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Behind The Lines at Frontline Service Union Workers Are Standing Together for Fairness

In 2017, at the request of Frontline Service, members of SEIU District 1199 members made voluntary concessions, some temporary and some permanent.  Members with Frontline Service care deeply about the mission of the organization and the important work they do each day.

The concessions were made in good faith by SEIU District 1199’s members, despite having no obligation to do so. The contract was re-opened mid-contract solely at the request of Frontline Service. The total value of the concessions to Frontline Service at the time were substantial: 

• For a temporary period, members of the Union voluntarily gave up their 403(b) retirement match, which would allow significant savings. 
• Even more, some members also received a health insurance reimbursement incentive, which was of significant monetary value. This benefit was allowed by the members and Union to lapse permanently.
• Not only that, the members and Union voluntarily agreed to discontinue permanently an incentive of personal time for staff who did not use sick time.

In 2018, the contract opened for wage re-negotiations with Frontline Service to no avail. Inflation and the cost of living are increasing annually. In 2019, the Social Security COLA increased by 2.8% and Ohio’s minimum wage increased by 2.9% to account for rising costs. Consumer Price Index (CPI-Urban Midwest) data shows that inflation continues to rise each year

Frontline Service workers are highly dedicated to their work and deserve fairness. In 2019, as negotiations continue, workers and community members continue to call on Frontline Service to do right by those who carry out their mission. Call Executive Director Susan Neth at (216) 274-3300 and ask her to be fair to those who care.

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State of Ohio Employee Development Fund (EDF) Balance Update (5/11/19)

SEIU District 1199 will continue to forward updates from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services on the Employee Development Fund balance. We now have an update that is current through 4/27/19.

We have been provided with the following update:

• As of 4/27/19, claims totaling $633,655.39 have been processed.
• As of 4/27/19, claims totaling $29,472.59 have been approved.
• As of 4/13/19, claims totaling $0.00 have been submitted.
• Processed, approved, and submitted claims, total $663,127.98

The budget for the Employee Development Fund is $750,000. The amount of the budget remaining after accounting for pending, approved, and submitted claims, is $86,872.02, which is 12% of the total.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center.

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State Members Awarded Settlement After Improper Denial of Overtime

Two nurses who are members with the State of Ohio recently received significant settlements after overtime was improperly denied. Due to no fault of their own, the nurses were placed on a “no patient contact” list temporarily. The members had no knowledge of the reason they were on the list and were unable to work overtime, which was a significant monetary loss. 

The members stood together and contacted the Member Resource Center. Through the arbitration process, the members showed that this loss of overtime hours denied due process. A settlement was reached with the state, which had a combined value of over $45,000.  

If you believe your contract is being violated at work, do not hesitate to 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!”

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Frontline Service CEO Susan Neth – Be Fair To Those Who Care in Cleveland

Frontline Executive Director, Susan Neth is at it again, taking care of herself at the expense of the most vulnerable in our community.

Susan Neth is pulling down a six-figure salary at an agency that provides services to some of the poorest and at risk people in our community – denying frontline workers’ wages that allow them to provide for their families.

And rather than paying workers a fair wage, Susan Neth gave out coloring books as holiday gifts to her staff while spending thousands on lavish travel and more managers. The staff at Frontline Service work hard every day – reaching out to adults and children in our area to end homelessness, prevent suicide, resolve behavioral health crises, and overcome trauma.

In these difficult times, we need to take care of those most in need. Call Executive Director Susan Neth at 216-274-3300 and ask her to be fair to those who care.

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Open Enrollment for State Members: May 20th – May 21st

Open enrollment for members with the State of Ohio will begin soon. In 2019, open enrollment will be held from May 20th through May 31st. This year, new benefit options are also available. 

Everything you need to know about open enrollment can be found through the open enrollment site provided by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.

If you have questions, you can contact the DAS Employee Benefits Management Team at 800-409-1205 or 614-466-8857 and select option 2. You can also contact DAS by email at mybenefits@das.ohio.gov

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Stand With Candlewood Healthcare & Rehab Workers in East Cleveland For Quality Care

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Take Action to Help Stop Outsourcing at The Brier in Ronceverte (WV)

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Willow Park Nursing Home Workers Rally For Quality Care in Cleveland

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SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH 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 are available here:

• 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 2019. The deadline for applications is September 1st. 

Scholarship Recipient List For 2018
 Update/Renew Your Membership 

Applications may 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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