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Issue # 137
Children's National Hospital
Washington Hospital Center
by: Daniel fields jr.
Membership meetings will be held from 2pm - 4pm the third (3rd) Saturday of every month. Due to the COVID - 19 Pandemic we will have ZOOM video conferences. Please see the bulletin boards and our website for the computer link as well as call - in options.
Please, Please, Please!!
I don’t know how many times I have said this, but it continues to happen. Many of you are still going into meetings with your management without requesting Union Representation. When I say management, this includes supervisors, directors, Employee Relations, Human Resource officials, Business Partners,the Presidents of the Hospitals, Occupational Health, or any other officials of the Hospitals.
When you are called into any meeting, you have the right to ask what the meeting is about and can what you say lead to you being disciplined. If the meeting is an investigatory meeting, one in which you are going to be asked questions, you have a right to Union Representation. But, you must request it. The Hospitals have no obligation to remind you of this fact, nor present you with representation unless you request it. This is called your Weingarten Rights.
One of the first things that you may notice when you are called into a meeting is that there are always at least two (2) management representatives in the meeting room. Why? Because they want a witness! Then why shouldn’t you have a witness too. When you request an Union Representative you are evening up the playing field, and they cannot accuse you of saying something that you did not say, or acting in a way that you did not act. They also must give you a reasonable time to obtain representation.
To make this request easy, I have attached the following request. You can cut this out and keep it on you while at work.
“I believe this discussion could lead to my being disciplined. I therefore request that my union representative or officer be present to assist me at the meeting. I further request reasonable time to consult with my union representative regarding the subject and purpose of the meeting. continued on page 6
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Please consider this a continuing request. Without representation, I shall not participate in the discussion. I shall not consent to any searches or tests affecting my person, property, or effects without first consulting with my union representative.”
As they say, “Each one, teach one.” Let your co-workers know about this too. We all need to inform each other with important information like this, and to make sure we are not being taken advantage of. Even after making this request you can not refuse to go into the meeting, but you still have the right to not answer any questions until you get representation.
Again I am saying Please, Please, Please do not go into any meeting without first knowing what it is about and can it lead to you being disciplined. If you do you have put the Hospitals at least two steps ahead of you, maybe more.
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I Quit: Workers are burnt out
Many workers have found themselves putting in more than 70 hours a week at three - four jobs. They work a full-time position and then part-time gigs at grocery stores, in a Military Reserve unit, food establishment, gas station, department stores etc....
The grind leaves you exhausted and with little time to spend with your spouse and kids. As the economy tries to bounce back from this pandemic, economists place the blame on Covid - 19. But we all know the burn out was happening long before Covid. Covid just shined a very large light on many issues facing our society. And at the end of the day you are still faced with this statement, “I’ve got to attend to the needs of my family, and I’ve got to be there for them.”
The easing pandemic and reopening economy set off an unprecedented reshuffling of the U.S. workforce. Americans are quitting jobs in record numbers, typically to take another position. They’re on the move chiefly to make the most of a historic burst of job openings. Many are chasing higher wages or just time for a career change. However, lots are changing jobs because they’re burned out after working so hard during the pandemic.
For those who had the ability to work remotely during the pandemic, it may be difficult to return to the office. And some companies have found benefits in having employees tele-work. So workers are looking for those job offerings. But for those of us who continue to go in everyday, we see the shortages in staffing; our workload has increased; processes are changing and not so much for the better, but in order to complete as much work as we can.
There were a record 9.2 million job openings in May according to the Labor Department. Many are right here at WHC & Children’s. Many of us logged extremely long hours during the pandemic. Some by choice and sometimes mandated to pick up the slack for our (sick, laid off or retired) colleagues.
After workers took refuge in their jobs for so many months, “there’s lots of pent-up frustration” that has led to the burnout.” But does the employer take notice? Do they consider the emotional toll that has been placed on the workers that did stay throughout it all? Workers realize that businesses lost revenue during the pandemic, but they also lost employees. As the company works to regain the revenue lost, don’t forget to reward the workers that stayed with you for the long haul. The people committed to the organization through rain, snow, sleet & hail; but also through this pandemic. As your revenue return, share some with those that hung in here with you.
