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Ashland, KY

KDMC Contract with SEIU About To Expire (December)

And once and for all, I'm NOT a KDMC "coward" as you so eloquently put it. Would I risk my life speaking out against the Union, if I wasn't being hindered by them as a UNION EMPLOYEE? I CONTACTED THE NATIONAL LABOR RELATIONS BOARD - no one told me too, no one advised me to, no one asked me too. I googled "what to do when a Union no longer honestly represents it's members" and it directed me to their site. And that is when I realized with Unions holding the politicians by the cojones, the chance of getting out of it is like someone trying to get our of the Mafia. Sad thing is, our politicians are enforcing their (union) laws against the poor victims (the team members), making it impossible to decertify them. When Unions are successful in their desire to take over all of the United States Workers, then the U.S. will fall, as every major corporation will leave this country (as most have already) and then we'll all be vying for those fast-food jobs. Oh, wait, if no one has a job, then the fast-food places will close too. Oh, well, just more unemployed people without benefits, because they believed in an organization instead of their own worth. SEIU is #1 with SEIU. Everyone else is a distant second (my opinion and experience).  (Aug 29, 2013 | post #7)

Ashland, KY

KDMC Contract with SEIU About To Expire (December)

Nurses, you live in Pennsylvania? I'm not sure how you'd know what our nurses were paid, or whether they received raises or not. Same with Just Saying. You live in Virginia. We're talking about King's Daughter's Medical Center in Ashland, KY.  (Aug 29, 2013 | post #6)

Ashland, KY

KDMC Contract with SEIU About To Expire (December)

If you had attended any of the Information Hospital Meetings (all were invited), then you'd know that all non-union KDMC employees got a percentage raise 2 out of 3 years, as they are getting one this year as well. Not sure where "Just Saying" got her info, but it wasn't from regular KDMC employees.  (Aug 29, 2013 | post #5)

Ashland, KY

SEIU thinks fast-food workers should start at $15/hr, NOT...

Does it frost anyone else that SEIU is prompting the fast-food workers to stage a national walk-out citing they deserve $15/hr, while King's Daughter Medical Center union employees have UNION NEGOTIATED starting salairies way under that? Well, it does me! My opinion is, SEIU is telling these people that they need to organize and demand $15/hr, so they will joint the union thinking they will get that much money. It's tempting, but BEWARE innocent workers. Once you organize and SEIU gets in there, you'll hear what we heard last contract year: No raise for 3 years, and it's the best contract you'll get so you need to accept it! Most everyone I know there for years is barely making $15/hr. Entry jobs can be as low as $10/hr. But regardless of what they negotiate for you, you WILL PAY union dues! Even if they choose to increase them (you have no vote to say no increase), you will pay them. It comes out of your salary BEFORE you get your check. SEIU is a dangerous vermin invading every walk of life, and I hope some of our politicians get enough motsy to say, "ENOUGH ALREADY!" and make it easier for the victims of SEIU to get out of the union without having to quit their job, or fear for their lives if they try to start a decertification process. This is AMERICA, not a dictator-run third-world country!  (Aug 29, 2013 | post #1)

Ashland, KY

KDMC Union SEIU #1199

Dear Really, really? Yes, I am proud to work for KDMC. I am TEAM KDMC because KDMC PAYS MY SALARY, SEIU only TAKES my MONEY. Common sense. As for bumping outside your department, SEIU has not seen fit to EVER give me a contract book, I have to rely on what was told me AT the union meeting by one of THEIR workers. I guess it should come as no surprise if it was another lie. Whatever, regardless of KY laws, the Federal law says you cannot fire someone without cause - there are so many guidelines that if you are fired without a cause, you can sue and win. To the Point, you chose your name well. Man of few words. Whatever, I'm not familiar with the rolling calendar. I've never been on a rolling schedule. Are you a union employee or KDMC employee? I think I'd like the option of working a rolling schedule so I'd have both day and evening hours off. But that's just me. True, as I understand it, "The Right To Work" doesn't dictate layoffs/firing in the everyday context, but rather duing strike only situations. Check out this site, it has all the facts. http://www.nrtw.or g/b/rtw_faq.htm Thanks, ScrewU, well said. Ashlander, without knowing to whom you refer and the department he worked in, I can't even make an educated guess as to why they let him go. Sorry.  (Aug 29, 2013 | post #23)

Ashland, KY

KDMC Union SEIU #1199

Ashlander, without knowing the person to whom you speak and the dept. for which they worked, how can I make a comment. Quite opposite your belief, I'm not clairvoyant. If this happened to a union employee, it more than proves the Union cannot/will not protect you. If it was a hospital employee, unless he had a bad job history, there are several things he can do under Unlawful Firing, NLRB could help him with that, especially if he were older and had a great work record. Not at KDMC, but I know of someone who sued their employer for unlawful firing because he wanted a younger (prettier) assistant. She not only was offered her job back, but she got paid for all the time she was off and a (large) unspecified amount for pain and suffering. RonA, you need to check the facts. I was in a Union meeting where they said KDMC wanted to give us the bonus like the other employees, but the Union did NOT want us to have it stating that if we accepted that bonus then they [KDMC] are going to require you to put in extra effort to earn it, taking away your control". (My opinion: Really taking away SEIU control.) As for the TVs on FOX, that happened because employees were going throughout the hospital while doing their job and turning the channels on the bedhopping soap operas. Some of our older clientele were embarassed and dismayed that they had to sit in waiting rooms where scantily clad, trashy people were parading sex scenes in front of them. It made them very uncomfortable. Hence the News was a safe bet. However, I've been in four different employee-only break rooms, and none of the TVs are blocked. We watch what we want. Not sure about your department, though. Anything else?  (Aug 29, 2013 | post #22)

