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SEIU Members & Appalachian Regional Healthcare Reach Agreement on Highlands Regional Medical Center

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PRESTONSBURG, KENTUCKY – SEIU District 1199 and Appalachian Regional Healthcare have collaboratively reached a recognition and contract assumption agreement for Union members who work at Highlands Regional Medical Center in Prestonsburg, Kentucky. SEIU District 1199 represents over 250 workers with Highlands Regional Medical Center and has represented members at the hospital since the 1980’s. As of August 1, Highlands Regional Medical Center is now a part of the ARH system.

While the full details of the agreement are confidential, the parties worked hard to ensure that a fair and equitable agreement was reached. The agreement offers improved healthcare coverage for bargaining unit members at the hospital with 100% paid in-network coverage. The agreement also recognizes the seniority of the hospital’s dedicated unionized employees and will carry-over accrued personal time, sick leave, and vacation time.

“This agreement will reward the hard work our members do, and it shows that negotiations conducted in good faith can lead to a contract that is beneficial for workers, the hospital, and the community,” said Joyce Gibson, West Virginia and Kentucky Healthcare Division Director for the Service Employees International Union District 1199.  “By standing together, our members were able to improve benefits, provide union security and preserve quality care and services for our patients and visitors. We thank Appalachian Regional Healthcare for their commitment to this important hospital and the provision of quality care.”

CONTACT | Joyce Gibson, West Virginia / Kentucky Healthcare Division Director for the Service Employees International Union District 1199 | Phone: 877-419-7348.

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SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Scholarship Program

2014_SEIU1199_ScholarshipVerticalBannerWho is eligible?
All SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH members in good standing and their immediate family members are eligible.

What are the requirements?
You must have been accepted or currently enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year educational institution or technical school and actively enrolled in a degree, post bachelor’s degree or certification program.
You must be enrolled for a minimum of five (5) credit hours in a course required or related to the degree or certification.
You and your immediate family member(s) are eligible if you have been a member in good standing of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH for at least two years prior to the application deadline.

How do I apply?
Complete scholarship eligibility criteria, requirements and applications are available here:

• SEIU 1199 Scholarship Form
 SEIU 1199 Scholarship FAQ

Members may also obtain an application packet including eligibility criteria information and an application by calling the Member Resource Center hotline at 1-877-419-SEIU (7348).

This program is now closed for 2019. The application process will re-open on June 1, 2020. 

Scholarship Recipient List For 2018
 Update/Renew Your Membership 

Applications may submitted by email to scholarships@seiu1199.org or by mail to:

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Member Resource Center
Attention: Scholarships
1395 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215

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2018 Scholarship Winners

Wesley Slone, Child of Virgil Slone of Highlands Regional Medical Center
Wesley attends Morehead State University

Jessica Clark of Cabell Huntington Hospital.
Jessica attends Collins Career Technical Center

Alley Cronin, Child of Jennifer Ingram of ResCare of West Virginia
Alley attends Washington State Community College

Hannah Larry of Fairmont Regional Medical Center
Hannah attends West Virginia University

Brooke Pennington, Child of Randall Pennington of American Red Cross
Brooke attends Mountwest Community & Technical College

Kylie Adelman, Child of Michael Adelman of the Ohio Department of Rehabilitations and Corrections
Kylie attends Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing

Alex Alonge, Child of Linda Minnehan of Lorain County Community Action Agency
Alex attends Ohio University.

