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.


The arbitrator has overruled Mercy’s declaration of impasse and ordered them back to negotiations with the Union. We are scheduling a date for next week.

Mercy Health’s failed declaration of impasse means that they cannot implement their health insurance proposals until reaching agreement with the union, or reaching true impasse after further negotiations.

We are committed to finding an agreement, but not one that allows Mercy Health executives to impose higher costs on our families for our healthcare just because they want to.  We are committed to protecting the benefits we have! This is why we have a Union – to fight back and stand united for what is right. But we all need to be involved, because when we fight together we win.

We need you to take these steps right now: 

  1. Sign Our Pledge to Stand United: http://www.seiu1199.org/rnpledge/
  2. Attend the membership meeting tomorrow, October 17 (10a to 1p, 3p-5p, 6:30p-8:30p) at the UAW Local 2129, 5300 Baumhart Road
  3. Hold Mercy executives accountable for their greed by attending negotiations next week (date to be confirmed)

Issued by your SEIU/1199 Mercy Regional Medical Center Registered Nurses Bargaining Committee


Geoff H. Davies
Coordinator, Region 2
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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Mercy Regional Medical Center RN’s – Strike Alert


Mercy Health Executives have notified our Arbitrator that they refuse to continue to bargain with our negotiating committee and will move forward with their plan to steal our PPO health care plan and increase out-of-pocket costs for all Nurses at Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Mercy Health Executives are making this unnecessary decision based completely on their own self-interest. Mercy Health has provided no evidence to our bargaining committee that this decision is based on financial need despite the fact that it will create significant financial burdens to every Nurse and their families.

We are awaiting official notice of impasse from the Arbitrator but we fully expect to issue a notice of our intent to strike in the very near future and you should expect that we will be on strike at Mercy Regional Medical Center in early November.

This is not a decision that we, the Nurses of the hospital, came to lightly but we will not sit back and allow Mercy Health Executives to take money out of our pockets only to put it back into their own. We are Nurses and we don’t back down from an attack. We stand together in times of crisis and challenge because we know that when we are united, we cannot be defeated. Together, We Rise! 

Immediate Steps of Action
Sign Our Nurse Pledge: http://www.seiu1199.org/rnpledge/ Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
UAW #2129, 5300 Baumhart Road, Lorain, OH
10:00am to 1:00pm

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Issued by your SEIU/1199 Mercy Regional Medical Center Registered Nurses Bargaining Committee

Dedicated ResCare Members Resolve Contract Issues and Stand Together

ResCare members with SEIU District 1199 work hard to provide quality care. ResCare members in the last several weeks have worked with the Union and their co-workers to receive needed back pay, work through scheduling changes, and resolve other important points of contention. 

• Mineral County, West Virginia. A member was denied a transfer unjustly. Standing together with the Union, the member received approval for a new worksite. Schedules had also been missing from the worksite and after the issue was raised, they were promptly posted.
• Wood County, West Virginia. A member was denied work for two shifts and after speaking out through the Union, the member was paid for the time that had been lost. 
• Raleigh County, West Virginia. A member was put on administrative leave during an investigation due to an unsubstantiated allegation. Even after the issue was resolved, for two weeks, the company failed to put her back on the schedule and expected the member to get to the worksite with very short notice upon notification. The member joined together with the Union and eventually was paid for all normal work hours.
• Belmont County, Ohio. A member was unjustly mandated after the work schedule was changed with less than two weeks of notice. This was a contract violation and working together, the scheduling issue was resolved within 5 days.

Dedicated ResCare members provide valuable care. If you have a contact related issue at work, don’t hesitate to contact the Member Resource CenterWe are stronger together. 

FrontLine Service: Be Fair To Those That Care


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

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ResCare Members Take Action to Ensure Proper Pay and Worksite Fairness

Members of SEIU District 1199 in Ohio and West Virginia with ResCare bring dedication to their work. The contract enables quality care and it ensures fairness. Below are some of the recent outcomes won by workers standing together. 

Gallia County, Ohio – A member took action on behalf of all bargaining unit members at his worksite concerning an issue with overtime opportunities. Within just four days, the employer offered a plan and pledged to follow the contract. This was another important example of members taking action together to ensure the contract and Union stay strong.

