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Dozens rally outside East Liverpool City Hospital. (WTOV News 9)

Cleveland library employees remember shooting victim, share branch safety concerns (News 5 Cleveland WEWS)

 

Candlelight Vigil for Cleveland Public Library Staff, Patrons, and Visitors

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You are invited to join the Union Workers of the Cleveland Public Library as we hold a candlelight vigil for the safety and security of everyone who enters our library branches.

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
6:00pm – Gathering
7:00pm – Candlelight Vigil

South Brooklyn Branch of the Cleveland Public Library
4303 Pearl Road, Cleveland, Ohio 44109

We will join together in solidarity to call on library executives and community leaders to bargain in good faith with the members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH at the Cleveland Public Library for a contract that keeps everyone safe and respects the dignity of their work.

Members of the community are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Update on the “Freedom Foundation”

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If the Freedom Foundation contacts you, take these steps to fight back:

  1. Visit We Are Ohio to read about the Freedom Foundation and stay updated.
  2. If you receive an email, forward it to media@seiu1199.org and let your local union leadership know.
  3. If approached by Freedom Foundation canvassers, either at work or at home, don’t sign anything and ask them to remove you from their lists.
  4. Reach out to other union members and let them know.

We will continue to update you about this group’s anti-union activity. 

College Programs for Union Members

SEIU District 1199 offers discounts for members and eligible family members through arrangements with colleges. These programs include a range of benefits with Columbia Southern University, Southern New Hampshire University, Central State University, and Eastern Gateway Community College. 

Membership with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH provides access to the member benefit programs detailed below. You can sign a membership card online at this link.

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Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community CollegeEastern Gateway offers a free Associate’s Degree college benefit for members and retirees, in addition to eligible family members. 

Ohio’s Central State University. Union Plus, one of your Union’s member benefit programs, has partnered with Central State University in Dayton, Ohio. Central State University is now offering a program for Bachelor’s Degrees for members and eligible family members. This program is available online at a reduced cost or low/no cost (e.g. depending on grants). The program is open to students with an Associate’s Degree or 60 credit hours of coursework in a related major. Additionally, students who have a degree from Eastern Gateway Community College can now transfer into the Bachelor’s Degree program at Central State University. 

Southern New Hampshire UniversitySNHU offers Bachelor’s Degrees and Associate’s Degrees for $3,000 a year for members and eligible family members.

Columbia Southern UniversityColumbia Southern offers Associate’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, Mater’s Degrees, and Doctoral Degrees. SEIU District 1199 has a tuition discount agreement for members. 

If you need assistance with your member benefits, you can always contract the Member Resource Center. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

Breaking News: Nearly 1,000 Nurses Vote to Organize with SEIU at Cabell Huntington Hospital

By a majority vote, the Registered Nurses of Huntington’s fourth-largest employer say YES to their Union.

HUNTINGTON, WV – Tonight, nearly 1,000 Registered Nurses will have the ability to negotiate with Cabell Huntington Hospital for safe staffing and improved patient care after voting to organize their Union with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 WV/KY/OH.  With one of the biggest organizing victories since West Virginia became a Right-to-Work state, nurses are sending a resounding message to working people across West Virginia that forming a Union is the best way to shift the balance of power away from corporations and toward the people.

“This is a great day for the Registered Nurses of Cabell Huntington Hospital as well as a great day for our community,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “The nurses in our community know by uniting together, we can stand up for our patients, our families, and our community.”

Tonight’s victory for the Registered Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital comes just a little over a month after notifying their employer of the intent to organize in early October. The nurses decided to organize with the SEIU after hospital executives refused to address their concerns about short staffing and mandatory overtime, including in vital areas of the hospital like the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  

“My co-workers and I know the best way to advocate for our patients and support our families is through our Union,” said Stacey Bias, a Critical Care Float Nurse at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “We look forward to sitting down with hospital executives to negotiate a Union contract that allows us to better care of our families and the families of our community.”

For over 40 years, Registered Nurses have worked side-by-side with SEIU members in every area of Cabell Huntington Hospital. Now, with the addition of nearly 1,000 registered nurses, workers will have a stronger voice.

“By coming together and organizing their Union, the dedicated nurses who provide essential, compassionate healthcare are determined to hold hospital executives accountable to the community,” continued Gibson.

Veterans Day 2019 – Thank You

We thank all veterans for their dedication to our country. On Behalf of SEIU District 1199 and our staff, thank you to all veterans and their families for your service and sacrifice. If you are a member and a veteran, please join our new SEIU District 1199 Veterans Council

Disgusted with Distractions from Quality Care, RNs At Cabell Huntington Hospital Call Out Aggressive, Anti-Union Tactics

Registered Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital are fed up with management pulling caregivers away from patients to dissuade them from uniting for a voice on patient safety and quality care.

