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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 Benefits

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)

Veterans Day – Thank You For Your Service

Thank You VeteransSEIU District 1199 would like to express a heartfelt THANK YOU to all veterans. We are proud of all of our member veterans and thank all veterans for their dedication to this great country.

On Behalf of SEIU District 1199 and our staff, thank you to all veterans and their families for your service and sacrifice. 

MyAvatar Update – State of Ohio Member Acts to Protect Patient Care

In August, a State of Ohio medical doctor and SEIU District 1199 member, gathered documentation and submitted a formal grievance relating to the use of the MyAvatar electronic health record (EHR) system by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The doctor documented her concerns about the potential for errors under the new system. She then took action through the Union to bring the documentation to the attention of administrators with ODMHAS. With concern for her patients and those served by the State of Ohio, a formal class action grievance was filed.

In October, it was announced that upon careful review, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addition Services, would be moving away from MyAvatar, and resuming the use of legacy systems. A full announcement and memorandum from ODMHAS Director Dr. Mark Hurst details the change.

To have a union is to have a powerful voice. Thank you to the dedicated members and staff with the State of Ohio who work each day to provide the best possible care for those they serve. We are stronger together.

Walk A Mile In Our Shoes

Join us November 20 to let Bon Secours Mercy Health know that they should be thankful for nurses, and before taking away our PPO healthcare they should WALK A MILE IN OUR SHOES! Family and allies welcome!

Walk a mile around Mercy Regional Medical Center with your fellow RNs and members of the community. Assemble at 4pm, walk to start at 4:30pm and end by approximately 5:30pm. Full meeting site and details to follow.

PLEASE BRING YOUR USED OR NEW SHOES, WE WILL BE COLLECTING FOR A LOCAL CHURCH CHRISTMAS SHOE DRIVE!

TO  REGISTER: Contact the Member Resource Center by phone (877.419.7348) or email (mrc@seiu1199.org) with  your name, department and number of people you will be bringing.

 

2018 Scholarship Winners

Wesley Slone, Child of Virgil Slone of Highlands Regional Medical Center
Wesley attends Morehead State University

Jessica Clark of Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Jessica attends Collins Career Technical Center

Alley Cronin, Child of Jennifer Ingram of ResCare of West Virginia
Alley attends Washington State Community College

Hannah Larry of Fairmont Regional Medical Center
Hannah attends West Virginia University

Brooke Pennington, Child of Randall Pennington of American Red Cross
Brooke attends Mountwest Community & Technical College

Kylie Adelman, Child of Michael Adelman of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections
Kylie attends Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing

Alex Alonge, Child of Linda Minnehan of Lorain County Community Action Agency
Alex attends Ohio University.

Kevin Aquila, Child of Judith Aquila of Murtis Taylor
Kevin attends Cuyahoga Community College

Charles Bailey of Cleveland Public Library
Charles attends Kent State University

Amy Bartko of Cuyahoga County Public Library
Amy attends Kent State University

John Byrne of Zepf Center
John attends Case Western Reserve University

Nathan Callihan, Child of Tracy Callihan of Bellefaire JCB
Nathan attends John Carroll University

Brandy Cool of Gateways To Better Living
Brandy attends Union Institute & University

Tristan Currence, Child of Anissa Currence of Trumbull Memorial Hospital
Tristan attends The Ohio State University

Alicia Flenoy, Child of Elicia Rice-Flenoy of Rescue Mental Health
Alicia attends University of Toledo

Kelsey Haas, Child of James Haas of the Adult Parole Authority
Kelsey attends Hanover College

Breya Hall-McDuffie, Child of Karen McDuffie of Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Breya attends Youngstown State University

Zachary Horvath, Child of Thomas Horvath of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Zachary attends University of Toledo

Laurie Hudnell of Ohio Living Park Vista
Laurie attends Eastern Gateway Community College

Erick Jackson, Child of Barbara Jackson of Childrens Hospital
Erick attends Cuyahoga Community College

Kennedie Lomax, Child of Keith Lomax of Ohio Department of Youth Services
Kennedie attends University of Akron

Adam Winrod, Child of Daniel Winrod of Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Adam attends University of Cincinnati

CONGRATULATIONS 2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS!

FrontLine Service: Be Fair To Those That Care

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Life can be hard and full of challenges.
And no one knows that better than the staff at Frontline Service.
Each and every day they are in the community helping those who are struggling to get by.
Reaching out to adults and children in our area to end homelessness, prevent suicide, resolve behavioral health crises, and overcome trauma.
But right now Frontline Service Executive Director Susan Neth isn’t taking care of the hard-working, dedicated staff who make the agency great.
For years, Frontline Service has balanced their books on the backs of their employees.
Instead of investing in the hard-working frontline workers, they spent money on costly management positions and thousands of dollars on travel to conferences that could have helped the community.
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.
Paid for by SEIU District 1199, Becky Williams, President

STATE CONTRACT UPDATE: Friday, September 14, 2018

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Major Contract Victory! SEIU/1199 State Employees Win Big at Bargaining Table

Final Bargaining Session Yields Wage Increases, Job Protections & Unprecedented Ratification Bonus for Union Members 

Just before the stroke of midnight, our SEIU District 1199 Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with the State of Ohio for a new, three-year agreement that which will guarantee wage increases, protect health insurance and many other big wins including an unprecedented ratification bonus for our Union Members.

