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 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 Benefits

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.

Veterans Day – Thank You For Your Service

Thank You VeteransSEIU District 1199 would like to express a heartfelt THANK YOU to all veterans. We are proud of all of our member veterans and thank all veterans for their dedication to this great country.

On Behalf of SEIU District 1199 and our staff, thank you to all veterans and their families for your service and sacrifice. 

Dedicated ResCare Members Resolve Contract Issues and Stand Together

ResCare members with SEIU District 1199 work hard to provide quality care. ResCare members in the last several weeks have worked with the Union and their co-workers to receive needed back pay, work through scheduling changes, and resolve other important points of contention. 

• Mineral County, West Virginia. A member was denied a transfer unjustly. Standing together with the Union, the member received approval for a new worksite. Schedules had also been missing from the worksite and after the issue was raised, they were promptly posted.
• Wood County, West Virginia. A member was denied work for two shifts and after speaking out through the Union, the member was paid for the time that had been lost. 
• Raleigh County, West Virginia. A member was put on administrative leave during an investigation due to an unsubstantiated allegation. Even after the issue was resolved, for two weeks, the company failed to put her back on the schedule and expected the member to get to the worksite with very short notice upon notification. The member joined together with the Union and eventually was paid for all normal work hours.
• Belmont County, Ohio. A member was unjustly mandated after the work schedule was changed with less than two weeks of notice. This was a contract violation and working together, the scheduling issue was resolved within 5 days.

Dedicated ResCare members provide valuable care. If you have a contact related issue at work, don’t hesitate to contact the Member Resource CenterWe are stronger together. 

Members at Piney Valley in Keyser Unite for Contract Victory

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Members of SEIU District 1199 at Piney Valley in Keyser, West Virginia, recently united to ratify a new contract. Members at the facility work hard as a team to provide quality care. They also stayed together in negotiations to bargain a contract with significant improvements and no concessions. 

The new 2-year contract includes the following improvements

• Wages (new employees) – Starting wages for CNA’s, cooks, and maintenance workers, were raised by $0.50.
• Wages (all other employees) – Wages will increase by $0.80 over the 2-year term of the contract. 
• Shift Differential  A $0.20 shift differential for both evenings and the night shift was approved. This is the first time that workers at this facility will earn a shift differential.  
• Health Insurance (premium caps) – A 3% reduction in the health insurance cap was approved.
• Health Insurance (new employees) – New employees will now be eligible for health insurance with no waiting period. 
• Life Insurance – Total life insurance coverage will increase by 50%. 

Congratulations to these workers on their new contract. We are stronger together. 

Harper Mills Member BBQ at Lake Stephens in Beckley, West Virginia

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ResCare Members Take Action to Ensure Proper Pay and Worksite Fairness

Members of SEIU District 1199 in Ohio and West Virginia with ResCare bring dedication to their work. The contract enables quality care and it ensures fairness. Below are some of the recent outcomes won by workers standing together. 

Gallia County, Ohio – A member took action on behalf of all bargaining unit members at his worksite concerning an issue with overtime opportunities. Within just four days, the employer offered a plan and pledged to follow the contract. This was another important example of members taking action together to ensure the contract and Union stay strong.

Gallia County, Ohio – A member worked together with the Union after noting she had not accumulated PTO time in around 5 months. Within just two weeks, the PTO time was added to her balance and she was made whole.

Franklin County, Ohio – A member teamed up with the Union after discovering she did not get a $0.25 raise for passing a certification. Within just two weeks, she was issued a $166 check with retroactive pay and her raise was processed.

Kanawha County, West Virginia – A member applied for a transfer and as a dedicated employee with ResCare, she had significant seniority. Despite openings at the worksite where the member hoped to work, the employer refused the transfer. After joining with the Union, the transfer was quickly approved.

Franklin County, Ohio – A member joined with the Union because they were denied payment due to a faulty time clock. In response, management sent a check by mail with 2-day delivery and worked to fix the time clock.

Putnam County, Ohio – A member was denied an annual pay raise for unknown reasons in violation of the contract. Within 15 days of taking action, the raise and retroactive pay were issued.

Members with ResCare show the power of unity and collective action. We are stronger together. 

