Victory Reports

Recent victories relate to members enforcing contract language, protecting benefits during negotiations, securing back-pay, labor rights, successful grievances, standing united for fair 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 via this link so it can be shared on this page. These victories and others show why union membership is so important.

Solidarity Newsletter — April

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Technical and Professional Workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital Overwhelmingly Approve New Contract Agreement.
After negotiating for nearly a year, members with Cabell Huntington Hospital voted to approve a new contract agreement with hospital executives. In addition to improvements in wages and benefits, the agreement will help ensure quality care and workforce retention.  

ResCare Member Negotiates Settlement After Filing Grievance. A member with ResCare worked with the Union to file a grievance to contest a termination. As an outcome of the grievance, the termination was converted to a resignation and the member received $800 as a settlement. Without a Union, employment is “at-will” with few protections. 

Toledo Area Nursing Home Member Reinstated. A member with a nursing home was recently reinstated after a wrongful termination due to confusion regarding leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. The dedicated member had worked at the facility for 29 years and had never called off from work. As an outcome of the grievance, the member has returned to work.  

ResCare Member Issued Back Pay After Identifying Missing Raise. A member with ResCare found out that she was missing a raise of $0.30 an hour that should have been granted a year prior. The member worked with the Union to file a grievance. In a successful outcome, the rate of pay for the member was updated and she was issued approximately $1,000 in back pay. 

Northeast Ohio Hospital Member Granted Settlement After Lost PTO Hours Due to COVID19. A member who worked as a phlebotomist went into self-quarantine after exposure to COVID19. The member ultimately lost 39 hours of PTO time after returning to work and filed a grievance. Through the grievance process outlined by the Union contract, the member was re-issued the PTO time that had been deducted, which had a value of nearly $600.

Member Resource Center Update

The Member Resource Center provides assistance each day to a substantial number of members across West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Whether you need a copy of your contract, assistance contacting Union staff, or advice on how to file a grievance, representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist members each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

SEIU District 1199 Member Benefits
Membership with SEIU District 1199 includes membership with three member benefit programs. Those programs include Union Plus, SEIU Member Benefits, and the SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH membership card. Members and eligible family members can now take classes with Eastern Gateway Community College at no-cost online. In 2019, Union Plus announced a new program with Central State University in Dayton. If you are not a member, you can sign a membership card

Solidarity Newsletter — March

Solidarity Newsletter March 2021Member News and Grievance Victories
● Standing Together Amid the COVID19 Pandemic. Members with SEIU District 1199 have been standing with their co-workers as Union members in the pandemic. Together, members across many chapters have successfully negotiated new contract terms and agreements to help combat COVID19. 

● American Rescue Plan. The American Rescue Plan is quickly moving through the legislative process. The plan includes hundreds of billions of dollars for states and local governments. This funding is vital for public services and employers where members work. Send a message to your legislators about this important plan.

● Cabell Huntington Hospital Members Receive Phone Call From First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. During the call, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden thanked several nurses for their work amid the COVID19 pandemic and spoke with them individually about their experiences during the crisis

 ResCare Member Successfully Challenges Wrongful Termination. A member with ResCare in West Virginia was terminated for alleged theft of work time. Management believed the member was at a personal appointment. The member and Union were able to show through text messages and documentation that management had false information. While the member had already found another job, management offered the member $1,500 and a neutral reference. 

● Cleveland Public Library Members Successfully Enforce Contract. Members with Cleveland Public Library recently filed a grievance around COVID19 policies and procedures. Two workplace committees cover COVID19 issues but only two SEIU members were a part of those committees. As an outcome of mediation, 8 members will have a voice as representatives or alternates. Minutes will also now be taken and shared with all members.

 ResCare Awarded Settlement Through Grievance Process. A member with ResCare in West Virginia was terminated but the member no direct connection with an event in question. The member had already found a new job but wanted to clear her name. Through the grievance process, the member was awarded a monetary payment and granted a neutral letter of reference.  

