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.

SEIU District 1199 ResCare Members and MRC Start Year With Victories

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!”

ResCare SEIU District 1199 Members Work With Member Resource Center to Win Grievances

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).

• A worker was disciplined outside of the 10 day window provided by the contact with ResCare. After contacting the Member Resource Center to file a grievance, the discipline was withdrawn and ResCare agreed instead to provide re-training. 
• A worker was not called for an overtime opportunity in violation of the contract. After filing a grievance with the Member Resource Center, the member was paid 8 hours of overtime to compensate for the failure to follow procedure. ResCare committed to honoring seniority in the future.
• After a worker earned holiday pay, their check was shortchanged. After calling the Member Resource Center and filing a grievance, the issue was settled within the month of December.  

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! 

Announcing New Free College Benefit For SEIU District 1199 Members With Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College

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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: 

• Associates Degree: Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Individualized Study, and Paralegal.
• Certificate: Business Management, Patient Home Navigator. 

For more information and to enroll, visit SEIU Member Benefits. Apply today! Classes start January 16, 2018.


SEIU District 1199 Member Eugene Jordan With The St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Brings Holiday Cheer

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!

Workers With Community Support Services Win Fair Insurance Rate

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!

Health Care Workers at Two Ohio Facilities Negotiate Extra Raise in Pay

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: 

• At Circleville Center, a nursing home in Circleville, Ohio, workers negotiated an extra $1.00/hour raise for all new and current nurse aides. The new pay scale will begin on December 29th, 2017.
 At Galion Pointe, a nursing home in Galion, Ohio, STNA’s successfully negotiated an extra $1.50/hour raise for all new and current nurse aides. The new pay scale began on November 26th, 2017.

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. 

SEIU District 1199 Update: “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

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.

mrc_footerRepresentatives 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!”

Health Care Insurance Coverage: Open Enrollment for 2018 Ends December 15th

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 1199 Ohio Healthcare Members Win Victories and Add to Strong List for 2017

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!

New Report: Strong Unions Key to Safer and Stronger Communities

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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.

SEIU 1199 Member Resource Center Offers Enhanced Hours and Immediate Assistance

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.

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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.

Zepf Center Workers Win Campaign to Form a Union and Join SEIU District 1199

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.

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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.  

Chardon Healthcare Center Worker Defeated Wrongful Termination

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.

2017 Scholarship Winners

West Virginia

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

Welcome Packet & Video for New 1199 Members

Jerry Springer Leads Labor Day Rally With SEIU District 1199 at Cleveland Clinic

“Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”


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.

2017 SEIU District 1199 WKO Election Results

To view election results click on the link below.

2017 Results

SEIU/1199 Election Materials – 2017

Please use the links below to view important information regarding the upcoming elections.

• By-Laws Change Vote Notification
 Final Election Schedule

Legislative Update for June 5th, 2017



  • President Trump pulls U.S. out of Paris Climate Accord- On Thursday, President Trump announced the United States will pull out of the Paris Agreement on combating climate change. This decision fulfilled one of his key campaign pledges but dealt a devastating setback to international efforts to curb global warming. With his withdrawal decision, the U.S. joins Syria and Nicaragua as the only countries outside the agreement to combat climate change. Other countries, led by the European Union, China and India, pledged to forge ahead in the effort without the U.S. But the loss of the world’s second-largest emitter of greenhouse gases will have a traumatic effect on the fight against global warming.


  • Franklin County Judge tosses out law preventing municipal minimum wage increases-A Franklin County judge has blocked portions of the law passed last year (SB 331, initially meant to regulate the sale of dogs from pet stores) that stopped a movement to raise Cleveland’s minimum wage to $15 and limited municipalities’ home rule rights to decide where cell phone antennae and equipment can be placed. The decision, posted Friday by Common Pleas Judge Richard A. Frye, said the law violated the Ohio Constitution’s one-subject rule by adding extra provisions having nothing to with the original intent of the law. Frye ruled that the parts of the law the address “animal welfare and protection” can stand. The rest are unconstitutional. The state legislature may choose to pass the same provision in a separate bill with more opportunity for public input and transparency.

ACTION ALERT: Due to delays in the Budget schedule, our 3rd Lobby Day has been moved to Tuesday June 27 from 9am-2pm.

Sign up via the Member Action Center: 1) Online at: http://www.seiu1199.org/mac/  2) By phone by calling 1-877-419-7348 (SEIU)  3) Send an email tomac@seiu1199.org


  • State Budget-Senate Republican leaders are currently considering over 1,000 amendments submitted from Republicans, Democrats and the Kasich Administration to the State Budget bill, House Bill 49. We are expecting Senate leadership to reveal their vision for the State Budget next Monday June 12. The Senate will hold another round of amendments before their vote on the Senate Floor expected Wednesday June 21.


