LOCAL 9460 ~ the Northland's health care workers union


The members of the union's Professional Unit at the Lake Superior Community Health Center voted unanimously to accept the new contract that was negotiated between the company and the union.  It was a tough set of negotiations that began with the two sides very far apart, but by the end we came to a compromise.  For our part, we were glad to be able to prevent any of the concessions that the company was asking for, and to at least get some modest gains in wages and benefits.  There are more changes and improvements that we are hoping to win in future contract negotiations, however.  Thank you to the Negotiating Committee for its hard work, and to all of the members who came out to vote.  Solidarity works!  

It is that time of year, please get out and vote on November 6th. 

The Greenbook ratified a new three year agreement.  It was a long process with many long days.  I would like to thank the committee, and Staff Representative Cathy Drummond, for all of their hard work and for representing the membership.  The committee was Brenda Simon, Laura Vu, Lori Johnson and Lindajean Thompson.  Thank you to everyone that took the time out of their day to come out and vote.

Recent News

Salt of the Earth  is a powerful film from 1954.  Here is a quick snyopsis of it: At New Mexico's Empire Zinc mine, Mexican-American workers protest the unsafe work conditions and unequal wages compared to their Anglo counterparts. Ramon Quintero helps organize the strike, but he is shown to be a hypocrite by treating his pregnant wife, Esperanza, with a similar unfairness. When an injunction stops the men from protesting, however, the gender roles are reversed, and women find themselves on the picket lines while the men stay at home!

Singer Woody Guthrie was born in Okemah, Oklahoma in 1912. As a young man he fled the Dust Bowl to the West Coast, where worked for a radio station, and eventually became a renowned singer who championed the working class.  Perhaps his best-known song is "This Land is Your Land," an anthem to democracy. During the Great Depression, he captured the mood of the country. Many of his songs live on at rallies and on picket lines.

Nurses and health aides in state-run residential care and nursing facilities experience the highest rates of injury and illness of any occupation, writes Ashley Nerbovig for the Business Times, making these the most dangerous jobs in the U.S.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were 13.7 incidents per 100 workers in 2016. This means that these health care jobs had higher rates of injury and illness than even police officers and firefighters, a distinction they have held since 2012.

Democracy is tough for 1 percenters.

They’ve got all that money but, hypothetically, no more voting power than their chauffeur or yacht captain or nanny.

In this one-person, one-vote democracy, though, they’ve got a plan to fix all that for themselves. They’re paying for it. And they’re accomplishing it, even though that means stripping voting rights from non-rich minority groups. Their goal is to make America more of a one-dollar, one-vote plutocracy.

Join the Activism Committee!  We're spreading solidaity around the community and could use your help.  We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5pm at the union office.