St. Mary’s Medical Center Recognition Rally

West Virginia Member Leader Visits Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s D.C. Office

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Last week, Vikki Tully, Member Vice President for West Virginia and Kentucky, traveled to Washington, D.C. to meet with staff from Senator Shelley Moore Capito’s office. 

Vikki joined together with other activists and union members from West Virginia. They met with Senator Capito’s staff to insist on the importance of opposing court nominees who do not support union rights, among other issues important to West Virginia’s working families.  

Union Solidarity Rally for St. Mary’s Medical Center Workers

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Hospital workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center in Huntington, West Virginia, are fighting for recognition of their Union as they work to improve their wages, benefits and working conditions.

Despite overwhelming support by hospital workers, St. Mary’s Executives are pulling every dirty trick in the book to divide workers and putting out fake, false and misleading information about the Union.

On August 13th, join us at 28th Street and 3rd Avenue as we rally together in support of St. Mary’s workers. 

What: Union Solidarity Rally for St. Mary’s Workers 
When
: Monday, August 13 from 3 PM – 4:30 PM
Where: 28th Street and 3rd Avenue in Huntington 

Sign this petition to stand with hospital workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center

Action Alert – Union Strong Buttons and Decals

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To stand together, members with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH can now request buttons and household decals. You can contact the Member Resource Center with a request for you, your coworkers, and/or everyone at your worksite. 

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If you are a member of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH, call 877-419-SEIU, email mrc@seiu1199.org, or you can make your request online with the Member Resource Center. We are stronger together. 

ResCare Members and Union Stand Together on Contract Issues

SEIU District 1199 members with ResCare work hard to provide the best possible care. Members with ResCare in West Virginia and Ohio work with fellow members, shop leaders, and the Member Resource Center to ensure the contract is upheld and rights are protected.

Below are some of the most recent victories of ResCare members: 

Cabell County, West Virginia – A member put in a bid to work at a different site and followed procedure. While awaiting notification, which could take 4-8 weeks, the member learned the employer may have disregarded key parts of the contract and conducted hiring.  The member waited two months but within four days of reaching out to the Union, the issue was resolved.

Stark County, Ohio – A member was taken off of the schedule and also received a written warning for events related to a training. The member worked with the MRC and the discipline was reduced, the member aced the training, and he was also placed back on the schedule.

Gallia County, Ohio – A member received a discipline relating to mandation. The member joined together with the Union and it was shown that two other less senior employees accepted the assignment, which made the alleged violation moot. The discipline was then reversed and the member made whole.

The Member Resource Center is open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM and is available to assist members with contract and workplace issues. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

American Red Cross Bargaining Update

The latest national bargaining session with the American Red Cross was held from June 19th to June 21st. 

While there has been important progress, the national coalition of unions continues to negotiate with management on issues such as wages and health care costs. Despite resistance from management, the coalition has held strong that improvements are incredibly important to members with the American Red Cross.  

For additional information, the latest national bargaining report is available here. We also need as many members as possible with SEIU District 1199 complete this ARC bargaining survey by July 3rd. We are stronger together. 

In Solidarity, 

Kathy McCormick – Secretary-Treasurer 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Members at Carter Nursing & Rehabilitation Ratify New Contract

Workers with Carter Nursing and Rehabilitation in Grayson, Kentucky, recently stood together to bargain a new contract. Dedicated members with this facility work hard each day to provide the best possible care.

The contract includes the following new provisions:

• Wages – Increased shift bonus, increased mandation bonus, increased weekend differential, annual wage increases for the next three years, increased volunteer shift bonus, and a new longevity bonus.
• Bereavement Leave – Coverage under the contract was increased in this area. 
• Contract Language – Improvements in contract language were added in the areas of grievances/arbitrations, union security, and anti-discrimination.

In addition to these improvements, workers at this facility worked together to ensure that they would be able to keep their current insurance benefits and paid lunch time.

Congratulations to these members on the new contract. We are stronger together.

American Red Cross Negotiations Update

A coalition of member and other leaders from nine national unions and many local chapters continues to negotiate to make the American Red Cross an even better place to work.

