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.

“Front-line Workers Hold Vigil Outside Menorah Park Campus.” (CJN)

Nursing Home Workers With Menorah Park to Hold Candlelight Vigil in Beachwood

Nursing Home Workers With Menorah Park to Hold Candlelight Vigil – Speak Out About Working in the COVID19 Pandemic and Call for Hazard Pay for all Nursing Home Workers.

Nursing home workers call working in the pandemic distressing and urge nursing home administrators at Menorah Park and all nursing homes to provide hazard pay and protect all workers.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Tuesday, July 28th, 2020
Contact: Samara Knight at 877-419-7348         

CLEVELAND, OHIO – On Wednesday, July 29th, union workers with Menorah Park, a long-term care facility, located in Beachwood, Ohio, will hold a candlelight vigil at 3:00 PM. The workers with the facility will honor nursing home residents, their coworkers, and nursing home workers across the area. In addition to speaking out about their experiences, they will call for hazard pay for all nursing home workers.

When: Wednesday, July 29th at 3:00 PM
What: Candlelight Vigil at Menorah Park
Nursing Home Workers Providing Health Care and Services in the Pandemic
Where: On Cedar Road in Front of Menorah Park (27100 Cedar Road) 

“The workers at Menorah Park and across Cleveland have continued working, no matter what the risk or how difficult the circumstances,” said Samara Knight, Executive Vice President with SEIU District 1199. “They care deeply about their work but they also worry about their families.”

The workers will gather starting at 2:00 pm and the vigil will be held at 3:00 pm. Union workers from Montefiore, a nearby facility that recently merged with Menorah Park, will also join for the vigil to stand with their colleagues. In the last few months, though the number of bargaining unit members is not certain, Ohio Department of Health data shows that 16 staff members at the Menorah Park campus have contracted COVID19.

“They are standing together to speak out about their experiences. These workers had incredibly difficult jobs before this pandemic. All workers deserve hazard pay in this time of crisis. Despite the importance of their work, nursing home workers have always been under appreciated,” concluded Knight. 

Standing Together for a Relief Bill for All Working Families

It has been two months since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act. Working people have been waiting for relief in this crisis. With inaction from U.S. Senate Republicans, pandemic related unemployment assistance is set to expire on July 31st.

The U.S. Senate Republican proposal is not the rescue package that is needed. That’s why I am encouraging you to call 844-944-1556. When you are connected, ask your U.S. Senator to pass a strong economic relief bill that includes the important measures found within the Heroes Act. Tell your U.S. Senator that pandemic unemployment assistance must be extended.

Workers across Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, have been providing vital services and support in this crisis. Many families have felt the economic distress caused by this pandemic firsthand. It is more important than ever that workers make their voices heard. Together, we will continue to speak out for relief for all working families.

In Solidarity,

Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Candlelight Vigil at Menorah Park

Candlelight Vigil

“Northeast Ohio Nursing Home Workers Protest for Better COVID-19 Safety.”


“Toledo Essential Workers Join Nationwide Strike for Black Lives.” (Toledo Blade)

Petition – Stand With Frontline Union Members That Work For Menorah Park


Advanced Grievance Chair Training (Columbus)


Strike for Black Lives in Cleveland

Strike for Black Lives in Cleveland on July 20th
What we look like or where we live shouldn’t determine whether or not we can live healthy and whole lives. The pandemic changed our lives and deepened the divides that have always plagued us. Millions have lost their jobs. Millions more are forced to pick between their lives and their livelihoods. Too many of us lack healthcare in the face of a deadly virus. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! It is time for our employers to PROTECT ALL WORKERS!

– WHO –
SEIU/1199 Members, Families, & Supporters

– WHAT –
Informational picket by frontline healthcare heroes in support of workers’ rights and racial justice.

We will take a knee for 8 minutes and 46 seconds in solidarity with workers across the country fighting against anti-black racism and to honor those workers – Black, white, and brown – who put their lives on the line every day to provide care to our seniors and people with disabilities.

– WHEN –
July 20th at 2:30pm
Meet us at the SEIU District 1199 Union Hall. We will march to Shaker Square (right next to the office) in solidarity with our Union brothers and sisters from across the country and we will take a knee in honor of George Floyd.

