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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
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.
BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Member Wins Grievance Over Unjust Job Dismissal
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!”
Free College Member Benefit With Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College
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. Membership with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH provides access to this member benefit program. You can sign a membership card online at this link.
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.
In addition, the Union also has partnership arrangements with Southern New Hampshire University, Central State University, and Columbia Southern University.
For more information and to enroll with Eastern Gateway Community College, visit SEIU Member Benefits.
Behind The Lines at Frontline Service Union Workers Are Standing Together for Fairness
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.
Healthcare Workers to Rally for Quality Care in Cleveland
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.
Cleveland Clinic Union Members Receive Strong Support From Ohio House Members
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Scholarship Program
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:
• SEIU 1199 Scholarship Form
• SEIU 1199 Scholarship FAQ
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.
• Scholarship Recipient List For 2018
• Update/Renew Your Membership
Applications may submitted by email to firstname.lastname@example.org or by mail to:
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Member Resource Center
1395 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215
Healthcare Workers Fighting For $15 at the Cleveland Clinic to Rally in Akron
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.
BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Newsletter
We are stronger together. Over the last year, members with BrightSpring (“ResCare”) have stood together to win countless grievances, provide the best possible client care, and defend the contract. We are currently working on and in the middle of this year’s contract negotiations for BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Homecare, in addition to the master contract.
As we are in full-swing with our bargaining campaign, it is important we stand together and support the negotiations committee. Congratulations to all elected committee members!
The third step of our 6-month bargaining campaign will include meeting and training the newly elected committee. This training will take place on April 4, 2019 beginning at 10am. The location for the training is at the Comfort Suites (167 Elizabeth Pike, Mineral Wells, West Virginia).
If you are listed as part of the committee please go ahead and request this day off of work so you can attend. Please watch your email and/or text for upcoming announcements on events. If you have received this notice through U.S.P.S. or if your contact information has changed, please call the Member Resource Center with your email address and/or cell phone number as soon as possible to ensure that you are receiving the latest updates.
BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Members Stand Together to Uphold the Contract and Win Victories
BrightSpring (“ResCare”) members with SEIU District 1199 work hard to provide quality care. BrightSpring members, the Union, and their co-workers, work as a team when necessary to file grievances. Standing together, members regularly win back pay and work to uphold the contract.
Below are some recent contract violations and related victories won by members of the Union:
• Med Pass Payments Issued – Two members did not receive Med Pass related payments. One of the members was issued a check for nearly $900 in retroactive compensation.
• Final Written Warning Reduced for Longtime Employee – A dedicated member who had worked with the company for over seven years was issued a final written warning. While the member was not able to come to agreement with the employer on all of the facts of the situation, through the process of filing a dispute, the employer decided to take into account the members tenure with the company and reduce the reprimand.
• Improper Healthcare Deduction Resolved – A member contacted the Union after a wrongful health insurance deduction and mileage reimbursement error. The member worked with the Union and was compensated by the employer.
• Payment Arrangement Reached After Wage Over-payment – The employer, unbeknownst to a member, had issued over-payments. The employer wanted to withdraw the entire sum from the workers next check, which would have been financially devastating. The member and the Union successfully proposed a payment arrangement that was satisfactory to the employer.
• Unfounded Termination Defeated Through Grievance Process – A member believed she was being treated wrongfully by a supervisor and kept written notes. The member was terminated by management for allegedly falling asleep but the only witness was the supervisor who is no longer there. The employee joined with the Union and was reinstated due to lack of sufficient evidence.
• Member Issued Payment for Missing Hours – A member was missing 24 hours of pay from his paycheck shortly before the end of 2018. After trying to resolve the issue on his own for four weeks, the member joined with the Union and filed a grievance. A retroactive payment was issued by the employer and it was received by the member within 17 days of first contact with the Union about filing a grievance.
If you believe your contract is being violated at work, do not hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center.
Issued by the SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Chapter Bargaining Committee.
Member Leader Training in West Virginia and Ohio
A training for Delegates and Member Strength Coordinators will be held on April 6th, 2019. The meeting will also include new member orientation and will be held at several locations across West Virginia and Ohio. Registration and further details are available here.
Regional Membership Meeting in Cincinnati
U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown Stands With Union Members at the Cleveland Clinic
Cleveland Black History Month Forum
Thank you to everyone who joined together for the Black History Month Event this year in Cleveland. It was a very inspiring conversation and forum. Together, working people have won better wages, safer workplaces, and civil rights. White, Black, and brown, we must stand united.
Youngstown Forum Brings Up Tough Issues Facing The Black Community (WKBN News)
A very important forum was held yesterday in Youngstown, Ohio, as a part of our annual Black History Month Celebration. Our communities face many challenges. Together, working people have won better wages, safer workplaces, and civil rights. White, Black, and brown, we must stand united.
Fighting for $15 at the Cleveland Clinic
Destiny, who works as a housekeeper at the Cleveland Clinic, saw her coworkers at the hospital get a raise in January and expected to get one, as well. When the extra money didn’t come, she started asking questions. Destiny, a dedicated employee, cares for her children, in addition to other family members. An article with her story was recently featured in the Cleveland Plain Dealer.
“Cleveland Clinic’s minimum-wage increase doesn’t apply to union workers.”