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Basic Grievance Chair Training in Huntington, West Virginia

The Basic Grievance Chair Training is designed for Grievance Chairs, Delegates, and Executive Board Members. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Member Resource Center to register. 

Location: IBEW Union Hall at 1848 Madison Avenue in Huntington, West Virginia 
Date: Wednesday, January 30, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Any member is welcome to register but in order to receive lost time and/or mileage, the member must
1. Be an Executive Board Member, Delegate, or Grievance Chair 
2. Cannot have attended a Basic Grievance Chair training in the last two years. If you attended in 2017, you are eligible in 2019. 
3. Have not attended the Advanced Grievance Chair Training.

 To register, call the Member Resource Center at 1-877-419-7348. You can also send an e-mail to mrc@seiu1199.org with your name, employer, email, home phone/mobile number, and the name of your organizer.

Be sure to bring your Union contract. The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 15th. See your Administrative Organizer for lost time eligibility. We are stronger together. 

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Basic Grievance Chair Training in Cleveland, Ohio

The Basic Grievance Chair Training is designed for Grievance Chairs, Delegates, and Executive Board Members. If you are interested in attending, please contact the Member Resource Center to register. 

Location: SEIU 1199 Office at 1771 East 30th Street in Cleveland, Ohio 
Date: Wednesday, January 23rd, 2019
Time: 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Any member is welcome to register but in order to receive lost time and/or mileage, the member must
1. Be an Executive Board Member, Delegate, or Grievance Chair 
2. Cannot have attended a Basic Grievance Chair training in the last two years. If you attended in 2017, you are eligible in 2019. 
3. Have not attended the Advanced Grievance Chair Training.

 To register, call the Member Resource Center at 1-877-419-7348. You can also send an e-mail to mrc@seiu1199.org with your name, employer, email, home phone/mobile number, and the name of your organizer.

Be sure to bring your Union contract. The deadline to register is Tuesday, January 8th. See your Administrative Organizer for lost time eligibility. We are stronger together. 

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Cleveland Women’s March

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Join us on Saturday, January 19th, 2019 in Cleveland.

We will rally in Public Square in Cleveland, then march up Ontario St to Cleveland City Hall to stand up against racism, sexism, and bigotry.

If you are in the Cleveland area, we will meet up at the Cleveland Union Hall located at 1771 E. 30th Street (free parking, just off of the RTA Healthline) at 9:00 AM. Please click here to register.

If you are outside of the Cleveland area, we will be providing transportation for Union members based on interest from certain areas. Please click here to register and check the box that says you need transportation.

The mission of Women’s March is to harness the political power of diverse women and their communities to create meaningful social change. Women’s March is a women-led movement providing inter-sectional education on a diverse range of issues and creating entry points for new grassroots activists and organizers to engage in their local communities through training, outreach programs and events. Women’s March is committed to dismantling systems of oppression through nonviolent resistance and building inclusive structures guided by self-determination, dignity, and respect.

If you are interested in attending, please click here to register.

Fight with us for civil and women’s rights.

In Solidarity, 

Anthony Caldwell
Director of Public Affairs
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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We Rise – Update Your Membership in 2019

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

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

Visit the membership form online to submit updated information. 

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Dedicated State of Ohio Nurse Reinstated With Back Pay and Benefits

In September 2017, a nurse and state member with the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction was removed from her position. An arbitration was recently led by Member Resource Center Director Pete Hanlon. 

In contrast to the original decision by the State of Ohio, the member was a dedicated employee who cared greatly about her work and the health and safety of those in her care. She worked with the Union out of the belief that she would be reinstated after the facts were heard by a neutral party and fully evaluated.

The member’s grievance advanced to arbitration in August 2018. In December 2018, an arbitrator ruled that the state’s decision regarding the member’s employment was handled improperly. As a result, the member is now returning to her job with back pay, which will cover the last 15 month period. 

Members with the State of Ohio often provide vital care and encounter complex and difficult situations on the job. The ability to file a grievance and stand together as a Union provides a critical means of checks and balances under the state’s imperfect system. We are stronger together. 

