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UIHC caregivers ratify contract, continue fight for fair pay

March 30, 2021

Caregivers at the University of Iowa Hospitals & Clinics are continuing our fight for fair pay. We’re not letting Iowa’s anti-union laws block the raises needed to keep our quality team together.

UIHC caregivers ratify contract, continue fight for fair pay

State is grateful for health workers, but pay hike sends a different message

March 3, 2021

UIHC bargaining team protests the bare-bones contract forced on caregivers by Gov. Reynolds' negotiators. Read the op-ed in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

State is grateful for health workers, but pay hike sends a different message

Essential workers call on Iowa senators to back the American Rescue Plan

March 2, 2021

SEIU members and our allies in Iowa City joined in a national day of action for a $15/hour minimum wage in the COVID relief bill moving through Congress. See the KGAN CBS 2 story.

Essential workers call on Iowa senators to back the American Rescue Plan

Iowa’s essential workers take demands for COVID relief and $15/hr to Sen. Grassley

March 1, 2021

Workers in 20 States Come Together to Demand Congress and Employers “Respect Us, Protect Us, Pay Us.”

Iowa’s essential workers take demands for COVID relief and $15/hr to Sen. Grassley

Caregivers call on Gov. Reynolds to keep her word as talks near climax at UIHC

February 25, 2021

Gov. Reynolds called caregivers “heroic” for helping Iowans during the pandemic and pledged to try and “sufficiently express our gratitude.”

Caregivers call on Gov. Reynolds to keep her word as talks near climax at UIHC

Univ. of Iowa Hospital talks intensify

February 10, 2021

UIHC adopted the slogan “We Stand Together” during the pandemic; the 4,000 union caregivers want to put those words into action.

Univ. of Iowa Hospital talks intensify

Caregivers at UIHC receive Regents’ response to their Partnership Proposal

January 21, 2021

In contract talks at UIHC, Iowa Regents respond today to the innovative Partnership Proposal put forward by 4,000 union caregivers.

Caregivers at UIHC receive Regents’ response to their Partnership Proposal

What COVID has taught us, the union staff at Iowa's flagship hospital

January 13, 2021

Cooperation with caregivers, not conflict, is how to make it through the pandemic and beyond at UIHC. Read SEIU bargaining team member Michele Whaylen's Des Moines Register op-ed.

What COVID has taught us, the union staff at Iowa's flagship hospital

UIHC union begins contract talks with Board of Regents, asks for wage increase

January 13, 2021

UIHC employees asked the state Board of Regents to focus on increasing wages, stopping mandatory furloughs, and increasing retention in contract talks. Read the Daily Iowan story.

UIHC union begins contract talks with Board of Regents, asks for wage increase

University of Iowa hospital workers demand 5% raise amid pandemic conditions

January 13, 2021

UIHC caregivers opened bargaining with a call for fair pay and a labor-management partnership. Read the Cedar Rapids Gazette story.

University of Iowa hospital workers demand 5% raise amid pandemic conditions

Union representing UIHC workers asks for higher pay

January 13, 2021

UIHC members' open contract talks with an innovative Partnership Proposal. See the story on KGAN CBS 2.

Union representing UIHC workers asks for higher pay

After uniting to fight COVID, UIHC caregivers kick off contract talks with innovative Partnership Proposal

January 12, 2021

4,000 nurses and professionals at UIHC are beginning talks for a new union contract on Wednesday at 1 p.m.

After uniting to fight COVID, UIHC caregivers kick off contract talks with innovative Partnership Proposal

SEIU leads with its values on vaccine rollout

January 5, 2021

Local 199 members are almost all essential workers. Our jobs caring for Iowa put us at risk of exposure to COVID-19. Here’s our approach to vaccination.

SEIU leads with its values on vaccine rollout

Local 199 members vote overwhelmingly to stay union

October 30, 2020

Our RNs and healthcare professionals at UIHC voted 2,828 to 38 to stay union in October’s recertification elections. Three of our public-school chapters also voted Union Yes by huge margins.

