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SEIU HCMN & IA Members Ratify Agreement with Planned Parenthood, Historic First Union Contract Now Official

January 18, 2024

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota & Iowa members voted with overwhelming majority support to ratify agreement

MINNEAPOLIS – SEIU Healthcare Minnesota & Iowa members who work at Planned Parenthood North Central States (PPNCS) ratified their historic first tentative agreement (TA) with 84% support, with voting ending Wednesday evening. The first contract for the 430 workers came after the group voted to form their union in 2022 and spent 37 bargaining sessions working to reach the deal. The 3-year agreement immediately goes into effect, retroactive to January 1.

Nicole Anschutz, a triage nurse at PPNCS and bargaining team member with SEIU Healthcare MN & IA, shared her excitement at seeing the group’s first union contract ratified by members:

"I am so proud of the amazing work done by PPNCS staff every day supporting our patients and communities, providing reproductive healthcare. As a bargaining team member for the final stretch of our negotiations, I saw firsthand how much work went into getting this contract, and I'm thankful to our membership for ratifying this historic agreement. We won wage increases for everyone (and bigger ones for those currently making the least), improvements in healthcare affordability, workplace protections, commitments to joint work on racial equity inside our organization, and so much more. We didn't win everything we need, and our fight will continue for both abortion rights and worker rights, but today we celebrate that our over 440 amazing members now have all the protections and progress that come with the ratification of our first union contract!"

The contract covers workers who do jobs such as reproductive healthcare, comprehensive sexual health education, political advocacy and so many more invaluable roles helping people across the Midwest access safe abortions and other essential health services.

Highlights for a first contract  include: