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.

BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Newsletter – March 2019

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Brightspring Bargaining Newsletter 2We are stronger together. Over the last year, members with BrightSpring (“ResCare”) have stood together to win countless grievances, provide the best possible client care, and defend the contract. We are currently working on and in the middle of this year’s contract negotiations for BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Homecare, in addition to the master contract.

As we are in full-swing with our bargaining campaign, it is important we stand together and support the negotiations committee.  Congratulations to all elected committee members!

The third step of our 6-month bargaining campaign will include meeting and training the newly elected committee.  This training will take place on April 4, 2019 beginning at 10am.  The location for the training is at the Comfort Suites (167 Elizabeth Pike, Mineral Wells, West Virginia). 

If you are listed as part of the committee please go ahead and request this day off of work so you can attend.  Please watch your email and/or text for upcoming announcements on events. If you have received this notice through U.S.P.S. or if your contact information has changed, please call the Member Resource Center with your email address and/or cell phone number as soon as possible to ensure that you are receiving the latest updates.

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BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Members Stand Together to Uphold the Contract and Win Victories

BrightSpring (“ResCare”) members with SEIU District 1199 work hard to provide quality care. BrightSpring members, the Union, and their co-workers, work as a team when necessary to file grievances. Standing together, members regularly win back pay and work to uphold the contract.

Below are some recent contract violations and related victories won by members of the Union:

• Med Pass Payments Issued 
– Two members did not receive Med Pass related payments. One of the members was issued a check for nearly $900 in retroactive compensation.
• Final Written Warning Reduced for Longtime Employee 
– A dedicated member who had worked with the company for over seven years was issued a final written warning. While the member was not able to come to agreement with the employer on all of the facts of the situation, through the process of filing a dispute, the employer decided to take into account the members tenure with the company and reduce the reprimand.
• Improper Healthcare Deduction Resolved 
– A member contacted the Union after a wrongful health insurance deduction and mileage reimbursement error. The member worked with the Union and was compensated by the employer.

• Payment Arrangement Reached After Wage Over-payment – The employer, unbeknownst to a member, had issued over-payments. The employer wanted to withdraw the entire sum from the workers next check, which would have been financially devastating. The member and the Union successfully proposed a payment arrangement that was satisfactory to the employer.
• Unfounded Termination Defeated Through Grievance Process – A member believed she was being treated wrongfully by a supervisor and kept written notes. The member was terminated by management for allegedly falling asleep but the only witness was the supervisor who is no longer there. The employee joined with the Union and was reinstated due to lack of sufficient evidence.
• Member Issued Payment for Missing Hours – A member was missing 24 hours of pay from his paycheck shortly before the end of 2018. After trying to resolve the issue on his own for four weeks, the member joined with the Union and filed a grievance. A retroactive payment was issued by the employer and it was received by the member within 17 days of first contact with the Union about filing a grievance.

If you believe your contract is being violated at work, do not hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center

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Membership with SEIU District 1199 includes membership with three member benefits programs. Those programs include Union Plus, SEIU Member Benefits, and the SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Membership Card. Additionally, 22 members and/or their relatives are awarded scholarships by the Union every year.

SEIU Member Benefits has also partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College, which is a part of the University of Ohio System, to offer a free college benefit. 

For full details on member benefits visit: www.seiu1199.org/mrc/your-benefits-as-a-member

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Member Leader Training in West Virginia and Ohio

A training for Delegates and Member Strength Coordinators will be held on April 6th, 2019. The meeting will also include new member orientation and will be held at several locations across West Virginia and Ohio. Registration and further details are available here.

Members Lobby at the West Virginia Capitol to Protect Medicaid & Fund Senior Programs

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Members of SEIU District 1199 are at the West Virginia Capitol today for our Lobby Day of Action. The West Virginia Legislature is expected to close out their annual session soon. 

Workers are asking their representatives to stand against “work requirements” for Medicaid if reintroduced. They are also asking legislators to support critical funding for senior programs (HB 2625), fiscal support for hot and cold food trucks, and an increase in the senior meal reimbursement rate. These areas of public policy are all important to working families. 

