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Basic Grievance Chair Training in Cleveland, Ohio

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Stand With Ohio’s Parole Officers

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Update – Cabell Huntington Hospital System $10M+ Aquisition of HIMG

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

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State Employee Development Fund Update (5/23/20)

The Employee Development Fund (EDF) renewed on July 1, 2019, with $750,000 in additional funding for FY20. We have been provided with the following update, which is current as of 5/23/20: 

Amount Paid (as of 4/25/20): $611,431.01
Amount Approved (as of 5/9/20): $37,666.31
Amount Submitted (as of 5/9/20): $0.00
Total Expended: $649,097.32

Budget + Rollover (FY20): $776,504.59
Total Remaining: $127,407.27
Percent Remaining: 16%

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

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Nursing Home Worker Survey

As nursing home workers, you provide critical health care, services, and support. Nursing home workers from all backgrounds – black, white, and brown – care deeply about their work. Yet, as the current pandemic has shown again, our long-term care system is broken with poor staffing levels, serious quality care issues, a lack of PPE, and low wages.

Much of our nursing home system is motivated by the need for corporate profits, not quality care and worker protections. I understand that there are so many challenges right now. It is more important than ever that we stand together.

We are asking all nursing home members to complete this survey about what you have experienced so far during the pandemic. Together, we will keep fighting for the important changes that nursing home workers need for themselves, their families, and the residents for whom you provide care.

In Solidarity,

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

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Press Release: Cabell Huntington Hospital Workers Outraged by New Plan to Acquire Local Medical Group

For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 20, 2020
For more information, contact: Joyce Gibson, jgibson@seiu1199.org, 304-654-0824.

Health care workers demand Mountain Health Network and Cabell Huntington Hospital invest in patient care and frontline workers.  

Huntington, West Virginia – Today, hospital workers with Cabell Huntington Hospital expressed disbelief after local hospital officials announced plans to acquire the Huntington Internal Medicine Group (HIMG), a health care provider. In 2018, Cabell Huntington Hospital acquired St. Mary’s Medical Center in a $165M transaction.

The acquisition of St. Mary’s Medical Center raised concern about the potential for anti-competitive business practices and robust dialogue about whether such a merger would serve the interests of health care consumers in the local area. Then, following the merger, both hospitals cut health care benefits for non-union workers. While health care workers are serving heroically, hundreds of health care professionals have also been furloughed or had a reduction in work hours due to the COVID19 pandemic.

In a Certificate of Need (CON) letter of intent that was filed with the West Virginia Health Care Authority on May 19th, it was announced that St. Mary’s Medical Center plans for over $10M in capital expenditures related to the acquisition of a local ambulatory care provider.

“The position of Cabell Huntington Hospital has been that they must cut benefits due to a lack of resources. However, just this week, they have announced $10M that they are planning as far as capital expenditures that relate to a voluntary and potentially costly acquisition,” said Joyce Gibson, Regional Director for SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “Healthcare workers with the system have been concerned about quality care, health benefits, and now furloughs. If resources are short, why are hospital administrators planning $10M in capital improvements for a medical group that is not yet a part of the Cabell Huntington Hospital System,” continued Gibson.

Registered Nurses and technical staff with Cabell Huntington Hospital recently organized with SEIU District 1199 and are currently negotiating their first contract. “The workers of Cabell Huntington Hospital stand united for good jobs and quality care for the patients they serve. These workers are heroes and the care that they provide is critical. Staffing, quality care, and good union jobs for the community, should be of the highest priority and nothing less,” concluded Gibson. 

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In Memoriam: Bernard Atta, Ohio Corrections Reception Center


“It is with a heavy heart and immeasurable sadness that we share the news of the passing of Bernard Atta, a member of our SEIU District 1199 Union family at the State of Ohio Corrections Reception Center. We are asking that members be vigilant in their safety practices and take a moment to hold Bernard Atta and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.”