Gallia County, Ohio – A member worked together with the Union after noting she had not accumulated PTO time in around 5 months. Within just two weeks, the PTO time was added to her balance and she was made whole.

Franklin County, Ohio – A member teamed up with the Union after discovering she did not get a $0.25 raise for passing a certification. Within just two weeks, she was issued a $166 check with retroactive pay and her raise was processed.

Kanawha County, West Virginia – A member applied for a transfer and as a dedicated employee with ResCare, she had significant seniority. Despite openings at the worksite where the member hoped to work, the employer refused the transfer. After joining with the Union, the transfer was quickly approved.

Franklin County, Ohio – A member joined with the Union because they were denied payment due to a faulty time clock. In response, management sent a check by mail with 2-day delivery and worked to fix the time clock.

Putnam County, Ohio – A member was denied an annual pay raise for unknown reasons in violation of the contract. Within 15 days of taking action, the raise and retroactive pay were issued.

Members with ResCare show the power of unity and collective action. We are stronger together. 

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Action Alert – Union Strong Buttons and Household Decals

To stand together, members with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH can now request buttons and household decals. You can contact the Member Resource Center with a request for you, your coworkers, and/or everyone at your worksite. 

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If you are a member of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH, call 877-419-SEIU, email mrc@seiu1199.org, or you can make your request online with the Member Resource Center. We are stronger together. 

ResCare Members and Union Stand Together on Contract Issues

SEIU District 1199 members with ResCare work hard to provide the best possible care. Members with ResCare in West Virginia and Ohio work with fellow members, shop leaders, and the Member Resource Center to ensure the contract is upheld and rights are protected.

Below are some of the most recent victories of ResCare members: 

Cabell County, West Virginia – A member put in a bid to work at a different site and followed procedure. While awaiting notification, which could take 4-8 weeks, the member learned the employer may have disregarded key parts of the contract and conducted hiring.  The member waited two months but within four days of reaching out to the Union, the issue was resolved.

Stark County, Ohio – A member was taken off of the schedule and also received a written warning for events related to a training. The member worked with the MRC and the discipline was reduced, the member aced the training, and he was also placed back on the schedule.

Gallia County, Ohio – A member received a discipline relating to mandation. The member joined together with the Union and it was shown that two other less senior employees accepted the assignment, which made the alleged violation moot. The discipline was then reversed and the member made whole.

The Member Resource Center is open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM and is available to assist members with contract and workplace issues. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

Members With Park Health Center Ratify New Contract

Members with the Park Health Center in St. Clairsville, Ohio, recently ratified a beneficial new contract agreement. The contract does not include any concessions and will help promote staff retention and quality care.

The contract includes the following provisions

• Annual Wage Increases – 2% in the first year, 2% in the second year, and 2% in the third year of the contract
• Training Bonus – Additional $50.00 bonus for training new employees.
• Attendance Bonus – $250 bonus for perfect attendance each quarter.
• Bargaining Unit – PRN employees are now a part of the bargaining unit but had previously been excluded. 
• Contract Language – Beneficial new language was added to the contract relating to the Member Resource Center.

Members with this facility stayed united to bargain the agreement. The new contract was ratified unanimously. We are stronger together.

Members With Arbors of Pomeroy Defend Contract and Negotiate Wage Increases

Members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH with the Arbors of Pomeroy recently negotiated a new 3-year contract. Negotiations started with proposed concessions, included loss of a week of PTO for workers with 20+ years of service, loss of Martin Luther King Day as PTO, and loss of a paid floating holiday. 

The Arbors of Pomeroy is a long-term care facility in Pomeroy, Ohio. Members successfully pushed back on the concessions and negotiated wage increases.

The new contract includes the following provisions:

• Wage Increases – 2.5% in the First Year, 2.5% in the Second Year, and 1.25% in the Third Year (prior to the contract re-opening mid-year).
• Wage Scale – The members negotiated an updated wage scale with immediate additional wage increases.
• Concessions – Defeated loss of MLK Jr. Day as PTO, defeated loss of 1 week of PTO for employees with 20+ years of service, and defeated loss of paid floating holiday.
• Contract Language – Negotiated language needed to strengthen the contract.

Members on the negotiating committee stayed together and were very attuned to the needs of the bargaining unit as a whole. We are stronger together. 