● Ohio Nursing Home Workers Issued Proper Payment. Under the new contract, nursing home members at the end of 2020 negotiated an increase in the hourly afternoon shift differential for LPNs. They also negotiated an increase in the hourly shift differential for night shift aides and LPNs, which was brought from $0.35 to $0.45. After they did not receive the increase, working together as co-workers and with the Union in 2021, the members were able to quickly get the pay they were missing recognized. Back pay was also issued to the bargaining unit members.

Member Resource Center Update

The Member Resource Center provides assistance each day to a substantial number of members across West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Whether you need a copy of your contract, assistance contacting Union staff, or advice on how to file a grievance, representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist members each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

SEIU District 1199 Member Benefits

Membership with SEIU District 1199 includes membership with three member benefit programs. Those programs include Union Plus, SEIU Member Benefits, and the SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH membership card. Members and eligible family members can now take classes with Eastern Gateway Community College at no-cost online. In 2019, Union Plus announced a new program with Central State University in Dayton. If you are not a member, you can sign a membership card online. 

White Oak Manor Nursing Home Union Members Successfully Stand Together for Proper Payment

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Members with White Oak Manor, a long-term care facility in Ohio, have been working on the frontlines of the COVID19 pandemic. At the end of 2020, workers with the facility stood together to negotiate a new contract agreement. However, in 2021, members noticed that an increase in wages that had been negotiated under the new contract had not been issued following ratification.

Under the new contract, members negotiated an increase in the hourly afternoon shift differential for LPNs from $0.25 to $0.40. They also negotiated an increase in the hourly shift differential for night shift aides and LPNs, which was brought from $0.35 to $0.45. Working together as co-workers and with the Union, the members were able to quickly get the pay they were missing resolved. Back pay was also issued to the bargaining unit members.

Members with White Oak Manor had also experienced a delay in their routine paychecks. As Union members, they were able to get an agreement from management to cover any overdraft fees and get reimbursed, if such charges were associated with the payment processing delay. To have a Union, means to have a powerful voice. Together, we rise.

Mentor Library Members Stand Together For Quality Services & Good Union Jobs

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At the end of 2020, Mentor Public Library members of all backgrounds stood together to bargain a new contract agreement. From access to books to technology, library services remain critical for the public. Across the district, public library members have been doing everything possible during the pandemic.

The new contract includes the following important improvements:

• Annual Wage Increase – A 3% raise in the first year of the contract.
• Wage Scale – A 5% increase in the starting wage and top of the wage scale. 
• Passport Applications – A 2% wage increase for passport application work.
• Representation – New language to assist with representation.
• Non-Discrimination – Additional non-discrimination language.
• Leave Time – Improvements in several areas of leave and break time.  

Together, members are standing in unity for quality service and the good unions jobs that our communities need. Support library funding in Ohio by sending a message to your legislators

Hospital Members in Ohio Valley Receive Settlement After Contract Violations Amid COVID19 Pandemic

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After a hospital department with 4 members declined to be laid off at the start of the COVID19 pandemic, they faced schedule changes and significant changes in work hours. The members did not know if they would be working their next shift or if they would lose their pay.

Working with the Member Resource Center, the members stood together as co-workers and filed a grievance. Some members had also used PTO time to supplement lost work hours. Through the grievance process, the members were able to demonstrate that contract violations had occurred.

Together, the group of members proved they should have received payment for nearly every hour lost. In a successful outcome, the health care members received a settlement totaling $6,400.

Solidarity Newsletter — February

Solidarity February 2021● Mahoning Valley Hospital Member in Ohio Restored to Employee Status. A member in Youngstown was furloughed at the start of the COVID19 pandemic. The member was returned to work but only as a per diem employee, which was a contract violation. As a per diem employee, the member would have lost their substantial sick leave and personal time balances, which had a value of over $8,000. Standing with the Union, the member filed a grievance and was returned to the proper status with leave time restored. 

● Cleveland Public Library Members Win Class Action Grievance. Members with Cleveland Public Library have  contractual “special close” language that grants time and a half pay when members work while libraries are closed. The Board of Trustees for Cleveland Public Library tried to circumvent this contract provision by passing a special policy. Members stood united behind the grievance and three members participated in official proceedings. An arbitrator recently issued a decision in favor of the library members and found that they were owed over $62,000.  

