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.

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

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.  (more…)

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.

Meadow Gardens Members in Rainelle (WV) Beat Concessions and Win Improvements

SEIU District 1199 members with Meadow Gardens recently ratified a new contract. Meadow Gardens is a nursing care facility owned by Stonerise Healthcare in Rainelle, West Virginia.

Bargaining with Stonerise Healthcare started with requests for concessions. Hard working members at this facility negotiated as a team and stayed strong together.

The contract includes the following provisions: 

• Health Care. Management originally requested health care cost increases. Members fought off increases and won improvements. New employees are now covered in the same month that they start working. Life insurance is increasing from a $50,000 maximum to a $150,000 maximum.
• Starting Wage Increase. Members successfully negotiated for the STNA starting wage to increase by $0.50 an hour. This will also mean a pay increase for several members already working at the facility. 
• Annual Wage Increases. Management did not want to give a substantive wage increase. Members will receive raises more significant than management’s proposal.
• Bereavement Leave. Nieces and nephews are now included in contract language for bereavement leave at the facility.
• Grievance Language. Members successfully negotiated improved grievance language that will help protect the contract.

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Favors CEOs & Corporations, Limits Workers’ Rights

supreme courtThis week, the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision restricted workers’ rights. The ruling limits the ability of private-sector workers to join together to address violations of labor law — such as wage theft, harassment, and discrimination. 

At a time when the deck is already stacked against working people and their families, this decision further erodes the bedrock rights of working people, while siding with the interests of corporations and CEOs. 

What Does the Decision Mean for Working People? Following this anti-worker ruling, employees may be forced to sign arbitration agreements. As a result, they will no longer be able to persue class action lawsuits when facing wage theft and/or other violations of labor law.

The likely impact of this case is that workers will be deterred from standing up for their rights. Under the new precedent, when workers do speak out, they may not only be denied the chance for collective action but forced to pursue expensive legal claims under a rigged system of corporate arbitration.

The timing of the decision is also important. A decision is expected soon in the anti-labor case Janus vs. AFSCME

We Are Stronger Together. The decision highlights the importance of unions and the need for working people to stand together. Working people are a force against inequity when they stand together. Union workers also have a vital and important voice in the workplace.

Read More (NPR): “Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers’ Rights.”

American Red Cross Bargaining Update – Week 1

In Washington D.C., bargaining with the American Red Cross is ongoing this month. Negotiations are being led by members and staff from 9 national unions who are working together. 

The next bargaining session will be held from May 22nd to May 24th. Improved work-life balance, sustainable wages, preventing workplace injuries, and boosting morale, are key issues in the negotiations.

This national bargaining report covers the negotiations held so far. The coalition and American Red Cross members are standing strong to make the American Red Cross an even better place to work.

In Solidarity, 

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

ResCare Members Are United for Good Jobs & Quality Care

ResCare members work diligently each day with their consumers and stand united for good jobs and quality care. Some of the recent outcomes achieved by ResCare members standing together are detailed below. 

Greenbrier County
(WV): A member with ResCare was terminated from her position. She reached out to the union and was concerned that the employer did not have “just cause,” which was required under the contract. After the employee worked together with the Union, the employer reinstated the worker with her seniority, pay, and benefits.

Wood County
(WV): A member with ResCare was taken off of her shift from 8AM to 8PM and placed on an alternate shift. The employer maintained that the issue was a “clerical error” but offered no remedy. She worked with the union to continue to advance the issue and was finally assigned to her shift at a new worksite.

Lorain County
(OH) – A member with ResCare was suddenly pulled from the schedule after her employer claimed she had not completed a background check. She joined with her Union to work through the issue and provided documentation of her background check. With the Union’s support, the outcome was successful and the member was returned to work with back pay.

Montgomery County
(OH) – A member with ResCare had earned a $1 raise after being promoted to lead status. However, after starting in the new role, the raise was not processed. The member worked successfully with the union and was issued the raise and back pay.

Wood County
(WV): A member with ResCare reached out to the union after being denied a higher rate of pay for work at a more demanding location. The member had not made progress with the issue on their own but working with the Union, it was quickly resolved.

