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.

SEIU Convention Delegation Elections

Elections regarding the 2020 SEIU Convention will take place throughout the month of January. All elections will be conducted by secret ballot. Members presenting proper identification may vote at any of the voting sites across the District. 

Voting will be held in the Union’s Columbus, Cleveland, and Huntington Offices, as noted on the schedule. A list with all voting times and locations is available here

Cabell Huntington Hospital RNs – Update on Negotiations

Congratulations to all newly elected negotiating committee members listed below. The negotiating committee training will be held on Friday, January 10th at the IBEW Union Hall from 10:00am to 4:00pm. 

What: RN Negotiating Committee Training 
When: Friday, January 10th from 10:00am to 4:00pm
Where: IBEW Union Hall at 1848 Madison Ave, Huntington, West Virginia 25704

Together We Rise! All committee members must attend this training. 

We have also confirmed two additional dates for negotiations on March 4th and March 5th. Please add those to your calendars.

2 North East
Laura Lambert

2 North West
Jessica Martin

2 South
Kim Diamond

2North Ortho
Christina Petrie
Karen Peterman

Denise Johnson

4 South
Pam Waugh

4 South Tower
Tamara Ross

4N Medical Nursing
Leslie Crockett
Amanda Elkins

5S Pediatrics
Regina Woodrum
Candie Armstrong (Alternate)

Burn Trauma
Jack Butcher

Clinical Resource Management
Tara Arrowood

ECCC-Radiation Oncology
Rebecca Russell

ECC- Adult Infusion
Kathyrn Barbour

Emergency Department
Joe Browning

Gina Eldridge

Float Pool Critical Care
Stacy Bias

Float Pool Med Surge
Chris Callicoat

Float Pool Peri- Natal
Deanna Donahoe
Tina Smith

Erin Johnson
Missy Plymale

Derek Bradley
Shana James

Neonatal Therapeutic Unit
Pat Boswell

Madea McGuire
Sherry Gilkerson
Kerri Blankenship (alternate)

Home Health
Jennifer Rollins

Operating Room
Holly Bragg
Gretta Harbour
Angela Smith (Alternate)
Lisa Greiner  (Alternate)

Outpatient Surgery
Brenda Martin

Gail Adkins

Dave Jenkins
Melanie Chapman

Nurse Practioners
Amanda Kish
Betty Dillon

Interventional Radiology
Brandi Butcher
Surgery Center
Caitlyn Chapman

Sepsis Program
Lauri Martinich

We Rise – Update Your Membership

An updated membership helps to ensure that our chapters and Union remain strong. We are stronger together.

Sign a Membership Card
The membership form is available online.  Membership also provides access to the Union’s benefit programs, a free community college benefit, an annual scholarship program, and more. 

Visit the membership form online to submit a new membership or update/renew. 

Solidarity News – December 2019

Solidarity Newsletter Cleveland Community School District Member Wins Grievance Over Work Distribution. A member with the CMSD was having difficulty at work with the way assignments were being distributed in regards to heavy shipments of frozen food items. She worked with the Union to file a grievance. As a result of the grievance, the school district agreed to follow up with the area supervisor and affected employees to make sure that work was distributed equally.

Dedicated Member With ResCare in West Virginia Returns to Work. A member in Kanawha County who works for ResCare (“BrightSpring”) believed he had been improperly terminated and worked with the Union to file a grievance. Through this process, the member was awarded his job back. He received 5 weeks of back pay and restoration of PTO time and seniority.

Job Dismissal Overturned After Grievance. A highly dedicated member had worked for a hospital in Southern Ohio for nearly 20 years. The member was dismissed from their position due to a claim of absenteeism and tardiness. Through the grievance process, the member showed that the absences were due to circumstances that fit within an exception in the attendance policy. 

Member With St. Vincent Charity Medical Center Receives Settlement. A member with St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland was dismissed. While Ohio is generally an “at-will” employment state, the Union contract meant that the employer had to show “just cause.” Though the Union was prepared to take the case to mediation, the employer proposed a $3,000 settlement, which was mutually agreeable to both parties.

Mercy Regional Medical Center Member Awarded Full-Time Position. A member with MRMC in Lorain, Ohio, had been working full-time hours as a PRN for three years with no benefits or offer for a full-time position. The member worked with the Union to file a grievance and was quickly hired into a full-time position in a favorable outcome. 

