friday night, Tech II workers reached a tentative agreement for a new contract with Trinity Health. The contract includes improved pay scales in every job classification with raises for every worker which recognize years of service and experience, and increased premium pay. It also preserves health insurance benefits and choices while strengthening contract language with improvements in leave of absence, promotions, and on-call assignments. Tech II workers will have the opportunity to vote on the contract soon. Negotiations for more than 800 Trinity Service and Support workers will continue on May 24th and all members will be standing in solidarity with these workers as we work to secure a contract for the final bargaining unit. 

McLaren Oakland Workers Fight for Competitive Wages, Safe Staffing, and a Voice on the job: Dozens of McLaren Oakland Hospital workers participated in the McLaren Unions United action day on May 16th, demanding safe staffing, competitive wages, and a partnership in making decisions so that they can provide the highest quality of care to their patients. It’s long past time for McLaren to negotiate a strong contract that respects, protects, and pays workers who have sacrificed so much during the pandemic.

SEIU Hospital Workers Win Significant Raises at Ascension Borgess: Hospital workers celebrated a major victory in April at Ascension Borgess in Kalamazoo, as members overwhelmingly ratified a new three-year contract on Wednesday which includes a $15 minimum wage and a wage scale that rewards workers with experience with up to $5/hour of wage increases in their first year. Over 180 workers will be impacted by the new contract including PCA’s, surgical techs, emergency department techs, and monitor techs.

Contract negotiations continue at DMC and McLaren Oakland:  Our team is supporting negotiations for new contract agreements at DMC Sinai Grace, Crothal at DMC and McClaren-Oakland, Beaumont Commons workers ratified a new collective bargaining agreement

We are also continuing to make progress in reorganizing the administration, finances, and operations of the local union. If you have any questions, please email us at info@seiuhealthcaremi.org or call Latoyia Comb at 313-985-1246.

Every day we observe the incredible power and voice that healthcare workers in Michigan are demonstrating in our fight for better working conditions.  It’s exciting to see our work succeed together as we continue to restore the power of SEIU Healthcare Michigan.  

In Unity,

Dian Palmer, Trustee
SEIU Healthcare Michigan

SEIU Nurses Reach Contract Agreement with Mercy Health Muskegon

RNs win significant pay raises and benefits; continue to pledge support for techs and service and support workers still in negotiations

Muskegon, MI — SEIU nurses are celebrating a contract victory with Trinity Health which will provide relief to the staffing crisis at Mercy Health. The contract includes average pay increases of over 20% during the 4-year contract, a lump-sum bonus that will be as much as $7,000 to more than $11,000 for most nurses, and a retention bonus of up to $10,000. SEIU nurse leaders say that combination of raises and bonuses while maintaining benefits will help recruit and retain nurses in Muskegon. 

“This contract will provide relief to the staffing crisis and rebuild the foundation of Mercy as a respected community hospital that provides the highest quality care for its patients. We have sacrificed and put our lives on the line during this global pandemic – we demand to be respected, protected, and paid. We won this strong contract because of the determination, resilience, and resolve of our union nurses. We refuse to back down from our demands, and we were rewarded for staying united in our struggle. Ultimately, this is about providing the best care for our patients and we can only do that when the hospital is adequately staffed. Now we will stand in solidarity with our union techs and support workers who continue to fight for their contract,” said Laura Krzykwa, Registered Nurse and SEIU Bargaining Team Leader at Mercy Health Muskegon. 

SEIU represents 1,800 workers at the Hospital including, PCA’s, ER techs, lab techs, RN’s, housekeepers, dietary workers, and more. Negotiations will continue for the other two bargaining units which represent over 1,000 workers at Mercy Health Muskegon. 

 

SEIU Statement on Governor’s Nursing Home Council Appointments

Gov. Whitmer has announced her appointments to the Nursing Home Workforce Stabilization Council, including SEIU Healthcare Michigan President Andrea Acevedo; SEIU Michigan Executive Director Jennifer Root; and SEIU nursing home workers Mary McClendon (Detroit), Martha Nichols (Detroit), and Nancy Hebert (Ishpeming).

In response to being nominated for Governor Whitmer’s Nursing Home Workforce Stabilization Council, Detroit nursing home worker of over 37 years and SEIU Healthcare Michigan member Mary McClendon released the following statement:

 

“I’m grateful to be nominated Governor Whitmer’s Workforce Stabilization Council and proud to use my voice to advocate for better conditions for workers and the people we care for. As a leader in the nursing home industry for over 37 years, it’s long overdue to address issues like low wages, chronic short staffing, high turnover,  racial and gender discrimination, lack of training, and poor safety standards – problems that nursing home workers have dealt with for years in our industry that have been exacerbated by the pandemic. Our industry is in a crisis and unless we address the causes head-on, we will struggle to provide the quality of care our residents deserve. 