● West Virginia Member With ResCare Receives Missing PTO Hours. A member with ResCare contacted the Union and believed that she was missing PTO hours dating back to October 2019. The member filed a grievance and just before mediation, ResCare confirmed that there were 120 PTO hours that were missing. The value of the PTO hours totaled approximately $1,200. 

● Standing Together Amid the COVID19 Pandemic.
Members with SEIU District 1199 have been standing with their co-workers as Union members in the pandemic. Together, members across many chapters have successfully negotiated hazard pay and other agreements to combat COVID19. 


● Cabell Huntington Hospital Nurses Negotiate and Ratify First Contract.
Nurses with Cabell Huntington Hospital stood united in negotiations and throughout their organizing campaign that started in 2019 to form a Union and then ratify their first contract. The nurses, who have been on the frontlines of the COVID19 pandemic, negotiated significant improvements in important areas such as quality care, wages, and benefits. 


American Rescue Plan. The American Rescue Plan would provide hundreds of billions of dollars for states, schools, and local governments. This funding is vital for public services and employers where members work.
Send a message to your legislators about this important recovery plan.

● Dedicated ResCare Member Returns to Work.
A member with ResCare was terminated after 12 years with the company due to a misunderstanding. Ultimately, 23 employees with ResCare called the Member Resource Center on the member’s behalf and 12 members wrote character reference letters to submit to ResCare. In a mutually agreeable settlement, the member returned to work and received $1,500 in backpay. 

Member Resource Center Update
The Member Resource Center provides assistance each day to a substantial number of members across West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Whether you need a copy of your contract, assistance contacting Union staff, or advice on how to file a grievance, representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist members each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

SEIU District 1199 Member Benefits

Membership with SEIU District 1199 includes membership with three member benefit programs. Those programs include Union Plus, SEIU Member Benefits, and the SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH membership card. Members and eligible family members can now take classes with Eastern Gateway Community College at no-cost online. In 2019, Union Plus announced a new program with Central State University in Dayton. If you are not a member, you can sign a membership card online. 

Members at KDMC in Ashland (KY) Ratify New Contract Amid Pandemic

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Members with King’s Daughters Medical Center of all backgrounds in Ashland, Kentucky, recently ratified a new 1-year contract agreement.
Members with KDMC have been working bravely through the COVID19 pandemic. The new agreement includes no concessions and the following provisions:


A wage increase for all bargaining unit members

• An additional 2% market wage adjustment for couriers, clerks, and secretaries
• Virtual Union orientation, which will help the bargaining unit stand united
• A $200 contract ratification bonus

Members with King’s Daughters Medical Center have been united as Union members and on the frontlines of the crisis. Together, we rise.  

Willow Tree Healthcare Center Members Stand United to Ratify a 3-year Contract

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Members with Willow Tree Healthcare Center recently stood together to negotiate a new contract agreement.
Members ratified the agreement in a unanimous vote. The agreement includes the following provisions:

• Added gender discrimination to the contract to protect all workers
• Increases in shift differentials for Union members
• Expanded bereavement leave – if needed
• Added to members established delegate Union rights
• Wage increases of 3% in the 1st year, 2.5% in the 2nd year, and 2.5% in the 3rd year

In 2020, members with Willow Tree Healthcare Center bravely cared for residents at their facility in one of the worst nursing home outbreaks in the region.

Stillwater Center Nurses Stand United for a Fair Contract and Quality Care in Pandemic

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Members with the Stillwater Center recently stood united to bargain and ratify a new contract agreement. Nurses with the Stillwater Center have been working bravely during the COVID19 pandemic to provide the best possible care.

In their contract campaign, the nurses received support from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. Numerous nurses have contracted COVID19 during the pandemic.

To have a Union means to have a voice and in the last year, the nurses also spoke out about needed protective equipment and COVID19 protocols. 

The nurses voted unanimously for the new contract agreement, which provides for a $600 ratification bonus and an annual wage increase for each of the next three years. The nurses also negotiated having Juneteenth as a paid holiday, as an alternative to Columbus Day. The new contract also includes updated language that may strengthen Union representation.