Kevin Aquila, Child of Judith Aquila of Murtis Taylor
Kevin attends Cuyahoga Community College

Charles Bailey of Cleveland Public Library
Charles attends Kent State University

Amy Bartko of Cuyahoga County Public Library
Amy attends Kent State University

John Byrne of Zepf Center
John attends Case Western Reserve University

Nathan Callihan, Child of Tracy Callihan of Bellefaire JCB
Nathan attends John Carroll University

Brandy Cool of Gateways To Better Living
Brandy attends Union Institute & University

Tristan Currence, Child of Anissa Currence of Trumbull Memorial Hospital
Tristan attends The Ohio State University

Alicia Flenoy, Child of Elicia Rice-Flenoy of Rescue Mental Health
Alicia attends University of Toledo

Kelsey Haas, Child of James Haas of the Adult Parole Authority
Kelsey attends Hanover College

Breya Hall-McDuffie, Child of Karen McDuffie of Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Breya attends Youngstown State University

Zachary Horvath, Child of Thomas Horvath of Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Zachary attends University of Toledo

Laurie Hudnell of Ohio Living Park Vista
Laurie attends Eastern Gateway Community College

Erick Jackson, Child of Barbara Jackson of Childrens Hospital
Erick attends Cuyahoga Community College

Kennedie Lomax, Child of Keith Lomax of Ohio Department of Youth Services
Kennedie attends University of Akron

Adam Winrod, Child of Daniel Winrod of Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities
Adam attends University of Cincinnati

CONGRATULATIONS 2018 SCHOLARSHIP WINNERS!

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State of Ohio Contract Negotiations Bargaining Update 8.23.18

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STANDING UNITED FOR A FAIR CONTRACT

Despite inaction by State negotiators, we are working together to negotiate a contract that respects your professionalism and rewards your devotion to public service.

Our Ohio State Chapter Bargaining Committee continues to meet with the State’s representatives to bargain our new contract. While scheduled to meet Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of last week, the State cancelled on us Wednesday and used Thursday and Friday to argue semantics and disagree about philosophical issues rather than address the true concerns of us, the members.

Although it was a fight each step of the way, by staying united and working together we were able to reach agreement on many of the current protections in our contract and some non-economic issues, such as non-discrimination, service delivery and disciplinary notices.

We recognize that this has been a long process already but the delay is NOT on the part of our Union. The State has been presented with ALL of our proposals and we are more than ready to negotiate a contract that is fair for the membership and provides the best protections, wages and benefits we can secure. However, high-priced Attorney Dan Guttman and the State’s team have yet to provide us with any economic proposals, including our much-deserved wage increase. Instead, Guttman and his team continue to try to eliminate long-standing contract language that we have fought to secure and protect over the years.

We have scheduled Tuesday, September 4th as our next bargaining session and will determine our course forward after that meeting. Depending on the willingness of the State to bargain in good faith, we will either be on course to finalize an agreement or most likely be headed to fact-finding on September 19th and 20th, with a fact-finder’s report likely sometime in October.

Our Committee is standing strong and we ask that you continue to support us fight for the dignity and respect we all deserve on the job.

In Solidarity,

Our SEIU/1199 Ohio State Chapter Bargaining Committee

 

IN ORDER TO VOTE ON OUR CONTRACT, YOU WILL NEED TO BE A MEMBER OF THE UNION. PLEASE CLICK HERE TO COMPLETE YOUR MEMBERSHIP FORM TODAY.

 

VICTORY REPORTS

State Members Work Together to Resolve Leave and Workplace Issues

State of Ohio members have been working together to achieve resolution of leave and other workplace issues. The outcomes detailed below highlight the importance of collective bargaining and Union rights.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction – A member was denied weekend leave using compensatory time because he would not state the reason. The member filed a grievance through the Union, as providing a reason for such leave is not required. The state then allowed the use of compensatory time and returned the member’s personal leave.

Ohio Department of Health – A member requested leave and was denied by management. The member contacted our Member Resource Center and filed a grievance and leave was granted after it was discovered that ODH did not follow proper procedures for denying the leave.

Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction – A member received a written reprimand for reasons that were not justified. Working as a team with their Union Delegate, the member was able to have the reprimand reversed.

Ohio Department of Mental Health – Working with a Union Delegate, a member appealed a three-day working suspension. After meeting with the State, with the support of a mediator, the Union was able to show the State failed to prove just cause and that the member’s testimony was credible. The State reversed the discipline.

Department of Rehabilitation and Correction – A member with the DRC was issued an unjust written warning and contacted her Union Delegate at work. The Delegate helped file a grievance and stood by her at a grievance hearing where they presented the facts and the discipline was reduced to a non-formal, corrective counseling.

