Much has happened since our last update in early October. Over the past two and a half months, we have continued to bargain with Hope Network on vitally important issues in your contract – wages, paid sick time, arbitration in the dispute resolution process, the path to full-time status, etc – and have continued to be mostly stonewalled by the company’s lawyer and HR representative.
The company continues to act as though they are not responsible for their own financial decisions because of the way mental health services are underfunded in the state. However, we have seen that they can find money when we press them for it. On November 17, RAs from Hope Network New Passages joined forces with UFCW and OPEIU to rally outside Hope Network’s $250/plate fundraiser honoring Dan DeVos and other donors to their organization. We let the donors know how the company treats its most important employees, and we made a lot of noise.
After the protest, the company did finally put your bonus money on the table to try to rush us into settling a less-than-satisfactory contract, that still allows the company to cut your wages at will, that doesn’t offer paid sick time, that doesn’t offer arbitration, and that does not adequately compensate you for your labor.
But the fact that they did put that money on the table in direct response to our action lets us know that this is not an issue of underfunding, it’s a question of irresponsible and greedy spending on behalf of the company.
You deserve more than this company is willing to offer you. You are the reason this company is able to run. Without your work, they would fall apart at the seams. You deserve to be compensated appropriately.
But before that can happen, you have to demand it.
The theft of your bonuses was an UNFAIR LABOR PRACTICE and ILLEGAL. Because your bonuses have not been paid back, you have a LEGAL RIGHT TO STRIKE.
IF WE ULTIMATELY DECIDE TO STRIKE THEY CANNOT FIRE US AND THEY CAN’T PERMANENTLY REPLACE US. IF THEY DO, THEY BREAK THE LAW AND WE WILL BE REINSTATED AND AWARDED BACK PAY. LEARN MORE BY GOING TO THE NLRB WEBSITE.
NEXT BARGAINING SESSION:
January 19, 2017 10 AM
Law Offices of Greg Bator
400 W Maple Road
Birmingham, MI 48009
The union will reimburse for mileage and parking.
To RSVP, contact Danny Ritter