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.

Meadow Gardens Members in Rainelle (WV) Beat Concessions and Win Improvements

SEIU District 1199 members with Meadow Gardens recently ratified a new contract. Meadow Gardens is a nursing care facility owned by Stonerise Healthcare in Rainelle, West Virginia.

Bargaining with Stonerise Healthcare started with requests for concessions. Hard working members at this facility negotiated as a team and stayed strong together.

The contract includes the following provisions: 

• Health Care. Management originally requested health care cost increases. Members fought off increases and won improvements. New employees are now covered in the same month that they start working. Life insurance is increasing from a $50,000 maximum to a $150,000 maximum.
• Starting Wage Increase. Members successfully negotiated for the STNA starting wage to increase by $0.50 an hour. This will also mean a pay increase for several members already working at the facility. 
• Annual Wage Increases. Management did not want to give a substantive wage increase. Members will receive raises more significant than management’s proposal.
• Bereavement Leave. Nieces and nephews are now included in contract language for bereavement leave at the facility.
• Grievance Language. Members successfully negotiated improved grievance language that will help protect the contract.

Members at Galion Pointe Ratify Contract to Bolster Quality Care, Wages, and Benefits

Members at Galion Pointe recently unified to negotiate a new contract. Dedicated workers at this facility in Galion, Ohio, care for short-term rehabilitation and long-term residents.

Members at Galion Pointe stayed united through negotiations and worked out a new contract to bolster quality care, wages, and benefits. The 3-year contract includes the following provisions:

• Wages: The contract includes 2% annual wage increases for each of the next three years. Members will also receive a bonus and 2 new free uniforms. 
• Educational Benefit (STNA): The facility will pay for employees to become STNA certified. While the employee takes the certification course, the employer will pay the member’s standard wages. Additionally, the facility will pay for the cost of the certification course and exam.
• Education Benefit (RN/LPN): The employer will now pay $2,000 a year for courses to become an LPN/RN. Under this provision, a check will be made out each semester to help cover books and tuition.
• Bereavement Leave: Members will now have additional coverage in the event of the loss of an aunt, uncle, or significant other.
• Member Resource Center: New language was added that will enable the Member Resource Center to provide enhanced representation to members. 
• Union Orientation: At this facility, there will now be a 20 minute paid union orientation for new members. This helps ensure the unity and strength of the membership at Galion Pointe.
• Holidays: New language was added that will boost flexibility for paid holidays.

Congratulations to these members at Galion Pointe. We are stronger together. 

Workers at Cambridge Place Assisted Living in Ohio Vote to Join SEIU District 1199

SEIU 3On May 11th, workers at Cambridge Place, an assisted living center in Cambridge, Ohio, voted by a substantial margin to join SEIU District 1199. Workers at this facility voted for a greater voice in their workplace and will now work together to negotiate their first contract.

Employees at Cambridge Place work hard each day to provide the best possible care for residents. Congratulations to the workers at Cambridge Place who stood united during the campaign and welcome to SEIU District 11199. 

We are stronger together. If you are interested in joining SEIU District 1199, contact us here

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Members in Cleveland Unite to Ratify New Contract

SEIU District 1199 members with St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland have ratified a new 3-year contract. Dedicated employees with St. Vincent work tirelessly on behalf of patients from across Cleveland and beyond. 

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• Wages. The workers at the hospital will receive 2% raises for all three years of the contract.
• Shift Differential. The contract includes shift differential increases for the 2nd and 3rd shift. The contract also includes an increase in preceptor pay. 
• Professional Training. Workers at the hospital will be eligible for training reimbursement for certification costs.
• On-Call Premium. An on-call pay premium was added to the contract. 
• 12 Hour Shifts. Under the new contract, employees working 12-hour shifts will no longer be required to work 3 consecutive days. 
• Workplace Protections. Non-discrimination language was added for union membership, pregnancy, disability, sexual orientation, and gender identity.
• Bereavement Leave. Workers can now receive bereavement leave after the loss of a brother in-law or sister in-law.
• Helping Fellow Co-Workers. Vacation donation language was added to the contract so that the members at the hospital can donate vacation time to an employee on FMLA leave who has expended all sick and vacation time. 
• Member Resource Center. The contract includes beneficial new contract language relating to the Member Resource Center.

The workers at the hospital unified to negotiate a strong contract with fair wages that will preserve quality care. Their efforts show that from their work at the hospital to the bargaining table, we are truly stronger together. 

ResCare Members Are United for Good Jobs & Quality Care

ResCare members work diligently each day with their consumers and stand united for good jobs and quality care. Some of the recent outcomes achieved by ResCare members standing together are detailed below. 

