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.

To Our Members: We’ve Got YOUR Back

By now you have probably received an email from this out-of-state, anti-worker organization calling themselves the Freedom Foundation or OptOutToday? If you are like me, you deleted it quickly and put it in the trash where it belongs.

For those of you who don’t know much about the so-called “Freedom Foundation,” they are funded by out-of-state billionaires who want to destroy unions and elect anti-worker, anti-union candidates that will keep wages low, eliminate paid sick leave, and slash crucial funding for quality public services like the reliable and front line services you provide.

In fact, the Freedom Foundation is a long-time advocate and contributor of so-called Right to Work Laws like Senate Bill 5, which we soundly defeated before and will do again if necessary. We will not allow the wealthy and the out of touch politicians to work in the shadows through failed organizations like the Freedom Foundation to lower wages, take away the benefits, healthcare, and protections you negotiated through your Union. They are trying to attack your solidarity and strength and make your workplaces less safe while eroding your protections and securities to enrich their overflowing pockets.

Don’t believe their lies and misleading information. They are using every trick in the book to further divide workers by badgering SEIU members via your private work email and cell phones. Sowing division and weakening workers’ rights is truly their ONLY goal.

Most of us, no matter our color, origin, or gender, want our communities and our country to be places where freedom is for everyone. We beat groups like them when we defeated Senate Bill 5, and we won’t allow anyone to take away our dignity, rights, and respect on the job and in our communities. That’s why the members of our Union are proud to continue to stand in solidarity, united to fight for the improvement of the lives of all working people as we strive for a more just society for all people. Ignore these out of town billionaires and stand united to win for working families as we have always done.

In Solidarity,

President Becky Williams
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

2020 Union Scholarship Winners

Kentucky
Vernal Wiley, Highlands ARH

West Virginia
Stephanie Fiber, child of Tina Fiber, Northern Panhandle Head Start

Andrew Leist, child of Sarah Parks, Cabell Huntington Hospital
Jake Meek, child of Retha Meek, American Red Cross – Huntington
Shauntina Reed, child of Priscilla Reed, Rescare – West Virginia

Ohio
Tiera Cross, Lutheran Hospital

Andrew Curry, child of Kim Moore, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Valerie Dranchak, child of Christa Dranchak, Greene County Public Library
Amanda Frerking, child of Mary Frerking, Stark County District Library
Christina Fulton, Zepf Center
Stephanie Furino, Cuyahoga County Public Library
Marc Judy, child of Lisa Judy, Steward – Trumbull Regional Medical Center
Ariel McLain, child of Erica McLain, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Keith Nelson, child of Tasha Nelson, Rescue Mental Health
Tamhra Phelps, Mercy Lorain – RNs
Cara Potocki, child of Therese Potocki, Frontline Services
James Snowden, OS – Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
Gage Thompson, child of Kristina Thompson, OS – Department of Developmental Disabilities
Rachel Witten, OS – Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections
Trisade Zimmerman, child of Dwayne Henson, OS – Ohio Veterans Home

Take Action & Share Your Support for the Cuyahoga County Library Levy

 

SEIU District 1199 Members Endorse Issue 70 – The Cuyahoga County Public Library Levy

Stillwater Center Members in Dayton Ask for Community Support and Stand United for a Fair Contract as Union Negotiations Continue Amid the COVID19 Pandemic

During an outbreak that recently occurred, 25 staff members and residents with the Stillwater Center contracted COVID19. Nurses with the Stillwater Center have been working tirelessly in the current pandemic to protect residents – healthcare workers and their families have also been exposed to a new level of risk as the pandemic continues.

For Immediate Release: Thursday, October 1, 2020
Media Contact: Carol Walters – Deputy Director: (740) 709-9004

DAYTON, OHIO – Members of SEIU District with the Stillwater Center in Dayton are currently negotiating their next three year contract agreement. Workers with the facility have continued working bravely during the current pandemic, despite often difficult conditions.

On August 10th, members with the Stillwater Center alerted local media through a press release sent by SEIU District 1199 that workers at the facility believed that some infectious disease control protocols, such as quarantining staff following exposure, needed to be improved. At that time only a handful of cases had been reported by the Ohio Department of Health. Ultimately, 25 staff members and residents contracted COVID19 in that outbreak. SEIU District 1199 represents approximately 32 nurses with the Stillwater Center and numerous healthcare workers there have contracted COVID19 through their work.

“In negotiations, the Stillwater Center has offered minimal wage increases for these brave nurses. We believe that staff retention and caring for those serving on the frontlines of this crisis is within the interests of local government and management at the Stillwater Center,” said Carol Walters, a deputy director with SEIU District 1199. “While we understand budgetary concerns, many staff members at the Stillwater Center have actually contracted COVID19, which may have long-term health implications,” continued Walters.

