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.
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.
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
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.
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
• LPN’s will get a $1.00/hr wage increase in year 1 – a 4.4% increase
• Dietary, Housekeeping, Laundry, and Maintenance in year 1 – 3.5% increase
• 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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
State of Ohio Workers Win Back Pay For Wrongfully Denied Overtime
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!”
SEIU District 1199 Update: “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”
Three months ago, SEIU District 1199 opened a Member Resource Center to enhance representation for all members of the Union. In this short time, the Member Resource Center has successfully handled a substantial volume of calls, inquiries, and requests for assistance.
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 1199 Ohio Healthcare Members Win Victories and Add to Strong List for 2017
SEIU District 1199 members at four Ohio health care facilities recently won victories that add to a strong list for the year. In addition, wage re-openers, negotiations, mediations, and arbitrations, are ongoing across Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. These and other victories highlight the importance of collective bargaining and workplace unity.
Oak Grove Manor in Mansfield, Ohio, and Autumn Court in Ottawa, Ohio, recently held wage re-openers. The workers at these facilities mobilized and won 2% pay increases for the next two years. They also successfully negotiated improvements to the experience scale for State Tested Nurses Aides.
At New Lebanon Center in Lebanon, Ohio, a worker also contested a wrongful termination. The worker was fortunate to have a calm and determined Union co-worker at their side in first chair during the mediation. The outcome was an $8,000 settlement and the termination was changed to a resignation.
A worker with ResCare in Gallia County, Ohio, was put on administrative leave in October as a result of an unfounded allegation. Through the grievance process, the member is receiving back pay for all three days of administrative leave and having documentation of the incident removed from his file. This grievance was filed and won within just 24 days.
If you believe your contract or labor laws are being violated at your workplace, do not delay and contact the SEIU District 1199 Member Resource Center. The Member Resource Center is open from 8:30AM to 8PM every Monday through Friday. Your Member Resource Center has your back!
Reprimand Against State of Ohio Youth Services Worker Changed to Informal Discipline
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.
Zepf Center Workers Win Campaign to Form a Union and Join SEIU District 1199
This week, workers at the Zepf Center in Toledo won their campaign to form a Union and join SEIU District 1199. Workplace morale and quality care were important factors in the Union drive. Employees at the Zepf Center provide critical behavioral health care services and serve individuals from across Lucas County.
After a hard fought campaign to form a Union, over 60 workers in the Zepf Center’s Youth Services Division now have the ability to stand together and bargain a new contract. They join colleagues in the Adult Services Division and with COMPASS who are already members of SEIU District 1199.
Frank Gibbs, a therapist, says that the workers at the Zepf Center have been “empowered for excellence.” He continued that with this victory, the employees in his division have new unity that will help them improve workplace morale and quality care for those that they serve.
Chardon Healthcare Center Worker Defeated Wrongful Termination
Recently, a State Tested Nurse’s Aide with Chardon Healthcare Center, took action with her union and won her job back. After being wrongfully terminated by her employer, the discipline was completely removed from her file.
She received full back pay, job reinstatement, lost benefits, and seniority. “I got my job back and my lost wages,” she said. After three months off, she also got back the ability to continue with the work she cares so much about.
These victories show the power of collective bargaining and the importance of standing together. If your rights are being violated at work or you face discipline or termination in violation of labor law or your contract, contact the Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348.
Congratulations Regina Macklin
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 the Northwestern Healthcare Center Negotiate New Contract
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.