LOCAL 9460 ~ the Northland's health care workers union


On November 13, 2017, we wrote to update you on the steps the USW was taking to challenge the mandatory flu vaccination policy.  The grievance challenging the policy was taken to arbitration at a two-day hearing on March 28 and 29, 2018.  The USW put extensive time and resources into preparing and presenting the case, including hiring outside labor counsel to present the case and bringing in a renowned public health expert from the University of Minnesota.  Unfortunately, we received the Arbitrator’s decision last Friday, July 20, 2018, and Arbitrator George Latimer ruled in favor of Essentia Health.

More than 400 million blood draws take place in the United States each year, and while they provide vital diagnostic information, they also cause anxiety in patients and represent a significant safety risk to health care workers, writes John Palmer for Patient Safety and Quality Health Care.

Now, several hospitals have announced they will be using new technology called “the PIVO needle-free device” for inpatient blood draws.

University Hospitals in Cleveland in Cleveland, Griffin Hospital in Derby, Conn., and Brigham & Women’s Hospital in Boston have all announced they will be using or testing the device.

Recent News

A new study finds that union-represented working mothers are at least 17 percent more likely to use paid maternity leave than comparable nonunion working mothers. But unions could do more to mitigate the wage penalties these workers experience afterwards.

Facilitating working mothers’ use of paid maternity leave is a key issue for policymakers and workers in many countries. And the United States is far behind in this global movement; the US is the only industrialized nation that lacks universal paid leave for new parents, although there are now a very small number of state-based programs and many employer-provided plans.

United Steelworkers Local 9460 is hosting a fundraising rummage sale on September 29.  For the past several weeks, our members and friends have dropped off a bunch of donated clothing, household wares, toys and other misc. items that we plan to sell.  The rummage sale will be in Hall B of the basement of the Duluth Labor Temple (2002 London Road).  The easiest way to get there is through the lakeside door of the building.  The sale will run from 9am to 1pm.  Please come by and check it out and see if there is anything you or your family can use.  All proceeds will be donated to the United Way’s annual Holiday Toy/Gift Drive.   This is a wonderful way to help families who are struggling!  

From December 1936 to February 1937 members of the United Auto Workers organized a sit-down strike inside the General Motors plants in Flint, Michigan. They ultimately won recognition of their union and improved wages and conditions. "With Babies and Banners" tells the story of the Women's Emergency Brigade, composed of female GM workers and the wives of men involved in the sit-down strike, which not only provided support services (like running the union kitchens that provided food to the strikers occupying the plants) but did picket duty themselves. It intercuts footage from 1937 with interviews with the same women four decades later.

Show your support for our teachers and tell our school district leaders it’s time to settle their contracts now!


Rally begins at 6:30pm at the MN Discovery Center, Taconite Square, 1005 Discovery Drive, Chisholm, MN 55719.

The Green Book contract passed overwhelmingly.  Retro pay should appear on your Nov. 2 paycheck.

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