Union, One Voice, One Fight!"
In the year 2004, over 50,000 SEIU healthcare workers at more than
95 facilities in California, Oregon, and Washington will be bargaining
a new contract. Most of these facilities won union representation
and their first contract fairly recently, and almost all contracts
were bargained individually. In 2004, the goal is to achieve a region-wide
master contract with a common expiration date and major improvements
in job security, wages, and benefits. We got good first-time contracts,
but living with them has revealed that there is more to be done!
To make this happen, SEIU healthcare workers from around the state,belonging
to Locals 250, 399, 49, 616, and 121 met on July 19 in Oakland,
California to discuss key issues such as Patient Care/Health and
Safety, Retirement /Retiree Health Insurance,Union Rights, and Universal
Health Care Access. With these and other goals in mind, the SEIU
Western Region 2004 contract campaign has begun!