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Support the American Rescue Plan

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Bold action is needed at the national level as we work to end the COVID19 pandemic. From the funding that is needed for the national vaccination effort to the importance of support for working families and a $15 an hour minimum wage, political leaders must act on behalf of the American people. 

The American Rescue Plan would address many of the demands of members of SEIU District 1199. This plan includes direct payments of $1,400 for those who are eligible, provides a temporary boost in unemployment benefits, extends a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures through September, and grants funding for the national vaccination effort. The American Rescue Plan would also increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour, send emergency funding to states, schools, and local governments, and support contact tracing.

Write to your members of the U.S. Congress to show your support for this important rescue plan. Together, we will speak out and make our voices heard. 

In Solidarity, 

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

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Governor DeWine: Honor Our Contract

 Emergency Pay

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The Heroes Act & Frontline Workers

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Complete the 2020 Census Today

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Tell Congress: Protect All Workers

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Unemployment & Heroes Act Update

Working people of all backgrounds have been waiting for relief since pandemic unemployment assistance expired in late July. There has been a new initiative passed through executive action but this is not a replacement for the long-term funding that would be provided under the Heroes Act. The Heroes Act was passed in May by U.S. House democrats but the bill then went without passage from the republican-led U.S. Senate.

OHIO: Governor DeWine has said that Ohio will apply for a $300 benefit but not the $100 “match” that would be paid by the State of Ohio. Ohio’s application has not been submitted and/or approved yet, according to Forbes. For example, if a worker earns $200 a week through unemployment, the total benefit would be $500 with the added benefit.

WEST VIRGINIA: West Virginia will offer the full $400 in pandemic unemployment assistance – this includes the $300 federally funded benefit and a $100 match that would be paid for by the State of West Virginia. West Virginia’s application has not been submitted and/or approved yet, according to Forbes.

KENTUCKY: Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear at first said the program was unworkable. However, new details have emerged that states can decline to pay the “$100 match” by applying the unemployment assistance that they already offer and FEMA will still pay the $300 pandemic benefit. Kentucky’s application has not been submitted and/or approved yet, according to Forbes.

Still concerning is that the Committee for a Responsible Budget says that the $44 billion being used for this program could run out in just five weeks. Without passage of a stimulus bill with the protections such as those offered by the Heroes Act, this action is not a long-term solution. Negotiations over the Heroes Act, which was passed in May, recently broke down due to an impasse.

Write to your members of the U.S. Congress about the importance of the Heroes Act at this link. We will continue to keep members updated.

In Solidarity,

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

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Standing Together for a Relief Bill for All Working Families

It has been two months since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act. Working people have been waiting for relief in this crisis. With inaction from U.S. Senate Republicans, pandemic related unemployment assistance is set to expire on July 31st.

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The U.S. Senate Republican proposal is not the rescue package that is needed. That’s why I am encouraging you to call 844-944-1556. When you are connected, ask your U.S. Senator to pass a strong economic relief bill that includes the important measures found within the Heroes Act. Tell your U.S. Senator that pandemic unemployment assistance must be extended.

Workers across Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, have been providing vital services and support in this crisis. Many families have felt the economic distress caused by this pandemic firsthand. It is more important than ever that workers make their voices heard. Together, we will continue to speak out for relief for all working families.

In Solidarity,

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

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Take Action – Support The Heroes Act

It has been a month since the House passed the HEROES Act and Mitch McConnell is still refusing to act. We can’t wait — we need hazard pay and COVID relief now! Call him at 844-944-1556 to let him know!

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Stand With Ohio’s Parole Officers

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

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