HUNTINGTON, WV – Today, Registered Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital will hold a press conference outside of the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital entrance to call on hospital executives and managers to stop their aggressive, anti-Union campaign that is pulling caregivers away from their patients. Nurses from all areas of the hospital, including critical care areas like ICU and NICU, have been forced into captive audience meetings with department managers and other executives on work time when they should have been providing quality care to patients.

“The Registered Nurses of Cabell Huntington Hospital care deeply about the health, wellness and safety of their patients,” said Sherri McKinney, spokesperson for the Nurses Organizing Campaign at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “These women and men wake up every day to provide the best quality care possible to the patients of our community, but the aggressive, anti-Union tactics by management are taking them away from their ability to do their jobs.”

Captive audience meetings are an aggressive tool used by hospital executives and managers under the advisement of their Union-busting consultants to pressure employees to pledge their allegiance to their employer, rather than what is in the best interest of the employee, their family or the patients that they serve.

Despite the registered nurses attending the latest Board of Directors meeting asking for them to intervene, hospital managers continue to pull nurses away from their patients.

These tactics come as an overwhelming majority of the more than 900 registered nurses at the hospital notified Cabell Huntington executives of their decision to organize with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH after drastic changes in the operation of the hospital were announced by Mountain Health, the new parent company of both Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center.

“By uniting together in their Union with SEIU, nurses will have a collective voice on the issues that impact their families and the care they provide our community,” continued McKinney. “Cabell executives and managers should allow our nurses to provide the care they are sworn to provide without distraction, intimidation or coercion by anyone.”

Registered Nurses and SEIU leaders will hold a brief press availability at 3:45 pm on Wednesday, November 6th, in front of Hoops Family Children’s Hospital entrance of Cabell Huntington Hospital, 1340 Hal Greer Boulevard Huntington, WV 25701.

WHO: Registered Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital
WHAT: Press Conference Against Aggressive, Anti-Union Tactics
WHEN: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 3:45pm
WHERE: Hoops Family Children’s Hospital entrance of Cabell Huntington Hospital, 1340 Hal Greer Boulevard Huntington, West Virginia 25701

Veterans Council – Honoring Your Service

The women and men who served our country in military service deserve the best that our nation can provide. Nationwide, more than 2.1 million active and retired union members are veterans of military service.

To honor the service of our Union family, we are forming the SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Veterans Council.

The purpose of the SEIU District 1199 Veterans Council is to bring together union leaders and union members who are veterans to speak out on veterans’ issues and influence public policy to improve the quality of life for U.S. veterans and their families through access to good jobs, higher wages, and access to quality health care.

If you or someone you work with served in our Armed Forces, please encourage them to join our SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Veterans Council today by clicking here.

Your Union family thanks you for your service. Our Veterans Council will fight hard for those that fought for us.

SEIU Members Endorse Levy Renewal for Lorain Public Library

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Member leaders with SEIU District 1199 have voted to endorse the renewal levy for the Lorain Public Library System in Columbia Township. The 5-year levy renewal will mean no increase in taxes and is needed to continue to meet expenses. The levy renewal will be on the November 5th ballot. SEIU District 1199 has represented members with the library system for many years. 

SEIU Members Endorse Tri-C Levy

Tri-CThe SEIU District 1199 Executive Board has endorsed the levy for Cuyahoga County Community College. The levy is needed to keep education affordable and accessible and will be on the November 5th ballot. SEIU District 1199 has represented staff members at Tri-C for 1982. 

SEIU Members Endorse Willoughby Eastlake Public Library Levy Renewal

The SEIU District 1199 Executive Board has voted to endorse the levy for Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library. The levy is a 10-year 1-mill renewal levy and will mean no increase in taxes. The levy renewal is needed to maintain services and will be on the November 5th ballot. SEIU District 1199 has represented staff members with Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library since 1996. 

2019 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Winners!

Ian Quillen
Child of Carolyn Quillen
Kings Daughters Medical Center

Alex Butcher
Child of Amy Butcher
Cabell Huntington Hospital

Kacey Gilkerson
Child of Sabrina Gilkerson
Cabell Huntington Hospital

Richard McMillion
Child of Ruth McMillion
Seneca Health Services

Derek Stevens
Spouse of Rachel Stevens
Fairmont Regional Medical Center

Nicholas Amanatides
Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services

David Barbutes
Child of Colleen Barbutes
Trumbull Regional Medical Center

Suzy Bangudi
Child of Brigitte Bangudi
Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corrections

Brittany Carrasco
Mercy Hospital Springfield

Kayla Chappell
Child of Tiffany Jones
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Dwayne Gullatte
Child of Robin Bennie
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Comp

