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.

U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown Stands With Union Members at the Cleveland Clinic

This week, United States Senator Sherrod Brown released a letter asking CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic to be fair to the hardworking Union members who work for the Cleveland Clinic. While the Cleveland Clinic announced that they would raise wages to $15 an hour, they clarified the raise would exclude many dedicated workers.

The Cleveland Clinic should do the right thing and immediately put all Caregivers on a path to a living wage. Recent coverage is included below: 

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• Read United States Senator Sherrod Brown’s letter to Cleveland Clinic CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic

• Ohio Senate Democrats Write to Cleveland Clinic CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic.

Cleveland Clinic’s minimum-wage increase doesn’t apply to union workers.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)

• Unionized Cleveland Clinic workers speak out after learning minimum wage increase doesn’t apply to them.” (Becker’s Hospital Review) 

Cleveland Black History Month Forum

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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

GSSIKEBALJAUBA472AJBOLA44QDestiny, 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.”

Sharing A Thank You Note From A Member

This note was recently sent by a member of SEIU District 1199 to Pete Hanlon, the Director of the Member Resource Center. 

I just want to send a note to let you know how much I appreciate the time you spent guiding me through my grievance. I also want you to know [the grievance chair] has been fabulous in guiding me and holding my hand through it. 

Danielle Brison was brought into guiding me within the last few weeks. She too had taken the time to help me out and continued on with aiding me. One does not always see people “giving,” “helping others,” and “going beyond the call of duty.”

All three of you people have been kind to me through it all. I wanted to let you know how much, I, as a person, appreciate it.

Thank You and Blessings to You, 
– Member of SEIU District 1199

If you are a member and need assistance with a grievance, you can always call the Member Resource Center. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

“Employees of closing Beachwood nursing home, focus of redevlopment plan, seek time.”

Mercy Regional Medical Center RN Unit Assignment Despite Objection Process

Safe StaffingStaff receiving an assignment that in her/his judgment and experience places patients or themselves at risk has an obligation to take action. Acting in the interest of patients, the staff should promptly notify her/his supervisor that because of inadequate staffing, the quality of care and safety of patients and/or residents and staff may be jeopardized.

Nursing staff are held responsible and accountable for the care provided. However, responsibility and accountability for the level of care also resides with the Hospital, including both executives and nursing administrative staff.

This Assignment Despite Objection Form may be used to document an assignment which is potentially unsafe for the patients and/or residents or staff. This form will be used to bring staffing issue to the attention of administration at monthly Labor Management meetings. It may also be used as evidence in defending members against discipline.

Members Join Together For Grievance Chair Training Events in Cleveland & Huntington

Members recently met in Cleveland and Huntington for grievance chair training events.  Additional training courses will be held later this year. Grievance chairs, delegates, shop leaders, and members, regularly assist their co-workers with grievances and make sure that the contract is upheld.

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The ability to file a grievance, if necessary, is an important protection. The grievance process means that members can present the facts through a more fair process if contract violations occur. Training courses further ensure that members are well prepared to stand together. 

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If you need assistance with a grievance, you can also contact the Member Resource Center. Representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Contract Campaign In Full Swing. Union Members Stand and Rise Together.

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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 elect a strong bargaining committee. A Survey Monkey will go out to vote for the negotiating committee nominees on February 11, 2019.  There will also be a survey that will guide you through the demands and/or wish list.  Please have all votes and demands submitted by February 25, 2019. We will be sending out a follow-up newsletter announcing the results of the survey on March 4, 2019.

This is the second step of our 6-month bargaining campaign. Be sure to watch your email for additional details on the process.

Ohio Negotiating Committee Nominations 
Danielle Hess
Opal Ritts
Andrea Carpenter
Zachary Gibbs
Charles Ginther
Abigail Houser
Charles Oldaker
Corrie Curtis
Jeannine Lowery
Elizabeth Weatherbee
Sharee Covington
Tammy Friscia
Jennifer Harden
Terri Hull
Dennie Johnson
Melissa Visnick
Paul White
Stephanie Rutter
(2) Write I Slots
West Virginia Negotiating Committee Nominations
Michelle Barnett
Robin Carroll
Deborah Bolen
John Hollen
Tanya Gray
Steven Griffin
Chuck Beverly
Misty Bowles
Tina Shortridge-Bowles
Renee Wilmer
Lynn Perdue
Melissa Gunter
(2) Write In Slots

If your contact information has changed, 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 Unite to Defend Contract, End Year With Victories

Members with BrightSpring (“ResCare”) work diligently each day. These members also continue to work together to defend the contract, resolve areas of concern, and provide the best possible care. Below are just some of the many favorable outcomes attained at the end of 2018.

Wood County (WV): A member took action out of concern for fellow co-workers relating to the posting of vacancies. The member believed the collective bargaining agreement was not being upheld. Through the grievance process, the member received affirmation that vacancies will be posted and that notice will be sent to the Union, as required by the contract.