Local 199 members vote overwhelmingly to stay union

10,000 University of Iowa caregivers & staff vote overwhelmingly to keep their unions

October 27, 2020

Healthcare workers, staff and graduate employees in three unions at the University of Iowa have voted overwhelmingly to recertify their unions.

10,000 University of Iowa caregivers & staff vote overwhelmingly to keep their unions

UIHC healthcare workers call on Iowa leaders to step up in fight against COVID-19

October 21, 2020

Healthcare workers from the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics called on Iowa’s leaders to “step up” in the fight against COVID-19 by providing personal protective equipment and needed resources. See the coverage on KCRG TV.

UIHC healthcare workers call on Iowa leaders to step up in fight against COVID-19

Iowa reports record COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths

October 21, 2020

Unionized University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics workers issued a joint statement Wednesday calling on local and state leaders to make battling the pandemic their top priority. Read the Cedar Rapids Gazette story.

Iowa reports record COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths

UIHC unions issue joint statement on record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations

October 21, 2020

Iowa reached a grim milestone yesterday as more than 500 patients were hospitalized for Covid-19 for the first time. Caregivers at UIHC called on Gov. Reynolds to step up her response to the pandemic. See the story on KGAN TV.

UIHC unions issue joint statement on record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations

Joint statement on Iowa’s record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations

October 21, 2020

A Joint Statement from Richard Frauenholz, President of AFSCME Local 12 & Cathy Glasson, RN, President of SEIU Local 199, the unions of UIHC healthcare workers.

Joint statement on Iowa’s record number of COVID-19 hospitalizations

Thousands of UIHC caregivers & staff joining public employees across Iowa in vote to keep union voice

October 13, 2020

RNs, healthcare professionals and staff at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics start voting in a union recertification election Tuesday at 7 a.m.

Thousands of UIHC caregivers & staff joining public employees across Iowa in vote to keep union voice

How to vote YES to keep our union at UIHC

October 7, 2020

Here's everything UIHC members need to know to Vote YES in the election to keep our union. The election runs from Oct. 13 to Oct. 27 so get ready to Vote YES right now!

How to vote YES to keep our union at UIHC

Our candlelight vigil honors essential workers & urges Iowa’s Senators to pass the Heroes Act

August 28, 2020

With COVID cases surging in Iowa, our members gathered in front of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics for a candlelight vigil on August 26 to honor essential workers.

Our candlelight vigil honors essential workers & urges Iowa’s Senators to pass the Heroes Act

UI Hospital caregivers holding candlelight vigil to honor essential workers, urge passage of Heroes Act

August 26, 2020

With COVID-19 cases surging in Johnson County, UIHC caregivers are calling on Iowa Senators Ernst and Grassley to pass Heroes Act, support essential workers.

UI Hospital caregivers holding candlelight vigil to honor essential workers, urge passage of Heroes Act

What Iowa SEIU members are fighting for

June 10, 2020

America’s working people are seeing the country through this pandemic – just as we have in past crises. We must stand together and fight to create a better country coming out of it.

What Iowa SEIU members are fighting for

How to create a truly 'just culture' in Iowa and America

February 20, 2020

UIHC has hired a consultant to try and fix its workplace culture. Fair pay and Unions for All is the real fix that's needed, writes Local 199 President Cathy Glasson. Read her Des Moines Register op-ed.

How to create a truly 'just culture' in Iowa and America

Vote on October 15th-29th for our public workers!

October 1, 2019

Iowa’s public employees are under attack. The politicians in power in Des Moines passed a law that’s intended to destroy our union voice. Here's all the info you need to Vote YES to keep your union!

Vote on October 15th-29th for our public workers!

Iowa’s SEIU members are making our voice heard in the 2020 presidential campaign

July 9, 2019

We’re making our voice heard in the presidential race like never before. All the way back in April, Iowa's SEIU activists were attending campaign events to make sure candidates are committed to working families and our issues.

