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Riverview Health Care Members Stand United to Negotiate Contract Agreement

Members with Riverview Health Care, a nursing home in Oak Harbor, have been working tirelessly to provide quality care for residents on the frontlines of the COVID19 pandemic. Members with this facility of all backgrounds recently stood together to bargain their next Union contract agreement.

The members at Riverview Health Care successfully negotiated the following terms and improvements:

1. Wage Increases. A $0.50 raise in the 1st year, in addition to a 3% wage increase. In the 2nd and 3rd years, members will receive wage increases of 2.5%.
2. Night Shift Differential. For workers who are on the night shift, the shift differential increased from $1 an hour to $3 an hour.
3. Perfect Attendance Bonus. Workers will now receive $200 for perfect attendance every three months. Bereavement leave and jury duty will no longer count against attendance.
4. Weekend Makeups. After missing work, members may be placed on the schedule their shift, in addition to a Saturday or Sunday for hours missed. 
5. Bereavement Leave. Leave will now be granted in relation to aunts and uncles.
6. Staffing. Pre-mandation hours will now be capped at 20 hours and FT/PT can pass 8 hours to others.

Workers with Riverview Health Care are doing everything possible to provide the highest possible quality care and there have not been any cases of COVID19 at the facility to date. Members successfully stood together in negotiations to bargain a fair and equitable agreement that will help ensure staff retention and quality care.


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Essential Workers Deliver Win in Historic Victory for Joe Biden, Kamala Harris

SEIU leaders celebrate the election of the first black woman and person of Indian descent to be elected Vice President of the United States.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – With the most votes of any presidential ticket in American history, essential workers across the country have delivered a decisive victory for President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris.

“Essential workers turned out in record numbers to vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, making history by electing the first Black woman and the first person of Indian descent as Vice President of the United States,” said Becky Williams, President of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH and International Vice President of the Service Employees International Union. “Now women and girls across the country and around the world will see a reflection of themselves in the Vice President of the United States and know that they can achieve their dreams no matter their zip code or the color of their skin.”

Even in the midst of a pandemic that has left more than 200,000 of our loved ones dead and created the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, essential workers like Cleveland-area homecare worker Carol Ford have turned out in record numbers across the country to vote, making their voices heard to pick new leaders who will care and govern for all of us.

“For four years, people across our country have demonstrated our commitment to standing with and for each other. In 2020, a year that has tested us like no other, we’re pulling through the pandemic by pulling together,” said Carol Ford, Ohio Private Sector Member Vice President for SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH and Cleveland-area homecare provider. “Through it all, we’ve rejected every attempt to divide us based on what we look like, where we come from, or where we live. And this election is no exception. We the people are proving nothing will stop us from making our voices heard.”

Now essential workers like Lorain-area Registered Nurse Judy Maldonado say it is time to hold our new government leaders to account – to not merely tackle the crises the last government created – but to make this a place where all of us can thrive.

“Our collective vote nationwide was the first step in forcing a reckoning to bring bold change to our communities,” said Judy Maldonado, RN Member Vice President of SEIU District 1199 and a behavioral health nurse practitioner in Lorain, Ohio. “Now, we need to uproot the systems of racism that our nation was founded on and unrig the rules so all working people can bargain for a better life at work and in our communities.”

SEIU members believe that President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris will deliver on the issues that matter to working people, specifically raising the minimum wage to $15 per hour, rewriting the rules so all workers can have a Union and healthcare for all.

“Today we celebrate this historic victory for our nation, and tomorrow we continue our collective work to demand our elected leaders take action bold enough to meet this moment of unprecedented crisis,” continued Williams.

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PPE For Healthcare Workers

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Take Action – Nursing Home Workers Need Safe Staffing, PPE & Fair Wages

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We Rise – Update Your Membership

An updated membership helps to ensure that our chapters and Union remain strong. We are stronger together.

Sign a Membership Card
The membership form is available online.  Membership also provides access to the Union’s benefit programs, a free community college benefit, an annual scholarship program, and more. 

Visit the membership form online to submit a new membership or update/renew. 

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State Chapter Newsletter – October

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● The Value of Union Membership and a Strong Chapter. Non-Union employees with the State of Ohio have been forced to accept concessions with no recourse. If you are a non-member, you can sign a membership card online. Recent events show that bureaucrats with the State of Ohio will continue to try to balance the budget on the backs of us, the working class workers, even while many are on the frontlines in this crisis. Preparations for negotiations with the State of Ohio are underway and the member-led negotiating committee will meet soon. We will keep the membership up to date as preparations and upcoming negotiations advance. 

