Workers demand higher wages and Protections in the workplace
Across the state, Trinity Health workers are fighting for fair contracts, higher wages, and Union protections so that they can take care of themselves and their patients. At the same, Trinity Health is using union-busting tactics and stalling at the bargaining table the try to deter and demoralize workers. SEIU has filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against Trinity Health in multiple facilities in Muskegon, Grand Haven, and Ann Arbor.
In Grand Haven, hospital workers continue to bargain for a strong contract despite little progress. After Trinity failed to make new proposals on wages, Grand Haven workers picketed the hospital on May 18th. Workers are organized and ready to continue putting pressure on Trinity Health until they receive the contract they deserve.
Grand Haven hospital workers are new to SEIU, but they have had a Union for many years. Last December, the nearly 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, Social Workers, Unit Clerks, Patient Care Associates, Medics, and many other positions at Trinity Grand Haven.
In Ann Arbor, SEIU continues to fight for 13 lab workers who were terminated in an act of egregious union-busting by Trinity. Lab workers had been advocating for worker and patient safety while organizing a Union at the lab in March. During this time period, they worked in a continuously stressful environment that included multiple worker and patient safety concerns.
Though the lab workers made multiple requests to Trinity Health for additional security measures; Trinity did not respond to these requests. Workers also said that management violated their rights by searching through their belongings in order to find Union cards or Union materials.
Ann Arbor elected officials and labor leaders have expressed their support for the suspended lab workers and called for them to be reinstated back to work.
It’s important for workers to stay strong and united when facing pressure and Union busting tactics by Trinity. SEIU continues exploring all legal options to return the lab workers safely to their workplace.