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.

Springfield Regional Medical Center Union Members Unite to Ratify New Contract With Path to $15

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Congratulations to all members with Springfield Regional Medical Center. A new contract was ratified last week that includes substantial wage increases for the bargaining unit, including a path to a $15 by 2022. Members will move immediately to $13 an hour, which may equate to a substantial raise.

Below are some of the new terms of the no-concessions contract

A $15 an hour minimum wage for all members by 2022
Annual wage increases for workers who already make $15/hr (and above) 
Language that will give members a personal day, in addition to current PTO time
A new $1 an hour premium for environmental services members 
Non-discrimination language that will protect workers in several areas 
Reimbursement for ServSafe Training for nutrition services members
A simplified 2-step grievance procedure 

Congratulations to the member bargaining team for standing united to bargain this new contract. If you haven’t signed a  membership card, we are stronger together. Sign a membership card here.

Victory Report – JFSA Union Members Ratify Contract With Improvements

Members with the Jewish Family Services Association of Cleveland work as direct support workers, home care aides, and in other important roles. Today, members ratified a no-concessions contract. From wages to health insurance, the contract includes beneficial contract terms and improvements in several areas. 

The contract includes the following terms

• Health Insurance Rate Reduction. The contract ensures reduced health insurance rates, which was very important for members of the bargaining unit. 
• Health Insurance Waiting Period. The contract also provides for enrollment in health insurance after 60 days of employment, instead of 90 days, which was the language under the previous contract. 
• Union orientation.
The new hire orientation program will now include union orientation, which will help ensure that the bargaining unit remains strong. 
• Wage Increases.
Members will receive wage increases for all classifications in each year of the agreement. The starting rate for home health aides will increase immediately by $1.25 an hour. Over the three year agreement, the starting rate for home health aide II positions will increase by $1.74 per hour. Workers in the home health aide II position will receive an immediate raise of up to $1.50 if below the new starting rate. Direct support workers will also receive an immediate raise of up to $1.25 an hour raise if below the new starting rate. 

Congratulations to the bargaining committee and members with the Jewish Family Services Association of Cleveland. We are stronger together. 

SEIU Convention Delegation Elections

Elections regarding the 2020 SEIU Convention will take place throughout the month of January. All elections will be conducted by secret ballot. Members presenting proper identification may vote at any of the voting sites across the District. 

Voting will be held in the Union’s Columbus, Cleveland, and Huntington Offices, as noted on the schedule. A list with all voting times and locations is available here

Mercy Health – $15 Minimum Wage

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. 

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Solidarity News – December 2019

Solidarity Newsletter Cleveland Community School District Member Wins Grievance Over Work Distribution. A member with the CMSD was having difficulty at work with the way assignments were being distributed in regards to heavy shipments of frozen food items. She worked with the Union to file a grievance. As a result of the grievance, the school district agreed to follow up with the area supervisor and affected employees to make sure that work was distributed equally.

Dedicated Member With ResCare in West Virginia Returns to Work. A member in Kanawha County who works for ResCare (“BrightSpring”) believed he had been improperly terminated and worked with the Union to file a grievance. Through this process, the member was awarded his job back. He received 5 weeks of back pay and restoration of PTO time and seniority.

Job Dismissal Overturned After Grievance. A highly dedicated member had worked for a hospital in Southern Ohio for nearly 20 years. The member was dismissed from their position due to a claim of absenteeism and tardiness. Through the grievance process, the member showed that the absences were due to circumstances that fit within an exception in the attendance policy. 

Member With St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Receives Settlement. A member with St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland was dismissed. While Ohio is generally an “at-will” employment state, the Union contract meant that the employer had to show “just cause.” Though the Union was prepared to take the case to mediation, the employer proposed a $3,000 settlement, which was mutually agreeable to both parties.

Mercy Regional Medical Center Member Awarded Full-Time Position. A member with MRMC in Lorain, Ohio, had been working full-time hours as a PRN for three years with no benefits or offer for a full-time position. The member worked with the Union to file a grievance and was quickly hired into a full-time position in a favorable outcome. 

SEIU District 1199 Member Benefits 
Membership with SEIU District 1199 includes membership with three member benefit programs. Those programs include Union Plus, SEIU Member Benefits, and the SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Membership Card. Last month, Union Plus announced a new college program with Central State University in Dayton, Ohio, which is a benefit available for members and eligible family members. For details visit: seiu1199.org/mrc/your-benefits-as-a-member

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!”

East Liverpool City Hospital Union Members Stand United For Good Jobs & Quality Care

ResCare Contract Vote Schedule

Full details on the proposed contract will be available for members at each location prior to voting. You can vote at any location or date/time listed at this link

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.

Free College Benefit SEIU District 1199
Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community CollegeEastern Gateway offers a free Associate’s Degree college benefit for members and retirees, in addition to eligible family members. 

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 UniversitySNHU offers Bachelor’s Degrees and Associate’s Degrees for $3,000 a year for members and eligible family members.

Columbia Southern UniversityColumbia 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, you can always contract the Member Resource Center. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

Veterans Day 2019 – Thank You

We 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.

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. Faxed 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.

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

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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

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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!”

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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

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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)