If you believe your contract or rights at work are being violated, do not hesitate to contact your Member Resource Center. Representatives with the Member Resource Center are available from 8:30AM to 8PM every Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

We Rise – Update Your Membership in 2018

This year, we are asking members to submit an updated membership card. Most importantly, updated membership helps to ensure that our chapters and Union remain strong. We are stronger together!

The membership form is now available online and it is quick and easy to complete.  Membership also provides access to the Union’s benefit programs, a free community college benefit, the scholarship program, and more. 

Visit the membership form online to submit updated information. 

SEIU District 1199 Members at The Brier Unify and Ratify Strong Contract

Health care workers at The Brier, a long-term care facility in Ronceverte, West Virginia, work diligently to provide quality care to residents. This week, they ratified a new contract, that will provide additional benefits and help ensure a strong workforce at their facility. 

Among the highlights, the workers unified during negotiations to successfully stand together against all concessions. Additionally, they negotiated the following: 

 Vacation Time: SEIU District 1199 members at the facility now have the ability to sell back vacation time when they have accrued time over 40 hours. 
• Union Orientation: Better union orientation provisions were negotiated. Union orientation is important for welcoming new union members and staying unified as a chapter. 
• Holiday Pay: Workers at the facility will now receive time and 1/4 for hours worked on holidays.  
• Wage Increase: The workers at the facility successfully negotiated annual wage increases. 

These new provisions in the contract, compliment the benefits and protections secured by members during past negotiations. We are stronger together!

ResCare Union Members of SEIU District 1199 Stand United

Members of SEIU District 1199 who work for ResCare in Ohio and West Virginia provide vital health care services. The Member Resource Center has worked with ResCare members to win many victories since the start of the year. These victories and others show the power of unity and standing together.

Some recent ResCare victories from Hampshire County (WV), Raleigh County (WV), Harrison County (WV), Wood County (WV), Gallia County (OH), Lorain County (OH), Washington County (OH), and Franklin County (OH),  are listed below:

ResCare Lorain County (OH): Workers at a ResCare in Lorain County (pictured below) had been promoted to lead status before their company was acquired by ResCare three years ago. These members of SEIU District 1199 joined together and contacted the union after management appeared to stop recognizing their lead status. It was also discovered that these workers were being underpaid according to their job title. After taking action together, they have received the proper recognition and rate of pay.

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ResCare Hampshire County (WV): At the end of 2017, a worker’s paycheck was missing $200. The problem continued with another inaccurate check. While she notified management, the issue was not fixed until working together with her union. After teaming up with the union, the miscalculation in her wage and the money owed were both resolved. 

Raleigh County (WV): A member was improperly denied a wage increase. Standing together with her union, the worker appealed to the employer. Within five days, the rate of pay was amended. The worker also received a manual check within just two days.

Raleigh County (WV): Schedules were not being posted two weeks in advance as the contract mandated. The lack of a schedule had caused issues for the union members who need reliable notice of shifts. Having a union, the workers had the power to enforce the contract they had bargained.

ResCare Gallia County (OH): After leaving her shop for a month for surgery, a member found that her job was being posted and she could lose her specific position and shift. Working with the union, the position was left open for her to return to after she had recovered. 

Washington County (OH): A dedicated member was not paid for hours that stretched over an 11 day period. The employer released the missing pay after a full hearing with the worker who was backed by the union. 

Franklin County (OH): A member was improperly denied over $600 in mileage reimbursements. The member contacted the union who called for a quick meeting with management. Standing together, the outcome was successful.

Wood County (WV): A member was due a raise on their anniversary but the raise never came. Joining together with the union, the member was able to get both the raise and retroactive pay. 

If you  believe your employer is violating your contract or labor law, contact the SEIU District 1199 Member Resource Center. The MRC is open from 8:30 AM to 8PM every Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

Register Now for the West Virginia Delegate Training Being Held on March 24th

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Delegate training for West Virginia members will be held on March 24th from 10AM to 2PM. There will be trainings held in Harpers Ferry, Huntington, Beckley, and Charleston. Lunch will be provided but no lost time or mileage will be paid.

