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Kentucky, West Virginia, and Ohio, all now offer online voter registration. You also should be able to make changes online.

• Kentucky Online Voter Registration
• West Virginia Online Voter Registration
• Ohio Online Voter Registration 

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See below for issue updates, organizing news, member action alerts, and more. 

Pledge to Vote for Vice President Joe Biden and Unions for All

SEIU biden 2This November, we must elect a president who will fight for and alongside SEIU members and our families to ensure that we all have the right to join together in Unions, regardless of the color of our skin or where we were born. Vice President Joe Biden has a proven record of doing just that and has a plan that meets our Unions for All demands.

We Are Proud to Support Joe Biden Because He Will:

• Make it easier for working people to have a seat at the table through Unions, sign a $15 minimum wage bill, and hold corporations accountable.
• Lead a strong federal response to the coronavirus pandemic that prioritizes the needs of workers, families, and small businesses who are suffering the most, particularly communities of color.
• Ensure everyone has access to quality, affordable healthcare and long-term care. Joe Biden will help make sure healthcare jobs are good, Union jobs that are the backbone of the most inclusive middle class in this country’s history.
• Treat immigrants humanely and fairly to ensure they are welcome, safe and free in America, recognizing that their success is necessary for the country’s success.
• Take bold action to transform our economy and democracy so families of every race can thrive.
• Take immediate, bold action on climate change that creates millions of good Union jobs and holds corporations accountable for the rampant pollution that is often the worst in communities of color.

Vice President Joe Biden will be the kind of president who will bring working people and our communities together to unrig the rules that have kept us from succeeding. He will lead with empathy and care for what all of us need not just to survive, but to thrive. Together with Vice President Joe Biden, we will break down the systemic racism and exclusion that keeps working families from getting ahead.

Pledge your vote at this link for Vice President Joe Biden today to make sure working families come before corporations.

Union Election – District Officers, Executive Board Election, and Proposed By-Laws Change

Social Justice Committee Elections

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

The nomination process for the Social Justice Steering Committee has now closed. A listing with all candidates can be found at this link

All members in good standing, including retiree chapter members, are encouraged to participate and attend the bi-annual Social Justice Activist meetings. If you have questions, please contact me at (216) 246-8772.

In Solidarity,

Samara Knight – Executive Vice President
Civic Engagement and Community Outreach

Standing Together for a Relief Bill for All Working Families

It has been two months since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act. Working people have been waiting for relief in this crisis. With inaction from U.S. Senate Republicans, pandemic related unemployment assistance is set to expire on July 31st.

The U.S. Senate Republican proposal is not the rescue package that is needed. That’s why I am encouraging you to call 844-944-1556. When you are connected, ask your U.S. Senator to pass a strong economic relief bill that includes the important measures found within the Heroes Act. Tell your U.S. Senator that pandemic unemployment assistance must be extended.

Workers across Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, have been providing vital services and support in this crisis. Many families have felt the economic distress caused by this pandemic firsthand. It is more important than ever that workers make their voices heard. Together, we will continue to speak out for relief for all working families.

In Solidarity,

Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Stand With the Healthcare Heroes of Cabell Huntington Hospital

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The nurses and technical workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital are heroes who serve our community every day, providing vital health care services on behalf of working people, individuals, and families from across our region. 

These workers are currently negotiating with Cabell Huntington Hospital for a fair contract that protects health and safety through better staffing, while ensuring fair wages and benefits for themselves and their families. Below are some ways that you can support these workers in their contract campaign now: 

Write to Elected Officials. Submit a letter of support to your elected officials. Let your representatives know that you support the nurses and technical workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital as they stand together for a fair contract. Submit your name and a support letter here

Write a Letter to the Editor. Send a letter to the editor and share your support with the public. Visit this page for details on submitting a letter to the editor.

Tweet Your Support. Share your support on Twitter with messages of solidarity. 

Support Petition. Submit your name in support of Huntington’s hospital heroes. Sign the support petition here

Together, the workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital are united for good jobs and quality care.

In Solidarity, 

Joyce Gibson – Regional Director 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Candlelight Vigil at Menorah Park

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“Northeast Ohio Nursing Home Workers Protest for Better COVID-19 Safety.”


Support Cabell Huntington Hospital Heroes


Take Action – Tweet to Stand With Cabell Huntington Hospital Workers

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Advanced Grievance Chair Training (Columbus)


ODRC Members Stand Together for Safe Working Conditions & Protective Equipment

Strike for Black Lives in Cleveland

Strike for Black Lives in Cleveland on July 20th
What we look like or where we live shouldn’t determine whether or not we can live healthy and whole lives. The pandemic changed our lives and deepened the divides that have always plagued us. Millions have lost their jobs. Millions more are forced to pick between their lives and their livelihoods. Too many of us lack healthcare in the face of a deadly virus. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! It is time for our employers to PROTECT ALL WORKERS!

– WHO –
SEIU/1199 Members, Families, & Supporters

– WHAT –
Informational picket by frontline healthcare heroes in support of workers’ rights and racial justice.

We will take a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in solidarity with workers across the country fighting against anti-black racism and to honor those workers – Black, white, and brown – who put their lives on the line every day to provide care to our seniors and people with disabilities.

