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SEIU Nevada Members to Senator Heller: Keep Nevada Covered!

On the same day Senate Republicans revealed their own disastrous version of healthcare repeal, SEIU Nevada members hit the streets and phone lines, calling on Senator Dean Heller to vote no against any legislation that takes Medicaid coverage away from seniors, people with disabilities and children.

At University Medical Center, dozens of healthcare and home care workers, along with community allies and leaders, marched together, speaking out about the impact of Medicaid in the lives of the patients they serve.

“As a nurse, this saddens me. I see first-hand how quality, affordable care benefits patients. If Medicaid goes away, where will our patients go?” said Michael Collins, RN at UMC. “Working at UMC, we’ve seen the emotional and financial costs that patients incur when they don’t have access to quality care and affordable health coverage.”

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Recently, Senator Heller signaled that he supports ending Medicaid expansion, which would affect hundreds of thousands of Nevadans that rely on the program for quality care.

States like Nevada—which must balance budgets and already face fiscal pressures—will not be able to make up for the lost federal dollars and will be forced to deny care to some of our most vulnerable patients and clients.

“Whatever it takes, we have to make sure Senator Dean Heller does not eliminate Medicaid,” said state Senator Tick Segerblom.

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Meanwhile, healthcare workers at three Dignity St. Rose Dominican hospitals are hitting the phones around the clock during their breaks to tell Senator Heller to #SaveMedicaid and that healthcare repeal leaves too many Nevadans vulnerable.

Want to make a difference? Make your voice heard. Call 866-426-2631 and tell Senator Heller to Vote No on healthcare repeal.

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Clark County Workers Overwhelmingly Ratify Agreement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, June 15
CONTACT: Karen Backus, Karen.backus@seiu.org

SEIU Nevada Local 1107 members vote overwhelmingly to approve quality services contract with Clark County

Agreement provides stronger voice to workers who keep the county running

LAS VEGAS, NV—The hard-working women and men who keep Clark County running, who maintain our streets and ensure our water is safe to drink, have voted by a margin of 96% to approve a new collective bargaining agreement between the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Nevada Local 1107 and Clark County.

“We stuck together as co-workers, generated thousands of calls to the Board of Commissioners, and rallied at the Government Center to move beyond impasse—when not a single agreement with the county could be reached,” said Brenda Marzan, a senior business systems analyst and vice president of the non-supervisory unit at Clark County. “We’ve secured a good contract by the June 30 deadline that allows us to advance our work and build a better future for our families.”

Following Thursday’s vote count, Michelle Maese, a family services supervisor and member of the union bargaining committee shared how union members turned out in historically high numbers to vote for the three-year agreement. “I’m excited that we’ve won a contract that will strengthen our voice to provide high quality services to all who live, work and visit our community,” stated Maese.

The collective bargaining agreement between SEIU Nevada and Clark County covers more than 5,000 supervisory and non-supervisory employees who provide public services throughout the Las Vegas valley, including the Department of Aviation (McCarran International Airport), Parks & Recreation, Public Works, Water Reclamation District, District Courts and the Department of Juvenile Justice.

The new contract runs through June 30, 2020.

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SEIU Nevada 1107 represents 18,000 hard working Nevadans in the public sector and at major hospitals across the state. They include nurses, health care workers, clerical staff, social workers, and maintenance workers. Visit www.seiunv.org to find out more about the people who care for all Nevadans.

 

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Final Agreement Reached with Clark County

VOTE JUNE 13-15 FOR A STRONGER VOICE FOR QUALITY SERVICES

We have reached a final tentative agreement with Clark County for a three-year contract that will give us a stronger voice to provide high quality public services, just policies and supports to do our best work and advance in our jobs, and a 2% cost of living increase in the first year with a wage opener for the second and third year.

We stood united with our co-workers, generated thousands of calls to the Board of Commissioners, and rallied at the Government Center to move beyond impasse–when not a single agreement with the county could be reached–to securing a contract before the June 30th deadline.

CONTRACT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Three-year contract term effective July 1, 2017.
  • Two percent (2%) cost of living increase guaranteed for all employees.
  • We will reopen negotiations each of the following two years to bargain over wages and an additional article.
  • We fought back–and won–to keep our merit payments and step increases. We also added guarantees that our reviews and salary adjustment payments will be timely.

CONTRACT IMPROVEMENTS

  • Improved language on certification pay and added protection for increases for CDLs and physicals.
  • Maintained current time and attendance procedures, including daily overtime.
  • Added payments for tools and supplies and added provisions/equipment to be paid by County.
  • Strengthened our voice by improving the procedures for use of labor management in supervisory and non-supervisory contracts.
  • No change to the current substance abuse policy.
  • SEIU Nevada members and representatives will now get advance notice of any new classification or positions or any modifications, changes or deletions of classifications or positions.

