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University Medical Center Employees to Announce their Workers’ Agenda for 2017

Like you, we work hard every day to give our patients the best possible care, to build a real spirit of community in our hospital, and to provide for our families. With our hard work, we’re helping University Medical Center to invest millions in growth and expansion. But at the same time, we are seeing some challenges, and we face an uncertain future for our families and ourselves.

But we have hope! Since uniting together with SEIU we’ve seen significant gains. Priorities that we advocated for have been adopted into the budget and issues that we have raised have been addressed by our CEO Jacob Cintron. We know that by consulting actively with hospital administration, we’re better prepared to face any challenges ahead.

In 2015, by working together with the County Commissioners Court and UMC’s Leadership Team, we increased the minimum wage at our hospital from $7.25 to $10. In 2016, we won $1.5 million in market adjustment raises. In 2017, we’re ready to win and fight for more improvements! On July 5, 2017, our hospital begins its 2017-2018 Budget Hearings, and we’ll be there to present our Workers’ Agenda:

1) Catch up to El Paso – $3 million to bring UMC up to market;

2) Safe Hospital, Healthy Patients – Better Health and Safety measures that can improve our staffing and workload;

3) Improve Benefits – PTO and Sick Leave. Holiday Pay, Differentials, Eliminate Employee Parking Fee.

Now is the time to unite to make University Medical Center a better place for patients and employees.

Your co-workers on the University Medical Center Union Leadership Team,

Abraham Zarate, Respiratory; Analu Solis WHC; Andres Neria, FNS; Angelica Corral, Women’s Surgical; Clara Galdea, EVS; Delma Martinez, Nursery; Diana Williams, Microbiology; Enrique D’la Torre, IT; Felipe Lopez, Engineering; Imelda Sayago, Microbiology; Jesus Olivas, IT; Jonathan Perez, FNS; Jose Rodriguez, Anesthesiology; Juan Munoz, FNS; Juanita Gavilanes, Surgery; Luis Marquez, FNS; Margarita Madrid, FNS; Maria Lupe Peña WHC; Maria Ochoa, G.I.; Maria Bolado, Telemetry; Robyn Wylie, Respiratory; Rosa Martinez, G.I.; Salvador Espeleta, Respiratory; Silvia Estrada, Surgery; Siria Purcell, Women’s Surgical; Vicky Ramirez, Telemetry

For more information, visit us online at: http://www.seiutx.org/campaigns/umc/

En español

Al igual que ustedes, nosotros trabajamos duramente todos los dias para dar a nuestros pacientes la mejor atención possible, para crear un verdadero espíritu de comunidad en nuestro hospital, y para sostener a nuestras familias. Con nuestro duro trabajo estamos ayudando al hospital a invertir millones en crecimiento y expansión. Pero, al mismo tiempo, hemos visto algunos retos ademas que enfrentamos un futuro incierto y dificil para nuestras familias y para nostoros.

Pero tenemos una esperanza! Desde que nos unimos con nuestra unión SEIU hemos conseguido ganancias signficativas. Las prioridades que nosotros abogamos en el presupuesto han sido adoptadas y los asuntos que hemos tratado con nuestro CEO Jacob Cintron han mejorado. Sabemos que cuando consultamos activamente con la administración del hospital, estamos mejor preparados para enfrentar cualquier reto en el futuro.

En el 2015, trabajando en conjunto con los comisionados de la corte del condado y el equipo de liderazgo de UMC, hemos logrado aumentar el salario minimo del hospital de $7.25 a $10. En el 2016, logramos ganar $1.5 millones para los aumentos de ajuste del Mercado. En el 2017, estmos listos para continuar ganando mas logros y luchar por mas mejorias!

El 5 de Julio 2017, en nuestro hospital empieza las negociaciones del presupuesto 2017-2018 y nosotros presentaremos la agenda de los trabajadores:

1) Actualizarse con El Paso – $ 3 millones para traer UMC al mercado;

2) Hospital Seguro, Pacientes Saludables – Mejores Medidas de Salud y Seguridad que pueden mejorar nuestro personal y carga de trabajo;

3) Mejorar los beneficios – PTO y licencia por enfermedad. Pago de vacaciones, diferenciales, eliminar la cuota de estacionamiento de los empleados.

Ahora es el momento de unirse para mejorar nuestro hospital University Medical Center y hacer un mejor lugar para trabajadores y pacientes.

Atentamente tus compañeros líderes de la unión del hospital University Medical Center,

Abraham Zarate, Respiratory; Analu Solis WHC; Andres Neria, FNS; Angelica Corral, Women’s Surgical; Clara Galdea, EVS; Delma Martinez, Nursery; Diana Williams, Microbiology; Enrique D’la Torre, IT; Felipe Lopez, Engineering; Imelda Sayago, Microbiology; Jesus Olivas, IT; Jonathan Perez, FNS; Jose Rodriguez, Anesthesiology; Juan Munoz, FNS; Juanita Gavilanes, Surgery; Luis Marquez, FNS; Margarita Madrid, FNS; Maria Lupe Peña WHC; Maria Ochoa, G.I.; Maria Bolado, Telemetry; Robyn Wylie, Respiratory; Rosa Martinez, G.I.; Salvador Espeleta, Respiratory; Silvia Estrada, Surgery; Siria Purcell, Women’s Surgical; Vicky Ramirez, Telemetry

Para mas información, visítenos en la red en http://www.seiutx.org/campaigns/umc/

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SEIU Texas members kick off fair city budget campaign with “Budget 101” workshop

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San Antonians from underserved neighborhoods plan to mobilize for a “working families” city budget throughout the Summer.

