ChapterLogo_MedegenMedegen Medical Products, based in Galloway, TN is a leading manufacturer and sales provider of patient-care and medical products for acute care and alternate care facilities.

Medegen is the largest provider of patient products in the marketplace, with US-based manufacturing plants in Tennessee and West Virginia, and offers strong international sourcing and product bundling capabilities as part of Inteplast Healthcare.

Medegen Medical Industries Labor Agreement (pdf)

New Union Contract Signed @ Medegen!

MedegenUnion members voted to ratify a new three-year contract at Medegen, a medical products company based in Gallaway, TN.

In addition to annual raises of 35¢/hr., the new contract makes improvements on overtime scheduling and layoff procedures. The company had proposed to eliminate daily overtime and Sunday double time, but both proposals were shot down. The union also got Medegen to drop proposals which would have forced employees to use vacation time during plant shutdowns and while employees were on FMLA leave.

The improvements to health and dental insurance were significant. There are no premium increases until 2019 and union members’ insurance rates will continue to be significantly lower than the rates paid by non-bargaining unit employees over the contract’s term. The insurance plan’s benefits cannot be changed unless they are changed company wide and the company must give the union advance notice. Wellness screenings will offer additional savings for employees who participate.

“Thanks to our committee members, the union staff, and the rest of our co-workers”, says bargaining committee member Forestine Lee. “Without everyone playing their parts, we could not have achieved our goal. Everyone stayed focused on overcoming all obstacles and improving the contract from what we had before.”

The new contract expires in July, 2021.

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Union Wins “Weather Grievance” @ Medegen!

When a major snowstorm rolled through West Tennessee last year, company officials at Medegen Medical Products disciplined dozens of workers who were unable to make it to work or got there late because of the weather.

SEIU filed a grievance asserting that the discipline was unreasonable because of severe weather conditions. The case was set for arbitration but the company agreed to settle the grievance. In the end, 22 members had their discipline reduced or thrown out while 4 other members received a cash settlement.


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New Contract at Medegen!

Clockwise from top left: Lonnie Winston, Jackie Seaberry, Forrestine Lee, Deborah Winston.

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.

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SEIU Members Vote for New Contract @ Medical Action!

SEIU Local 205 members voted to accept a new contract at Medical Action Inc., a medical supply company in Galloway, TN.

The new contract is a three-year agreement that included improvements in wages, health benefits, and vacation time. The members negotiated a 2.5% salary increase in the first year of the contract with wage openers scheduled to happen in years 2 and 3. There will be no increase in the employees’ health insurance premium over the term of the contract. Workers are now also not required to work on weekends if they had already scheduled vacation time prior to that weekend. Also, SEIU members will sit on a joint committee to negotiate a gain-sharing program in which workers will be able to participate in profit sharing.

The union’s Bargaining Committee was made up of Forestine Lee, Lonnie Winston, Deborah Winston, and Dallas Douglas.

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VICTORY! Workers Win @ Medical Action!

Inclement weather affected our brothers and sisters in the private sector at Medical Action Industries in West Tennessee. When a supervisor told employees that they had to use paid time off (PTO) after a snowstorm, the workers wanted to have the right to choose between PTO, vacation leave, or unpaid leave. Union stewards heard the workers complaints and delivered the concerns to Management. The next day, the policy was reversed.

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