Happy New Year
What a year! What a year! What a year! The year 2020 was one of the most unique and troubling years that we have ever had. We suffered a virus that we were unable to control and get rid of and we suffered a President that we were unable to control and get rid of. Hopefully, by the time that you receive this newsletter we will have developed an antidote for COVID-19 and former President Trump will have accepted defeat.
Now we have to start repairing this country socially, financially and physically (Health Care).
Socially we have to mend the consciousness of this country. We must come together as people. We must correct the systemic imbalances that exist between the rich and poor, the majority and the minorities and we must put our differences aside to bring this country back together.
Financially, COVID-19 put a great strain on this economy. Many businesses were forced to close, have furloughs, or layoffs. Many of us were forced to miss time from work because our children were not able to return to school and we had to stay home to care for them. Households that normally had two incomes now only have one.--more---
About the Brave of Heart Fund
The Brave of Heart Fund was established to provide monetary grants to eligible family members of frontline healthcare workers and healthcare volunteers who lose their lives because of COVID-19. The cash grant awards will provide basic and continuing financial support for common needs, such as funeral costs, medical care, counselling, food, educational expenses of children and other dependents currently in school, mortgage or rent payments, and immediate living expenses, as these family members manage the impact of the COVID-19 crisis and begin to move forward. Click here for more details.
Pray for Our Heroes
America is praying for the thousands of essential workers facing and lost to COVID-19 — and for Senate Republicans to find their way and pass the HEROES Act. No matter your faith or political party, add your prayer that the Senate passes the HEROES Act with hazard pay, PPE, layoff protections and funding so essential workers can do our jobs and keep our families safe.
Tell Your Senators: #ProtectAllWorkers
Tell Your Senators: #ProtectAllWorkers
Every day that passes without relief legislation means more of us get sick without the protective gear we need, more of us lose our jobs and wonder how we'll keep our homes & more of us go without the essential hazard pay we deserve.
The GOP plan fails working people. That’s why I’m asking you to ensure that the HEROES Act passes the Senate. Please #ProtectAllWorkers and pass the HEROES Act SEIU.org/stimulus-worker-demands
Join us in calling on your Senators to put workers first with no blank checks for corporations.
I's never too late. Many of our members have been taking advantage of this free online education benefit. You too can earn an associate degree or certificate—for free! Pay nothing for tuition, fees, or e-books Open to eligible SEIU members and their families (Spouse, Domestic Partner, Children) .
Choose from several online programs offered by Eastern Gateway Community College EGCC welcomes anyone with a high school diploma or GED regardless of past academic performance.
Your college degree is within reach.
Federal, state, and employer grants don’t always cover the full cost of earning a degree online. SEIU is proud to partner with Eastern Gateway Community College to help eligible students fill the financial gap and earn a degree or certificate in: Accounting, Business Management (with a focus on Advertising, Cyber Security, Data Science, Digital and Social Media, Entrepreneurship, Finance, General Management, Healthcare Management, Hospitality, Human Resources, Information Systems, Labor Studies, or Programming and Development)
also: Criminal Justice, Teacher Education, Individualized Study, Paralegal, Patient Home Navigator
Read our Frequently Asked Questions at www.seiumb.com or call 1-855-469-SEIU (7348) toll free to talk to an advisor.
To enroll in Eastern Gateway Community College and receive your SEIU Free College Benefit:
- Register or sign in to your SEIU Member account and click Get Started.
- Complete the online EGCC application.
- Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and submit any required verification. Any grant award must be applied to tuition, fees and e-book charges. EGCC’s school code is 007275.
- Verify that you have received a high school diploma or equivalent by having official transcripts sent to EGCC.
SEIU Free College Benefit covers the difference between any federal, state, or employer education grants you receive and the cost of tuition, fees, and e-books.
Eligible SEIU members and family members may also enroll in other online programs at EGCC such as Medical Coding, Health Information Management, IT, Fire Science and more, but students may be required to pay for the strict industry-recognized content for some courses. The Free College scholarship will apply to tuition and fees, saving students thousands of dollars.
Take the next step toward your future—apply now!
Workers united all across SEIU to Fight for $15 an hour. Tirelessly over the past year, ahead of the 2020 presidential election, their voices were lifted and the hard fight for justice in our workplaces, communities and democracy is being heard. Together, we demanded the right for all workers regardless of job, race or zip code to join together in a union to collectively bargain with our employers. Our hard work was on display at the Democratic Convention and when we raised our voices; they heard us.
Accomplishing the Fight for $15 will be great for working people all across America and nobody can deny that. But just as you are joining the fight to help working people across America, please give recognition to your Local 722 leadership for being ahead of others and negotiating a $15 an hour minimum wage in our contracts both at Washington Hospital Center and Children’s National. And yes, at the time we did it we had several job classifications that reaped the benefit of the pay increase.
Over the past few years, workers have worked to put many issues on the map and demand that they’re addressed at the federal level. Unions held forums and town halls with candidates. We called on candidates to walk-a-day in our shoes. We encouraged politicians to see how hard citizens are working but still struggle living in poverty. Unions pushed for a $15 an hour minimum wage, which passed the House.
SEIU will continue to demand that ALL corporations (WHC & CNMC included) and the government protect all workers and immigrants in light of the pandemic and rise up and address the structural racism that exist in America.
Now, it’s even clearer than ever before that we are essential and our labor keeps our country running. 2020 creates a unique opportunity for worker voices to be placed firmly front and center in this year’s election. This is a great time for you to lend your support to a political / community / social organization. Taking an all hands on deck approach has proven to be successful. Can we count you in? Reach out to your union officials if you need help to join in on civic participation. Below you will find a list of SEIU International Caucuses that might meet your needs.
- SEIU RISE (Millenial's)
- Latino Caucus
- AFRAM Caucus
- Asian-Pacific Islanders Caucus
- Lavender Caucus (LGBTQT)
- Retiree Council
Please contact the union office (202) 483 - 6221 for more information
CNMC Vacation Accruals
As you may recall in March 2020 at the beginning of the COVID – 19 pandemic Children’s Hospital leadership made the decision to increase vacation accrual caps in response to employees not being able to take scheduled vacations due to travel restrictions and the Hospital needing to conserve staff availability in the event of surge.
Many of our members were able to continue earning vacation hours beyond the maximum amount allowed in our collective bargaining agreement. The Hospital is now prepared to reinstate the original vacation accrual caps. Please keep in mind the Article 9.03 Limitation on Accrual of Vacation Leave states the following:
Maximum Accrued and Unused (Years) Hours of Vacation Leave
|Hosptial Tenure / Years||Full-Time||Part-Time|
|0 - 5||160||80|
|Over 5 - 10||240||120|
|Over 10 - 15||320||160|
Employees will continue to accrue vacation over these original maximums until October 31, 2020. After October 31, 2020, employees will no longer accrue any additional vacation until their balance is below the above vacation maximums. Employees will have until June 30, 2021 to use any vacation over their maximum. After June 30, 2021 any remaining vacation over the maximum will be paid out to the employee.
Clocking vs Parking
If you are coming to work; clocking in; and going out to move your vehicle, you must change this practice immediately. More and more of our members are receiving disciplines for doing this. Your employer expect that
when you clock in, you must report to your assigned work area dressed and ready to preform your duties. If you do not do this, the employer consider you to be "stealing time". There are cameras positioned all over and these cameras as well as your badge access is being used against you in these cases. Please consider the consequences of discipline if you are caught doing this.