Knox County (OH): A member was denied payment for three shifts for unknown reasons. A grievance was filed and the member was made whole.

Gallia County (OH): A member was awarded a position but was not given the permission needed to finalize the transfer. After three months had passed, she worked with the Member Resource Center, which filed a grievance immediately. Within one day, ResCare offered the member the position, which brought resolution. 

Marion County (OH): A member worked with the Union to file a grievance after improperly being denied the ability to sign up for insurance coverage. The issue was resolved in just 13 days. 

Belmont County (OH): A member acted out of concern for consumers after being pulled to work temporarily at a different work-site. She successfully filed a grievance and as a result, the company agreed that training should be provided before having staff work under similar circumstances.

Gallia County (OH): A member filed a grievance because their wages were being paid at an improper rate. As a result of the grievance, the rate of pay was adjusted and a retroactive payment was issued.

Belmont County (OH): A member contacted the Union because the company was making scheduling changes without first discussing it with the Union. After the issue was escalated to mediation, the Union and BrightSpring (“ResCare”) are working together on such scheduling changes prior to implementation.

Franklin County (OH): A member was terminated after reasons that were difficult to predict. The member, a dedicated BrightSpring (“ResCare”) employee, presented their rationale and after mediation, the member was returned to work with certain conditions.  

Marrow County (OH): A member contacted the Union with concern that they had stopped accumulating PTO time. The Union received confirmation that the member was owed 156.13 hours of PTO time. The time was added to the member’s account within two days of notification.

Marion County (OH): A member did not receive holiday pay for Labor Day and contacted the Union. Back pay was later issued and the grievance was resolved.

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(WV): A dedicated member’s check was short due to a mistake by management. The member worked with the Union and as a result, was quickly paid for the two missing days of work.  

Belmont County (OH): A disciplinary action was overturned after the employer failed to substantiate a claim. As a result, a final written warning was removed from the member’s file.

If you believe your contract is being violated at work, contact the Member Resource Center. We are stronger together.

BrightSpring Contract Bargaining Campaign Preparations Begin. Union Members Are Ready to Rise Together.

BrightSpring Bargaining Update
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 to prepare for and kick off next year’s contract negotiations for BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Homecare, in addition to the master contract.

As we begin our bargaining campaign, it is important we stand together and elect a strong bargaining committee. Contact the Member Resource Center to nominate yourself or a co-worker for the bargaining committee. Nominations will be open until December 15th.  Below is also a list of the open committee seats: 

West Virginia Members
Cabell, Kanawha, Logan, Boone, Wood (4 Slots)
Mercer, Raleigh, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas (4 Slots)
Randolph, Upsher, Barbour, Lewis, NorthEast (4 Slots)
Clarksburg, Harrison, Preston, Monongahela (4 Slots)
Eastern, Pendleton, Grant, Hampshire, Mineral Berkley (4 Slots)

Ohio Members
Guernsey, Harrison, Carrolton, Belmont, Jefferson (2 Slots)
Gallia, Highland, Scioto, Lawrence (2 Slots)
Madison, Franklin, Marion, Morrow, Knox (2 Slots)
Stark, Summit, Portage (2 Slots)
Dayton (2 Slots)
Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga (2 Slots)
Lorain (2 Slots)
Lucas, Putnam, Seneca (2 Slots)

We will vote on committee members via Survey Monkey from January 10, 2019, through January 20, 2019. Watch your emails in the month of January as elections are important and every vote counts. We are stronger together. 

Mercy RN Negotiation News 11.28.2018

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On November 14, we sat down with Mercy Executives to continue negotiations yet hospital executives refused to bargain in good faith. Instead, offered a last best and final offer and walked away.  

Faced with a choice of voting to go on strike just before Christmas or allowing Mercy executives to steal our healthcare, we voted overwhelmingly to reject this latest attempt to take money out of our pockets and into the coffers of Mercy.

Through our Union, we have reached out to offer an opportunity to go back to the table to avoid a strike. Mercy, instead of agreeing to meet and discuss to find a solution, claimed impasse. The next step is to schedule a hearing with the arbitrator in early December.

It is shameful that Mercy, a faith-based organization, would so ruthlessly and fiercely take the position to not meet and discuss such radical changes to nurses’ healthcare.

TAKE ACTION NOW!

ATTEND THE NEXT MEMBERSHIP MEETING!

December 4, 1:30-5:30 and 6:30 to 8:30.
UAW 2129, 5300 Baumhart Road

Nurses Raise Awareness at Mercy in Lorain

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Free College Member Benefit With Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College

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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.

The following programs are now being offered
• Associates Degree – Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Individualized Study, and Paralegal.
• Certificate – Business Management and Patient Home Navigator. 

For more information and to enroll, visit SEIU Member Benefits

Health Care Coverage Open Enrollment for 2019 Ends on December 15th

If you or a family member need health care coverage for 2019, don’t forget to enroll. There are affordable plans but without a qualifying event, you must signup by December 15th. Eight in ten people qualify for financial help. Share this message with family and friends.

