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Winter Solidarity Cookout (Columbus)

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Breaking News: Nearly 1,000 Nurses Vote to Organize with SEIU at Cabell Huntington Hospital

By a majority vote, the Registered Nurses of Huntington’s fourth-largest employer say YES to their Union.

HUNTINGTON, WV – Tonight, nearly 1,000 Registered Nurses will have the ability to negotiate with Cabell Huntington Hospital for safe staffing and improved patient care after voting to organize their Union with the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199 WV/KY/OH.  With one of the biggest organizing victories since West Virginia became a Right-to-Work state, nurses are sending a resounding message to working people across West Virginia that forming a Union is the best way to shift the balance of power away from corporations and toward the people.

“This is a great day for the Registered Nurses of Cabell Huntington Hospital as well as a great day for our community,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “The nurses in our community know by uniting together, we can stand up for our patients, our families, and our community.”

Tonight’s victory for the Registered Nurses at Cabell Huntington Hospital comes just a little over a month after notifying their employer of the intent to organize in early October. The nurses decided to organize with the SEIU after hospital executives refused to address their concerns about short staffing and mandatory overtime, including in vital areas of the hospital like the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU).  

“My co-workers and I know the best way to advocate for our patients and support our families is through our Union,” said Stacey Bias, a Critical Care Float Nurse at Cabell Huntington Hospital. “We look forward to sitting down with hospital executives to negotiate a Union contract that allows us to better care of our families and the families of our community.”

For over 40 years, Registered Nurses have worked side-by-side with SEIU members in every area of Cabell Huntington Hospital. Now, with the addition of nearly 1,000 registered nurses, workers will have a stronger voice.

“By coming together and organizing their Union, the dedicated nurses who provide essential, compassionate healthcare are determined to hold hospital executives accountable to the community,” continued Gibson.

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ResCare Voting Schedule

Members will have an opportunity to learn about all of the details of the contract prior to voting. 

You can vote at ANY LOCATION listed below. 

