September 3 - CHS's Misleading Video Attacking Our Pensions

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Catholic Health Shows Its True Colors With Misleading Video Attacking Our Pensions

Despite what the video tries to suggest, the union has not agreed to any changes to our pension benefits. What’s really happening is that CHS is trying to destroy our pension and retirement as part of their strategy to cut to the bone at our hospitals. 

The company’s flyer and video about the pension benefits are full of distortionsHere is the truth:

1. THE UNION HAS NOT AGREED TO ANY OF THE CHANGES THE COMPANY DISCUSSES IN THE VIDEO!
CHS wants you to believe that the union has already agreed to this plan when the truth is that we are still negotiating all the terms of the contract. This is an illegal tactic to cause confusion and weaken us. Don’t fall for it. We are fighting to protect pension benefits for all members. 

2. THE CHS VIDEO IS A VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LABOR LAW—AN ILLEGAL ATTEMPT TO GO AROUND OUR BARGAINING COMMITTEE.
U.S. labor law prohibits employers from “direct dealing” with members during contract negotiations. They must bargain with the bargaining committee. We will be filing an Unfair Labor Practice charge with the NLRB against the video. CHS is once again resorting to illegal tactics because they do not want to bargain in good faith.  

3. WE ARE FIGHTING FOR THE BEST POSSIBLE PENSION BENEFITS FOR OUR MEMBERS.
Currently, most CHS employees are covered by Defined Benefit pension plans, but the largest of those plans, the Personal Retirement Account (PRA) Pension Plan, is inadequate. 

Instead of improving the existing plans, Catholic Health wants to cut our retirement benefits. Every CHS worker deserves a secure retirement and management must work with the union to guarantee adequate pension benefits for everyone. 

This is in addition to management’s proposed massive increases in healthcare contributions, ridiculous 1% pay raise offer, and lack of response to our demands for increased staffing. 

We will continue to fight for what’s best for our patients and members. We are in the middle of a pandemic and a staffing crisis. Catholic Health needs to put patients over profits.

Our demands: 

  • Competitive pay that rewards hard work and experience

  • Benefits that motivate staff to stay at Catholic Health

  • Staffing protections

Stay united against Catholic Health's attacks.

Make your voice heard at the Mercy strike vote on September 8th and 9th.