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Valley Hospital Medical Center

Las Vegas, NV

Vice President:
  • Michelle Philips
Chief Steward:
  • Lynda Wilcox
  • Raushanah (Rah) Abdullah
  • Adell (Sue) Asciutto
  • Aurora Delacruz
  • Benilda Galan
  • Peggy Garcia
  • Angella Hedlund
  • Fe Isidro
  • Melanie Olson
  • Margie Ortiz
  • Victoria Sanchez-Gamboni
  • Donna West
  • Lynda Wilcox
  • Rebecca (Becky) Wright

Valley Health Systems Bargaining! Stand Up for Your Rights!

UHS October Bargaining

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UHS Retaliates Against SEIU Nevada Members!

Dear UHS Employees,

Universal Health Services, the parent company of Valley Health Systems, which is in negotiations with SEIU Nevada, is attempting to weaken our Union by refusing to deduct dues, effective September 23, 2016.

The company claims the authorization form you signed suddenly lacks language required by law.

Our legal counsel is confident UHS’ interpretation is wrong.  We are taking appropriate legal action to ensure compliance by the company.

You remain a member in good standing of SEIU Nevada. 

UHS is running scared.  Membership is up, as is member involvement.  The company’s response is to engage in retaliatory tactics. 

UHS erroneously claims your dues authorization form violates the Labor-Management Relations Act, which states:

4) with respect to money deducted from the wages of employees in payment of membership dues in a labor organization:  Provided, that the employer has received from each employee, on whose account such deductions are made, a written assignment which shall not be irrevocable for a period of more than one year, or beyondthe termination date of the applicable collective agreement, whichever occurs sooner;

SEIU Nevada will not be intimidated by UHS.  We will remain transparent, steadfast and committed to your best interest.

Questions?  Please contact LaNita Troyano at 702-860-4484 or or the Union Hall at 702-386-8849.


In Solidarity,

Cherie Mancini, President

SEIU Nevada Local 1107





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Valley Health Systems Negotiating Facts!

See for yourself the harmful proposals your employer has on the table.  Then come out to our next bargaining meetings on July 12 and 13 at 4 and 8 p.m. at the Union Hall.  We will be discussing proposals that could change working conditions forever.  Next bargaining dates are July 26, 27 and 28 at 9 a.m.  – 3969 Howard Hughes Parkway Suite 300


VHS Disciplinary Proposal

VHS Solicitation and Distribution of Literature and Bulletin Boards

VHS Restricted Access to Patient Care Areas

VHS Right and Duties of Managers, Supervisors and Licensed Clinical Staff Management Rights

VHS Patient Care and Staffing

VHS Restricted Access to Hospital and Patient Care

VHS Successorship

VHS Scheduling

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SEIU Nevada Launches Carson City Campaign to Put Nevada – and Working Families – FIRST

PutNevadaFirst_SmallLogo_croppedPoliticians in Carson City have let it be known that they’re coming after working families in the 2015 Nevada Legislative session beginning Feb. 2.

They have requested bills that would slash public pensions and eliminate workplace protections that secure decent pay and benefits for many working families.  There’s a very real threat that these bills could become law.

Working Nevadans – teachers, nurses, healthcare workers, bus drivers, custodians and thousands of others – care deeply about our state. We aren’t responsible for Nevada’s budget woes; irresponsible behavior on Wall Street, and in Carson City and Washington, D.C., is.


ALL Nevadans deserve a living wage and a secure retirement. Please help us persuade politicians to focus on providing a better life for ALL working families, not racing to the bottom by reducing or eliminating decent pay and pensions for some.

Members of our Executive Board Review Our Internal Organizing Materials After Voting to Support “Put Nevada First”

Members of our Executive Board Review Our Internal Organizing Materials After Voting to Support “Put Nevada First”

Two months ago, we began meeting with SEIU Local 1107 members about the very real threats to the Nevada Public Employee Retirement System. Tens of thousands of Nevadans have religiously paid their share toward a secure retirement – and now some politicians want to change the rules.

About 1,000 of you have answered that call and filled out “Retirement Security for All” cards pledging to help us in this fight.

We’ve expanded that effort to include other threats to working families, including a proposed end to collective bargaining. We’ve named this campaign “Put Nevada First.” Through meetings and grassroots lobbying, news reports and editorials, letters, emails and social media, we will remind Carson City politicians that they represent the working families of this state – not Wall Street billionaires and out-of-state interests.


