Update: Jordan Health Workers “Disappointed” Board Rejects Employee-Contract Proposal

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SEIU1-300x225 (1)(Update, June 7) -Jordan Health Center employees, represented by 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, have recently released the following statement regarding the board of directors’ refusal to accept a federal mediator’s proposal to re-negotiate employee contracts, following months-long negotiations with workers:

“We are dedicated healthcare workers who are passionate about providing quality care  for the people in the Rochester community. Many of us have worked at Anthony  L.  Jordan for decades, and we love the work we do. That’s why when the federal mediator proposed a one-­‐year wage freeze for us we accepted it, despite the negative impact that it would have on our own  families. We felt that this compromise represented an opportunity to protect our patients from the distraction and inconvenience that a labor dispute can cause.”

“We are disappointed that the board refuses to compromise for the good of our patients. Their decision to deny us a small wage increase for our initial sacrifice cannot be for financial reasons alone, when there is only a six-month difference in the timing of a small one percent wage increase (January 2021 instead of July 2020)… .Without the one percent increase that would cost Jordan Health a mere $16,000, the health insurance plan we currently have would be underfunded, putting the health benefits we rely on at risk. This is unacceptable.” 

The workers went on to thank local Democrats, including Mayor Lovely Warren, Assembly Majority Leader Joe Morelle, City Council President Loretta Scott, and City Council Vice President Adam McFadden, who’ve recently called on Jordan officials to accept the federal mediator’s proposal, and end 1199 employees’ recent three-day strike. 

“We want to thank Mayor Lovely Warren, NYS Assembly Majority Leader Joseph Morelle, NYS Assembly Member Harry Bronson, City Council President Loretta Scott, City Council Vice President Adam McFadden, City Council Member Michael Patterson, and Father Laurence Tracy for their letter to the board of directors encouraging them to accept the federal mediator’s proposal,” SEIU said. “We agree that it is time for this important community agency, and its employees, to move forward, and get back to your work in providing health care to your patients.”

SEIU employees have been negotiating with the center since November.

Recently, Jordan Health CEO Janice Harbin told the Minority Reporter the deficit the center is facing has been the reason for the difficult negotiations with union employees.

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From June 5) – Sixty-five Jordan Health Center employees, represented by 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, have recently begun a three-day strike in protest of the lack of a new collective-bargaining agreement with the center.

“When Jordan administration treats us poorly, they are also disrespecting our patients and the people in our community that come here for care,” Minerva Felix-Torres, a medical referral secretary who has worked at Jordan in various capacities for nearly 40 years, stated. “We are standing up for our patients and the quality care they deserve today, just as we do every day.”

The workers have been in months-long negotiations with the center, in an effort to re-negotiate employee contracts, and, last week, the group accepted a federal mediator’s proposal that would have given modest pay increases to employees in 2019 and 2020; however, the center has not yet agreed to the proposal.

Jordan Health CEO Janice Harbin recently told the Minority Reporter the deficit the center is facing has been the reason for the difficult negotiations with union employees.

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(From May 30) – Anthony L. Jordan Health Center employees, represented by 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, have announced they’ve accepted a federal mediator’s proposal to re-negotiate employee contracts, following months-long negotiations with the center.

According to union officials, the mediator has proposed giving the center   financial  relief  in  2018, while maintaining health benefits  and  granting modest pay increases to employees in  2019 and 2020.

However, as of May 30, the center has not yet responded to the proposal.

Union employees voted to strike after talks with the center broke down last month, and employees have currently said they plan to hold another walk-out in June if they still can’t come to an an agreement with the center.

The union’s members work as licensed practical nurses, medical technicians, nursing assistants, clerical, and service employees at the center.

(From April 23) – Anthony L. Jordan Health Center employees, represented by 1199 SEIU United Healthcare Workers East, have voted to strike recently, and the group issued a 10-day notice to management after talks broke down during the union’s attempt to re-negotiate employee contracts.

“A work stoppage will take place later this month if no settlement is reached in their long-standing contract dispute with Center management,” SEIU said in a statement. “In addition to items being negotiated, employees are also concerned about the fairness of executive compensation. Based on the Center’s tax filings, its CEO received a total increase in compensation of 69.3 percent for the period 2013 – 2016, while employees received increases totaling 7.2 percent.”

Negotiations for a new contract began last November, and employees staged an informational picket of the center’s main facility on March 29, after talks stalled over wages, health insurance, and other issues.

The current collective bargaining agreement, covering approximately 65 employees, expired December 31, 2017, and had been extended while negotiations continued.

A Federal mediator is currently overseeing the talks.

Union members at the center work as licensed practical nurses, medical technicians, nursing assistants, clerical, and service employees.

SEIU also represents employees of the University of Rochester Medical Center, as well as six nursing homes, locally.