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

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 scholarships@seiu1199.org or by mail to:

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

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Update – Cabell Huntington Hospital System $10M+ Aquisition of HIMG

Nursing Home Workers Need a Bill of Rights

Much of our long-term care system is motivated by the need for corporate profits, not safe staffing or patient care. That’s why nursing home workers are standing together for legislation that would create a Bill of Rights to ensure the following:

• Enough personal protective equipment to protect ourselves and our residents
• Testing, paid sick days, and free COVID19 treatment
• Wages high enough to support a family and affordable healthcare
• The right to a union, so we can have a voice in our jobs and care we provide
• Enough staff to keep workers and residents safe and provide quality care
• Strong regulation of nursing homes, with significant penalties for violations
• Sufficient funding for nursing homes, with guarantees that the money will go to patient care and not to corporate profits
• Respect and equal treatment, regardless of the color of our skin
• The ability to give good care and for nursing home residents to get care in the setting of their choice

Send a message to your legislators at this link. Ask them to support a Bill of Rights for nursing home workers. Together, we can speak out for improved working conditions and quality care.

In Solidarity,

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

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

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Nursing Home Worker Survey

As nursing home workers, you provide critical health care, services, and support. Nursing home workers from all backgrounds – black, white, and brown – care deeply about their work. Yet, as the current pandemic has shown again, our long-term care system is broken with poor staffing levels, serious quality care issues, a lack of PPE, and low wages.

Much of our nursing home system is motivated by the need for corporate profits, not quality care and worker protections. I understand that there are so many challenges right now. It is more important than ever that we stand together.

We are asking all nursing home members to complete this survey about what you have experienced so far during the pandemic. Together, we will keep fighting for the important changes that nursing home workers need for themselves, their families, and the residents for whom you provide care.

In Solidarity,

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

Press Release: Cabell Huntington Hospital Workers Outraged by New Plan to Acquire Local Medical Group

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
For more information, contact: Joyce Gibson, jgibson@seiu1199.org, 304-654-0824.

Health care workers demand Mountain Health Network and Cabell Huntington Hospital invest in patient care and frontline workers.  

Huntington, West Virginia – Today, hospital workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital expressed disbelief after local hospital officials announced plans to acquire the Huntington Internal Medicine Group (HIMG), a health care provider. In 2018, Cabell Huntington Hospital acquired St. Mary’s Medical Center in a $165M transaction.

The acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center raised concern about the potential for anti-competitive business practices and robust dialogue about whether such a merger would serve the interests of health care consumers in the local area. Then, following the merger, both hospitals cut health care benefits for non-union workers. While health care workers are serving heroically, hundreds of health care professionals have also been furloughed or had a reduction in work hours due to the COVID19 pandemic.

In a Certificate of Need (CON) letter of intent that was filed with the West Virginia Health Care Authority on May 19th, it was announced that St. Mary’s Medical Center plans for over $10M in capital expenditures related to the acquisition of a local ambulatory care provider.

“The position of Cabell Huntington Hospital has been that they must cut benefits due to a lack of resources. However, just this week, they have announced $10M that they are planning as far as capital expenditures that relate to a voluntary and potentially costly acquisition,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director for SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “Healthcare workers with the system have been concerned about quality care, health benefits, and now furloughs. If resources are short, why are hospital administrators planning $10M in capital improvements for a medical group that is not yet a part of the Cabell Huntington Hospital System,” continued Gibson.

Registered Nurses and technical staff with Cabell Huntington Hospital recently organized with SEIU District 1199 and are currently negotiating their first contract. “The workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital stand united for good jobs and quality care for the patients they serve. These workers are heroes and the care that they provide is critical. Staffing, quality care, and good union jobs for the community, should be of the highest priority and nothing less,” concluded Gibson. 

“Don’t Leave Library Workers Out of the Library Narrative.” (Library Journal)

Tell Congress: Protect All Workers

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Letter: Put Workers First, Not a Blank Check for CEOs

My job has always been to provide care and protect others from germs, viruses, and diseases at the nursing home where I work. Every day, my co-workers and I do everything that we can for our residents.

A virus as deadly as COVID-19 is different though and I worry about bringing it home. As I travel to and from work, I sense that other people feel the same way that I do. Some would love to stay home but who would provide the critical care that is needed for the residents where we work?  

Congress has passed multiple bills in response to the COVID-19 crisis, but so far they have fallen short of providing the support we need. Frontline workers still lack needed personal protective equipment, sufficient sick leave, and the wages that we deserve. Many workers in my area and some of my Union brothers and sisters have been laid off and are unsure of how to cover the bills. 

Big corporations and many companies are doing just fine and others are getting relief funding. At the same time, our public services — like our schools, libraries, and health care system — are all at-risk.

Join with me and send a letter to demand that we get the personal protective equipment that we need. Second, call Congress at (877) 851-2521 and tell them that they must protect all workers.

If we stand together and demand better now, we can not only protect all workers and come back from this tragedy, but ensure fairness for us all as we move forward together. 