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Signup for Email Updates and Stay Connected

Our mission is to improve the lives of working people and their families and to achieve greater social and economic justice. If you share our vision for a more just society, please sign up for email updates here.

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BrightSpring (“ResCare”) Members Unite to Defend Contract, End Year With Victories

Members with BrightSpring (“ResCare”) work diligently each day. These members also continue to work together to defend the contract, resolve areas of concern, and provide the best possible care. Below are just some of the many favorable outcomes attained at the end of 2018.

Wood County (WV): A member took action out of concern for fellow co-workers relating to the posting of vacancies. The member believed the collective bargaining agreement was not being upheld. Through the grievance process, the member received affirmation that vacancies will be posted and that notice will be sent to the Union, as required by the contract.

Knox County (OH): A member was denied payment for three shifts for unknown reasons. A grievance was filed and the member was made whole.

Gallia County (OH): A member was awarded a position but was not given the permission needed to finalize the transfer. After three months had passed, she worked with the Member Resource Center, which filed a grievance immediately. Within one day, ResCare offered the member the position, which brought resolution. 

Marion County (OH): A member worked with the Union to file a grievance after improperly being denied the ability to sign up for insurance coverage. The issue was resolved in just 13 days. 

Belmont County (OH): A member acted out of concern for consumers after being pulled to work temporarily at a different work-site. She successfully filed a grievance and as a result, the company agreed that training should be provided before having staff work under similar circumstances.

Gallia County (OH): A member filed a grievance because their wages were being paid at an improper rate. As a result of the grievance, the rate of pay was adjusted and a retroactive payment was issued.

Belmont County (OH): A member contacted the Union because the company was making scheduling changes without first discussing it with the Union. After the issue was escalated to mediation, the Union and BrightSpring (“ResCare”) are working together on such scheduling changes prior to implementation.

Franklin County (OH): A member was terminated after reasons that were difficult to predict. The member, a dedicated BrightSpring (“ResCare”) employee, presented their rationale and after mediation, the member was returned to work with certain conditions.  

Marrow County (OH): A member contacted the Union with concern that they had stopped accumulating PTO time. The Union received confirmation that the member was owed 156.13 hours of PTO time. The time was added to the member’s account within two days of notification.

Marion County (OH): A member did not receive holiday pay for Labor Day and contacted the Union. Back pay was later issued and the grievance was resolved.

Raleigh County
(WV): A dedicated member’s check was short due to a mistake by management. The member worked with the Union and as a result, was quickly paid for the two missing days of work.  

Belmont County (OH): A disciplinary action was overturned after the employer failed to substantiate a claim. As a result, a final written warning was removed from the member’s file.

If you believe your contract is being violated at work, contact the Member Resource Center. The MRC is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 8 PM. We are stronger together.

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SEIU District 1199 Staff Members Send Donations to Causes Across Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky

Staff members recently approved holiday donations to charities across the area represented by SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. Funding for these donations was gathered through voluntary staff contributions.

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This year, donations are being issued to the following groups:

• $250 to the Facing Hunger Food Bank: Huntington, West Virginia
• $250 to the Greater Cleveland Food Bank: Cleveland, Ohio 
• $250 to the God’s Pantry Food Bank: Floyd County, Kentucky
• $250 to the Northwestern Ohio Food Bank: Toledo, Ohio
• $250 to the Freestore Foodbank: Cincinnati, Ohio
• $250 to the Mahoning Valley Second Harvest Food Bank: Youngstown, Ohio
• $250 to the United Way Union Share Program: Columbus, Ohio
• $600 to Choices for Domestic Violence: Columbus, Ohio
• $600 to the West Virginia Women’s Resource Center: Beckley, West Virginia
• $600 to Turning Point Domestic Violence Services: Prestonsburg, Kentucky
• $1,000 to the United Way of Los Angeles for Low-Income Wildfire Victims 

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St. Mary’s Medical Center — “Workers Want to Have a Voice” (ABC 8 News)

Sign this petition to stand with hospital workers at St. Mary’s Medical Center

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Union opposes city, county giving up rights on hospital board (The Herald-Dispatch)

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