First Contract Bargaining Begins With United Pioneer Home

Your bargaining committee members are Donna McMurray, Lisa McCoy and Amanda Beidler along with Local 1189 Secretary-Treasurer Jennifer Christensen, Union Representative Jim Gleb and Organizing Director Abraham Wangnoo.  At the initial meeting held on May 28, 2015, the bargaining committee provided the Employer a comprehensive proposal, which was developed from surveys completed by UPH employees as well as from additional input from Local 1189 staff.  The second meeting was held on June 12, 2015 and the Employer responded to our proposal.  In short, they did not take a knife to surgically remove something, they used an axe and chopped our proposal to pieces.Simple things such as a respectful work environment, Union dues check-off, pay periods, posting of schedules, holiday scheduling, seniority, the grievance procedure, vacations and sick leave came under the axe.  If not wholly crossed out, their intent was gutted and minimized by the Employer.  The Employer advised they had more to respond to and proposals on some of the items axed would be forthcoming.The next scheduled bargaining session will be on July 15, 2015 at UPH.  We will keep you updated.