WV/KY Healthcare

SEIU District 1199’s West Virginia and Kentucky Healthcare division represents nearly 7,000 workers. These fields include hospitals, nursing homes, community action agencies, clinics, councils on aging, Head Start, mental health, and blood services including the Red Cross.

Free College Programs for Union Members

Members with SEIU District 1199 now have more options for free college programs. Members and their eligible family members can utilize programs with Eastern Gateway Community College and Central State University, which are both a part of the State of Ohio’s higher education system. There’s no cost for tuition, fees, or e-books. These programs are available anywhere and are regionally accredited

Once a student has 60 credit hours, they can transfer to Central State University to earn a bachelor’s degree in the degree programs listed. This benefit is open to members in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. 

There will be three informational sessions over Zoom for members with SEIU District 1199 in coordination with Eastern Gateway Community College. We have heard from many members that this program may be especially beneficial now.

Register for an SEIU informational session:     
 Monday, July 20 @ 10:00 AM EST (Register)
 Tuesday, July 21 @ 3:00 PM EST (Register)
 Wednesday, July 22 @ 7:00 PM EST (Register)

Though we can’t ensure that you will be able to register in time, if you are not a member of SEIU District 1199, you can sign a membership card online. Eastern Gateway Community College has offered guidance that furloughed or laid off union members and their families are also eligible.

In Solidarity, 

Becky Williams President 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Cabell Huntington Hospital RNs & Technical Workers Speak Out – Contract Negotiations With Hospital Executives Continue

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Nurses, technical workers, hospital service workers, and members of the public, joined together to call on Cabell Huntington Hospital executives to negotiate a fair contract in good faith. Workers say that in recent negotiations, their concerns about patient care, in addition to wages and benefits, are not being addressed.


For Release: Wednesday, July 8th, 2020. 

Press Contact: Joyce Gibson, jgibson@seiu1199.org, 304-654-0824.


Huntington, West Virginia – Yesterday, nurses and technical workers with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH at Cabell Huntington Hospital stood united for a fair contract. Workers state that in negotiations with hospital executives, their concerns are not being addressed. A press event with participants wearing masks and practicing social distancing was held outside on Tuesday, July 7th at 7:30pm on Hal Greer Boulevard adjacent to Cabell Huntington Hospital.


In negotiations, nurses say that hospital executives have offered no wage increases and have proposed decreased starting wage rates for nurses and technical workers. Additionally, extreme healthcare costs have been imposed on workers at the hospital. Furthermore, nurses say that they continue to work short staffed and that safe staffing is integral to quality care.


“Workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital were heroes in our community long before this pandemic,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “They are standing together and speaking out because they know how important it is that they have a voice on the job – safe hospital staffing saves lives,” Gibson continued. 


In 2018, Cabell Huntington Hospital acquired St. Mary’s Medical Center in a $165M transaction. In 2020, Cabell Huntington Hospital received $46,209,463 in funding under the Cares Act and St. Mary’s Medical Center was issued $25,221,816. Additionally, amid the COVID19 pandemic, in May 2020, St. Mary’s Medical Center submitted documents to the State of West Virginia Health Care Authority that indicated that they planned to spend over $10M to acquire the Huntington Internal Medicine Group


At the press conference workers shared firsthand details about what has been happening behind the scenes since they voted to unionize. They were joined by local leaders including Delegate Sean Hornbuckle, Jeanette Rowsey who is running for the West Virginia House of Delegates in District 17, Dakota Nelson who is a candidate for the West Virginia House of Delegates in District 16, and Hillary Turner who is running for the U.S. Congress in West Virginia’s Third District. “The nurses and technical workers and the people of this region deserve better. We ask hospital executives with Cabell Huntington Hospital to offer a fair and equitable contract and that they hear the voices of these nurses and technical workers as they speak out in regards to quality care,” Gibson concluded.  


SEIU District 1199 has represented workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital for over 40 years. In the largest victory since West Virginia became a “right-to-work” state, nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital joined SEIU District 1199 in November 2019. Technical workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital joined SEIU District 1199 in February 2020.

“Huntington nurses, technical workers raise contract concerns.” (WOWK TV)

District Officers & Executive Board Election Schedule, Candidates & Proposed By-Laws Change

Social Justice Committee Elections

Greetings Sisters and Brothers,

The nomination process for the Social Justice Steering Committee has now closed. A listing with all candidates can be found at this link

All members in good standing, including retiree chapter members, are encouraged to participate and attend the bi-annual Social Justice Activist meetings. If you have questions, please contact me at (216) 246-8772.