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(WV): A member with ResCare was terminated from her position. She reached out to the union and was concerned that the employer did not have “just cause,” which was required under the contract. After the employee worked together with the Union, the employer reinstated the worker with her seniority, pay, and benefits.

Wood County
(WV): A member with ResCare was taken off of her shift from 8AM to 8PM and placed on an alternate shift. The employer maintained that the issue was a “clerical error” but offered no remedy. She worked with the union to continue to advance the issue and was finally assigned to her shift at a new worksite.

Lorain County
(OH) – A member with ResCare was suddenly pulled from the schedule after her employer claimed she had not completed a background check. She joined with her Union to work through the issue and provided documentation of her background check. With the Union’s support, the outcome was successful and the member was returned to work with back pay.

Montgomery County
(OH) – A member with ResCare had earned a $1 raise after being promoted to lead status. However, after starting in the new role, the raise was not processed. The member worked successfully with the union and was issued the raise and back pay.

Wood County
(WV): A member with ResCare reached out to the union after being denied a higher rate of pay for work at a more demanding location. The member had not made progress with the issue on their own but working with the Union, it was quickly resolved.

If you believe your contract or rights at work are being violated, do not hesitate to contact your Member Resource Center. Representatives with the Member Resource Center are available from 8:30AM to 8PM every Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

Union Members With Premier Estates of Cincinnati-Riverside Negotiate Contract

Members with Premier Estates of Cincinnati-Riverside work each day to provide the best care possible for facility residents. The Union members at the facility recently bargained a new contract that preserves pay and benefits, with important improvements. 

The new contract includes an improved grievance procedure, new Member Resource Center language, and a gender identity clause prohibiting discrimination. Members successfully united to preserve Martin Luther King Jr. Day as a paid holiday. Finally, the three-year contract mandates annual wage increases.

SEIU District 1199 Members at The Brier Unify and Ratify Strong Contract

Health care workers at The Brier, a long-term care facility in Ronceverte, West Virginia, work diligently to provide quality care to residents. This week, they ratified a new contract, that will provide additional benefits and help ensure a strong workforce at their facility. 

Among the highlights, the workers unified during negotiations to successfully stand together against all concessions. Additionally, they negotiated the following: 

 Vacation Time: SEIU District 1199 members at the facility now have the ability to sell back vacation time when they have accrued time over 40 hours. 
• Union Orientation: Better union orientation provisions were negotiated. Union orientation is important for welcoming new union members and staying unified as a chapter. 
• Holiday Pay: Workers at the facility will now receive time and 1/4 for hours worked on holidays.  
• Wage Increase: The workers at the facility successfully negotiated annual wage increases. 

These new provisions in the contract, compliment the benefits and protections secured by members during past negotiations. We are stronger together!

SEIU District 1199 Member With Cleveland Area Health Care Employer Wins Back Job

Recently, a dedicated employee in the Cleveland-area was placed on unpaid leave. He reached out to his Union and multiple issues were discovered with the way the issue was approached by the employer.

Working together, the Union helped the employee show that the facility failed to follow the procedure outlined by the contract, give notification, and properly review the issue. Ultimately, the employer agreed to waive the dispute and pay all back pay and benefits for lost time.

About the incident, the worker said, “I cannot thank you enough. Without you, I would still be off work without pay. I didn’t know anything about the Union before now but from now on, I will tell all my co-workers how the Union has our back.”

If you believe labor law or your contract are being violated at work, do not hesitate to call the Member Resource Center. The MRC is open from 8:30AM to 8:00PM every Monday through Friday. “Your MRC has your back!”

ResCare Union Members of SEIU District 1199 Stand United

Members of SEIU District 1199 who work for ResCare in Ohio and West Virginia provide vital health care services. The Member Resource Center has worked with ResCare members to win many victories since the start of the year. These victories and others show the power of unity and standing together.

Some recent ResCare victories from Hampshire County (WV), Raleigh County (WV), Harrison County (WV), Wood County (WV), Gallia County (OH), Lorain County (OH), Washington County (OH), and Franklin County (OH),  are listed below:

ResCare Lorain County (OH): Workers at a ResCare in Lorain County (pictured below) had been promoted to lead status before their company was acquired by ResCare three years ago. These members of SEIU District 1199 joined together and contacted the union after management appeared to stop recognizing their lead status. It was also discovered that these workers were being underpaid according to their job title. After taking action together, they have received the proper recognition and rate of pay.