 

I am honored to lift up workers in our industry, women of color like me who provide much of the care in nursing homes across our state. Thanks to Governor Whitmer, we have a real seat at the table and an opportunity to enact meaningful, long-term solutions. This council will be a vehicle to change our industry, seated with workers who are in these facilities every day and have the experience and knowledge to recommend improvements.”

 

SEIU Healthcare Michigan President Andrea Acevedo released the following statement:

 

|”I’m excited to serve on this council as we tackle the crisis in the nursing home industry. Thanks to our partnership with Governor Whitmer, we have the opportunity to put forth solutions recommended by workers who deeply know the challenges because they care for residents every single day. It’s far past time for workers to take the lead in reforming their own workplaces, beginning with a seat at the table with elected officials and industry leaders. I’m ready to get to work and make our long-term care facilities into places where both workers and residents can thrive with the highest quality of care.”

Bargaining Intensifies at Mercy Hospital

Workers continue to vote all week as bargaining continues between SEIU And Trinity

Muskegon, Michigan — Mercy hospital workers are working tirelessly to reach a contract agreement with Trinity Health, but say they are ready to take action if a contract agreement isn’t reached.

“All negotiating teams continue to bargain with Trinity, and we are working hard every day to reach an agreement. The single most important thing we can do is support our bargaining team with unity and action, and each one of us needs to do that. The fact that the bargaining is at an accelerated pace is a good signal for workers. However, we are ready to authorize an informational picket. Our community is supporting us now more than we have ever before, we feel it,” Mike Jura, RN at Trinity Health for over 2 years. 

The vote to picket is taking place from February 1st to February 4th, which allows for the 1800 SEIU Mercy hospital workers to have their voices heard. SEIU represents a variety of workers including nurses, lab techs, food service workers, environmental service workers, respiratory therapists, PCAs, and more. 

“As a healthcare worker and an active member of this community, we need a contract with competitive wages, safe staffing, and better working conditions. Everything we do is for the betterment of our patients and the health of our community. We are proud to stand together as frontline workers, ” said Darla Gallegos, Lab Technician at Trinity Health for over 30 years. 

The results of the vote will be released on Monday, February 7th. 

As Republicans Release Partisan Report on Nursing Home Deaths, Essential Workers Demand Real Solutions to Industry-Wide Crisis

As Republicans Release Partisan Report on Nursing Home Deaths, Essential Workers Demand Real Solutions to Industry-Wide Crisis

Nursing Home Workers Credit Whitmer Administration’s Aggressive Approach to Address the Nursing Home COVID-19 Crisis

 

In response to the release of a report from the office of the Auditor General around COVID-related nursing home deaths, Andrea Acevedo, President of SEIU Healthcare Michigan, released the following statement:

 

“The crisis in Michigan’s nursing homes is generations in the making. Following two years of trauma, grief and hardship, nursing home workers are demanding immediate change to tackle the industry’s growing crisis and keep our most vulnerable community members healthy and safeInstead of coming together to find solutions, state Republican lawmakers are wasting time and taxpayer dollars, politicizing and misleadingly characterizing the results of an audit focused on technicalities around how deaths are reported

 

Right now, we need leaders proactively driving toward solutions that ensure a crisis of this magnitude can never happen again. That is just what Governor Whitmer is doing. The Governor has taken important steps toward addressing the workforce crisis and ensuring safe, quality care for Michigan’s seniors. Gov. Whitmer set up a Covid-19 Task Force, advocated for pandemic pay for nursing home workers, and last month, Gov. Whitmer established the Nursing Home Workforce Stabilization Council, to bring nursing home operators, workers, and government officials together to collaborate on solutions to the issues that impact workers and the people they care for.  

 

We have long defunded and devalued this workforce, which is overwhelmingly composed of women, many women of color. Since well before the pandemic hit, chronic short staffing, high turnover, racial and gender discrimination, lack of training and poor safety standards have left workers struggling to provide the quality care residents deserve. Covid-19 both exposed these long standing injustices and exacerbated them, with devastating costs.

 

In the face of fatigue, burnout, and stress, nursing home workers continue to show up, day in and day out, because they are deeply committed to their residents. We are proud to see this same commitment by Governor Whitmer, as she takes decisive action to fix what has long been broken in the industry and ensure that workers have a meaningful voice in decisions about how we move forward. Rather than engage in partisan antics, Republican leaders need to get down to the real work of helping Michiganders address this crisis head-on. The pathway to progress remains clear. It’s time to work together to make long-term investments in training, workforce stabilization and other steps to improve care for Michigan’s seniors and most vulnerable, lift up this profession, and enact meaningful, lasting changes that save lives. ”