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. Last month, Union Plus announced a new college program with Central State University in Dayton, Ohio, which is a benefit available for members and eligible family members. For details visit: seiu1199.org/mrc/your-benefits-as-a-member

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!”

Members With Fairmont Regional Medical Center Give Donations to Local Charities

John Hindman FRMC Donation
(Photo Credit: John Mark Shaver – The Exponent Telegram

This year, instead of receiving holiday candy, SEIU District 1199 members with Fairmont Regional Medical Center gave $600 to Soup Opera and $600 to Union Mission. The hospital is located in Fairmont, West Virginia, and both of these non-profit groups help individuals in the local area.

Pictured above are John Hindman, an Executive Board Member with SEIU District 1199, Bob Adcock, the CEO of Fairmont Regional Medical Center, and Paul Porter, a Union member and sonographer. Though it is the holiday season, the hospital is vital to the region and members with the hospital work on behalf of the public every day. 

As reported by The Exponent Telegram, “It’s great for us to do this, because it’s about sharing and caring,” Hindman said. “That’s what we do here at Fairmont Regional. We care about the community and we share. It’s very important that we share this time of year because it’s the time of year where you need to share and help people out.”

“Instead of a $4 or $5 box of candy, $1,200 does a lot more for the community,” Hindman said. “With all of our members together pooling that money, it’s great. It does a great deal for the community and helps them out. I’m proud of all of my coworkers and union members, and there’s a good working relationship between the management and the union.”

ResCare Contract Vote Schedule

Full details on the proposed contract will be available for members at each location prior to voting. You can vote at any location or date/time listed at this link

College Programs for Union Members

SEIU District 1199 offers discounts for members and eligible family members through arrangements with colleges. These programs include a range of benefits with Columbia Southern University, Southern New Hampshire University, Central State University, and Eastern Gateway Community College. 

Membership with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH provides access to the member benefit programs detailed below. You can sign a membership card online at this link.

Free College Benefit SEIU District 1199
Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community CollegeEastern Gateway offers a free Associate’s Degree college benefit for members and retirees, in addition to eligible family members. 

Ohio’s Central State University. Union Plus, one of your Union’s member benefit programs, has partnered with Central State University in Dayton, Ohio. Central State University is now offering a program for Bachelor’s Degrees for members and eligible family members. This program is available online at a reduced cost or low/no cost (e.g. depending on grants). The program is open to students with an Associate’s Degree or 60 credit hours of coursework in a related major. Additionally, students who have a degree from Eastern Gateway Community College can now transfer into the Bachelor’s Degree program at Central State University. 

Southern New Hampshire UniversitySNHU offers Bachelor’s Degrees and Associate’s Degrees for $3,000 a year for members and eligible family members.

Columbia Southern UniversityColumbia Southern offers Associate’s Degrees, Bachelor’s Degrees, Mater’s Degrees, and Doctoral Degrees. SEIU District 1199 has a tuition discount agreement for members. 

If you need assistance with your member benefits, you can always contract the Member Resource Center. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

Breaking News: Nearly 1,000 Nurses Vote to Organize with SEIU at Cabell Huntington Hospital

By a majority vote, the Registered Nurses of Huntington’s fourth-largest employer say YES to their Union.

HUNTINGTON, WV – Tonight, nearly 1,000 Registered Nurses will have the ability to negotiate with Cabell Huntington Hospital for safe staffing and improved patient care after voting to organize their Union with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 WV/KY/OH.  With one of the biggest organizing victories since West Virginia became a Right-to-Work state, nurses are sending a resounding message to working people across West Virginia that forming a Union is the best way to shift the balance of power away from corporations and toward the people.

“This is a great day for the Registered Nurses of Cabell Huntington Hospital as well as a great day for our community,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “The nurses in our community know by uniting together, we can stand up for our patients, our families, and our community.”

Tonight’s victory for the Registered Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital comes just a little over a month after notifying their employer of the intent to organize in early October. The nurses decided to organize with the SEIU after hospital executives refused to address their concerns about short staffing and mandatory overtime, including in vital areas of the hospital like the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  

“My co-workers and I know the best way to advocate for our patients and support our families is through our Union,” said Stacey Bias, a Critical Care Float Nurse at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “We look forward to sitting down with hospital executives to negotiate a Union contract that allows us to better care of our families and the families of our community.”