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ResCare Hampshire County (WV): At the end of 2017, a worker’s paycheck was missing $200. The problem continued with another inaccurate check. While she notified management, the issue was not fixed until working together with her union. After teaming up with the union, the miscalculation in her wage and the money owed were both resolved. 

Raleigh County (WV): A member was improperly denied a wage increase. Standing together with her union, the worker appealed to the employer. Within five days, the rate of pay was amended. The worker also received a manual check within just two days.

Raleigh County (WV): Schedules were not being posted two weeks in advance as the contract mandated. The lack of a schedule had caused issues for the union members who need reliable notice of shifts. Having a union, the workers had the power to enforce the contract they had bargained.

ResCare Gallia County (OH): After leaving her shop for a month for surgery, a member found that her job was being posted and she could lose her specific position and shift. Working with the union, the position was left open for her to return to after she had recovered. 

Washington County (OH): A dedicated member was not paid for hours that stretched over an 11 day period. The employer released the missing pay after a full hearing with the worker who was backed by the union. 

Franklin County (OH): A member was improperly denied over $600 in mileage reimbursements. The member contacted the union who called for a quick meeting with management. Standing together, the outcome was successful.

Wood County (WV): A member was due a raise on their anniversary but the raise never came. Joining together with the union, the member was able to get both the raise and retroactive pay. 

If you  believe your employer is violating your contract or labor law, contact the SEIU District 1199 Member Resource Center. The MRC is open from 8:30 AM to 8PM every Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

SEIU District 1199 Members at the Putnam County Aging Program Reach New Contract

The Putnam County Aging Program offers vital services to seniors and individuals with disabilities. The agency serves Putnam County, West Virginia, in addition to the surrounding area. Dedicated staff with the agency recently unified in negotiations and reached a strong new contract agreement.

In addition to enhanced language, the new three year contract includes:

• Annual wage increases. 
• Additional bereavement leave.
• 4 new paid holidays.
• Time and a half pay for holidays worked.
• 1 hour of paid union orientation.
• 1 hour of paid grievance investigation time. 

Congratulations to these workers who stood together to bargain a new contract agreement. Thank you also for the important work you do each day.

State of Ohio Member of SEIU District 1199 Wins Grievance After Pay Raise Was Improperly Denied

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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors assist individuals with disabilities in reaching vocational goals.
In 2015, State of Ohio members, bargained a new career ladder for VRC’s with the agency Opportunities for Ohioans With Disabilities. A member was recently improperly denied the pay increase. 

The negotiating team obtained a 4% increase and won language that increased the pay for this position by another 4% once an employee becomes a certified counselor. This was a significant victory that brought more competitive pay to this important position. 

Recently, a member contacted the Member Resource Center, after being improperly denied the raise for becoming a certified counselor. Her certification was back-dated to before she received her step increase, which was a contract violation. The violation would have resulted in a total pay loss of around $17,000 over the next six years.

The SEIU District 1199 member contacted the union and the board that handles the certification. Working together with her delegate and the Member Resource Center, she won the grievance. The member will now get the proper pay for her credentials, which will make a difference of thousands of dollars.

If you believe your contract is being violated, do not hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center. Staff are available from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!” 

Workers at Willow Tree Healthcare Win Strong Wage Increases and Improved Benefits – Beat Subcontracting

Over the last two months, members of SEIU District 1199 at Willow Tree Healthcare in Charles Town, West Virginia, have been working together in unity to bargain a new contract. These health care workers care a great deal about their work and made real gains that will improve pay, staff retention, and quality care. 

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Jason Shriver, an SEIU District 1199 and bargaining committee member, said about the negotiations: “By standing together we were able to secure wage increases, better seniority, and benefits.” Not only that, they “were able to fight off subcontracting and secure our unit as one over the next 3 years.”

The contract they negotiated includes the following wage increases:

• CNA’s will get a $2.00/hr wage increase in year 1 – a 15.4% increase
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LPN’s will get a $1.00/hr wage increase in year 1 – a 4.4% increase
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Dietary, Housekeeping, Laundry, and Maintenance in year 1 – 3.5% increase
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Everyone will get a 2.75% wage increase in years 2 and 3

Workers also won better benefits, stronger contract language, and improved workplace protections. For example:

• Mandation: it was negotiated that workers can now only be mandated 2 times within a period of 30 days.
• Bereavement Leave: the new contract adds one additional day of leave for bereavement of an aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew.
• Vacation Requests: under the contract, vacation requests can be submitted at any time before a work schedule is posted.
• Uniforms: the new contract also includes that additional work uniforms will now be provided.
• Contract Language: enhanced contract language has been added relating to the grievance process and other workplace issues.
• On Call Improvement: going forward, if a member is called into work and arrives within an hour and half, they will be paid from the start of the shift.

