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.
Update – Paid Family and Sick Leave
This week, the U.S. Congress passed a new bill called the Families First Coronavirus Response Act. The bill was signed into law earlier today. This law will offer paid sick leave and expanded family leave, in some circumstances.
This law offers up to two weeks of unpaid leave and ten weeks of paid leave at 2/3 pay for some workers who cannot work or tele-work and due to school or child care closures. Such leave is not available to workers with employers that have 500 or more employees. Health care workers and first responders may be excluded. See below to speak out.
The law also offers two weeks of paid leave for some workers who must isolate or quarantine due to COVID-19. This leave is also not available to workers with employers that have more than 500 employees. Health care workers and first responders may be excluded. See below to fight back.
SEIU District 1199 stands with all workers. Members are sending letters to members of the U.S. Congress to demand that paid leave should be available for all workers and so that health care workers have access to important safety equipment.
During this crisis, your Member Resource Center is standing by to assist members at 877-419-7348. We will continue to stand up and speak out together.
Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Together, We Are Union Strong
Your Union is standing with you in this time of crisis. Together, members of SEIU District 1199 and workers across our country will beat COVID-19, just as we did with epidemics of the past. From staffing issues to paid leave and safety, standing together is more critical than ever.
Update for Members on COVID-19
SEIU District 1199 is proud to represent health care workers and others who work on behalf of the public. Members of the Union stand with their co-workers every day for fair wages and benefits, in addition to speaking out on behalf of the public in regards to issues such as safety.
We know that many members are concerned about COVID-19, which is a new risk for workers, the public, and our families. While we don’t yet know the impact of COVID-19, it is important to be prepared. I want you to know that we are ready to stand with you.
At the national level, SEIU is fighting for expanded unemployment insurance and paid sick leave for workers who are unable to work due to exposure and/or illness related to COVID-19. It is also imperative that workers have the proper training and equipment, if needed, to stay safe while providing vital services.
Your Member Resource Center is open Monday through Friday. If you face issues on the job related to COVID-19, please know that we will be working overtime and are here to stand with you. The Member Resource Center can be reached by calling 877-419-7348.
Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Members With The Avenue of Warrensville Stand Together to Ratify New Agreement
Last week, members with The Avenue of Warrensville ratified a new contract agreement. Members with this facility stood together and worked to negotiate a fair contract that will bring improvements for the entire bargaining unit.
The contract includes the following new terms:
• Wage Increases. Effective immediately, new start rates have been put in place that give credit for years of experience (up to 10 years), in addition to a baseline percentage increase. Workers in all classifications will also receive wage increases in each year of the 5-year agreement.
• Affordable Health Insurance. The contract includes access to affordable insurance with an extended 30-day enrollment period.
• New Member Orientation. New language will give member leaders additional time to orient new members during paid time. Additionally, new language will require the employer to provide a new member orientation packet in the orientation program for new staff. This will help member leaders keep the chapter strong.
• Non-Discrimination. The new contract includes improved non-discrimination language that will protect members of the bargaining unit.
• Representation. New language clarifies the grievance procedure and related timelines. Additionally, new language will further enable enhanced representation through the Member Resource Center.
This new contract was the result of diligent negotiations by member and chapter leaders and it includes no concessions. We are stronger together.
Solidarity Newsletter – March 2020
Member News and Grievance Victories
• ResCare Member in Ohio Granted Retroactive Pay. A member with ResCare in Belmont County believed that their pay was not being calculated properly, as they were missing a wage increase and not receiving “PILOB,” an optional hourly add-on in lieu of benefits. The member contacted the Member Resource Center to file a grievance. Working with the Union, the member’s rate was updated and retroactive pay totaling over $1,500 was issued.
• Ohio Nursing Home Members Secure Breaks. At a recent meeting with management, members with a nursing home in the Youngstown area expressed concern that members of the bargaining unit were not able to take necessary breaks. Having a Union means having a voice and after raising this issue as a group, management agreed to implement new scheduling procedures.
• West Virginia ResCare Member Successfully Challenges Corrective Action Plan. A dedicated member with ResCare in Cabell County was issued a corrective action plan. The member believed that the plan was unfounded and joined together with the Union to file a grievance. As an outcome of the grievance, the corrective action plan was removed from the member’s employment file entirely.
• Cleveland Community School District Member Awarded Job Transfer. A member with CMSD wanted to transfer to a new school but believed the contract was not being followed in regards to transfers. Working together, the Union found that the contract was not being followed in this area. As a result and as mandated by the contract, the member was awarded the transfer.
• Ohio Nursing Home Member Returns to Preceptor Program. A member with a nursing home in Ohio was given a warning and removed from a training program, which was an important opportunity. The member believed the removal was unfounded and worked with the Union to file a grievance. In a successful outcome, the member has returned to the program.
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!”
Update for Members on COVID-19 (2/27)
We have heard the concerns of members, partners, and allies regarding the recent spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019, also known as COVID-19. SEIU District 1199 is proud to represent health care workers and others who work every day on behalf of the public.
