Terminated Worker Wins Reinstatement

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Newly re-instated Salud Para La Gente worker Liliana Chavez (left) with her union Steward Adriana Huerta (right).

Liliana Chavez returned to work at Salud Para La Gente on July 31, after filing a grievance under her SEIU contract. Although grievances give unions the power to challenge an employer’s actions, the grievance process also allows the parties to engage in fact-finding to determine if those actions were proper.

Liliana and her union steward Adriana Huerta met with the CEO of Salud Para La Gente; they explained in detail why we believe the decision to terminate Liliana was improper. After Liliana and Adriana made their case, the CEO agreed that not all of the facts had been brought to light during Salud’s investigation. She agreed to reinstate Liliana to her job.

“I was glad to be a part of Liliana’s fight for her rights. This case allowed me to grow and become more involved with our union, it was a challenge that was well worth it. I hope this encourages other members to not settle for less and to fight for what they believe is rightfully theirs.”

-Adriana Huerta, Billing Clerk for Salud Para La Gente and SEIU 521 Steward. Find out how you can become a Steward like Adriana and help your coworkers stand up for themselves!

Without a union, workers would have no recourse when they are improperly terminated. We appreciate that the managers of Salud Para La Gente did the right thing, and we are very happy that our grievance process had a good outcome. Welcome back, Liliana!

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