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“Front-line Workers Hold Vigil Outside Menorah Park Campus.” (CJN)

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Standing Together for a Relief Bill for All Working Families

It has been two months since the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Heroes Act. Working people have been waiting for relief in this crisis. With inaction from U.S. Senate Republicans, pandemic related unemployment assistance is set to expire on July 31st.

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The U.S. Senate Republican proposal is not the rescue package that is needed. That’s why I am encouraging you to call 844-944-1556. When you are connected, ask your U.S. Senator to pass a strong economic relief bill that includes the important measures found within the Heroes Act. Tell your U.S. Senator that pandemic unemployment assistance must be extended.

Workers across Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky, have been providing vital services and support in this crisis. Many families have felt the economic distress caused by this pandemic firsthand. It is more important than ever that workers make their voices heard. Together, we will continue to speak out for relief for all working families.

In Solidarity,

Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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Support Cabell Huntington Hospital Heroes

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“Huntington nurses, technical workers raise contract concerns.” (WOWK TV)

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CHH Union RN & Tech Unit Press Conference in Huntington

Hospital workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital work every day to provide the best possible quality care. Yet, while negotiating a first contract with hospital executives and management, CHH nurses and technical workers have been met with resistance, excuses, and delay.

SEIU RN & Tech Unit Press Conference
The Front of Cabell Huntington Hospital at Hal Greer Boulevard
Huntington, West Virginia 25701
Tuesday, July 7th at 7:30 PM

Though Cabell Huntington Hospital received $46,209,463 in Cares Act funding & St. Mary’s Medical Center was issued $25,221,816, workers at the hospital haven’t seen any hero pay. 

Join with us for this press event as we share news on Cabell Huntington Hospital’s approach to negotiations and speak out for good union jobs and quality care. RSVP and share this event online now.  

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

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United for Good Jobs & Quality Care

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Last week, members held vigils in six cities to remember nursing home residents and staff members that have lost their lives in the COVID19 pandemic. To stand with your co-workers and to have a Union means to have a powerful voice. I want to share with you some of the important moments.

• West Virginia members in Huntington were interviewed by TV stations, including WOWK, and discussed the need for greater quality of care and hazard pay.
• In Cincinnati, Executive Board Member Kay Bishop, who works at Harrison Pavilion, called for more support for nursing home workers and additional protective equipment in an interview with TV News 12.
 Brenda Rushton, a member leader, and nursing home workers in Youngstown, Ohio, joined together with local leaders, to discuss their need for safe staffing, protective equipment, and higher wages.
• In Cleveland, members spoke out about the challenges at their facilities, including the tragic loss of a beloved co-worker to COVID19. 
• Nursing home members in Pomeroy, Ohio, held a vigil that was covered in an article in the Daily Sentinel as they spoke out about the needs of nursing home workers during this crisis and after.
• Finally, in Toledo, members such as Gwendolyn Powell, a dietary aide, gathered at One Government Center, to call on political leaders to take action to improve working conditions for all nursing home workers.

Our Union unites working people from different backgrounds and many places to speak out about the issues that are important to our families. Members are taking action for the changes that they need for themselves, their co-workers, and those for whom they provide care. One thing that all nursing home workers can do right now is to take action by sending a letter to legislative leaders about the need for the changes highlighted at the vigils last week – send a letter today here.

If you need immediate assistance, you can always contact your Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348.

In Solidarity,

Becky Williams – President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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Nursing Home Worker Vigils – June 18th

Addressing the needs of nursing home workers – Black, white, and brown – on the frontlines requires us to move beyond business as usual and come together as a nation. Our government must act with urgency.

On Thursday, June 18th, at 4PM, nursing home workers will stand together in multiple cities to reflect on lives lost and speak out for badly needed policy reforms and industry changes. Workers, local leaders, and community members will begin to gather at 3:30pm. Candlelight vigils will be held at the following locations:

Cleveland City Hall
601 Lakeside Avenue East   
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Cincinnati City Hall
801 Plum Street
Cincinnati, Ohio 45202
Huntington City Hall
800 5th Avenue
Huntington, West Virginia 25701
Pomeroy Village Hall
660 East Main Street
Pomeroy, Ohio 45769
Toledo City Hall
640 Jackson Street
Toledo, Ohio 43604
Youngstown City Hall
26 South Phelps Street 
Youngstown, Ohio 44503

Together, we will speak out for worker protections and quality care. 

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2020 Member 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:

• 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).

The application process is now open for 2020. The deadline for applications is September 1st. 

Scholarship Recipient List – 2019
 Scholarship Recipient List – 2018
 Sign a Membership Card (must be a member in good standing for 2 years)

Applications may be 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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In Memoriam: Jackie Scott, Suburban Healthcare and Rehabilitation

In Memory of Jackie Scott Suburban Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center (1)
“It is with great sadness that we share that Jackie Scott, who worked at the Suburban Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, passed away after contracting COVID19. Jackie was as a part of our SEIU District 1199 family where she provided quality care to the residents of the nursing home where she worked both at Suburban Pavilion and formerly at Park East Care Center. Please keep Jackie’s family, friends and co-workers in your heart during this difficult time.”

– President Becky Williams

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