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.

Working Families Know Right-to-Work Is Wrong for Kentucky, Lawmakers Urged to Vote No on HB1, HB3

rtw_is_wrongASHLAND, 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.

Working people in America need care, not chaos.

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Some Republicans in Congress are rushing to repeal the Affordable Care Act without a plan to replace it. Their actions would put families, patients and consumers, and communities we fight for every day at risk, including:

  • 22 million hardworking Americans who finally have coverage to seek preventive care;
  • Many seniors, children and people with disabilities who get their healthcare through Medicaid would be left to fend for themselves; and
  • Families who can’t afford to be jerked around by insurance companies.

We also know that after repealing the Affordable Care Act, Republicans plan to cut Medicaid and turn Medicare into a voucher system. Repealing the healthcare law without a plan to maintain health insurance coverage will result in all sorts of unintended consequences that will create chaos in our hospitals and healthcare system and harm seniors, children and working families.

Join other SEIU Healthcare workers who are speaking up for affordable care. Thank Democratic members of Congress for putting care  first and tell Republicans to show their plan to keep and improve the health of our patients and clients, including vital services such as Medicaid, before repealing the Affordable Care Act.

Call 866-426-2631 TODAY! TELL YOUR MEMBER OF CONGRESS: Thank you for putting care first. The Affordable Care Act should not be repealed without a plan to keep and improve the healthcare of our patients and clients, including vital services such as Medicaid.

Please share your personal experience of why access to quality, affordable care is important to you.

Working people in America need care, not chaos. 

 

2016 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners

 

 

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 !

 

EASTBROOK CENTER

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 Hospital

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

Park Vista Member EUGENIA ELLIS is the winner of a scholarship !

Rescue

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 !

ZEPF CENTER

William McMeekan, son of Zepf  Member MARY BETH WATKEYS is the winner of a scholarship !

SAVE THE DATE: 2016 LEADERSHIP ASSEMBLY

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.

2016 Scholarships

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

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Exclusive Discounts for Members Only

As a member of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH, we would like to invite you to take advantage of all of the benefit programs you find on this website. Everything from insurance and credit cards, to discounts on travel and everyday items. We’re proud to bring you this assortment of great benefits—at no cost or obligation—just for being a member! We have several great programs.

Read More about how to save money as a member.

SEIU 2016 Convention Delegation Election

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.

Working People Across West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio Call on Candidates to Back $15, Union Rights

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CLEVELAND, OHIO – Nearly 1,000 working people fighting for $15 and union rights joined SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH members in Cleveland to stress to all candidates that the millions of workers paid less than $15 an hour are a powerful voting bloc demanding support for our Fight for $15 Voter Agenda, which includes higher pay, union rights, and addressing racism.

Many supporters of the Fight for $15 movement are voting for the first time this year.

“No matter how hard or long I work, I still dont make enough to cover the basics like rent for my family or my bus pass. So even though I registered to vote nearly a decade ago, I never voted because I felt like it didnt matter, said Ken Abner who makes $8.30 per hour and voted for the first time since 2008. But our movement is changing that. Im one of the 2.4 million Ohioans who could swing this election, and if candidates want my vote, they can come and get it by backing $15 and union rights.”

“By sticking together and speaking up, we are building a powerful movement for a better future for our families,” said Artheta Peters, a Cleveland home care worker. “We want every presidential candidate on both sides of the aisle to know they’ll only get our vote if they support $15 and union rights.”

Everywhere candidates go this primary season, workers in the Fight for $15 movement are following them, forcing White House hopefuls to address the demands of the nearly 64 million Americans paid less than $15, drowning out supporters for the individual candidates.

FF15LogoLearn more about our Fight for $15 movement at: WorkersRising.com 

FIGHT FOR $15 – In Your Own Words

Statements of support from SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Member Leaders

CarolFord“As a nursing home worker, I understand the importance of dignity,” said Carol Ford, a state-tested nursing assistant from Cleveland. “We are calling on our elected representatives to make sure underpaid workers have a fair shot. We’re sick and tired of corporations and the wealthy having so much power that they can manipulate the rules in their favor.”