Together, Union members with the Stillwater Center and across the region are standing strong amid the COVID19 pandemic for fair wages and quality care.

Solidarity Newsletter – January

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● Cabell Huntington Hospital Member Challenges Suspension. A technical worker with Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, received a 5-day suspension after following guidelines. Some members must update their credentials, which must be available on a credentialing website by a deadline prior to expiration. Due to a delay in processing, the renewal was not immediately displayed, though updated prior to the deadline. The member worked with the Union and an arbitrator reduced the 5-day suspension to a single day.   

● Standing Together Amid the COVID19 Pandemic. Members with SEIU District 1199 have been standing with their co-workers as Union members in the pandemic. Together, members across many chapters have successfully negotiated hazard pay and other agreements to help combat COVID19. 

● RN Member at Northeast Ohio Hospital Negotiates Settlement. A member with Mercy Regional Medical Center was terminated in August 2020. The member filed a grievance and was able to negotiate a payout of accrued leave time, which totaled $3,627. Without a Union, a worker can be dismissed for any reason. However, as an outcome of the grievance, the termination was also amended to reflect a resignation.

● Certus Healthcare Members Stand United. Members with Certus Healthcare in Cleveland held a visibility action to raise awareness and pay tribute to Union brothers and sisters working on the frontlines as well as nursing home residents who have lost their lives or been diagnosed with COVID19. The event garnered local news coverage and members were able to share their experiences with the public.

● Member With ResCare Successfully Appeals Discipline. A dedicated member had worked with ResCare for 32 years. The member had no prior record of discipline and was issued a final warning for small infractions. The member filed a grievance and though the employer was not willing to remove the discipline, it was reduced to a 1st written warning in a settlement.

● Ohio Nursing Home Member Receives Settlement After Grievance. A member with a nursing home in Ohio had been terminated and filed a grievance. The member had already found another job but in a successful outcome, the member received a monetary payment and the termination was amended to reflect a resignation.

Member Resource Center Update
The Member Resource Center provides assistance each day to a substantial number of members across West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Whether you need a copy of your contract, assistance contacting Union staff, or advice on how to file a grievance, representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist members each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

SEIU District 1199 Member Benefits
Membership with SEIU District 1199 includes membership with three member benefit programs. Those programs include Union Plus, SEIU Member Benefits, and the SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH membership card. Members and eligible family members can now take classes with Eastern Gateway Community College at no-cost online. In 2019, Union Plus announced a new program with Central State University in Dayton. If you are not a member, you can sign a membership card online. 

Riverview Health Care Members Stand United to Negotiate Contract Agreement

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Members with Riverview Health Care, a nursing home in Oak Harbor, have been working tirelessly to provide quality care for residents on the frontlines of the COVID19 pandemic. Members with this facility of all backgrounds recently stood together to bargain their next Union contract agreement.

The members at Riverview Health Care successfully negotiated the following terms and improvements:

1. Wage Increases. A $0.50 raise in the 1st year, in addition to a 3% wage increase. In the 2nd and 3rd years, members will receive wage increases of 2.5%.
2. Night Shift Differential. For workers who are on the night shift, the shift differential increased from $1 an hour to $3 an hour.
3. Perfect Attendance Bonus. Workers will now receive $200 for perfect attendance every three months. Bereavement leave and jury duty will no longer count against attendance.
4. Weekend Makeups. After missing work, members may be placed on the schedule their shift, in addition to a Saturday or Sunday for hours missed. 
5. Bereavement Leave. Leave will now be granted in relation to aunts and uncles.
6. Staffing. Pre-mandation hours will now be capped at 20 hours and FT/PT can pass 8 hours to others.

Workers with Riverview Health Care are doing everything possible to provide the highest possible quality care and they have not been any cases of COVID19 at the facility to date. Members successfully stood together in negotiations to bargain a fair and equitable agreement that will help ensure staff retention and quality care.

 

Victory Report – Union Member at Cabell Huntington Hospital Reinstated

A member with Cabell Huntington Hospital was recently terminated after 21 years with the hospital. The member was a highly dedicated employee and believed that they had acted in good faith to help a patient amid the COVID19 pandemic. 

