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Tell Congress: Protect All Workers

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Tell Congress: Protect All Workers

The U.S. House passed the Heroes Act on May 15th but inaction from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Senate republican leaders has left working families of all backgrounds in limbo. At the end of July, full pandemic unemployment assistance expired. Frontline workers are still without hazard pay, no matter what the conditions. Not only that, our public services are at-risk and losing funding.

Write to Congress today about this issue at this link. Union members are standing together to call on politicians and corporations to protect all workers.

In Solidarity,

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

 

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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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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. 

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Governor DeWine: Honor Our Contract

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