SEIU Member Benefits
March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Members with SEIU District 1199 are united for good jobs and quality care. An important benefit of union membership is collective bargaining and the grievance process. Below are some of the recent victories won by health care and public sector members of the union.
Candlewood Park Healthcare (East Cleveland, Ohio): The dietary workers at Candlewood Park received new uniforms and a $50 shoe allowance after a flood damaged their work clothing.
Spring Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation (Toledo, Ohio): Health care staff at Spring Meadows ratified their first contract with new management at the facility. Additionally, 18 workers at the facility signed PAC cards to contribute to the union’s political work.
St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (Cleveland, Ohio): A worker at the hospital won his job back after a wrongful termination.
Ivy Woods Manor (North Lima, Ohio): A 30 year employee of Ivy Woods Manor was reinstated with back pay.
Avenue Care and Rehabilitation (Warrensville, Ohio): A worker at Avenue Care worked with the union to get a final warning reduced to a written warning.
Eliza Jennings (Cleveland, Ohio): A worker won pay for a floating holiday that had not been recognized.
Columbus Healthcare Center (Columbus, Ohio): Workers at the Columbus Healthcare Center had been struggling after the heat went out in the break room. After standing united as coworkers and contacting the union, another room was provided by management while repairs are made.
Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, Ohio): After a worker passed away, back pay was secured for the family.
Portage County Library (Portage County, Ohio): Working with the union, a Portage County Library staff member won back floating holiday hours that were lost improperly.
To read about more recent victories, check out this post on ResCare and work at the Member Resource Center: “ResCare Members Across Ohio and West Virginia Win Grievances.”
ResCare members of SEIU District 1199 provide critical care to many individuals with disabilities across West Virginia and Ohio. The Member Resource Center, which opened in August 2017, provides enhanced representation and has achieved many victories over the last few months. The staff with the MRC report additional victories achieved over the last week.
Nicholas County (WV): A member took paid time off totaling 19.78 hours but was not paid for the time. She contacted the MRC in late August and was not able to get informal resolution. Working with MRC contract and arbitration staff, the member filed a grievance. With resistance from the employer, it escalated to mediation where the member reached successful resolution. ResCare agreed to settle the grievance and pay the $296.70 that was owed.
Franklin County (OH): A member and direct support professional had worked at ResCare for a decade. After he graduated with an LPN nursing degree, ResCare did not place him for an LPN position and said that he lacked experience. The Member Resource Center worked with the member to file a “non-selection” grievance within the same day. After just 9 days, the grievance was settled and ResCare agreed to promote the member.
Wood County (WV): A member was due 95 hours of overtime that had been owed since July 2017. The member had tried to resolve the issue for nearly 6 months. After contacting the Member Resource Center, a grievance was filed within the same day. Within 20 days the issue was solved with a payment issued to the member.
The Member Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 8PM. If you believe your contract is being violated at work, do not hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”
Health care workers with the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby, Ohio, recently successfully bargained a raise during a contract re-opener. These dedicated workers show the power of unity and provide essential care to residents at the facility. During negotiations, the workers brought a unified approach and shared their collective voice with officials from CommuniCare.
Members of SEIU District 11199 at the facility will receive a 2% raise in 2018 and another 2% raise in 2019. Even members whose wages are capped, will receive the 2% raise each year. Congratulations!
The Member Resource Center is a resource for all SEIU District 1199 members and now provides representation to members with ResCare in Ohio and West Virginia. Staff with the MRC are available each day from 8:30AM to 8:00PM. Working together, SEIU District 1199 members and the MRC have won many recent grievances.
ResCare Gallia County (OH): A member who is passionate about his work with his consumers was unfairly disciplined. With the assistance of the Member Resource Center, the discipline was thrown out and the member received pay for the days he was on administrative leave. In a grievance with another worker in the same county, a member was issued improper warnings for tardiness. The grievance was filed and won within 13 days.
ResCare Belmont County (OH): A member who had worked hard at ResCare for almost 4 years decided it was time to move on. She called the Member Resource Center to report that the company failed to pay her for a raise she was supposed to have received six months prior to her resignation. The MRC filed a grievance and received a check with all missing back pay.
ResCare Montgomery County (OH): A member contacted the Member Resource Center after realizing that she was missing months of pay for medication passes. The MRC immediately filed a grievance and after the first grievance meeting, the member received around $600 for the missing work. Progress has been made but the dispute has not been completely resolved.
ResCare Berkeley County (WV): The Member Resource Center filed a grievance for a member missing several hours of pay on her most recent paycheck. The grievance and pay for the missing hours were resolved within one day.