Iowa’s SEIU members are making our voice heard in the 2020 presidential campaign

SEIU school employees spring ahead in bargaining

June 10, 2019

Local 199 members from seven school districts, in 11 bargaining units, made major progress in their contract talks and wage reopeners.

SEIU school employees spring ahead in bargaining

Iowa Democrats 2019 19-presidential candidate Hall of Fame: sights and sounds

June 9, 2019

As 19 Democratic candidates gather in Cedar Rapids for Hall of Fame event, SEIU activists are there to greet them. See the coverage in the Des Moines Register.

Iowa Democrats 2019 19-presidential candidate Hall of Fame: sights and sounds

With so many candidates here, Cedar Rapids becomes epicenter for causes

June 9, 2019

Fight for $15 and SEIU activists are making our presence felt in the run up to the 2020 Iowa Caucus. Read the story in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

With so many candidates here, Cedar Rapids becomes epicenter for causes

Bernie Sanders to join striking McDonald’s workers demanding union rights in Cedar Rapids

June 8, 2019

McDonald’s Workers to Walk Off Job in Iowa Calling for Right to Union to Address Low Pay, Sexual Harassment, Workplace Violence.

Bernie Sanders to join striking McDonald’s workers demanding union rights in Cedar Rapids

The Trailer: The state of the workers' primary

June 6, 2019

Our "workers' march" in Cedar Rapids put the Fight for $15 at the top of the agenda for Democratic presidential candidates. Read the Washington Post story.

The Trailer: The state of the workers' primary

Cedar Rapids McDonald’s employees, demonstrators call for chain to serve up higher wages, union rights

May 23, 2019

McDonald's strikers and activists from Local 199 and Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement demonstrated for $15 and a union outside the chain's store on First Avenue in Cedar Rapids. Read the Gazette story.

Cedar Rapids McDonald’s employees, demonstrators call for chain to serve up higher wages, union rights

McDonald's workers protest pay and harassment, NYC mayor joins in

May 23, 2019

McDonald's strikers in Des Moines get boost on the picket line from Bill de Blasio. Go to the Iowa Public Radio story.

McDonald's workers protest pay and harassment, NYC mayor joins in

‘Hold My Pickle. Hold My Fries. Make My Wages Supersized!’

May 23, 2019

Striking McDonald’s workers in Des Moines rally with presidential candidate Bill de Blasio during the national day of action for $15 and a union. See the story on WHO NBC 13.

‘Hold My Pickle. Hold My Fries. Make My Wages Supersized!’

2020 candidates in Iowa, across the nation slam McDonald’s about pay, workplace conditions

May 23, 2019

Protesters and presidential candidates across the U.S. called on the company to pay workers a minimum wage of at least $15 per hour. Read the Des Moines Register story.

2020 candidates in Iowa, across the nation slam McDonald’s about pay, workplace conditions

Cedar Rapids McDonald’s workers to join nationwide strike demanding union rights as 2020 candidates show support

May 22, 2019

Booker, Castro, de Blasio Inslee Among Presidential Hopefuls to Stand with Cooks, Cashiers; Make Bold Demand To Put More Workers in Unions.

Cedar Rapids McDonald’s workers to join nationwide strike demanding union rights as 2020 candidates show support

De Blasio to join McDonald’s strikers in Iowa as nationwide walkout for union rights wins candidates' support

May 22, 2019

Booker, Castro, Inslee, Sanders also among Presidential Hopefuls to Stand with Cooks, Cashiers; Make Bold Demand To Put More Workers in Unions.

De Blasio to join McDonald’s strikers in Iowa as nationwide walkout for union rights wins candidates' support

Stop saying goodbye to Iowa nurses

May 16, 2019

Finley Hospital RN and SEIU chapter president Karen Schneider warns about the low pay and lack of support that's driving our nurses out of state. Read her op-ed in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald.

Stop saying goodbye to Iowa nurses

Fixing Iowa’s broken law

May 6, 2019

In February 2017, the Iowa legislature passed a law intended to destroy the unions of public employees. Since the vast majority of our members are public employees, it’s critical that we all understand how the law works and what we must do to overturn it.