Kevin Haller
Child of Maryanne Haller
Cuyahoga County Public Library

Kasey Hunt
Child of Samantha Chamberlain
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Zoe Katz
Child of Jodi Katz
Bellefaire JCB

Griffin Kennedy
Child of Tim Kennedy
Cuyahoga Community College

Bobby Mounts
Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corrections

Shahid Muhammad
Child of Kasey Hall
Cincinnati State

Melissa Mulinix
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

William Nagy II
Child of William Nagy
Ohio Department of Health

Patrick Olabode
Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corrections

Ben Zhang
Child of Hongbo Zhu
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

 

Health Care Coverage Open Enrollment for 2020 Open Until December 15th

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If you or a family member need health care coverage for 2020, be sure to enroll. There are affordable plans but without a qualifying event, you must sign up between November 1st and December 15

Most people qualify for financial help. Share this message with family and friends.

We Rise – Update Your Membership

An updated membership helps to ensure that our chapters and Union remain strong. We are stronger together.

Sign a Membership Card
The membership form is available online.  Membership also provides access to the Union’s benefit programs, a free community college benefit, an annual scholarship program, and more. 

Visit the membership form online to submit a new membership or update/renew. 

Mercy Health Members in Lorain Unite to Bargain $15 an Hour Wage and Above

Mercy Health 2Members of SEIU District 1199 at Mercy Regional Medical Center last Monday overwhelmingly approved a new contract. The contract is a milestone in the fight for fair wages for all workers and members of our Union.

In our continuing fight to improve staffing and working conditions, improvements were made in areas such as representation and distribution of assignments. Our member bargaining committee was also able to secure significant wages increases, bringing those of us earning less than $15 an hour up and above $15 by January 2022. In addition, there will be increases for those already above $15 to recognize the years of dedication and hard work that it took to get there.

This victory was not easily won and was the culmination of years of work not only in the chapter by members and leaders but also by SEIU and our allies in the Fight for $15 – the local and national fight to increase wages and deliver dignity for all workers. The Union has organized workers across the country to advocate and demonstrate for a living wage, resulting in minimum wage increases from San Francisco and Seattle to Illinois and New York.

Under this new 5-year contract, the average wage will increase 21%. Some members will see even greater wage gains. These increases will mean we can give up a second job or send our children to a quality daycare, preschool, or later to college. For all of us, these increases recognize the work that we all do every day to care for our patients and our families.

SEIU Members Endorse Andy Beshear for Governor of Kentucky

Facing Short-Staffing and Unsafe Working Conditions, Registered Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital Organize Union with SEIU

together-we-riseRegistered Nurses say mandatory overtime and short-staffing in critical care areas like NICU/ICU among major concerns as they united together to file for Union recognition.

 HUNTINGTON, WV – Today, Registered Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital will deliver official notice to hospital executives of their intention to file for formal recognition of their Union with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB), after concerns about the patient care rise.  
 
The decision by the nearly 900 registered nurses to organize comes after drastic changes in the operation of the hospital made by Mountain Health, the new parent company of both Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center, have nurses concerned about the future of quality care in the region. 
 
“The registered nurses of Cabell Huntington Hospital have worked side-by-side with Union workers for more than 40 years, but they have made the decision to come together now after Mountain Health has refused to properly staff the hospital and proposed major changes in hospital operations that could put quality care at risk in our community,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director for the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. “The nurses of our community take great pride in providing exceptional care to their patients and they refuse to remain silent while greedy, profit-driven hospital executives make unnecessary cuts which could put both the patients and the caregivers in greater danger.”
 
Among the many concerns shared by many hospital nurses are mandatory overtime and short-staffing in critical care areas like the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) and the Intensive Care Unit (ICU). By uniting together in their Union with SEIU, nurses will have a collective voice on the issues that impact their families and the care they provide our community. 
 
Registered Nurses and SEIU leaders will hold a brief press availability at 3:30 pm on Wednesday, October 9th, in front of Cabell Huntington Hospital, 1340 Hal Greer Boulevard Huntington, West Virginia 25701. 
 

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Lorain Labor Day Festival 2019

We are looking for volunteers to work our SEIU District 1199 booth at the Lorain Labor Day Festival. You can work an hour or the whole day, no volunteer will be turned away. 

What: Lorain Labor Day Celebration by Organized Labor
When: Sunday, September 1st from 12 PM to 6 PM
Where: Black River Landing at 421 Black River Lane in Lorain, Ohio 44052

The Lorain County Organized Labor’s 24th Annual Labor Day Family Celebration is hosted by labor unions, the Lorain County Labor Agency, and the Lorain Port Authority. All members and the public are invited to attend.