We are also encouraging members of the public to contact their legislators to ask them to protect Medicaid without work requirements. From “right-to-work” to other anti-Union attacks, working people in West Virginia have faced many challenges. We must speak out and stand together. 

Huntington Health and Rehabilitation Members Unite for New Contract

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Workers with Huntington Health and Rehabilitation approved a new contract on Saturday. The bargaining committee stayed united and worked together to bargain a contract with many beneficial new terms and improvements. 

Below are some of the highlights of the new contract

• Discrimination: Language was added that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. 
• Overtime and Hours of Work: Workers who volunteer for 35 extra shifts will receive a $500 bonus.
• Health Insurance: Family healthcare coverage will now be provided with a lower premium. A 70/30 plan was approved, which was previously 50/50. A Union rep was also added to the health care committee.
• Vaccinations: The employer will now provide pneumonia vaccinations and flu shots at no additional cost to members.
• Sick Leave: The cash in amount for sick days was increased from 75% to 80% and members can cash up to 6 days a year.
• Vacation: Requests for vacation time must now be answered in writing in 10 days.
• Ratification Bonus: Workers will receive a $125 contract ratification bonus.
• Attendance Incentive: An attendance incentive of $175 will now be provided up to four times a year.
• Starting Wages: The New CNA start rate for 0-5 years of experience will be $12 an hour. For workers with 5-10 years of experience, the start rate will be $13 an hour. Workers with 10+ years of experience with start at $14.
• Wage Increases: In the first year of the contract, wages will increase 4%. Wages will also increase 3.5% in the second year and 3% in the third year.
• Weekend Differential: The weekend shift differential will now be $1.50 an hour, which is a dollar increase from $0.50 an hour.

Congratulations to the bargaining committee and workers with Huntington Health and Rehabilitation. We are stronger together.

Protect Medicaid Coverage Without Bureaucracy in West Virginia

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Last week, House Bill 3136, was introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates. This legislation would mean the loss of critical Medicaid coverage for individuals across West Virginia. Work requirements could immediately impact 95,000 West Virginians who do not have enough hours or are unemployed.

Medicaid work requirements create unnecessary government bureaucracy and make it harder for working people to stay healthy and find work. Communities across West Virginia have faced difficulty and such requirements will limit access to care for many who are already vulnerable. Work requirements would also be a major setback as the state battles an opioid crisis.  

Contact your legislators about the importance of vital coverage provided by Medicaid without burdensome requirements.

We Rise – Update Your Membership in 2019

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, annual scholarships, and more. 

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

South Shore Nursing Home Workers Stand United for Contract Negotiations

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Sharing A Thank You Note From A Member

This note was recently sent by a member of SEIU District 1199 to Pete Hanlon, the Director of the Member Resource Center. 

I just want to send a note to let you know how much I appreciate the time you spent guiding me through my grievance. I also want you to know [the grievance chair] has been fabulous in guiding me and holding my hand through it. 

Danielle Brison was brought into guiding me within the last few weeks. She too had taken the time to help me out and continued on with aiding me. One does not always see people “giving,” “helping others,” and “going beyond the call of duty.”

All three of you people have been kind to me through it all. I wanted to let you know how much, I, as a person, appreciate it.

Thank You and Blessings to You, 
– Member of SEIU District 1199

If you are a member and need assistance with a grievance, you can always call the Member Resource Center. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

West Virginia Purple Power Lobby Day

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On Tuesday, March 5th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, members of SEIU District 1199 will meet for a Purple Power Lobby Day of Action at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia.

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FREE Parking & Shuttle Service. We will meet on the 2nd level of the rotunda. All members/guests are encouraged to park at Laidley Field located at 200 Elizabeth Street in Charleston, WV 25311. Free shuttle bus service will take you to and from the East Wing entrance to the Main Capitol Building. 

There are three easy ways to register. When you register please identify that you are attending the West Virginia Lobby Day of Action. Register online at seiu1199.org/MRC, over the phone by calling 1-877-419-7348 or email by sending a message to MRC@seiu1199.org.

