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Youngstown Forum Brings Up Tough Issues Facing The Black Community (WKBN News)

A very important forum was held yesterday in Youngstown, Ohio, as a part of our annual Black History Month Celebration. Our communities face many challenges. Together, working people have won better wages, safer workplaces, and civil rights. White, Black, and brown, we are strongest when we are united. 

We Rise – Update Your Membership in 2019

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

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

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Family of Reagan Tokes Remain Focused on Change (10TV News)

Employees of closing Beachwood nursing home, focus of redevlopment plan, seek time (Cleveland.com)

Nursing Home Workers Deeply Concerned About Plans To Close Park East Center; Ask Beachwood City Leaders to Stop Misguided Real Estate Plan

BEACHWOOD, OH – Health care workers, community members, and local Union representatives, reacted with alarm when learning real estate plans were submitted by HCRI Beachwood Inc. to convert Park East Center, a long-term care facility, into apartments and a restaurant. The displacement of residents and elimination of jobs are at the top of their list of concerns. 

“The facility is home to over 100 residents, voters and citizens of Beachwood who are vulnerable,” said Carol Ford, a health care worker, who has worked at Park East Center for over 10 years.

HCRI Beachwood Inc., the property owner, is a subsidiary of Welltower, a real estate investment trust. Operations at the facility are managed by Genesis HealthCare. It is unclear if local officials in Beachwood have been in contact with representatives for both companies.

“My coworkers and I, we wanted to see investment in this facility, so it is a sad day when these local jobs may be lost, when the vision brought to local leaders for Park East Center is an apartment building, and when these residents may no longer call Beachwood home,” concluded Carol Ford. 

Local employees at the facility are calling for the Beachwood City Council to preserve jobs and reject plans to convert the facility into apartments. In addition to displacing the residents who live at the facility, the plan would eliminate over 80 Union jobs and dozens of non-union positions that benefit the local economy and greater community.

Member Leaders Hold Meetings at West Virginia Statehouse

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Member leaders with SEIU District 1199 recently met for the AFL-CIO’s State Legislative Conference in Charleston, West Virginia.
Among other work, they held meetings at the Statehouse to discuss the need for Union jobs and priorities important to working families.

From anti-union attacks to “right-to-work” legislation, West Virginia’s working families have faced many challenges. Members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH work in diverse and important sectors of the economy. They often stand together to speak out for state funding for health care, the protection of retirement savings, and social services, among other important fiscal priorities.  

Members that formed the delegation included Vicki Tully, Member Vice President for West Virginia, in addition to John A. Hindman and Ethel Turner. We are stronger together. 

A full lobby day at the West Virginia Capitol will be held on March 5th, 2019. Please visit this event page for full details on how to attend and RSVP. 

Members Join Together For Grievance Chair Training Events in Cleveland & Huntington

Members recently met in Cleveland and Huntington for grievance chair training events.  Additional training courses will be held later this year. Grievance chairs, delegates, shop leaders, and members, regularly assist their co-workers with grievances and make sure that the contract is upheld.

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The ability to file a grievance, if necessary, is an important protection. The grievance process means that members can present the facts through a more fair process if contract violations occur. Training courses further ensure that members are well prepared to stand together. 

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If you need assistance with a grievance, you can also contact the Member Resource Center. The Member Resource Center is open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2019

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Editorial: City, county should retain hospital board appointments. (Herald-Dispatch)

SEIU District 1199 Staff Members Send Donations to Causes Across Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky

Staff members recently approved holiday donations to charities across the area represented by SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. Funding for these donations was gathered through voluntary staff contributions.

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This year, donations are being issued to the following groups:

• $250 to the Facing Hunger Food Bank: Huntington, West Virginia
• $250 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank: Cleveland, Ohio 
• $250 to the God’s Pantry Food Bank: Floyd County, Kentucky
• $250 to the Northwestern Ohio Food Bank: Toledo, Ohio
• $250 to the Freestore Foodbank: Cincinnati, Ohio
• $250 to the Mahoning Valley Second Harvest Food Bank: Youngstown, Ohio
• $250 to the United Way Union Share Program: Columbus, Ohio
• $600 to Choices for Domestic Violence: Columbus, Ohio
• $600 to the West Virginia Women’s Resource Center: Beckley, West Virginia
• $600 to Turning Point Domestic Violence Services: Prestonsburg, Kentucky
• $1,000 to the United Way of Los Angeles for Low-Income Wildfire Victims 

Workers Want to Have a Voice (ABC8 News)

Union opposes city, county giving up rights on hospital board (The Herald-Dispatch)

Mercy RN Negotiation News 11.28.2018

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On November 14, we sat down with Mercy Executives to continue negotiations yet hospital executives refused to bargain in good faith. Instead, offered a last best and final offer and walked away.  

Faced with a choice of voting to go on strike just before Christmas or allowing Mercy executives to steal our healthcare, we voted overwhelmingly to reject this latest attempt to take money out of our pockets and into the coffers of Mercy.

Through our Union, we have reached out to offer an opportunity to go back to the table to avoid a strike. Mercy, instead of agreeing to meet and discuss to find a solution, claimed impasse. The next step is to schedule a hearing with the arbitrator in early December.

It is shameful that Mercy, a faith-based organization, would so ruthlessly and fiercely take the position to not meet and discuss such radical changes to nurses’ healthcare.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

ATTEND THE NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING!

December 4, 1:30-5:30 and 6:30 to 8:30.
UAW 2129, 5300 Baumhart Road

Nurses Raise Awareness at Mercy in Lorain

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Willoughby-Eastlake Library Levy Approved

Members of SEIU District 1199 were proud to endorse Issue 6, the library levy for the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library. On November 6th, the levy passed with strong support from voters.

Passage of the levy is great news for the greater community and all who are served by this important library system.

Free College Member Benefit With Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College

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Members of SEIU District 1199 are eligible for a free college benefit with Eastern Gateway Community College.
 This benefit is open to eligible members, retirees, and their families. Eastern Gateway Community College is also a part of the University System of Ohio.

This program fills the gap between federal, state, or employer education grants the student receives and the cost of tuition, fees, and e-books for some online programs. It is open to eligible members and retirees, in addition to spouses, domestic partners, children, grandchildren, and dependents.

The following programs are now being offered
• Associates Degree – Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Individualized Study, and Paralegal.
• Certificate – Business Management and Patient Home Navigator. 

For more information and to enroll, visit SEIU Member BenefitsApply today

Health Care Coverage Open Enrollment for 2019 Ends on December 15th

If you or a family member need health care coverage for 2019, don’t forget to enroll. There are affordable plans but without a qualifying event, you must signup by December 15th. Eight in ten people qualify for financial help. Share this message with family and friends.

Union Members Pack First Hearing On ‘Right To Work’ Bill (WOSU)

Lawmakers ‘disturbed’ after 10 Investigates report on parole officers assigned to parking lot (10 TV)