ResCare Wood County (OH): A member had tried herself to get ResCare to pay her 35 hours of missing Overtime but was unsuccessful. She filed a grievance with the help of the MRC and won back pay for the overtime hours.
If you believe your contract or rights are being violated at work, please do not hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”
In December, multiple ResCare employees worked with staff at the Member Resource Center to win grievances. ResCare workers provide critical services to individuals with disabilities and have been an important part of the Member Resource Center’s work.
While there have been many victories during the Member Resource Center pilot and grievances are ongoing, the victories below were won in just the last two weeks. The successful grievances were filed by ResCare workers from Vinton County (OH), Butler County (OH), and Cabell County (WV).
If you believe your contract or rights are being violated at work, don’t hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center. The Member Resource Center is open every weekday from 8:30AM to 8PM. Your Member Resource Center has your back!
SEIU District 1199 is proud to announce a new college benefit with Eastern Gateway Community College. This benefit is open to eligible members, retirees, and their families. Eastern Gateway Community College is 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 certain online programs. It is open to eligible members and retirees, in addition to their spouses, domestic partners, children, grandchildren, and dependents.
The following programs are now offered:
For more information and to enroll, visit SEIU Member Benefits. Apply today! Classes start January 16, 2018.
For over a decade, SEIU 1199 member Eugene Jordan has brought cheer to local youth as Santa Claus. Mr. Jordan is a long-time employee, painter, and caregiver, with St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland.
Eugene Jordan has been a member leader with SEIU 1199 for many years. In 2016, he was also honored by St. Vincent Charity Medical Center with the Radiant Spirit Award. Eugene Jordan first worked with the hospital over 30 years ago.
Watch this award video to learn more about Mr. Jordan’s work at St. Vincent. This holiday season, we are grateful for Mr. Jordan and everything he does at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center, as a member of SEIU District 1199, and more. Thank you for your service to the community!
Health care workers with Community Support Services in Akron, Ohio, provide behavioral health care services to clients from across Northeast Ohio. Congratulations to the union members at this facility. Members with SEIU District 1199 at this facility recently bargained a fair insurance rate, which had been a continuing issue.
These workers brought a determined and unified approach to the negotiations. They also show the importance unity and standing together for fair wages, benefits, and workplace conditions. United we bargain, divided we beg!
State Tested Nurse Aides recently negotiated substantial pay increases at two health care facilities. The raises will make a difference to these employees and also increase retention and recruitment, which are important to quality care.
Congratulations to these workers who unified during negotiations:
While workers at non-union facilities have no ability to negotiate a raise, bargaining efforts led by these unionized health care workers offered the chance to change the wage scale at their facilities.
Three months ago, SEIU District 1199 opened a Member Resource Center to enhance representation for all members of the Union. In this short time, the Member Resource Center has successfully handled a substantial volume of calls, inquiries, and requests for assistance.
Representatives with the MRC are standing by to assist members with everything from getting a copy of your contract to registering to vote or even to register for a Union event. Efficiency and successful resolution of grievances is a top priority — 125 grievances have been opened and half of those have been resolved with many victories. The Member Resource Center offers added hours and is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM.
The Member Resource Center is in a pilot-phase with full representation for workers with the following units: ResCare (Ohio), and ResCare (West Virginia), the Office of the Ohio Public Defender, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, the Ohio Department of Medicaid, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
If you need assistance with an issue at work, do not hesitate to call the MRC at 877-419-7348. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”
If you or a family member need health care coverage for 2018, don’t forget to get covered. There are affordable plans available this year for residents of Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. You must take action by December 15th. Please share this message with family and friends.
If you don’t sign up during the open enrollment period, you will not be able to sign up for coverage effective until 2019 (without a qualifying change). Last year, 8 in 10 people qualified for financial help. The open enrollment period is shorter this year so it is important to get covered now.
To find coverage, visit Healthcare.gov. If you need assistance, you can also call 1-800-318-2596.
SEIU District 1199 members at four Ohio health care facilities recently won victories that add to a strong list for the year. In addition, wage re-openers, negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations, are ongoing across Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. These and other victories highlight the importance of collective bargaining and workplace unity.
Oak Grove Manor in Mansfield, Ohio, and Autumn Court in Ottawa, Ohio, recently held wage re-openers. The workers at these facilities mobilized and won 2% pay increases for the next two years. They also successfully negotiated improvements to the experience scale for State Tested Nurses Aides.
At New Lebanon Center in Lebanon, Ohio, a worker also contested a wrongful termination. The worker was fortunate to have a calm and determined Union co-worker at their side in first chair during the mediation. The outcome was an $8,000 settlement and the termination was changed to a resignation.