Fixing Iowa’s broken law

Pass the Raise the Wage Act and save our Iowa towns

May 2, 2019

Low pay is hurting Iowa workers and the towns we live in. GRMC chapter president Cassie Wilmeth calls for higher wages to help her hometown. Read her Des Moines Register op-ed.

Pass the Raise the Wage Act and save our Iowa towns

As Biden begins campaigning, Iowa workers plan to ask about Fight for $15 and a Union

May 1, 2019

SEIU and Fight for $15 activists continue to make sure that workers' issues remain at the top of every presidential candidates' agenda.

As Biden begins campaigning, Iowa workers plan to ask about Fight for $15 and a Union

Iowa workers in Fight for $15 plan to quiz Gabbard about unions at event in Des Moines

April 27, 2019

Workers in the Fight for $15 and a Union have been fanning out to presidential candidate events across Iowa, and they’ll be at Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s town hall in Des Moines on Friday.

Iowa workers in Fight for $15 plan to quiz Gabbard about unions at event in Des Moines

Iowa workers in Fight for $15 putting unions on the menu at Warren event in Tipton restaurant

April 26, 2019

SEIU and Fight for $15 activists are going to Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s Meet and Greet to ask the candidate what she’ll do to ensure Unions for All.

Iowa workers in Fight for $15 putting unions on the menu at Warren event in Tipton restaurant

Keep the backbone of our schools strong

April 24, 2019

A longtime teacher talks about the incredible work of North Scott aides, paraeducators and other support staff, and why the district needs to meet their fair-pay goal.

Keep the backbone of our schools strong

Support the truly special staff of the North Scott Schools

April 24, 2019

A special ed teacher from the North Scott Schools shares what's at stake for teachers — and students — in ongoing contract talks.

Support the truly special staff of the North Scott Schools

New union contract means wage increase, elimination of professional standards

March 12, 2019

The newly ratified contract will give all caregivers at the hospital a wage increase, but it eliminates many policies from the previous contract. Read the Daily Iowan story.

New union contract means wage increase, elimination of professional standards

UIHC caregivers ratify new contract, continue campaign to protect care & fix management culture

March 9, 2019

After intense contract campaign generating broad public support, 92.9% of Univ. of Iowa caregivers voted Thursday to approve new union contract.

UIHC caregivers ratify new contract, continue campaign to protect care & fix management culture

University of Iowa Hospital members win back their contract

March 8, 2019

Despite Iowa's anti-union laws, our UIHC members regained their contract and are moving forward with their campaign to protect care.

University of Iowa Hospital members win back their contract

Tentative agreement reached at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

February 20, 2019

UIHC bargaining team announces that they've reached a tentative agreement with the Iowa Board of Regents.

Tentative agreement reached at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Public support for caregivers surges on eve of final contract talks at UIHC

February 19, 2019

Iowa public, patients flood caregivers with messages of support; excerpts below, including moving tribute from retired officer on his wife’s care.

Public support for caregivers surges on eve of final contract talks at UIHC

UI Hospitals & Clinics staffers send ‘valentines’ to CEO, demanding new contract

February 15, 2019

Caregivers led by former gubernatorial candidate and nurse Cathy Glasson demanded a “fair contract” between the hospital and state Board of Regents. Read the Daily Iowan story.

UI Hospitals & Clinics staffers send ‘valentines’ to CEO, demanding new contract

A Valentine's Day message from University of Iowa nurses to their employer: "Have a heart"

February 15, 2019

UIHC members delivered around 800 Valentine's Day cards to the office of the new CEO, urging him to "have a heart" in ongoing contract talks. Read the Iowa City Press-Citizen story.

A Valentine's Day message from University of Iowa nurses to their employer: "Have a heart"

Iowa City hospital workers union says buses to distant parking lots weren’t provided during snowstorm

February 14, 2019

Breakdown in bus service for UIHC caregivers during blizzard draws attention of national press. Read the story in Becker's Hospital Review.

