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

Voters Call for Leaders to Protect Health Care Funding in Beaver, West Virginia

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On September 12th, Union members and voters, joined together for a rally in Beaver, West Virginia. Attendees called on politicians to stand against cuts to vital funding for Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security. At the rally, local workers also expressed their appreciation for State Senator Richard Ojeda’s support for these programs and West Virginia’s working people.

The rally included members from the United Mine Workers of America, the United Food and Commercial Workers, SEIU District 1199, the International Brotherhood of Carpenters, the American Federation of Teachers, the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. 

FrontLine Service: Be Fair To Those That Care

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Life can be hard and full of challenges.
And no one knows that better than the staff at Frontline Service.
Each and every day they are in the community helping those who are struggling to get by.
Reaching out to adults and children in our area to end homelessness, prevent suicide, resolve behavioral health crises, and overcome trauma.
But right now Frontline Service Executive Director Susan Neth isn’t taking care of the hard-working, dedicated staff who make the agency great.
For years, Frontline Service has balanced their books on the backs of their employees.
Instead of investing in the hard-working frontline workers, they spent money on costly management positions and thousands of dollars on travel to conferences that could have helped the community.
In these difficult times, we need to take care of those most in need.
Call Executive Director Susan Neth at 216-274-3300 and ask her to be fair to those who care.
Paid for by SEIU District 1199, Becky Williams, President

STATE CONTRACT UPDATE: Friday, September 14, 2018

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Major Contract Victory! SEIU/1199 State Employees Win Big at Bargaining Table

Final Bargaining Session Yields Wage Increases, Job Protections & Unprecedented Ratification Bonus for Union Members 

Just before the stroke of midnight, our SEIU District 1199 Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with the State of Ohio for a new, three-year agreement that which will guarantee wage increases, protect health insurance and many other big wins including an unprecedented ratification bonus for our Union Members.

We are putting together a complete summary of everything included in the tentative agreement, but here are some major highlights:

  • BIG WIN: RATIFICATION BONUS!
    • 22 Hours of Compensatory Time for Full-Time Members
    • 11 Hours of Compensatory Time for Part-Time Members
  • Annual Wage Increase, retroactive to July 1st!
    • 2018: 2.75%
    • 2019: 2.75%
    • 2020: 3.00%
  • Increases in Shift Premiums
  • New Language to Address Mandation Concerns
  • $200,000 MORE in Tuition Reimbursement Per Year
  • Increased Individual Tuition Reimbursement Limit to $3,500 Per Year
  • Protected Our Current Health Insurance Split
  • 65% Increase of Equipment Allowance for Adult Parole Authority Members

This was a long journey and a tough fight. Your SEIU District 1199 Bargaining Committee really worked exceptionally hard to win these gains for our Union Members. We listened to your concerns and worked diligently to address them both at the main table and during agency-specific bargaining. As many of you already know, the State of Ohio came to bargaining with major concessions and, through our Union, we were able to fight back and avoid the delay and uncertainty of having to take this contract to fact-finding. This should show any nay-sayers out there the real benefit to being a Member of our Union and our ability to win when we stick together.
 
WHEN DO WE VOTE?

We are working now to finalize the voting schedule and we will share that information with you as soon as we have it. The contract is not finalized until it is ratified by our Union Members and the State Controlling Board.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ONLY UNION MEMBERS CAN VOTE ON THE CONTRACT

If you have not yet signed your membership card, you can do so now by clicking here: https://member.seiu1199.org/
If you are not sure of your membership status, you can contact your Administrative Organizer or call the Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348. Anyone who shows up to vote that has not yet signed a membership card will be required to sign one or they will not be able to vote.
 
Thank you for your support and solidarity throughout this entire process. And a major thank you to the members of our SEIU District 1199 Bargaining Committee for their diligence and hard work. United we bargain, divided we beg!

Action Alert – Register to Vote Online for the November 6th Election

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The election on November 6th will be critical for Union members and workers across West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. Registration deadlines are approaching quickly. Don’t delay and make sure your registration is up to date:

• Ohio | October 9th Deadline | Register |
• Kentucky | October 9th Deadline | Register |
• West Virginia | October 16th Deadline | Register |

A voter guide with additional information on member endorsed candidates is now available. We are stronger together. 

SEIU Remembers – 9/11/01

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, 62 SEIU members from Locals 32BJ, 509, 1199NE, 1199NY, and 4053/PEF (Public Employees Federation) were killed when hijacked planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. We remember their lives as seen through the eyes of their friends, relatives, and co-workers.

Make a Phone Call to Save the U.S. Supreme Court – Stop Kavanaugh

Join SEIU District 1199 member leader Vikki Tully and ask your United States Senator to side against Brett Kavanaugh’s appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Kavanuagh has a record of ruling against unions and the interests of working people. Don’t delay and call 866-426-2631

Keep Ohio’s Parole Officers Safe from Drug Exposure

obsolete-ohio-adult-parole-officer-badge-n-r_1_14b77ae104ad8f3b7264c5967e61b4c2Parole Officers work hard every day to keep our communities safe and to ensure that parolees are finding and retaining employment, finding a suitable place to live, getting treatment for any mental health or addiction issues they may have, and generally staying out of trouble.

