December 2020 Issue 128
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Every once in awhile I find the need to remind you of your right to Union Representation. Especially when it comes to a meeting with your supervisor where you are being questioned and it could result in you possibly being disciplined. More and more, I find that our membership is attending meetings with Hospital management without requesting the presence of a Union Representative. Be it with Personnel, Employee Relations, your Supervisor or the Presidents of the Hospitals.
The right to request Union Representation is protected by what is called Weingarten. Weingarten is the result of a Supreme Court decision that states individual employees have the right under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA) to refuse to submit without union representation to an investigatory interview which the employee reasonably believes may result in disciplinary action.
The most important part of Weingarten is that the employee must request Union Representation. The Employer has no obligation to inform the employee of his/her right to request Union Representation. Our advice is whenever you are called to a meeting you should first ask what the meeting is about and ask if what you say will result in disciplinary action. If you are called into a meeting and it is two of them and one of you, that is a sure sign that you may need Union Representation. Once you request or need representation, the employer should give you a reasonable amount of time to obtain a representative. Usually this is about thirty minutes (30).
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You should not refuse to go into a meeting. If you are refused Union Representation and/or can not find representation and they continue to question you, you should be quiet or continue to request Union Representation.
I have also found that many of you have been writing statements when requested by management. They ask you to put your account of what occurred in writing. I advise against this. First, they catch you off guard. You may be upset or confused. If you want to write a statement, I suggest that you go home, get composed, write the statement and even have a Union Representative read it before you present it to management.
Second, once your version is in writing and is given to management, it is almost impossible to change it. That means, it is hard to include something that you may have forgotten or to correct something that was a mistake. They simply hold you to what you wrote.
Remember, you must request Union Representation.
President'S report by: dan fields jr.
Dan Fields Jr. President
Debra Davis Vice President Marshall Jackson Editor
Several of you have asked multiple times "How do I know how much vacation I get?" So I would like to refer you to Article 9.02 Vacation Leave Accural. Here is what the contract says;
Each employee shall accure vacation leave at the following rates:
0 - 5 years hospital tenure will accure 0.0385 per hour worked up to a maximum of (80) Eighty hours
5 - 10 years hospital tenure will accure 0.0577 per hour worked up to a maximum of (80) Eighty hours
10 - 15 years years hospital tenure will accure 0.0770 per hour worked up to a maximum of (80) Eighty hours
Over 15 years years hospital tenure will accure 0.0962 per hour worked up to a maximum of (80) Eighty hours
So it's all about the number of hours you actually work per pay period. Some of you work (76) seventy six hours a pay period, whereas, others work (80) eighty hours a pay period. Here's a few examples:
0 - 5 years tenure 0.0385 x 80 = 3.08 hrs per pay period or 0 - 5 years tenure 0.0385 x 76 = 2.926 hrs per pay period
5 - 10 years tenure 0.0577 x 80 = 4.616 hrs per pay period or 5 - 10 years tenure 0.0577 x 76 = 4.3852 hrs per pay period
10 - 15 years tenure 0.0770 x 80 = 6.16 hrs per pay period or 10 - 15 years tenure 0.0770 x 76 = 5.852 hrs per pay period
Over 15 years tenure 0.0962 x 80 = 7.69 hrs per pay period or Over 15 years tenure 0.0962 x 76 = 7.3112 hrs per pay period
Leaders support, mentor, promote growth and inspire their teams
A "Team" is not just people who work at the same time in the same place. A real team is a group of very different individuals who enjoy working together and who share a commitment to working cohesively to help the organization achieve their common goals and to fulfill its purpose.
Being a part of a team and feeling support from your teammates is one of the best feelings one can have at work. There's power in a group of people who work together toward a shared goal. This is what true support is all about. Supported teams are successful teams, and great ones know that with the right team dynamics, decisions, and diverse personalities, everyone wins.
Being a leader is not about you. It's about the people that are on your team and how you can help them be successful"
Take care of the team and they will take care of everything else
SEIU DEATH BENEFIT FOR OUR MEDSTAR WASHINGTON HOSPITAL CENTER EMPLOYEES
In accordance with the Collective Bargaining Agreement by and between Medstar Washington Hospital Center (MWHC) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU), Article 12.5 Death Benefit:
"The hospital shall provide a benefit of $4000 upon the death of retired bargaining unit employees, who upon retirement from the hospital, had at least twenty - five (25) years of service with the hospital. Employees who have accumulated twenty (20) years of service prior to October 26, 1993 shall be eligible for the death benefit without having to accumulate further years of service with the hospital. The benefit shall be payable to the beneficiary designated by the eligible retiree"
At the point of death of the retired employee the designated beneficiary should contact either Nicole Parker or Gerryln Dickson at Medstar Washington Hospital Center (202) 877 - 5638 or (202) 877 - 7862.
The beneficiary will be asked to provide supporting documentation to include:
____ Copy of the Death Certificate of Retired Employee
____ Copy of Government Issued Identification of Designated Beneficiary (e.g. Driver's License/passport)
____ Copy of Social Security Card of Designated Beneficiary
____ Mailing Address of the Designated Beneficiary
It takes approximately 4 - 6 weeks to process payment and mail to the designated beneficiary. Checks will be addressed to the designated beneficiary or "The Estate of" the Retired Employee to the address provided.
You can mail your information to:
Medstar Washington Hospital Center
Employee / Labor Relations
110 Iriving Street, N.W.
East Building, Room GO - 27
Washington, D.C. 20010
Attention: Nicole Parker or Gerrylyn Dickson
Or fax information to: (202) 877 - 8397
As much as we all can appreciate the Presidential Election being over, we have not gotten past this COVID - 19 pandemic. So as we all move forward and look to what the next administration has to offer America, we all need to come together united as one nation. Every voter, every age bracket, every religion, every nationality, every volunteer; every worker, every job classification, every home owner, every renter, every business owner, every entrepreneur, every economic bracket. Truly, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and JUSTICE FOR ALL.
Please don't take your eyes off the needs of our Essential Workers, because they are still facing everyday challenges maintaining our health and well being day - in and day - out. We don’t want everyone to shift the focus off who Essential Workers are.
Essential property service workers like janitors, residential staff in home health facilities, security officers, airport workers, and warehouse workers put their health and well-being on the line every day to keep our communities safe, secure and healthy.
Don’t let the title fool you. Janitors or (EVS) workers clean and disinfect our hospitals, but they also clean our grocery stores, day care facilities, and the offices of tech corporations that keep us connected. Security officers facilitate social distancing guidelines in our hospitals, but also at grocery stories and protect public buildings where government professionals are hard at work. Let’s not forget about our transit system operators that get us to and from work, or warehouse workers that keep not only the hospital supplied, but they keep our grocery stores stocked for us.
More often than not society has never considered us Essential Workers and more often than not we are often immigrants and people of color; and more often than not we are the ones being disproportionately at risk of getting sick and dying.
We always hear about our healthcare workers, and we all admit that they are Essential. They need all of the resources necessary to keep us all safe and alive. But the rest of us Essential workers are truly front-line workers keeping society running. We need protective supplies and testing also. We are also at risk in this pandemic. We don’t get to work from home. It’s together, they we all stay moving forward. So don’t let even this new administration leave any Essential Workers behind.
Don't Forget Essential Workers
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