– WHEN –
July 20th at 2:30pm
Meet us at the SEIU District 1199 Union Hall. We will march to Shaker Square (right next to the office) in solidarity with our Union brothers and sisters from across the country and we will take a knee in honor of George Floyd.

SEIU District 1199 Union Hall
13000 Shaker Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44120

Free College Programs for Union Members

Members with SEIU District 1199 now have more options for free college programs. Members and their eligible family members can utilize programs with Eastern Gateway Community College and Central State University, which are both a part of the State of Ohio’s higher education system. There’s no cost for tuition, fees, or e-books. These programs are available anywhere and are regionally accredited

Once a student has 60 credit hours, they can transfer to Central State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in the degree programs listed. This benefit is open to members in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. 

There will be three informational sessions over Zoom for members with SEIU District 1199 in coordination with Eastern Gateway Community College. We have heard from many members that this program may be especially beneficial now.

Register for an SEIU informational session:     
 Monday, July 20 @ 10:00 AM EST (Register)
 Tuesday, July 21 @ 3:00 PM EST (Register)
 Wednesday, July 22 @ 7:00 PM EST (Register)

Though we can’t ensure that you will be able to register in time, if you are not a member of SEIU District 1199, you can sign a membership card onlineEastern Gateway Community College has offered guidance that furloughed or laid off union members and their families are also eligible.

In Solidarity, 

Becky Williams President 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Strike for Black Lives in Toledo

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“Huntington nurses, technical workers raise contract concerns.” (WOWK TV)

Take Action – Nursing Home Workers Need Safe Staffing, PPE & Fair Wages

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CHH RN and Tech Unit Press Conference in Huntington, West Virginia

Hospital workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital work every day to provide the best possible quality care. Yet, while negotiating a first contract with hospital executives and management, CHH nurses and technical workers have been met with resistance, excuses, and delay.

SEIU RN & Tech Unit Press Conference
The Front of Cabell Huntington Hospital at Hal Greer Boulevard
Huntington, West Virginia 25701
Tuesday, July 7th at 7:30 PM

Though Cabell Huntington Hospital received $46,209,463 in Cares Act funding & St. Mary’s Medical Center was issued $25,221,816, workers at the hospital haven’t seen any hero pay. 

Join with us for this press event as we share news on Cabell Huntington Hospital’s approach to negotiations and speak out for good union jobs and quality care. 

United for Good Jobs & Quality Care

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Last week, members held vigils in six cities to remember nursing home residents and staff members that have lost their lives in the COVID19 pandemic. To stand with your co-workers and to have a Union means to have a powerful voice. I want to share with you some of the important moments.

• West Virginia members in Huntington were interviewed by TV stations, including WOWK, and discussed the need for greater quality of care and hazard pay.
• In Cincinnati, Executive Board Member Kay Bishop, who works at Harrison Pavilion, called for more support for nursing home workers and additional protective equipment in an interview with TV News 12.
 Brenda Rushton, a member leader, and nursing home workers in Youngstown, Ohio, joined together with local leaders, to discuss their need for safe staffing, protective equipment, and higher wages.
• In Cleveland, members spoke out about the challenges at their facilities, including the tragic loss of a beloved co-worker to COVID19. 
• Nursing home members in Pomeroy, Ohio, held a vigil that was covered in an article in the Daily Sentinel as they spoke out about the needs of nursing home workers during this crisis and after.
• Finally, in Toledo, members such as Gwendolyn Powell, a dietary aide, gathered at One Government Center, to call on political leaders to take action to improve working conditions for all nursing home workers.

Our Union unites working people from different backgrounds and many places to speak out about the issues that are important to our families. Members are taking action for the changes that they need for themselves, their co-workers, and those for whom they provide care. One thing that all nursing home workers can do right now is to take action by sending a letter to legislative leaders about the need for the changes highlighted at the vigils last week – send a letter today here.

If you need immediate assistance, you can always contact your Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348.

In Solidarity,

Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

“Youngstown Nursing Home Workers Hold Vigil to Remember COVID-19 Victims.”

2020 Member Scholarship Program

2014_SEIU1199_ScholarshipVerticalBannerWho is eligible?
All SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH members in good standing and their immediate family members are eligible.

What are the requirements?
You must have been accepted or currently enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year educational institution or technical school and actively enrolled in a degree, post bachelor’s degree or certification program.
You must be enrolled for a minimum of five (5) credit hours in a course required or related to the degree or certification.
You and your immediate family member(s) are eligible if you have been a member in good standing of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH for at least two years prior to the application deadline.

How do I apply?
Complete scholarship eligibility criteria, requirements, and applications:

• SEIU 1199 Scholarship Form
 SEIU 1199 Scholarship FAQ

Members may also obtain an application packet including eligibility criteria information and an application by calling the Member Resource Center hotline at 1-877-419-SEIU (7348).

The application process is now open for 2020. The deadline for applications is September 1st. 

Scholarship Recipient List – 2019
 Scholarship Recipient List – 2018
 Sign a Membership Card (must be a member in good standing for 2 years)

Applications may be submitted by email to or by mail to:

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Member Resource Center
Attention: Scholarships
1395 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215