In Solidarity,

Samara Knight – Executive Vice President
Civic Engagement and Community Outreach

Take Action – Nursing Home Workers Need Safe Staffing, PPE & Fair Wages

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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.

Standing United for a Fair Contract at Highlands ARH (Video)

CHH RN and Tech Unit Press Conference in Huntington, West Virginia

Hospital workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital work every day to provide the best possible quality care. Yet, while negotiating a first contract with hospital executives and management, CHH nurses and technical workers have been met with resistance, excuses, and delay.

SEIU RN & Tech Unit Press Conference
The Front of Cabell Huntington Hospital at Hal Greer Boulevard
Huntington, West Virginia 25701
Tuesday, July 7th at 7:30 PM

Though Cabell Huntington Hospital received $46,209,463 in Cares Act funding & St. Mary’s Medical Center was issued $25,221,816, workers at the hospital haven’t seen any hero pay. 

Join with us for this press event as we share news on Cabell Huntington Hospital’s approach to negotiations and speak out for good union jobs and quality care. 

Highlands ARH Members Unite for a Fair Contract

Basic Grievance Chair Training in Columbus, Ohio


United for Good Jobs & Quality Care

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Last week, members held vigils in six cities to remember nursing home residents and staff members that have lost their lives in the COVID19 pandemic. To stand with your co-workers and to have a Union means to have a powerful voice. I want to share with you some of the important moments.

• West Virginia members in Huntington were interviewed by TV stations, including WOWK, and discussed the need for greater quality of care and hazard pay.
• In Cincinnati, Executive Board Member Kay Bishop, who works at Harrison Pavilion, called for more support for nursing home workers and additional protective equipment in an interview with TV News 12.
 Brenda Rushton, a member leader, and nursing home workers in Youngstown, Ohio, joined together with local leaders, to discuss their need for safe staffing, protective equipment, and higher wages.
• In Cleveland, members spoke out about the challenges at their facilities, including the tragic loss of a beloved co-worker to COVID19. 
• Nursing home members in Pomeroy, Ohio, held a vigil that was covered in an article in the Daily Sentinel as they spoke out about the needs of nursing home workers during this crisis and after.
• Finally, in Toledo, members such as Gwendolyn Powell, a dietary aide, gathered at One Government Center, to call on political leaders to take action to improve working conditions for all nursing home workers.

Our Union unites working people from different backgrounds and many places to speak out about the issues that are important to our families. Members are taking action for the changes that they need for themselves, their co-workers, and those for whom they provide care. One thing that all nursing home workers can do right now is to take action by sending a letter to legislative leaders about the need for the changes highlighted at the vigils last week – send a letter today here.

If you need immediate assistance, you can always contact your Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348.

In Solidarity,

Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Nursing Home Worker Vigils – June 18th

Addressing the needs of nursing home workers – Black, white, and brown – on the frontlines requires us to move beyond business as usual and come together as a nation. Our government must act with urgency.

On Thursday, June 18th, at 4PM, nursing home workers will stand together in multiple cities to reflect on lives lost and speak out for badly needed policy reforms and industry changes. Workers, local leaders, and community members will begin to gather at 3:30pm. Candlelight vigils will be held at the following locations:

Cleveland City Hall
601 Lakeside Avenue East   
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Cincinnati City Hall
801 Plum Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Huntington City Hall
800 5th Avenue
Huntington, West Virginia 25701
Pomeroy Village Hall
660 East Main Street
Pomeroy, Ohio 45769
Toledo City Hall
640 Jackson Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Youngstown City Hall
26 South Phelps Street 
Youngstown, Ohio 44503

Together, we will speak out for worker protections and quality care. 

2020 Member Scholarship Program

2014_SEIU1199_ScholarshipVerticalBannerWho is eligible?
All SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH members in good standing and their immediate family members are eligible.

What are the requirements?
You must have been accepted or currently enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year educational institution or technical school and actively enrolled in a degree, post bachelor’s degree or certification program.
You must be enrolled for a minimum of five (5) credit hours in a course required or related to the degree or certification.
You and your immediate family member(s) are eligible if you have been a member in good standing of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH for at least two years prior to the application deadline.