Members Win Paid Time for Exam Prep & Testing – Union Members with the State of Ohio take great pride in providing high-quality health care and work hard every day. Recently, a group of Union Members united to file a class-action grievance out of concern that time needed to study for an upcoming annual exam would detract from patient care. As a result of their efforts, Members are being provided with 8 hours of relief from regular duties to complete important education and the requisite testing.

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Does your contract protect our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered members?

11377251_10152778322327680_9154163634306292954_nJune is Pride Month!

Does your contract protect our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered members?

State laws in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio DO NOT!  Your contract needs to be the first line of defense.

• Anti-Discrimination Articles: Does your contract include anti-discrimination clauses to protect LGBT Members? Neither the employer nor the Union shall discriminate against or in favor of any employee on account of race, color, creed, national origin, religion, sex, sexual preference, gender identity, age, Union activity, disability or veteran status.

• Sick Time: Does your contract allow LGBT members to use sick time equitably? Immediate family is defined as spouse, daughter (in‑law), son (in‑law), father (in‑law), mother (in‑law), brother (in‑law), sister (in‑law), grandparent (in-law) legal guardian or other person who stands in the place of a parent (in loco parents) or others living in the employee’s household who are related through blood or marriage, and Domestic Partners.
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Insurance: Does your contract allow LGBT members to equally use insurance plans?
• Bereavement Leave: Does your contract allow LGBT members to use bereavement equally?

Your contract is the pathway to equality!

Your contract doesn’t give you these rights? Contact our Lavender Caucus to learn how to fight for these rights in your next contract.

For additional information, contact Lee Evans at 614-461-1199 or levans@seiu1199.org

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Parole Officers Fight For Reagan Tokes Act

Because of the work of our Parole Officers through the Union, today we passed the Reagan Tokes Act (HB365) out of the Ohio House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee by a vote of 10-1.

This is HUGE. Today’s victory would not have been possible without Parole Officers like you taking time out of your lives and work to come to Columbus for our Lobby Days and meet face-to-face with legislators about the need to address caseloads and staffing within the Adult Parole Authority. 

But it gets better than that. The Chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, Rep. Nathan Manning (R-Lorain), introduced an amendment to create the Offender Supervision Study Committee within the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission.

• Within the creation of the committee, there are requirements for membership of the committee to include an active parole officer, among others. 
• There’s also a requirement that the group shall provide a recommendation to the General Assembly of changes to the revised code regarding all issues related to the supervision of offenders, including issues related to parole, community control, probation, community corrections, transitional control, and issues related to interstate compact policies.

Through our Union, Parole Officers now have a seat at the table going forward. That’s the power of collective action! 

The process still has many steps – but this is a major victory for our members. The next step will be a vote by the Ohio House of Representatives, then the bill will go to the Senate and eventually to Governor Kasich for his signature. I will keep you updated as the process moves forward. 

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SEIU District 1199 Endorses Sherrod Brown For U.S. Senate

The original statement from Team Sherrod with Senator Sherrod Brown’s campaign can be found here.  

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COLUMBUS – The Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 WV/KY/OH endorsed Sherrod Brown for reelection to the U.S. Senate. SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH represents nearly 30,000 workers across Ohio, West Virginia and Kentucky. In Ohio, SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH represents nearly 13,000 workers in the healthcare field, nearly 4,000 state of Ohio employees across 18 Ohio agencies and nearly 5,000 other public sector workers.

“The members of the Service Employees International Union are proud to stand with Sherrod Brown because he fights every day to improve the lives of Ohio’s working people and their families,” said Anthony Caldwell, Director of Public Affairs for SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “Sherrod’s plan for good jobs in Ohio means that no matter who you are or where you are from, you will have the ability to earn a respectable living, provide for your family and retire with dignity.”