  • If you haven’t already signed up, click THIS LINK. It will ask you to do something as easy as send a letter to your assembly member or as  involved as joining us on an SEIU Nevada Lobby Day in Carson City. (Our big day will be March 12. Contact your organizer if you’d like to go.)
  • Attend our General Membership Meeting Saturday, Jan. 31, at 10 AM. During this meeting, we’ll review this campaign and offer a quick course on lobbying. Learn more at THIS LINK.
  • Your SEIU Local 1107 organizer may already have gotten you to complete a card telling your assembly member how you feel about issues important to working families. If not, please CLICK HERE and send your Assembly Member an email instead. (Not sure who your assembly member is? The website will look the information up for you, based on your address.) Please also share this link with friends and families and ask them if they’ll help us let Carson City know to put Nevada’s working families FIRST.

Stay tuned for important developments unfolding in the coming days and weeks.

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UMC RN and SEIU Nevada Trustee Mike Collins Talks Ebola Preparedness on “Ralston Reports”

University Medical Center veteran registered nurse, SEIU Nevada trustee and Southern Nevada Board of Health At-Large Member Michael Collins appeared on the local political show, “Ralston Reports” Wednesday night to talk about Las Vegas Valley hospitals’ emergency preparedness in the face of the Ebola threat.

“Nurses are far better prepared than they were two weeks ago before the infection of the nurses in Dallas, Texas,” Mike told host Jon Ralston. “I’m encouraged by this, but as a registered nurse and an official with SEIU Local 1107, we really want to push the institutions to do additional training to ensure that our nurses are able to provide quality care in a safe healthcare environment for them, their co-workers and the community.”

Mike’s appearance begins at 16:59 in the show:

A day earlier, Mark Catlin, SEIU’ Health and Safety director, reminded NPR’s “Here and Now” public affairs of an important fact is not always front-and-center in the conversation about Ebola in the United States. He reminded listeners that it’s the employers’—hospitals’ and airports’—responsibility to ensure that workers are properly trained and have the protective equipment they need to deal with the virus and any other contagious disease.

“What’s really been missing [from the discussion] is the fact that it’s employers in this country under our U.S. law — under the Occupational Safety and Health Act — that have the primary responsibility to maintain a healthy and safe workplace,” Catlin said. “So it’s the employers’ responsibility to … incorporate [CDC and OSHA guidelines] into site-specific plans for how workers are going to be protected.”

Also in Tuesday, SEIU 1199, our New York local, co-hosted a three-hour seminar for thousands of janitors, security guards, doctors, nurses and other workers at Manhattan’s Javits Center, to share how they can best care for patients and serve clients and travelers, while also keeping their co-workers and themselves safe. News coverage of that gathering includes:

SEIU Nevada plans to host an upcoming training. Stay tuned for details.

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Battle Against Ebola: More Than Websites and Print-Outs Needed for U.S. Healthcare Workers

Roughly half of SEIU Nevada’s members work in healthcare, most for the 11 hospitals across the state that we represent. Below is advice offered to these and other frontline workers by Mark Catlin, SEIU’s Occupational Health and Safety Director.

Healthcare Employers Must Develop and Implement Specific Occupational Health and Safety Policies and Procedures to Protect Workers


The first case of Ebola transmission to a healthcare worker in the United States was to a nurse at Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital in Dallas who had cared for the Liberian man who died from Ebola.  The hospital has claimed that all CDC guidance had been followed. Public health officials originally suggested that a breach in protocol must have occurred, although this has since been retracted. This statement has led many to the conclusion that the nurse made a mistake which led to her infection. The response to this has been a call for more training to help healthcare workers protect themselves.

More and better training is crucial, as are drills to practice the strict infection control procedures recommended by CDC and needed to protect healthcare workers when caring for suspected or known patients with Ebola. However, training is only one part of the picture. Hospital management must develop site specific comprehensive programs that integrate the CDC Ebola guidance, at a minimum. Simply referring workers to the CDC website, passing out a print out of the CDC guidelines or showing a short slide presentation is not what is needed. Without a comprehensive infection control program with occupational health and safety built in, just training healthcare workers won’t be enough.

