Victory Reports

Recent victories relate to members enforcing contract language, protecting benefits during negotiations, securing back-pay, labor rights, successful grievances, standing united for living wages, and more.

Members also often stand together on behalf of the greater community and fellow co-workers. If you have a victory, email it here so it can be shared on this page. These victories and others show why union membership is so important.

Dedicated State of Ohio Nurse Reinstated With Back Pay and Benefits

In September 2017, a nurse and state member with the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction was removed from her position. An arbitration was recently led by Member Resource Center Director Pete Hanlon. 

In contrast to the original decision by the State of Ohio, the member was a dedicated employee who cared greatly about her work and the health and safety of those in her care. She worked with the Union out of the belief that she would be reinstated after the facts were heard by a neutral party and fully evaluated.

The member’s grievance advanced to arbitration in August 2018. In December 2018, an arbitrator ruled that the state’s decision regarding the member’s employment was handled improperly. As a result, the member is now returning to her job with back pay, which will cover the last 15 month period. 

Members with the State of Ohio often provide vital care and encounter complex and difficult situations on the job. The ability to file a grievance and stand together as a Union provides a critical means of checks and balances under the state’s imperfect system. We are stronger together. 

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. The MRC is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 8 PM. We are stronger together.

ODRC Member Successfully Unites With Union to Appeal Fine and Establish Clarity

In December, an Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction member was issued a disciplinary fine for a common practice that had not been flagged by management. The member took action with the Union and this resulted in a successful outcome and also established policy clarity.

The commonly accepted practice did not result in harm. The member worked with the Union to file a grievance and an arbitrator ruled that there was no just cause. As a result, the arbitrator rescinded the fine and ordered the member’s record restored. We are stronger together.

State of Ohio Returns Disciplinary Fine With Interest

A member with the State of Ohio recently won two grievances relating to a disciplinary fine. As a result of the first grievance, the state agreed to return the fine to the member. However, the employer failed to return the funds as required by a timeline set out in the contract.

The member filed a second grievance to seek the reimbursement due. Shortly after the grievance was filed, the payment was issued, as required, with interest. We are stronger together.

Victory Report – CMSD Member Reinstated After Unjust Termination

Two years ago, management with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District unjustly terminated our Union sister Lisa Pass. Standing together, we were able to take Lisa’s grievance to an arbitrator to review the termination. Our Union was able to win back Lisa’s job and she was awarded back pay for nearly the entire two years, in addition to other rights and benefits. 

Congratulations to this member on prevailing with her arbitration and winning back the job she cares so much about. There is power when we stand together as a Union. We are stronger together.

MyAvatar Update – State of Ohio Member Acts to Protect Patient Care

In August, a State of Ohio medical doctor and SEIU District 1199 member, gathered documentation and submitted a formal grievance relating to the use of the MyAvatar electronic health record (EHR) system by the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services.

The doctor documented her concerns about the potential for errors under the new system. She then took action through the Union to bring the documentation to the attention of administrators with ODMHAS. With concern for her patients and those served by the State of Ohio, a formal class action grievance was filed.

In October, it was announced that upon careful review, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addition Services, would be moving away from MyAvatar, and resuming the use of legacy systems. A full announcement and memorandum from ODMHAS Director Dr. Mark Hurst details the change.

To have a union is to have a powerful voice. Thank you to the dedicated members and staff with the State of Ohio who work each day to provide the best possible care for those they serve. We are stronger together.

University of Cincinnati Members Stand Together to Ratify Contract Deal

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After prolonged negotiations, University of Cincinnati members voted last Thursday in favor of a new 3 year contract. The contract provides for wage increases for the next three years, protects the Union’s right to negotiate over healthcare changes, and secures a $750 contract ratification bonus. 

The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees had previously rejected a fact finders report. Members maintained their demands and struck a deal to protect the majority of the fact finders recommendations. 

On October 16th, the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees voted in favor of the new agreement. In solidarity, members rise together! 

In Solidarity, 
Josh Norris – Executive Vice President 

Members With ODRC Defend State Contract Provisions and Protections

Members with the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction do critical work to ensure the health and safety of both the public and the inmate population. Uniting with fellow co-workers and the Union, members in recent weeks have reached the satisfactory resolution of claims relating to overtime, continuing education, and other workplace issues. 

• A member had to forgo a day of work for reasons that were not justified. She worked with the Union and was granted compensatory hours.
• A member was accused of improperly treating an inmate. It was showed that the member followed protocol and should not have been terminated. The individual resigned and received satisfactory resolution, which was a significant settlement.
• A member was skipped for an overtime assignment, which was a contract violation. The member teamed up with the Union, received an agreement with the agency, and was given another opportunity.
• A member missed more than one overtime opportunity and did not receive help from management in reaching resolution. Like the member listed above, working together, the issue was quickly resolved.
• A member was denied administrative leave needed to get additional continuing education credits to maintain licensure as a Registered Nurse. A request to attend a health care related workshop was granted after the member joined with the Union to seek resolution.

