Thursday, December 21, 2017

New Site for SHARE Blog

Hi! This archive site is no longer being updated. Please visit the main SHARE UMMHC website for the latest blog posts

Monday, December 18, 2017

Flu Season Reminder

UMass Memorial is currently encouraging employees to comply with the hospital flu vaccination policy. At our hospital, whether you get the shot or decline, you are supposed to turn in one of two forms to Employee Health: either the hospital flu vaccine form, (which you can bring with you when you get your shot to have completed by your own regular care provider, drugstore clinic, etc.) OR, the declination form, if you choose not to be vaccinated.
Hospital-sponsored flu clinics are listed below. The Centers for Disease Control recommends vaccination for most individuals over six months of age, especially those who work in healthcare. This short video featuring UMass Memorial physician Dr. Fozia Qamar addresses some of the most common questions about the vaccine.
As in previous seasons, when flu season hits, the hospital plans to require unvaccinated employees working in patient care areas to wear a mask.


UMass Memorial Flu Clinics 2017
Remember to bring your Kronos' Badge OR Driver’s License with you.


 Monday 12/18   University Campus  RM HB 376  7:00a.m. -3:30 p.pm
                           291 Lincoln St   Suite 100    7:00 a.m.  – 5:00 p.m.


Tuesday 12/19   University Campus  RM HB 376  6:30 a.m.  -3:30 p.m.
                          291 Lincoln St Suite 100  7:00a.m. -5:00 p.m.


Wednesday   12/20   University Campus   RM HB 376   7:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
                         291 Lincoln St Suite 100   7:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.


Thursday  12/21   University campus  RM HB 376 6;30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
                          Memorial Campus   RM MB 2624  12:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.
                          291 Lincoln St   Suite 100   7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


Friday  12/22   291 Lincoln St Suite 100 7:00 a.m -5:00 pm

Friday, December 1, 2017

AFSCME Free College Benefit: Register Now for January Classes


It’s a great time to be online with AFSCME's Free College benefit.

Spring 2018 classes start January 16th, so don't delay.

Get started right away to take advantage of this opportunity for you and your family, and you won’t have to pay a penny out of pocket.
Thousands of AFSCME members have already signed up for classes and are sharing this benefit with their spouses, children and grandchildren as well. Spouse to spouse, parent to child or grandparent to grandchild, AFSCME’s partnership with Eastern Gateway Community College allows members to share this valuable college degree opportunity awhere it means the most. Right in your own home with your own family!
Eastern Gateway Community College is a public, fully accredited, open-access college in Ohio, and credits are transferable. No entrance exam or placement test is required; you only need to complete the EGCC application, send in your high school or GED transcript, and apply for and use any available federal financial aid. AFSCME Free College will cover the difference for tuition, fees and e-books.
The AFSCME Free College benefit is bigger and better than ever, so spring into action with us this January.

Visit us at FreeCollege.AFSCME.org or call toll free at 1-888-590-9009 to take the next step to a brighter future.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Career Counseling Appointments for SHARE Members

Brought to you by The SHARE-UMass Memorial Workforce Planning Partnership Committee
Are you interested in professional growth and development?
Quinsigamond Community College’s Center for Workforce Development and Continuing Education will be offering career counseling to interested SHARE members.
Benefits of Individual Career Counseling
  • Discover personal interests, skills, and work values
  • Identify factors that influence career development
  • Explore career options
  • Locate sources of career information and support
  • Determine next steps and develop a plan to achieve goals
Meet privately with a certified career counselor who can guide you through a step-by-step process to explore options, set goals, and take action.
To Register for an afternoon appointment on Wednesday, December 6 at University Campus or Wednesday, December 13 at Memorial Campus:
  • Contact Jackie Kaczowka, Administrator Center for Workforce Development at QCC at 508-751-7911.
  • You will be asked to provide your name, address, date of birth, and email address.
  • Complete an online* assessment prior to your meeting. Instructions will be emailed to you upon registration. The assessment takes approximately 20 minutes to complete.
  • After meeting with the counselor and reviewing your report, a follow up meeting will be scheduled.
*If you do not have access to a computer, please contact Christine Staub in Human Resources at Christine.staub@Umassmemorial.org