“In contrast, Congressman Jim Renacci works for the wealthy and well-connected, not Ohio’s working families,” said Caldwell. “Renacci has spent his career in Washington doing the bidding of his donors at the expense of the people of Ohio. That’s why working families can’t trust Jim Renacci.”

“Thank you to the working men and women of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH for their support,” said Senator Sherrod Brown. “People in Ohio and across the country have less and less to show for the hard work they put in each day. I’m proud to stand alongside these workers as we fight to change that by seeking better wages and workplace protections that will give all workers and their families the chance to succeed.”

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Working People’s Day of Action and Rally for Good Union Jobs

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Day of Action highlights how SEIU members are ready to stick together in their Union

COLUMBUS, OH – Despite heavy rain, thousands of workers rallied outside of the Ohio Statehouse on Saturday, February 24th to send a message to state lawmakers that no court case, no legislation, no propaganda campaign (and no rain) can stop us from sticking together.

“Because we are united in our Union, we have had the power in numbers to win higher wages, better benefits, secure retirements and safer working conditions for millions of working people in Ohio and across the country,” said Adreana Tartt, a member leader with SEIU District 1199 and Delegate for the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. “We know they are trying to divide us, but we won’t let them. We are going to stick together, no matter what. We are stronger together.”

The Working People’s Day of Action was also the official launch of our SEIU District 1199 State of Ohio contract bargaining campaign. Hundreds of workers packed the Columbus Union Hall to stand in solidarity with their sisters and brothers ahead of the rally.

For a full recap of the Working People’s Day of Action event, checkout this video from the rally. 

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SEIU Gubernatorial Candidate Forum

Thank you to the candidates and all who attended. To checkout photos from the event, visit our photo page

We have invited all candidates running for Ohio Governor – Democrats and Republicans – to give you a chance to hear for yourself where they stand on the issues that matter to working people and their families. This is not a debate – but an opportunity for candidates to share their vision for Ohio’s future and to answer the hard questions about things that actually matter to working people like us.
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If you are interested in attending the 2018 SEIU Gubernatorial Candidates Forum, please register today by clicking here. Questions can be submitted with your registration.  We look forward to seeing you on March 1st for our 2018 SEIU Gubernatorial Candidates Forum. We encourage you to bring your family and friends as well. Dinner and refreshments will be provided – so please RSVP today.

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Working People’s Day of Action Rally

Day-of-Action-Logos_Main-01-01Mark your calendars to participate in the Working People’s Day of Action on Saturday, Feb. 24 at the Ohio Statehouse in downtown Columbus. This rally is part of a National Day of Action being held in 10 cities across the U.S. to protect workers’ freedoms and support strong unions.
 
• What: Working People’s Day of Action Rally
• Date: Sat., February 24
• Time: Gathering begins at 10:30 a.m.; rally begins at noon
• Location: Ohio Statehouse, Columbus, OH
 
Why are we rallying?
Just like with the dangerous Senate Bill 5, politicians at the Statehouse are trying to take away collective bargaining rights again and want to make Ohio a Right to Work state. But, instead of legislation this time, they want to put the attacks before Ohio voters with six proposed anti-worker ballots initiatives. Nationally, a U.S. Supreme Court case, Janus vs. AFSCME Council 31, would make the entire country Right to Work for public employees if the court sides with anti-union groups like the Koch Brothers, ALEC and the National Right to Work Committee. The Court will hear oral arguments on the case on Feb. 26, two days after the Working People’s Day of Action!
 
For these reasons and more, we need a strong showing of workers–public and private–against these attacks at the event on February 24! These attacks on public employees are no more than attempts to divide workers and limit our power! Because, as we all know, unions give workers a powerful voice to speak up—speak up for fair wages, affordable health care, a dignified pension and strong public services!
 
And that’s why America needs unions now more than ever!! Just like we did when we took down Senate Bill 5, when we join forces and stick together, WE ARE UNSTOPPABLE!
 
Transportation: Interested in carpooling? Want to ride a van or bus to Columbus?
Contact our Member Resource Center for more information at 877-419-7348 or by emailing mrc@seiu1199.org.
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