Healthcare Workers Uniting

Healthcare Workers Uniting

4:28 PM Eastern - Monday, September 22, 2014

The Fight for $15 is a Fight for Our Future

The Fight for $15 is a Fight for Our FutureI've worked in home care for four years. I take care of my mom. I cook, clean, do things around the house, help her to and from places. My work helps keep her in our home, so we can be together as a family.

I make just $294 a month.

To get paid $15 an hour would mean the world, because then I wouldn't have to decide between paying my phone bill or buying food.

Home care workers don't make much and neither do fast food workers. But we're all just people, working hard and trying to provide for our families. We make lives better. We deserve a living wage.

On September 4, I joined with fellow home care workers here in Detroit to stand with striking fast food workers and demand $15 an hour and a union.

I want to get other home care workers and young people involved in the Home Care Fight for $15. I'm 23 years old and I know we can make our future better if we come together now. People my age -- that's who needs to stand up.

We're the future. If we don't stick together to fight for a living wage, , how's it going to be for our kids?

I think it's wonderful that SEIU members and nonunion workers are uniting. We're all in this together.

Join our movement to help us keep fighting.

1:58 PM Eastern - Monday, October 7, 2013

SEIU Hospital Workers Unite Behind Outreach Efforts on Popular Affordable Care Act Coverage

MayorFL.jpgVeronica Ferguson Lewis and Vinola Wilson, 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East-Florida certified nursing assistants and two women with dramatically different stories about what it means to live with or without healthcare, kicked off a training on the healthcare law and how healthcare workers can spread the word about its new, lower-cost options last Friday.

They were joined by Florida State Senator Oscar Braynon, Monica Russo, Executive Vice President of 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East and President of the Florida State Council and more than 200 nurses, certified nursing assistants and medical technicians from Florida and other states. Their next step will be to go back home and join other SEIU members in reaching out to 2 million uninsured people, focusing on African Americans and Latino Americans over 35 years old in 20 states.

2:32 PM Eastern - Thursday, September 19, 2013

Orange Regional Medical Center members encourage St. Francis Hospital workers to join 1199SEIU United Healthcare Workers East

More than 500 healthcare workers at St. Francis Hospital voted to join 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, and now more than 250 registered nurses at St. Francis are in the midst of their election to decide on joining their colleagues in 1199 SEIU. Nurses at Orange Regional Medical Center wanted to share our thoughts about what being a member of 1199SEIU has meant to us.

4:52 PM Eastern - Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Step Forward for America's 2 Million Home Care Workers and the People in Their Care

The U.S. Department of Labor acted today to extend overtime and minimum wage protections to home care workers. This is a step forward for home care workers and the people in their care.

"This change by the administration is a step forward both for quality home care and for the good jobs America needs," said Mary Kay Henry, president of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU).

Home care is the second-fastest growing profession in America and this is good news for people who need home care services and their families. Being able to depend on caregivers who understand the needs of the people they care for and who have the skills to provide that care is invaluable to people with disabilities and their families.

2:26 PM Eastern - Friday, June 14, 2013

Residents Win 15% Salary Increase after Public Campaign

kern-Dr.Speaking.jpgThe resident physicians at Kern Medical Center in Bakersfield, CA have ratified a new two-year contract that provides a 15 percent, across-the-board salary increase, a one-time travel reimbursement of up to $1,500 for an education conference, and quarterly labor-management meetings.

The contract was settled days after the residents held a letter-writing campaign and rally urging Kern County officials to come to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair agreement.

"Bakersfield deserves well-rounded physicians," said Dr. Sarah Assem, an internal medicine resident and CIR delegate. "They deserve for the competitive residents to come to KMC and then to stay here and open up their own primary care practices, because in the end, that's the goal of having a residency."

2:09 PM Eastern - Tuesday, June 4, 2013

CBS This Morning Investigates UPMC's Charity Status

Last week, CBS This Morning aired an investigative report about the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, putting the city of Pittsburgh at the center of a growing movement to hold major non-profits accountable to their communities.

The segment noted that UPMC 's CEO, Jeffrey Romoff, is among the highest paid not-for-profit hospital system executives in the country. He makes $6 million a year.

10:48 AM Eastern - Thursday, May 30, 2013

Governor Dayton Signed Bill, Historic Expansion of Collective Bargaining Rights for Minnesota Workers

419604_10151609457741928_43199613_n.jpgLast Friday, Governor Mark Dayton signed a bill granting a historic expansion of collective bargaining rights for Minnesota workers.

"I am so excited to have our bill signed by Governor Dayton," said Sumer Spika, a personal care attendant (PCA) from St. Paul. "We - the PCAs and other home care workers - fought so hard to get this bill passed and now we get to begin the process of forming a union so that the job of being a PCA is professionalized, and the benefits and pay we deserve can be attained. Thanks to everyone that was involved in any way, we couldn't have done it without each and every one of you!"

"I am so excited to see this last step in giving us the right to choose for ourselves," said Darleen Henry, a 23-year-old home care worker from Rosemount who cares for her mom. "It makes this all so real. To say I'm excited is an understatement. I, like so many other PCAs, spent countless hours and days at hearings and the final debate, all which was time spent away from caring for my mom, because I believe so strongly about how a union could benefit our lives. Hard work and dedication truly pay off."

2:18 PM Eastern - Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Pennsylvania Healthcare Workers Urge Governor Corbett to Expand Medicaid

SEIU Healthcare Pennsylvania members and the Cover the Commonwealth campaign launched a Tumblr where people are sharing their reasons why Governor Corbett should expand Medicaid.

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Join them with your reasons and share or reblog their photos widely to make sure Pennsylvanians can enjoy better health and the creation of new jobs with Medicaid expansion.

9:52 AM Eastern - Thursday, May 23, 2013

Health Workers Say Funding Disparities Pose Major Threat to Massachusetts Community Hospitals

Caregivers Call on State Senate for Change to Medicaid Funding Approach

BOSTON, MA - A new advocacy campaign by the state's largest healthcare union is targeting what caregivers say is a major threat to the quality healthcare services that the public has come to depend on from local community and safety net hospitals.

4:10 PM Eastern - Monday, May 20, 2013

Minnesota House Passes Landmark Bill Granting Collective Bargaining Rights to Home Care Workers

Bill Heads to Governor for Signature

St. Paul, MN - More than 50 hours after first arriving at the Capitol Saturday afternoon, Sumer Spika joined a tired, but elated group of home care workers and recipients in celebration.

"This is incredible," said Spika, a home care worker from St. Paul. "Home care workers deserve the same right as other workers to form a union and now, because of this bill, we will soon have that right to choose for ourselves if we want a union."

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