The member had used a phone to connect a patient with a relative via video. The staff member was asked to do this by the patient as they were unable to visit with family in person due to the pandemic. The hospital maintained that protocol had been breached. 

The member contacted their Member Resource Center and worked with Union member leaders at the hospital. While non-Union positions are “at-will,” having a collective bargaining agreement means that an employer must prove that they had “just cause” in order to issue such a termination. 

An arbitrator issued a ruling and the dismissal was overturned. The arbitrator converted the dismissal to a 60-day suspension. The member has been re-instated with full backpay outside of the short-term suspension period.  

From collective bargaining to standing with co-workers and representation, to have a Union is to have a powerful voice. Together, we are Union strong. 

Solidarity Newsletter — September 2020

Solidarity Newsletter ● Dedicated Hospital Member Secures Severance Package. A member who had worked for fifty years at a hospital  in Northeast Ohio was not offered a severance package after his job was eliminated. The member and Union worked together and secured a severance package that included healthcare coverage, a Health Reimbursement Account (HRA) of $4,800 which can be used until it is exhausted, and a payout of vacation time.

● ResCare Member in West Virginia Granted Pay After Administrative Leave. After being placed on administrative leave, a member with ResCare in West Virginia worked with the Member Resource Center to file a grievance. Through this process, the member was awarded over $1,000 in back pay.

● ResCare Member Successfully Reinstated After Wrongful Termination. A member with ResCare in Lake County, Ohio, with 30 years of service, was improperly terminated while on family medical leave under the Family and Medical Leave Act. Through the grievance process, the member worked with the Union and the termination was overturned.

● Hospital Member Receives Extra Pay After Being Denied Hours. A member who works at a hospital in Trumbull County, Ohio, was not contacted about hours that were available. This was a contract violation and the member worked with the Member Resource Center. Through the grievance process, the member was granted pay for all hours that were assigned to other staff in violation of the contract and over $350 in a payment.

● Members At a Nursing Home Speak Out for Safe Staffing. Members at a Toledo area nursing home recently held a candlelight vigil to speak out for quality care and safe staffing. Members at the facility are often mandated and the long-hours raise safety concerns. Together, members from this nursing home are continuing to speak out and stand together so that they can reach an agreement with management on mandation.

SEIU District 1199 Member Benefits
Membership with SEIU District 1199 includes membership with three member benefit programs. Those programs include Union Plus, SEIU Member Benefits, and the SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH membership card. Members and eligible family members can now take classes with Eastern Gateway Community College at no-cost online. In 2019, Union Plus announced a new program with Central State University in Dayton. If you are not a member, you can sign a membership card online. 

Member Resource Center Update
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The Member Resource Center provides assistance each day to a substantial number of members across West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Whether you need a copy of your contract, assistance contacting Union staff, or advice on how to file a grievance, representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist members each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

Solidarity Newsletter – August 2020

Solidarity News August 2020 ● Member With Youngstown Nursing Home Wins Settlement. A member who worked for a nursing home for over 12 years was terminated. The member contacted the Union, which maintained that this was entirely unreasonable given that the member had only one active disciplinary issue and that this new infraction was common in the workplace. Through the grievance process and working with the Union, the member was able to secure a settlement of $1,000, an agreement by the employer not to contest their application for unemployment compensation, and a neutral reference.

● Bellefaire JCB Members Stand Together For Safety. Members with Bellefaire JCB, a service provider in Cleveland, have been standing together as Union members and co-workers to ensure workplace safety in relation to the current pandemic. Through their Union, these members negotiated a settlement under which Bellefaire JCB will make several important safety improvements, such as re-configuring workspaces.  

● Nurse at Northeast Ohio Hospital Secures Back Pay. An RN worked weekends as a PRN but contacted the Union after realizing that she was not being paid the $5.50 an hour premium pay that was negotiated by members in their contract. The employer agreed to pay her $1,000 for the hours she had worked without full compensation. Additionally, the employer agreed to ensure that all similarly situated PRN nurses would be compensated.