How do I apply?
Complete scholarship eligibility criteria, requirements, and applications:

• SEIU 1199 Scholarship Form
 SEIU 1199 Scholarship FAQ

Members may also obtain an application packet including eligibility criteria information and an application by calling the Member Resource Center hotline at 1-877-419-SEIU (7348).

The application process is now open for 2020. The deadline for applications is September 1st. 

Scholarship Recipient List – 2019
 Scholarship Recipient List – 2018
 Sign a Membership Card (must be a member in good standing for 2 years)

Applications may be submitted by email to scholarships@seiu1199.org or by mail to:

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Member Resource Center
Attention: Scholarships
1395 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215

2020 District Officer and Executive Board Elections: Announcement of Election Results by Acclamation

2020 District Officer and Executive Board Elections: Announcement of Election Results by Acclamation. The announcement is available here
• Contested Elections. 
A contested position is a position in which the number of nominees for the position(s) exceeded the number of available position(s). The list of eligible candidates for contested positions is available at this link.

A list of candidates and schedule of election will be mailed to all members in early July.

Delegate Trainings – Central Ohio, Southern Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky


Update – Cabell Huntington Hospital System $10M+ Aquisition of HIMG

Basic Grievance Chair Training in Cleveland

What do I need to know to be an effective Delegate? What is just cause for discipline and what standards does the boss have to meet? How do I prepare a case? Learn how to win at work! 

The Basic Grievance Chair Training is designed for Grievance Chairs, Delegates, and Executive Board Members. Face coverings or masks will be required. Social distancing guidelines will be applied. The meeting space will be sanitized. 

Location: SEIU District 1199 Office at 13000 Shaker Boulevard in Cleveland
Date: Wednesday, June 17th, 2020
Time: 10:00am – 4:30pm

Please bring a copy of your union contract. Contact your administrative organizer for lost time eligibility. Register online with the form on this page or with your organizer by phone or email. Registration for this event has now closed. We are stronger together.

Nursing Home Worker Survey

As nursing home workers, you provide critical health care, services, and support. Nursing home workers from all backgrounds – black, white, and brown – care deeply about their work. Yet, as the current pandemic has shown again, our long-term care system is broken with poor staffing levels, serious quality care issues, a lack of PPE, and low wages.

Much of our nursing home system is motivated by the need for corporate profits, not quality care and worker protections. I understand that there are so many challenges right now. It is more important than ever that we stand together.

We are asking all nursing home members to complete this survey about what you have experienced so far during the pandemic. Together, we will keep fighting for the important changes that nursing home workers need for themselves, their families, and the residents for whom you provide care.

In Solidarity,

Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Cabell Huntington Hospital Workers Outraged by New Plan to Acquire Local Medical Group

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
For more information, contact: Joyce Gibson, jgibson@seiu1199.org, 877-419-7348.

Health care workers demand Mountain Health Network and Cabell Huntington Hospital invest in patient care and frontline workers.  

Huntington, West Virginia – Today, hospital workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital expressed disbelief after local hospital officials announced plans to acquire the Huntington Internal Medicine Group (HIMG), a health care provider. In 2018, Cabell Huntington Hospital acquired St. Mary’s Medical Center in a $165M transaction.

The acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center raised concern about the potential for anti-competitive business practices and robust dialogue about whether such a merger would serve the interests of health care consumers in the local area. Then, following the merger, both hospitals cut health care benefits for non-union workers. While health care workers are serving heroically, hundreds of health care professionals have also been furloughed or had a reduction in work hours due to the COVID19 pandemic.

In a Certificate of Need (CON) letter of intent that was filed with the West Virginia Health Care Authority on May 19th, it was announced that St. Mary’s Medical Center plans for over $10M in capital expenditures related to the acquisition of a local ambulatory care provider.

“The position of Cabell Huntington Hospital has been that they must cut benefits due to a lack of resources. However, just this week, they have announced $10M that they are planning as far as capital expenditures that relate to a voluntary and potentially costly acquisition,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director for SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “Healthcare workers with the system have been concerned about quality care, health benefits, and now furloughs. If resources are short, why are hospital administrators planning $10M in capital improvements for a medical group that is not yet a part of the Cabell Huntington Hospital System,” continued Gibson.

Registered Nurses and technical staff with Cabell Huntington Hospital recently organized with SEIU District 1199 and are currently negotiating their first contract. “The workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital stand united for good jobs and quality care for the patients they serve. These workers are heroes and the care that they provide is critical. Staffing, quality care, and good union jobs for the community, should be of the highest priority and nothing less,” concluded Gibson.