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LOCAL 40 BLOOD DRIVE MM BARGAINING ALERT
Members Say The Union Makes Us Stronger
At our last bargaining session, the bargaining committee asked management to show us a copy of the letter HR has been giving to new hires with “facts” about the Union. The letter characterized us as bullies who would intimidate the new hires into signing up for Union membership, as if it’s not in your interest to be a member. Local 40 Vice President, Dina Carlisle made it clear to management that we will not tolerate disrespect of our Union or our work as Union RNs. After some contentious discussion about the disrespectful tone of the letter, management agreed to stop giving it out to new hires, and will leave it up to the Union to explain.
The “U” in Union means US. When RNs refuse to join or be part of the union, it weakens us all. Local 40 has always maintained 97% or more dues paying members. Strength and power is directly related to the members of our Union. Without solidarity and unity, our union will not survive. Tell all non-union members about the importance of our Union and that belonging is important to all of our strength.
Jeff Morawski. RN, Local 40 President
When you are a member of the Union, you are part of a team working to make changes that improve our hospital, our families, and our communities.
Terri Dagg-Barr, RN, Chief Steward
If you want to get the best pay and benefits, you need to join us!
JoHanna Ellis, RN
I encourage all members to approach your co-workers and talk about the benefits of being in the Union. Solidarity works; that’s how we get great contracts. Join the team.
Michael O’Neill, RN, Trustee, Steward
Progress on Staff Meeting Requirement:
Management Acknowledges Union Concerns
Management has acknowledged your feedback about making staff meetings mandatory and subject to discipline if you don’t attend. Members were clear that staffing levels and the times meetings were scheduled made it very difficult or impossible to attend. Debra Bohach and Julie Kozlowski agreed that attending is difficult because either we can’t get out of the room to attend the meetings; we don’t have the staff to cover”, or “I’m not here at the time of the staff meeting because either it’s my day off, or I have to come in 4 hours early for my twelve hour shift.
The bargaining team proposed working together with management to identify the reasons why staff cannot/do not attend staff meetings and work in partnership to address those issues and make attendance possible. Meetings will not be mandatory, but we will be asking for your input about how to make the meetings easier to attend.
Your Local 40 Executive Board and Election Committee Members:Jeff Morawski - MM - Local 40 PresidentJoanne Czeiszperger - MM - Local 40 TreasurerJoe Smithson - MM - Recording SecretaryLocal 40 Trustees:Brian Losiowski - CHMC - MMMike O'Neill MMMarty VanDerHeyden MMDina Carlisle - MM Vice PresidentTerri Dagg-Barr - MM Chief StewardJosephine Walker - CHMC Vice PresidentBarbara Chubb - CHMC Chief Steward
Michelle Foster - ACRT Vice PresidentPatti Roland - MM Election Committee ChairpersonTracy Johnson MM Election Comittee MemberWendy Nauman MM Election Committee MemberJenna Sahr MM Election Committee MemberSharon James CHMC Election Committee MemberPauline Thorlakson CHMC Election Committee Member
ARE YOU A NEW EMPLOYEE?
If you are a new employee and have already been through orientation but did not receive your Welcome Packet (folder with welcome letters, contract, by-laws, etc.), please contact the following representative(s) below or call the Union Office:
Dina - email@example.com
Terri Dagg-Barr - firstname.lastname@example.org
Crittenton Hospital Medical Center RN
Josephine - email@example.com
Ascension Crittenton Radiologic Techs
Michelle - firstname.lastname@example.org
Unique Benefits for Union Families at Risk
Union Plus has an innovative new program of unique benefits for members facing economic hardship. It's called Union SAFE and it expands the Union Plus safety net for working families and members participating in Union Plus programs.
Credit counseling services, budgeting advice and no-fee debt management and bankruptcy counseling benefits (1-877-833-1745);
Save My Home Hotline to help members avoid foreclosure (1-866-490-5361);
Hospital Care Grants of $1,000 for qualified participants in the Union Plus Credit Card, Mortgage or UnionSecure Insurance programs who have been recently hit with large, unreimbursed hospital expenses;
College Savings Grants of $500 for qualified participants in the Union Plus Credit Card, Mortgage or UnionSecure Insurance programs who open a new 529 tax-free college savings or pre-paid tuition account between January 1 and June 30, 2009;
Job Loss Grants of $250 for qualified Union Plus Credit Card holders who have been recently laid off for more than 90 days;
Disability Grants of $1,000 to $2,000 for qualified Union Plus Credit Card holders who have significant income loss due to a recent long-term illness or disability;
Mortgage Assistance to help Union Plus Mortgage holders who are laid off, disabled or are on strike make their mortgage payments;
- Insurance Premium Waivers for members with UnionSecure Life Insurance who have been recently laid off for more than 30 days.
To apply, click this link www.UnionPlus.org/UnionSAFE
AT&T Cellular Discounts
Save 15% on your monthly AT&T wireless service. In addition to saving money, you'll be supporting union workers and their families. AT&T is the only national unionized wireless carrier - with over 40,000 union represented employess.
Click this link for more information - AT&T Discount.pdf