 

JudyMaldonado“Too many working people—whether they work in fast-food, child care, home care, hospitals, airports or colleges—are paid too little to support their families,” said Judy Maldonado, a registered nurse from Lorain, Ohio. “Paychecks have stayed the same for too long, hurting families, communities and the economy.”

 

DebbieHajzak“The 64 million Americans paid less than $15 per hour are a political force that cannot be ignored,” said Debbie Hajzak who works for the Cleveland Public Library. “If you stand up for $15 an hour and union rights, we will stand behind you.”

 

PeteHanlon“No working mom or dad should have to struggle to provide for their family,” said Pete Hanlon, a psychology assistant from Wadsworth, Ohio. “An economy and a democracy that works for all us is possible and that starts with $15 and a union.”

 

VikkiTully“By sticking together and speaking up, we are building a powerful movement for a better future for our families,” said Vikki Tully, a teacher with the Appalachian Council Head Start program from Alkol, West Virginia. “It is up to us to leave a better and more equal world for children and grandchildren.” 

SAVE THE DATE: Day of Action for Worker Justice

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 | Huntington, WV & Cleveland, OH

We believe in and will fight for a just society:

  • Where all workers are valued and all people are respected.
  • Where all families and communities thrive.
  • Where we leave a better and more equal world for generations to come.

We won’t stop until we make poverty history by ensuring all workers have a path to $15 per hour and union rights, affordable child care, quality long-term care and we properly address racism, discrimination and injustice in our community.

We invite you to bring your family, friends and co-workers to our Day of Action for Worker Justice on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Events will be held in Huntington, WV and Cleveland, OH. For additional information, contact your Administrative Organizer.

Coming Soon! Watch Your Email for Special Announcements

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For more than a year, our union has been working hard to develop a brand new benefits program that provides products and services specifically designed to meet the needs of SEIU members. We’re happy to announce that SEIU Member Benefits is scheduled to launch later this spring.

The SEIU Member Benefits program will offer you high-quality financial, insurance and discount products supported by a dedicated, member-only website and customer service center with bilingual English- and Spanish-speaking representatives and a toll-free telephone number.

This is just the beginning—there are more value-added programs to come. Watch your email for additional information on this exclusive program.

SEIU Member Benefits Launches Spring 2016

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH ACTION PLATFORM
Unity. Justice. Progress.

Working people are facing a deep and growing crisis in our communities, our country and our world. We are working harder than ever but struggling to get by, while all the new wealth is going to the rich and the well connected. Good-paying jobs with benefits and retirement security are hard to find, quality healthcare is still inaccessible for too many and our basic rights are being threatened.

This action platform was created by you – the members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH – as our foundation to fight for our issues to ensure that politicians, elected leaders and our employers hear our voice in our communities and our workplaces.

Our mission continues to be improving the lives of working people and their families and to achieve greater social and economic justice. Together with our allies, we are standing up for a just society where all workers are valued and all people are respected, where all families and communities thrive, and where we leave a better and more equal world for generations to come.

GOOD JOBS & ECONOMIC JUSTICE

  • Fighting for $15 & A Union For All Working People
  • Retirement Security Including Protecting Social Security & Pensions
  • Earned Paid Sick & Family Leave
  • Affordable Childcare, Education & College

QUALITY CARE FOR ALL

  • Quality Long-Term Care for our Seniors & People with Disabilities
  • Free Healthcare from Birth Until Death by Expanding Medicaid & Medicare
  • Protecting & Improving the Affordable Care Act

SOCIAL, RACIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

  • Protecting the Rights of Women & Demanding Pay Equity
  • Addressing the lasting impact of racism toward Black Americans
  • End Workplace & Housing Discrimination for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered People
  • Clean Air, Water & Food for Our Communities
  • A Pathway to Citizenship for Aspiring Americans

