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.

Attention CMSD SEIU Members

Sisters and Brothers of the CMSD Chapter of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH,

I have been in direct contact with the District regarding the recent situation with pay checks being incorrect and members not being compensated properly. The District has informed me that they are actively investigating the issue and will share more information as it becomes available and that anyone who has discovered an issue with their paycheck should contact their supervisor and make them aware so that it can be corrected. The District believes that all errors have been or should be fully corrected by the January 27 pay date.  Your SEIU Local leadership is aware of the situation and will continue to share updates and news as it is available. In the meantime if anyone has any further questions or concerns please make sure to reach out to your supervisor or 1199 local delegate right away. As always, let us know if there is anything else we can do.

Attachment: Letter from the CEO

In Solidarity,

 

Josh Norris

Pubic Division Director

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

614-461-1199

JNorris@seiu1199.org

 

2016 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners

 

 

2016 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners – Kentucky

Carter Nursing Home

 

Heather Quesinberry, daughter of Carter Member GILBERT QUESINBERRY

is the winner of a scholarship !

 

2016 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners – West Virginia

Cabell Huntington Hospital

Megan Keith, daughter of CHH Member CYNTHIA KEITH is the winner of a scholarship !

Kristen Smith, daughter of CHH Member YVONNE BROOKS is the winner of a scholarship !

 

Central West Virginia Community Action Council

Kitric Moore, daughter of CWVCAC Member SHAWNA MOORE is the winner of a scholarship !

 

EASTBROOK CENTER

JOAD HUMPHRIES  is the winner of a scholarship !

 

 

2016 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners – Ohio

Cleveland Metropolitan School District

Mar-Cel English, son of CMSD Member SABRINA ENGLISH is the winner of a scholarship !

Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities

Najeeb Hopkins, son of CCBDD Member TRACI DICKERSON is the winner of a scholarship !

Cuyahoga County Public Library

Cassidy Rodano, daughter of CCPL Member STEVEN RODANO  is the winner of a scholarship !

Northside Hospital

Northside Member JODYLYNN ROLLA is the winner of a scholarship !

Ohio State – Adult Parole Authority

Haylee Dunahay, daughter of OS – APA Member ELIZABETH DUNAHAY is the winner of a scholarship !

Ohio State  – DODD

Travis Brunton, son of OS – DODD Member Kay Treanor is the winner of a scholarship

Ohio State – Department of Jobs and Family Services

Timothy Jasper, son of OS –ODJFS Member ROBYN JASPER is the winner of a scholarship !

Ohio State – Department of Mental Health

Simran Gill, daughter of OS – DMH Member GURMEET GILL  is the winner of a scholarship !

Ohio State – Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections

OS –DRC Member ODYNOLA GBENRO-AJIBADE is the winner of a scholarship !

Shaylee Hoey, daughter of OS –DRC Member SHANA HOEY is the winner of a scholarship !

OS –DRC Member CATHERINE JAMES  is the winner of a scholarship !

Park Vista

Park Vista Member EUGENIA ELLIS is the winner of a scholarship !

Rescue

Rescue Member MICHELLE SHELTON is the winner of a scholarship !

Springfield Regional Medical Center

Eugene Hopper, son of SRMC Member TRACY HOPPER is the winner of a scholarship !

Austin Reese, son of SRMC Member SHERI REESE is the winner of a scholarship !

Stark County District Library

Jessica Herstine, daughter of SCDL Member LYNNE HERSTINE is the winner of a scholarship !

Valley Care Labs

Stacia Czifra, daughter of Valley Care Labs Member EVELYN CZIFRA  is the winner of a scholarship !

ZEPF CENTER

William McMeekan, son of Zepf  Member MARY BETH WATKEYS is the winner of a scholarship !

SAVE THE DATE: 2016 LEADERSHIP ASSEMBLY

October 21st – 22nd | Crowne Plaza, 600 Metro Place North, Dublin, Ohio 43017

Who can attend? All Executive Board Members, Delegates, Organizing Chairs, PAC Chairs, Grievance Chairs, New Member Orientation Chairs & County Moderators who have been properly elected by August 1st, 2016. Member leaders will not be able to bring additional guests due to limited space and sleeping rooms.

