Ohio Public Employees

SEIU District 1199’s Public division represents nearly 5,000 workers. These workers are employed in a variety of fields including higher education, Head Start programs, community action agencies, county government, and libraries.

Victory Report – CMSD Member Reinstated After Unjust Termination

Two years ago, management with the Cleveland Metropolitan School District unjustly terminated our Union sister Lisa Pass. Standing together, we were able to take Lisa’s grievance to an arbitrator to review the termination. Our Union was able to win back Lisa’s job and she was awarded back pay for nearly the entire two years, in addition to other rights and benefits. 

Congratulations to this member on prevailing with her arbitration and winning back the job she cares so much about. There is power when we stand together as a Union. We are stronger together.

Willoughby-Eastlake Library Levy Approved

Members of SEIU District 1199 were proud to endorse Issue 6, the library levy for the Willoughby-Eastlake Public Library. On November 6th, the levy passed with strong support from voters.

Passage of the levy is great news for the greater community and all who are served by this important library system.

Free College Member Benefit With Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College

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Members of SEIU District 1199 are eligible for a free college benefit with Eastern Gateway Community College.
 This benefit is open to eligible members, retirees, and their families. Eastern Gateway Community College is also a part of the University System of Ohio.

This program fills the gap between federal, state, or employer education grants the student receives and the cost of tuition, fees, and e-books for some online programs. It is open to eligible members and retirees, in addition to spouses, domestic partners, children, grandchildren, and dependents.

The following programs are now being offered
• Associates Degree – Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Individualized Study, and Paralegal.
• Certificate – Business Management and Patient Home Navigator. 

For more information and to enroll, visit SEIU Member BenefitsApply today

Health Care Coverage Open Enrollment for 2019 Ends on December 15th

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If you or a family member need health care coverage for 2019, don’t forget to enroll. There are affordable plans but without a qualifying event, you must signup by December 15th. Eight in ten people qualify for financial help. Share this message with family and friends.

Union Members Pack First Hearing On ‘Right To Work’ Bill (WOSU)

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University of Cincinnati Members Stand Together to Ratify Contract Deal

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After prolonged negotiations, University of Cincinnati members voted last Thursday in favor of a new 3 year contract. The contract provides for wage increases for the next three years, protects the Union’s right to negotiate over healthcare changes, and secures a $750 contract ratification bonus. 

The University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees had previously rejected a fact finders report. Members maintained their demands and struck a deal to protect the majority of the fact finders recommendations. 

On October 16th, the University of Cincinnati Board of Trustees voted in favor of the new agreement. In solidarity, members rise together! 

In Solidarity, 
Josh Norris – Executive Vice President 

Action Alert – Union Strong Buttons and Household Decals

To stand together, members with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH can now request buttons and household decals. You can contact the Member Resource Center with a request for you, your coworkers, and/or everyone at your worksite. 

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If you are a member of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH, call 877-419-SEIU, email mrc@seiu1199.org, or you can make your request online with the Member Resource Center. We are stronger together. 

We Rise – Show Your Support For Unions

A decision in the Janus case is coming soon. Let’s show that no court decision will keep us from standing united. Working people are sticking together in their unions.  (more…)

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Favors CEOs & Corporations, Limits Workers’ Rights

supreme courtThis week, the United States Supreme Court in a 5-4 decision restricted workers’ rights. The ruling limits the ability of private-sector workers to join together to address violations of labor law — such as wage theft, harassment, and discrimination. 

At a time when the deck is already stacked against working people and their families, this decision further erodes the bedrock rights of working people, while siding with the interests of corporations and CEOs. 

What Does the Decision Mean for Working People? Following this anti-worker ruling, employees may be forced to sign arbitration agreements. As a result, they will no longer be able to persue class action lawsuits when facing wage theft and/or other violations of labor law.

The likely impact of this case is that workers will be deterred from standing up for their rights. Under the new precedent, when workers do speak out, they may not only be denied the chance for collective action but forced to pursue expensive legal claims under a rigged system of corporate arbitration.

The timing of the decision is also important. A decision is expected soon in the anti-labor case Janus vs. AFSCME

We Are Stronger Together. The decision highlights the importance of unions and the need for working people to stand together. Working people are a force against inequity when they stand together. Union workers also have a vital and important voice in the workplace.

