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Special Notice and Nominating Petition: SEIU District 1199 District Officers and Executive Board Elections

All nominating petitions must be turned into the SEIU District 1199 election board by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, June 3rd at 1395 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Only originals will be accepted – no scans or faxed copies. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Jo Ivan, Election Chair, by calling (877) 419-7348. 

Nominating Petition: 2020 SEIU District 1199 District Officers and Executive Board Elections

Special Notice: 2020 SEIU District 1199 District Officers and Executive Board Elections

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SEIU Union Members at Fairmont Regional Medical Center Win Nearly $1,000,000, Continue Litigation Plans for 401K Contributions

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, April 6, 2020

For more information, contact: Joyce Gibson, jgibson@seiu1199.org, 304-654-0824

Union Workers at Fairmont Regional Medical Center Win Nearly $1,000,000, Continue Litigation Plans for 401K Contributions

SEIU District 1199 Members, with the help of Governor Jim Justice and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey, leverage $844,342.49 from Alecto Healthcare to pay Union workers for earned benefit time.

FAIRMONT, WV – Today, the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 WV/KY/OH announced a major victory for the hospital workers who were displaced from Fairmont Regional Medical Center when from Alecto Healthcare ceased operations. While the specifics of the settlement are confidential, Union leaders were able to secure all earned benefit time to be paid out to hospital workers including all paid-time-off (PTO), accrued vacation time, and bonus days. 

In addition to being owed this earned benefit time, hospital workers plan to continue to work with Attorney General Patrick Morrisey to pursue litigation against Alecto Healthcare for 401K contributions the California-based, for-profit healthcare corporation still owes Union members. 

“This is a major victory for the workers of Fairmont Regional Medical Center, who continued to provide quality care to this community up until the day Alecto shuttered the doors of the hospital,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director for SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “By working with Governor Justice and Attorney General Morrisey, we are sending a message that if you are going to do business in West Virginia, you have to treat our workers with dignity and respect.”

West Virginia Governor Jim Justice and Attorney General Patrick Morrisey have been working with Union leaders since first learning of Alecto’s plan to close Fairmont Regional Medical Center.

“I am pleased to hear that Alecto has agreed to pay nearly $1 million in paid time off to employees who earned that money through their hard work and loyalty at Fairmont Regional Medical Center,” Attorney General Morrisey said. “This is an important first step by Alecto, but make no mistake that our office remains committed to taking every step possible to help the workers who were improperly treated.

“These employees did not ask for the sudden closure of Fairmont Regional Medical Center. It was forced upon the employees and the community at large amid global pandemic. Our office intends to leave no stone unturned. Employees of Fairmont Regional, as well as those at Ohio Valley Medical Center, deserve nothing less,” Morrisey added.

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Technical & Therapist Unit Workers With Cabell Huntington Hospital Vote to Form a Union

Technical Workers and Therapist Unit – CT Specialist Techs, Medical Lab Tech II’s, Nuclear Medicine Techs, X-Ray Techs, Radiation Therapists, Respiratory Therapists, and Ultrasound Techs With Cabell Huntington Hospital Vote to Form a Union and Join Together With Hospital Nurses, Maintenance, and Service Workers 

By a majority vote, technical workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital say YES to joining a Union.

HUNTINGTON, WV – Yesterday, over 150 technical workers voted to stand together and negotiate with Cabell Huntington Hospital after voting to organize their Union with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 WV/KY/OH. In late 2019, 1,000 registered nurses with Cabell Huntington Hospital voted to unionize in one of the biggest organizing victories since West Virginia became a “right-to-work” state. SEIU District 1199 has also represented 1,000 service and maintenance workers with the hospital for over 40 years.

“The workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital work hard every day to provide the best quality care to the patients and community they serve,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “It is important that these workers have the ability to hold hospital executives accountable, and negotiate a fair and equitable legally binding contract.”

These technical workers have worked side-by-side with SEIU members in every area of Cabell Huntington Hospital. Now, they will all have a stronger voice together. SEIU now represents over 2,000 workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital.

“These important technical workers will have a voice in wages, benefits, and working conditions,” Gibson continued. “Like the other unionized workers at Cabell Huntington Hospital, they know that by uniting together, they can stand up for our patients, our community, and our families.”

Contact | Joyce Gibson, SEIU District 1199 Regional Director | 304-654-0824 |

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Mercy Springfield Members Ratify New Contract With Path to $15

Congratulations to all members with Springfield Regional Medical Center. A new contract was ratified last week that includes substantial wage increases for the bargaining unit, including a path to a $15 by 2022. Members will move immediately to $13 an hour, which may equate to a substantial raise.

Below are some of the new terms of the no-concessions contract

A $15 an hour minimum wage for all members by 2022
Annual wage increases for workers who already make $15/hr (and above) 
Language that will give members a personal day, in addition to current PTO time
A new $1 an hour premium for environmental services members 
Non-discrimination language that will protect workers in several areas 
Reimbursement for ServSafe Training for nutrition services members
A simplified 2-step grievance procedure 

Congratulations to the member bargaining team for standing united to bargain this new contract. We are stronger together. 

