MD Legislators Approve Labor Protections for UMMC Workers

Both the Maryland State House of Delegates and Senate voted on March 14 in favor of new legislation that will provide equal labor protections to 5,000 workers at the University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore. The proposed law, an updated version of the Equality for Maryland Caregivers Act backed by 1199SEIU last year, solves

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Advancing The Vision Of King & Mandela For Economic Justice

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Nelson Mandela both shared the deep conviction that civil rights and economic justice go hand in hand. Mandela declared that “poverty is not an accident. Like slavery and apartheid, it is man-made and can be removed by the actions of human beings.” And King urged a “radical revolution of

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MOODY’S CONTINUES ‘NEGATIVE’ CREDIT RATING FOR UMMS

The ratings agency Moody’s is continuing to assign a “negative” credit outlook to the University of Maryland Medical System. After UMMS purchased St. Joseph Medical Center in December 2012, the hospital was unable to receive Medicare certification and lost $14.8 million.  The resulting loss of operating revenue was a factor that led to Moody’s placing

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State AG Decision Supports Labor Protections for UMMC Workers

A recent decision by the Maryland attorney general supports labor protections for workers at UMMC, the flagship hospital of the statewide University of Maryland Medical System. In a 19-page decision on Nov. 21, 2013, the office of Maryland Attorney General Doug Gansler wrote that the Maryland General Assembly has the authority to enact legislation subjecting

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UMMS Treatment of Workers and Use of Taxpayer Dollars is Subject of Op-Ed Published in The Baltimore Sun

UMMS doesn’t care for caregivers By John Reid A patient-care technician for the University of Maryland Medical System must update his skills regularly to keep his job, but he hasn’t seen an update in his salary. Another UMMS technician must work at least two jobs to have any money left after paying basic living expenses.

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UMMS Faces Questioning from Maryland Finance Authority

The Maryland Health and Higher Educational Facilities Authority will be taking a “stronger look” at requests for financing from the University of Maryland Medical System. During its October public meeting, the executive director of the authority, Annette Anselmi, told UMMS that “this is going to be part of a longer and stronger look at UMMS.”

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Campaign Highlighting UMMS Risky Financial Bet Expands Its Reach and Attracts Coverage in The Baltimore Sun

A campaign by the nurses and caregivers of 1199SEIU to highlight risky financial practices at the University of Maryland Medical System has expanded with new billboards in Baltimore and a social media campaign. The campaign was also highlighted in a recent story in The Baltimore Sun, “UMMS defends use of interest rate swaps: Use of

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Risky Financial Scheme Results in a $180 Million Debt
for the University of Maryland Medical System

The University of Maryland Medical System, which receives 58 percent of its revenues from public funding, has a more than $180 million debt due to a complex financial scheme that Robert Chrencik executed when he was CFO, and which continued after he became CEO of the statewide system in 2008, according to research released by

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