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Juneteenth Event in Cleveland

 

BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Member Joins With Union to Overturn Unjust Job Dismissal

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A dedicated member with BrightSpring (“ResCare”) recently worked with the Union to successfully reverse a job dismissal. With the protections provided by the Union contract and with assistance from the Member Resource Center, the member filed a grievance. 

The member first had an investigatory interview but had difficulty with questions that were confusing. The confusion and related responses were brought up through the grievance procedure and the member then spoke further. Management restored the member to their former position and granted 80 hours of back pay. 

The Member Resource Center is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

New SEIU District 1199 Solidarity Shuttle

American Red Cross Workers Win Union Recognition & a Path to $15 in Beckley (WV)

In April, American Red Cross workers in Beckley, West Virginia, won Union recognition and a path to a $15 an hour wage. Members with the American Red Cross do vital work providing community services, performing blood draws, and working as lab technicians. 

Members at this facility had previously worked under a different service provider. In addition to a path to a $15 an hour wage over the course of the contract, they now have standardized work hours and a more favorable insurance rate – with reduced co-pays and employee contributions. We are stronger together. 

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. 

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

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH 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 are available here:

• 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 2019. The deadline for applications is September 1st. 

Scholarship Recipient List For 2018
 Update/Renew Your Membership 

Applications may submitted by email to scholarships@seiu1199.org or by mail to:

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

Rally For $15 and A Union in Cleveland

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

Free College Benefit SEIU District 1199
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.

For more information and to enroll, visit SEIU Member Benefits

SEIU District 1199 Staff Contribute to Fund For Plain Dealer Union Members

Behind The Lines at Frontline Service Union Workers Are Standing Together for Fairness

In 2017, at the request of Frontline Service, members of SEIU District 1199 members made voluntary concessions, some temporary and some permanent.  Members with Frontline Service care deeply about the mission of the organization and the important work they do each day.

The concessions were made in good faith by SEIU District 1199’s members, despite having no obligation to do so. The contract was re-opened mid-contract solely at the request of Frontline Service. The total value of the concessions to Frontline Service at the time were substantial: 

• For a temporary period, members of the Union voluntarily gave up their 403(b) retirement match, which would allow significant savings. 
• Even more, some members also received a health insurance reimbursement incentive, which was of significant monetary value. This benefit was allowed by the members and Union to lapse permanently.
• Not only that, the members and Union voluntarily agreed to discontinue permanently an incentive of personal time for staff who did not use sick time.

In 2018, the contract opened for wage re-negotiations with Frontline Service to no avail. Inflation and the cost of living are increasing annually. In 2019, the Social Security COLA increased by 2.8% and Ohio’s minimum wage increased by 2.9% to account for rising costs. Consumer Price Index (CPI-Urban Midwest) data shows that inflation continues to rise each year

Frontline Service workers are highly dedicated to their work and deserve fairness. In 2019, as negotiations continue, workers and community members continue to call on Frontline Service to do right by those who carry out their mission. Call Executive Director Susan Neth at (216) 274-3300 and ask her to be fair to those who care.

Stand With Candlewood Healthcare & Rehab Workers in East Cleveland For Quality Care

 

Frontline Service CEO Susan Neth – Be Fair To Those Who Care in Cleveland

Frontline Executive Director, Susan Neth is at it again, taking care of herself at the expense of the most vulnerable in our community.

Susan Neth is pulling down a six-figure salary at an agency that provides services to some of the poorest and at risk people in our community – denying frontline workers’ wages that allow them to provide for their families.

And rather than paying workers a fair wage, Susan Neth gave out coloring books as holiday gifts to her staff while spending thousands on lavish travel and more managers. The staff at Frontline Service work hard every day – reaching out to adults and children in our area to end homelessness, prevent suicide, resolve behavioral health crises, and overcome trauma.

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.

Igniting Our Power Bargaining Conference

 

Support Ohio’s Public Libraries

 

SEIU District 1199 Members Endorse Three Northeast Ohio Library Levies

Members of SEIU District 1199 have endorsed three levies for library systems in Northeast Ohio. Public libraries play a vital role in our communities. All three library systems sponsoring these levies have also had a Union presence for many years.

Issue 4 in North Ridgeville. This levy renewal is for the North Ridgeville Branch of the Lorain Public Library System. This levy funds 83% of branch operations. The current levy will expire at the end of 2019.

Issue 2 in Euclid. This levy renewal is for the Euclid Public Library. The current levy for the library will expire at the end of 2019. Since the last levy was passed in 2014, the library has had 2.2 million visitors.

Issue 8 in Stark County. This levy is for the Stark County District Library system. The current levy will expire at the end of 2019. In 2018, around 4 million items were checked out and returned from this library system.

These levies provide critical funding for public libraries across Northeast Ohio. The levies will be on the May 7th ballot in 2019 for voters from respective localities.

Healthcare Workers to Hold Candlelight Vigil in Ronceverte

RONCEVERTE, WEST VIRGINIA – On Thursday, April 18th, Union members, faith leaders, and community members, will hold a candlelight vigil with workers from The Brier, a Stonerise Healthcare facility. Community members will gather from 4:00 PM to 4:30 PM at the intersection of Jefferson Street at Route 219 and Davis Stuart Road on Route 37 in Ronceverte.

Dedicated Union workers at the facility with SEIU District 1199 are now working without a contract. The Union members have raised mandation as a major health and safety issue that has still not been addressed in bargaining. Management with the facility also continues to utilize a staffing agency instead of investing in their Union workforce.

“The owners of this facility need to retain the most stable and qualified workforce possible,” said Leigh Ann Day, SEIU District 1199 Coordinator for West Virginia. “These employees work diligently every day to provide the best possible care.”   

Members continue to call on Stonerise Healthcare to negotiate in good faith and want the facility to be a premier place to work in Greenbrier County.

Cleveland Clinic Union Members Receive Strong Support From Ohio House Members

Working people continue to call on the Cleveland Clinic to do the right thing and lift wages for their hard working Union members. These workers at the Cleveland Clinic were recently excluded from a plan to raise wages at the Clinic to a minimum of $15 an hour.

This month, a substantial list of legislators with the Ohio House of Representatives wrote to Cleveland Clinic CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic asking him to be fair to Union members at Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital and Lutheran Hospital. Among others, the Union members have also received support from United States Senator Sherrod Brown and leaders with the Ohio Senate

Partnership With Columbia Southern University

SEIU District 1199 has joined the list of many partners for Columbia Southern University. Among other member benefits, this may complement the Union’s free college benefit offered by Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College. 

Partnership with Columbia Southern University
• Free College Benefit With Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College

Cleveland Clinic Fight for $15 Protest in Akron

Candlewood Healthcare Rally for Respect in East Cleveland

Certus Healthcare

Members of our Union have decided to show Certus at Candlewood Healthcare and Rehabilitation in East Cleveland what we think of their proposals that dismiss our concerns and disrespect us as workers and caregivers.

Join our Candlewood SEIU District 1199 Union brothers and sisters as we let Certus Healthcare and the community know what sacrifices are being asked of us while Certus benefits from our labor. 

Monday APRIL 1st from 2PM to 4PM 
Corner of Euclid and Holyoke, Next to Wendy’s
2704 Holyoke Ave, East Cleveland, OH 44102