Workers with the Stillwater Center care deeply about their work and have do everything possible each day to maintain the highest possible level of quality care. This week, the workers submitted a new public records request to management to understand what stockpiles of personal protective equipment (PPE) are available at the facility to prepare for the possibility of a new outbreak. Workers also sent a letter about ongoing negotiations to members of the Montgomery County Commission on September 17th.

“Nurses have always been heroes in Dayton and across our country. Members of the public in Montgomery County are submitting letters to local officials to ask them to stand with these nurses. It’s critical that we care for those who care for others in this crisis,” concluded Walters.

Write a Letter – Stand with the Union Nurses at the Stillwater Center in Dayton, Ohio

 

Stand With the Union Healthcare Heroes at the Stillwater Center

Stillwater no shadingMembers with the Stillwater Center in Dayton, Ohio, have worked tirelessly on the frontlines of the COVID19 pandemic. Many Union members have contracted COVID19 through their work in this crisis. These nurses are currently standing together in unity to negotiate their next 3-year contract.

The Stillwater Center is a public entity within Montgomery County. Though the workers cannot negotiate with the commissioners directly, the Montgomery County Commission can empower the Stillwater Center to authorize wage increases in these negotiations. Read the letter the workers sent on September 17th to members of the Montgomery County Commission here

These Members also contacted the Union in early August and believed that infectious disease protocols needed to be heightened to prevent the spread of COVID19. After the Union issued a press release on August 10th, additional workers and residents ultimately contracted COVID19.

Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley also recently sent a letter on behalf of the nurses with the Stillwater Center. Thank you to Mayor Whaley for standing with these nurses and their families. 

Stand with these workers by sharing this post through the Facebook button below and send a letter on their behalf to the Montgomery County Commission. They need a fair contract in this time of crisis. 

Member Campaign for a Fair Contract at Cleveland State University

Standing Together for Nursing Home Safety and Unions for All

Nursing home members with SEIU District 1199 of all backgrounds have worked bravely across West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, during the current pandemic. Members have faced hazardous conditions while providing health care services and support on behalf of long-term care residents.

Last week, a new study was released by a journal called Health Affairs about nursing homes, labor unions, and COVID19. The study found that at nursing homes where workers had a Union in New York State, COVID19 infection and fatality rates were significantly lower than at non-Union facilities. The study concluded that this is likely because “health care worker unionization may play an important role in ensuring access to appropriate PPE and implementing infection control policies that protect vulnerable nursing home residents.”

Members can contact elected officials online about the need for greater availability of personal protective equipment, the importance of a nursing home worker bill of rights, and the Heroes Act, which would guarantee hazard pay for frontline workers. Together, we will continue to speak out for priorities important to nursing home workers and for elected leaders to protect all workers.

In Solidarity, 

Becky Williams  President 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

2020 SEIU District 1199 Election Results

The results of the Executive Board and Officer Contested Elections, By Laws Vote, and Social Justice Steering Committee Vote, including additional vote counts are now available. If there are any questions regarding the results, reach out to Mary Jo Ivan, Election Chairperson, at 877-419-7348. 

 2020 District Officer and Executive Board Elections: Contested Elections
2020 By-Laws and Social Justice Committee Election Results

Power the Polls and Help as a Poll Worker

Poll Worker
As you may know, America is facing a record shortage of poll workers this year due to the COVID19 pandemic. Our democracy depends on people from all walks of life who engage in civic participation to make sure that our nation’s elections run smoothly and that the votes of all people are counted.

If you can help with the November election, visit Power the Polls to get details on how to apply and participate. Poll worker positions offer personal protective equipment, paid compensation, and training. If you are a social worker, you may also be able to serve as a poll worker for CEU credit as per the National Association of Social Workers (NASW)

Together, we will work to ensure a safe, accessible, and fair election. 

In Solidarity, 

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

CEU Credit Opportunity for Social Workers

Poll Worker

Social workers play a critical role in Ohio’s health care and social service system. With the current pandemic, there is an urgent need for additional poll workers. Social workers are now able to earn Continuing Education Unit (CEU) credits through the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) if they serve as poll workers in November. 

A county elections board must fill out some basic paperwork, note if there are any breaks during the training to work at the polls, and provide an agenda to offer this benefit. We understand that elections boards for Tuscawaras County, Belmont County, Guernsey County, and Clark County, have already decided to participate. 

Ifeolu Claytor (ifeolu@allvotingislocal.org) with All Voting is Local is coordinating with the elections boards and National Association of Social Workers in this area. As a social worker, you can contact your local elections board and ask them to offer this benefit and forward details to Ifeolu Clayto. As more counties confirm this opportunity, details will also be forwarded by All Voting is Local to the NASW. 

Having a safe and fair election is very important. We will be sure to share additional details as they become available. 

