Ohio Healthcare

SEIU District 1199’s Ohio Healthcare division represents nearly 13,000 workers in a multitude of diverse fields. These industries include nursing homes, mental health facilities, hospitals, community organizations as well as supported living homes.

ResCare Voting Schedule

Members will have an opportunity to learn about all of the details of the contract prior to voting. 

You can vote at ANY LOCATION listed below. 

Athens Co. 80 N. Plains Rd. The Plains, OH McDonalds 11/13/19 10:00am – 11:00am
Barbour/Upshur/Randolph Co. Buckhannon Rescare Office   11/20/19 1:00pm-3:30pm
Barbour/Upshur/Randolph Co. Elkins Rescare Office   11/20/19 10:00am-11:30am
Belmont Co. 67051 Executive dr. St. Clairsville Rescare office 11/15/19 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Belmont Co. Barnesville McDonalds – 825 E. Main St.   11/15/19 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Berkeley / Morgan Co. 525 Winchester Ave. Martinsburg, WV Rescare office 11/20/19 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Boone Co Jackson Ave. Group Home   11/19/19 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Cabell County 208 Chesire Way, Huntington WV Day Hab 11/15/19 8:30am-4:30pm
Carroll Co. 521 S. Lisbon St Group home 11/14/19 12:30pm-1:30pm
Clermont Co. 831-837 Eastgate N. Dr. Cincinnati, OH Starbucks 11/13/19 9:00am – 10:30am
Cuyahoga Co. 245 Alpha Park Dr. Cleveland, OH Rescare office 11/14/19 10:00am – 2:00pm
Franklin Co 1395 Dublin Rd. Columbus, OH SEIU office 11/12/19 12:00pm-4:30pm
Gallia & Pike Co. 240 3rd Ave. Galipolis, OH Training Room 11/12/19 1:00pm -4:00pm
Gallia & Pike Co. 109 OH – 325 S. Thurman, OH McDonalds 11/12/19 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Geauga Co. 245 Alpha Park Dr. Cleveland, OH Rescare office 11/14/19 10:00am – 2:00pm
Greenbrier Co. 208 Court St. South, Lewisburg, WV   11/15/19 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Guernsey Co. 1 Coventry Dr. Cambridge, OH Group home 11/18/19 4:30pm -6:30pm
Hamilton /Butler Co. 5099 Camelot Dr. Fairfield, OH   11/13/19 1:00pm-5:00pm
Hampshire Co. 1502 N. Mountain Rd. Wardensville, WV Group home 11/22/19 11:00am – 12:00pm
Harrison / Marion Co. (WV) 314 Second St. Clarksburg, WV Rescare office 11/18/19 11:00am – 3:00pm
Harrison Co. (OH) 215 Burton Dr. Cadiz, OH Group home 11/14/19 2:30pm-3:30pm
Highland Co. 141 Catherine St. Hillsboro, OH Vaughn Home 11/13/19 12:00pm-2:00pm
Jefferson Co. 4141 Mall Rd. Steubenville, OH  (Schiappa Library) 11/14/19 10:00am -11:00am
Kanawha Co. Dunbar Rescare office   11/21/19 11:00am-2:00pm
Knox 166 Houck St. Centerburg, OH Group home 11/11/19 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Lake Co. 245 Alpha Park Dr. Cleveland, OH Rescare office 11/14/19 10:00am – 2:00pm
Lawrence & Scioto Coal Grove Office   11/15/19 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Logan Co. 11093 George Kostas Dr. Logan, WV Rescare office 11/19/19 10:00am – 12:00pm
Lorain 214 East Herrick Ave. Wellington, OH 44090   11/15/19 3:00pm -8:00pm
Lorain 1194 West River Rd. N. Elyria, OH 44035 library 11/15/19 9:00am – 11:00am
Lucas Co. 2550 King Rd. Toledo, OH King House 11/15/19 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Madison Co. 50 State Rt. 56 NW, London, OH Day Hab 11/12/19 9:00am -10:30am
Marion Co. (OH) 5944 Marion – Mt. Gilead Rd. Caledonia, OH Group home 11/11/19 10:00am-10:30am
Masontown Plum Hill apartments   11/19/19 3:00pm-4:00pm
Mercer Co. 735 Mercer St. Princeton, WV   11/14/19 9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Mineral Co. Microtel in Keyser WV   11/18/19 11:00am – 1:00pm
Montgomery Co. 2012 Springboro. W. Moraine, OH   11/14/19 10:00am – 1:00pm
Morrow Co. 5510 County Rd. 25. Cardington, OH Group home 11/11/19 11:30am – 12:00pm
Nicholas Co. 315 Fairview Heights Rd. Summersville, WV   11/15/19 9:00am-10:30am
Pendleton / Grant Co. Hardy Co. Library   11/19/19 11:00am-1:00pm
Preston Co. Terra Alta Group home   11/19/19 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Putnam Co. 8088 Road 13g Ottawa, OH 45875   11/15/09 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Raleigh / Fayette Co. 201 Grey Flats Rd. Beckley, WV Rescare office 11/15/19 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Seneca Co. 205 Perry St. Fostoria, OH Kaubisch Library 11/14/19 10:00am – 11:00am
Sidney 887 Park St. Sidney, OH Group home 11/14/19 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Stark & Portage Co. 2821 Whipple Ave. Canton, OH conf. room 11/19/19 11:00am – 3:00pm
Vinton Co. Herbert Wescoat library. Vinton, OH   11/13/19 10:00am – 11:00am
Washington Co. 219 Hillcrest Dr. Group home 11/14/19 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Wood Co. 920 Emerson Ave. Parkersburg, WV Hampton Inn 11/14/19 5:30pm – 8:30pm


