Mar 6, 201807:42 PMBlog

St. Joe's employees win wage battle

Mar 6, 2018 - 07:42 PM

SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, which consists of 860 nursing assistants, housekeeping and staff, and other caregivers solidified a new employee agreement with CHI Franciscan St. Joseph Medical Center management last week. The union voted to approve a contract that will improve wages and benefits for the healthcare workers, in addition to giving them more of a voice within their organization.

The union members protested by picketing, hosting events, and reaching out to local lawmakers to make the deal happen. The contract union members were fighting for included these main points:

  • Staff has access to regular meetings with management and administration to cite worries about patient’s quality of care and staffing
  • Minimum wage for all staff must be raised to $15 per hour effective immediately
  • An immediate 4 percent raise for all employees
  • Raises over the life of the contract around 15 percent
  • The restoration of employer contributions to Health Reimbursement Accounts
  • Employees must be given clarity regarding financial assistance and protected from collections for medical debt owed

“We won contract language that was able to address employees being sent to collections and having their wages garnished,” nursing assistant Summerlove Holcomb stated. “We have language holding the employer accountable, where they will have to make reasonable efforts to determine whether an individual is eligible for assistance under the hospital’s financial assistance policy before engaging in collections activity against any of us.”

The new agreement ends in October of 2020.


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