Member Leaders Hold Meetings at West Virginia Statehouse

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Member leaders with SEIU District 1199 recently met for the AFL-CIO’s State Legislative Conference in Charleston, West Virginia.
Among other work, they held meetings at the Statehouse to discuss the need for Union jobs and priorities important to working families.

From anti-union attacks to “right-to-work” legislation, West Virginia’s working families have faced many challenges. Members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH work in diverse and important sectors of the economy. They often stand together to speak out for state funding for health care, the protection of retirement savings, and social services, among other important fiscal priorities.  

Members that formed the delegation included Vicki Tully, Member Vice President for West Virginia, in addition to John A. Hindman and Ethel Turner. We are stronger together. 

Members Join Together For Grievance Chair Training Events in Cleveland & Huntington

Members recently met in Cleveland and Huntington for grievance chair training events.  Additional training courses will be held later this year. Grievance chairs, delegates, shop leaders, and members, regularly assist their co-workers with grievances and make sure that the contract is upheld.

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The ability to file a grievance, if necessary, is an important protection. The grievance process means that members can present the facts through a more fair process if contract violations occur. Training courses further ensure that members are well prepared to stand together. 

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If you need assistance with a grievance, you can also contact the Member Resource Center. The Member Resource Center is open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Contract Campaign In Full Swing. Union Members Stand and Rise Together.

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We are stronger together. Over the last year, members with BrightSpring (“ResCare”) have stood together to win countless grievances, provide the best possible client care, and defend the contract. We are currently working on and in the middle of this year’s contract negotiations for BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Homecare, in addition to the master contract.

As we are in full-swing with our bargaining campaign, it is important we stand together and elect a strong bargaining committee. A Survey Monkey will go out to vote for the negotiating committee nominees on February 11, 2019.  There will also be a survey that will guide you through the demands and/or wish list.  Please have all votes and demands submitted by February 25, 2019. We will be sending out a follow-up newsletter announcing the results of the survey on March 4, 2019.

This is the second step of our 6-month bargaining campaign. Be sure to watch your email for additional details on the process.

Ohio Negotiating Committee Nominations 
Danielle Hess
Opal Ritts
Andrea Carpenter
Zachary Gibbs
Charles Ginther
Abigail Houser
Charles Oldaker
Corrie Curtis
Jeannine Lowery
Elizabeth Weatherbee
Sharee Covington
Tammy Friscia
Jennifer Harden
Terri Hull
Dennie Johnson
Melissa Visnick
Paul White
Stephanie Rutter
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West Virginia Negotiating Committee Nominations
Michelle Barnett
Robin Carroll
Deborah Bolen
John Hollen
Tanya Gray
Steven Griffin
Chuck Beverly
Misty Bowles
Tina Shortridge-Bowles
Renee Wilmer
Lynn Perdue
Melissa Gunter
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If your contact information has changed, call the Member Resource Center with your email address and/or cell phone number as soon as possible to ensure that you are receiving the latest updates.

BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Members Unite to Defend Contract, End Year With Victories

Members with BrightSpring (“ResCare”) work diligently each day. These members also continue to work together to defend the contract, resolve areas of concern, and provide the best possible care. Below are just some of the many favorable outcomes attained at the end of 2018.

Wood County (WV): A member took action out of concern for fellow co-workers relating to the posting of vacancies. The member believed the collective bargaining agreement was not being upheld. Through the grievance process, the member received affirmation that vacancies will be posted and that notice will be sent to the Union, as required by the contract.

Knox County (OH): A member was denied payment for three shifts for unknown reasons. A grievance was filed and the member was made whole.

Gallia County (OH): A member was awarded a position but was not given the permission needed to finalize the transfer. After three months had passed, she worked with the Member Resource Center, which filed a grievance immediately. Within one day, ResCare offered the member the position, which brought resolution. 

Marion County (OH): A member worked with the Union to file a grievance after improperly being denied the ability to sign up for insurance coverage. The issue was resolved in just 13 days. 

Belmont County (OH): A member acted out of concern for consumers after being pulled to work temporarily at a different work-site. She successfully filed a grievance and as a result, the company agreed that training should be provided before having staff work under similar circumstances.

