April 1 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
April 6 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm
April 9 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
April 10 @ 10:00 am - 4:30 pm
April 10 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Members of SEIU District 1199 are at the West Virginia Capitol today for our Lobby Day of Action. The West Virginia Legislature is expected to close out their annual session soon.
Workers are asking their representatives to stand against “work requirements” for Medicaid if reintroduced. They are also asking legislators to support critical funding for senior programs (HB 2625), fiscal support for hot and cold food trucks, and an increase in the senior meal reimbursement rate. These areas of public policy are all important to working families.
We are also encouraging members of the public to contact their legislators to ask them to protect Medicaid without work requirements. From “right-to-work” to other anti-Union attacks, working people in West Virginia have faced many challenges. We must speak out and stand together.
This week, United States Senator Sherrod Brown released a letter asking CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic to be fair to the hardworking Union members who work for the Cleveland Clinic. While the Cleveland Clinic announced that they would raise wages to $15 an hour, they clarified the raise would exclude many dedicated workers.
The Cleveland Clinic should do the right thing and immediately put all Caregivers on a path to a living wage. Recent coverage is included below:
• “Cleveland Clinic’s minimum-wage increase doesn’t apply to union workers.” (Cleveland Plain Dealer)
• “Unionized Cleveland Clinic workers speak out after learning minimum wage increase doesn’t apply to them.” (Becker’s Hospital Review)
What: SEIU District 1199 Black History Month Celebration
When: Wednesday, February 27th, 2019 from 3:30 PM – 6:00 PM
Where: Teamsters Union Hall at 435 S Hawley Street in Toledo, Ohio 43609
Join us for an evening of celebration, conversation and inspiration as we move forward with our vision for a just society where all working people are valued, all people are respected, where all families and communities thrive and where we leave a better and more equal world for generations to come.
There are three easy ways to register. When you register please identify that you are attending the Toledo Black History Month Celebration. Register online at seiu1199.org/MRC, over the phone by calling 1-877-419-7348 or email via MRC@seiu1199.org.
Last week, House Bill 3136, was introduced in the West Virginia House of Delegates. This legislation would mean the loss of critical Medicaid coverage for individuals across West Virginia. Work requirements could immediately impact 95,000 West Virginians who do not have enough hours or are unemployed.
Medicaid work requirements create unnecessary government bureaucracy and make it harder for working people to stay healthy and find work. Communities across West Virginia have faced difficulty and such requirements will limit access to care for many who are already vulnerable. Work requirements would also be a major setback as the state battles an opioid crisis.
A member of SEIU District 1199 recently won resolution of a grievance which related to a uniform purchase. After being informed that the member needed to purchase a new uniform, the worker sought approval of a sample from management. After receiving approval, the member then purchased the sample in several variations.
When returning to work with the new uniform, a different staff member flagged the uniform as being not acceptable. Workers with non-Union workplaces often have no established process to seek fairness. However, as a Union member, the worker joined with the Member Resource Center to file a grievance. The grievance had a successful outcome and the member was reimbursed for the expense.
If you need assistance with a contract issue at work, do not hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center. The Member Resource Center is open each day from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”
An updated membership helps to ensure that our chapters and Union remain strong. We are stronger together.
The membership form is available online. Membership also provides access to the Union’s benefit programs, a free community college benefit, annual scholarships, and more.
Visit the membership form online to submit a new membership or update/renew.
On Tuesday, March 5th from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM, members of SEIU District 1199 will meet for a Purple Power Lobby Day of Action at the West Virginia State Capitol in Charleston, West Virginia.
FREE Parking & Shuttle Service. We will meet on the 2nd level of the rotunda. All members/guests are encouraged to park at Laidley Field located at 200 Elizabeth Street in Charleston, WV 25311. Free shuttle bus service will take you to and from the East Wing entrance to the Main Capitol Building.
There are three easy ways to register. When you register please identify that you are attending the West Virginia Lobby Day of Action. Register online at seiu1199.org/MRC, over the phone by calling 1-877-419-7348 or email by sending a message to MRC@seiu1199.org.
Staff receiving an assignment that in her/his judgment and experience places patients or themselves at risk has an obligation to take action. Acting in the interest of patients, the staff should promptly notify her/his supervisor that because of inadequate staffing, the quality of care and safety of patients and/or residents and staff may be jeopardized.
Nursing staff are held responsible and accountable for the care provided. However, responsibility and accountability for the level of care also resides with the Hospital, including both executives and nursing administrative staff.
This Assignment Despite Objection Form may be used to document an assignment which is potentially unsafe for the patients and/or residents or staff. This form will be used to bring staffing issue to the attention of administration at monthly Labor Management meetings. It may also be used as evidence in defending members against discipline.
Members recently met in Cleveland and Huntington for grievance chair training events. Additional training courses will be held later this year. Grievance chairs, delegates, shop leaders, and members, regularly assist their co-workers with grievances and make sure that the contract is upheld.
The ability to file a grievance, if necessary, is an important protection. The grievance process means that members can present the facts through a more fair process if contract violations occur. Training courses further ensure that members are well prepared to stand together.
If you need assistance with a grievance, you can also contact the Member Resource Center. The Member Resource Center is open from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”