For clarification of any contract changes, ask a member of the bargaining team or attend a general membership meeting at the union hall on Monday, June 12 from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

We encourage all SEIU Nevada Local 1107 members to vote Tuesday, June 13 through Thursday, June 15.

LOCATIONS AND TIMES:
Tuesday, June 13
Wednesday, June 14
Thursday, June 15
*Check back as more locations and times are being added.

Please bring a county ID or photo ID. If you haven’t already joined our union, you will have the opportunity to sign up on-site before voting.

Expiring Contract

Contract (Supervisory) 2015-2017     Contract (Non-Supervisory) 2015-2017

Below, you will find the tentative agreement between SEIU 1107 and County of Clark. The tentative agreement is subject to ratification by both parties.

New Terms of Agreement (Supervisory & Non-Supervisory)

Additional Terms of Agreement (Supervisory)

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Patients Grade Hospitals. Where Does Your Favorite Rank?

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You see them posted prominently in all of your favorite eating establishments, so why not post letter grades in Nevada’s hospitals?

That’s the premise behind a bill sponsored by State Senator Patricia Spearman.

The measure requires that letter grades must be posted on the facility’s website and prominently near each entrance.

Hospitals already get grades from the federal government’s Patient Satisfaction Survey, but unless you know where to look,  you’ll never see them.

The link above is for Nevada’s acute care facilities with emergency services.  As you’ll see, many receive only one or two stars out of five, and score below the national average on individual metrics.

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Mom Sues Centennial Hills Hospital: “If insurance didn’t matter, my 22 year-old daughter would be alive.”

As Congress contemplates kicking millions of Americans off their health insurance, a Las Vegas woman says her 22 year-old daughter is dead after a local emergency room refused her treatment because she lacked insurance.
The lawsuit, filed by Amy Vilela against Centennial Hills Hospital, alleges that on June 3, 2015, ER staff told Vilela’s daughter, Shalynne Ramos, to come back when she had insurance.  Vilela alleges the hospital failed to meet the minimum standards required under federal law.
“She’d just driven cross country on a previously injured knee.  She kept saying ‘My leg is red, Mom. It’s swollen.’  She went to the ER with this swollen leg and 8 out of 10 pain.  She begged them for an MRI and something for the pain.  The ER told her ‘Go see a specialist, we’re not a doctor’s office.”
Vilela says just weeks later her daughter flew across the country, unaware of the blood clot in her lower leg.
“Shalynne had a DVT (Deep Venous Thrombosis) and they are dangerous. because if you fly with a DVT it’s life threatening.”
“When she landed she was having extreme chest pain and she was holding her chest saying ‘Daddy call 911.’  I got a call from him saying she’s in the ambulance.  My daughter coded in the ambulance.”
Vilela says she flew to her daughter’s side and knew shortly after arriving in Kansas City that her daughter was not going to survive.
“When they readied her for donation.  I climbed in the bed and held my daughter for the last time as her body tensed up, telling her I loved her.”
“She died in my arms. …If we lived in a country where insurance didn’t matter in your treatment and care, my daughter would still be here.  We have to work against the repeal of ACA.”
“There has to be universal healthcare for every one. No American in this great country should be dying at 22 years-old because of a lack of insurance.”
The Emergency Medical Treatment and Labor Act establishes minimum standards for hospitals, including the requirement that they obtain a medical history of patients who are requesting treatment.  Vilela says Centennial Hill’s records, which identify her daughter as Hispanic, are proof of the hospital’s failure to obtain a medical history.  Vilela says her daughter was Caucasian and African American.
An affidavit from a medical expert hired by Vilela, Dr. Marc Eckstein,  says had Centennial Hills’ obtained a medical history, hospital personnel “would have considered a deep venous thrombosis (DVT) as part of their differential diagnosis, given the patient’s obesity, tobacco use, sickle cell trait, her use of the NuvaRing, and her just having completed an extremely long drive.  It is more likely than not that had the standard of care been met, Ms. Ramos would have had a duplex ultrasound performed during her ED visit on June 3, 2015, and with proper treatment, the DVT would not have progressed and resulted in a massive pulmonary embolism which ultimately resulted in her cardiac arrest and her demise.”     
The attorney representing Centennial Hills Hospital, Valley Health System and parent company UHS did not respond to our request for comment.

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SEIU Nevada Fights to Keep Public $$$ in Public Schools!

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Labor Matters – March 2017

Labor Matters February 28, 2017

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