How do I register? Registration forms will be mailed to all eligible leaders the week of September 12th and the deadline to register will be October 7th.

When is the Executive Board Meeting? The SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Executive Board Meeting will be held on Thursday, October 20th – the day before the 2016 Leadership Assembly at the same location.

2016 Scholarships

Who is eligible?
All SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH members in good standing and their immediate family members are eligible.

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Exclusive Discounts for Members Only

As a member of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH, we would like to invite you to take advantage of all of the benefit programs you find on this website. Everything from insurance and credit cards, to discounts on travel and everyday items. We’re proud to bring you this assortment of great benefits—at no cost or obligation—just for being a member! We have several great programs.

Read More about how to save money as a member.

SEIU 2016 Convention Delegation Election

Final Vote Tally

SEIU 2016 Convention Delegation Election

Elections for the Delegation to the SEIU 2016 Convention were held between March 1 and March 31. The final results are listed below. The Executive Board Caucus Slate will represent SEIU/District 1199 at the Convention in Detroit, Michigan, May 22-24, 2016. Congratulations to all Union Brothers and Sisters who received votes.

Executive Board Caucus Slate – 1049

Becky Williams, President, Delegate

Al Bacon, Secretary-Treasurer, Delegate

Kathy McCormick, Exec. Vice President, Delegate

Frank Hornick, Exec. Vice President, Delegate

Carol Ford, Ohio Private Vice President, Delegate

Pete Hanlon, Ohio State Vice President, Delegate

Debbie Hajzak, Ohio Public Sector Vice Pres., Delegate

Carol Lafferty, West Virginia Vice President, Delegate

Judy Maldonado, RN Vice President, Delegate

Krinda Bailey, Highlands Reg. Med. Ctr., Delegate

Kay Bishop, Harrison Pavilion, Delegate

Lorraine Bradley, CMSD, Delegate

Michele Burk, Cuy. Cty. Bd of DD – Adult Svcs, Delegate

Rhonda Clark, CSS – Mahoning, Delegate

Donald Cottingham, Rescare – WV, Delegate

Mary Jaworski, Ridgewood Manor, Delegate

Eugene Jordan, St. Vincent’s Hosp., Delegate

Steve Kapela, Compass, Delegate

Kimberly Mickles, Liberty West of Toledo, Delegate

Cathy Mockus, Ohio State- Dept. of Health, Delegate

Lynn Radcliffe, Ohio State Retiree Chapter Rep., Delegate

Amy Seibert, Rescare – WV, Delegate

Scherhera Shearer, CMSD, Delegate

Patricia Shepherd, Ivy Woods Manor, Delegate

La’Shan Smith, Cityview Nursing & Rehab. Delegate

Priscilla Spence, SWCAC, Delegate

Linda Stewart, Park Health, Delegate

Vikki Tully, Appalachian Council, Delegate

6 Individual Candidates received votes ranging from 21 votes to 58 votes. For a complete listing of all individual candidate tallies, please contact Mary Jo Ivan, Elections Officer, at 1-800-227-1199.

School & Local Govt. Employees Vice President Election Results

 SEIU/District 1199 

School & Local Govt. Employees Vice President 

Election Results: 

Scherhera Shearer 102 Votes* 

Michele Burk 56 Votes 

*Denotes Winner 

If you have any questions, please contact Mary Jo Ivan, Elections Chair, at 614-461-1199 or 1-800-227-1199. 

Working People Across West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio Call on Candidates to Back $15, Union Rights

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CLEVELAND, OHIO – Nearly 1,000 working people fighting for $15 and union rights joined SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH members in Cleveland to stress to all candidates that the millions of workers paid less than $15 an hour are a powerful voting bloc demanding support for our Fight for $15 Voter Agenda, which includes higher pay, union rights, and addressing racism.

Many supporters of the Fight for $15 movement are voting for the first time this year.

“No matter how hard or long I work, I still dont make enough to cover the basics like rent for my family or my bus pass. So even though I registered to vote nearly a decade ago, I never voted because I felt like it didnt matter, said Ken Abner who makes $8.30 per hour and voted for the first time since 2008. But our movement is changing that. Im one of the 2.4 million Ohioans who could swing this election, and if candidates want my vote, they can come and get it by backing $15 and union rights.”

