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Cleveland Nursing Home, Healthcare Workers to Join Nationwide Protest Demanding PPE

Media Advisory For Thursday, April 9

 

Following Social Distancing Guidelines, SEIU Workers in Cleveland Will Join National Day of Action Calling on Federal, Local Authorities to #GetMePPE 

Lives on the Line: Frontline Healthcare Workers to Demand Masks, Gowns, Protective Gear in Largest-Ever One-Day Protest Amid COVID-19 Crisis

CLEVELAND, OH – Frontline healthcare and nursing home workers in Cleveland will join the #GetMePPE National Day of Action on Thursday, April 9 — the largest ever one-day protest by healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Workers are set to demand the federal government deploy its full force and power to get more Personal Protective Equipment in the hands of healthcare workers immediately.

WHO: Healthcare and nursing home workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis

WHAT: Socially-distanced worker protest to #GetMePPE at care facility/facilities

WHEN: Thursday, April 9 – 2:30 PM EST

WHERE: 6911 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103 (Near City View Nursing Home)

The healthcare and nursing home workers leading the #GetMePPE National Day of Action are members of or organizing with the Service Employees International Union, the nation’s largest union of healthcare workers. Frontline healthcare workers and caregivers are at the epicenter of fighting coronavirus in our country’s hospitals, nursing homes, care facilities, and client homes and are putting their lives on the line without the protection they need.

“Healthcare workers like me, and like so many of my co-workers and workers across the country, are pushing ourselves to the limit — and way past it — because we are here to save lives,” said Shelia Hunter, a Cleveland STNA and member of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “If I’m an essential worker, I deserve to be treated like one. Personal protective equipment is a matter of life and death for me. That’s why we’re raising our voices as essential workers to demand our leaders get me PPE.”

Workers are calling on the Trump administration to drive a coordinated, transparent national response — using the full power of the Defense Production Act — to immediately, and for the duration of the crisis, procure, produce, and provide PPE to all healthcare workers. They are also calling for healthcare coverage, paid sick time and paid leave for all frontline workers nationwide.

Service Employees International Union
The Service Employees International Union is the nation’s second-largest labor union and the largest union of healthcare workers. SEIU is an organization of nearly 2 million members united by their belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.

Protect All Workers
Workers at the forefront of the growing Coronavirus pandemic recently launched Protect All Workers, a demand calling on leading industries — from airlines to hospitals to fast-food and beyond — to take immediate, sweeping, and concrete actions to protect the health, safety and financial security of all workers in America. Backed by the 2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and workers in the Fight for $15 and a Union, Protect All Workers is mobilizing thousands of working people to pressure corporate leaders and elected officials to protect all workers amid the global pandemic and economic crisis.

SEIU Union Members at Fairmont Regional Medical Center Win Nearly $1,000,000, Continue Litigation Plans for 401K Contributions

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 6, 2020

For more information, contact: Joyce Gibson, jgibson@seiu1199.org, 304-654-0824

Union Workers at Fairmont Regional Medical Center Win Nearly $1,000,000, Continue Litigation Plans for 401K Contributions

SEIU District 1199 Members, with the help of Governor Jim Justice and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, leverage $844,342.49 from Alecto Healthcare to pay Union workers for earned benefit time.

FAIRMONT, WV – Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 WV/KY/OH announced a major victory for the hospital workers who were displaced from Fairmont Regional Medical Center when from Alecto Healthcare ceased operations. While the specifics of the settlement are confidential, Union leaders were able to secure all earned benefit time to be paid out to hospital workers including all paid-time-off (PTO), accrued vacation time, and bonus days. 

In addition to being owed this earned benefit time, hospital workers plan to continue to work with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to pursue litigation against Alecto Healthcare for 401K contributions the California-based, for-profit healthcare corporation still owes Union members. 

“This is a major victory for the workers of Fairmont Regional Medical Center, who continued to provide quality care to this community up until the day Alecto shuttered the doors of the hospital,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director for SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “By working with Governor Justice and Attorney General Morrisey, we are sending a message that if you are going to do business in West Virginia, you have to treat our workers with dignity and respect.”

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey have been working with Union leaders since first learning of Alecto’s plan to close Fairmont Regional Medical Center.

“I am pleased to hear that Alecto has agreed to pay nearly $1 million in paid time off to employees who earned that money through their hard work and loyalty at Fairmont Regional Medical Center,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This is an important first step by Alecto, but make no mistake that our office remains committed to taking every step possible to help the workers who were improperly treated.

“These employees did not ask for the sudden closure of Fairmont Regional Medical Center. It was forced upon the employees and the community at large amid global pandemic. Our office intends to leave no stone unturned. Employees of Fairmont Regional, as well as those at Ohio Valley Medical Center, deserve nothing less,” Morrisey added.

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Tell Congress – Paid Leave For All Workers

In this current time of crisis, all workers must have access to paid leave so that they can care for themselves and their families. Write to your members of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate to demand immediate action to ensure the availability of paid leave for all workers. 

Protective Equipment Needed for Health Care Workers in Huntington

WBOY: Former FRMC Employees Plan Lawsuit Over Lack of Payment

Herald-Dispatch: Union Says Nurses Worried About Protective Equipment Shortages

Safety for Health Care Workers

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The Well-being of Our Members and Their Families is at the Heart of What We Do

Update – Paid Family and Sick Leave

This week, the U.S. Congress passed a new bill called the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The bill was signed into law earlier today. This law will offer paid sick leave and expanded family leave, in some circumstances.