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Cleveland Library Workers Stand United for Improved Staffing and to Stop Outsourcing, Issue 10-Day Strike Notice

Workers at Cleveland Public Library say taxpayers approved increases in taxes in order to support programs and services for the community, not to give massive pay increases and bonuses to top executives.

CLEVELAND, OHIO – Today, Union Librarians, Library Assistants, Clerks, Custodians, maintenance workers, and a wide range of support staff at the Cleveland Public Library have issued a 10-day notice of their intent to strike after months of negotiations with top executives have failed to yield a fair contract that respects the dignity of their work and supports the public services they provide.  Instead, proposals by Cleveland Public Library administration would outsource Cleveland jobs, and make it more difficult for front line staff that is already stretched to provide valuable services and programs to the community.

“My co-workers and I are committed to providing the best possible service to the people of our community.  We are dedicated professionals who care deeply about our neighbors,” said Debbie Hajzak, an Outreach and Programming Services Project Coordinator for the Library and Member Vice President with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “We have done everything we can to avoid going on strike, but enough is enough.  We can no longer stand by while the executives of “The People’s University” line their own pockets at the expense of the public.  We are standing up for the work we do and for the service we provide to our community. We will not allow the Library to replace dedicated public servants with volunteers, outsource work, and continue to add executive positions while they keep frontline and support staffing at a bare minimum at best.”

Despite voters giving overwhelming approval to Issue 60 in 2017, the recent levy campaign in support of library services and programs, Cleveland Public Library has used those resources to give massive pay increases and huge bonuses to their top executives, in addition to luxurious benefit packages. At the same time, more than 100 bargaining unit positions have been eliminated over the past 10 years, leaving most library workers doing double- and triple-duty in service to the community as demand for library programs and services continues to increase. 

“The Cleveland Public Library went to the citizens of Cleveland to ask for an increase in millage and the residents supported this levy increase overwhelmingly, and in return library executives have chosen to give large payouts to top administrators, many of whom are not residents of Cleveland. Library executives continue to ignore the needs of the hard-working people that make this library the Five Star premiere organization that this administration so often boasts about,” said Erick Walker, a Senior Subject Department Clerk at the Cleveland Public Library and Executive Board Member with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “Taxpayers approved increases in taxes in order to support the services we provide to our neighbors and our community, but instead Cleveland Public Library executives have shifted their priorities from public service to self-service.  It’s time they get their priorities straight.”

With a vote of support from bargaining unit members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH at the Cleveland Public Library, notice has been served to library executives and the State Employees Relations Board (SERB) that unless an agreement can be reached, workers will be on strike beginning at 12:00 pm on February 4th, 2020. With only one bargaining session remaining on Thursday, January 23, workers remain willing to meet up to the day of the strike, and after, if necessary. 

To ease the burden on striking library workers, the Executive Board of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH voted to increase strike benefits to offset some of the cost of lost wages for bargaining unit members who work shifts on the picket line outside of each of the 28 strike locations. 

Cleveland Public Library plans to spend up to $175,000 on lawyers and propaganda to further discredit the dedicated workers of the Cleveland Public Library, but the people of Cleveland stand with library workers. 

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2019 Scholarship Winners

Congratulations to our 2019 Scholarship Winners!

Ian Quillen
Child of Carolyn Quillen
Kings Daughters Medical Center

Alex Butcher
Child of Amy Butcher
Cabell Huntington Hospital

Kacey Gilkerson
Child of Sabrina Gilkerson
Cabell Huntington Hospital

Richard McMillion
Child of Ruth McMillion
Seneca Health Services

Derek Stevens
Spouse of Rachel Stevens
Fairmont Regional Medical Center

Nicholas Amanatides
Ohio Dept. of Job & Family Services

David Barbutes
Child of Colleen Barbutes
Trumbull Regional Medical Center

Suzy Bangudi
Child of Brigitte Bangudi
Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corrections

Brittany Carrasco
Mercy Hospital Springfield

Kayla Chappell
Child of Tiffany Jones
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Dwayne Gullatte
Child of Robin Bennie
Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Comp

Kevin Haller
Child of Maryanne Haller
Cuyahoga County Public Library

Kasey Hunt
Child of Samantha Chamberlain
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

Zoe Katz
Child of Jodi Katz
Bellefaire JCB

Griffin Kennedy
Child of Tim Kennedy
Cuyahoga Community College

Bobby Mounts
Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corrections

Shahid Muhammad
Child of Kasey Hall
Cincinnati State

Melissa Mulinix
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

William Nagy II
Child of William Nagy
Ohio Department of Health

Patrick Olabode
Ohio Dept. of Rehab. & Corrections

Ben Zhang
Child of Hongbo Zhu
Ohio Dept. of Mental Health & Addiction Services

 

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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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