Athens Co. 80 N. Plains Rd. The Plains, OH McDonalds 11/13/19 10:00am – 11:00am
Barbour/Upshur/Randolph Co. Buckhannon Rescare Office   11/20/19 1:00pm-3:30pm
Barbour/Upshur/Randolph Co. Elkins Rescare Office   11/20/19 10:00am-11:30am
Belmont Co. 67051 Executive dr. St. Clairsville Rescare office 11/15/19 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Belmont Co. Barnesville McDonalds – 825 E. Main St.   11/15/19 4:30pm – 6:30pm
Berkeley / Morgan Co. 525 Winchester Ave. Martinsburg, WV Rescare office 11/20/19 2:00pm – 4:00pm
Boone Co Jackson Ave. Group Home   11/19/19 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Cabell County 208 Chesire Way, Huntington WV Day Hab 11/15/19 8:30am-4:30pm
Carroll Co. 521 S. Lisbon St Group home 11/14/19 12:30pm-1:30pm
Clermont Co. 831-837 Eastgate N. Dr. Cincinnati, OH Starbucks 11/13/19 9:00am – 10:30am
Cuyahoga Co. 245 Alpha Park Dr. Cleveland, OH Rescare office 11/14/19 10:00am – 2:00pm
Franklin Co 1395 Dublin Rd. Columbus, OH SEIU office 11/12/19 12:00pm-4:30pm
Gallia & Pike Co. 240 3rd Ave. Galipolis, OH Training Room 11/12/19 1:00pm -4:00pm
Gallia & Pike Co. 109 OH – 325 S. Thurman, OH McDonalds 11/12/19 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Geauga Co. 245 Alpha Park Dr. Cleveland, OH Rescare office 11/14/19 10:00am – 2:00pm
Greenbrier Co. 208 Court St. South, Lewisburg, WV   11/15/19 12:30pm – 3:30pm
Guernsey Co. 1 Coventry Dr. Cambridge, OH Group home 11/18/19 4:30pm -6:30pm
Hamilton /Butler Co. 5099 Camelot Dr. Fairfield, OH   11/13/19 1:00pm-5:00pm
Hampshire Co. 1502 N. Mountain Rd. Wardensville, WV Group home 11/22/19 11:00am – 12:00pm
Harrison / Marion Co. (WV) 314 Second St. Clarksburg, WV Rescare office 11/18/19 11:00am – 3:00pm
Harrison Co. (OH) 215 Burton Dr. Cadiz, OH Group home 11/14/19 2:30pm-3:30pm
Highland Co. 141 Catherine St. Hillsboro, OH Vaughn Home 11/13/19 12:00pm-2:00pm
Jefferson Co. 4141 Mall Rd. Steubenville, OH  (Schiappa Library) 11/14/19 10:00am -11:00am
Kanawha Co. Dunbar Rescare office   11/21/19 11:00am-2:00pm
Knox 166 Houck St. Centerburg, OH Group home 11/11/19 1:00pm – 1:30pm
Lake Co. 245 Alpha Park Dr. Cleveland, OH Rescare office 11/14/19 10:00am – 2:00pm
Lawrence & Scioto Coal Grove Office   11/15/19 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Logan Co. 11093 George Kostas Dr. Logan, WV Rescare office 11/19/19 10:00am – 12:00pm
Lorain 214 East Herrick Ave. Wellington, OH 44090   11/15/19 3:00pm -8:00pm
Lorain 1194 West River Rd. N. Elyria, OH 44035 library 11/15/19 9:00am – 11:00am
Lucas Co. 2550 King Rd. Toledo, OH King House 11/15/19 1:00pm – 3:00pm
Madison Co. 50 State Rt. 56 NW, London, OH Day Hab 11/12/19 9:00am -10:30am
Marion Co. (OH) 5944 Marion – Mt. Gilead Rd. Caledonia, OH Group home 11/11/19 10:00am-10:30am
Masontown Plum Hill apartments   11/19/19 3:00pm-4:00pm
Mercer Co. 735 Mercer St. Princeton, WV   11/14/19 9:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Mineral Co. Microtel in Keyser WV   11/18/19 11:00am – 1:00pm
Montgomery Co. 2012 Springboro. W. Moraine, OH   11/14/19 10:00am – 1:00pm
Morrow Co. 5510 County Rd. 25. Cardington, OH Group home 11/11/19 11:30am – 12:00pm
Nicholas Co. 315 Fairview Heights Rd. Summersville, WV   11/15/19 9:00am-10:30am
Pendleton / Grant Co. Hardy Co. Library   11/19/19 11:00am-1:00pm
Preston Co. Terra Alta Group home   11/19/19 2:00pm – 2:30pm
Putnam Co. 8088 Road 13g Ottawa, OH 45875   11/15/09 12:00pm – 2:00pm
Raleigh / Fayette Co. 201 Grey Flats Rd. Beckley, WV Rescare office 11/15/19 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Seneca Co. 205 Perry St. Fostoria, OH Kaubisch Library 11/14/19 10:00am – 11:00am
Sidney 887 Park St. Sidney, OH Group home 11/14/19 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Stark & Portage Co. 2821 Whipple Ave. Canton, OH conf. room 11/19/19 11:00am – 3:00pm
Vinton Co. Herbert Wescoat library. Vinton, OH   11/13/19 10:00am – 11:00am
Washington Co. 219 Hillcrest Dr. Group home 11/14/19 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Wood Co. 920 Emerson Ave. Parkersburg, WV Hampton Inn 11/14/19 5:30pm – 8:30pm


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State Chapter Basic Delegate Training

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Veterans Day 2019 – Thank You

We are proud of all of our member veterans and thank all veterans for their dedication to our country. On Behalf of SEIU District 1199 and our staff, thank you to all veterans and their families for your service and sacrifice. If you are a member and a veteran, please join our new SEIU District 1199 Veterans Council

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Contract Ratified at KDMC in Ashland

Last week, members with Kings Daughter’s Medical Center in Ashland, Kentucky, voted to ratify a 2-year contract extension. This extension has benefits, which include a 3% wage increase in the first year, a 3% increase in the wage scale, a $200 contract ratification bonus, improved contract language, and a 2.5% retirement match in the first year. Wages and insurance will re-open for further negotiations next year.

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State Newsletter – November 2019

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State of Ohio – Union Chapter News
The victories shared in this newsletter are the result of members sticking together and working with their delegates, leaders, co-workers, and the Member Resource Center, to actively enforce the contract. These employees believed that their rights had been violated and they stood together as Union members to win fairness. Membership has many benefits and being a member of SEIU District 1199 means having the ability to protect your rights at work. 

Arbitration Decision Affirms Union’s Long Standing Position. A delegate with the Ohio Department of Youth Services recently worked with the Union to file a related class action grievance and an arbitrator granted the grievance entirely. The arbitration decision concluded that when  a state agency wishes to move employees among units that hold different specific types of patients, it must make such a move by canvassing the employees and using seniority. The exception to this is 24.16 (B), which in certain circumstances allows a state agency to move an employee without canvassing. However, even then, that employee’s former spot must be filled by canvassing and seniority. You can read the arbitration decision here.