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD RESOLUTION REPORT

PAC65 Previously Endorsed West Virginia Candidates PASSED
PAC66 Newly Endorsed West Virginia Candidates PASSED
PAC67 Previously Endorsed Ohio Candidates PASSED
PAC68    Zach Klein for Franklin County (Ohio) Prosecutor PASSED

 

UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIONS

April 14               Day of Action for Worker Justice                   Huntington, WV / Cleveland, OH

 

May 18                Cleveland Regional Membership Meeting    Cleveland, OH

 

May 22 – 24        SEIU International Convention                       Detroit, MI

 

July 13                Huntington Regional Membership Meeting   Huntington, WV

 

July 22                Regional Executive Board Meetings              Cleveland, OH

Columbus, OH

Huntington, WV

 

September 21   Toledo Regional Membership Meeting                  Toledo, OH

 

October 20-21   Leadership Assembly / E-Board Meeting      Columbus, OH

 

November 8      Election Day 2016: Remember in November   Go Vote!

 

November 30    Cincinnati Regional Membership Meeting     Cincinnati, OH

Kentucky Vice President Election Results

SEIU/District 1199 Kentucky Vice President Election Results

Krinda Bailey

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.

2016 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 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.

Working People of West Virginia Rise Up to Say Right-to-Work is Wrong

2016_purplepower_lobbydayCHARLESTON, WV – Despite blistering cold and mountains of snow falling across the state of West Virginia, our member leaders are making their voices heard throughout the state capitol in opposition to Senate Bill 1, better known as the “Right-to-Work is Wrong” bill.

“Right to work” is WRONG because it is an unsafe and unfair attack on workers’ rights, good jobs, families and the middle class. Don’t trust it.

“When working people speak up together, we can create an economy where we have a say at work, including raising wages and improving benefits,” said Becky Williams, President of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “Our government should work for We The People – not just the wealthy and well-connected. That’s why we must do everything within our power to stop Senate Bill 1 from becoming law and telling our friends, families and elected officials that ‘right-to-work’ is wrong for all of us.”

Tonight, United States Senator Joe Manchin issued the following statement:

“During my time as Governor of West Virginia, and now your Senator,  I never had a single company tell me that it would relocate to our great state if only we would pass ‘right-to-work’ legislation.  Simply put, this is a partisan bill that will do nothing to create jobs in West Virginia. During these tough economic times, we must focus on fighting for every job we have and every potential job we can create, rather than fighting over a divisive political issue being used to divide us, rather than unite us. I find it highly objectionable that people would attempt to play partisan politics with our jobs.  The proponents of ‘right-to-work’ legislation are not able to show us the companies that will relocate to our great state if this legislation passes. Instead of engaging in divisive political fights, we should work together to bring successful companies to West Virginia.”

We must keep up the pressure on our elected leaders in Charleston and demand they do the right thing and vote NO on Senate Bill 1. Give your legislator a call today, tomorrow and once a day toll-free at (855)781-9909 until they commit to you that they will vote NO on Senate Bill 1.

“Right to work” is WRONG because it is an unsafe and unfair attack on workers’ rights, good jobs, families and the middle class. Don’t trust it. 

Kentucky Member Vice President Nominations

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.

Kentucky Nominating Petition

Social Justice Conference 2015: Advocate of the Year – Damon Core

Social Justice Conference Photos

20151016 Social Justice Conference & Executive Board Meeting

2015 SEIU District 1199 Scholarship Winners

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 !

Hypocrisy @ Central WV Head Start

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.

Prayer Vigil Slated for North Central WV Head Start Workers

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.

Tribute to Larry Daniels

“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.”

West Virginia / Kentucky Hospital Victories!

Check out the great things that are happening at SEIU District 1199 hospitals across West Virginia and Kentucky!
You can download a PDF of this newsletter by clicking here to share with co-workers and post on Union bulletin boards.

