2,335 University of Michigan Medicine Healthcare Workers Win Union Recognition with SEIU Healthcare Michigan

Ann Arbor, MI –  2,335 University of Michigan Medicine healthcare workers have won union recognition with SEIU Healthcare Michigan after a successful card check on March 18th. These workers will join  283 Michigan Medicine registered respiratory therapists and techs who previously joined SEIU Healthcare Michigan in July 2023. 

The newly-organized workers include patient care techs, phlebotomists and phlebotomist specialists, unit clerks, unit hosts, patient service assistants, patient services intermediate, and patient services associates, and patient services senior.

“As a patient service associate, we play a vital part in our patient’s recovery. We make sure patients have a positive first interaction with the University of Michigan health system. I grew up in a union family in the auto industry and I saw the benefits and protections it provided them. A union at the University of Michigan gives us a voice to express our concerns and be heard in the workplace,” said Willie Griggs, patient service associate at Mott Women and Children’s Hospital for 5 years. 

Michigan Medicine is known for its high-quality patient care in a system where around 80% of its workers already belong to a union. The COVID-19 pandemic highlighted the union difference when non-union and union employees received different treatment on issues such as benefits, raises, and working conditions. 

“During the pandemic, the University took away retirement benefits. Non-unionized workers did not receive a raise while our union colleagues did. They also cut costs on smaller things that affect patients like limiting the salt and pepper packets on food trays. A union would be our voice to fight for better pay, and benefits, and preserve the quality care our patients deserve,” said Em Mayhew, inpatient unit clerk at the University Hospital for 6 years. 

SEIU Healthcare Michigan continues to organize more than 2,000 additional workers at Michigan Medicine which includes call center representatives, admin assistants, associates, seniors and specialists, call center representatives, financial counselors, medical billing staff, and others in the patient service job family. 

Respiratory therapists and technicians at the University of Michigan’s University Hospital and C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital are currently bargaining their first contract.

With over 17,000 workers, SEIU Healthcare Michigan is the fastest-growing & largest healthcare union in Michigan representing hospital and long-term careworkers. 

Office and Operations Manager

Job Description

OFFICE AND OPERATIONS MANAGER HEALTHCARE MICHIGAN (HCMI), SEIU

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 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 that all workers should be valued and all people respected—no matter where we come from or what color we are; and 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 OPERATIONS

  • Provide logistical support to the department for staff meetings and key events and assist
    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 the 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

  • 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 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 employees 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. The salary for this position is $80,000.

SEND APPLICATION WITH RESUME AND COVER LETTERS TO info@seiuhealthcaremi.org with “Office and
Operations Director 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.

Internal Organizer

JOB SUMMARY: The Internal Organizer, under the leadership of a director or equivalent supervisor, implements strategy and plans for worksite leaders to respond positively and proactively to today’s challenges and opportunities in the workplace and is accountable for specific implementation of assignments.

RESPONSIBILITIES: All duties listed are required but not limited to and may or may not be continuously performed or ongoing at any specific time.

  • The Internal Organizer, under the leadership of a director or equivalent supervisor, implements strategy and plans for worksite leaders to respond positively and proactively to today’s challenges and opportunities in the workplace and is accountable for specific implementation of assignments
  • Applies plans for internal organizing represented worksites and support for organizing nonunion workers when necessary
  • Develops issues and demands for worksite campaigns with a team under supervision
  • Participates, individually and as a team with other staff, under direction, to set goals, create plans to meet those goals and ensure accountability to those plans
  • Engages Executive Board members and worksite leaders in the application of the Local’s goals
  • Participates in Local-wide mobilization efforts, new member events, unit meetings, leadership conferences, and other multi-team activities
  • Provides effective feedback that assists the further development of Local strategy and implementation
  • Maintains complete, accurate, and well-organized files and official records for inclusion in the membership database, master file, grievance, and collective bargaining files
  • Provides Member Resource Center staff with updates on events and information that members and worksite leaders need
  • Other duties as assigned and directed

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS:

  • 1 year or more Union representation experience
  • 1 year or more Union negotiations experience
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel and Word
  • Experience identifying, recruiting, and developing worksite leaders

COMPENSATION AND BENEFITS: The salary for the position is $52,000 annually, and the position comes with substantial benefits, including an $8,700 annual combined car/phone allowance, paid holidays and vacations, fully paid health benefits, and a defined benefit pension plan fully paid by the employer.