●Scholarship Award Winners Announced. The Union recently announced scholarship award winners for the year. Scholarship recipients included members and related students with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. View the list of scholarship winners.

Parole Officer Successfully Appeals Leave Conversion Error. A member with the Adult Parole Authority converted paid time off to sick time but hours were exchanged in error. The member immediately contacted human resources, which assured the member that they would help make them whole. The Department of Administrative Services later stated they would not fix the error. The Union worked to bring the issue to arbitration and the grievance was settled by issuing a payment for hours that had been unintentionally converted.

State Member Issued Time For Coursework After Grievance. A member with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services requested paid time off for course work, as outlined by the contract in Article 23.04 but was denied. The member filed a grievance and a settlement was offered before the grievance advanced to arbitration. The settlement included retroactive time off dating back to the start of the academic semester.

State Nurse Successfully Appeals Disciplinary Fine. A state member with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction received a 2-day fine for completing safety checks and having another nurse document them or documenting safety checks performed by another nurse. The member contacted the Union to file a grievance, as this was a widely accepted practice. The State of Ohio agreed to refund the fine and remove the discipline at the end of the year. 

Mental Health Worker Returns to Old Schedule After Change in Hours. A member with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services works 12 hour shifts. The member was moved from 1st shift to 2nd shift and found no resolution. At the same time, the member saw that there was still a need for staff on her old shift. In a settlement, the employer agreed to return the member to the old shift and cited the change in hours as temporary.

SEIU District 1199 Union Member Benefits Program
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. SEIU Member Benefits has also partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College, which is a part of the University of Ohio System, to offer a free college benefit. For details visit: seiu1199.org/mrc/your-benefits-as-a-member

Member Resource Center – State of Ohio Chapter

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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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2020 SEIU Convention Delegation Elections


This is the official notice of the election to be conducted for Delegates to the SEIU Convention which will be held April 22–27, 2020 in Chicago, Illinois.

The following procedure was adopted by the SEIU District 1199 Executive Board, in accordance with the SEIU Constitution, at its meeting on October 25, 2019.

SEIU District 1199 will be sending a delegation of 20 Delegates. Any member in good standing can be a candidate.

To be placed on the ballot, a member must submit to the designated Election Officer a nominating petition signed by at least 25 members in good standing. Petitions will be made available through the Union’s offices, or a member may create her/his own petition by writing the words, “We, the undersigned, nominate __________________________ (name) to be a Delegate to the 2020 SEIU Convention”. (Click here to download a petition.)

Petitions containing original signatures must be received by the Election Officer on or before December 16, 2019 at the following address. Fax or electronic copies will NOT be accepted.

Mary Jo Ivan, Election Officer SEIU District 1199
1395 Dublin Road Columbus, Ohio 43215

The Election Officer must be notified by the December 16, 2019 petition return date of any candidate wishing to run as a slate, and of the designation (name) of the slate.

Elections will take place during the month of January, 2020. All elections will be by secret ballot. Members presenting proper identification may vote at any of the voting sites across the District. Voting times will also be available in the Union’s Columbus, Cleveland and Huntington Offices. (Click here to download the election schedule.)

Results will be posted on the Union’s website at www.seiu1199.org.

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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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Mercy Health Members in Lorain Unite to Bargain $15 an Hour Wage and Above

Mercy Health 2Members of SEIU District 1199 at Mercy Regional Medical Center last Monday overwhelmingly approved a new contract. The contract is a milestone in the fight for fair wages for all workers and members of our Union.

In our continuing fight to improve staffing and working conditions, improvements were made in areas such as representation and distribution of assignments. Our member bargaining committee was also able to secure significant wages increases, bringing those of us earning less than $15 an hour up and above $15 by January 2022. In addition, there will be increases for those already above $15 to recognize the years of dedication and hard work that it took to get there.

This victory was not easily won and was the culmination of years of work not only in the chapter by members and leaders but also by SEIU and our allies in the Fight for $15 – the local and national fight to increase wages and deliver dignity for all workers. The Union has organized workers across the country to advocate and demonstrate for a living wage, resulting in minimum wage increases from San Francisco and Seattle to Illinois and New York.

Under this new 5-year contract, the average wage will increase 21%. Some members will see even greater wage gains. These increases will mean we can give up a second job or send our children to a quality daycare, preschool, or later to college. For all of us, these increases recognize the work that we all do every day to care for our patients and our families.

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