Ashland, KY

KDMC Union SEIU #1199

Let me make a brief statement, then I'll try to address some of these statements. #1, I love working for King's Daughters Medical Center. I think we have some of the most bright and promising professionals of any hospital anywhere, and I believe that for the most part we have the best support workers/laymen anywhere too. I do NOT have a problem with KDMC. I never have. But then again, I've always done my job. My problem is with a union that bargains away everything we had, just so they can stay in and collect our union dues. That fries me. Now to repond to some of your comments: TargetX: Yes, I am someone who loves their senority, but I've earned it with hard work and dedication to the job, not because the union said KDMC had to hire me and keep me on. If you do your job (even without Union support), you will most likely keep your job as long as the economy dictates that position. Bottom line, the Union doesn't create jobs and the union doesn't guarantee jobs for us. Which brings me to RonA's and Union Gals comments. THE ECONOMY DICTATED THE LAYOFFS, having a Union wouldn't have made any difference for them (except force KDMC to keep possibly inferior workers because of their senority). If you don't have the need, you can't keep paying people for doing nothing. That is just plain stupid. And it makes sense to me that if you have people who are habitually late, someone you have to watch constantly to make sure they do their job, or who are insubordinate, those would be the first weeded out. Regardless of the years you may have skated by, if you are NOT doing your job, your butt should be out the door. I know that isn't popular, but the bottom line is, if you won't work for $7.20/hr, you won't work for $100 an hour either. And UnionGal, the only advantage a union gives you is if you are a mediocre worker, because if you are a good worker, a business will fight tooth and toenail to keep you. So I guess, if one is a lazy worker, has bad work habits, or just shows up and doesn't work, they need a union to protect them. I don't. AntiUnion, I'm really interested in knowing which department you left and bumped into, because it's my understanding you can't bump out of your department. Now if you're maintenance or housekeeping assigned to one area, and layoffs occur on that floor, then you can bump to another floor, but I doubt they'd let a housekeeper bump into a Clerk I position, especially without experience in that area regardless of the union. Ashlander, I beg to differ with you. If you have a good record and the company lays you off and keeps a younger (lesser paid) employee, the federal government would be all over a business for discrimination. All it would take is one phone call to the National Labor Relations Board. Having documented problems with an employee is the only way any business can legally get rid of an employee with seniority. I saved the best for last. Dear Deranged Hobo (I like your moniker), we were NOT given the opportunity of a strike vote, regardless what you heard. You don't just ask a handful of people, you bring a strike vote before the WHOLE MEMBERSHIP. No such offer was entertained to my knowledge, and I know it wasn't put before the membership, because I asked for it. Bottom line is, Unions can be fine (I have absolutely nothing against uionions whatsoever); however, our Union is a lame duck. If they strike, we'll be replaced, the Union will be out. Therefore, they have no leverage to negotiate any raises or any other benefit for us (proverbial rock and hard place). I think we'd do better on our own in this situation. But this is just an opinion that I share with a few other people, obviously. Peace out.  (Aug 28, 2013 | post #13)

Ashland, KY

KDMC Contract with SEIU About To Expire (December)

As you may be aware, this is SEIU contract renewal year. If I may, Iíd like to take a moment of your time and review a few highlights of our last SEIU contract. 1. NO pay increase for 3 YEARS! (Yet, they continued to collect their union dues.) 2. Higher insurance premiums/higher deductibles! Yes, it was hospital wide, but 3000+ employees received raises to help offset this cost. WE DID NOT! (Think of that; no raises, higher insurance, and possibly more diminished benefits, but since our Union doesnít see fit to give, mail, or make easily available to every Union employee a new Union contract book or list of union representatives, itís hard to tell.) Yet this is the best contract we could get? To read more, go to: http://www.faceboo k.com/seiumember  (Aug 27, 2013 | post #1)

US Governors

SEIU 1199 files petition to unionize home-based child-car...

Don't join. If you do the only way you'll get out is by dying or quitting your job all together. Don't be a victim. Stay away from SEIU.  (Aug 27, 2013 | post #1)

Life

Unions get creative to halt decline in membership, help r...

With all the government laws now protecting the average worker, I think paying someone union dues to cause a stink and little else is not a good trade. Be smart. Represent yourself, because once a union gets in, it takes an act of God to get them out! That means as long as you work for that place a certain percentage of your income every payday will go to them.  (Aug 27, 2013 | post #1)

Ashland, KY

KDMC Union SEIU #1199

Since I'm not allowed to talk about the union at work (KDMC), not even on my own time, I'll vent here. I'm not Anti-Union; however, I am anti-our union. They are a lame duck with little to no negotiating power, who allegedly seems to have no difficulty in working out losing deals for us just so they can stay in power. Can we really afford 3 more years of increased gas prices, higher insurance premiums, groceries, utility bills, etc. without a pay raise. And we even face the possibility of SEIU raising their dues. Don't believe it, just google SEIU Union Dues hike 2013. I don't understand why SEIU has their panties in a wad. If they are so confident they are wanted and needed at KDMC, they'd rush to get a new vote to rub it in our faces for no other reason than to gloat! Thank you. I feel better.  (Aug 26, 2013 | post #1)