Veterans Day 2019 – Thank You

We are proud of all of our member veterans and thank all veterans for their dedication to our country. On Behalf of SEIU District 1199 and our staff, thank you to all veterans and their families for your service and sacrifice. If you are a member and a veteran, please join our new SEIU District 1199 Veterans Council

2019 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Winners!

Ian Quillen
Child of Carolyn Quillen
Kings Daughters Medical Center

Alex Butcher
Child of Amy Butcher
Cabell Huntington Hospital

Kacey Gilkerson
Child of Sabrina Gilkerson
Cabell Huntington Hospital

Richard McMillion
Child of Ruth McMillion
Seneca Health Services

Derek Stevens
Spouse of Rachel Stevens
Fairmont Regional Medical Center

Nicholas Amanatides
Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services

David Barbutes
Child of Colleen Barbutes
Trumbull Regional Medical Center

Suzy Bangudi
Child of Brigitte Bangudi
Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corrections

Brittany Carrasco
Mercy Hospital Springfield

Kayla Chappell
Child of Tiffany Jones
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Dwayne Gullatte
Child of Robin Bennie
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Comp

Kevin Haller
Child of Maryanne Haller
Cuyahoga County Public Library

Kasey Hunt
Child of Samantha Chamberlain
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Zoe Katz
Child of Jodi Katz
Bellefaire JCB

Griffin Kennedy
Child of Tim Kennedy
Cuyahoga Community College

Bobby Mounts
Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corrections

Shahid Muhammad
Child of Kasey Hall
Cincinnati State

Melissa Mulinix
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

William Nagy II
Child of William Nagy
Ohio Department of Health

Patrick Olabode
Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corrections

Ben Zhang
Child of Hongbo Zhu
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services


2020 SEIU Convention Delegation Elections


This is the official notice of the election to be conducted for Delegates to the SEIU Convention which will be held April 22–27, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.

The following procedure was adopted by the SEIU District 1199 Executive Board, in accordance with the SEIU Constitution, at its meeting on October 25, 2019.

SEIU District 1199 will be sending a delegation of 20 Delegates. Any member in good standing can be a candidate.

To be placed on the ballot, a member must submit to the designated Election Officer a nominating petition signed by at least 25 members in good standing. Petitions will be made available through the Union’s offices, or a member may create her/his own petition by writing the words, “We, the undersigned, nominate __________________________ (name) to be a Delegate to the 2020 SEIU Convention”. (Click here to download a petition.)

Petitions containing original signatures must be received by the Election Officer on or before December 16, 2019 at the following address. Fax or electronic copies will NOT be accepted.

Mary Jo Ivan, Election Officer SEIU District 1199
1395 Dublin Road Columbus, Ohio 43215

The Election Officer must be notified by the December 16, 2019 petition return date of any candidate wishing to run as a slate, and of the designation (name) of the slate.

Elections will take place during the month of January, 2020. All elections will be by secret ballot. Members presenting proper identification may vote at any of the voting sites across the District. Voting times will also be available in the Union’s Columbus, Cleveland and Huntington Offices. (Click here to download the election schedule.)

