Bring your ‘best self’ to work: Jackson Health System raises minimum wage to $15/hour

View Full Article The Jackson Health System announced Tuesday that it will raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour, affecting about 900 employees. “We’re proud to pay all our employees a fair and living wage, so that they can bring their best self to the work place and so that we can recruit theContinue reading “Bring your ‘best self’ to work: Jackson Health System raises minimum wage to $15/hour”

‘Perfect storm’: Plethora of COVID cases tests hospitals facing critical shortage of ICU staff

Click here to view full article. MIAMI – Throughout the 18 months of the pandemic, hospitals have faced a competitive labor market, but the new rise of COVID hospitalizations is testing South Florida hospitals dealing with a critical shortage of intensive care unit staff. These are the highly-trained nurses and specialized physicians who are providing minute-to-minuteContinue reading “‘Perfect storm’: Plethora of COVID cases tests hospitals facing critical shortage of ICU staff”

South Florida delivers emotional send off for Haiti’s first lady

Click here to view full article. Martine Moïse’s departure from South Florida signals a road to recovery for Haiti, leaving the world to anticipate the changes her arrival back to the island nation may invoke in the midst of instability and uncertainty. Following protocol, she returned home to prepare for the burial of slain PresidentContinue reading “South Florida delivers emotional send off for Haiti’s first lady”

This Week in South Florida: Martha Baker

View the interview here. There is a new weapon against COVID-19, the new single-shot Johnson & Johnson vaccine. The FDA gave Johnson & Johnson the go-ahead for its vaccine. This week, Broward Health and Miami-Dade Jackson Health System began vaccinating people under 65 with certain medical conditions. Still, there are skeptics, even among medical workers.Continue reading “This Week in South Florida: Martha Baker”

Essential Workers Are Aiming To Turn Out Infrequent Voters To Back Joe Biden

View Full Article When the 2-million member Service Employees International Union announced in February a $150 million investment in the 2020 election to beat President Donald Trump, the union had no idea its members would soon be on the front lines of a global pandemic. Now in the final month of the election cycle, SEIU presidentContinue reading “Essential Workers Are Aiming To Turn Out Infrequent Voters To Back Joe Biden”

Member roundtable with Senator Klobuchar

In December, we were proud to host a labor roundtable about workers’ rights with candidate for President Senator Amy Klobuchar, alongside other local union leaders from United Teachers of Dade, United Faculty of Miami Dade College and the South Florida AFL-CIO. Senator Klobuchar discussed the dignity of work and the necessity of strengthening our unions and protecting rights like collective bargaining. “When ourContinue reading “Member roundtable with Senator Klobuchar”

DROP plan victory

The Union was recently able to successfully negotiate a “cost neutral” DROP program similar to the FRS for the PHT retirement plan — a major victory as the DROP adds an important savings dimension to the PHT’s retirement plan.  The DROP for the PHT plan is effective January 1, 2020.  If you have any questions, pleaseContinue reading “DROP plan victory”

Read Martha’s National Nurse Alliance Conference speech

Martha Baker’s remarks to the October 2019 National Nurse Alliance Conference Good afternoon, SEIU nurses! Thank you to Dolores and Carol the 30,000 members of SEIU 1199 NW for welcoming us to the great state of Washington. This conference, “Nurses Leading the Change for Our Patients and Communities,” promises to be a jam-packed few days toContinue reading “Read Martha’s National Nurse Alliance Conference speech”

Confronting our gun violence epidemic

Gun violence is a public health, and political, crisis President Martha Baker, RN Just weeks after back-to-back mass shootings in Gilroy, El Paso, and Dayton, yet another shooting rampage – this time on a highway in Texas – claimed the lives of seven people and injured dozens more. The youngest was a 17-month-old baby who hadContinue reading “Confronting our gun violence epidemic”