ASHLAND, KY – Members of the Service Employees International Union in Kentucky are speaking up and taking action against a pair of anti-worker laws proposed by the Republican-controlled state legislature. Working people and their families have seen the devastating impact of so-called “Right to Work” laws in other states and are taking to phone, email and social media to encourage their elected officials to vote no on House Bill 1 (Right to Work) and House Bill 3 (Repeal of Prevailing Wage).
“The tricky-titled “right to work” bill is wrong for Kentucky because it is an unsafe and unfair attack on workers’ rights, good jobs, families and the middle class,” said Krinda Bailey, who works at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. “Right to Work is wrong because it places our everyday heroes, their co-workers and the families and children they serve at risk and it makes it harder to collectively bargain for life-saving equipment, staffing and other safety issues. That’s why my co-workers and I are doing everything we can to urge our elected leaders in Frankfort to vote no on House Bill 1 and House Bill 3.”
“I think that passing a so-called ‘Right-to-Work’ bill is unfair because if you work hard and play by the rules, you should be treated fairly,” said Carol Selvage, who works at Kings’ Daughters Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky. “Politicians shouldn’t attempt to silence the voices of care providers like me to speak up in the workplace by striping our collective bargaining rights.”
“Workers will be intimidated into losing their freedom of speech to point out potential safety issues regarding products, equipment, manufacturing and other problems, which could put our patients and the community at greater risk,” continued Bailey.
“We need good paying jobs for working and middle class people in Kentucky. Communities thrive and grow when Kentuckians have good paying jobs. That is why we are standing up together in opposition to House Bill 1 and House Bill 3,” said Kathy McCormick, Executive Vice President for SEIU District 1199 in Kentucky. “Out-of-touch politicians are trying to deceive voters by saying this is about job creation. They are deceptive, their slogan is tricky, they do not want to play by the rules that have worked for Kentuckians for decades. Right-to-Work is wrong for Kentucky and working people should take action by telling their elected officials to vote no on these disastrous bills.”
In a 2015 report, the Economic Policy Institute found that wages in RTW states are 3.1 percent lower than those in non-RTW states. This translates into RTW being associated with $1,558 lower annual wages for a typical full-time, full-year worker. That report can be found here.
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH is the health care and social service union for West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. District 1199 represents nearly 29,000 healthcare, social service and public sector workers. The union is part of the Service Employees International Union, an organization of 2-million members united by the belief in the dignity and worth of workers and the services they provide and dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families and creating a more just and humane society.
2016 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners – Kentucky
Carter Nursing Home
Heather Quesinberry, daughter of Carter Member GILBERT QUESINBERRY
is the winner of a scholarship !
2016 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners – West Virginia
Cabell Huntington Hospital
Megan Keith, daughter of CHH Member CYNTHIA KEITH is the winner of a scholarship !
Kristen Smith, daughter of CHH Member YVONNE BROOKS is the winner of a scholarship !
Central West Virginia Community Action Council
Kitric Moore, daughter of CWVCAC Member SHAWNA MOORE is the winner of a scholarship !
JOAD HUMPHRIES is the winner of a scholarship !
2016 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners – Ohio
Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Mar-Cel English, son of CMSD Member SABRINA ENGLISH is the winner of a scholarship !
Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Najeeb Hopkins, son of CCBDD Member TRACI DICKERSON is the winner of a scholarship !
Cuyahoga County Public Library
Cassidy Rodano, daughter of CCPL Member STEVEN RODANO is the winner of a scholarship !
Northside Member JODYLYNN ROLLA is the winner of a scholarship !
Ohio State – Adult Parole Authority
Haylee Dunahay, daughter of OS – APA Member ELIZABETH DUNAHAY is the winner of a scholarship !
Ohio State – DODD
Travis Brunton, son of OS – DODD Member Kay Treanor is the winner of a scholarship
Ohio State – Department of Jobs and Family Services
Timothy Jasper, son of OS –ODJFS Member ROBYN JASPER is the winner of a scholarship !
Ohio State – Department of Mental Health
Simran Gill, daughter of OS – DMH Member GURMEET GILL is the winner of a scholarship !
Ohio State – Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
OS –DRC Member ODYNOLA GBENRO-AJIBADE is the winner of a scholarship !
Shaylee Hoey, daughter of OS –DRC Member SHANA HOEY is the winner of a scholarship !
OS –DRC Member CATHERINE JAMES is the winner of a scholarship !
Park Vista Member EUGENIA ELLIS is the winner of a scholarship !
Rescue Member MICHELLE SHELTON is the winner of a scholarship !
Springfield Regional Medical Center
Eugene Hopper, son of SRMC Member TRACY HOPPER is the winner of a scholarship !
Austin Reese, son of SRMC Member SHERI REESE is the winner of a scholarship !
Stark County District Library
Jessica Herstine, daughter of SCDL Member LYNNE HERSTINE is the winner of a scholarship !
Valley Care Labs
Stacia Czifra, daughter of Valley Care Labs Member EVELYN CZIFRA is the winner of a scholarship !
William McMeekan, son of Zepf Member MARY BETH WATKEYS is the winner of a scholarship !