You can access a copy of the registration form at this link. Register by turning in your form to your organizer, faxing the form to 304-522-2885, or contacting the Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348. Registration will close at the end of business on Monday, March 12th.

If you need assistance, do not hesitate to reach out to your organizer. We are stronger together! This will be a great chance to come together to prepare for the year and build our union. 

SEIU District 1199 Members at the Putnam County Aging Program Reach New Contract

The Putnam County Aging Program offers vital services to seniors and individuals with disabilities. The agency serves Putnam County, West Virginia, in addition to the surrounding area. Dedicated staff with the agency recently unified in negotiations and reached a strong new contract agreement.

In addition to enhanced language, the new three year contract includes:

• Annual wage increases. 
• Additional bereavement leave.
• 4 new paid holidays.
• Time and a half pay for holidays worked.
• 1 hour of paid union orientation.
• 1 hour of paid grievance investigation time. 

Congratulations to these workers who stood together to bargain a new contract agreement. Thank you also for the important work you do each day.

Workers at Willow Tree Healthcare Win Strong Wage Increases and Improved Benefits – Beat Subcontracting

Over the last two months, members of SEIU District 1199 at Willow Tree Healthcare in Charles Town, West Virginia, have been working together in unity to bargain a new contract. These health care workers care a great deal about their work and made real gains that will improve pay, staff retention, and quality care. 

Jason Shriver, an SEIU District 1199 and bargaining committee member, said about the negotiations: “By standing together we were able to secure wage increases, better seniority, and benefits.” Not only that, they “were able to fight off subcontracting and secure our unit as one over the next 3 years.”

The contract they negotiated includes the following wage increases:

• CNA’s will get a $2.00/hr wage increase in year 1 – a 15.4% increase
LPN’s will get a $1.00/hr wage increase in year 1 – a 4.4% increase
Dietary, Housekeeping, Laundry, and Maintenance in year 1 – 3.5% increase
Everyone will get a 2.75% wage increase in years 2 and 3

Workers also won better benefits, stronger contract language, and improved workplace protections. For example:

• Mandation: it was negotiated that workers can now only be mandated 2 times within a period of 30 days.
• Bereavement Leave: the new contract adds one additional day of leave for bereavement of an aunt, uncle, niece, or nephew.
• Vacation Requests: under the contract, vacation requests can be submitted at any time before a work schedule is posted.
• Uniforms: the new contract also includes that additional work uniforms will now be provided.
• Contract Language: enhanced contract language has been added relating to the grievance process and other workplace issues.
• On Call Improvement: going forward, if a member is called into work and arrives within an hour and half, they will be paid from the start of the shift.

The health care workers at the Willow Tree Healthcare Center show the power of collective bargaining and working together as a union. With these improvements, they will be well prepared to continue the work they do each day on behalf of those they serve.

ResCare Members Work With the MRC to Win Latest Grievances

ResCare members of SEIU District 1199 provide critical care to many individuals with disabilities across West Virginia and Ohio. The Member Resource Center, which opened in August 2017,  provides enhanced representation and has achieved many victories over the last few months. The staff with the MRC report additional victories achieved over the last week. 

Nicholas County (WV): A member took paid time off totaling 19.78 hours but was not paid for the time. She contacted the MRC in late August and was not able to get informal resolution. Working with MRC contract and arbitration staff, the member filed a grievance. With resistance from the employer, it escalated to mediation where the member reached successful resolution. ResCare agreed to settle the grievance and pay the $296.70 that was owed. 

Franklin County (OH): A member and direct support professional had worked at ResCare for a decade. After he graduated with an LPN nursing degree, ResCare did not place him for an LPN position and said that he lacked experience. The Member Resource Center worked with the member to file a “non-selection” grievance within the same day. After just 9 days, the grievance was settled and ResCare agreed to promote the member. 

Wood County (WV): A member was due 95 hours of overtime that had been owed since July 2017. The member had tried to resolve the issue for nearly 6 months. After contacting the Member Resource Center, a grievance was filed within the same day. Within 20 days the issue was solved with a payment issued to the member. 

The Member Resource Center is open Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 8PM. If you believe your contract is being violated at work, do not hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!” 