SEIU District 1199 Union Hall
13000 Shaker Boulevard, Cleveland, Ohio 44120

District Officers & Executive Board Election Schedule, Candidates & Proposed By-Laws Change

Free College Programs for Union Members

Members with SEIU District 1199 now have more options for free college programs. Members and their eligible family members can utilize programs with Eastern Gateway Community College and Central State University, which are both a part of the State of Ohio’s higher education system. There’s no cost for tuition, fees, or e-books. These programs are available anywhere and are regionally accredited

Once a student has 60 credit hours, they can transfer to Central State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in the degree programs listed. This benefit is open to members in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. 

There will be three informational sessions over Zoom for members with SEIU District 1199 in coordination with Eastern Gateway Community College. We have heard from many members that this program may be especially beneficial now.

Register for an SEIU informational session:     
 Monday, July 20 @ 10:00 AM EST (Register)
 Tuesday, July 21 @ 3:00 PM EST (Register)
 Wednesday, July 22 @ 7:00 PM EST (Register)

Though we can’t ensure that you will be able to register in time, if you are not a member of SEIU District 1199, you can sign a membership card onlineEastern Gateway Community College has offered guidance that furloughed or laid off union members and their families are also eligible.

In Solidarity, 

Becky Williams President 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Social Justice Committee Elections

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

The nomination process for the Social Justice Steering Committee has now closed. A listing with all candidates can be found at this link

All members in good standing, including retiree chapter members, are encouraged to participate and attend the bi-annual Social Justice Activist meetings. If you have questions, please contact me at (216) 246-8772.

In Solidarity,

Samara Knight – Executive Vice President
Civic Engagement and Community Outreach

Take Action – Nursing Home Workers Need Safe Staffing, PPE & Fair Wages

Take Action Today Nursing Home 

Oak Pavilion Members Stand Together for Good Union Jobs in New Contract

Members with Oak Pavilion have worked heroically in the current pandemic to provide quality care for residents under difficult circumstances. In recent contract negotiations, members with this facility stood together – black, white, brown, and Asian – to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.  

The new contract includes the following terms:

Wages. The new contract includes 2.5% wage increases for each of the next three years. Members also negotiated a new $0.50 shift differential for laundry workers, housekeeping, dietary staff, and activity aides.

Discrimination. Members were able to add non-discrimination language in areas that include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Sick Time. Members negotiated improved language in the area of sick leave, including the provision of additional time.

Bulletin Board. One priority for members was the proper placement of the Union bulletin board. The bulletin board will be moved back next to the time clock.

Representation. Union orientation time has been increased to one hour. Additionally, new language will assist with keeping the chapter strong and the provision of representation through the Member Resource Center.

Members of this facility will continue to stand together for safety and quality care as co-workers and union members.

Signature of Galion Members Negotiate New Contract With Improved Wages and Workplace Protections

Members with Signature of Galion recently stood together across all differences to negotiate a strong new contract agreement with no concessions. Members with this facility work as a team every day to provide the best possible care. Improvements were made in areas such as wages, workplace protections, and mandation.

The new contract includes the following terms

Wages. The contract includes automatic annual wage increases for each of the next three years. Start rate increases will immediately lift wages for some workers. A new experience scale will also raise wages after taking into account experience.

Discrimination. New expanded discrimination language will protect workers in the area of sexual orientation.

Perfect Attendance Bonus. A bonus for perfect attendance will now include $125 for full time workers and $60 for part time workers.

Mandation. Language in this area has improved and workers will also not be subject to mandation if they had perfect attendance in the prior pay period.

Uniform Reimbursement. Members can now use their uniform reimbursement dollars anywhere within certain parameters, instead of with the employers vendor.

Representation. The contract includes new language that will enable the provision of enhanced representation through the Member Resource Center.

As union members, these nursing home workers were able to speak out for the changes they needed for themselves and their families. We are stronger together.

Morrison Community Living Members Stand in Unity to Negotiate New Contract

Members with Morrison Community Living at Judson recently stood together to bargain a new contract agreement. As Union members from different backgrounds, the bargaining committee spoke out and came together in unity for improved wages and working conditions.