October 21st – 22nd | Crowne Plaza, 600 Metro Place North, Dublin, Ohio 43017
Who can attend? All Executive Board Members, Delegates, Organizing Chairs, PAC Chairs, Grievance Chairs, New Member Orientation Chairs & County Moderators who have been properly elected by August 1st, 2016. Member leaders will not be able to bring additional guests due to limited space and sleeping rooms.
How do I register? Registration forms will be mailed to all eligible leaders the week of September 12th and the deadline to register will be October 7th.
When is the Executive Board Meeting? The SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Executive Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20th – the day before the 2016 Leadership Assembly at the same location.
Who is eligible?
All SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH members in good standing and their immediate family members are eligible.
Final Vote Tally
SEIU 2016 Convention Delegation Election
Elections for the Delegation to the SEIU 2016 Convention were held between March 1 and March 31. The final results are listed below. The Executive Board Caucus Slate will represent SEIU/District 1199 at the Convention in Detroit, Michigan, May 22-24, 2016. Congratulations to all Union Brothers and Sisters who received votes.
Executive Board Caucus Slate – 1049
Becky Williams, President, Delegate
Al Bacon, Secretary-Treasurer, Delegate
Kathy McCormick, Exec. Vice President, Delegate
Frank Hornick, Exec. Vice President, Delegate
Carol Ford, Ohio Private Vice President, Delegate
Pete Hanlon, Ohio State Vice President, Delegate
Debbie Hajzak, Ohio Public Sector Vice Pres., Delegate
Carol Lafferty, West Virginia Vice President, Delegate
Judy Maldonado, RN Vice President, Delegate
Krinda Bailey, Highlands Reg. Med. Ctr., Delegate
Kay Bishop, Harrison Pavilion, Delegate
Lorraine Bradley, CMSD, Delegate
Michele Burk, Cuy. Cty. Bd of DD – Adult Svcs, Delegate
Rhonda Clark, CSS – Mahoning, Delegate
Donald Cottingham, Rescare – WV, Delegate
Mary Jaworski, Ridgewood Manor, Delegate
Eugene Jordan, St. Vincent’s Hosp., Delegate
Steve Kapela, Compass, Delegate
Kimberly Mickles, Liberty West of Toledo, Delegate
Cathy Mockus, Ohio State- Dept. of Health, Delegate
Lynn Radcliffe, Ohio State Retiree Chapter Rep., Delegate
Amy Seibert, Rescare – WV, Delegate
Scherhera Shearer, CMSD, Delegate
Patricia Shepherd, Ivy Woods Manor, Delegate
La’Shan Smith, Cityview Nursing & Rehab. Delegate
Priscilla Spence, SWCAC, Delegate
Linda Stewart, Park Health, Delegate
Vikki Tully, Appalachian Council, Delegate
6 Individual Candidates received votes ranging from 21 votes to 58 votes. For a complete listing of all individual candidate tallies, please contact Mary Jo Ivan, Elections Officer, at 1-800-227-1199.
SEIU/District 1199 Kentucky Vice President Election Results
As provided in the notice of the interim election, as the only candidate submitting the proper amount of signatures, Krinda Bailey has been awarded the position by acclamation.
This is the official notice of the election to be conducted for Delegates to the SEIU Convention which will be held May 22– 24, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan
The following procedure was adopted by the SEIU District 1199 Executive Board, in accordance with the SEIU Constitution, at its meeting on January 21, 2016.
SEIU District 1199 will be sending a delegation of 28 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 2016 SEIU Convention”. Petitions containing original signatures must be received by the Election Officer on or before February 24, 2016 at the following address. Fax or electronic copies will NOT be accepted.
Click here to download the 2016 Delegate Petition.
Mary Jo Ivan, Election Officer
SEIU District 1199
1395 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215
The Election Officer must be notified by the February 24, 2016 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 March, 2016. 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.
Results will be posted on the Union’s website at www.seiu1199.org.
Complete voting schedule can be downloaded by clicking here: FINAL Election Schedule.
SEIU/District 1199 Executive Board Nominations
Nominations are now being accepted for Kentucky Member Vice President
To be a candidate on the ballot, a nominating petition with the signatures of 15 members in good standing must be received in the SEIU 1199 Columbus office, 1395 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43215, Attention: Mary Jo Ivan, by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2016. Nominating petitions are available in the SEIU 1199 Columbus and Huntington offices, from your organizer, or by clicking here. Petitions must contain original signatures – faxed or scanned copies will not be accepted. Voting will take place during the month of March, 2016.
Any dues paying member in good standing who has paid dues for at least one (1) calendar year is eligible to run.
If only one candidate submits the proper amount of signatures, that candidate will be awarded the position by acclamation.
2015 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners – Kentucky
Highlands Regional Medical Center HRMC Member CHARITY STONE is the winner of a scholarship !
2015 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners – West Virginia
Cabell Huntington Hospital Sarah Keith, daughter of CHH Member CYNTHIA KEITH is the winner of a scholarship ! Luke Kelly, son of CHH Member CAROL KELLY is the winner of a scholarship !
