- East End Hospital will hire UMC RNs and will be bound by the DCNA contract, thus ensuring continuity of patient care
- East End Hospital will support the Howard College of Medicine and the Howard University medical Faculty Practice Plan in the training of Howard medical students and residents
- Universal Health Services, the Mayor and Councilmember Gray have now pushed back, stating that UHS will back out of the deal to operate East End Hospital if these two measures remain part of the legislation
- The amendments were passed because of efforts of DCNA, SEIU 1199, other unions, community leaders and Howard University. We must continue the fight and make sure the DC Council does not abandon workers or Howard University.
We need to flood the chambers of the DC Council on Tuesday, December 18th. Please come out.
The District of Columbia Nurses Association (DCNA) and Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 1199 are in need of our support.
DCNA & SEIU 1199 CALL TO ARMS –
PLEASE CALL OR EMAIL MEMBERS OF THE DC COUNCIL AND THE CITY ADMINISTRATOR TO SUPPORT WORKERS AND RESIDENTS IN WARDS 7 & 8
On Tuesday, December 4th, the DC Council is poised to vote on the “East End Hospital Equity Act of 2018.” The legislation gives carte blanche to the District and George Washington University Hospital, a subsidiary of mega-corporation, Universal Health Services, to no longer recognize DCNA and SEIU 1199 as your union and to refuse to hire UMC employees into positions within the new hospital. There is also no promise to provide specialty care at the new hospital. Howard University has also stated that if Universal Health Services obtain this exclusive contract, it will mean the end of Howard University Hospital in the near future.
Please take five minutes to share your thoughts with the Government. Please do so Monday, December 4, 2018. This legislation will pass on Tuesday unless we fight back. We have been meeting with our political officials trying to educate them and galvanize support but we could still use your help!
SAMPLE LETTER (COPY AND PASTE):
Councilmember ___/City Administrator, Rashad Young:
Re: East End Hospital Equity Act of 2018
I write you today in support of efforts by the District of Columbia Nurses Association, National Nurses United, 1199SEIU, the Metropolitan Labor Council, AFL-CIO and church and community leaders. On behalf of the ___________, I request that you vote “NO” on the “East End Hospital Equity Act of 2018,” or “YES” with amendments ensuring continuation of quality union jobs at the new hospital and that the new hospital will provide comprehensive health care services.
As described by labor, church and community leaders at a press conference on Thursday morning, “here in DC, an oasis in a desert of corporate greed, our leaders must decide whether they will drain the water from our community and add to the swamp of corporate greed by allowing a documented anti-union corporation, Universal Health Services to add to its coffers without providing equal health care services to residents of Wards 7 and 8.” This bill will give UHS a monopoly on health care services that will threaten the very existence of Howard University Hospital. Services including care for cancer, cardiac issues, at risk pregnancies and many others may not be available in Southeast, but fed to the GW University Hospital campus.
UHS, with no apparent disagreement from the Mayor, refuses to provide workers at United Medical Center with quality, union jobs at the new hospital that is replacing the services at UMC. Good quality union jobs are in jeopardy. Workers at UMC have endured multiple management configurations, bankruptcies, pay freezes and benefit cuts, yet they have stayed loyal to the residents of Southeast and their patients. To now be told by the very people that have mismanaged care at UMC that guaranties of job security and pay and benefits will no longer be honored is unacceptable.
Thank you for your consideration.
Chairman - Phil Mendelson – 724-8032; email@example.com
At-large - Anita Bonds – 724-8086; firstname.lastname@example.org
At-large - David Grosso – 724-8105; email@example.com
At-large - Elissa Silverman – 724-8087; firstname.lastname@example.org
At-large - Robert White – 724-8174; email@example.com
Ward 1 - Brianne Nadeau – 724-8109; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 2 - Jack Evans – 724-8023; email@example.com
Ward 3 - Mary Cheh – 724-8118; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 4 - Brandon Todd – 724-8052; email@example.com
Ward 5 - Keynon McDuffie – 724-8028; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 6 - Charles Allen – 724-8054; email@example.com
Ward 7 - Vincent Gray – 724-8068; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 8 - Trayon White – 724-8055; email@example.com
City Administrator – Rashad Young (202) 478-9200 – Rashad.firstname.lastname@example.org