In tough times, the following AFT + Member Benefits programs through Union Plus offer tools to help stretch your household budget. In addition, members who participate in certain AFT + benefits may be eligible for direct financial assistance in the event of job interruptions/job loss. For more information and eligibility, see www.unionplus.org/hardship.
Credit and budget counseling: Nonprofit consumer credit counseling staff from Money Management International (MMI) can help members prioritize bills and look at their budgets with an eye to stretching existing resources
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on the top issues members are asking about as your workplaces shift gears to meet the expected surge in demand for hospital services.
There is an FAQ page for members working at Kaiser Permanente and one for members working at PeaceHealth. We will keep them updated as the situation develops. Check back frequently for the most up-to-date information. Please continue to direct your questions and feedback to our firstname.lastname@example.org inbox.
Going into the holiday season, the shelves were almost bare in PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center's Dove Pantry–an onsite food pantry for hospital employees. In December, OFNHP President Adrienne Enghouse challenged the steward council to do something about it.
OFNHP steward and Ultrasound Tech Shawna Ross stepped up to lead the project, spreading the word about the donation drive throughout the month of January. Through Facebook posts, flyers, break room visits, and social networks, stewards advertised the drive and collected over 500 lbs of food and supplies.
On January 31, volunteers met to package items–making sure each one had a union sticker–before delivering the items to the pantry and organizing the shelves.
Another group of RNs and Professionals has joined the Alliance! The Hawaii Nurses and Healthcare Professionals (HNHP) spent a year overcoming a series of hurdles to allow them to join the Alliance. This victory strengthens us as we prepare to bargain a year from now.
“With the Alliance in our corner, we are more ready than ever to forge ahead with bringing about the promises of transparency, education, member engagement, democracy, member rights, and patient safety that we all campaigned on,” said HNHP Interim President Maureen Meehan-Golonka.
We've entered the time of year when some facilities may close due to inclement weather or when some of us may be unable to report to work due to hazardous road conditions. It's a good idea to review your employer's policy regarding inclement weather situations.