A Northeast Ohio nursing home member recently won a settlement after they believed they had been improperly terminated. The member contacted the Union and the dismissal was brought to mediation.
Without a Union contract, employees in Ohio are at will and an employer does not need to show just cause. Under this settlement, in which neither side admitted fault, the employee was awarded $1,000 and received a neutral letter of reference. We are stronger together.
SEIU District 1199 has joined as a partner with Columbia Southern University, Southern New Hampshire University, and 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!”
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.
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.
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 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.
SEIU District 1199 Member Resource Center
BrightSpring (“ResCare”) members with SEIU District 1199 work hard to provide quality care. Standing together, members regularly win back pay, advocate for quality care, and work to uphold the contract.
If you are having an issue at work and believe the contract is being violated, contact the Member Resource Center. Representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”
An updated membership helps to ensure that our chapters and Union remain strong. We are stronger together.
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.
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!”
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.
For more information and to enroll with Eastern Gateway Community College, visit SEIU Member Benefits.
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.
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.
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.
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 are available here:
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.
Applications may 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
Members of our Union have decided to show Certus at Candlewood Healthcare and Rehabilitation in East Cleveland what we think of their proposals that dismiss our concerns and disrespect us as workers and caregivers.
Join our Candlewood SEIU District 1199 Union brothers and sisters as we let Certus Healthcare and the community know what sacrifices are being asked of us while Certus benefits from our labor.
Monday APRIL 1st from 2PM to 4PM
Corner of Euclid and Holyoke, Next to Wendy’s
2704 Holyoke Ave, East Cleveland, OH 44102
AKRON, OHIO – On Thursday, March 21st, at noon, community members, Union members, and workers, will protest before a speech by Cleveland Clinic CEO Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic in Akron. Reportedly, the speech will include details on the Cleveland Clinic’s plan to become “the best place to work in healthcare.”
The Cleveland Clinic has had strained labor relations in the past, including after their acquisition of Akron General Hospital. The Cleveland Clinic also recently excluded Union members from a plan to raise wages to $15 an hour. Cleveland Clinic Union members have been supported in their fight for an immediate path to $15 by United States Senator Sherrod Brown and several state legislators.
Last month, an article in the Plain Dealer covered a worker who was excluded from the Cleveland Clinic’s plan for a $15 an hour wage – she is a Union member and supports several family members with a wage of just $13.85 an hour. According to financial filings, even before becoming CEO last year, Dr. Tomislav Mihaljevic has been paid millions for his work with the Cleveland Clinic.
“The Cleveland Clinic is investing hundreds of millions of dollars in locations such as Florida and London – they operate a hospital in the United Arab Emirates,” said Anthony Caldwell, Director of Public Affairs for SEIU District 1199. “We continue to call on the Cleveland Clinic to do the right thing for all Caregivers in Cleveland and Union members across their system. A living wage is important for all workers and we stand ready to work with the Cleveland Clinic to make that a reality without further disregard or delay,” continued Caldwell.