Read More (NPR): “Supreme Court Decision Delivers Blow To Workers’ Rights.”

UC Bargaining Update 5.18.18

BARGAINING UPDATE – MAY 18, 2018
UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI

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We Rise – Update Your Membership in 2018

This year, we are asking members to submit an updated membership card. Most importantly, updated membership helps to ensure that our chapters and Union remain strong. We are stronger together!

The membership form is now available online and it is quick and easy to complete.  Membership also provides access to the Union’s benefit programs, a free community college benefit, the scholarship program, and more. 

Visit the membership form online to submit updated information. 

Members of SEIU District 1199 Collect $4,500 for Hurricane Recovery Efforts

After Hurricane Maria hit Puerto Rico, Lisa Work, an SEIU District 1199 Member and library assistant, was thinking about ways to help. She had an idea for a program under which the library could donate library fees to hurricane recovery efforts. She brought her idea to Lorain Public Library System Director Anastasia Diamond-Ortiz and found support. 

The Board of Trustees with Lorain Public Library voted to endorse and implement the idea last October. Then last week on February 2nd, a check with proceeds from the collection program was presented to El Centro by Lisa Work and Director Diamond-Ortiz. 


 
Through the program, $4,500 was collected and contributed to the Hurricane Maria Relief Fund for Puerto Rico managed by El Centro de Servicios Sociales. Lorain has a substantial Hispanic-origin population and many families from Puerto Rico have now resettled there in the wake of the hurricane.

Public libraries play a critical role in our communities. Thank you to Lisa Work and staff with the Lorain Public Library System for everything that you do. 

Ohio SEIU 1199 Members Unite and Start Year With Victories

Members with SEIU District 1199 are united for good jobs and quality care. An important benefit of union membership is collective bargaining and the grievance process. Below are some of the recent victories won by health care and public sector members of the union.
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Candlewood Park Healthcare (East Cleveland, Ohio): The dietary workers at Candlewood Park received new uniforms and a $50 shoe allowance after a flood damaged their work clothing.

Spring Meadows Nursing and Rehabilitation (Toledo, Ohio): Health care staff at Spring Meadows ratified their first contract with new management at the facility. Additionally, 18 workers at the facility signed PAC cards to contribute to the union’s political work.

St. Vincent Charity Medical Center (Cleveland, Ohio): A worker at the hospital won his job back after a wrongful termination.

Ivy Woods Manor (North Lima, Ohio): A 30 year employee of Ivy Woods Manor was reinstated with back pay.

Avenue Care and Rehabilitation (Warrensville, Ohio): A worker at Avenue Care worked with the union to get a final warning reduced to a written warning.

Eliza Jennings (Cleveland, Ohio): A worker won pay for a floating holiday that had not been recognized.

Columbus Healthcare Center (Columbus, Ohio): Workers at the Columbus Healthcare Center had been struggling after the heat went out in the break room. After standing united as coworkers and contacting the union, another room was provided by management while repairs are made.

Cuyahoga Community College (Cleveland, Ohio): After a worker passed away, back pay was secured for the family. 

Portage County Library (Portage County, Ohio): Working with the union, a Portage County Library staff member won back floating holiday hours that were lost improperly. 

To read about more recent victories, check out this post on ResCare and work at the Member Resource Center: “ResCare Members Across Ohio and West Virginia Win Grievances.” 

Announcing New Free College Benefit For SEIU District 1199 Members With Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College

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SEIU District 1199 is proud to announce a new college benefit with Eastern Gateway Community College. This benefit is open to eligible members, retirees, and their families. Eastern Gateway Community College is a part of the University System of Ohio.

This program fills the gap between federal, state, or employer education grants the student receives and the cost of tuition, fees, and e-books for certain online programs. It is open to eligible members and retirees, in addition to their spouses, domestic partners, children, grandchildren, and dependents. 

The following programs are now offered: 

• Associates Degree: Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Individualized Study, and Paralegal.
• Certificate: Business Management, Patient Home Navigator. 

For more information and to enroll, visit SEIU Member Benefits. Apply today! Classes start January 16, 2018.

 

State of Ohio Workers Win Back Pay For Wrongfully Denied Overtime

Two State of Ohio employees who are members of SEIU District 1199 recently won back pay for wrongfully denied overtime. State workers are on the front lines of public safety, state programs, and critical services. The grievance process is an important right guaranteed by union membership and collective bargaining.

Employees with the State of Ohio Department of Health worked extra hours during an emergency related to opiate overdose kits. These employees worked extra hours to help notify citizens of potential danger with the kits. After working overtime, pay was denied. They then worked with their delegate to file a grievance and with labor law on their side, the employees were granted back pay for the overtime hours.

If you are a member of SEIU District 1199 and have an issue with your contract or violations of labor law at work, the Member Resource Center is open from 8:30AM to 8PM every Monday through Friday. You can reach the MRC by calling 877-419-7348. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

SEIU District 1199 Update: “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

Three months ago, SEIU District 1199 opened a Member Resource Center to enhance representation for all members of the Union. In this short time, the Member Resource Center has successfully handled a substantial volume of calls, inquiries, and requests for assistance.

mrc_footerRepresentatives with the MRC are standing by to assist members with everything from getting a copy of your contract to registering to vote or even to register for a Union event.  Efficiency and successful resolution of grievances is a top priority — 125 grievances have been opened and half of those have been resolved with many victories. The Member Resource Center offers added hours and is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM. 

The Member Resource Center is in a pilot-phase with full representation for workers with the following units: ResCare (Ohio), and ResCare (West Virginia), the Office of the Ohio Public Defender, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, the Ohio Department of Medicaid, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety. 

If you need assistance with an issue at work, do not hesitate to call the MRC at 877-419-7348.  “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”

Health Care Insurance Coverage: Open Enrollment for 2018 Ends December 15th

If you or a family member need health care coverage for 2018, don’t forget to get covered. There are affordable plans available this year for residents of Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. You must take action by December 15th. Please share this message with family and friends.

If you don’t sign up during the open enrollment period, you will not be able to sign up for coverage effective until 2019 (without a qualifying change). Last year, 8 in 10 people qualified for financial help. The open enrollment period is shorter this year so it is important to get covered now.

To find coverage, visit Healthcare.gov. If you need assistance, you can also call 1-800-318-2596.

New Report: Attacks on Public Sector Unions Harm Working People and Key Services, Wisconsin Shows

In the report “Attacks on Public-Sector Unions Harm States,” the Center for American Progress details the impact of “Act 10,” a law that gutted public sector unions in Wisconsin. After a dramatic weakening of collective bargaining, the wages and benefits of teachers and Wisconsin’s educational system have been compromised.

The Supreme Court is expected in 2018 to decide Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. While supporters of “right-to-work” and efforts to limit public sector unions have often claimed these laws benefit working people, findings from Wisconsin are troubling. Action by the Supreme Court could soon bring “right-to-work” for public sector workers nationwide. 

Specifically, in the short time since anti-union measures were passed in Wisconsin, the report found:

• In just the first year of the law, compensation for Wisconsin teachers fell by 8.2%, benefits for Wisconsin teachers were cut by 18.6%, and the median salary for Wisconsin teachers was reduced by 2.6%. Within 4 years, median compensation fell by $10,843 or 12.6%.
• The number of teachers leaving the profession has reached an all-time high. As a result, many experienced teachers have been replaced by new teachers with “less than five years of experience.”
• Teachers are not only retiring but moving school districts more frequently. With the loss of a “voice on the job,” turnover has increased, which is detrimental to academic achievement.

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Leaders in Wisconsin told the people of their state that restricting unions would be beneficial but the report concludes that “this theory was misguided.” The results can be seen across the public sector – services in Wisconsin have been impacted by high turnover and service quality has declined. This study and others show that attacks on unions and collective bargaining harm not only pay and benefits for union members but all people across our society. 

Cleveland Metro Schools: Open Enrollment Period Runs Through November 30th

If you work at the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, don’t miss the 2018 open enrollment period. This years open benefits period closes on November 30th.  If you need to update your benefits, time is running short so don’t delay. The CMSD 2018 benefits open enrollment flyer outlines the key dates and details you may need to know. 

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CMSD benefit team members will be at the East Professional Center on Monday, November 20th and Monday, November 27th – see the flyer for contact details. If you need additional assistance, you can always contact your Union delegate.