For over 40 years, Registered Nurses have worked side-by-side with SEIU members in every area of Cabell Huntington Hospital. Now, with the addition of nearly 1,000 registered nurses, workers will have a stronger voice.

“By coming together and organizing their Union, the dedicated nurses who provide essential, compassionate healthcare are determined to hold hospital executives accountable to the community,” continued Gibson.

CHH Nurses Say Union YES

Veterans Day 2019 – Thank You

We thank all veterans for their dedication to our country. On Behalf of SEIU District 1199 and our staff, thank you to all veterans and their families for your service and sacrifice. If you are a member and a veteran, please join our new SEIU District 1199 Veterans Council

Disgusted with Distractions from Quality Care, RNs At Cabell Huntington Hospital Call Out Aggressive, Anti-Union Tactics

Registered Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital are fed up with management pulling caregivers away from patients to dissuade them from uniting for a voice on patient safety and quality care.

HUNTINGTON, WV – Today, Registered Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital will hold a press conference outside of the Hoops Family Children’s Hospital entrance to call on hospital executives and managers to stop their aggressive, anti-Union campaign that is pulling caregivers away from their patients. Nurses from all areas of the hospital, including critical care areas like ICU and NICU, have been forced into captive audience meetings with department managers and other executives on work time when they should have been providing quality care to patients.

“The Registered Nurses of Cabell Huntington Hospital care deeply about the health, wellness and safety of their patients,” said Sherri McKinney, spokesperson for the Nurses Organizing Campaign at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “These women and men wake up every day to provide the best quality care possible to the patients of our community, but the aggressive, anti-Union tactics by management are taking them away from their ability to do their jobs.”

Captive audience meetings are an aggressive tool used by hospital executives and managers under the advisement of their Union-busting consultants to pressure employees to pledge their allegiance to their employer, rather than what is in the best interest of the employee, their family or the patients that they serve.

Despite the registered nurses attending the latest Board of Directors meeting asking for them to intervene, hospital managers continue to pull nurses away from their patients.

These tactics come as an overwhelming majority of the more than 900 registered nurses at the hospital notified Cabell Huntington executives of their decision to organize with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH after drastic changes in the operation of the hospital were announced by Mountain Health, the new parent company of both Cabell Huntington Hospital and St. Mary’s Medical Center.

“By uniting together in their Union with SEIU, nurses will have a collective voice on the issues that impact their families and the care they provide our community,” continued McKinney. “Cabell executives and managers should allow our nurses to provide the care they are sworn to provide without distraction, intimidation or coercion by anyone.”

Registered Nurses and SEIU leaders will hold a brief press availability at 3:45 pm on Wednesday, November 6th, in front of Hoops Family Children’s Hospital entrance of Cabell Huntington Hospital, 1340 Hal Greer Boulevard Huntington, WV 25701.

WHO: Registered Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital
WHAT: Press Conference Against Aggressive, Anti-Union Tactics
WHEN: Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 3:45pm
WHERE: Hoops Family Children’s Hospital entrance of Cabell Huntington Hospital, 1340 Hal Greer Boulevard Huntington, West Virginia 25701

Contract Ratified at KDMC in Ashland

Last week, members with Kings Daughter’s Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky, voted to ratify a 2-year contract extension. This extension has benefits, which include a 3% wage increase in the first year, a 3% increase in the wage scale, a $200 contract ratification bonus, improved contract language, and a 2.5% retirement match in the first year. Wages and insurance will re-open for further negotiations next year.

2019 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Winners!