Iowa City hospital workers union says buses to distant parking lots weren’t provided during snowstorm

Caregivers holding Valentine’s Day actions at Univ. of Iowa Hospital in final push to protect care

February 14, 2019

With contract talks in crisis, UIHC caregivers hold press conference today at NOON, then will deliver hundreds of Valentines to CEO.

Caregivers holding Valentine’s Day actions at Univ. of Iowa Hospital in final push to protect care

Let’s end Iowa’s slow-motion shutdown

February 7, 2019

Because pay for so many Iowa workers is so low, we're seeing many Iowans leave to pursue better opportunities out of state. Read Local 199 President Cathy Glasson's op-ed in the Des Moines Register.

Let’s end Iowa’s slow-motion shutdown

Caregivers seek to cure “quiet crisis” at Iowa’s flagship hospital in ongoing contract talks

February 1, 2019

RNs, healthcare professionals available for interviews about campaign for contract to protect world-class care at Univ. of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics.

Caregivers seek to cure “quiet crisis” at Iowa’s flagship hospital in ongoing contract talks

The quiet crisis at Iowa’s flagship hospital

January 28, 2019

UIHC administrators have been dismantling policies that allowed us to provide great care while building a future within the hospital's walls, writes Medical Lab Scientist Coen Olson. Read his op-ed in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

The quiet crisis at Iowa’s flagship hospital

Iowa Board of Regents reject union calls for expanded negotiations

December 13, 2018

Iowa Regents are refusing to bargain over anything but wages in contract talks with UIHC caregivers and UI grad students. Read the story in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Iowa Board of Regents reject union calls for expanded negotiations

SEIU school members vote 400-6 to stay union!

November 3, 2018

Our public school members overcame the rigged rules of Iowa's recertification elections to keep their unions.

SEIU school members vote 400-6 to stay union!

Strong on the job & online, Finley RNs win big

November 2, 2018

After an intense contract campaign with unified action in the hospital and robust outreach on Facebook, Finley RNs won a contract with raises up to 15.5 percent for some nurses over the next two years.

Strong on the job & online, Finley RNs win big

State workers' unions in Iowa overwhelmingly win re-certification

October 30, 2018

Initial vote counts counts show that Iowa public employees overwhelmingly decided they wanted to continue being represented by their unions. Read the Des Moines Register story.

State workers' unions in Iowa overwhelmingly win re-certification

Vote October 15th-29th for public school workers!

October 11, 2018

Here's all the information our public employee members need to Vote YES to stay union strong.

Vote October 15th-29th for public school workers!

University of Iowa non-tenure faculty claim a win with new benefits

August 11, 2018

University of Iowa non-tenure-track faculty in our sister union win health insurance, sick leave and other important benefits after years of intense organizing. Read the Cedar Rapids Gazette story.

University of Iowa non-tenure faculty claim a win with new benefits

One letter reveals what ails health care

July 22, 2018

UIHC caregivers just got a letter threatening to cut off health insurance for their loved ones if they fail to provide documents proving their identity. That a safety net hospital would stoop so low shows how broken our healthcare system is. Read Local 199 President Cathy Glasson's op-ed in the Des Moines Register.

One letter reveals what ails health care

GRMC members win public support, solid raises

July 7, 2018

With patients voicing support in the local paper, our members at Greater Regional Medical Center win a contract with strong across-the-board raises.

GRMC members win public support, solid raises

GRMC responds to SEIU claim

June 28, 2018

After our Greater Regional Medical Center members were denied the opportunity to speak at the public hospital's board meeting, the CEO read a prepared statement trying to defend the move. Read the story in the Creston News Advertiser.

GRMC responds to SEIU claim

To GRMC Board of Directors and Creston community

June 28, 2018

A former patient at Greater Regional Medical Center urges the hospital's board to reach a fair contract with the caregivers who helped her when she needed it most. Read her letter to the editor in the Creston News Advertiser.

To GRMC Board of Directors and Creston community

Cooperation, not conflict, is what we need at GRMC

June 22, 2018

Right across the street from GRMC, the administration and employees at Southwestern Community College worked together to craft a contract that benefits our entire town. We can do the same at our hospital. Read SEIU chapter president Cassie Wilmeth's letter to the editor in the Creston News Advertiser.