Friday, November 3, 2017

SHARE Members Featured in Upcoming Art Exhibition

We're excited to announce that artwork by two SHARE members, Bayda Asbridge and Elsa Benavides, is being displayed during the month of November. Scroll down for the exhibition flyer, or visit the Healing Fibers website to learn more about the show, as well as the organization's mission, including its support of refugee artisans in Worcester.







Thursday, November 2, 2017

SHARE Supports Raise Up for a $15 Minimum Wage and Paid Family/Medical Leave


SHARE Organizers Jihelah, Eve, and Dylan
collected signatures outside the White City Trader Joe’s this week! 
This Fall, some SHARE organizers have been supporting the Raise Up coalition to bring two questions to the public on election day 2018. We have been working on gathering the number of signatures required to get a $15 minimum wage (phased in slowly over four years) and paid family/medical leave on the ballot next year so that we, as citizens of Massachusetts, can decide if we want these changes in our state.

Raise Up is a group of unions, churches, and small community organizations from across the state who are committed to positive changes for working families here in Massachusetts.

At SHARE, we see how valuable these changes would be for our members, and for all working people in MA. Many SHARE members have family and dependents at home who make the minimum wage. We believe that everyone deserves the ability to support themselves and their family, and right now, working 40 hours a week for the current $11 minimum wage just isn’t cutting it. And we know that a raise in the minimum wage helps to support solid raises for SHARE members when we negotiate with hospital management.

The Paid Family/Medical Leave proposal is also a better deal for working families. That proposal would provide up to 26 weeks of job-protected medical leave at 90% of pay if an employee is sick, and up to 16 weeks of job-protected family leave at 90% of pay if they have to care for a family member or have a new baby at home. A higher standard would help SHARE as we negotiate leaves-of-absence in our own contract in the future.

Some of our SHARE reps have been volunteering their time to collect signatures so that we will have the chance to vote on these two important issues next fall. If you are interested in joining that effort, or if you have questions about these two initiatives, please email eve.feldberg@theshareunion.org or call/text (617) 620-4091.


Thursday, October 5, 2017

SHARE Raise Delivered in October 13 Paycheck

UMass Memorial Human Resources has confirmed that the SHARE raises will be on time. SHARE members started earning their new rate on Sunday, October 1st. That new amount will show up in paychecks next week, October 13, and should be visible on-line starting on Saturday.

Most SHARE members are getting a 2% across the board raise, plus the annual SHARE platform movement amount. The across-the-board raise keeps you up with inflation, and the platform movement gives you credit for another year of experience and moves you up toward the grade max.
This is the final raise negotiated under our current contract. We expect to begin negotiating the next contract, including raises, in the Spring-Summer of next year.
MEMBERS at their GRADE MAXIMUM
. . . will receive the entire raise to their base pay, unless their raise would put them over the new higher Max Cap. (Only eleven SHARE members will be at the Max Cap for their grade. They will be contacted directly by SHARE staff about their raise, a portion of which will be paid-out as a bonus.)
MEMBERS in PEER-BASED POSITIONS
We have completed a great amount of the work involved to slot individuals onto platforms. Thank you to everyone affected for your help in making sure that the hospital has the correct experience data on record for you. We are still working with management to finalize the process, and will contact you all with a further update.
DETERMINING your NEW RATE of PAY
For most SHARE members, those whose current rate of pay is already on a platform, you can identify your new rate by locating your current rate in the online Pay Grids, then moving one column to the right and one row down.

For more detailed instructions about using the pay grids -- or if you current pay is between platforms, at max or over max, or in a grade without platforms -- please contact the SHARE office for help. 508-929-4020