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Regional Membership Meeting in Cincinnati, Ohio

 
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Ohio House APA Lobby Day 2019

 
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Member Leadership Training in West Virginia and Ohio

 
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Candlewood Park Rally for Respect in Cleveland

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Members of our Union have decided to show Certus at Candlewood Park in Cleveland what we think of their proposals that dismiss our concerns and disrespect us as workers and caregivers.

Join our Candlewood Park SEIU District 1199 Union brothers and sisters as we let Certus Healthcare and the community know what sacrifices are being asked of us while Certus benefits from our labor. 

Monday APRIL 1st from 2PM to 4PM 
Corner of Euclid and Holyoke, Next to Wendy’s
2704 Holyoke Ave, Cleveland, OH 44102

Candlewood Park Rally For Respect Flyer
Candlewood Park Rally for Respect Facebook Event Page 

For information or questions, please contact a member of the bargaining committee, or Kyla Rollins, Administrative Organizer.  

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BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Newsletter – March 2019

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Brightspring Bargaining Newsletter 2We are stronger together. Over the last year, members with BrightSpring (“ResCare”) have stood together to win countless grievances, provide the best possible client care, and defend the contract. We are currently working on and in the middle of this year’s contract negotiations for BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Homecare, in addition to the master contract.

As we are in full-swing with our bargaining campaign, it is important we stand together and support the negotiations committee.  Congratulations to all elected committee members!

The third step of our 6-month bargaining campaign will include meeting and training the newly elected committee.  This training will take place on April 4, 2019 beginning at 10am.  The location for the training is at the Comfort Suites (167 Elizabeth Pike, Mineral Wells, West Virginia). 

If you are listed as part of the committee please go ahead and request this day off of work so you can attend.  Please watch your email and/or text for upcoming announcements on events. If you have received this notice through U.S.P.S. or if your contact information has changed, please call the Member Resource Center with your email address and/or cell phone number as soon as possible to ensure that you are receiving the latest updates.

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BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Members Stand Together to Uphold the Contract and Win Victories

BrightSpring (“ResCare”) members with SEIU District 1199 work hard to provide quality care. BrightSpring members, the Union, and their co-workers, work as a team when necessary to file grievances. Standing together, members regularly win back pay and work to uphold the contract.

Below are some recent contract violations and related victories won by members of the Union:

• Med Pass Payments Issued 
– Two members did not receive Med Pass related payments. One of the members was issued a check for nearly $900 in retroactive compensation.
• Final Written Warning Reduced for Longtime Employee 
– A dedicated member who had worked with the company for over seven years was issued a final written warning. While the member was not able to come to agreement with the employer on all of the facts of the situation, through the process of filing a dispute, the employer decided to take into account the members tenure with the company and reduce the reprimand.
• Improper Healthcare Deduction Resolved 
– A member contacted the Union after a wrongful health insurance deduction and mileage reimbursement error. The member worked with the Union and was compensated by the employer.

• Payment Arrangement Reached After Wage Over-payment – The employer, unbeknownst to a member, had issued over-payments. The employer wanted to withdraw the entire sum from the workers next check, which would have been financially devastating. The member and the Union successfully proposed a payment arrangement that was satisfactory to the employer.
• Unfounded Termination Defeated Through Grievance Process – A member believed she was being treated wrongfully by a supervisor and kept written notes. The member was terminated by management for allegedly falling asleep but the only witness was the supervisor who is no longer there. The employee joined with the Union and was reinstated due to lack of sufficient evidence.
• Member Issued Payment for Missing Hours – A member was missing 24 hours of pay from his paycheck shortly before the end of 2018. After trying to resolve the issue on his own for four weeks, the member joined with the Union and filed a grievance. A retroactive payment was issued by the employer and it was received by the member within 17 days of first contact with the Union about filing a grievance.

If you believe your contract is being violated at work, do not hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center

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Membership with SEIU District 1199 includes membership with three member benefits programs. Those programs include Union Plus, SEIU Member Benefits, and the SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Membership Card. Additionally, 22 members and/or their relatives are awarded scholarships by the Union every year.

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 full details on member benefits visit: www.seiu1199.org/mrc/your-benefits-as-a-member

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Milwaukee 2020: An Example Of How Democrats Can Govern

In choosing Milwaukee, the DNC recognized that an innovative $15 and a union agreement for downtown service and hospitality workers, including at the arena itself, provides a model for how Democrats can govern. 

Raising wages, household income and living standards requires strong wage floors, strengthening worker bargaining power in labor markets, and building worker organization. 

The arena district agreement at the center of Milwaukee’s downtown development is a tangible, concrete example of how policy-makers can help workers win again, particularly in the service sector jobs that have exploded in recent years.  The agreement MASH is implementing includes:

  • Wage floor on a path to $15 per hour (by 2023, starting at $12.50 in 2018)
  • Half of all jobs in the arena and surrounding development filled by residents of targeted neighborhoods by zip code
  • Requirement that covered employers source a pipeline of employees through the MASH hiring hall
  • Protection of workers’ rights to organize a union with a free and fair process

The DNC recognizes that Milwaukee is a symbol of how Democrats can and must win again — winning over working class people in swing states, and basing the contest for votes on who has serious plans to address economic anxieties, struggles, and inequality that have grown as wages have declined with the erosion of unions.

You can learn more about the Milwaukee Area Service and Hospitality (MASH) workers organization here: https://mashworkers.org/about/

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Members Lobby at the West Virginia Capitol to Protect Medicaid & Fund Senior Programs

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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. 

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United States Senator Sherrod Brown Stands With Cleveland Clinic Union Members

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: 

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• Read United States Senator Sherrod Brown’s letter to Cleveland Clinic CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic

• Ohio Senate Democrats Write to Cleveland Clinic CEO Tomislav Mihaljevic.

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) 

 

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Huntington Health and Rehabilitation Members Unite for New Contract

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Workers with Huntington Health and Rehabilitation approved a new contract on Saturday. The bargaining committee stayed united and worked together to bargain a contract with many beneficial new terms and improvements. 

Below are some of the highlights of the new contract

• Discrimination: Language was added that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity. 
• Overtime and Hours of Work: Workers who volunteer for 35 extra shifts will receive a $500 bonus.
• Health Insurance: Family healthcare coverage will now be provided with a lower premium. A 70/30 plan was approved, which was previously 50/50. A Union rep was also added to the health care committee.
• Vaccinations: The employer will now provide pneumonia vaccinations and flu shots at no additional cost to members.
• Sick Leave: The cash in amount for sick days was increased from 75% to 80% and members can cash up to 6 days a year.
• Vacation: Requests for vacation time must now be answered in writing in 10 days.
• Ratification Bonus: Workers will receive a $125 contract ratification bonus.
• Attendance Incentive: An attendance incentive of $175 will now be provided up to four times a year.
• Starting Wages: The New CNA start rate for 0-5 years of experience will be $12 an hour. For workers with 5-10 years of experience, the start rate will be $13 an hour. Workers with 10+ years of experience with start at $14.
• Wage Increases: In the first year of the contract, wages will increase 4%. Wages will also increase 3.5% in the second year and 3% in the third year.
• Weekend Differential: The weekend shift differential will now be $1.50 an hour, which is a dollar increase from $0.50 an hour.

Congratulations to the bargaining committee and workers with Huntington Health and Rehabilitation. We are stronger together.

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Protect Medicaid Coverage Without Bureaucracy in West Virginia

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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.  

Contact your legislators about the importance of vital coverage provided by Medicaid without burdensome requirements.

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