We are putting together a complete summary of everything included in the tentative agreement, but here are some major highlights:

  • BIG WIN: RATIFICATION BONUS!
    • 22 Hours of Compensatory Time for Full-Time Members
    • 11 Hours of Compensatory Time for Part-Time Members
  • Annual Wage Increase, retroactive to July 1st!
    • 2018: 2.75%
    • 2019: 2.75%
    • 2020: 3.00%
  • Increases in Shift Premiums
  • New Language to Address Mandation Concerns
  • $200,000 MORE in Tuition Reimbursement Per Year
  • Increased Individual Tuition Reimbursement Limit to $3,500 Per Year
  • Protected Our Current Health Insurance Split
  • 65% Increase of Equipment Allowance for Adult Parole Authority Members

This was a long journey and a tough fight. Your SEIU District 1199 Bargaining Committee really worked exceptionally hard to win these gains for our Union Members. We listened to your concerns and worked diligently to address them both at the main table and during agency-specific bargaining. As many of you already know, the State of Ohio came to bargaining with major concessions and, through our Union, we were able to fight back and avoid the delay and uncertainty of having to take this contract to fact-finding. This should show any nay-sayers out there the real benefit to being a Member of our Union and our ability to win when we stick together.
 
WHEN DO WE VOTE?

We are working now to finalize the voting schedule and we will share that information with you as soon as we have it. The contract is not finalized until it is ratified by our Union Members and the State Controlling Board.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ONLY UNION MEMBERS CAN VOTE ON THE CONTRACT

If you have not yet signed your membership card, you can do so now by clicking here: https://member.seiu1199.org/
If you are not sure of your membership status, you can contact your Administrative Organizer or call the Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348. Anyone who shows up to vote that has not yet signed a membership card will be required to sign one or they will not be able to vote.
 
Thank you for your support and solidarity throughout this entire process. And a major thank you to the members of our SEIU District 1199 Bargaining Committee for their diligence and hard work. United we bargain, divided we beg!

Action Alert – Register to Vote Online for the November 6th Election

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The election on November 6th will be critical for Union members and workers across West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. Registration deadlines are approaching quickly. 

• Ohio | October 9th Deadline | Register |
• Kentucky | October 9th Deadline | Register |
• West Virginia | October 16th Deadline | Register |

Make sure your registration is up to date. We are stronger together. 

SEIU Remembers – 9/11/01

On Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2001, 62 SEIU members from Locals 32BJ, 509, 1199NE, 1199NY, and 4053/PEF (Public Employees Federation) were killed when hijacked planes crashed into the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and the Pentagon near Washington, D.C. We remember their lives as seen through the eyes of their friends, relatives, and co-workers.

Keep Ohio’s Parole Officers Safe from Drug Exposure

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All too often, Parole Officers enter homes or encounter situations where they come into contact with dangerous substances like heroin and fentanyl. Just touching fentanyl or accidentally inhaling the substance can be fatal for Parole Officers and requires immediate medical attention because of the risk of adverse health effects such as rapid disorientation, coughing, sedation, respiratory distress or cardiac arrest. 

In situations like these, Parole Officers must take time off of work for treatment, evaluation and medical follow up. However this is not considered an allowable claim through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. This creates an undue burden on Parole Officers, forcing them to choose between getting the necessary treatment they need or risking long-term, reoccuring health problems. 

Through our Union, we are asking the Ohio Legislature to take up this important issue and to pass a law that would allow all Parole Officers and first responders to be allowed to get the treatment and recovery they need from work-related injuries as a result of coming in contact with dangerous substances like heroin and fentanyl.

SIGN THIS PETITION TO ASK THE OHIO STATE LEGISLATURE TO KEEP OHIO’S PAROLE OFFICERS SAFE FROM DRUG EXPOSURE.

Members at State Medical Facility Stand Together For Safety and Patient Care

Members with the State of Ohio have an obligation to provide quality health care and a safe environment. Each year health care members at a state facility also complete an annual exam that requires training and preparation.

The members at this facility recently stood together to file a class action grievance out of concern that time needed to study for the exam would detract from patient care. As a result of their efforts, members are being provided with 8 hours of relief from regular duties to complete important education and the requisite testing. 

The stand taken by these workers ensures proper training, a safe environment, and the best possible patient care. The effort also shows the importance of their voice in the workplace and that by standing united, they were able to reach the best possible outcome. We are stronger together.

St. Mary’s Medical Center Recognition Rally

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Last week, Vikki Tully, Member Vice President for West Virginia and Kentucky, traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with staff from Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s office. 

Vikki joined together with other activists and union members from West Virginia. They met with Senator Capito’s staff to insist on the importance of opposing court nominees who do not support union rights, among other issues important to West Virginia’s working families.  

Union Solidarity Rally for St. Mary’s Medical Center Workers

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Hospital workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia, are fighting for recognition of their Union as they work to improve their wages, benefits and working conditions.

Despite overwhelming support by hospital workers, St. Mary’s Executives are pulling every dirty trick in the book to divide workers and putting out fake, false and misleading information about the Union.

On August 13th, join us at 28th Street and 3rd Avenue as we rally together in support of St. Mary’s workers. 

What: Union Solidarity Rally for St. Mary’s Workers 
When
: Monday, August 13 from 3 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: 28th Street and 3rd Avenue in Huntington 

Sign this petition to stand with hospital workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center

SEIU District 1199 Staff Sponsor “Let’s Do Lunch” at the City Mission in Huntington

Staff with SEIU District 1199 recently voted to donate $2,000 to “Let’s Do Lunch” with the Huntington City Mission. The donation is funded through voluntary staff contributions and will help provide lunch for a week at the shelter.  

The lunch program regularly serves around 200 individuals a day. The Huntington City Mission provides critical services to homeless individuals in the local area. If interested in donating to the Huntington City Mission or sponsoring “Let’s Do Lunch,” please join us and visit their website at the link above.