This video below shares the voices of many American Red Cross workers who are fighting to make important improvements. These fellow union members are standing together on issues that include, a living wage, fair working conditions, increased staffing, improved retirement benefits, respect on the job, and more.

We’ll share the latest information on the negotiations as soon as we know more. We are stronger together. 

In Solidarity, 

Kathy McCormick – Secretary-Treasurer 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH 

American Red Cross Negotiations – Week 3

Negotiations with the American Red Cross ended without cooperation from management last week. Negotiations are being led by a coalition of union and member leaders from nine unions and many local chapters who care greatly about the future of the American Red Cross.

We continue to focus on a contract that will invest in ARC employees, save millions of dollars, and decrease turnover. Please see this national bargaining report with new information on taking action. It is important that we stand united. 

In Solidarity, 

Kathy McCormick – Secretary-Treasurer 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH 

We Rise – Show Your Support For Unions

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A decision in the Janus case is coming soon. Let’s show that no court decision will keep us from standing united. Working people are sticking together in their unions. 

Here’s one way to take a stand and support unions:

Step 1: Make a sign with the word UNION, like in the iconic movie Norma Rae. 
Step 2: Have someone take your photo or take a selfie holding the sign. This could be at your home, outside, or anyplace convenient and/or meaningful for you.
Step 3: Post the picture to social media such as Twitter, Facebook, etc. Post the photo with the hashtag #Union. If you’re located in Ohio, West Virginia, or Kentucky, show your support and tag SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH.
Step 4: Encourage others to take a stand as well. Share this page and there is also a flyer here that may be helpful.

Email your photos and we will share via our social media channels. You can also check out some of the early submissions on our Instagram page.

We are stronger united – together we rise!

American Red Cross Negotiations Update – Week 2

Negotiations with the American Red Cross are ongoing in Washington, D.C. Negotiations are being led by a coalition of member and union leaders from nine national unions and many local chapters. 

The most recent session focused on improving staffing shortages, workplace injuries, scheduling changes, workforce turnover, and safety. The American Red Cross also reported that the financials for the organization have improved. 

This national report on the negotiations has further details. The next round of bargaining will begin on June 5thWe are stronger together.  

In Solidarity, 

Kathy McCormick – Secretary-Treasurer 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH 

ResCare Members in Ohio and West Virginia Stand United on Workplace Issues

SEIU District 1199 members with ResCare work each day to provide the best possible care. Union ResCare members continue to successfully join together with coworkers and as a union to achieve beneficial outcomes. 

Lucas County (OH): A ResCare member in Lucas County was not being paid full earnings for her job duties. Within a month of taking action with the union, the worker received acknowledgement that she had been paid the lower amount in error and retroactive pay was issued.

Stark County (OH): A dedicated member with ResCare in Stark County had left her position but was later re-hired. The member was then paid at the previous rate of pay, which was not in line with current wages. After months of trying to resolve the issue, the member contacted the union. The member’s pay rate was updated and she also received retroactive pay totaling approximately $1,000.

Lorain County (OH): A member with ResCare in Lorain County was promoted but did not receive a related pay increase. Taking action with the union, the members pay was adjusted and over $350 in retroactive pay was issued.

Wood County (WV): A member with ResCare in Wood County did not receive a 1% raise that had been negotiated by the union. The member worked with the union and received both the raise and retroactive pay.

Greenbrier County (WV): A member was due two raises but did not receive an increase. After joining up with the union to seek resolution, the issue was fixed and retroactive pay was provided within 30 days.

Lorain County (OH): A mix-up with a vendor that provided background checks almost led to a job loss. Before contacting the union, the worker was taken off of the schedule and at-risk of losing her job. Working with the union, the issue was quickly resolved.

Belmont County (OH): A member in Belmont County was injured and had to take leave for recovery after a surgery. After returning to work, the member was charged fees for insurance she did not receive and her coverage continued to lapse. After working with the union, health insurance was issued and fees reimbursed.

Wood County (WV): A exemplary employee and member with ResCare was accused of failing to document the provision of over-the-counter medication. The employee told ResCare that he was not at work on the day of the incident to no avail. Working with the union, the employee was able to prove that he was not responsible and the reprimand was withdrawn.

These members continue to show the strength of unity and working together as a union. We are stronger together.