As healthcare heroes, our SEIU 1991 members always rise to the occasion during life’s most trying moments, whether it’s a recession or a once in a lifetime pandemic. We are once again being tested.
This time, the Florida Legislature is challenging your right to have a union by legislatively interfering with the union’s ability to collect your dues. Despite the outpouring of respect and gratitude we receive publicly, the Florida Legislature is fast tracking a bill that is designed to take away our rights and ultimately our union contract.
WE ARE SURVIVORS.
Jumping over the hurdles of this misguided legislation will not defeat us. We will never allow anyone to take away our voice or stop us from standing up for the issues that are important to us, our families, and our patients.
Tallahassee politicians are changing the law so that all public employers, including Jackson, can no longer allow workers to pay their union dues through payroll deduction. They are forcing us to collect dues from each you. They hope this process distracts us from standing up for all that we believe in.
TOGETHER WE WILL SUCCEED.
We will be asking all of you to sign new membership cards soon. We will also be implementing a new system for collecting union dues — the same amount as you pay now — through bank draft. This process will be the same as how your FPL, car payment, and many other bills get paid. The new system is fully secure and confidential.
Soon, your union leaders, co-workers and rep. organizers will be coming to your worksite to help you transition to this new system. They will assist you in taking a few simple steps to ensure we have no interruption in dues payment and defeat this bill in the field and keep our union.
Please join our next general membership meeting tomorrow, Friday, March 31st at 12:00 p.m by clicking this link, http://bit.ly/3gTacIB. We we will be further discussing this transition and answering your questions.
Please continue to come support the bargaining team as often as possible. Our next two bargaining sessions will be on April 4th in LRC 130, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. and April 11th in DTC 270, from 2:30 – 5:30 p.m.