(Rochester) - Service workers at the University of Rochester (UR), including its Strong Memorial Hospital division strongly approved Thursday evening new three year labor contracts. The contracts continue fully paid employer paid health insurance, establishes a minimum wage of $15.00 per hour by 2017 for workers with five years of service, and grants a total of 7% in a series of wages increases for all covered employees.
Hundreds of DC homecare workers, elected officials and community supporters rallied today at Freedom Plaza, demanding that DC homecare employers obey the law and pay unpaid wages, seven sick days a year and the city’s living wage of $13.60.
We 1199ers have long known how important political action is for our lives. Our homecare agencies depend nearly entirely for their revenue on federal Medicaid and Medicare dollars. Nursing homes get nearly 85 percent of their income from government funding. And depending on their patient populations, our hospitals get 30 to 80 percent of their revenue from these sources. So, what we win one day at the collective bargaining table can be taken away the next day in Washington or our state capitals. Simply stated, politics—which is to say, elections—matter.
In a life working a string of low-wage jobs, Lynette Reece always had trouble paying the rent. A home health-care aide for the past 21 years, she has too often had to skip work to go to landlord-tenant court to try to hold on to her apartment.
Hundreds of 1199SEIU members rallied in Union City, NJ on Tuesday, Sept 30 for the second time in three weeks to support 450 workers at Alaris Health in their quest for a contract. Only this time, 1199SEIU members were also demanding that Alaris let two dozen workers that the company has illegally locked out of their jobs come back to work.