Results will be posted on the Union’s website at www.seiu1199.org.

We Rise – Update Your Membership

An updated membership helps to ensure that our chapters and Union remain strong. We are stronger together.

Sign a Membership Card
The membership form is available online.  Membership also provides access to the Union’s benefit programs, a free community college benefit, an annual scholarship program, and more. 

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

Mercy Health Members in Lorain Unite to Bargain $15 an Hour Wage and Above

Mercy Health 2Members of SEIU District 1199 at Mercy Regional Medical Center last Monday overwhelmingly approved a new contract. The contract is a milestone in the fight for fair wages for all workers and members of our Union.

In our continuing fight to improve staffing and working conditions, improvements were made in areas such as representation and distribution of assignments. Our member bargaining committee was also able to secure significant wages increases, bringing those of us earning less than $15 an hour up and above $15 by January 2022. In addition, there will be increases for those already above $15 to recognize the years of dedication and hard work that it took to get there.

This victory was not easily won and was the culmination of years of work not only in the chapter by members and leaders but also by SEIU and our allies in the Fight for $15 – the local and national fight to increase wages and deliver dignity for all workers. The Union has organized workers across the country to advocate and demonstrate for a living wage, resulting in minimum wage increases from San Francisco and Seattle to Illinois and New York.

Under this new 5-year contract, the average wage will increase 21%. Some members will see even greater wage gains. These increases will mean we can give up a second job or send our children to a quality daycare, preschool, or later to college. For all of us, these increases recognize the work that we all do every day to care for our patients and our families.

Solidarity Newsletter – October 2019

solidarity 2Member News and Grievance Victories

Hudson Elms Member Successfully Appeals Suspension. A member with the Hudson Elms nursing home in Hudson, Ohio, was wrongfully suspended. The member contacted their Executive Board Member and the Union to file a grievance. Showing the power of standing together, the suspension was overturned and the member returned to work with back pay.

Favorable Arbitration Ruling for Cabell Huntington Hospital Member. A dedicated member and healthcare worker in Huntington, West Virginia, recently returned to work with full back pay and compensation, after being improperly terminated two years ago.

Member at Cleveland Healthcare Facility Back at Work. A member in Cleveland who worked for Morrison Community Living, a contractor for Judson Manor, had been on the job for 19 years before being terminated. Over the summer, his co-workers greeted him enthusiastically after he returned to work after almost 7 months off. The member was terminated without a fair and impartial review, especially given his spotless work record and years of service. Standing with the Union, the member received full back pay and compensation for denied benefits.

Nursing Home Member Negotiates Settlement. A member with a facility in Ohio believed they had been wrongfully terminated. The member worked with their delegate and the Union to file a grievance. The employer agreed to grant compensation and a neutral letter of reference.

● Grievance by Member in West Virginia Results in Additional Staffing. A dedicated member with Fairmont Regional Medical Center in West Virginia had concerns about staffing levels for her unit. She contacted the Union and joined with a co-worker to file a grievance. As a result, administrators took quick action and placed two job postings for the unit.

● Member With Cleveland School District Negotiates Settlement After Grievance Over Overtime. A member with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District worked with the Union to file a grievance, which had a successful outcome. In a settlement, CMSD agreed to make an extra effort to contact members to ensure that they would be notified for overtime opportunities.

Member Resource Center Update

The Member Resource Center provides assistance each day to a substantial number of members across West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Whether you need a copy of your contract, assistance contacting Union staff, or advice on how to file a grievance, representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist members each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

Sign Up for Email Updates

Our mission is to improve the lives of working people and their families and to achieve greater social and economic justice. If you share our vision for a more just society, please sign up for email updates here.

College Programs for Members

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SEIU District 1199 has joined as a partner with Columbia Southern University, Southern New Hampshire University, and Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College. Union membership can greatly reduce or even eliminate the cost of tuition with these programs. 

Columbia Southern University
 Southern New Hampshire University
• Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College

Whether in-person or online, Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College offers a free college benefit for members and retirees, in addition to eligible family members. If you need assistance with your member benefits, you can always contact the Member Resource Center. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

Lorain Labor Day Festival 2019

We are looking for volunteers to work our SEIU District 1199 booth at the Lorain Labor Day Festival. You can work an hour or the whole day, no volunteer will be turned away. 

