District 11 Health Care Workers Council

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The USW represents over 50,000 workers across the United States, Canada and Caribbean working in health care fields including hospital workers, clinics, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Our members work in home care, adult day care and with disabled people.

Besides seeking decent wages, safer workplaces and dignity and respect on the job, these workers fight to make lives better for the patients who depend on them for high-quality care and life saving medications. 

Collectively, our members contribute to every step of the human health experience and live across the entire economic and educational continuums. 

Health care is one of our union’s fastest growing sectors. There has been a 7% organizing growth in this sector since 2010. 

District 11 

District 11 represents approximately 4,000 health care workers across 46 contracts throughout the state of Minnesota. 

Our members work in a variety of jobs in a wide range of settings. They include direct patient care, billing, registration, dietary, laboratory, radiology, surgery and environmental services. 

In 2016, the first group of family practice physicians, physician assistants and nurse practitioners ratified their first contract. 

What does the council do?

To get updates from the council, text the message D11HCWC to the phone number 77820.

District 11 Contact Information

Deanna Hughes, District Coordinator 
218-724-5223 
dhughes.usw@gmail.com 

Cathy Drummond, Assistant to the District 11 Director 
612-963-3088
cdrummond@usw.org 

Michele Fredrickson, Staff Representative 
218-750-2828
mfredrickson@usw.org 

Mike Woods, Staff Representative 
218-780-9086
mwoods@usw.org 

Justin Recla, Staff Representative 
651-600-9401
jrecla@usw.org  

How the USW Union Works 

In the USW, YOU are the Union. 

YOU make decisions in your Local Union by a democratic vote. 

YOU nominate and elect Local Union officers from among your co-workers in your bargaining unit and other health care facilities in your area. 

YOU vote for the USW District Directors and International Officers. The USW is one of the few major unions where members vote directly for top officers of the International Union. Democratic elections hold our leadership accountable to our membership. 

YOU determine your bargaining demands and elect your negotiating team members. 

YOU be a part of a Local Union that decides all affairs of the Local Union.