Archive for the ‘Genesys’ Category

Genesys Workers Win Contract Victory!

Friday, October 15th, 2010

There is good news in Flint, Michigan today. The members of Teamsters Local 332 who work as LPNs, technicians, paramedics and EMTs at Genesys Regional Medical Center voted to ratify their new contract.

Despite almost a year of union-busting tactics by this Ascension Health subsidiary, and after Genesys walked away from the bargaining table and forced its own contract on these health care workers, the members and officers of Teamsters Local 332 in Flint, MI kept up the pressure, rallied community support, and were able force the hospital to come back to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract.

You can read the full story here.

VIDEO: Update on UAW and Community Support for Ascension Nurses, Technicians

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Ascension Health’s Genesys Regional Medical Center has walked away from the bargaining table and is planning to gut its workers’ retirement by 75%. Now the United Auto Workers are publicly supporting these community health care workers in their fight for a fair contract.

This moving news clip sums up the struggle that is hurting Flint health care workers and the entire Flint community.

Iraq Vet Returns from War; Laid Off by Ascension

Friday, August 6th, 2010

This video tells the story. An Iraq war medic returns from the battlefield only to find that Ascension’s Genesys Medical Center has eliminated his licensed nursing position. This appears to be a violation of U.S. law; the soldier has already filed an official complaint with federal authorities.

Watch the video here. You can read more on the story here.

Money Can’t Buy a Clean Conscience

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

Ascension Health is the largest Catholic non-profit health system in America. It owns Genesys Regional Medical Center in Flint, Michigan. Ascension has paid huge amounts to settle Justice Department and labor board charges in just the last year alone.

First, Genesys paid $1 million for wrongfully firing its clinical engineers.

Then, Genesys settled two charges by the U.S. Department of Justice – first for $669,000 and then for $931,000 – for overbilling Medicare. This kind of fraud takes money from the Medicare program and leads to higher premiums for seniors. Several other Ascension hospitals have paid over $2.5 million in settlements to the DOJ in the last year as well.

And now, Ascension’s St. John Hospital in Detroit has recently settled with nurses for over $13.5 million. The nurses sued Ascension and other area hospitals for violating anti-trust laws by conspiring over a five-year period to keep nurses’ wages artificially low.

$18.6 million in just one year? This is money that is not going towards improving health care in our communities. And now Ascension has the nerve to get $1.3 billion in tax-exempt bonds from Michigan as well.


Genesys’ Mother's Day Gift to New Moms: Cutting Nurses

Friday, May 7th, 2010

At Genesys Regional Medical Center, licensed practical nurses take care of new moms and their babies. But Genesys wants to do away with all these nurses.

Genesys also wants to take away employees’ health care and pension when they retire.

Registered nurses and doctors at Genesys signed a petition asking management not to cut these vitally important nurses.

This petition was sent to GRMC management on May 6, 2010:

We, the Registered Nurses of the Family Birthing Center, feel our licensed practical nurses are a great asset to the care of the moms and babies.

The licensed practical nurses have a wide range of knowledge and expertise.

They are a valuable asset to our team. In the Well Baby Nursery the procedures they do every day are extremely helpful to us. We really do not want to lose our licensed practical nurses!


Registered Nurses and Doctors at the Genesys Family Birthing Center

You can click here to send a letter to tell Genesys and tell them: Don’t Put New Moms and Babies at Risk!


When Did "Pray" Become a 4-Letter Word?

Tuesday, April 13th, 2010

Michael Moore has posted another update on the situation at Genesys. The blog post on his website reads:

“Our Teamster local put up a billboard to ask for the community’s help. We have seen such an outpouring of love and support in Flint, in Michigan and across the country – it has really been amazing.

The billboard asked the community to pray for the workers and pray for the patients who will be hurt by all the cuts.

Mysteriously, the billboard was taken down after just three days. We were told that not only can we not use the words “Ascension” or “Genesys” on the billboard, we could not use the word “pray” either… You can read the rest of the post here.


Ascension: Violating Our Trust

Friday, April 9th, 2010

Ascension Health recently settled with nurses at St. John Hospital in Detroit for over $13.5 million.  The nurses sued Ascension’s St. John Hospital and other area hospitals for violating anti-trust laws by conspiring over a five-year period to keep nurses’ wages artificially low.

If Ascension conspires to pay as little as possible to nurses – the hard-working women and men who care for ill patients at bedsides night and day – what else might they be capable of?  So it’s no surprise that they’re trying to cut patient care and retiree health care at Genesys Medical Center.

If you don’t think this outrageous behavior is appropriate for the largest Catholic hospital chain in the country, you can take action to send them a letter by clicking here.  The licensed nurses, techs, EMTs and paramedics in Flint need your support!


United Auto Workers, MNA Support Genesys Workers

Friday, April 9th, 2010

The United Auto Workers and Michigan Nurses Association have joined Genesys health care workers and Teamsters Local 332 at the bargaining table to show their support. You can watch the news video here.

Duane Zuckschwerdt, director of UAW Region 1-C said, “We want to make sure we support our brothers and sisters … and we want to make sure there’s good quality health care being provided.”

The UAW has some 40,000 to 50,000 retirees living in the area and Zuckschwerdt said he has fielded several questions and concerns about the Genesys contract situation from active and retired members.

“Many of them have their delivery of health care through Genesys and they’re very upset with what’s going on.”

You can watch the video here and read more here.


Ascension Billboard Disappears

Wednesday, April 7th, 2010

As part of their fight to uphold quality patient care and retiree health care at Ascension’s Genesys hospital, the licensed nurses and technical workers, who are represented by Teamsters Local 332, put up this billboard to ask members of the Flint community for their support.

After being up for three days, the billboard was taken down. Did Ascension have a hand in this? Were they unhappy about health care workers exercising their First Amendment rights? It’s a mystery…or is it?


Michael Moore Supports Workers at Genesys

Tuesday, April 6th, 2010

Academy Award-winning filmmaker Michael Moore has heard about Ascension Genesys’ plans to cut retiree health care for its workers, to demote LPNs and eliminate paramedics and EMTs, and other cuts that will hurt the Flint community and its workers.

Mr. Moore was born in Flint and cares deeply about our community. We don’t think these actions are right, and neither does he. Not only did he send a message to his almost 700,000 followers on Twitter, he posted one LPN’s story on his website.

Mr. Moore joins a growing group of people like you, all over the country, who are outraged by Ascension’s behavior.  Thank you Michael Moore, for your support!