Are you struggling to pay your rent and utilities? STAY DC can help you pay your rent and utilities. STAY DC is a financial assistance program for D.C. renters and housing providers who are looking for support to cover housing and utility expenses and offset the loss of income. Apply today to receive money you can use to help you pay for your rent, gas, water, and electricity. Log on to:
The Prince George’s County Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) offers relief to landlords on behalf of renters and tenants experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 pandemic for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program (ERAP).
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TAKING THE LEAP
Many of you may not hear us talk about it, but we have not forgotten about the work of "Essential Workers".
Local 722 has a Committee On Political Education (C.O.P. E.) and we are connected with other local unions in the area continuing the fight for pay, benefits, and protections for workers.
We don't just engage with your employers to assist you, we also engage the politicians to pass legislation to help workers.
We continue to fight for a safe workplace and safety equipment, hazard pay, paid leave to quarantine or attend a family funeral.
The fight continues even as many in society think that we have the pandemic under control.
A mind truly is a terrible thing to waste. And our Local 722 members and youth of our members are using their minds to improve their current situations.
We are proud to honor the following recipients with Local 722 scholarship awards:
Kelechi Alozie - UCA at Children's National
Tiffany Kornegay - PCT at Washington Hospital Center
Studying Social Work
Emma Gipe - Studying Pharmacy
Aniya Dubose - Studying Computer Science
Temoni Jones - Studying Forensic Science
Skky Mabry - Studying Nursing
Michael Jeter II - Studying Healthcare Management
Jessica Mendes - Studying Health Science
Francesca Leonard - Studying Music
Congratulations to all who received awards this year. Local 722 is proud of your dedication to achieve higher education. We are honored to assist in your journey to success. Keep your eye on the prize and don't give up. There are greater rewards to achieve as we are all life long learners; both in school as well as society at large.
Many of you have been asking are we still having our annual cookout for the membership and their families. As of now the city has not allowed us to hold large gatherings at this time. They have also told us that we can't utilize our DJ or the moon-bounce. So with these restrictions we have unfortunately decided to cancel the cookout for this year.
If the city loosen the rules later in the summer and we have time to get all the permits necessary, we will see if we have time to adjust and have our summer cookout. We will let you know as soon as we know.
If you are planning a private small gathering or function of your own for Memorial Day, enjoy yourselves and remember to stay safe !!
2020 was a year that none of us could have predicted or prepared for. The loss of loved ones, jobs/income and any sense of normalcy has been too much to bear.
It has been especially tough for those of us in healthcare, on the frontline combating this virus over the past 18 months. We have been so strong walking into our prospective hospitals every day, choosing to show up for our patients and each other.
Throughout the chaos of the pandemic, I also found time to reflect on what is really important to me and my desire to move forward positively on the other side of this. One item on my list that I had been talking about, but not giving much effort was furthering my education. Although I have a B.S. in Biochemistry, I’ve always had interest in Business and Project Management.
I had heard about the SEIU Member Benefits and the partnership it has with Eastern Gateway Community College (EGCC) and the Free College Tuition Benefit. So, I decided to do some research to find out what they had to offer. EGCC offers several online degree options, ranging from Teacher Education to Criminal Justice.
While most scholarships only cover the tuition costs, this benefit also covers the costs of all fees and materials associated with your degree program. What I also found extremely beneficial is that they will evaluate any coursework that you have taken at another institution to see if what can be transferred and applied to your degree---allowing you to finish faster!
In August 2020, I enrolled in EGCC. My experience has been nothing short of amazing. The advisors are very helpful, and the professors are there to assist you in any way they can. With tutors and student groups, there are so many tools to help you be successful. This December, I will be graduating with an Associates Degree in Business Management with Project Management Focus.
So…what are you waiting for? What’s stopping you from building your future? What’s stopping you from earning more money? What’s stopping you from getting that new position? Take the leap and bet on you! It costs you nothing---LITERALLY! Your immediate family members can use the benefits also.
Enroll in your SEIU Member Benefits today at www.seiumb.com.
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