Hospital management should review infection control policies and procedures and incorporate plans for administrative, environmental, and communication measures, as well as EbolaPatientBeingTransportedpersonal protective equipment (PPE) and training and education. Hospitals should also define the individual work practices that will be required to detect the introduction of a patient with Ebola or other emerging infectious diseases, prevent the spread of Ebola, and manage the impact on patients, the hospital, and staff. Everyone inside a hospital, from the CEO to the management team to frontline workers, has a responsibility in meeting the following guidelines:

  1. To begin discussions with a healthcare employer about preparedness for Ebola, request their infection control and occupational health plan for Ebola, which should incorporate the current CDC guidance:
  2. Review the facility plan by comparing it to the Hospital Checklist for Ebola Preparedness that has been developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR)
  3. In addition to the checklist, review the facility policy to insure that the following are addressed. Facilities that have not addressed these and other issues (from the checklist) need to improve their plans for Ebola:
  • Strict compliance with OSHA’s Bloodborne Pathogens (BBP) standard is crucial, including the use of safer needles and sharps, as required in the BBP.  SEIU fought for and won the BBP standard in 1991 and the safer needle requirement in the federal Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act signed into law in November, 2000. The OSHA Bloodborne Pathogens standard explicitly requires the use of safety-engineered sharp devices and the active involvement of front-line workers in the evaluation and selection of these safer technologies. A 10-minute 2001 SEIU video, The Fight for Our Lives: How We Won Safer Needles, highlights our history with these victories and can be viewed at
  • The CDC guidance for Healthcare calls for standard, contact, and droplet precautions for management of hospitalized patients with known or suspected Ebola virus disease. As a part of the guidance, the CDC recommends the use of respiratory protection (at least an N95) during all aerosol-generating procedures performed on a suspect/known patient.
  • Facilities must have a clear policy on pay and benefit protection for all workers placed on precautionary removal from their normal work because of possible Ebola exposure. Language requiring this is part of the California OSHA Aerosol Disease (ATD) Standard, which specifically covers Ebola. SEIU and the Nurse Alliance of California fought for and won the ATD standard in 2009, a unique occupational health standard protecting healthcare workers in California. Outside California, this or similar language should be in a facility’s plan:

“Where the Physician or other licensed health care professional (PLHCP) recommends precautionary removal, or where the local health officer recommends precautionary removal, the employer shall maintain until the employee is determined to be noninfectious, the employee’s earnings, seniority, and all other employee rights and benefits, including the employee’s right to his or her former job status, as if the employee had not been removed from his or her job or otherwise medically limited.”

Local unions and our members should be included in the development, periodic review and implementation of the plans. Our members’ involvement and experience are key to a plan that is effective in providing care for these patients while protecting the health and safety of our members.

This is a beginning. As information and guidance changes, we’ll provide updates and additional information to assist local unions in understanding issues around addressing the Ebola outbreaks and ways to help our employers during this public health emergency.

Additional information you may find helpful:

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The Results are in: 94% of UHS Votes Yes for a Stronger Contract

The results are in from our SEIU Contract vote — we did it!

For months, SEIU members at UHS facilities stood together as we worked our way through the bargaining process. You didn’t give up even though we kept hearing “no” from management when we sat down to work out a fair contract.

We didn’t give up and we didn’t take no for an answer. Last night the ballots were counted and we ratified our 2013 SEIU contract — the vote was overwhelming.

Ninety-four percent of us said YES to:

  • Wage increases in each year of the contract
  • progressive discipline and cleansing period for discipline
  • improved job transfer and severance package
  • an education bonus
  • extra hours for per diem
  • a 2 minute time clock change
  • attendance committee
  • L&D, endoscopy classification upgrade
  • Relief charge pay 5% base pay and employee orientation without management

Through our contract, we have a unique opportunity for us to improve our work conditions, contribute in a way that allows us to advocate for our patients and secure benefits that are appropriate for our families’ needs.

We are proud to provide the best care to our patients. We finished strong and won a stronger contract but our jobs are not done. We need to make sure our union is strong, growing and ready to take on future challenges. If you are interested in getting involved in your union, please let us know.

Congratulations and thank you,

SEIU Local 1107 Vice President:  Sherri Hauser   (Desert Springs Hospital)

SEIU Local 1107 Vice President: MIchelle Phillips  (Valley Medical Hospital)

Chief Nursing Steward:   Scott Armstrong  (Desert Springs Hodpital)

Chief Ancillary Steward:  Michelle Clouthier  (Desert Springs Hospital)

Chief Nursing Steward:  Lynda Wilcox  (Valley Medical Hospital)

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