On Thursday, as part of We’re All in This Together, SEIU Texas members, city workers and their neighbors, kicked off this year’s campaign to make sure San Antonio is a great place to live and work at the “Budget 101” community workshop. Participants learned how their voices can shape the San Antonio budget to reflect the priorities of working families and expand quality services for our most overlooked communities.

This year, community members voted to mobilize for the following budget priorities:

  • Continued investment for streetlights and sidewalks in underserved areas of San Antonio
  • Higher standards for San Antonians who provide essential city services
  • A $15 minimum wage for all city employees, including contract workers

“The city budget should reflect the needs of people who are often ignored,” said Alma Arevalos, an SEIU Texas member. “When we speak up and take action, city leaders have to take us seriously. Our efforts make it possible for ordinary folks to have an extraordinary impact in our city budget.”

Throughout the Summer, We’re All In This Together members and community partners will put the lessons from “Budget 101” into practice by speaking out at City Council meetings and budget community input sessions throughout the city.

“Everyday, I work to provide the city services we all rely on. I’ve gotten to know our neighborhoods very well and there is some great need out there,” said Alfonso Avilez Jr, Equipment operator, transportation and capital improvements (TCI) with the city and SEIU Texas member. “We can make some smart decisions in our budget to ensure those neighborhood needs are met.”

This community approach to budget planning has already proven successful. In their second year mobilizing for a fair budget, campaign partners worked together to win $1 million for residential streetlights on the west side, $33 million for sidewalk maintenance and repairs and reached a minimum living wage of $13 an hour for city employees who provide essential services.

Follow SEIU Texas members and their campaign to make San Antonio work for everyone by searching #SATXTogether on Twitter and Facebook.

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An Open Letter to Business Leaders from Houston’s Faith Community

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Rev. Marty Troyer, Rabbi Dan Aaronson, Rev. Kim Orr, Sister Ceil Roeger, Mustafa Carroll & Rev. Lisa Hunt blessing our bargaining committee.

Twenty-five religious leaders have signed and delivered the following letter in support of living wages for Houston janitors:

“WE STAND WITH HOUSTON JANITORS”

As faith leaders in the City of Houston, we support the janitors’ struggle to achieve a “living wage”. This struggle is about what kind of a city we want to be – one where you can work with dignity and build a better life for your family, or one where stagnation and poverty grow as only a small percentage of Houstonians have access to the common good needed for a decent human life that is intended for all.

Despite recent slowdowns, Houston remains one of the strongest real estate markets in the country. However, janitors in Houston are paid significantly less than commercial office janitors in most major metropolitan areas. Most Houston janitors are paid an average of $12,155 per year for part-time work. We call on the business leaders of Houston to do their part to keep Houston families out of poverty.

We are standing up for fair pay and benefits for ALL working people. We’re calling on business leaders to do their part by creating good jobs, raising wages and providing affordable health care to their employees. Together we can restore balance to our economy and create opportunity for future generations.

Signed by:

  • Most Reverend Joseph Fiorenza, Archbishop Emeritus, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
  • Reverend William Lawson, William A. Lawson Institute for Peace and Prosperity
  • Rabbi Samuel Karff
  • Bishop Michael Rinehart, Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast Synod, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America
  • Deacon Sam Dunning, Office of Justice and Peace, Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston
  • Reverend Glynden Bode, United Methodist Church
  • Reverend Lisa Hunt, St. Stephens Episcopal Church
  • Reverend Marty Troyer, Houston Mennonite Church
  • Rabbi Steven Gross,  Houston Congregation for Reform Judaism
  • Reverend Jonathan Page, First Congregational Church of Houston
  • Sister Ceil Roeger, Dominican Sisters of Houston
  • Mustafaa Carroll, Council on American Islamic Relations
  • Reverend John Fields, First Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church
  • Rabbi Daniel Aronson, Congregation Or Ami
  • Reverend Helen DeLeon, Webster Presbyterian Church
  • Father Albert Zanatta, Assumption Parish, Houston
  • Sister Margaret Bulmer, Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word
  • Father Richard Wahl, Basilian Fathers
  • Reverend James Caldwell, Coalition of Community Organizations
  • Rabbi Dan Gordon, Temple Beth Torah
  • Reverend Hannah Atkins, Trinity Episcopal Church
  • DeWayne Lark,  Visions Fellowship Church
  • Reverend Ronnie Lister,  International Center for Spiritual and Social Activism
  • Father Gerry Kelly, Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers
  • Bishop Myokei Caine-Barrett Shonin, Nichiren Buddhist Sangha of Texas
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