Rescare – West Virginia ABEL WOLDEYES is the winner of a scholarship !
Southwestern Community Action Council Robert Reynolds, son of SCAC Member PENNY REYNOLDS is the winner of a scholarship !
2015 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners – Ohio
Cleveland Metropolitan School District Ruby Santiago, daughter of CMSD Member AWILDA MUNIZ-SANTIAGO is the winner of a scholarship !
Cleveland State University Jonathan Durda, son of CSU Member DAPHNE DURDA is the winner of a scholarship !
COMPASS/ZEPF Compass/Zepf Member and Executive Board Member STEVEN KAPELA is the winner of a scholarship !
Cuyahoga Community College Elijah Ali, Stepson of CCC Member MARCUS MATLOCK is the winner of a scholarship ! CCC Member RENEE LAMP is the winner of a scholarship !
Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Adam Zaryk, son of CCBDD Member CHRISTINE ZARYK is the winner of a scholarship !
Lorain County Community Action Agency Alexandra Kowal, daughter of LCCAA Member MELISSA KOWAL is the winner of a scholarship !
Medina County Library Kevin Jedreski, son of MCL Member DEBBIE JEDRESKI is the winner of a scholarship !
Ohio State – Adult Parole Authority Bergan Koch, daughter of OS – APA Member PAUL KOCH is the winner of a scholarship !
Ohio State – Bureau of Workers Compensation OS – BWC Member AMY GOODMAN BROWN is the winner of a scholarship !
Ohio State – Department of Health Gina Skora, daughter of OS –ODH Member SUSAN SKORA is the winner of a scholarship !
Ohio State – Department of Mental Health OS – DMH Member ANIEFLORE DJADEU is the winner of a scholarship ! Bradley Hatten, son of OS – DMH Member ROBYN HATTEN is the winner of a scholarship ! Deborah Taylor, daughter of OS –DMH Member DEBORAH JACKSON is the winner of a scholarship !
Ohio State – Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Hanna Meade, daughter of OS –DRC Member LINDSEY JACOBS is the winner of a scholarship ! Shawn Stricklin, spouse of OS – DRC Member MATTHEW STRICKLIN is the winner of a scholarship !
Valley Care Labs Abigail Riffee, daughter of Valley Care Labs Member MARY RIFFEE is the winner of a scholarship !
Willoughby Eastlake Public Library Khin Aung, daughter of WEPL Member KHIN MYINT is the winner of a scholarship !
If there’s one thing I can’t stand it’s a hypocrite—you know, someone who says one thing and does just the opposite. That seems to be the case with Shannon Cunningham, executive director of the Central West Virginia Community Action Association.
One day… She claims to want to end poverty in West Virginia.
The next day… She continues to try to cut benefits of the workers who provide care for children in this community.
She claims to offer a pathway out of poverty but does not pay a living wage to many of the workers, professionals with degrees in teaching and nutrition, CDL-trained bus drivers and others with special skills.
When it comes to poverty Shannon should practice what she preaches.
Let’s end this hypocrisy. Call Shannon Cunningham at 304-622-4977 and demand that she be fair to those who care for our community’s Head Start children and their families.
SEIU District 1199 is responsible for the content of this ad. Becky Williams, President.
Quality community services could be at risk if an agreement cannot be reached with North Central WV Community Action management.
CLARKSBURG, WV – On Tuesday, September 8th, workers from North Central WV Community Action’s Head Start program will be joined by community, labor and faith leaders at VA Memorial Park in Clarksburg as they pray for peaceful resolution to on-going contract negotiations which have reached a critical point.
“We ask the community to stand with us as we work to strengthen the quality services we provide to Head Start children and their families by bargaining a fair contract that will help us retain and attract quality staff,” said Jason Miller, a Family Coordinator for the Head Start program. “Working together to help children, parents and families reach their goals is our top priority, and having a fair contract will allow us to better advocate for higher quality services.”
North Central WV Community Action has proposed drastic concessions, including taking away earned sick leave and retirement security while only offering wages at near-poverty levels.
“The North Central West Virginia Community Action Association claims to help individuals and families reach their highest levels of social and economic independence by providing a broad range of anti-poverty services and educational resources, but you can’t do that by forcing your workers to live in poverty themselves,” continued Miller.
The prayer vigil will be held on September 8, 2015 at VA Memorial Park in Clarksburg, WV starting at 6:00pm.
If an agreement cannot be reached with management in the interim, Head Start workers have scheduled an informational picket for Tuesday, September 15th at the Weston Center, located at 465 US Highway 33 East in Weston, WV from 4:30pm until 6:30pm.
“It is with a heavy heart that we must share the sad news of the passing of Larry Daniels, an inspirational leader and friend to so many of us,” said Becky Williams, President of SEIU District 1199. “Our hearts and prayers go out to his wife Sandy, his daughter Kristin and the entire Daniels family. This video was created to celebrate Larry’s retirement two years ago and the words ring so true as we celebrate his life today.”
Check out the great things that are happening at SEIU District 1199 hospitals across West Virginia and Kentucky!
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