Ian Quillen
Child of Carolyn Quillen
Kings Daughters Medical Center

Alex Butcher
Child of Amy Butcher
Cabell Huntington Hospital

Kacey Gilkerson
Child of Sabrina Gilkerson
Cabell Huntington Hospital

Richard McMillion
Child of Ruth McMillion
Seneca Health Services

Derek Stevens
Spouse of Rachel Stevens
Fairmont Regional Medical Center

Nicholas Amanatides
Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services

David Barbutes
Child of Colleen Barbutes
Trumbull Regional Medical Center

Suzy Bangudi
Child of Brigitte Bangudi
Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corrections

Brittany Carrasco
Mercy Hospital Springfield

Kayla Chappell
Child of Tiffany Jones
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Dwayne Gullatte
Child of Robin Bennie
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Comp

Kevin Haller
Child of Maryanne Haller
Cuyahoga County Public Library

Kasey Hunt
Child of Samantha Chamberlain
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Zoe Katz
Child of Jodi Katz
Bellefaire JCB

Griffin Kennedy
Child of Tim Kennedy
Cuyahoga Community College

Bobby Mounts
Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corrections

Shahid Muhammad
Child of Kasey Hall
Cincinnati State

Melissa Mulinix
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

William Nagy II
Child of William Nagy
Ohio Department of Health

Patrick Olabode
Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corrections

Ben Zhang
Child of Hongbo Zhu
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services


2020 SEIU Convention Delegation Elections

This is the official notice of the election to be conducted for Delegates to the SEIU Convention, which will be held April 22–27, 2020 in Chicago.

The following procedure was adopted by the SEIU District 1199 Executive Board, in accordance with the SEIU Constitution, at its meeting on October 25, 2019.

SEIU District 1199 will be sending a delegation of 20 Delegates. Any member in good standing can be a candidate.

To be placed on the ballot, a member must submit to the designated Election Officer a nominating petition signed by at least 25 members in good standing. Petitions will be made available through the Union’s offices, or a member may create her/his own petition by writing the words, “We, the undersigned, nominate __________________________ (name) to be a Delegate to the 2020 SEIU Convention”. (Click here to download a petition.)

Petitions containing original signatures must be received by the Election Officer on or before December 16, 2019 at the following address. Faxed or electronic copies will NOT be accepted.

Mary Jo Ivan, Election Officer SEIU District 1199
1395 Dublin Road Columbus, Ohio 43215

The Election Officer must be notified by the December 16, 2019 petition return date of any candidate wishing to run as a slate, and of the designation (name) of the slate.

Elections will take place during the month of January, 2020. All elections will be by secret ballot. Members presenting proper identification may vote at any of the voting sites across the District. Voting times will also be available in the Union’s Columbus, Cleveland and Huntington Offices. (Click here to download the election schedule.)

Results will be posted on the Union’s website at www.seiu1199.org.

SEIU District 1199 Members With Harper Mills Hold Vigil in Beckley, West Virginia

beckleyBECKLEY, WEST VIRGINIA – Today, over 60 community members gathered at Harper Mills, a Stonerise Healthcare facility in Beckley. In attendance, were members of SEIU District 1199 who work at the facility and in the community, local supporters, and members of the United Mine Workers of America, among others.

Clyde McKnight, the Former President of the South Central Labor Council, held an opening prayer. He also expressed hope that Stonerise Healthcare would honor the contract that had been mutually agreed upon.

“We continue to ask Stonerise Healthcare to act in good faith and honor the contract,” said Leigh Ann Day, a Coordinator with SEIU District 1199. “A long-time Union member leader at the facility was recently terminated, even though she has been an exemplary employee. She served the residents of our community for 26 years,” she continued.  

Members who work at Harper Mills care greatly about their work and many spend long hours at the facility. The Union and members at the facility are asking Stonerise Healthcare to uphold the contract and make improvements. Staffing and quality care remain issues of concern.

Contact | Leigh Ann Day, Coordinator for SEIU District 1199 | 304-634-8720 | 

SEIU Members Endorse Andy Beshear for Governor of Kentucky

Solidarity Newsletter – October 2019

solidarity 2Member News and Grievance Victories

Hudson Elms Member Successfully Appeals Suspension. A member with the Hudson Elms nursing home in Hudson, Ohio, was wrongfully suspended. The member contacted their Executive Board Member and the Union to file a grievance. Showing the power of standing together, the suspension was overturned and the member returned to work with back pay.

Favorable Arbitration Ruling for Cabell Huntington Hospital Member. A dedicated member and healthcare worker in Huntington, West Virginia, recently returned to work with full back pay and compensation, after being improperly terminated two years ago.

Member at Cleveland Healthcare Facility Back at Work. A member in Cleveland who worked for Morrison Community Living, a contractor for Judson Manor, had been on the job for 19 years before being terminated. Over the summer, his co-workers greeted him enthusiastically after he returned to work after almost 7 months off. The member was terminated without a fair and impartial review, especially given his spotless work record and years of service. Standing with the Union, the member received full back pay and compensation for denied benefits.