Medical Assistants at St. Vincent Charity Hospital Join SEIU District 1199

Medical assistants at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland recently voted to join SEIU District 1199. Like the other members at the hospital, these health care workers care deeply about the mission of St. Vincent and joined SEIU District 1199 to have an increased voice at work. 

Congratulations to these workers and welcome to SEIU District 1199. If you are interested in forming a union at your workplace, visit our page on joining our union. We are stronger together. 

Overbrook Rehabilitation and Cumberland Pointe Members Negotiate Wage Increases

Members at Overbrook Rehabilitation Center this month ratified a new contract, which includes significant raises. This facility recently received a perfect rating in the area of quality measures and workers at Overbrook work hard to provide the best possible care. 

Members at Overbrook Rehabilitation Center in Middleport, Ohio, negotiated the following raises:

• Starting Wage Increase – It was negotiated that the starting wage will increase for STNA’s from $8.50 an hour to $9.30 an hour.
• Annual Wage Increases – Members will receive a raise of $0.40 in the 1st year, $0.25 in the 2nd year, and 2.5% in the 3rd year of the contract. 
• Experience Wage Increase – In addition to the starting wage increase and annual increases, members will receive up to a $0.50 raise for past experience. 

At  Cumberland Pointe in St. Clairsville, Ohio, members also negotiated new wage increases, including a significant quarterly attendance bonus: 

• Annual Wage Increases – 2% wage increases for each year of the contract. 
• Attendance Bonus – In addition to annual 2% wage increases for the next 3 years, members with perfect attendance each quarter will receive a $400 bonus.
• PRN Members – Workers who are PRN will be included in the bargaining unit
• Shift Differential – An increase in the midnight shift differential. 

The contracts at both facilities also include new language that will help resolve grievances and benefit the membership. We are stronger together. 

Abbyshire Place Members Unify to Reach New Contract Agreement

Union members with Abbyshire Place in Bidwell, Ohio, recently signed a new contract with a number of beneficial new terms. The members stayed unified through the negotiations and worked out an agreement with management that will boost retention and maintain quality care. 

The new contract was ratified with a unanimous vote of the membership. It contains the following provisions: 

• Wage Increases – 2% / 2% / 1.5% for the first, second, and third years of the contract. Additionally, employees with 15 years of service or more will receive higher raises of 3% / 3% / 2.5%. 
 Longevity Bonus Scale – A new longevity bonus scale was added, which will provide additional increases for employees who have between 5 and 30 years of service. 
• Mandation Bonus – A new $20 mandation bonus will now be provided and was formalized with the contract. 
 Certification – Activity aides will now be state tested with certification paid for by the facility and wages paid during related course time. 
• Leave Time – Additional coverage was added in the area of bereavement leave. 
• Mandatory Rescheduling – The rescheduling process will now take into account seniority.

Beneficial language was also added which will help enable enhanced representation through the Member Resource Center at a later date. We are stronger together. 

We Rise – Show Your Support For Unions

A decision in the Janus case is coming soon. Let’s show that no court decision will keep us from standing united. Working people are sticking together in their unions.  (more…)

ResCare Members in Ohio and West Virginia Stand United on Workplace Issues

SEIU District 1199 members with ResCare work each day to provide the best possible care. Union ResCare members continue to successfully join together with coworkers and as a union to achieve beneficial outcomes. 

Lucas County (OH): A ResCare member in Lucas County was not being paid full earnings for her job duties. Within a month of taking action with the union, the worker received acknowledgement that she had been paid the lower amount in error and retroactive pay was issued.

Stark County (OH): A dedicated member with ResCare in Stark County had left her position but was later re-hired. The member was then paid at the previous rate of pay, which was not in line with current wages. After months of trying to resolve the issue, the member contacted the union. The member’s pay rate was updated and she also received retroactive pay totaling approximately $1,000.

Lorain County (OH): A member with ResCare in Lorain County was promoted but did not receive a related pay increase. Taking action with the union, the members pay was adjusted and over $350 in retroactive pay was issued.

Wood County (WV): A member with ResCare in Wood County did not receive a 1% raise that had been negotiated by the union. The member worked with the union and received both the raise and retroactive pay.

Greenbrier County (WV): A member was due two raises but did not receive an increase. After joining up with the union to seek resolution, the issue was fixed and retroactive pay was provided within 30 days.