All too often, Parole Officers enter homes or encounter situations where they come into contact with dangerous substances like heroin and fentanyl. Just touching fentanyl or accidentally inhaling the substance can be fatal for Parole Officers and requires immediate medical attention because of the risk of adverse health effects such as rapid disorientation, coughing, sedation, respiratory distress or cardiac arrest. 

In situations like these, Parole Officers must take time off of work for treatment, evaluation and medical follow up. However this is not considered an allowable claim through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. This creates an undue burden on Parole Officers, forcing them to choose between getting the necessary treatment they need or risking long-term, reoccuring health problems. 

Through our Union, we are asking the Ohio Legislature to take up this important issue and to pass a law that would allow all Parole Officers and first responders to be allowed to get the treatment and recovery they need from work-related injuries as a result of coming in contact with dangerous substances like heroin and fentanyl.

SIGN THIS PETITION TO ASK THE OHIO STATE LEGISLATURE TO KEEP OHIO’S PAROLE OFFICERS SAFE FROM DRUG EXPOSURE.

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Stand With St. Mary’s Medical Center Workers

Hospital workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia, are fighting for recognition of their Union as they work to improve their wages, benefits, and working conditions.

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Despite overwhelming support by hospital workers, St. Mary’s Executives are pulling every dirty trick in the book to divide workers and putting out fake, false, and misleading information about the Union.

Sign this petition and stand with hospital workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center

Members at State Medical Facility Stand Together For Safety and Patient Care

Members with the State of Ohio have an obligation to provide quality health care and a safe environment. Each year health care members at a state facility also complete an annual exam that requires training and preparation.

The members at this facility recently stood together to file a class action grievance out of concern that time needed to study for the exam would detract from patient care. As a result of their efforts, members are being provided with 8 hours of relief from regular duties to complete important education and the requisite testing. 

The stand taken by these workers ensures proper training, a safe environment, and the best possible patient care. The effort also shows the importance of their voice in the workplace and that by standing united, they were able to reach the best possible outcome. We are stronger together.

St. Mary’s Medical Center Union Recognition Rally (Video)

West Virginia Member Leader Visits Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s D.C. Office

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Last week, Vikki Tully, Member Vice President for West Virginia and Kentucky, traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with staff from Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s office. 

Vikki joined together with other activists and union members from West Virginia. They met with Senator Capito’s staff to insist on the importance of opposing court nominees who do not support union rights, among other issues important to West Virginia’s working families.  

Union Solidarity Rally for St. Mary’s Medical Center Workers

Hospital workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia, are fighting for recognition of their Union as they work to improve their wages, benefits and working conditions.

Despite overwhelming support by hospital workers, St. Mary’s Executives are pulling every dirty trick in the book to divide workers and putting out fake, false and misleading information about the Union.

On August 13th, join us at 28th Street and 3rd Avenue as we rally together in support of St. Mary’s workers. 

What: Union Solidarity Rally for St. Mary’s Workers 
When
: Monday, August 13 from 3 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: 28th Street and 3rd Avenue in Huntington 

Sign this petition to stand with hospital workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center

SEIU West Virginia Members Stand With Richard Ojeda for Congress

On Saturday, members of SEIU District 1199 met with Richard Ojeda in Beckley, West Virginia. State Senator Ojeda is a member-endorsed candidate running for Congress in West Virginia’s Third District. Working families in West Virginia need champions like Richard Ojeda. 

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The general election will be held on November 6th. To register to vote or update your registration, you can now update your registration or register online. Just be sure to update your registration by October 16th. We are stronger together. 

SEIU District 1199 Staff Sponsor “Let’s Do Lunch” at the City Mission in Huntington

Staff with SEIU District 1199 recently voted to donate $2,000 to “Let’s Do Lunch” with the Huntington City Mission. The donation is funded through voluntary staff contributions and will help provide lunch for a week at the shelter.  

The lunch program regularly serves around 200 individuals a day. The Huntington City Mission provides critical services to homeless individuals in the local area. If interested in donating to the Huntington City Mission or sponsoring “Let’s Do Lunch,” please join us and visit their website at the link above. 

Action Alert – Union Strong Buttons and Household Decals

To stand together, members with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH can now request buttons and household decals. You can contact the Member Resource Center with a request for you, your coworkers, and/or everyone at your worksite. 

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If you are a member of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH, call 877-419-SEIU, email mrc@seiu1199.org, or you can make your request online with the Member Resource Center. We are stronger together. 

Medical Assistants at St. Vincent Charity Hospital Join SEIU District 1199

Medical assistants at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland recently voted to join SEIU District 1199. Like the other members at the hospital, these health care workers care deeply about the mission of St. Vincent and joined SEIU District 1199 to have an increased voice at work. 

Congratulations to these workers and welcome to SEIU District 1199. If you are interested in forming a union at your workplace, visit our page on joining our union. We are stronger together. 

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A decision in the Janus case is coming soon. Let’s show that no court decision will keep us from standing united. Working people are sticking together in their unions.  (more…)