Nursing Home Member Negotiates Settlement. A member with a facility in Ohio believed they had been wrongfully terminated. The member worked with their delegate and the Union to file a grievance. The employer agreed to grant compensation and a neutral letter of reference.

● Grievance by Member in West Virginia Results in Additional Staffing. A dedicated member with Fairmont Regional Medical Center in West Virginia had concerns about staffing levels for her unit. She contacted the Union and joined with a co-worker to file a grievance. As a result, administrators took quick action and placed two job postings for the unit.

● Member With Cleveland School District Negotiates Settlement After Grievance Over Overtime. A member with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District worked with the Union to file a grievance, which had a successful outcome. In a settlement, CMSD agreed to make an extra effort to contact members to ensure that they would be notified for overtime opportunities.

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!”

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BrightSpring ResCare Bargaining Update and Member Newsletter

ResCare Bargaining Update 9.4.19
The Bargaining Committee and BrightSpring Members Stand United

We are stronger together. Over the last year, Union members with BrightSpring “ResCare” have stood together to win countless grievances, provide the best possible client care, and defend the contract.

We are also in the middle of a very important bargaining campaign – it is critical that we stand together and support the negotiating committee. We have already fought back successfully against proposed concessions from management in several areas. The member negotiating committee heads back to the table on October 1st and October 2nd to continue with economics, such as wages, insurance, mileage, and vacation time.

We need members to wear purple each Friday. Text photos of your work groups showing solidarity to Administrative Organizer Greg Haddox at (740) 606 – 0772.

Bargaining Update for BrightSpring “ResCare” Members

• The Union has proposed a living wage with a path to $15 and is holding firm.

• The Company has agreed to give the Union a 30-day notice if it intends to subcontract and provide the name and contact information for the subcontractor.

• The Union has rejected the company’s full economic package that only includes a $0.25 increase for Ohio workers and a 1% increase for West Virginia workers. The company has also proposed a starting rate of $9.15 an hour with benefits or $9.65 with PILOB. The Union still has increases for shift and  weekend differentials, and medication delegation, on the table.

• The Union fought back and maintained current language in regards to recognition.

• The Union won an increase in the time for Union orientation from 30 minutes to 1 hour.

• The Union fought back to maintain the 90 day probationary period. The employer wanted 180 days.

• The Union fought back and successfully maintained our health and safety language.

• The Union fought back to keep organizer access with 24 hour notice to facilities and 48 hour notice for meeting space at core offices.

• Wages and other economic benefits are on the table for the next session. Management wants to take away your legal right to file claims against them in court over civil rights, discrimination, and all other protected rights and wants you to grieve and arbitrate these issues. The Union is fighting back.

SEIU Members & Appalachian Regional Healthcare Reach Agreement on Highlands Regional Medical Center

PRESTONSBURG, KENTUCKY – SEIU District 1199 and Appalachian Regional Healthcare have collaboratively reached a recognition and contract assumption agreement for Union members who work at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. SEIU District 1199 represents over 250 workers with Highlands Regional Medical Center and has represented members at the hospital since the 1980’s. As of August 1, Highlands Regional Medical Center is now a part of the ARH system.

While the full details of the agreement are confidential, the parties worked hard to ensure that a fair and equitable agreement was reached. The agreement offers improved healthcare coverage for bargaining unit members at the hospital with 100% paid in-network coverage. The agreement also recognizes the seniority of the hospital’s dedicated unionized employees and will carry-over accrued personal time, sick leave, and vacation time.

“This agreement will reward the hard work our members do, and it shows that negotiations conducted in good faith can lead to a contract that is beneficial for workers, the hospital, and the community,” said Joyce Gibson, West Virginia and Kentucky Healthcare Division Director for the Service Employees International Union District 1199.  “By standing together, our members were able to improve benefits, provide union security and preserve quality care and services for our patients and visitors. We thank Appalachian Regional Healthcare for their commitment to this important hospital and the provision of quality care.”

CONTACT | Joyce Gibson, West Virginia / Kentucky Healthcare Division Director for the Service Employees International Union District 1199 | Phone: 877-419-7348.