Weirton Medical Center
  • Two members who were unjustly terminated were recently awarded their jobs back with full back pay and benefits after grievances were filed on their behalf. One member had been off six months and five months for the other member. Also, after a maintenance supervisor illegally installed a camera in a break room he was forced to remove it.
Cabell Huntington Hospital
  • Congratulations to Lisa Jeffers who won two 3rd step grievance hearings for the laboratory in April!
  • Congratulations to Ruth Davis for her 3rd grievance win for the pharmacy, upholding our seniority when it comes to scheduling!
  • Congratulations to Bonnie Maynard and Delegate Debbie Sexton on grievance wins in or sterile!
  • Congratulations to Lesley Crockett, Ruth Davis,  Yvonne Brooks, Rick Garrett and Damon Core for receiving their certificate in Advanced Grievance Chair training!
  • Thank you and Congratulations to Damon Core for representing SEIU District 1199 at the AFRAM National Leadership Development Conference in Detroit!
Fairmont Regional Medical Center 
  • Member surveys have been distributed throughout the hospital. Please fill them out and return to your delegates, Eboard member or your organizer. Also at a recent mediation hearing 5 lab employees were each awarded a days pay for travel time after the hospital had refused to pay them. Grievances were also won on mandation and discipline letters.
  • Also, Fairmont Regional Medical Center implemented a flu vaccine policy without negotiating it with SEIU 1199. The policy stated that anyone who did not get the flu shot would be required to wear a mask at all times. The members filed a grievance and an unfair labor practice (ULP) with the Labor Board. The hospital then met with the union and revised their policy. Now employees only have to wear a mask if they are in a room with a known flu patient.
Highlands Regional Medical Center
  • Highlands Regional Medical Center (HRMC) has created 12-14 bargaining unit jobs to be rolled out in 2015 with the first one already awarded with the employee waiting to be moved to that position.
  • In July 2014, workers of HRMC joined faith, labor and community leaders for a candlelight vigil spreading awareness of a fair contract. Their contract was ratified later in July.
King’s Daughter Medical Center
  • Last year, under previous management, housekeeping hours were changed significantly, start times were adjusted in some cases two hours. Leaders of Housekeeping and the Executive Board members filed grievances, and held several meetings with HR pointing out all the reasons the two-hour adjustments were not only bad for workers, but also bad for patients.  After many meetings, all hours were corrected and moved back to original start times.
  • During a reconfiguration of the Housekeeping Department it was determined that there was a need to move 5 employees from day shift to evening shift.  Managers took it upon themselves to select 5 employees of their choice.  The Union filed a grievance and forced management to move the 5 least senior employees. Since this time, those employees have been restored back to day shift.
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Right to Work is WRONG for West Virginia

rtw_is_wrongThe West Virginia Senate, for the first time in nearly 40 years, is attacking working people by introducing a trick-titled “right to work” bill in the legislature. “Right to work” is WRONG because it is an unsafe and unfair attack on workers’ rights, good jobs, families and the middle class.

  • It is unsafe because it makes it harder to collectively bargain for life-saving equipment, staffing and other safety issues for the brave men and women that protect us, like nurses and first responders.
  • It is unsafe because it takes away the professional voices of those we trust to take care of our children and families, such as nursing home workers and head start teachers.
  • It is unfair because it lets a small number of workers game the system and cheat by not paying their fair share dues at the expense of employees who work hard and play by the rules.
  • It is an attack on workers’ rights because the worker loses his or her voice to speak up in the workplace by being stripped of 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.
Think about this. Kathy McCormick, our Executive Vice President, when asked about why “Right to Work” is Wrong, said: “When was the last time that billionaires spent millions of dollars to give you more freedom in the workplace? It’s just not true.”
“Right to work” is wrong for working and middle class families, it is wrong for West Virginia, and it is wrong for all of us. Don’t trust it!
Communities thrive and grow when West Virginians have good paying jobs. Let’s stand up together and stick together for a decent standard of living.
In Solidarity,
Becky Williams, President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH