Just the Facts
Cabell Huntington Hospital is currently experiencing a work stoppage by members of the SEIU 1199. This page contains factual updates regarding the strike.
Latest Update – Nov. 30
Following today’s negotiations with SEIU District 1199, we are pleased that the union will be presenting the Hospital’s offer to its members for a vote tomorrow. We are hopeful that our employees will ratify the contract and we look forward to them returning to work.
Just the Facts on CARES Act Funds
Cabell Huntington Hospital (CHH), like hospitals around the state and nation, received assistance from the federal government through the CARES Act funds that were made available for the purpose of responding to the COVID-19 emergency. The hospital used the funds to pay for staffing and supplies to provide care throughout the pandemic.
Despite receiving $46 million in CARES Act Funds in 2020, the funds did not fully cover the $65 million loss CHH experienced due to COVID-19-related expenses and shortfalls in patient revenues. The CARES funding provided economic relief that helped the hospital continue providing care for the community and kept people on the job, just as Congress intended.
For more information about CHH's use of CARES Act funds, please view the Q&A here.
Latest Update--Nov. 23
After two weeks of no response to our Nov. 9 contract offer, we are pleased to learn that the SEIU District 1199 is finally ready to return to the bargaining table on Nov. 30. It is our hope that the Union will make a serious offer when we resume negotiations. All we have asked from the beginning is that members of the Union’s service unit start making a reasonable contribution to their healthcare premiums. For more than 70 years Cabell Huntington Hospital has provided the region’s most generous health care plan for employees and their families and covered 100% of health care premiums. We have asked that service employees contribute, on average, less than 5% of the total cost of providing healthcare for employees and their dependents. The premium rates are affordable, and our service workers earn a good living and are paid at the top of the market, with an average base rate of $21.61 per hour and an average hourly rate of $26.45, including shift differential and various premium pay. It is our sincere hope that the union will begin to bargain in good faith over the hospital’s health care proposal.
We eagerly await confirmation to return to the bargaining table. We presented our last offer to the SEIU District 1199 on Nov. 9. As of today, not only have we not received a counteroffer, we have not received any response. We recognize a strike is a serious matter that deserves earnest action. Work stoppages at hospitals differ from those at industrial facilities. The very health and wellbeing of human lives are the responsibility of the entire team. We have heard from many union members that they’re ready to return to caring for patients and supporting operations. We encourage the SEIU to either respond to our offer or return to the bargaining table, so that our team members can return to work.
- Patients coming to Cabell Huntington Hospital or to Marshall Health are encouraged to use Medical Center Drive, which is the main entrance to the hospital, and use the parking garage. Patients needing access to the Emergency Department should use the entrance just off Hal Greer Boulevard.
- We truly appreciate the commitment of our entire team. We especially thank our dedicated caregivers and support staff who are providing outstanding care and preserving an environment conducive to the healing process.
- While we respect our service employees’ right to engage in a strike, we welcome any members of the Service unit who wish to come to work to do so. Striking staff who wish to return to work can contact their supervisor, human resources or go to a designated entrance and advise that they’re here to work.
- Nov. 17 — Cabell Huntington Hospital received the signed temporary restraining order, which can be viewed here.
- Nov. 10 — Cabell Huntington Hospital received judicial relief through a request for a temporary restraining order that was heard in Cabell County Circuit Court. The request addressed issues including noise abatement, access to the hospital, and conduct on the picket line. The hospital remains committed to providing its patients an environment that is conducive to the healing process. The temporary restraining order goes a long way in addressing activities on the picket line that have been disruptive to our patients, visitors and staff.
- Nov. 10 – CHH is prepared to resume bargaining when requested by the Federal Mediator.
- Nov. 9, 9 a.m. – CHH returned to bargaining and provided its own counter offer. The Union has not responded to the offer and the Federal Mediator dismissed the parties.
- Nov. 8, Noon – CHH and SEIU District 1199 resumed negotiations and the Union made a counter offer with the same healthcare proposal that had consistently been rejected by the hospital. The offer made clear that the Union was not interested in reaching a compromise.
- Nov. 5 – Federal Mediator invited parties to resume negotiations Monday, Nov. 8 at noon.
- Nov. 3, Noon – SEIU District 1199 service workers commenced a strike.
- Nov. 2, Midnight – SEIU District 1199 service labor contract expired.
- Nov. 2, 6 a.m.-8 p.m. – SEIU District 1199 service workers voted to reject CHH’s last, best and final offer. SEIU 1199 did not offer any counters.
- Nov. 1 – Negotiations held from noon to 4 a.m. on Nov. 2. CHH bargaining team presented its last, best and final offer.
- Oct. 21 – SEIU District 1199 issued a 10-day strike notice with the strike to commence on Nov. 3 at noon.
- Aug. 26 – The parties agreed to the use of a Federal Mediator at contract negotiations. The Federal Mediator has been present at all negotiation sessions before and after the strike commenced.
- Aug. 26-Nov. 2 — CHH engaged in 15 bargaining sessions with the union and exchanged more than 50 proposals.