“By sticking together and speaking up, we are building a powerful movement for a better future for our families,” said Artheta Peters, a Cleveland home care worker. “We want every presidential candidate on both sides of the aisle to know they’ll only get our vote if they support $15 and union rights.”

Everywhere candidates go this primary season, workers in the Fight for $15 movement are following them, forcing White House hopefuls to address the demands of the nearly 64 million Americans paid less than $15, drowning out supporters for the individual candidates.

FF15LogoLearn more about our Fight for $15 movement at: WorkersRising.com 

FIGHT FOR $15 – In Your Own Words

Statements of support from SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Member Leaders

CarolFord“As a nursing home worker, I understand the importance of dignity,” said Carol Ford, a state-tested nursing assistant from Cleveland. “We are calling on our elected representatives to make sure underpaid workers have a fair shot. We’re sick and tired of corporations and the wealthy having so much power that they can manipulate the rules in their favor.”

 

JudyMaldonado“Too many working people—whether they work in fast-food, child care, home care, hospitals, airports or colleges—are paid too little to support their families,” said Judy Maldonado, a registered nurse from Lorain, Ohio. “Paychecks have stayed the same for too long, hurting families, communities and the economy.”

 

DebbieHajzak“The 64 million Americans paid less than $15 per hour are a political force that cannot be ignored,” said Debbie Hajzak who works for the Cleveland Public Library. “If you stand up for $15 an hour and union rights, we will stand behind you.”

 

PeteHanlon“No working mom or dad should have to struggle to provide for their family,” said Pete Hanlon, a psychology assistant from Wadsworth, Ohio. “An economy and a democracy that works for all us is possible and that starts with $15 and a union.”

 

VikkiTully“By sticking together and speaking up, we are building a powerful movement for a better future for our families,” said Vikki Tully, a teacher with the Appalachian Council Head Start program from Alkol, West Virginia. “It is up to us to leave a better and more equal world for children and grandchildren.” 

SAVE THE DATE: Day of Action for Worker Justice

Thursday, April 14th, 2016 | Huntington, WV & Cleveland, OH

We believe in and will fight for a just society:

  • Where all workers are valued and all people are respected.
  • Where all families and communities thrive.
  • Where we leave a better and more equal world for generations to come.

We won’t stop until we make poverty history by ensuring all workers have a path to $15 per hour and union rights, affordable child care, quality long-term care and we properly address racism, discrimination and injustice in our community.

We invite you to bring your family, friends and co-workers to our Day of Action for Worker Justice on Thursday, April 14, 2016. Events will be held in Huntington, WV and Cleveland, OH. For additional information, contact your Administrative Organizer.

Coming Soon! Watch Your Email for Special Announcements

SEIUMB

For more than a year, our union has been working hard to develop a brand new benefits program that provides products and services specifically designed to meet the needs of SEIU members. We’re happy to announce that SEIU Member Benefits is scheduled to launch later this spring.

The SEIU Member Benefits program will offer you high-quality financial, insurance and discount products supported by a dedicated, member-only website and customer service center with bilingual English- and Spanish-speaking representatives and a toll-free telephone number.

This is just the beginning—there are more value-added programs to come. Watch your email for additional information on this exclusive program.

SEIU Member Benefits Launches Spring 2016

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH ACTION PLATFORM
Unity. Justice. Progress.

Working people are facing a deep and growing crisis in our communities, our country and our world. We are working harder than ever but struggling to get by, while all the new wealth is going to the rich and the well connected. Good-paying jobs with benefits and retirement security are hard to find, quality healthcare is still inaccessible for too many and our basic rights are being threatened.

This action platform was created by you – the members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH – as our foundation to fight for our issues to ensure that politicians, elected leaders and our employers hear our voice in our communities and our workplaces.

Our mission continues to be improving the lives of working people and their families and to achieve greater social and economic justice. Together with our allies, we are standing up for a just society where all workers are valued and all people are respected, where all families and communities thrive, and where we leave a better and more equal world for generations to come.