– President Becky Williams

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State Chapter Newsletter – May 2020

State of Ohio – Union Chapter News
Emergency Pay Class Action Grievance. SEIU District 1199 has filed a class action grievance for every member citing Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) language Article 35, Emergencies. We believe that the current state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine falls well within the intent of this language and that all members who work during this declared emergency are entitled to the $8 per hour stipend referenced in the CBA. Send a message to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and ask him to honor the contract and grant the emergency pay that was mutually agreed upon. We will keep you updated as the grievance moves through the process.

Honoring Ohio Adult Parole Authority and Department of Youth Services Members. In the month of May, our nation observes Peace Officers Memorial Day, a day when we remember those who have lost their lives or become disabled in the line of duty. We want to take this time to honor the law enforcement professionals who are members of the Union. They face hazardous and dangerous conditions. From our leadership team to the members of our Union, we honor and thank them for their service.

Educational Development Fund Update. Last July 1st, the Educational Development Fund for members of SEIU District 1199 renewed with an additional balance of $750,000 available for reimbursement. As of May 9th, 21% of the budget, which totals $165,073.58, remains available for reimbursement. This fund was negotiated as a part of the contract and allows reimbursement for approved training and educational expenses. In 2018, members negotiated a substantial increase in funding for the Educational Development Fund as a part of the current contract due to the fact that in previous years the fund had been depleted far in advance of the July 1st renewal.

Open Enrollment for Benefits. For the plan year beginning on July 1, 2020, open enrollment will run from May 18, 2020 to May 29, 2020. Open enrollment is the time that members can enroll or make changes to their medical, dental, vision, and supplemental life insurance. Please look for all notices from the State of Ohio regarding open enrollment and virtual open enrollment fairs. This is very important as it is the only time that you will be able to change your coverage(s) without special circumstances.

State Member Receives Payment Owed After Filing Grievance. In violation of the Union contract, a member with the State of Ohio was not paid for attending an Industrial Commission hearing. After working with the Union and filing a grievance, the employer offered to settle the grievance by offering compensatory time.

Four ODRC Members Granted Overtime Opportunities. A group of members with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction were skipped over for overtime opportunities. They worked together to file a grievance, as this was a violation of the Union contract. Through this process, the employer agreed to give them each overtime work within the following 45 days.

SEIU District 1199 Member Benefits
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. Members and eligible family members can now take classes with Eastern Gateway Community College at no-cost online. In 2019, Union Plus announced a new program with Central State University in Dayton, Ohio.

Member Resource Center – State of Ohio Chapter

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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Solidarity News – May 2020

Solidarity NewsMember News and Grievance Victories
● Southern Ohio Hospital Member Granted Significant Settlement. A member was a part of a job training program to become an OB Scrub Tech when management decided to cancel the program. The member contacted the Union because she was employed as a trainee when the decision was made. The Union and member were able to secure a $5,000 settlement as compensation.

ResCare Member in Cabell County Receives Important Work Documents. A member with ResCare in West Virginia had been trying to get important work documents from management for weeks and had not been successful. The documents were needed for an application related to one of his family members. The member contacted the Union and by the end of the day, the Union was able to get a meeting time established with ResCare to receive the needed documents.

Bellefaire JCB Members Stand Together For Safety. Members with Bellefaire JCB, a service provider in Cleveland, have been standing together as Union members and co-workers to ensure workplace safety in relation to the current pandemic. Through their Union, these members are speaking out and raising critical health and safety issues. 

● ResCare Member Issued $2,000 in Back Pay.
A member with ResCare moved to a different worksite but her pay was not updated. The member did not receive a $0.30 increase that she was owed and even after her rate was increased, she was not issued a payment for the back wages that were due under the terms of the contract. Working with the Union, the member has now received the retroactive pay that she had earned, which totaled approximately $2,000.

● Consumer Support Services of Trumbull County Members Unite for Better Working Conditions.
Several group home members with CSS Trumbull recently gathered signatures and wrote a letter to management to address unfair treatment in the workplace and issues with client care. As a result of their collective efforts, their manager was removed.  

Member Resource Center Update
The Member Resource Center provides assistance each day to a substantial number of members across West Virginia, Ohio, and Kentucky. Whether you need a copy of your contract, assistance contacting Union staff, or advice on how to file a grievance, representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist members each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

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