A worker with ResCare in Gallia County, Ohio, was put on administrative leave in October as a result of an unfounded allegation. Through the grievance process, the member is receiving back pay for all three days of administrative leave and having documentation of the incident removed from his file. This grievance was filed and won within just 24 days.
If you believe your contract or labor laws are being violated at your workplace, do not delay and contact the SEIU District 1199 Member Resource Center. The Member Resource Center is open from 8:30AM to 8PM every Monday through Friday. Your Member Resource Center has your back!
This week, a groundbreaking report was released titled “Strong Unions, Stronger Communities.” The report highlights the importance of unions to fixing the rigged economy and making our communities stronger. The report also shows the importance of strong unions to safety for us all.
“For instance, when unions are strong, wages are stronger – and not just for union members. When union density was at its height in the middle of the 20th century, so was the middle class. However, as union density has shrunk since the 1970’s, a larger share of income has gone to the top 10 percent.”
Unions give working people a voice on the job. With strength in numbers, working people are able to negotiate fair wages, advocate for those they serve, and establish better working conditions. Please read the report and share these findings with your friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
If you need assistance or information, call the Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348. Your new Member Resource Center has enhanced hours and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM.
If you need a copy of your contract, information about handling issues at your shop, details on early voting or registering to vote, to RSVP for an SEIU District 1199 event, assistance with a grievance, and more, your Member Resource Center is ready to help. You can contact the MRC online, over the phone, or by email.
Your Member Resource Center has your back! For additional contact information and to learn more about the MRC visit here: http://www.seiu1199.org/MRC.
This week, workers at the Zepf Center in Toledo won their campaign to form a Union and join SEIU District 1199. Workplace morale and quality care were important factors in the Union drive. Employees at the Zepf Center provide critical behavioral health care services and serve individuals from across Lucas County.
After a hard fought campaign to form a Union, over 60 workers in the Zepf Center’s Youth Services Division now have the ability to stand together and bargain a new contract. They join colleagues in the Adult Services Division and with COMPASS who are already members of SEIU District 1199.
Frank Gibbs, a therapist, says that the workers at the Zepf Center have been “empowered for excellence.” He continued that with this victory, the employees in his division have new unity that will help them improve workplace morale and quality care for those that they serve.
Recently, a State Tested Nurse’s Aide with Chardon Healthcare Center, took action with her union and won her job back. After being wrongfully terminated by her employer, the discipline was completely removed from her file. She received full back pay, job reinstatement, lost benefits, and seniority. “I got my job back and my lost wages,” she said. After three months off, she also got back the ability to continue with the work she cares so much about.
These victories show the power of collective bargaining and the importance of standing together. If your rights are being violated at work or you face discipline or termination in violation of labor law or your contract, contact the Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348.
Mason Anderson, son of Amy Anderson, American Red Cross
Ivy Hurt, Cabell Huntington Hospital
Alexis Saunders, daughter of Katherine Brunny, ResCare – West Virginia
Kevin Simpkins, son of Megan Simpkins, Cabell Huntington Hospital
Abby Collins, daughter of Karen Collins, Highlands Regional Medical Center
Greg Anderson, son of Deborah Anderson, ZEPF Center
Melissa Brown, Frontline Services
Austin Capser, son of Cheryl Capser, ZEPF Center
Emily Corrin, daughter of James Corrin, Ohio Adult Parole Authority
Tyler Cox, son of Eileen Cox, Stark County District Library
Michelle Fairley, Mercy Regional Medical Center
Jennifer Gilmore, Northside Medical Center
Dylan Jordan, son of Sara Jordan, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Nicholas Lamb, son of Shelly Lamb, Cleveland State University
Matthew Maldonado, son of Rolando Maldonado, Mercy Regional Medical Center
Hayden Miller, son of Robin Miller, Ohio Dept of Job and Family Services
Nuurah Parsons, daughter of Arcelia Armstrong, Rescue
Nicole Potocki, daughter of Therese Potocki, Frontline Service
Pauline Reid, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Catherine Rogers, daughter of Diane Rogers, University of Cincinnati
Shauntia Smith, daughter of Lashanda Thompson-Smith, Kent Health Care
Erin Underwood, Mercy Allen
Shayla Winford, Ohio Living – Park Vista
The Member Resource Center
The new SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Member Resource Center has officially opened. The Member Resource Center can help you with getting a copy of your contract, Union orientation materials and welcome information, a form for filing a grievance, delegate manuals, registering to vote, training information, signing up for Union events, and more. The Member Resource Center is ready to assist with the information that you need.
Get More Information and Learn More
Visit the main Member Resource Center page for a video, contact information, and more information about this new member resource.