The health care workers at the Willow Tree Healthcare Center show the power of collective bargaining and working together as a union. With these improvements, they will be well prepared to continue the work they do each day on behalf of those they serve.

Ohio SEIU 1199 Members Unite and Start Year With Victories

Members with SEIU District 1199 are united for good jobs and quality care. An important benefit of union membership is collective bargaining and the grievance process. Below are some of the recent victories won by health care and public sector members of the union.
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Candlewood Park Healthcare (East Cleveland, Ohio): The dietary workers at Candlewood Park received new uniforms and a $50 shoe allowance after a flood damaged their work clothing.

Spring Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation (Toledo, Ohio): Health care staff at Spring Meadows ratified their first contract with new management at the facility. Additionally, 18 workers at the facility signed PAC cards to contribute to the union’s political work.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (Cleveland, Ohio): A worker at the hospital won his job back after a wrongful termination.

Ivy Woods Manor (North Lima, Ohio): A 30 year employee of Ivy Woods Manor was reinstated with back pay.

Avenue Care and Rehabilitation (Warrensville, Ohio): A worker at Avenue Care worked with the union to get a final warning reduced to a written warning.

Eliza Jennings (Cleveland, Ohio): A worker won pay for a floating holiday that had not been recognized.

Columbus Healthcare Center (Columbus, Ohio): Workers at the Columbus Healthcare Center had been struggling after the heat went out in the break room. After standing united as coworkers and contacting the union, another room was provided by management while repairs are made.

Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, Ohio): After a worker passed away, back pay was secured for the family. 

Portage County Library (Portage County, Ohio): Working with the union, a Portage County Library staff member won back floating holiday hours that were lost improperly. 

To read about more recent victories, check out this post on ResCare and work at the Member Resource Center: “ResCare Members Across Ohio and West Virginia Win Grievances.” 

ResCare Members Work With the MRC to Win Latest Grievances

ResCare members of SEIU District 1199 provide critical care to many individuals with disabilities across West Virginia and Ohio. The Member Resource Center, which opened in August 2017,  provides enhanced representation and has achieved many victories over the last few months. The staff with the MRC report additional victories achieved over the last week. 

Nicholas County (WV): A member took paid time off totaling 19.78 hours but was not paid for the time. She contacted the MRC in late August and was not able to get informal resolution. Working with MRC contract and arbitration staff, the member filed a grievance. With resistance from the employer, it escalated to mediation where the member reached successful resolution. ResCare agreed to settle the grievance and pay the $296.70 that was owed. 

Franklin County (OH): A member and direct support professional had worked at ResCare for a decade. After he graduated with an LPN nursing degree, ResCare did not place him for an LPN position and said that he lacked experience. The Member Resource Center worked with the member to file a “non-selection” grievance within the same day. After just 9 days, the grievance was settled and ResCare agreed to promote the member. 

Wood County (WV): A member was due 95 hours of overtime that had been owed since July 2017. The member had tried to resolve the issue for nearly 6 months. After contacting the Member Resource Center, a grievance was filed within the same day. Within 20 days the issue was solved with a payment issued to the member. 

The Member Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 8PM. If you believe your contract is being violated at work, do not hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!” 

Member With State of Ohio DMHAS Agency Gets Longevity Back Pay

A member of SEIU District 1199 with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services recently discovered that she had experience that should have counted towards longevity in determining her pay rate. After attempting to resolve the issue on her own, she contacted the Member Resource Center, which helped file a grievance.

Through the grievance process and with documentation and research by MRC staff, the agency granted the grievance. The members experience is now recognized by the agency. Additionally, with successful resolution to the grievance, the member was paid $550 in back pay. 

If you believe your rights or contract are being violated at work, contact the Member Resource Center for assistance. The Member Resource Center is open each Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 8:00PM. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!” 

Crestwood Care Center Nursing Home Workers Unify to Win Raise

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Health care workers with the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby, Ohio, recently successfully bargained a raise during a contract re-opener. These dedicated workers show the power of unity and provide essential care to residents at the facility. During negotiations, the workers brought a unified approach and shared their collective voice with officials from CommuniCare. 

Members of SEIU District 11199 at the facility will receive a 2% raise in 2018 and another 2% raise in 2019. Even members whose wages are capped, will receive the 2% raise each year. Congratulations!

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! 

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.

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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.