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    June 2015
1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds' Boards of Trustees Meet this Month

The 1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds' Boards of Trustees will hold their Joint Annual Meeting from Wednesday, June 24, through Friday, June 26, at the Crystal Springs Resort in New Jersey. The Trustees will review the work of 2014 as well as attend a featured session on the challenges presented by the increasing impact of high-cost specialty drugs. Once again, Trustees will be able to access conference materials via an iPad or other web-enabled device. For those interested in attending a refresher course on using the iPad, onsite training will be available on Wednesday, June 24, from 2:00 pm to 3:45 pm. For more information about the 2015 Annual Meeting, contact Daphne Lewis at (646) 473-8407 or Daphne.Lewis@1199Funds.org.

   

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1199SEIU Labor Management Project Helps Nursing Homes Prevent Workplace Violence

In late March, joint labor-management committees from the 1199SEIU Training and Employment Funds' Labor Management Project presented updates on the status of their initiatives to prevent and reduce workplace violence at "Workplace Violence in Nursing Homes: Best Practices for Managing Challenging Behaviors," the second citywide conference on workplace violence in nursing homes. The 18-month project got underway last October and aims to develop a comprehensive approach to assist facilities in preventing and reducing incidents of four types of workplace violence: resident-to-resident, resident-to-staff, family/visitor-to-staff and staff-to-staff. The six 1199SEIU Greater New York (GNY) facilities taking part in the project are the Bronx Center for Rehabilitation and Healthcare, Crown Nursing & Rehabilitation Center, Kingsbridge Heights Rehabilitation and Care Center, Kings Harbor Multicare Center, Laconia Nursing Home and Terrace Healthcare Center. After the first conference last fall, the facilities established joint labor-management committees to review and improve their workplace violence policies and procedures. Since then, staff members from the Labor Management Project have helped the committees coordinate their work and begin to establish best practices. In the project's next phase, each committee will share its changes to workplace violence policies and procedures with staff. For more information about the project, please contact Paul Padial at Paul.Padial@LaborManagementProject.org.
 

The Institute for Continuing Education (ICE) Programs

The Training and Upgrading Fund helps 1199SEIU members stay abreast of developments in their fields, and earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) through its Institute for Continuing Education. For more information, visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/Institute. 

 

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1199SEIU Future of America Learning Center Is Among New York City's Showcase Schools  

The New York City Department of Education (DOE) honored the 1199SEIU Future of America Learning Center (FALC) last month as a pre-Kindergarten (pre-K) "Showcase School." As part of the DOE's new Showcase Schools Program, 17 learning institutions, including FALC, will host educators from other schools to discuss successful strategies in specific learning areas, as well as the processes behind their development. On May 1 and May 12, teachers, principals, site directors and other staff from schools throughout the city observed classes and attended workshops at FALC. Pre-K head teachers Sara Gilbert and Nila Johnson demonstrated how to create learning stations and assessments for them, while FALC Site Director Erica Vincenty-Nieves shared activities and strategies to engage parents. In addition, FALC Chief Operating Officer Bonnie Mallonga led a workshop on targeted professional development training. The two visits generated positive interest in FALC's programs, as several principals and site directors noted. Frank Severino, Assistant Principal of Public School 9, said, "The way the children navigated the classroom and engaged in their activities with minimal help from the adults was just phenomenal."   

 

On May 4, FALC hosted another special visitor: Richard R. Buery, Jr., New York City's Deputy Mayor for Strategic Policy Initiatives and leader of the universal pre-K program. Buery joined Child Care Funds Executive Director Vivian Fox and Chief of Staff Rossmery Dais, visiting pre-K classrooms and interacting with children at learning stations based on Howard Gardner's Theory of Multiple Intelligences. For more information on FALC or any of the programs offered by the 1199SEIU Child Care Corporation and the 1199SEIU Child Care Funds, call (212) 564-2220, or visit www.1199SEIUFunds.org/ccf.

 

In This Issue
1199SEIU Benefit and Pension Funds' Boards of Trustees Meet This Month
1199SEIU Labor Management Project Helps Nursing Homes Prevent Workplace Violence
1199SEIU Future of America Learning Center Is Among New York City's Showcase Schools


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