● ResCare Member in West Virginia Returns to Work. A member in West Virginia with a group home in Greenbrier County filed a grievance and as a result, an unjust dismissal was overturned. The member then returned to their same workplace, shift, and pay rate. The member was also issued back pay covering three weeks of work that were missed due to the dismissal.

● Southern Ohio Hospital Member Maintains Proper Status After Filing Grievance. A member had applied for a PRN position but was denied. The member had further inquired about working PRN but was told that no positions were available. Suddenly, many months later, the member was told that they were being moved to PRN status but the member no longer wanted or had an application active for such status. Working with the Union, the member was able to maintain their full-time job status.

Contract Agreement With Appalachian Regional Healthcare Approved Overwhelmingly by Union Hospital Workers at Highlands ARH Regional Medical Center

For Immediate Release: Friday, July 3rd, 2020.
Press Contact: Joyce Gibson, jgibson@seiu1199.org, 877-419-7348.

Prestonsburg, Kentucky – Today, a new contract was approved overwhelming by members with SEIU District 1199 who work at Highlands ARH Regional Medical Center. Workers with the hospital would like to thank the public for their support and look forward to working with all parties to provide the best possible health care services on behalf of the pubic.

Oak Pavilion Members Stand Together for Good Union Jobs in New Contract

Members with Oak Pavilion have worked heroically in the current pandemic to provide quality care for residents under difficult circumstances. In recent contract negotiations, members with this facility stood together – black, white, brown, and Asian – to negotiate a new collective bargaining agreement.  

The new contract includes the following terms:

Wages. The new contract includes 2.5% wage increases for each of the next three years. Members also negotiated a new $0.50 shift differential for laundry workers, housekeeping, dietary staff, and activity aides.

Discrimination. Members were able to add non-discrimination language in areas that include sexual orientation and gender identity.

Sick Time. Members negotiated improved language in the area of sick leave, including the provision of additional time.

Bulletin Board. One priority for members was the proper placement of the Union bulletin board. The bulletin board will be moved back next to the time clock.

Representation. Union orientation time has been increased to one hour. Additionally, new language will assist with keeping the chapter strong and the provision of representation through the Member Resource Center.

Members of this facility will continue to stand together for safety and quality care as co-workers and union members.

Signature of Galion Members Negotiate New Contract With Improved Wages and Workplace Protections

Members with Signature of Galion recently stood together across all differences to negotiate a strong new contract agreement with no concessions. Members with this facility work as a team every day to provide the best possible care. Improvements were made in areas such as wages, workplace protections, and mandation.

The new contract includes the following terms
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Wages. The contract includes automatic annual wage increases for each of the next three years. Start rate increases will immediately lift wages for some workers. A new experience scale will also raise wages after taking into account experience.

Discrimination. New expanded discrimination language will protect workers in the area of sexual orientation.

Perfect Attendance Bonus. A bonus for perfect attendance will now include $125 for full time workers and $60 for part time workers.

Mandation. Language in this area has improved and workers will also not be subject to mandation if they had perfect attendance in the prior pay period.

Uniform Reimbursement. Members can now use their uniform reimbursement dollars anywhere within certain parameters, instead of with the employers vendor.

Representation. The contract includes new language that will enable the provision of enhanced representation through the Member Resource Center.

As union members, these nursing home workers were able to speak out for the changes they needed for themselves and their families. We are stronger together.

Morrison Community Living Members Stand in Unity to Negotiate New Contract

Members with Morrison Community Living at Judson recently stood together to bargain a new contract agreement. As Union members from different backgrounds, the bargaining committee spoke out and came together in unity for improved wages and working conditions.