Cooperation, not conflict, is what we need at GRMC

While union nurses challenge Iowa regents in court, the board honors a 2 percent raise

June 7, 2018

Despite the attack on our UIHC union contract, the across-the-board pay raises we negotiated still go into effect. Read the story in the Iowa City Press-Citizen.

While union nurses challenge Iowa regents in court, the board honors a 2 percent raise

GRMC and union negotiations slowly progressing

May 9, 2018

GRMC board is using anti-union law passed in 2017 to avoid talks over anything but wages. SEIU members seek contract that will promote high standards, protect care. Read the Creston News Advertiser story.

GRMC and union negotiations slowly progressing

GRMC caregivers taking campaign to protect care directly to hospital’s board of trustees

April 23, 2018

RNs, techs & service staff at Greater Regional Medical Center to attend Monday’s board meeting, calling for cooperative approach in negotiations.

GRMC caregivers taking campaign to protect care directly to hospital’s board of trustees

Big vote Oct. 10–24 for public hospital and school workers

October 6, 2017

Here’s how to VOTE YES to Protect Our Hospitals and Schools!

Big vote Oct. 10–24 for public hospital and school workers

SEIU RNs go to Washington and tell Sen. Grassley, Do your job!

May 5, 2016

SEIU Local 199 nurses Britney Bowen & Chris Sagon traveled to Washington April 27th to meet with Sen. Chuck Grassley and urged him to do his job and hold hearings on Supreme Court Nominee Merrick Garland.

SEIU RNs go to Washington and tell Sen. Grassley, Do your job!

Iowans deserve a family-friendly economy

January 17, 2016

Iowa families work hard, but low wages and lack of affordable care are forcing many families to make huge sacrifices and difficult decisions. Iowa can do better, writes Local 199 President Cathy Glasson. Read her op-ed in the Cedar Rapids Gazette.

Iowans deserve a family-friendly economy

Fight for $15 in Iowa City and across the country

April 15, 2015

SEIU Local 199 members joined together with activists from the Iowa City Federation of Labor and the Center for Worker Justice in our local rally to raise the wage. And SEIU President Mary Kay Henry reports back on our amazing national day of action.

Fight for $15 in Iowa City and across the country

Stop the Medicaid Blockade

July 17, 2014

SEIU is taking action to help the millions of American being denied healthcare by Republican lawmakers. Use the online tools below to find out who's being hurt by the #MedicaidBlockade and how you can help them.

Stop the Medicaid Blockade

SEIU Local 199 is proud to be a founding affiliate member of CWJ!

July 2, 2013

The Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa (CWJ) is the first workers center in the state, and SEIU Local 199 is joining together with the local labor movement to help ensure its success.

SEIU Local 199 is proud to be a founding affiliate member of CWJ!

Tell Gov. Branstad to stop the Medicaid Madness

March 28, 2013

Sign the petition to the governor telling him not to block Medicaid expansion, a truly mad move that would deny healthcare to 150,000 Iowans.

Tell Gov. Branstad to stop the Medicaid Madness

SEIU Head Start teacher shares the impact of “sequestration” on her kids and community

March 7, 2013

HACAP Head Start teacher Colleen Mehaffey writes about all the good work under threat. Then, read the long list of other Iowa programs being jeopardized.

SEIU Head Start teacher shares the impact of “sequestration” on her kids and community

SEIU Local 199 holds Wall Street accountable

June 17, 2011

Working people didn't cause the financial crisis in this country. Wall Street and tax-cheating corporations like Wells Fargo did. That's why Local 199 and CCI are working together to hold them accountable.

SEIU Local 199 holds Wall Street accountable

Group critical of "corporate tax dodgers"

June 3, 2011

Members of Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) and SEIU Local 199 gathered in Iowa City Thursday to protest Wells Fargo and other "corporate tax dodgers." Go to the story at Radio Iowa.

Group critical of "corporate tax dodgers"