BACKGROUND: SEIU Healthcare Michigan (HCMI) is a dynamic statewide labor union with Detroit-based operations 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 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 that 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.

TO APPLY: Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to the Hiring Committee at info@seiuhealthcaremi.org. 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.

Data Systems Manager

Job Details

Description

Title: Data Systems Manager, SEIU HCMI

Location: Detroit, Michigan

SEIU Healthcare Michigan (HCMI) is a dynamic Detroit-based labor union representing
thousands of long-term 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 affordable healthcare for all Michiganders.

HCMI 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 worker’s movement
that believes that 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 the 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:
● Responsible for maintaining the overall integrity and quality of the membership
database (UnionWare), including regular data improvement and hygiene, establishing
business rules, maintaining documentation of data and reporting protocols, assisting in
developing and implementing best practices, and report customization and analysis.
● Recording monthly member dues payments and voluntary political contributions that
align with the Union’s 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.
● Providing campaign-related data management and analysis during campaigns.
● Generate monthly summary and exceptions reports.
● Continually search and implement business process improvement.
● 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.
● Create, extract, summarize, and compile data for required external reporting. Work
with staff and teams to satisfy ad hoc reporting requirements.
● Handle Security/System Administrator tasks like user account’s setup and roles
assignments in the UnionWare / NGP-VAN. Protect database.
● Perform other related duties as required by the organization.

Qualifications:
● Three (3) years of experience with a 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.
● Familiarity with Unionware and Voter Action Network (NGP-VAN) is a plus.
● Must have strong attention to detail and 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 and be an enthusiastic team
player.
● Experience in the labor movement, organizing, or political campaigns is a plus.
● Commitment to social and economic justice is a plus.

Salary and Benefits:
The salary is $85,000 annually. In addition, HCMI staff enjoy top fully paid benefits, including
comprehensive health benefits, major medical, dental, and vision for employees 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 TO: info@seiuhealthcaremi.org with “Data Systems
Manager application” in the subject line.

This position office is based in Detroit, MI, and 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 required activity or responsibility.

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

The NLRB Slams Trinity Health With Charges for its Ongoing Illegal Union-Busting Activities

Grand Haven, MI – The NLRB issued a series of charges against Trinity Health for its illegal anti-worker actions at the Grand Haven Hospital, and has ordered the immediate end to the following activities:

  • Interrogation of Employees
  • Threatening employees for exercising their rights as workers
  • Bypassing the Union and direct dealing with union members
  • Surveillance of union workers
  • Making any unilateral changes

To remedy its numerous violations of workers rights, Trinity is ordered to immediately:

  • Recognize the workers union, SEIU, and begin mandatory bargaining for no less than 40 hours each month going forward.
  • Remove and rescind all illegal discriminatory actions, disciplines and terminations committed in its months of acting outside the law
  • Compensate workers for wages, income and other losses caused by Trinity’s attempts to ignore the law and crush the workers’ union.

This is a major victory in a long, hard-fought battle to preserve their rights and ability to bargain a contract after repeated and illegal union-busting efforts from Trinity Health and its army of attorneys.

“We are excited to see the Board decide in our favor by protecting our rights as workers. Trinity won’t succeed in intimidating or bullying us, we are winning and will continue to stand up and fight for our rights,” said Ricky Kauffman, lead radiographer at Trinity Grand Haven Hospital.

Trinity Health has lost numerous rulings at the Grand Haven Hospital since it began its union-busting activities in 2023, including its attempts to decertify the Union in September 2023. A ruling last December by the National Labor Relations Board in DC confirmed SEIU Healthcare Michigan is the properly certified union of the workers at Grand Haven Hospital.  Now additional complaints have been found to have merit by the Board and Trinity is walking on thin legal ice as it attempts to ignore federal labor law and extinguish the rights of its workers. 