What: Lorain Labor Day Celebration by Organized Labor
When: Sunday, September 1st from 12 PM to 6 PM
Where: Black River Landing at 421 Black River Lane in Lorain, Ohio 44052

The Lorain County Organized Labor’s 24th Annual Labor Day Family Celebration is hosted by labor unions, the Lorain County Labor Agency, and the Lorain Port Authority. All members and the public are invited to attend.

BrightSpring ResCare Bargaining Update and Member Newsletter

ResCare Bargaining Update 9.4.19
The Bargaining Committee and BrightSpring Members Stand United

We are stronger together. Over the last year, Union members with BrightSpring “ResCare” have stood together to win countless grievances, provide the best possible client care, and defend the contract.

We are also in the middle of a very important bargaining campaign – it is critical that we stand together and support the negotiating committee. We have already fought back successfully against proposed concessions from management in several areas. The member negotiating committee heads back to the table on October 1st and October 2nd to continue with economics, such as wages, insurance, mileage, and vacation time.

We need members to wear purple each Friday. Text photos of your work groups showing solidarity to Administrative Organizer Greg Haddox at (740) 606 – 0772.

Bargaining Update for BrightSpring “ResCare” Members

• The Union has proposed a living wage with a path to $15 and is holding firm.

• The Company has agreed to give the Union a 30-day notice if it intends to subcontract and provide the name and contact information for the subcontractor.

• The Union has rejected the company’s full economic package that only includes a $0.25 increase for Ohio workers and a 1% increase for West Virginia workers. The company has also proposed a starting rate of $9.15 an hour with benefits or $9.65 with PILOB. The Union still has increases for shift and  weekend differentials, and medication delegation, on the table.

• The Union fought back and maintained current language in regards to recognition.

• The Union won an increase in the time for Union orientation from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

• The Union fought back to maintain the 90 day probationary period. The employer wanted 180 days.

• The Union fought back and successfully maintained our health and safety language.

• The Union fought back to keep organizer access with 24 hour notice to facilities and 48 hour notice for meeting space at core offices.

• Wages and other economic benefits are on the table for the next session. Management wants to take away your legal right to file claims against them in court over civil rights, discrimination, and all other protected rights and wants you to grieve and arbitrate these issues. The Union is fighting back.

Member With Morrison Community Living at Judson Manor Back at Work

Robere and Members 7-26-19

This week, Robere Melton’s co-workers greeted him enthusiastically when he returned to work after almost 7 months off. Mr. Melton is a dedicated employee who works for Morrison Community Living, which contracts with Judson Manor in Cleveland. Prior to being unjustly terminated, Mr. Melton had been on the job for 19 years. 

Mr. Melton was terminated at the end of 2018, with no prior disciplinary action of record. The employer terminated him without a fair and impartial review to determine if a policy was violated. The employer also did not use a reasonable level of discipline, given a spotless work record and many years of service. 

Mr. Melton, who had also previously served as a Union delegate, will receive full back pay and compensation for all denied benefits. We are stronger together. 

Justice Riders Trip to Detroit, Michigan (Photos)

BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Member Wins Grievance Over Unjust Job Dismissal

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. 

Representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

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.

In addition, the Union also has partnership arrangements with Southern New Hampshire University and Columbia Southern University

For more information and to enroll with Eastern Gateway Community College, visit SEIU Member Benefits

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 temporarily.
• 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. 

Healthcare Workers to Rally for Quality Care in Cleveland

CLEVELAND, OHIO – On Thursday, April 25th, members of SEIU District 1199, unionized workers from Willow Park Nursing and Rehabilitation, and community members, will join together for a rally for quality care. Workers will gather at 2 PM at 18810 Harvard Avenue in Cleveland, Ohio.

Workers with Willow Park have had difficulty negotiating their next contract with Embassy Healthcare, the operator of the nursing home facility. Workers concerns about mandation, which involves health and safety, have not been resolved in recent negotiations.

In addition to health and safety issues, Members of SEIU District 1199 with Willow Park work extremely hard for wages that are often not enough to sustain their families. Union members with Willow Park continue to ask Embassy Healthcare to negotiate in good faith and want the facility to be a premier place to work in Cleveland.

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

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).

This program is now closed for 2019. The application process will re-open on June 1, 2020. 

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

Cleveland Work and Wages Policy Conference