These dedicated members and others continue to show the importance of collective bargaining and the state contract. If you have a contact related issue at work, don’t hesitate to contact the Member Resource CenterWe are stronger together.

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. 

Members at Piney Valley in Keyser Unite for Contract Victory

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Members of SEIU District 1199 at Piney Valley in Keyser, West Virginia, recently united to ratify a new contract. Members at the facility work hard as a team to provide quality care. They also stayed together in negotiations to bargain a contract with significant improvements and no concessions. 

The new 2-year contract includes the following improvements

• Wages (new employees) – Starting wages for CNA’s, cooks, and maintenance workers, were raised by $0.50.
• Wages (all other employees) – Wages will increase by $0.80 over the 2-year term of the contract. 
• Shift Differential  A $0.20 shift differential for both evenings and the night shift was approved. This is the first time that workers at this facility will earn a shift differential.  
• Health Insurance (premium caps) – A 3% reduction in the health insurance cap was approved.
• Health Insurance (new employees) – New employees will now be eligible for health insurance with no waiting period. 
• Life Insurance – Total life insurance coverage will increase by 50%. 

Congratulations to these workers on their new contract. We are stronger together. 

STATE CONTRACT UPDATE: Friday, September 14, 2018

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Major Contract Victory! SEIU/1199 State Employees Win Big at Bargaining Table

Final Bargaining Session Yields Wage Increases, Job Protections & Unprecedented Ratification Bonus for Union Members 

Just before the stroke of midnight, our SEIU District 1199 Bargaining Committee reached a tentative agreement with the State of Ohio for a new, three-year agreement that which will guarantee wage increases, protect health insurance and many other big wins including an unprecedented ratification bonus for our Union Members.

We are putting together a complete summary of everything included in the tentative agreement, but here are some major highlights:

  • BIG WIN: RATIFICATION BONUS!
    • 22 Hours of Compensatory Time for Full-Time Members
    • 11 Hours of Compensatory Time for Part-Time Members
  • Annual Wage Increase, retroactive to July 1st!
    • 2018: 2.75%
    • 2019: 2.75%
    • 2020: 3.00%
  • Increases in Shift Premiums
  • New Language to Address Mandation Concerns
  • $200,000 MORE in Tuition Reimbursement Per Year
  • Increased Individual Tuition Reimbursement Limit to $3,500 Per Year
  • Protected Our Current Health Insurance Split
  • 65% Increase of Equipment Allowance for Adult Parole Authority Members

This was a long journey and a tough fight. Your SEIU District 1199 Bargaining Committee really worked exceptionally hard to win these gains for our Union Members. We listened to your concerns and worked diligently to address them both at the main table and during agency-specific bargaining. As many of you already know, the State of Ohio came to bargaining with major concessions and, through our Union, we were able to fight back and avoid the delay and uncertainty of having to take this contract to fact-finding. This should show any nay-sayers out there the real benefit to being a Member of our Union and our ability to win when we stick together.
 
WHEN DO WE VOTE?

We are working now to finalize the voting schedule and we will share that information with you as soon as we have it. The contract is not finalized until it is ratified by our Union Members and the State Controlling Board.

IMPORTANT NOTE: ONLY UNION MEMBERS CAN VOTE ON THE CONTRACT

If you have not yet signed your membership card, you can do so now by clicking here: https://member.seiu1199.org/
If you are not sure of your membership status, you can contact your Administrative Organizer or call the Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348. Anyone who shows up to vote that has not yet signed a membership card will be required to sign one or they will not be able to vote.
 
Thank you for your support and solidarity throughout this entire process. And a major thank you to the members of our SEIU District 1199 Bargaining Committee for their diligence and hard work. United we bargain, divided we beg!

ResCare Members Take Action to Ensure Proper Pay and Worksite Fairness

Members of SEIU District 1199 in Ohio and West Virginia with ResCare bring dedication to their work. The contract enables quality care and it ensures fairness. Below are some of the recent outcomes won by workers standing together. 

Gallia County, Ohio – A member took action on behalf of all bargaining unit members at his worksite concerning an issue with overtime opportunities. Within just four days, the employer offered a plan and pledged to follow the contract. This was another important example of members taking action together to ensure the contract and Union stay strong.

Gallia County, Ohio – A member worked together with the Union after noting she had not accumulated PTO time in around 5 months. Within just two weeks, the PTO time was added to her balance and she was made whole.