By dismissing the right of its workers to be represented by a union, Trinity Health is aligning itself with companies such as Trader Joe’s, Starbucks, and SpaceX which have challenged the legitimacy of the NLRB. Trinity’s extreme views stand in stark contrast to over 87 years of settled law on the constitutionality of the NLRB. 

 

94% of McLaren Bay Region RNs Vote to Authorize Strike

A recent survey highlights the severe short-staffing and retention challenges at the hospital
  • Press conference providing updates on the contract campaign of 400 McLaren Bay Region RNs
  • Friday, December 15th at 2pm at 499 Mulholland St, Bay City, MI 48708 (On the corner of Mulholland and 16th)

Bay City, MI – Close to 94% of 400 SEIU McLaren Bay Region RNs have voted to authorize a strike, escalating a safe staffing campaign that kicked off in September. After 3 months of bargaining, McLaren has moved little on contract proposals. McLaren Bay RNs say their top concerns are short staffing and the erosion of quality care which is leading to poor staff retention in the facility. Short-staffing occurs when the number of admitted patients surpasses a unit’s maximum capacity per nurse set by standards of quality and safety. 

“McLaren doesn’t believe there is a staffing problem, which stands in contrast to a supermajority of over one hundred RNs we surveyed who said they had experienced a time when their safety or their patient’s safety was put at risk because they were short-staffed. We need a contract that makes RNs feel respected and protected while providing high-quality care – that’s what our patients deserve. If McLaren’s wage proposals aren’t high enough to retain long-term staff, then they won’t address the staffing shortages we are experiencing far too often at our hospital,” said Laken Gray, RN at McLaren Bay Region. 

According to a SEIU survey of over 100 RNs, about 70% are working short-staffed 7 or more times a month. Close to 99% of surveyed RNs say they have experienced a time when their safety or their patient’s safety was put at serious risk because they were short-staffed. Close to 93% have considered leaving the hospital, with the main reasons cited being short-staffing, stress, and a lack of respect. 

RNs say the top ways to retain staff at the hospital are to enforce minimum staffing ratios, increase pay, respect workers, and increase safety measures. 

“McLaren knows what the solutions to the staffing crisis at our hospital are, but they have failed to address them. We need to retain our most experienced healthcare workers who know and care about the hospital and the communities we live in. Our hospitals should be an attractive place to work where staff and patients are protected,” said Drew Good, RN McLaren Bay Region. 

SEIU has filed grievances against McLaren for not following the contract language on mandating staff and failing to respond to an information request. 

McLaren Bay Hospital nurses kicked off ‘Safe Staffing September’ on September 7th to highlight how RN staffing ratios help keep our community safe and healthy. In August, UNITE Here Local 24 workers picketed under an expired contract for better working conditions including safe staffing ratios and fair wages, alleging a staffing crisis. Unite Heere Local 24 recently voted by 99% to authorize a strike vote.

One of Michigan’s largest hospital systems, McLaren Health Care Corporation is a non-profit healthcare system that operates 13 hospitals in Michigan with additional healthcare services and cancer institutions offered in Ohio and Indiana. The system’s revenue, including health plan subsidiaries, was $6.46 billion in 2022. They have 19,914 employees and are Michigan’s third-largest hospital system.

In a crushing defeat, the NLRB tosses out and fully dismisses Trinity’s attempt to overturn the Grand Haven union election.

A ruling by the National Labor Relations Board in DC has confirmed SEIU Healthcare Michigan represents its bargaining unit at Trinity Grand Haven and that Trinity must recognize the union. Trinity had attempted to appeal a ruling by the NLRB Regional Director, but the objections were denied as it “raises no substantial issues warranting review.” Due to Trinity’s frivolous court objections, its workers continue to wait on a new date for contract negotiations with market wage increases that are necessary to end the staffing crisis at the facility.

Nursing Home Workers to Picket Tuesday at The Orchards At Northwest

Press conference to highlight workers who make some of lowest wages for nursing homes in the Detroit area


Detroit, MI – Dozens of workers and community members have announced their plan to picket at The Orchards at Northwest, a nursing home facility in northwest Detroit. The Orchards workers, community,  and elected leaders will host a press conference on Tuesday, December 5th at 3:15pm at the nursing home.