The new contract includes the following new terms:

• Social Justice. Against the national backdrop of everyday people speaking out about inequity, members negotiated having Juneteenth, a day which marks the end of slavery, as a paid holiday.
• Religious Observance. Members negotiated the ability to have alternative days for religious observances, in place of listed holidays.
• Wages. Members negotiated a 11% wage increase over the three year agreement, which will improve wages for all bargaining unit employees. Shift differentials were also increased.
• Longevity. Many members with this chapter have worked at Judson facilities for a significant period of time. The bargaining committee negotiated increased longevity bonuses on anniversary milestones (10th, 15th, 20th, and 25th anniversaries). Additionally, new anniversary milestone have been added (5th, 30th, and 40th year anniversaries).
• PTO Cashout. Members were able to increase the amount of PTO time that can be cashed out under certain timelines and circumstances.
• Perfect Attendance Bonus. Members who have perfect attendance will now receive $200 semi-annually, instead of $100, which was in place previously. 
• Attendance. Attendance and work performance issues will now be evaluated on two separate tracks. Additionally, physician’s notes will be accepted in regards to attendance without points. Language was also further improved in this area with new language and an additional step. 
• Bereavement. Three immediate types of family members were added in the area of paid bereavement leave. Two additional days were also added when bereavement requires travel over 100 miles.
• Representation. Contract language was improved in areas that include union recognition, representation, the Member Resource Center, and seniority.

Members with Morrison Community Living work together as a team to provide quality services on behalf of Judson residents. Together, we rise.

Basic Grievance Chair Training in Columbus

What do I need to know to be an effective Delegate? What is just cause for discipline and what standards does the boss have to meet? How do I prepare a case? Learn how to win at work! 

The Basic Grievance Chair Training is designed for Grievance Chairs, Delegates, and Executive Board Members.

Face coverings will be required. Social distancing guidelines will be applied. The meeting space will be sanitized. 

Location: SEIU District 1199 Office at 13000 Shaker Boulevard
Date: Wednesday, July 15, 2020
Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm 

Please bring a copy of your union contract. Contact your administrative organizer for lost time eligibility. The deadline to register in June 29, 2020. We are stronger together.

United for Good Jobs & Quality Care

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Last week, members held vigils in six cities to remember nursing home residents and staff members that have lost their lives in the COVID19 pandemic. To stand with your co-workers and to have a Union means to have a powerful voice. I want to share with you some of the important moments.

• West Virginia members in Huntington were interviewed by TV stations, including WOWK, and discussed the need for greater quality of care and hazard pay.
• In Cincinnati, Executive Board Member Kay Bishop, who works at Harrison Pavilion, called for more support for nursing home workers and additional protective equipment in an interview with TV News 12.
 Brenda Rushton, a member leader, and nursing home workers in Youngstown, Ohio, joined together with local leaders, to discuss their need for safe staffing, protective equipment, and higher wages.
• In Cleveland, members spoke out about the challenges at their facilities, including the tragic loss of a beloved co-worker to COVID19. 
• Nursing home members in Pomeroy, Ohio, held a vigil that was covered in an article in the Daily Sentinel as they spoke out about the needs of nursing home workers during this crisis and after.
• Finally, in Toledo, members such as Gwendolyn Powell, a dietary aide, gathered at One Government Center, to call on political leaders to take action to improve working conditions for all nursing home workers.

Our Union unites working people from different backgrounds and many places to speak out about the issues that are important to our families. Members are taking action for the changes that they need for themselves, their co-workers, and those for whom they provide care. One thing that all nursing home workers can do right now is to take action by sending a letter to legislative leaders about the need for the changes highlighted at the vigils last week – send a letter today here.

If you need immediate assistance, you can always contact your Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348.

In Solidarity,

Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Nursing Home Worker Vigils – June 18th

Addressing the needs of nursing home workers – Black, white, and brown – on the frontlines requires us to move beyond business as usual and come together as a nation. Our government must act with urgency.

On Thursday, June 18th, at 4PM, nursing home workers will stand together in multiple cities to reflect on lives lost and speak out for badly needed policy reforms and industry changes. Workers, local leaders, and community members will begin to gather at 3:30pm. Candlelight vigils will be held at the following locations:

Cleveland City Hall
601 Lakeside Avenue East   
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Cincinnati City Hall
801 Plum Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Huntington City Hall
800 5th Avenue
Huntington, West Virginia 25701
Pomeroy Village Hall
660 East Main Street
Pomeroy, Ohio 45769
Toledo City Hall
640 Jackson Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Youngstown City Hall
26 South Phelps Street 
Youngstown, Ohio 44503

Together, we will speak out for worker protections and quality care. 

“Youngstown Nursing Home Workers Hold Vigil to Remember COVID-19 Victims.”