2018 League NegotiationsJuly 18, 2018
League Contract Victory! To win this fight we DID unite!
New agreement with the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes secures pensions and cost-free health care, and advances job security protections.
After months of talks that culminated in several marathon negotiating sessions and informational picketing that brought thousands of members into the streets, 1199SEIU and the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York on July 13 settled a new three-year collective bargaining agreement. The new contract protects health benefits, secures pensions, advances job security provisions, fully funds the Child Care, Job Security and Training Fund, and more.
Session 5 & 6
At our fifth and sixth negotiation sessions on Monday, June 25th and Tuesday, June 26th, our subcommittees decided to move our union’s demands for our professional and technical members, and to ensure that our not-for-profit league nursing homes are financially viable and protected. As a result of our continued pressure, management withdrew their proposal to decrease evening and night differential pay! However, they continue to drag their feet on our concerns around providing adequate staffing so we can provide the best possible care. We are energized by this victory but need to keep the pressure up as we still have a long way to go toward reaching a fair agreement that protects our hard-earned pensions and ensures the best staffing. See you on July 8th!
While we didn’t make progress at our June 18 bargaining session with the league — because they are choosing to drag out the process — 1199 members set the record straight: “We are here to make sure we get what we deserve. We are the workers who not only care for patients in their state of the art institutions, but we are also the workers who make them their millions. We have earned our pensions, we have earned our wage increases, and we are not backing down!”
On Wednesday, June 13 our 1199 Bargaining Committee met with League Management again, but no progress was made. 1199 members are taking this very seriously and are committed to making chapter building a priority toward winning a fair contract. More than ever we are determined to stand together as one union to protect what we have, and secure the additional benefits we have earned.
RN Negotiating Committee
This week, your 1199 Bargaining Committee met with League Management.
“Providing quality safe care is not only of great importance to our patients, but it is what will guarantee our employment and the viability of our institutions. In this healthcare climate quality of care, and not quantity of services, is now paramount. This cannot be accomplished without our Registered Nurses. It is my hope as the bosses are watching their dollars and cents, that they realize that it only makes sense to invest in their nurses.”
Barbara Jean Moody, RN, Long Island Jewish Forest Hills
“All our proposals were drafted with the intent to deliver high quality care to each of our patients. order for us to give 100% to each of our patients. bedside to take care of our patients.”
Jane A. Gerenscer, RN, Good Samaritan Hospital
On June 12, our 1199 League Negotiating Committee heard management's response to the contract proposals we submitted on May 21. They came back with their own proposal to “modify” our pension structure—which actually means cuts! 1199 members won’t stand for that. We are passionately committed to standing together to protect what we have and secure the additional benefits we have earned.
WALK IN, MAY 22
Management said our proposals were “ambitious," but we know that our demands are fair and well deserved. Remember -- we traveled to Albany to secure funding, but now the League is acting like it doesn’t have the money! So with that in mind, on Tuesday, 1199SEIU members, in our respective League institutions, walked in on Management and hand-delivered our demands for a fair contract.
On Monday, May 21, our Negotiating Committee gave its list of demands for a new, fair contract to Management from the League of Voluntary Hospitals and Homes of New York.
Our Negotiating Committee, made up of members from League institutions, was energetic, passionate, and determined to stand together as one union to protect what we have, and secure the additional benefits we have earned.