  • When: Tuesday, December 5th at 3:15 pm

  • Where: The Orchards at Northwest, 16181 Hubbell Ave, Detroit, MI 48235

  • What: Press Conference featuring dozens of workers and community leaders

  • Who: Dian Palmer, Trustee at SEIU Healthcare Michigan; Jeff Howard, Executive Vice President at SEIU Local 73; Kim Ford, CNA at The Orchards at Redford; A’lese Clarke, The Orchards at Northwest; Hill Harper, candidate for US Senate; Donavan McKinney, State Representative District 14; dozens of SEIU nursing home workers

After months of negotiations, workers say that The Orchards is taking advantage of Detroiters by keeping wages low. 

“I like to help people and I feel that my purpose is to make a difference. When The Orchards took ownership of our nursing home, they made a lot of promises about improving wages and the care in the facility. I hoped that things would change, however, The Orchards has failed to deliver. I am standing with my union and fighting for higher pay because even though the work continues to be harder, the pay hasn’t kept up,” said A’lese Clarke, CNA at The Orchards at Northwest. 

The Orchards consists of 9 facilities in Michigan owned by Robert Kornfeld, who resides in New Jersey. In June, over 70 nursing home workers at The Orchards at Redford went on strike for 8 days fighting for better wages and safe staffing. Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib, State Senator Mary Cavanagh, State Representative Laurie Pohutsky, Redford Township Supervisor Pat McRae, State Representative Donavan McKinney, State Senator Rosemary Bayer, and State Representative Stephanie A. Young joined the strike line to support workers. 

As Nursing Home Strike Continues, Unfair Labor Charges Filed Against Optalis Healthcare 

Optalis has failed to bargain as the strike reaches its 9th day

Detroit, MI – SEIU Healthcare Michigan has filed unfair labor charges against Optalis nursing homes at Four Seasons (Westland) and Greenfield (Royal Oak) for refusing to schedule negotiations, not providing proposals in writing, and surface bargaining. Due to the bad faith bargaining and unfair labor practices, nearly 150 nursing workers at Four Seasons and Greenfield strikes are now unfair labor strikes. The approximately 100 Foutain Bleu workers remain on an unfair labor strike with no contract in over four years.

National Labor Relations Board Certifies Trinity Health Grand Haven Election

Despite the ruling, Trinity Health continues to mislead its staff about the results of the election, laughing in the face of the NLRB while challenging its authority.

Grand Haven, MI –  The National Labor Relations Board has officially certified the Trinity Health Grand Haven election, upholding the 89 to 66 vote in favor of Union representation.

“Trinity Health Grand Haven employees are celebrating the certification of the election, affirming that workers have a seat at the table to bargain a contract,” said Ricky Kauffman, lead radiographer at Trinity Grand Haven Hospital, “Sadly, Trinity continues to communicate misinformation to their employees about the status of the union. SEIU Healthcare Michigan has requested bargaining to begin immediately and will pursue all legal steps necessary to ensure that Trinity Health recognizes the union and resumes its legal requirement to bargain.”

“Trinity is not only challenging the legitimacy of the decision; they are challenging the legitimacy of the NLRB and the rule of law in the country. Trinity is now laughing at the US legal system and must be held accountable for believing it is above the law the rest of us respect and live under,” said Bob Gibson, Director of Hospital Systems for SEIU Healthcare Michigan.

As reported in the National Catholic Reporter, Trinity Health is facing accusations that it has embraced bold anti-worker and anti-union tactics as its workers fight for higher wages, adequate staffing levels, and improved safety measures.

Last December, almost 200 North Ottawa Community Hospital workers voted to affiliate with SEIU after the hospital was acquired by Trinity and renamed “Trinity Grand Haven.” SEIU represents Diagnostic Imaging Techs, Lab Assistants and Technologists, Housekeepers, Dietary Workers, and Social Workers, Unit Clerks, Patient Care Associates, Medics, and many other positions at Trinity Grand Haven. This was further Affirmed in the September election.