Whether it was bargaining new union contracts, taking to the airwaves, hosting training conferences, or winning election campaigns, SEIU Local 205 had a big year in 2015!
Take a look at this video on our YouTube channel that sums up the work SEIU members have done in our workplaces and communities to help working families across Tennessee!
Clockwise from top left: Lonnie Winston, Jackie Seaberry, Forrestine Lee, Deborah Winston.
Local 205 reached a new three-year contract with Medegen Medical Products, which is based in Gallaway, TN. The agreement was overwhelmingly approved by the membership.
“We got some of the biggest raises in our history,” said chief steward Lonnie Winston. “On top of that, we got our raises negotiated now instead of having to go back to the table each year for wage re-openers.”
The company came after employee PTO (paid time off), wanting to cut the amount of hours employees get each year and restrict its use. “There was no way we were going to let them take our PTO, and the company knew that,” Winston said. In the end, Medegen dropped their idea to cut hours, and backed off many of their other proposals on PTO. The contract also includes improved contract language, a new pay scale for forklift drivers, and reduced insurance premiums for employees participating in wellness checks.
The union wrapped up negotiations on a new contract with St. Francis Hospital in Memphis.
The bargaining committee, which was made up of Donald Dotson, Ruby Parsons, Johnnie Murphy, and Vetta Cunningham, negotiated the following improvements:
- 2.5% raise for each year of the contract
- Retroactive pay
- The bottom wage scale was lifted and now no bargaining unit employee will make less than $10/hr.
- Improvements in the 401(k) program
- The formation of a new labor/management committee to address staffing and quality care
This was a three year agreement and it expires in August of 2018.
Our entire SEIU family mourns with the families of those affected by last week’s attacks. Our hearts are broken with the tragic loss of our fallen and injured sisters and brothers in San Bernardino.
Learn more about the 10 SEIU members who were killed and how their work touched the lives of their community on our memorial page. If you are an SEIU member, you can contribute to the Local 721 Member and Family Support Fund.