● Emergency Pay Class Action Grievance. SEIU District 1199 has filed a class action grievance for every member citing our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) language Article 35, Emergencies. We believe that the current state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine falls well within the intent of this language and that all members who work during this declared emergency are entitled to the $8 per hour stipend referenced in the CBA. Send a message to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and ask him to honor the contract and grant the emergency pay that was mutually agreed upon. We will keep you updated as the grievance moves through the process.

● Educational Development Fund Update. On July 1st, the Educational Development Fund (EDF) for members of SEIU District 1199 renewed with an additional balance of $750,000 available for reimbursement. Additionally, $88,149.07 was left remaining at the end of FY20, which has now rolled over. As of September 12th, 63% of the balance remains available for reimbursement. Funding for the Educational Development Fund was negotiated by member leaders as a part of your collective bargaining agreement and is just one more example of how your Union negotiates benefits for your collective good. 

● State of Ohio Member Successfully Challenges Missed Overtime. A member with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services volunteered for overtime but a worker who was not currently at work was granted the hours. Through the grievance process, the State of Ohio agreed to properly award the overtime hours. The strength of this part of the contract is important because it prevents workers from being mandated by ensuring that all workers who are working are first canvassed for volunteers. 

● State Member Files Grievance Over Internal Training Quality. An SEIU District 1199 member stood together with other co-workers to file a grievance over the quality of training at a State of Ohio mental health facility. As a result of the grievance, a committee was formed to establish training standards and a new plan. The workers will meet with management within 90 days to finalize the new plan.

SEIU District 1199 Member Benefits
Membership with SEIU District 1199 includes membership with three member benefit programs. Those programs include Union Plus, SEIU Member Benefits, and the SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH membership card. Members and eligible family members can now take classes with Eastern Gateway Community College at no-cost online. In 2019, Union Plus announced a new program with Central State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Member Resource Center – State of Ohio Chapter

The Member Resource Center has provided assistance to a substantial number of members with the State of Ohio. Members have stood with their co-workers to win grievances, which relate to workplace health and safety, protection of the public, and fundamental fairness, among other issues. Representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist members. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

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Stand With the Union Healthcare Heroes at the Stillwater Center

Stillwater no shadingMembers with the Stillwater Center in Dayton, Ohio, have worked tirelessly on the frontlines of the COVID19 pandemic. Many Union members have contracted COVID19 through their work in this crisis. These nurses are currently standing together in unity to negotiate their next 3-year contract.

The Stillwater Center is a public entity within Montgomery County. Though the workers cannot negotiate with the commissioners directly, the Montgomery County Commission can empower the Stillwater Center to authorize wage increases in these negotiations. Read the letter the workers sent on September 17th to members of the Montgomery County Commission here

These Members also contacted the Union in early August and believed that infectious disease protocols needed to be heightened to prevent the spread of COVID19. After the Union issued a press release on August 10th, additional workers and residents ultimately contracted COVID19.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley also recently sent a letter on behalf of the nurses with the Stillwater Center. Thank you to Mayor Whaley for standing with these nurses and their families. 

Stand with these workers by sharing this post through the Facebook button below and send a letter on their behalf to the Montgomery County Commission. They need a fair contract in this time of crisis. 

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Stand With the Healthcare Heroes of Cabell Huntington Hospital

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The nurses and technical workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital are heroes who serve our community every day, providing vital health care services on behalf of working people, individuals, and families from across our region. 

These workers are currently negotiating with Cabell Huntington Hospital for a fair contract that protects health and safety through better staffing, while ensuring fair wages and benefits for themselves and their families. Below are some ways that you can support these workers in their contract campaign now: 

Write to Elected Officials. Submit a letter of support to your elected officials. Let your representatives know that you support the nurses and technical workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital as they stand together for a fair contract. Submit your name and a support letter here

Write a Letter to the Editor. Send a letter to the editor and share your support with the public. Visit this page for details on submitting a letter to the editor.

Tweet Your Support. Share your support on Twitter with messages of solidarity. 

Support Petition. Submit your name in support of Huntington’s hospital heroes. Sign the support petition here

Together, the workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital are united for good jobs and quality care.

In Solidarity, 

Joyce Gibson – Regional Director 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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Tell Congress: Protect All Workers

 Essential Workers Prayers


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Nursing Home Members Hold Vigil in Toledo Area

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