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; firstname.lastname@example.org
At-large - Anita Bonds – 724-8086; email@example.com
At-large - David Grosso – 724-8105; firstname.lastname@example.org
At-large - Elissa Silverman – 724-8087; email@example.com
At-large - Robert White – 724-8174; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 1 - Brianne Nadeau – 724-8109; email@example.com
Ward 2 - Jack Evans – 724-8023; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 3 - Mary Cheh – 724-8118; email@example.com
Ward 4 - Brandon Todd – 724-8052; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 5 - Keynon McDuffie – 724-8028; email@example.com
Ward 6 - Charles Allen – 724-8054; firstname.lastname@example.org
Ward 7 - Vincent Gray – 724-8068; email@example.com
Ward 8 - Trayon White – 724-8055; firstname.lastname@example.org
City Administrator – Rashad Young (202) 478-9200 – Rashad.email@example.com