SEIU District 1199 ResCare Members and MRC Start Year With Victories

The Member Resource Center is a resource for all SEIU District 1199 members and now provides representation to members with ResCare in Ohio and West Virginia. Staff with the MRC are available each day from 8:30AM to 8:00PM. Working together, SEIU District 1199 members and the MRC have won many recent grievances. 

ResCare Gallia County (OH): A member who is passionate about his work with his consumers was unfairly disciplined. With the assistance of the Member Resource Center, the discipline was thrown out and the member received pay for the days he was on administrative leave. In a grievance with another worker in the same county, a member was issued improper warnings for tardiness. The grievance was filed and won within 13 days. 

ResCare Belmont County (OH): A member who had worked hard at ResCare for almost 4 years decided it was time to move on. She called the Member Resource Center to report that the company failed to pay her for a raise she was supposed to have received six months prior to her resignation. The MRC filed a grievance and received a check with all missing back pay.

ResCare Montgomery County (OH): A member contacted the Member Resource Center after realizing that she was missing months of pay for medication passes. The MRC immediately filed a grievance and after the first grievance meeting, the member received around $600 for the missing work. Progress has been made but the dispute has not been completely resolved. 

ResCare Berkeley County (WV): The Member Resource Center filed a grievance for a member missing several hours of pay on her most recent paycheck. The grievance and pay for the missing hours were resolved within one day. 

ResCare Wood County (OH): A member had tried herself to get ResCare to pay her 35 hours of missing Overtime but was unsuccessful. She filed a grievance with the help of the MRC and won back pay for the overtime hours.

If you believe your contract or rights are being violated at work, please do not hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

ResCare SEIU District 1199 Members Work With Member Resource Center to Win Grievances

In December, multiple ResCare employees worked with staff at the Member Resource Center to win grievances. ResCare workers provide critical services to individuals with disabilities and have been an important part of the Member Resource Center’s work.

While there have been many victories during the Member Resource Center pilot and grievances are ongoing, the victories below were won in just the last two weeks. The successful grievances were filed by ResCare workers from Vinton County (OH), Butler County (OH), and Cabell County (WV).

• A worker was disciplined outside of the 10 day window provided by the contact with ResCare. After contacting the Member Resource Center to file a grievance, the discipline was withdrawn and ResCare agreed instead to provide re-training. 
• A worker was not called for an overtime opportunity in violation of the contract. After filing a grievance with the Member Resource Center, the member was paid 8 hours of overtime to compensate for the failure to follow procedure. ResCare committed to honoring seniority in the future.
• After a worker earned holiday pay, their check was shortchanged. After calling the Member Resource Center and filing a grievance, the issue was settled within the month of December.  

If you believe your contract or rights are being violated at work, don’t hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center. The Member Resource Center is open every weekday from 8:30AM to 8PM. Your Member Resource Center has your back! 

Stonerise Healthcare of Charleston Reaches $123,680 Settlement With U.S. Department of Labor

Today, the United States Department of Labor announced a settlement agreement with Stonerise Healthcare of Charleston, West Virginia. SEIU District 1199 members at five Stonerise Healthcare facilities provide critical care to nursing home residents and short-term rehabilitation clients. 

• The settlement impacts 498 workers at 16 Stonerise Healthcare facilities. The agreement includes $61,840 in back wages and an equal amount in damages.
• The Wage an Hour Division of the U.S. Department of Labor found that Stonerise Healthcare failed to include bonus pay when calculating overtime rates, as was required by the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).
• According to the Department of Labor, the agreement “covers Stonerise facilities in Morgantown, Kingwood, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Parkersburg, Belmont, Berkeley Springs, Keyser, Martinsburg, Charleston, Princeton, Beckley, Rainelle, Lindside, Ronceverte, and Wellsburg.”

The Fair Labor Standards Act offers important workplace protections. SEIU District 1199 will continue to follow this settlement agreement for updates. For additional information, please refer to the press release below. 

U.S. Department of Labor: “West Virginia Nursing Home Operator to Pay $123,680 in Back Wages, Damages After U.S. Department of Labor Investigation.”