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Southern Nevada Health District

Southern Nevada Health District

SNHDThe Southern Nevada Health District is one of the largest local public health organizations in the United States. It serves nearly 2 million residents, and close to 50 million Las Vegas tourists each year.

SEIU Nevada Representation: 449 (as of May 2, 2014)

Notable Services:  Health cards and vital records (birth and death certificates); restaurant, child care, tattoo partlors and public swimming pool inspections, public health clinics and services, including childhood and adult immunizations, STD treatment and control, and HIV/AIDS case management.

SEIU Nevada Southern Nevada Health District Chapter Leadership

Southern Nevada Health District (SNHD)

Vice President (Supervisory) Mark Bergtholdt

Chief Steward (Supervisory)

Vice President (Non-Supervisory) Regena Ellis

Chief Steward (Non-Supervisory) Victoria Harding

Steward Sakena Alhassan

702-324-6896 sarena26@hotmail.com

Steward Carolyn Ivey-Mitchell

702-631-6650 iveymic34@cox.net

Steward Regena Ellis

702-299-5632 regena.m.ellis@gmail.com

Steward Rosemary Ensign

702-982-5844 rsjbv04@msn.com 

Steward Jennifer Bowers

702-460-2105 jenner_n@yahoo.com

LATEST NEWS

SNHD Workers Secure Big Win in New Agreement

Board of Health Unanimously Approves Tentative Agreement

SNHD Workers Attend Board of Health Meeting on 9/28 Urging Approval of the Tentative Agreement

Las Vegas-“Let the healing begin. We want a healthy, Health District,” said Board of Health Member Chris Giunchigliani on Thursday, September 28, just moments before the board unanimously voted to approve a Tentative Agreement between Southern Nevada Health District management and SEIU Nevada represented employees, for much needed wage increases.

Negotiations lasted nine months and at times were extremely difficult, but SNHD workers and the bargaining team stuck together to fight for fair and equitable wages for all. For several years, employees have worked with SNHD during times of economic and financial crises, sacrificing wage increases to ensure that the District could continue to provide critical services to the community.

When an agreement was reached mid September, member turnout for  ratification reached a record 87%, with 98% voting to approve. On September 28, SNHD workers made their presence felt at the Board of Health meeting, holding signs and speaking during public comment to urge the board to approve the Tentative Agreement.

The Board agreed with us: It’s time to invest in the people who keep SNHD running.
Congratulations to all SNHD workers! Together We Rise!


AGREEMENT HIGHLIGHTS

*2.5% COLA for 2018*
*2.5% COLA for 2019*
Current & Active employees will receive a two (2) step increase for 2018 & 2019

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Southern Nevada Health District Overwhelmingly Ratifies 5-Year Contract

ContractRatificationCheckWith 84% of voting members casting their ballot “yes,” SEIU Nevada members working for the Southern Nevada Health District tonight ratified a new 2014-19 contract.

Highlights include:

  • Restored longevity pay
  • Fully employer-funded health insurance for employees (with no cap on premium costs)
  • One-time, 1.5% base salary payment, continuing step increases, and economic re-openers in Fiscal Years 2018 and 2019
  • Expanded FMLA leave
  • Significantly streamlined contract language, including an additional step in the disciplinary process

Congratulations to the Bargaining Team and all Health District members.

The contract now goes before Board of Health Aug. 28 for final approval.

Please CLICK HERE for a flier about this vote.

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S NV Board of Health Spares Maternal-Infant Program Amid SEIU Nevada Support

Employees of the Southern Nevada Health District - also members of SEIU 1107 - speak to the Board of Health about the Maternal Childhood Health Program as SEIU members and staff listen.

Employees of the Southern Nevada Health District, many of whom are members of SEIU 1107, speak to the Southern Nevada Board of Health about the Maternal Childhood Health Program, as fellow SEIU members and staff pack the room.

About 25 members and staff of SEIU Nevada helped sway the Southern Nevada Board of Health Monday night to do the right thing and preserve a 30-year-old program that serves 200-to-225 of the region’s most at-risk mothers-to-be, new moms and their infants.

Voting 9-3 – with Chairman Rod Woodbury, Vice Chair Bob Beers and member Tim Jones dissenting – the board disregarded a staff recommendation and voted to preserve its Maternal Child Health Program, which serves at-need women during their pregnancies and after the births of their children. The program will be saved from the budgetary chopping block via $600,000 to be allocated from more than $2 million in additional money the district will receive from Clark County toward its fiscal year 2015 operations, which begin July 1.

Nearly an hour-and-a-half of sometimes emotional debate preceded the vote, with SEIU Nevada members affiliated with the program telling the packed room about the program’s extraordinary work. “We go out there and do miracles with these babies every single day,” said Victoria Harding, Vice President of SEIU 1107’s Non-Supervisory employees at the Health District.

Losing jobs was never an issue, Chief Health Officer Joseph P. Iser told the board, because the district intended to reassign the five nurse case managers in the program to other programs. Instead, Iser argued that the district should place emphasis on programs with rigorously scientific “evidenced-based” proof that they improve “mortality and morbidity outcomes.”

No one argued that the program hasn’t greatly benefited some of the region’s most vulnerable residents. Iser, however, said that the lack of admittedly expensive research that would prove whether the program had categorically prevented deaths and illness meant it should be shelved in favor of programs with that scientific seal of approval.

But a majority of commissioners weren’t buying it.

“How about quality of life?” asked member and County Commissioner Chris Giunchigliani, who mounted the most impassioned plea among board members in favor of saving the program. “How about a family being able to stay together? We can’t say that it’s ‘effective’ [only] because we haven’t bothered to prove that it is. Not everybody is a number.”

In response to Iser’s remarks about the program’s lack of scientific proof of its effectiveness, board member John Marz asked,” It’s taken us 30 years to figure out it doesn’t work? Is it a benefit to the mothers and children who have no place else to go?”

“We know it’s helping people,” board member Wade Wagner added.

The board’s vote extends funding for the Maternal Child Health Program for at least one year. In addition, the board agreed that it will review the performance of the program and the district’s somewhat complementary, but more expensive, restrictive and “evidence-based” Nurse-Family Partnership Program, in six months.

In an after-meeting email high-five, Cara Evangelista, chief steward of the district’s non-supervisory employees, called out the unity SEIU exhibited at the more than four-hour meeting, including fellow chapter leaders Harding; Mark Bergtholdt, vice president of the chapter’s supervisory employees; and Jacque Raiche-Curl, chief steward of the chapter’s supervisory employees; members from the local’s healthcare sector, and the local’s staff.

“I believe that this was part of what tipped the scales: to see all of you there in support,” Evangelista wrote. “It’s nice to get a victory once and awhile!”

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