Lorain County (OH): A mix-up with a vendor that provided background checks almost led to a job loss. Before contacting the union, the worker was taken off of the schedule and at-risk of losing her job. Working with the union, the issue was quickly resolved.

Belmont County (OH): A member in Belmont County was injured and had to take leave for recovery after a surgery. After returning to work, the member was charged fees for insurance she did not receive and her coverage continued to lapse. After working with the union, health insurance was issued and fees reimbursed.

Wood County (WV): A exemplary employee and member with ResCare was accused of failing to document the provision of over-the-counter medication. The employee told ResCare that he was not at work on the day of the incident to no avail. Working with the union, the employee was able to prove that he was not responsible and the reprimand was withdrawn.

These members continue to show the strength of unity and working together as a union. We are stronger together.

Members at Hickory Creek of Athens Negotiate Contract to Build on Protections and Benefits

Members of SEIU District 1199 with Hickory Creek of Athens recently bargained a new contract that makes important improvements. Workers at this facility in The Plains, Ohio, worked together to negotiate a contract that builds on existing protections, wages, and benefits.

The contract includes the following new provisions:

• Paid Holidays: Workers at this facility successfully worked together to request that Martin Luther King Jr. Day be honored as a paid holiday.
• New Member Orientation: A 30 minute paid union orientation will now be included in the contract. This provision is important to ensuring a strong chapter.
• Wages: Experience scales at this facility were updated. Members will also receive 2% raises for each of the next three years. Additionally, if the facility receives a zero-deficiency inspection report, members will receive an additional raise.
• Grievance Language: Contract language was updated in this area, which will bolster the ability of members to stand up for their rights under the contract.

Congratulations to these members on the new contract. We are stronger together.

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Favors CEOs & Corporations, Limits Workers’ Rights

supreme courtThis week, the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision restricted workers’ rights. The ruling limits the ability of private-sector workers to join together to address violations of labor law — such as wage theft, harassment, and discrimination. 

At a time when the deck is already stacked against working people and their families, this decision further erodes the bedrock rights of working people, while siding with the interests of corporations and CEOs. 

What Does the Decision Mean for Working People? Following this anti-worker ruling, employees may be forced to sign arbitration agreements. As a result, they will no longer be able to persue class action lawsuits when facing wage theft and/or other violations of labor law.

The likely impact of this case is that workers will be deterred from standing up for their rights. Under the new precedent, when workers do speak out, they may not only be denied the chance for collective action but forced to pursue expensive legal claims under a rigged system of corporate arbitration.

The timing of the decision is also important. A decision is expected soon in the anti-labor case Janus vs. AFSCME

We Are Stronger Together. The decision highlights the importance of unions and the need for working people to stand together. Working people are a force against inequity when they stand together. Union workers also have a vital and important voice in the workplace.

Read More (NPR): “Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers’ Rights.”

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Members at Galion Pointe Ratify Contract to Bolster Quality Care, Wages, and Benefits

Members at Galion Pointe recently unified to negotiate a new contract. Dedicated workers at this facility in Galion, Ohio, care for short-term rehabilitation and long-term residents.

Members at Galion Pointe stayed united through negotiations and worked out a new contract to bolster quality care, wages, and benefits. The 3-year contract includes the following provisions:

• Wages: The contract includes 2% annual wage increases for each of the next three years. Members will also receive a bonus and 2 new free uniforms. 
• Educational Benefit (STNA): The facility will pay for employees to become STNA certified. While the employee takes the certification course, the employer will pay the member’s standard wages. Additionally, the facility will pay for the cost of the certification course and exam.
• Education Benefit (RN/LPN): The employer will now pay $2,000 a year for courses to become an LPN/RN. Under this provision, a check will be made out each semester to help cover books and tuition.
• Bereavement Leave: Members will now have additional coverage in the event of the loss of an aunt, uncle, or significant other.
• Member Resource Center: New language was added that will enable the Member Resource Center to provide enhanced representation to members. 
• Union Orientation: At this facility, there will now be a 20 minute paid union orientation for new members. This helps ensure the unity and strength of the membership at Galion Pointe.
• Holidays: New language was added that will boost flexibility for paid holidays.

Congratulations to these members at Galion Pointe. We are stronger together.