Workers’ Rights

2016 Legislative Conference in Sacramento: RNs Leading the Way to Healthier Communities

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We’re thrilled to announce the 2016 Legislative Conference, Nurses Leading the Way to Healthier Communities,  Come join us during the first week of May at the State Capitol! This year we’re featuring more of the hard-hitting career affirming presentations which today’s nurses have come to know and love. Extending the tradition of timely,  relevant, and lively discussion about Economic Disparity, Environmental Influence and Political Power. Come join us and add your voice to the growing team of nurses who shape the future!

When: Tuesday May 3 & Wednesday May 4, 2016
Where: The Citizen Hotel
Address: 926 J Street, Sacramento, California 95814
Total Contact Hours: 10.0 Free CEU’s
Registration: Registration Starts at 08:00.

Please let your SEIU Local know that you’d like to attend

Some of the topics include: As a nurse, you have environmental influence! This section covers: Infectious diseases on our horizon, Pollution in Our Own Back Yard, and our Prescription Drug Epidemic. You understand economic disparity segment includes: Social Advocacy & Race Relations, Staying Active and Informed, and the reality of Health Care Disparity in our society. You are empowered to bring change through political awareness: How to affect legislative changes for the greater good of your fellow nurses, Leverage protections offered through Cal/OSHA while preventing retaliation, and perhaps most importantly, how to become an advocate for better patient care, especially in communities where health care disparities are most distinct.

All SEIU nurses are welcome. If you are within driving distance, please consider carpooling, or planning a road trip with friends.  The cost of shared gas and roommate lodging could cost the same amount as paying to take a 10 CEU class.  Since this 2 day conference is free and meals are included, it is well worth the investment!

Secure your spot now by clicking the button below and help strengthen our voice in the Capitol.

REGISTRATION IS NOW CLOSED!

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Resources for Workers’ Rights

Union Stewards:

You’re the person workers turn to with their problems. It might be a work-site hazard. Maybe someone’s been fired, or perhaps layoffs are threatened. It might be just a new employee with a question. Perhaps you can solve the problem with a friendly word, or maybe you’ll organize a worksite action or file a grievance. Your Role as a Steward, the Basics.

Solving problems on the job depends far more on the courage and unity of the members. “Grievances should never be confused with your chief responsibility as a steward: to build a united, organized, and involved membership in your workplace.” Your Role as a Steward, in-Depth.

You are the front-line union representative for your co-workers, and they will depend upon you for leadership. When you’re dealing with management on union business, you deal with the employer as an equal. Download the complete SEIU Steward’s Manual.

Different problems require different strategies. Sometimes grievances involving an individual member’s indiscretion-lateness, absence, errors in judgment — requires you to respect the person’s privacy. Other grievances require informing and involving the entire membership.  Rights, Procedures and Best Practices, Disputes and Grievances.

Weingarten was a U.S. Supreme Court case that gave workers the right to have a steward present in some circumstances “when a supervisor asks for information that could be used as a basis for discipline.” It’s important to remind your members about their Weingarten rights now and then: Workers should always request a steward if a meeting could lead to discipline. The nurse should ALWAYS ask: “If this discussion could in any way lead to my being disciplined or terminated, or affect my personal working conditions, I respectfully request that my union representative be present.”

The National Labor Relations Act forbids employers from interfering with, restraining, or coercing employees in the exercise of rights relating to organizing, forming, joining or assisting a labor organization for collective bargaining purposes, or from working together to improve terms and conditions of employment, or refraining from any such activity. National Labor Relations Board.

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