The new contract includes the following new terms:

• Social Justice. Against the national backdrop of everyday people speaking out about inequity, members negotiated having Juneteenth, a day which marks the end of slavery, as a paid holiday.
• Religious Observance. Members negotiated the ability to have alternative days for religious observances, in place of listed holidays.
• Wages. Members negotiated a 11% wage increase over the three year agreement, which will improve wages for all bargaining unit employees. Shift differentials were also increased.
• Longevity. Many members with this chapter have worked at Judson facilities for a significant period of time. The bargaining committee negotiated increased longevity bonuses on anniversary milestones (10th, 15th, 20th, and 25th anniversaries). Additionally, new anniversary milestone have been added (5th, 30th, and 40th year anniversaries).
• PTO Cashout. Members were able to increase the amount of PTO time that can be cashed out under certain timelines and circumstances.
• Perfect Attendance Bonus. Members who have perfect attendance will now receive $200 semi-annually, instead of $100, which was in place previously. 
• Attendance. Attendance and work performance issues will now be evaluated on two separate tracks. Additionally, physician’s notes will be accepted in regards to attendance without points. Language was also further improved in this area with new language and an additional step. 
• Bereavement. Three immediate types of family members were added in the area of paid bereavement leave. Two additional days were also added when bereavement requires travel over 100 miles.
• Representation. Contract language was improved in areas that include union recognition, representation, the Member Resource Center, and seniority.

Members with Morrison Community Living work together as a team to provide quality services on behalf of Judson residents. Together, we rise.

Lorain Public Library Members Negotiate New Contract That Ensures Quality Services

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Members with the Lorain Public Library System recently bargained a new contract that will ensure the quality provision of services for the duration of the agreement.
Members from many backgrounds stood together for this new contract and they are deeply committed to their work. Like other public library members of the Union, they do this work because of the important role that libraries have in our communities.

Negotiations were open to all members, with many wearing buttons – sessions were later held online. When negotiations started before the pandemic, one bargaining session lasted until 1AM in the morning.

The new contract includes the following improvements
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Wage Increases. The contract includes wages increases that total 8% over three years. These wage increases recognize the work of the dedicated staff despite concerns about the Public Library Fund.  
• Minimum Staffing Language. The contract sets a minimum level of staffing. This was important to the bargaining committee and will ensure safety for the public and chapter members.
• Improved Bereavement Leave. Language was improved in this area.
• New Advancement Opportunity. A new job title was created that will increase pay for many members with the library system.  
• Active Shooter Training. This training will now be offered to bargaining unit members but will not be mandatory.
• Annual Fire and Tornado Drills. Such drills will help ensure that library staff have the knowledge and ability to assist the public, if needed.  

Many chapter members have decades of experience but they were also joined for bargaining by rising chapter members who are new to the library system. Members with the Lorain Public Library System are united by their understanding of the importance of library services.

Solidarity News – May 2020

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● Southern Ohio Hospital Member Granted Significant Settlement. A member was a part of a job training program to become an OB Scrub Tech when management decided to cancel the program. The member contacted the Union because she was employed as a trainee when the decision was made. The Union and member were able to secure a $5,000 settlement as compensation.

ResCare Member in Cabell County Receives Important Work Documents. A member with ResCare in West Virginia had been trying to get important work documents from management for weeks and had not been successful. The documents were needed for an application related to one of his family members. The member contacted the Union and by the end of the day, the Union was able to get a meeting time established with ResCare to receive the needed documents.

Bellefaire JCB Members Stand Together For Safety. Members with Bellefaire JCB, a service provider in Cleveland, have been standing together as Union members and co-workers to ensure workplace safety in relation to the current pandemic. Through their Union, these members are speaking out and raising critical health and safety issues. 

● ResCare Member Issued $2,000 in Back Pay.
A member with ResCare moved to a different worksite but her pay was not updated. The member did not receive a $0.30 increase that she was owed and even after her rate was increased, she was not issued a payment for the back wages that were due under the terms of the contract. Working with the Union, the member has now received the retroactive pay that she had earned, which totaled approximately $2,000.

● Consumer Support Services of Trumbull County Members Unite for Better Working Conditions.
Several group home members with CSS Trumbull recently gathered signatures and wrote a letter to management to address unfair treatment in the workplace and issues with client care. As a result of their collective efforts, their manager was removed.  

Member Resource Center Update
The Member Resource Center provides assistance each day to a substantial number of members across West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Whether you need a copy of your contract, assistance contacting Union staff, or advice on how to file a grievance, representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist members each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”