In Solidarity, 

Joshua Norris – Executive Vice President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Tell Congress: Protect All Workers

 Essential Workers Prayers

 

Tell Congress: Protect All Workers

The U.S. House passed the Heroes Act on May 15th but inaction from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and U.S. Senate republican leaders has left working families of all backgrounds in limbo. At the end of July, full pandemic unemployment assistance expired. Frontline workers are still without hazard pay, no matter what the conditions. Not only that, our public services are at-risk and losing funding.

Write to Congress today about this issue at this link. Union members are standing together to call on politicians and corporations to protect all workers.

In Solidarity,

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

 

Register to Vote Online and Request an Absentee Ballot in Ohio


General Election Day this year will be on Tuesday, November 3rd. No matter what we look like or where we come from — If we are really going to beat COVID19, frontline workers need a seat at the table with corporations and our government.

If you live in Ohio, you can
register to vote and make updates to your registration online. The deadline to register to vote online in Ohio is Monday, October 5th. Request your ballot as soon as possible if you plan to vote by mail. If you want to vote by mail, fill out an absentee ballot application and then mail it to your local elections office as soon as possible.

View this 
list of candidates that support working people and have been endorsed by members with SEIU District 1199. Together, we will turn our energy and hope into votes.

In Solidarity, 

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

Facility Staffing & PPE Shortages Continue

Health Care Workers With the Stillwater Center in Dayton Call for Improved Safety Measures, Pandemic Protocols, and COVID19 Response

On Wednesday, August 12th, the Ohio Department of Health reported a total of 6 residents and 15 staff members testing positive with COVID19. Healthcare Union Members With the Stillwater Center Say COVID19 Related Infectious Disease Protocols and Safety Measures Must Improve to Protect Residents and Staff


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
: Thursday, August 13th, 2020

Contact: Joshua Norris at 877-419-7348    
     

DAYTON, Ohio – Workers with the Stillwater Center in Dayton are speaking out about safety protocols as the COVID19 pandemic continues. Workers with the Stillwater Center provide health care and support services to clients with disabilities.

Local media in Dayton first reported a positive case at the Stillwater Center on June 22nd. Staff members who are members of SEIU District 1199 say that failure to adhere to sound protocols at the facility increases the risk of additional spread among staff and residents.

“Workers with the Stillwater Center have a Union, which means that they have a voice on the job and the ability to speak out for themselves and residents,” said Josh Norris, an Executive Vice President with SEIU District 1199. “These workers care tremendously about their work. It’s important that every measure possible is taken and adhered in order to prevent additional positive cases.”

Workers with the Stillwater Center have relayed concerns to the Union and Stillwater management, which include the need for additional quarantine measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 among staff, the ability to access and use N95 masks (instead of KN95), and instances in which there have been confirmed COVID19 positive cases but insufficient notice given to employees.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, as of August 5th, one resident at the facility and seven staff members had contracted COVID19. In the most recent update from the Ohio Department of Health on August 12th, 6 residents and 15 staff members have now tested positive for COVID19. SEIU District 1199 represents over 30 workers with the Stillwater Center, in addition to health care and social service workers across West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. 

Standing United for Nursing Home PPE

Health Care Workers With the Stillwater Center in Dayton Call for Improved Safety Measures, Pandemic Protocols, and COVID19 Response

Healthcare Union Members With the Stillwater Center Say COVID19 Related Infectious Disease Protocols and Safety Measures Must Improve to Protect Residents and Staff

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, August 10th, 2020
Contact: Joshua Norris at 877-419-7348         

DAYTON, Ohio – Workers with the Stillwater Center in Dayton are speaking out about safety protocols as the COVID19 pandemic continues. Workers with the Stillwater Center provide health care and support services to clients with disabilities.

Local media in Dayton first reported a positive case at the Stillwater Center on June 22nd. Staff members who are members of SEIU District 1199 say that failure to adhere to sound protocols at the facility increases the risk of additional spread among staff and residents.

“Workers with the Stillwater Center have a Union, which means that they have a voice on the job and the ability to speak out for themselves and residents,” said Josh Norris, an Executive Vice President with SEIU District 1199. “These workers care tremendously about their work. It’s important that every measure possible is taken and adhered in order to prevent additional positive cases.”

Workers with the Stillwater Center have relayed concerns to the Union, which include the need for additional quarantine measures to prevent the spread of COVID19 among staff, the ability to access and use N95 masks (instead of KN95), and instances in which there have been confirmed COVID19 positive cases but insufficient notice given to employees.

According to the Ohio Department of Health, as of August 5th, one resident at the facility and seven staff members have contracted COVID19. A member with facility reports that several additional residents and workers have also now tested positive. SEIU District 1199 represents over 30 workers with the Stillwater Center, in addition to health care and social service workers across West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. 

PPE For Healthcare Workers Now

 PPE Now