Franklin County, Ohio – A member teamed up with the Union after discovering she did not get a $0.25 raise for passing a certification. Within just two weeks, she was issued a $166 check with retroactive pay and her raise was processed.

Kanawha County, West Virginia – A member applied for a transfer and as a dedicated employee with ResCare, she had significant seniority. Despite openings at the worksite where the member hoped to work, the employer refused the transfer. After joining with the Union, the transfer was quickly approved.

Franklin County, Ohio – A member joined with the Union because they were denied payment due to a faulty time clock. In response, management sent a check by mail with 2-day delivery and worked to fix the time clock.

Putnam County, Ohio – A member was denied an annual pay raise for unknown reasons in violation of the contract. Within 15 days of taking action, the raise and retroactive pay were issued.

Members with ResCare show the power of unity and collective action. We are stronger together. 

State Members Work Together to Resolve Leave and Workplace Issues

State of Ohio members have been working together to achieve resolution of leave and other workplace issues. The outcomes detailed below highlight the importance of collective bargaining and Union rights.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction – A member was denied weekend leave using compensatory time because he would not state the reason. The member joined with the Union, as providing a reason for such leave is not required. The state then allowed the use of compensatory time and returned the member’s personal leave, as requested by the member.

Ohio Department of Health – Leave was denied for a member for an important date. However, the state did not follow procedure in denying the leave. The member joined with the Union and leave was granted.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction – A member received a written reprimand for reasons that were not justified. Working as a team with their shop delegate, the member convinced the agency to reverse the reprimand.

Ohio Department of Mental Health – Standing with the Union and their shop delegate, a member took action to appeal a 3-day working suspension. A mediator found that the state failed to prove just cause and that the member’s testimony was credible. The mediator demanded that the state reverse the discipline.

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction – A member with the DRC was issued a written warning and joined together with her delegate at work. The delegate helped file a grievance and stood by her at a grievance hearing where they presented the facts. The issue was reduced to a corrective counseling, which is not a formal form of discipline.

Without collective bargaining and the support of fellow members, victories like those listed here would likely not be possible. We are stronger together.

Members at State Medical Facility Stand Together For Safety and Patient Care

Members with the State of Ohio have an obligation to provide quality health care and a safe environment. Each year health care members at a state facility also complete an annual exam that requires training and preparation.

The members at this facility recently stood together to file a class action grievance out of concern that time needed to study for the exam would detract from patient care. As a result of their efforts, members are being provided with 8 hours of relief from regular duties to complete important education and the requisite testing. 

The stand taken by these workers ensures proper training, a safe environment, and the best possible patient care. The effort also shows the importance of their voice in the workplace and that by standing united, they were able to reach the best possible outcome. We are stronger together.

ResCare Members and Union Stand Together on Contract Issues

SEIU District 1199 members with ResCare work hard to provide the best possible care. Members with ResCare in West Virginia and Ohio work with fellow members, shop leaders, and the Member Resource Center to ensure the contract is upheld and rights are protected.

Below are some of the most recent victories of ResCare members: 

Cabell County, West Virginia – A member put in a bid to work at a different site and followed procedure. While awaiting notification, which could take 4-8 weeks, the member learned the employer may have disregarded key parts of the contract and conducted hiring.  The member waited two months but within four days of reaching out to the Union, the issue was resolved.

Stark County, Ohio – A member was taken off of the schedule and also received a written warning for events related to a training. The member worked with the MRC and the discipline was reduced, the member aced the training, and he was also placed back on the schedule.

Gallia County, Ohio – A member received a discipline relating to mandation. The member joined together with the Union and it was shown that two other less senior employees accepted the assignment, which made the alleged violation moot. The discipline was then reversed and the member made whole.

The Member Resource Center is open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM and is available to assist members with contract and workplace issues. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

Members With Park Health Center Ratify New Contract

Members with the Park Health Center in St. Clairsville, Ohio, recently ratified a beneficial new contract agreement. The contract does not include any concessions and will help promote staff retention and quality care.

The contract includes the following provisions

• Annual Wage Increases – 2% in the first year, 2% in the second year, and 2% in the third year of the contract
• Training Bonus – Additional $50.00 bonus for training new employees.
• Attendance Bonus – $250 bonus for perfect attendance each quarter.
• Bargaining Unit – PRN employees are now a part of the bargaining unit but had previously been excluded. 
• Contract Language – Beneficial new language was added to the contract relating to the Member Resource Center.

Members with this facility stayed united to bargain the agreement. The new contract was ratified unanimously. We are stronger together.