In Solidarity,

Cassie Cooper Nursing Home Worker 
Union Member of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Members Stand United to Win Significant Wage Increases

OneClevelandLogoMembers with Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital recently stood together, across all differences, to negotiate a new contract. This new contract improves wages and working condition for all bargaining unit members. The contract was only possible because the bargaining committee stood united as fellow co-workers and Union members.

The contract includes the following wage increases and terms:

1. Retroactive Ratification Bonus. All members who were earning below $15 an hour will receive a bonus of $500. This payment is being issued for the 80+ caregivers who did not receive an increase to $15 an hour.
2. Living Wage Increase. All bargaining unit members who are currently below $15 an hour are being brought up to that amount, under the new Union contract. This impacts 80+ caregivers who were making less than $15 an hour.
3. Market Rate Wage Increases. Workers in several job classifications will receive a significant wage increase. These increases will apply to members who work as maintenance mechanics, electricians, painters, power plant mechanics, central supply room technicians, and nursing department assistance III’s.
4. Annual Wage Increases. A 2% wage increase each year for three years. 
5. Longevity Bonus. This one-time bonus applies to those “stepped out” at progression steps 6 and 7. In total, 70+ employees are receiving this bonus.
6. Shift Differential. Workers negotiated an additional $1.00 an hour increase for second and third shift work.
7. Longevity Increase. Workers with 15 years or more of service will receive an additional $0.25 an hour.
8. Disciplinary Language. The member bargaining committee negotiated a new 10-day required timeline for the hospital to administer discipline. This is very significant as without such a timeline, members had sometimes received notice many months later.
9. Representation. The contract includes language that will help enable the Member Resource Center to further provide representation. 

Through these negotiations, members were able to speak out about their need for improved wages and working conditions. Sometimes things get tough but they pulled together for themselves, their co-workers, and their families.

Special Notice and Nominating Petition: SEIU District 1199 District Officers and Executive Board Elections

All nominating petitions must be turned into the SEIU District 1199 election board by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, June 3rd at 1395 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Only originals will be accepted – no scans or faxed copies. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Jo Ivan, Election Chair, by calling (877) 419-7348. 

Nominating Petition: 2020 SEIU District 1199 District Officers and Executive Board Elections

Special Notice: 2020 SEIU District 1199 District Officers and Executive Board Elections

5.7.2020 State Budget Updates for WV/KY/OH

West Virginia: “State revenue officials have described a possible $500 million deficit because of the economic slowdown that has resulted from coronavirus response. A recent Moody’s Analytics report of the financial stress that states are facing concludes West Virginia’s financial situation could wind up much worse than that. Moody’s ran two economic shock scenarios on every state in the country based on travel restrictions and business closures. Under the baseline scenario, West Virginia is forecast to experience a general revenue shortfall of $1.3 billion. In a severe scenario, West Virginia could suffer a general revenue of $1.9 billion. The state’s general revenue budget is $4.6 billion. On bright spot is the State of West Virginia has increased nursing home reimbursement rates by $20 a day retroactive to 2/1/2020 for those using Medicaid.” (WV Metro News)

Kentucky: “A new forecast from Gov. Andy Beshear’s state budget director projects a dramatic decline in tax revenue and massive shortfalls through the end of this year, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreck economies across the globe. The report by State Budget Director John Hicks released Thursday projects a potential General Fund revenue shortfall of $318.7 million to $495.7 million through the current fiscal year ending June 30.” (Courier-Journal)

Ohio: We are still learning the full details of Governor DeWine’s budget cuts, particularly to what extent federal emergency funding will be able to replace some of these funds. However, we are concerned that out of $775 million in total cuts for Ohio’s budget over the next two months, $465 million is being cut from K-12 education and higher education, and $210 million is being cut from Medicaid.

Additional information will be shared as we learn more. 

Governor DeWine: Honor Our Contract

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Tell Congress – Protect All Workers

Keeping Ohio Moving Forward Together

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Cleveland Health Care Workers Demand More PPE (NewsNet5)

We Are All In This Together: A Message From President Becky Williams

Members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH are working every day providing essential care, services, and protections to the people of our communities.

Hospital, nursing home, and home care workers, nurses, library workers, parole officers, educators, public employees, and private-sector workers are united in our efforts to stop the spread of this virus and ensure that all working families are safe, healthy and able to thrive in our community. Your heroic efforts are saving thousands of lives every day of Americans in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio and across the country.

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Our Union members are leading the fight against this virus. They are providing care to family members, friends, neighbors, colleagues of every American. Some are getting infected. Some are dying because they do not have proper protection. Some will watch patients die because there are not enough supplies. This is immoral. It is heartbreaking. And it is unnecessary. America needs leadership to protect all healthcare workers now.

That’s why our Union members are demanding immediate, sweeping action by the Trump administration to secure the health, safety, and long-term economic well-being of America’s workers by using the full power of the Defense Production Act to get more supplies and ventilators in the hands of healthcare workers immediately.

All of us must work together to ensure everyone has equal access to prevention, testing, treatment, and economic support regardless of how old they are, the color of their skin, where they were born, or how much money they make.

We are all in this together.

In Solidarity,

Becky Williams
President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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.