Veterans Day – Thank You For Your Service

Thank You VeteransSEIU District 1199 would like to express a heartfelt THANK YOU to all veterans. We are proud of all of our member veterans and thank all veterans for their dedication to this great country.

On Behalf of SEIU District 1199 and our staff, thank you to all veterans and their families for your service and sacrifice. 

Walk A Mile In Our Shoes

Join us November 20 to let Bon Secours Mercy Health know that they should be thankful for nurses, and before taking away our PPO healthcare they should WALK A MILE IN OUR SHOES! Family and allies welcome!

Walk a mile around Mercy Regional Medical Center with your fellow RNs and members of the community. Assemble at 4pm, walk to start at 4:30pm and end by approximately 5:30pm. Full meeting site and details to follow.

PLEASE BRING YOUR USED OR NEW SHOES, WE WILL BE COLLECTING FOR A LOCAL CHURCH CHRISTMAS SHOE DRIVE!

TO  REGISTER: Contact the Member Resource Center by phone (877.419.7348) or email (mrc@seiu1199.org) with  your name, department and number of people you will be bringing.

 

IMPORTANT UPDATE: MERCY OVERRULED!

The arbitrator has overruled Mercy’s declaration of impasse and ordered them back to negotiations with the Union. We are scheduling a date for next week.

Mercy Health’s failed declaration of impasse means that they cannot implement their health insurance proposals until reaching agreement with the union, or reaching true impasse after further negotiations.

We are committed to finding an agreement, but not one that allows Mercy Health executives to impose higher costs on our families for our healthcare just because they want to.  We are committed to protecting the benefits we have! This is why we have a Union – to fight back and stand united for what is right. But we all need to be involved, because when we fight together we win.

We need you to take these steps right now: 

  1. Sign Our Pledge to Stand United: http://www.seiu1199.org/rnpledge/
  2. Attend the membership meeting tomorrow, October 17 (10a to 1p, 3p-5p, 6:30p-8:30p) at the UAW Local 2129, 5300 Baumhart Road
  3. Hold Mercy executives accountable for their greed by attending negotiations next week (date to be confirmed)

Issued by your SEIU/1199 Mercy Regional Medical Center Registered Nurses Bargaining Committee

Sincerely,

Geoff H. Davies
Coordinator, Region 2
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Mercy Regional Medical Center RN’s – Strike Alert

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URGENT ALERT: MERCY REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER NURSES

Mercy Health Executives have notified our Arbitrator that they refuse to continue to bargain with our negotiating committee and will move forward with their plan to steal our PPO health care plan and increase out-of-pocket costs for all Nurses at Mercy Regional Medical Center.

Mercy Health Executives are making this unnecessary decision based completely on their own self-interest. Mercy Health has provided no evidence to our bargaining committee that this decision is based on financial need despite the fact that it will create significant financial burdens to every Nurse and their families.

We are awaiting official notice of impasse from the Arbitrator but we fully expect to issue a notice of our intent to strike in the very near future and you should expect that we will be on strike at Mercy Regional Medical Center in early November.

This is not a decision that we, the Nurses of the hospital, came to lightly but we will not sit back and allow Mercy Health Executives to take money out of our pockets only to put it back into their own. We are Nurses and we don’t back down from an attack. We stand together in times of crisis and challenge because we know that when we are united, we cannot be defeated. Together, We Rise! 

Immediate Steps of Action
Sign Our Nurse Pledge: http://www.seiu1199.org/rnpledge/ Membership Meeting:
Wednesday, October 17th, 2018
UAW #2129, 5300 Baumhart Road, Lorain, OH
10:00am to 1:00pm
3:00pm-5:00pm
6:30pm-8:30pm

Issued by your SEIU/1199 Mercy Regional Medical Center Registered Nurses Bargaining Committee

Dedicated ResCare Members Resolve Contract Issues and Stand Together

ResCare members with SEIU District 1199 work hard to provide quality care. ResCare members in the last several weeks have worked with the Union and their co-workers to receive needed back pay, work through scheduling changes, and resolve other important points of contention. 

• Mineral County, West Virginia. A member was denied a transfer unjustly. Standing together with the Union, the member received approval for a new worksite. Schedules had also been missing from the worksite and after the issue was raised, they were promptly posted.
• Wood County, West Virginia. A member was denied work for two shifts and after speaking out through the Union, the member was paid for the time that had been lost. 
• Raleigh County, West Virginia. A member was put on administrative leave during an investigation due to an unsubstantiated allegation. Even after the issue was resolved, for two weeks, the company failed to put her back on the schedule and expected the member to get to the worksite with very short notice upon notification. The member joined together with the Union and eventually was paid for all normal work hours.
• Belmont County, Ohio. A member was unjustly mandated after the work schedule was changed with less than two weeks of notice. This was a contract violation and working together, the scheduling issue was resolved within 5 days.

Dedicated ResCare members provide valuable care. If you have a contact related issue at work, don’t hesitate to contact the Member Resource CenterWe are stronger together.