  • President Williams speaks out against House Bill 2– House Bill 2 weakens protections for employees from discrimination and harassment in the workplace. It has passed committee in the House of Representatives and is expected to be voted on this week by the full House. President Williams released the following statement:

“All employees have the right to work in an environment free from discrimination and harassment based on age, sex, race, disability, military status and religion. However, if an unlawful discriminatory practice occurs, we should be pushing for more paths for workers to hold their employer and, if appropriate, individual supervisors and managers accountable for their actions. Any bill that adds procedural or bureaucratic roadblocks and barriers to an already burdensome process impedes on the rights of all working people and should be considered a harmful invitation for further attacks on protections for the workforce.”

“We proudly stand with the Ohio Legislative Black Caucus and the Ohio NAACP in opposing Substitute House Bill 2 and ask our lawmakers to vote ‘NO’ to protect the rights of working people across the State of Ohio.”

  • Public Director Josh Norris speaks out against conditions at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility- “We stand in solidarity with our sisters and brothers of OCSEA protesting the unsafe working conditions at the Southern Ohio Correctional Facility. Overcrowding of inmates at the facility has led to increased violence while low staffing levels have left our members more vulnerable to incidents and assaults.”

“The Southern Ohio Correctional Facility is not alone in its issue of overcrowding. Ohio’s prison system is currently operating at 132% of capacity; over 11,000 more inmates than the system was built for. These conditions, along with tighter budgets from the state, have resulted in dangerous staffing levels for OCSEA’s corrections officers and other 1199 members charged with maintaining a safe and orderly facility where inmates can participate in rehabilitative services to avoid recidivism. Prisons are resorting to the hazardous practice of mandatory overtime to reach minimum staffing requirements, leaving fatigued officers, case managers, nurses and other employees on duty for hours longer than scheduled.”   

“The opioid epidemic and increasing drug use within the prisons has contributed to overcrowding and acts of violence within its walls.  Some of these same conditions led to the Lucasville prison riot nearly 25 years ago, and projections of even greater incarcerated populations increases the threat of violence exponentially.”  

“We also need to work to insure that the parole officers and others Union members responsible for overseeing these offenders once they are released have the necessary tools and resources to do this. Caseload sizes outside the prisons are just as bad as the overcrowding within the institutions, but often more dangerous as these same offenders are now out in our communities.”     

“Though the recent efforts to change sentencing rules to reduce incarceration for low level offenders is a step in the right direction, something must be done now to establish safe staffing and caseload levels and protect workers in our prisons and parole officers to ensure each and every employee makes it home to their families at the end of their shift.”

  • Pension Update-The School Employees Retirement System has proposed making changes to its system of annual cost of living (COLA) increases. Currently, SERS retirees receive a 3% COLA increase each year. The SERS Board would like to freeze these increases for all retirees for the next two years, then tie the increase to the consumer price index (CPI), capped at 2.5%. Both the Ohio Senate and House have introduced bills, SB 151 Hite and HB 242 Carfagna, to allow SERS to make their COLA increases optional, and tie them to the CPI, capped at 2.5%. These changes could also be added as amendments to the State Budget Bill.


o   HB 242 has been scheduled for sponsor and proponent testimony this Wednesday June 7th in the House Aging and Long Term Care Committee at 10am.

o   Call Chairman Steven Arndt at 614-644-6011 and tell him these pension changes will hurt thousands of retirees who are already struggling to pay for their basic needs on a fixed income. Stop hearings on HB 242!


ACTION ALERT: Join SEIU 1199 along with our brothers and sisters from AFSCME and OAPSE to protest changes to the School Employees pension system. Together, we will tell our lawmakers to PROTECT OUR PENSIONS!


When: Wednesday June 7, 12:30-2pm

Where: Statehouse, Capitol Square. Meet at the Sheraton Courtyard facing State Street. At 1:00pm, we’ll line the path legislators take to go to Session on the South Steps of the Statehouse. At 1:30 we’ll walk two blocks to SERS Headquarters and demand our voices are heard by the new Executive Director.


These employees and retirees worked hard to earn their pensions. Together, we can stop the legislature from taking away this important increase, meant to help families cover their bills amid the rising cost of basic necessities.




  • State Budget-The West Virginia Legislature continues to deliberate over the State Operating Budget. A new budget must be approved by June 30, or state agencies and services could shut down while state employees are furloughed.