This law offers up to two weeks of unpaid leave and ten weeks of paid leave at 2/3 pay for some workers who cannot work or tele-work and due to school or child care closures. Such leave is not available to workers with employers that have 500 or more employees. Health care workers and first responders may be excluded. See below to speak out. 

The law also offers two weeks of paid leave for some workers who must isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19. This leave is also not available to workers with employers that have more than 500 employees. Health care workers and first responders may be excluded. See below to fight back. 

SEIU District 1199 stands with all workers. Members are sending letters to members of the U.S. Congress to demand that paid leave should be available for all workers and so that health care workers have access to important safety equipment

During this crisis, your Member Resource Center is standing by to assist members at 877-419-7348. We will continue to stand up and speak out together.  

In Solidarity,

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

10 Steps to Preventing Coronavirus

Together, We Are Union Strong

Your Union is standing with you in this time of crisis. Together, members of SEIU District 1199 and workers across our country will beat COVID-19, just as we did with epidemics of the past. From staffing issues to paid leave and safety, standing together is more critical than ever.

Update for Members on COVID-19

SEIU District 1199 is proud to represent health care workers and others who work on behalf of the public. Members of the Union stand with their co-workers every day for fair wages and benefits, in addition to speaking out on behalf of the public in regards to issues such as safety.

We know that many members are concerned about COVID-19, which is a new risk for workers, the public, and our families. While we don’t yet know the impact of COVID-19, it is important to be prepared. I want you to know that we are ready to stand with you.

At the national level, SEIU is fighting for expanded unemployment insurance and paid sick leave for workers who are unable to work due to exposure and/or illness related to COVID-19. It is also imperative that workers have the proper training and equipment, if needed, to stay safe while providing vital services.

Your Member Resource Center is open Monday through Friday. If you face issues on the job related to COVID-19, please know that we will be working overtime and are here to stand with you. The Member Resource Center can be reached by calling 877-419-7348.

In Solidarity,

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

Petition – Support the Nurses of Cabell Huntington Hospital

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Update for Members on COVID-19 (2/27)

We have heard the concerns of members, partners, and allies regarding the recent spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019, also known as COVID-19. SEIU District 1199 is proud to represent health care workers and others who work every day on behalf of the public.

While recent reports show that the outbreak is not yet a serious threat in our region, we also know that it is important for everyone to have the facts and to be prepared. At this link is a fact sheet on COVID-19. 

If you have any questions or need assistance, visit this page by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or you can contact them at 800-232-4636. 

Tri-C Members Unite to Negotiate Contract With Improved Wages, Benefits, and Terms

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Cuyahoga Community College (FT) members recently stood together to negotiate a new contract agreement. Members with Tri-C work every day on behalf of the students of the college and their community. Nearly 70% of bargaining unit members participated in the ratification vote.

The contract includes the following terms:

• Wages. A wage increase for the first year will be retroactive back to January. Members negotiated annual wage increases. Additionally, the contract ensures higher milestone increases and a top of the scale increase. Members of the bargaining unit will all receive a $750 ratification bonus.

• Lactation Rooms. This was a significant issue for members of the bargaining unit and negotiating committee. Under the new contract, lactation rooms must be clean, private, and accessible.

• Compensatory Time. Members will able to choose between taking compensatory time or overtime.

• Representation. There will now be a 30 minute paid union orientation time. Additionally, the new contract includes language that will help provide enhanced representation through the Member Resource Center and other terms that will help member leaders keep the chapter strong.

Members with Tri-C (FT) worked diligently to negotiate this contract, which will make a difference for themselves, their families, and their community. We are stronger together.

Technical & Therapist Unit Workers With Cabell Huntington Hospital Vote to Form a Union

Technical Workers and Therapist Unit – CT Specialist Techs, Medical Lab Tech II’s, Nuclear Medicine Techs, X-Ray Techs, Radiation Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, and Ultrasound Techs With Cabell Huntington Hospital Vote to Form a Union and Join Together With Hospital Nurses, Maintenance, and Service Workers 

By a majority vote, technical workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital say YES to joining a Union.

HUNTINGTON, WV – Yesterday, over 150 technical workers voted to stand together and negotiate with Cabell Huntington Hospital after voting to organize their Union with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 WV/KY/OH. In late 2019, 1,000 registered nurses with Cabell Huntington Hospital voted to unionize in one of the biggest organizing victories since West Virginia became a “right-to-work” state. SEIU District 1199 has also represented 1,000 service and maintenance workers with the hospital for over 40 years.

“The workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital work hard every day to provide the best quality care to the patients and community they serve,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “It is important that these workers have the ability to hold hospital executives accountable, and negotiate a fair and equitable legally binding contract.”

These technical workers have worked side-by-side with SEIU members in every area of Cabell Huntington Hospital. Now, they will all have a stronger voice together. SEIU now represents over 2,000 workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

“These important technical workers will have a voice in wages, benefits, and working conditions,” Gibson continued. “Like the other unionized workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital, they know that by uniting together, they can stand up for our patients, our community, and our families.”

Contact | Joyce Gibson, SEIU District 1199 Regional Director | 304-654-0824 |

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Convention Delegation Election Results

Elections for the Delegation to the SEIU 2020 Convention were held between January 1st and January 31st. The final results are listed at this link. The Executive Board Caucus Slate will represent SEIU/District 1199 at the Convention in Chicago, Illinois, April 24-27, 2020. Congratulations to all Union Sisters and Brothers who received votes.

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 online Associate’s Degree college benefit for members and retirees, in addition to eligible family members. If you live near Youngstown or Steubenville, you can also can participate in this program and take classes on campus. 

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 or a workplace issue, you can always contract the Member Resource Center. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”