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Chapters Unite to take Rights to Next Level
Members at Natividad Medical Center (NMC) and Monterey County Social Services are standing together to enforce their contract!

Currently, management believes they are obligated to pay shift differential only for hours worked after 3pm. But in 2013, SEIU members negotiated new shift differential rules for workers at NMC, which we believe requires payment of shift differential for an entire shift, not just part of it. They’re taking this matter to arbitration.  Read more here.

Healthcare Townhall Meeting at NMC: Wednesday, Nov. 12
We invite you to a community meeting to learn about the benefits of having a Level II Trauma facility in Monterey County.

Monterey County Board of Supervisors puts Community First!
NMC Rally
The proud members of SEIU Local 521 displayed the Power of Unity and what we can accomplish when we Stand Together.  On July 28, an overwhelming number of SEIU Local 521 members, physician leaders, RN’s and community allies stood up to fight a proposal to  pay a San Francisco consulting firm hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars to take over leadership of NMC.

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Natividad Medical Center, Meetings by Unit
Please contact Miguel Sauceda at (831) 784-2575 to schedule a meeting for your unit.

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Governance Change

NMC TeamNMC wins when we stand together
Natividad Medical Center (NMC) has secured its path to becoming a Level II Trauma Center and SEIU Local 521 NMC members can feel proud! Our hard work and commitment to putting our Community First was publicly acknowledged by members of the Board of Supervisors on Jan. 28.

Contract Ratification Vote Schedule
Our SEIU 521 Bargaining Team, 25 strong members from all Bargaining Units, reached a Tentative Agreement (TA) with the County of Monterey on October 14 after more than six months of bargaining.
See the voting dates and locations here.
For more details, download the flyer: Contract Ratification Vote Schedule (PDF)

Natividad Medical Center Tentative Agreement Summary (PDF)

Monterey County residents flock to health fair to get Covered California info
Sen. Monning speaking at NMC health fairCovered California’s first big debut in Monterey County met with an enthusiastic public as hundreds came on Oct. 2 to a free health fair organized by SEIU Local 521 in partnership with the county and Natividad Medical Center.

NMC wins first county trauma center

AB 276

NMC bill sails through Assembly, on to Governor
A more secure future for Natividad Medical Center, our community, and our contract are on the horizon, thanks to 521 members helping to move our hospital bill through the state Assembly.
Read more 

Our 521 Chief Elected Officer Kristy Sermersheim has prepared a letter of support for AB 276 to send to Assemblyman Luis Alejo and Sacramento legislators.
Read the letter. (PDF)

Picture on the right: Members meet with Assemblymember Bill Monning and Senator Lois Walk in Sacramento June 26 to garner support for Assembly Bill 276, or The Central Coast Hospital Authority Act, to help protect Natividad services.

Flyer: Protecting Our Safety Net Hospitals (PDF)

Listen to the phone conference about Natividad’s future
On June 7, we hosted a telephone conference call about the future of Natividad Medical Center, our jobs, our benefits, and our contract.
Listen now. (Wav. file)

Honoring workers: County supervisor spends day working at hospital

NMC moves closer to SVMH affiliation

Editorial: Natividad stepping up to new challenges

Blue Cross: Do the right thing!
Mega-insurer covers 80 percent of Monterey County and is using its clout to maximize profits at the community’s expense. What can you do? Add your name to the petition to demand that Blue Cross negotiate a fair contract and bring affordable healthcare to county residents, workers and businesses.

Have a question about the governance change?
Ask it here.
Read common questions and answers.

Governance Change Update – Dec. 21 (PDF)

Governance Change Update – Oct. 13
521 members are actively engaged in lobby efforts with the Monterey County Board of Supervisors to remain a part of our governance change process; to ensure health services and workers are not negatively impacted; and to ensure workers’ rights and negotiated benefits are protected.
Read more and see how you can get involved.

Monterey County moving to change who will govern NMC
The Board of Supervisors voted in July to rapidly move forward with plan to remove Natividad Medical Center from under Monterey County’s oversight, and create a “Public Authority” to oversee NMC  instead. The change in oversight is being called a “governance change.”

This timeline for this change is now Nov. 1, 2012.

NMC survey results
SEIU 521 members completed surveys regarding the change. Members overwhelmingly identified these concerns:

  • Job security and retirement
  • The ability of NMC to provide high quality care for the community and engage with the patients on the Governance Change

Members also expressed their strong interest in having a voice in the legislation and the county ordinance that will create the Public Authority.

Meet the NMC member committe
Members assembled an NMC Committee to ensure that the governance change goes smoothly and protects NMC employees and the community. Our NMC Committee is here to answer our questions regarding the change and what it means to us.
Our NMC Committee members:
Randy Birss – Engineering
Pat Butcher – Specialty Clinics
Enid Donato – Managed Care/ Financial Counseling
Emile Glenny – Specialty Clinics
Linda Luna-Specialty Clinics
Mike Rossi – Radiology
Irene Zenk – Administrative Services

“It is vital that we continue to meet and discuss goals and principles as the governance change goes forward. This change will have a great impact on NMC employees and the community. We must ensure that we have a voice in how this change is shaped.”
–Enid Donato, NMC Committee Member


NMC Newsletter – Sept. 2011

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