Members With Arbors of Pomeroy Defend Contract and Negotiate Wage Increases

Members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH with the Arbors of Pomeroy recently negotiated a new 3-year contract. Negotiations started with proposed concessions, included loss of a week of PTO for workers with 20+ years of service, loss of Martin Luther King Day as PTO, and loss of a paid floating holiday. 

The Arbors of Pomeroy is a long-term care facility in Pomeroy, Ohio. Members successfully pushed back on the concessions and negotiated wage increases.

The new contract includes the following provisions:

• Wage Increases – 2.5% in the First Year, 2.5% in the Second Year, and 1.25% in the Third Year (prior to the contract re-opening mid-year).
• Wage Scale – The members negotiated an updated wage scale with immediate additional wage increases.
• Concessions – Defeated loss of MLK Jr. Day as PTO, defeated loss of 1 week of PTO for employees with 20+ years of service, and defeated loss of paid floating holiday.
• Contract Language – Negotiated language needed to strengthen the contract.

Members on the negotiating committee stayed together and were very attuned to the needs of the bargaining unit as a whole. We are stronger together. 

Dedicated Union Members With State of Ohio Work & Stand Together

State of Ohio members have been standing together to win favorable outcomes. These members with the State of Ohio bring a great deal of dedication to their work on behalf of the public. Below are some of the recent victories:

Ohio Department of Health – A member worked together with a delegate to file a class action grievance. This member and fellow co-workers are in a position important to the provision quality care and have been pushing for additional staffing and mandation reform. The member identified an issue with staffing and successfully took action with the support of fellow members to make an important improvement.  

Opportunities for Ohioans With Disabilities – A member interviewed for an internal position but had to use several hours of PTO time to participate. After the process concluded, the agency clarified that PTO time was not needed for future internal interviews but the decision was not retroactive. After taking formal action, half of the PTO time used for the process was returned to the member.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction – A member with many years of experience with the State of Ohio received a work reprimand over a workplace issue. To the surprise of the worker, he was later disciplined again for the same incident. Working together with his shop delegate, the member showed that the issue had already been addressed with the original discipline and the secondary action was overturned.

Ohio Department of Veterans Services – A member was improperly denied an overtime opportunity. The member worked with the shop delegate to file a grievance and was credited with 4 hours of time.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction – After a member recently retired, ODRC posted the vacant position but at several ranges lower. The agency was obligated to advertise the position at the same class level. To defend the contract, the shop delegate filed a grievance and the position was re-posted at a facility nearby, an outcome that worked for both parties.

Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services – A member volunteered for overtime on a day off but was then mandated. Rules state that mandation is not allowed when working overtime on an off day. As a remedy, after taking action, the member was skipped for her next mandation.

In addition to these victories listed, many other workers are standing together as members to achieve favorable outcomes for themselves, their co-workers, and their departments. The Member Resource Center is now open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM each weekday to assist members and shop leaders who need assistance. These victories and others continue to show the power of unity. We are stronger together.

Medical Assistants at St. Vincent Charity Hospital Join SEIU District 1199

Medical assistants at St. Vincent Charity Hospital in Cleveland recently voted to join SEIU District 1199. Like the other members at the hospital, these health care workers care deeply about the mission of St. Vincent and joined SEIU District 1199 to have an increased voice at work. 

Congratulations to these workers and welcome to SEIU District 1199. If you are interested in forming a union at your workplace, visit our page on joining our union. We are stronger together. 

Overbrook Rehabilitation and Cumberland Pointe Members Negotiate Wage Increases

Members at Overbrook Rehabilitation Center this month ratified a new contract, which includes significant raises. This facility recently received a perfect rating in the area of quality measures and workers at Overbrook work hard to provide the best possible care. 

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Members at Overbrook Rehabilitation Center in Middleport, Ohio, negotiated the following raises:

• Starting Wage Increase – It was negotiated that the starting wage will increase for STNA’s from $8.50 an hour to $9.30 an hour.
• Annual Wage Increases – Members will receive a raise of $0.40 in the 1st year, $0.25 in the 2nd year, and 2.5% in the 3rd year of the contract. 
• Experience Wage Increase – In addition to the starting wage increase and annual increases, members will receive up to a $0.50 raise for past experience. 

At  Cumberland Pointe in St. Clairsville, Ohio, members also negotiated new wage increases, including a significant quarterly attendance bonus: 

• Annual Wage Increases – 2% wage increases for each year of the contract. 
• Attendance Bonus – In addition to annual 2% wage increases for the next 3 years, members with perfect attendance each quarter will receive a $400 bonus.
• PRN Members – Workers who are PRN will be included in the bargaining unit
• Shift Differential – An increase in the midnight shift differential. 

The contracts at both facilities also include new language that will help resolve grievances and benefit the membership. We are stronger together.