2020 Member Scholarship Program
Who 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:
• 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).
The application process is now open for 2020. The deadline for applications is September 1st.
• Scholarship Recipient List – 2019
• Scholarship Recipient List – 2018
• Sign a Membership Card (must be a member in good standing for 2 years)
Applications may be submitted by email to email@example.com or by mail to:
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Member Resource Center
1395 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Nursing Home Workers Need a Bill of Rights
Much of our long-term care system is motivated by the need for corporate profits, not safe staffing or patient care. That’s why nursing home workers are standing together for legislation that would create a Bill of Rights to ensure the following:
• Enough personal protective equipment to protect ourselves and our residents
• Testing, paid sick days, and free COVID19 treatment
• Wages high enough to support a family and affordable healthcare
• The right to a union, so we can have a voice in our jobs and care we provide
• Enough staff to keep workers and residents safe and provide quality care
• Strong regulation of nursing homes, with significant penalties for violations
• Sufficient funding for nursing homes, with guarantees that the money will go to patient care and not to corporate profits
• Respect and equal treatment, regardless of the color of our skin
• The ability to give good care and for nursing home residents to get care in the setting of their choice
Send a message to your legislators at this link. Ask them to support a Bill of Rights for nursing home workers. Together, we can speak out for improved working conditions and quality care.
Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Nursing Home Worker Survey
As nursing home workers, you provide critical health care, services, and support. Nursing home workers from all backgrounds – black, white, and brown – care deeply about their work. Yet, as the current pandemic has shown again, our long-term care system is broken with poor staffing levels, serious quality care issues, a lack of PPE, and low wages.
Much of our nursing home system is motivated by the need for corporate profits, not quality care and worker protections. I understand that there are so many challenges right now. It is more important than ever that we stand together.
We are asking all nursing home members to complete this survey about what you have experienced so far during the pandemic. Together, we will keep fighting for the important changes that nursing home workers need for themselves, their families, and the residents for whom you provide care.
Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Solidarity News – May 2020
Member News and Grievance Victories
● Southern Ohio Hospital Member Granted Significant Settlement. A member was a part of a job training program to become an OB Scrub Tech when management decided to cancel the program. The member contacted the Union because she was employed as a trainee when the decision was made. The Union and member were able to secure a $5,000 settlement as compensation.
● ResCare Member in Cabell County Receives Important Work Documents. A member with ResCare in West Virginia had been trying to get important work documents from management for weeks and had not been successful. The documents were needed for an application related to one of his family members. The member contacted the Union and by the end of the day, the Union was able to get a meeting time established with ResCare to receive the needed documents.
● Bellefaire JCB Members Stand Together For Safety. Members with Bellefaire JCB, a service provider in Cleveland, have been standing together as Union members and co-workers to ensure workplace safety in relation to the current pandemic. Through their Union, these members are speaking out and raising critical health and safety issues.
● ResCare Member Issued $2,000 in Back Pay. A member with ResCare moved to a different worksite but her pay was not updated. The member did not receive a $0.30 increase that she was owed and even after her rate was increased, she was not issued a payment for the back wages that were due under the terms of the contract. Working with the Union, the member has now received the retroactive pay that she had earned, which totaled approximately $2,000.
● Consumer Support Services of Trumbull County Members Unite for Better Working Conditions. Several group home members with CSS Trumbull recently gathered signatures and wrote a letter to management to address unfair treatment in the workplace and issues with client care. As a result of their collective efforts, their manager was removed.
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!”
Hamlet Village Members Stand Together for Contract With Stronger Wages and Benefits
Members with Hamlet Village – black, white and brown – stand united for good jobs and quality care. Members with this senior living provider, which is located in Chagrin Falls, Ohio, recently stood together for a new contract and were able to make many improvements.
Beneficial terms of this recently negotiated contract include:
• Wage Increases. Across-the-board wage increases for the next three years.
• Bonuses. A longevity bonus and a bonus upon ratification.
• Improved Delegate Language. Members with this facility will now have 3 delegates, in addition to their e-board member.
• Vacation Roll-Over. Members can now roll-over 40 hours of vacation time, which will make a substantial difference.
• Bereavement Leave. Improvements in the area of bereavement leave.
• Representation. The new contract includes language relating to the Member Resource Center, which will help the MRC provide enhanced representation.
• Delegate Training. The contract ensures 6 paid delegate training days per year.
Members worked as a team to bargain this contract, just as they do each day to provide the best possible care. These new terms provide for significant improvements that will last through the current crisis and beyond.
Letter: Put Workers First, Not a Blank Check for CEOs
My job has always been to provide care and protect others from germs, viruses, and diseases at the nursing home where I work. Every day, my co-workers and I do everything that we can for our residents.
A virus as deadly as COVID-19 is different though and I worry about bringing it home. As I travel to and from work, I sense that other people feel the same way that I do. Some would love to stay home but who would provide the critical care that is needed for the residents where we work?
