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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!”
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!
Health care workers with Community Support Services in Akron, Ohio, provide behavioral health care services to clients from across Northeast Ohio. Congratulations to the union members at this facility. Members with SEIU District 1199 at this facility recently bargained a fair insurance rate, which had been a continuing issue.
These workers brought a determined and unified approach to the negotiations. They also show the importance unity and standing together for fair wages, benefits, and workplace conditions. United we bargain, divided we beg!
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.
Two State of Ohio employees who are members of SEIU District 1199 recently won back pay for wrongfully denied overtime. State workers are on the front lines of public safety, state programs, and critical services. The grievance process is an important right guaranteed by union membership and collective bargaining.
Employees with the State of Ohio Department of Health worked extra hours during an emergency related to opiate overdose kits. These employees worked extra hours to help notify citizens of potential danger with the kits. After working overtime, pay was denied. They then worked with their delegate to file a grievance and with labor law on their side, the employees were granted back pay for the overtime hours.
If you are a member of SEIU District 1199 and have an issue with your contract or violations of labor law at work, the Member Resource Center is open from 8:30AM to 8PM every Monday through Friday. You can reach the MRC by calling 877-419-7348. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”
Three months ago, SEIU District 1199 opened a Member Resource Center to enhance representation for all members of the Union. In this short time, the Member Resource Center has successfully handled a substantial volume of calls, inquiries, and requests for assistance.
Representatives with the MRC are standing by to assist members with everything from getting a copy of your contract to registering to vote or even to register for a Union event. Efficiency and successful resolution of grievances is a top priority — 125 grievances have been opened and half of those have been resolved with many victories. The Member Resource Center offers added hours and is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM.
The Member Resource Center is in a pilot-phase with full representation for workers with the following units: ResCare (Ohio), and ResCare (West Virginia), the Office of the Ohio Public Defender, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, the Ohio Department of Medicaid, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
If you need assistance with an issue at work, do not hesitate to call the MRC at 877-419-7348. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”
SEIU District 1199 members at four Ohio health care facilities recently won victories that add to a strong list for the year. In addition, wage re-openers, negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations, are ongoing across Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. These and other victories highlight the importance of collective bargaining and workplace unity.
Oak Grove Manor in Mansfield, Ohio, and Autumn Court in Ottawa, Ohio, recently held wage re-openers. The workers at these facilities mobilized and won 2% pay increases for the next two years. They also successfully negotiated improvements to the experience scale for State Tested Nurses Aides.
At New Lebanon Center in Lebanon, Ohio, a worker also contested a wrongful termination. The worker was fortunate to have a calm and determined Union co-worker at their side in first chair during the mediation. The outcome was an $8,000 settlement and the termination was changed to a resignation.
A worker with ResCare in Gallia County, Ohio, was put on administrative leave in October as a result of an unfounded allegation. Through the grievance process, the member is receiving back pay for all three days of administrative leave and having documentation of the incident removed from his file. This grievance was filed and won within just 24 days.
If you believe your contract or labor laws are being violated at your workplace, do not delay and contact the SEIU District 1199 Member Resource Center. The Member Resource Center is open from 8:30AM to 8PM every Monday through Friday. Your Member Resource Center has your back!
Last week, a worker with the State of Ohio had a written reprimand dismissed. This recent case and others show the power of union members when they stand up for their rights.
After receiving a written reprimand, a State of Ohio Department of Youth Services worker contacted the SEIU District 1199 Member Resource Center. Working together with another member leader and an administrative organizer, the union member filed a grievance based on lack of “just cause.” As a result, the written reprimand was changed to a supervisory conference. The written reprimand would have stayed on file for two years but the supervisory conference is not a formal form of discipline.
If you believe your employer is violating labor law or your contact, contact the MRC at 877-419-7348 for assistance with starting the grievance process. Visit the page for the Member Resource Center to learn more.
This week, workers at the Zepf Center in Toledo won their campaign to form a Union and join SEIU District 1199. Workplace morale and quality care were important factors in the Union drive. Employees at the Zepf Center provide critical behavioral health care services and serve individuals from across Lucas County.
After a hard fought campaign to form a Union, over 60 workers in the Zepf Center’s Youth Services Division now have the ability to stand together and bargain a new contract. They join colleagues in the Adult Services Division and with COMPASS who are already members of SEIU District 1199.
Frank Gibbs, a therapist, says that the workers at the Zepf Center have been “empowered for excellence.” He continued that with this victory, the employees in his division have new unity that will help them improve workplace morale and quality care for those that they serve.
Recently, a State Tested Nurse’s Aide with Chardon Healthcare Center, took action with her union and won her job back. After being wrongfully terminated by her employer, the discipline was completely removed from her file.
She received full back pay, job reinstatement, lost benefits, and seniority. “I got my job back and my lost wages,” she said. After three months off, she also got back the ability to continue with the work she cares so much about.
These victories show the power of collective bargaining and the importance of standing together. If your rights are being violated at work or you face discipline or termination in violation of labor law or your contract, contact the Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348.
Congratulations to Cincinnati State member, Regina Macklin. She was unjustly terminated and received her industrial justice. Arbitrator Passmore ruled that the College did not have just cause to terminate Ms. Macklin and ordered that she be returned to work and ordered that she be compensated for all lost monies and benefits. This is the third straight arbitration victory at Cincinnati State for unjustly terminated members and proves that when workers stick together and enforce the just cause provision of their contract, workers can win. Welcome back Regina and congratulations again!!!!
SEIU 1199 members at Nortwestern Healthcare Center won a new contract with added benefits. “There is power in the Union,” a member on the bargaining committee said.
The negotiations showed the importance of collective bargaining. The new contract includes raises, two additional holidays, and reduced mandation time. The workers on the bargaining committee worked hard to bargain a contract that would bring both fair pay and quality care for those they serve.
Mercedes Miller said about the negotiations that they “stuck to the issues that were most important.” Angela Jones continued that they were “adamant about their requests.” “There is power among the Union,” another worker on the bargaining committee concluded.
A worker at Springfield Regional Medical Center recently settled an arbitration with the hospital. As a result, an unjust discipline was removed. This allowed the worker to transfer to a higher paying certified pharmacy position.
If you believe your employer is violating your contract or labor law, contact SEIU District 1199’s Member Resource Center. Your Member Resource Center has your back!
Three Rescare workers in Ohio were recently terminated and worked together with SEIU District 1199 and their administrative organizer to get a favorable resolution. Details on these grievances are included below.
• One worker was reinstated to her job with full seniority. *
• Another worker received a $1,200 settlement, his termination was changed to a resignation, and he was awarded a mutual letter of recommendation from his employer.
• The third worker received a $1,650 settlement, the ability to resign, and an official letter of recommendation.
If you face discipline in violation of your contract at work or if you believe your employer is violating labor law, contact the Member Resource Center for assistance with filing a grievance. Your Member Resource Center has your back!
SEIU District 1199 members at Burlington House ratified what health care members on the bargaining committee say is a “great contract.” The Burlington House is a skilled-nursing facility located in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The contract includes no concessions. Workers also won gains such as non-discrimination language for veterans, 30 minutes of paid union orientation, 30 days notice for successorship, 2 floating holidays, and an extended illness bank. The bargaining committee also successfully negotiated a 2% raise for 2017, 2% in 2018, and 1.5% in 2019.