While recent reports show that the outbreak is not yet a serious threat in our region, we also know that it is important for everyone to have the facts and to be prepared. At this link is a fact sheet on COVID-19.
If you have any questions or need assistance, visit this page by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention or you can contact them at 800-232-4636.
Solidarity Newsletter – February
Member News and Grievance Victories
● Ohio ResCare Member Granted Mileage Reimbursement. A member with ResCare in Wood County, Ohio, was not reimbursed for mileage and expenses. Working with the Union, the member was issued a payment for $400 but was still not made whole. Standing together, the grievance has been resolved and an additional $150 payment was granted.
● Discipline Against Mercy Allen Hospital Member Reduced. A member in Oberlin, Ohio, assisted another member with accessing workplace benefits. The member had worked for the hospital for 20 years and is a highly dedicated employee but had used a work computer to help a fellow co-worker outside of work time. The Union and member successfully argued that the discipline was unduly harsh and it was reduced to a “documented counseling,” which is not a formal form of discipline.
● Ohio Nursing Home Member Issued Settlement After Dispute. A member who worked for an Ohio nursing home was terminated after a disagreement. The member filed a grievance and reached a settlement that included being paid compensation for all unpaid PTO and sick time.
● Ohio Nurse Works With Union to Successfully Address Scheduling. A nurse with Mercy Regional Medical Center in Lorain, Ohio, works weekend shifts only. However, recently, the member was assigned to work on holidays that did not fall on the weekend. The Union advised that this was a contract violation and after this was raised with management, the scheduling issue was resolved.
● West Virginia Healthcare Member Secures Retroactive Pay. A ResCare member in Mineral County, West Virginia, was supposed to receive a wage increase in 2018 but the increase was not issued. The member had worked significant overtime and hours over the relevant period and worked with the Union to file a grievance after the employer recognized the wage increase but did not offer back pay. In a successful outcome, the member was issued $900 in retroactive pay.
Burlington House Members Stand Together to Negotiate New Contract With Improved Wages and Staffing
This week, members with Burlington House Rehabilitation and Alzheimer’s Center, a long-term care facility in Cincinnati, joined together in union to ratify a new 5 year contract agreement. No matter where we come from, we work hard for our families. Members with Burlington House took action together to reach this agreement, which will lift wages and help ensure quality care.
The contract provides for a number of improvements that range from staffing and safety to wages. This no-concessions contract includes the following terms:
• Paid Time Off (PTO). A new PTO scale recognizes the number of years that dedicated members have worked at the facility. With the new scale, most members will receive 2-4 additional PTO days each year.
• Annual Wage Increases. Members of the bargaining unit will receive annual wage increases that range from 2.5% to 3% during the first three years of the agreement. The contract will then re-open for further negotiations.
• Improved Start Rates. New start rates will lift wages for maintenance workers, cooks, and nurse aides. The start rate for State Tested Nurse Aides (STNAs) will now increase to $13 an hour. STNA’s below this level will be brought up to the new rate.
• Health and safety. The new contract includes health and safety language in the area of staffing, which is an important priority for members at this facility and others.
• Improved Contract Language. New language included in the agreement will help provide representation through the Member Resource Center.
Congratulations to the bargaining committee and all members with Burlington House. We are stronger together.
Convention Delegation Election Results
Elections for the Delegation to the SEIU 2020 Convention were held between January 1st and January 31st. The final results are listed at this link. The Executive Board Caucus Slate will represent SEIU/District 1199 at the Convention in Chicago, Illinois, April 24-27, 2020. Congratulations to all Union Sisters and Brothers who received votes.
College Programs for Union Members
SEIU District 1199 offers discounts for members and eligible family members through arrangements with colleges. These programs include a range of benefits with Columbia Southern University, Southern New Hampshire University, Central State University, and Eastern Gateway Community College.
Membership with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH provides access to the member benefit programs detailed below. You can sign a membership card online at this link.
Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College. Eastern Gateway offers a free online Associate’s Degree college benefit for members and retirees, in addition to eligible family members. If you live near Youngstown or Steubenville, you can also can participate in this program and take classes on campus.
Ohio’s Central State University. Union Plus, one of your Union’s member benefit programs, has partnered with Central State University in Dayton, Ohio. Central State University is now offering a program for Bachelor’s Degrees for members and eligible family members. This program is available online at a reduced cost or low/no cost (e.g. depending on grants). The program is open to students with an Associate’s Degree or 60 credit hours of coursework in a related major. Additionally, students who have a degree from Eastern Gateway Community College can now transfer into the Bachelor’s Degree program at Central State University.
Southern New Hampshire University. SNHU offers Bachelor’s Degrees and Associate’s Degrees for $3,000 a year for members and eligible family members.
Columbia Southern University. Columbia Southern offers Associate’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, Mater’s Degrees, and Doctoral Degrees. SEIU District 1199 has a tuition discount agreement for members.
If you need assistance with your member benefits or a workplace issue, you can always contract the Member Resource Center. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”