Congress has passed multiple bills in response to the COVID-19 crisis, but so far they have fallen short of providing the support we need. Frontline workers still lack needed personal protective equipment, sufficient sick leave, and the wages that we deserve. Many workers in my area and some of my Union brothers and sisters have been laid off and are unsure of how to cover the bills.
Big corporations and many companies are doing just fine and others are getting relief funding. At the same time, our public services — like our schools, libraries, and health care system — are all at-risk.
Join with me and send a letter to demand that we get the personal protective equipment that we need. Second, call Congress at (877) 851-2521 and tell them that they must protect all workers.
If we stand together and demand better now, we can not only protect all workers and come back from this tragedy, but ensure fairness for us all as we move forward together.
Cassie Cooper – Nursing Home Worker
Union Member of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Members Stand United to Win Significant Wage Increases
Members with Cleveland Clinic Lutheran Hospital recently stood together, across all differences, to negotiate a new contract. This new contract improves wages and working condition for all bargaining unit members. The contract was only possible because the bargaining committee stood united as fellow co-workers and Union members.
The contract includes the following wage increases and terms:
1. Retroactive Ratification Bonus. All members who were earning below $15 an hour will receive a bonus of $500. This payment is being issued for the 80+ caregivers who did not receive an increase to $15 an hour.
2. Living Wage Increase. All bargaining unit members who are currently below $15 an hour are being brought up to that amount, under the new Union contract. This impacts 80+ caregivers who were making less than $15 an hour.
3. Market Rate Wage Increases. Workers in several job classifications will receive a significant wage increase. These increases will apply to members who work as maintenance mechanics, electricians, painters, power plant mechanics, central supply room technicians, and nursing department assistance III’s.
4. Annual Wage Increases. A 2% wage increase each year for three years.
5. Longevity Bonus. This one-time bonus applies to those “stepped out” at progression steps 6 and 7. In total, 70+ employees are receiving this bonus.
6. Shift Differential. Workers negotiated an additional $1.00 an hour increase for second and third shift work.
7. Longevity Increase. Workers with 15 years or more of service will receive an additional $0.25 an hour.
8. Disciplinary Language. The member bargaining committee negotiated a new 10-day required timeline for the hospital to administer discipline. This is very significant as without such a timeline, members had sometimes received notice many months later.
9. Representation. The contract includes language that will help enable the Member Resource Center to further provide representation.
Through these negotiations, members were able to speak out about their need for improved wages and working conditions. Sometimes things get tough but they pulled together for themselves, their co-workers, and their families.
Essential Workers Protest Healthcare Cuts at Lorain County Community Action Agency
Agency workers say now is the time for us to unite across our differences and make choices that help every-day people in pursuit of a safe and thriving community.
LORAIN, OHIO – In times of need, families in Lorain County have come to rely on the services provided by the amazing staff of Lorain County Community Action Agency (LCCAA). Even during this global pandemic, many of the hard-working community action agency employees continue to provide essential services as they assist people struggling in our community get the services and help they need. Yet, LCCAA Executive Director Jackie Boehnlein is attempting to force head start teachers, family service workers, and other agency employees to pay a lot more for their healthcare at a time when they need it the most.
“No matter what you look like, where you live, or how much money you have, when you’re sick, getting care without going bankrupt to do it is everyone’s your first priority,” said Kathryn Ramsey, a Union leader and Family Service Worker who has worked at LCCAA for more than 25 years. “But for too long, we’ve let a powerful few divide us to pad their own profits by making life and health a product for sale. We must rewrite the rules to ensure everyone can access the care that we need.”
Changes proposed by LCCAA Executive Director Jackie Boehnlein in healthcare will require employees to pay a substantial amount more for the health insurance premiums at a same time while slashing employer-provided Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) contributions almost in half. Rather than negotiating these changes through the typical collective bargaining process, LCCAA is attempting to force implementation of these changes which has forced Union workers to file several federal Unfair Labor Practice (ULP) charges with the National Labor Relations Board.
“We are all better off when we are all healthy — especially the most vulnerable among us,” continued Ramsey. “Any one person’s wellness depends on everyone else’s. Whether it’s people with chronic health conditions or people without shelter, our undocumented neighbors or people living in detention, people providing vital services or those who can’t forgo a paycheck to stay home, we must ensure all of us can access the care we need and have the support required to make the best choices for everyone’s health.”
Cleveland Nursing Home, Healthcare Workers to Join Nationwide Protest Demanding PPE
Media Advisory For Thursday, April 9
Following Social Distancing Guidelines, SEIU Workers in Cleveland Will Join National Day of Action Calling on Federal, Local Authorities to #GetMePPE
Lives on the Line: Frontline Healthcare Workers to Demand Masks, Gowns, Protective Gear in Largest-Ever One-Day Protest Amid COVID-19 Crisis
CLEVELAND, OH – Frontline healthcare and nursing home workers in Cleveland will join the #GetMePPE National Day of Action on Thursday, April 9 — the largest ever one-day protest by healthcare workers during the COVID-19 crisis. Workers are set to demand the federal government deploy its full force and power to get more Personal Protective Equipment in the hands of healthcare workers immediately.
