October 2012

Workers Vote YES on First Contract @ St. Francis Hospital!

SEIU members gather for a Q&A session on their first union contract at St. Francis Hospital.

SEIU members gather for a Q&A session on their first union contract at St. Francis Hospital.

After many months of organizing and negotiating, workers at St. Francis Hospital in Memphis turned out to vote for their first union contract.

The new contract applies to service and technical employees and is a three-year agreement. Included is a wage increase of 7.5% over the term of the agreement, a grievance procedure that allows a neutral, third-party arbitration, a limit on increases to health insurance premiums, and provisions on job security, seniority recognition, and job bidding.

The Union’s Bargaining Committee, made up of Jackie Dennis, Cliffrie Morgan, Donald Dotson Sr., and Ruby Parson had recommended a ‘Yes’ vote to the membership. In the end, 96% of SEIU members voted Yes.

“Negotiating a first contract is a very tense time and it can sometimes be very frustrating, but I am really proud of the Bargaining Team,” said Doug Collier, President of SEIU Local 205. “The Committee members did an excellent job and their co-workers should be proud of them”.

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SEIU Members @ NES Win Big at “The Rodeo”!

SEIU members @ the Lineworkers Rodeo.

SEIU members @ the Lineworkers Rodeo.

The Lineworkers’ Rodeo allows electrical lineman crews from all across the United States to demonstrate their skills in five different contests that simulate real-life situations. The Rodeo is specifically designed to promote safety and excellence on the job while providing a sense of competition and accomplishment for highly skilled workers who literally risk their lives every day.

As usual, workers from Nashville Electric Service wrangled their share of wins at the American Public Power Association’s Lineworkers’ Rodeo, which was held in Cleveland, OH this year.

The NES West team placed first overall out of the 45 teams competing for top honors. Team members – all of whom are SEIU members – were Tommy Barksdale, Matt Heathman, Matthew Woodside, and Jay Truett.

The NES Donelson team—which included SEIU members Jeremy Woodside, Timmy Sanford, Cody Roberts, and John Minor—placed in the top five.

Other standout performances came from Don Hunter, Mark McNabney, Jeremy Pilkerton, and Jay Truett, who all finished in the top three for various individual events.

Congratulations to Local 205 members at Nashville Electric Service for their success and a commitment to excellence in the electric power industry!

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