Gallia County (OH): A member filed a grievance because their wages were being paid at an improper rate. As a result of the grievance, the rate of pay was adjusted and a retroactive payment was issued.

Belmont County (OH): A member contacted the Union because the company was making scheduling changes without first discussing it with the Union. After the issue was escalated to mediation, the Union and BrightSpring (“ResCare”) are working together on such scheduling changes prior to implementation.

Franklin County (OH): A member was terminated after reasons that were difficult to predict. The member, a dedicated BrightSpring (“ResCare”) employee, presented their rationale and after mediation, the member was returned to work with certain conditions.  

Marrow County (OH): A member contacted the Union with concern that they had stopped accumulating PTO time. The Union received confirmation that the member was owed 156.13 hours of PTO time. The time was added to the member’s account within two days of notification.

Marion County (OH): A member did not receive holiday pay for Labor Day and contacted the Union. Back pay was later issued and the grievance was resolved.

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(WV): A dedicated member’s check was short due to a mistake by management. The member worked with the Union and as a result, was quickly paid for the two missing days of work.  

Belmont County (OH): A disciplinary action was overturned after the employer failed to substantiate a claim. As a result, a final written warning was removed from the member’s file.

If you believe your contract is being violated at work, contact the Member Resource Center. The MRC is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 8 PM. We are stronger together.

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Editorial: City, county should retain hospital board appointments. (Herald-Dispatch)

Workers Want to Have a Voice (ABC8 News)

Union opposes city, county giving up rights on hospital board (The Herald-Dispatch)

BrightSpring Contract Bargaining Campaign Preparations Begin. Union Members Are Ready to Rise Together.

BrightSpring Bargaining Update
Over the last year, members with BrightSpring (“ResCare”) have stood together to win countless grievances, provide the best possible client care, and defend the contract. We are currently working to prepare for and kick off next year’s contract negotiations for BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Homecare, in addition to the master contract.

As we begin our bargaining campaign, it is important we stand together and elect a strong bargaining committee. Contact the Member Resource Center to nominate yourself or a co-worker for the bargaining committee. Nominations will be open until December 15th.  Below is also a list of the open committee seats: 

West Virginia Members
Cabell, Kanawha, Logan, Boone, Wood (4 Slots)
Mercer, Raleigh, Fayette, Greenbrier, Nicholas (4 Slots)
Randolph, Upsher, Barbour, Lewis, NorthEast (4 Slots)
Clarksburg, Harrison, Preston, Monongahela (4 Slots)
Eastern, Pendleton, Grant, Hampshire, Mineral Berkley (4 Slots)

Ohio Members
Guernsey, Harrison, Carrolton, Belmont, Jefferson (2 Slots)
Gallia, Highland, Scioto, Lawrence (2 Slots)
Madison, Franklin, Marion, Morrow, Knox (2 Slots)
Stark, Summit, Portage (2 Slots)
Dayton (2 Slots)
Cuyahoga, Lake, Geauga (2 Slots)
Lorain (2 Slots)
Lucas, Putnam, Seneca (2 Slots)

We will vote on committee members via Survey Monkey from January 10, 2019, through January 20, 2019. Watch your emails in the month of January as elections are important and every vote counts. We are stronger together. 

Free College Member Benefit With Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College

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Members of SEIU District 1199 are eligible for a free college benefit with Eastern Gateway Community College.
 This benefit is open to eligible members, retirees, and their families. Eastern Gateway Community College is also a part of the University System of Ohio.

This program fills the gap between federal, state, or employer education grants the student receives and the cost of tuition, fees, and e-books for some online programs. It is open to eligible members and retirees, in addition to spouses, domestic partners, children, grandchildren, and dependents.

The following programs are now being offered
• Associates Degree – Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Individualized Study, and Paralegal.
• Certificate – Business Management and Patient Home Navigator. 

For more information and to enroll, visit SEIU Member BenefitsApply today

Health Care Coverage Open Enrollment for 2019 Ends on December 15th

If you or a family member need health care coverage for 2019, don’t forget to enroll. There are affordable plans but without a qualifying event, you must signup by December 15th. Eight in ten people qualify for financial help. Share this message with family and friends.