WHO: Healthcare and nursing home workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis
WHAT: Socially-distanced worker protest to #GetMePPE at care facility/facilities
WHEN: Thursday, April 9 – 2:30 PM EST
WHERE: 6911 Carnegie Ave, Cleveland, OH 44103 (Near City View Nursing Home)
The healthcare and nursing home workers leading the #GetMePPE National Day of Action are members of or organizing with the Service Employees International Union, the nation’s largest union of healthcare workers. Frontline healthcare workers and caregivers are at the epicenter of fighting coronavirus in our country’s hospitals, nursing homes, care facilities, and client homes and are putting their lives on the line without the protection they need.
“Healthcare workers like me, and like so many of my co-workers and workers across the country, are pushing ourselves to the limit — and way past it — because we are here to save lives,” said Shelia Hunter, a Cleveland STNA and member of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “If I’m an essential worker, I deserve to be treated like one. Personal protective equipment is a matter of life and death for me. That’s why we’re raising our voices as essential workers to demand our leaders get me PPE.”
Workers are calling on the Trump administration to drive a coordinated, transparent national response — using the full power of the Defense Production Act — to immediately, and for the duration of the crisis, procure, produce, and provide PPE to all healthcare workers. They are also calling for healthcare coverage, paid sick time and paid leave for all frontline workers nationwide.
Service Employees International Union
The Service Employees International Union is the nation’s second-largest labor union and the largest union of healthcare workers. SEIU is an organization of nearly 2 million members united by their belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.
Protect All Workers
Workers at the forefront of the growing Coronavirus pandemic recently launched Protect All Workers, a demand calling on leading industries — from airlines to hospitals to fast-food and beyond — to take immediate, sweeping, and concrete actions to protect the health, safety and financial security of all workers in America. Backed by the 2 million-member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and workers in the Fight for $15 and a Union, Protect All Workers is mobilizing thousands of working people to pressure corporate leaders and elected officials to protect all workers amid the global pandemic and economic crisis.
Members With Beachwood Nursing Homes Work Heroically and Approve Hazard Pay
Members with Beachwood Pointe and Menorah Park, which are both long-term care facilities in Beachwood, Ohio, recently approved significant hazard pay wage increases. Members from all backgrounds and walks of life, with these facilities and others, are working heroically on the front lines of the COVID19 crisis.
Under the agreement with Beachwood Pointe, housekeepers, laundry aides, dietary personnel, and cooks, will receive an extra $5.00 per hour worked through a temporary hazard pay wage increase. STNA’s, environmental aides, CNA’s, and activities assistants, will receive an extra $7.00 per hour pay differential. All previously negotiated rates of pay and shift differentials will continue along with the new pay differential.
At Menorah Park, nursing assistants will earn an extra $5 per hour and housekeeping, maintenance, and dietary staff, will receive a $2.50 per hour bonus for working scheduled shifts. The agreement with Menorah Park will be reviewed each pay period.
Members with SEIU District 1199 continue to speak out for personal protective equipment for health care workers and paid leave for all, in addition to other important worker protections. We are stronger together.
Members With Opportunity Homes Approve Hazard Pay and Bonus Fund
Members with Opportunity Homes have approved hazard pay and a bonus fund. These members and others with SEIU District 1199 are heroically working on the front lines of the COVID19 pandemic.
Members with Opportunity Homes will receive a $0.50 per hour bonus during the current pay period. Workers will also have $1.10 per hour that will be placed in an emergency bonus fund which will be paid out to employees who stay until after the current emergency status is lifted or on June 1st, whichever date is sooner. Workers who are caring for individuals who have contracted COVID19, will receive time and a half pay, in addition to the bonuses noted above. Other protections have also been put in place regarding these bonuses for workers on maternity leave and for workers who must use sick leave.
Members of SEIU District 1199 continue to stand united – black, white, and brown, across West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. Members are calling for paid leave for all workers, hazard pay, access to personal protective equipment, and action by employers, industries, and lawmakers, to protect all workers.
Members at Gateways to Better Living Negotiate & Approve Hazard Pay
Last week, members with Gateways to Better Living worked together to negotiate and approve hazard pay. SEIU District 1199 members are heroically working on the front lines of the COVID19 pandemic at Gateways to Better Living and with many other employers.
Workers with Gateways to Better Living provide critical direct support services to individuals with developmental disabilities at group homes across Mahoning County and Trumbull County. Management offered $1 per hour in hazard pay, which was increased to $1.50 an hour after Union related discussions.
Members of SEIU District 1199 continue to stand together to call for access to personal protective equipment and policies such as paid sick leave for all workers. Gateways to Better Living is one of many chapters where members have secured hazard pay during this crisis.