GOOD JOBS & ECONOMIC JUSTICE

  • Fighting for $15 & A Union For All Working People
  • Retirement Security Including Protecting Social Security & Pensions
  • Earned Paid Sick & Family Leave
  • Affordable Childcare, Education & College

QUALITY CARE FOR ALL

  • Quality Long-Term Care for our Seniors & People with Disabilities
  • Free Healthcare from Birth Until Death by Expanding Medicaid & Medicare
  • Protecting & Improving the Affordable Care Act

SOCIAL, RACIAL & ENVIRONMENTAL JUSTICE

  • Protecting the Rights of Women & Demanding Pay Equity
  • Addressing the lasting impact of racism toward Black Americans
  • End Workplace & Housing Discrimination for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgendered People
  • Clean Air, Water & Food for Our Communities
  • A Pathway to Citizenship for Aspiring Americans

 

EXECUTIVE BOARD RESOLUTION REPORT

PAC65 Previously Endorsed West Virginia Candidates PASSED
PAC66 Newly Endorsed West Virginia Candidates PASSED
PAC67 Previously Endorsed Ohio Candidates PASSED
PAC68    Zach Klein for Franklin County (Ohio) Prosecutor PASSED

 

UPCOMING EVENTS & ACTIONS

April 14               Day of Action for Worker Justice                   Huntington, WV / Cleveland, OH

 

May 18                Cleveland Regional Membership Meeting    Cleveland, OH

 

May 22 – 24        SEIU International Convention                       Detroit, MI

 

July 13                Huntington Regional Membership Meeting   Huntington, WV

 

July 22                Regional Executive Board Meetings              Cleveland, OH

Columbus, OH

Huntington, WV

 

September 21   Toledo Regional Membership Meeting                  Toledo, OH

 

October 20-21   Leadership Assembly / E-Board Meeting      Columbus, OH

 

November 8      Election Day 2016: Remember in November   Go Vote!

 

November 30    Cincinnati Regional Membership Meeting     Cincinnati, OH

School District & Local Govt. Vice President Election Notification

School District & Local Govt. Vice President Election Notification

Below is the voting schedule for the School District & Local Govt. Vice President position:

Chapter Date Time Address
Cleveland Metropolitan School District 3/23/2016 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. SEIU 1199 Cleveland Office, 1771 E. 30th St., Cleveland, OH 44114
Cuyahoga Cty Board of DD 3/17/2016 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. SEIU 1199 Cleveland Office, 1771 E. 30th St., Cleveland, OH 44114
Cuyahoga Cty Board of DD –  Forest Hill Center 3/18/2016 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. On Site – Gym, 14800 Private Drive, East Cleveland, OH 44112
Cuyahoga Cty Board of DD –  Maple Heights Adult Activity Ctr 3/29/2016 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. On Site – Cafeteria, 14775 Broadway Ave., Maple Heights, OH, 44137
Cuyahoga Cty Board of DD – M.A. Donzella Admin. Bldg. 3/9/2016 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Huron Conf. Rm., 1275 Lakeside Ave. East, Cleveland, OH 44114
Jefferson County Board of DD 3/22/2016 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Schaffer Plaza Home C,  256 John Scott Hwy., Steubenville, OH 43952

 

Candidates:

Michele Burk
Cuyahoga Cty Board of DD – Adult Services

Scherhera Shearer
Cleveland Metropolitan School District

2016 SEIU Convention Delegation Elections

This is the official notice of the election to be conducted for Delegates to the SEIU Convention which will be held May 22– 24, 2016 in Detroit, Michigan

The following procedure was adopted by the SEIU District 1199 Executive Board, in accordance with the SEIU Constitution, at its meeting on January 21, 2016.

SEIU District 1199 will be sending a delegation of 28 Delegates.  Any member in good standing can be a candidate.

To be placed on the ballot, a member must submit to the designated Election Officer a nominating petition signed by at least 25 members in good standing.  Petitions will be made available through the Union’s offices, or a member may create her/his own petition by writing the words, “We, the undersigned, nominate _____________ (name) to be a Delegate to the 2016 SEIU Convention”.  Petitions containing original signatures must be received by the Election Officer on or before February 24, 2016 at the following address.  Fax or electronic copies will NOT be accepted.

Click here to download the 2016 Delegate Petition.

Mary Jo Ivan, Election Officer
SEIU District 1199
1395 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215

The Election Officer must be notified by the February 24, 2016 petition return date of any candidate wishing to run as a slate, and of the designation (name) of the slate.

Elections will take place during the month of March, 2016.   All elections will be by secret ballot.  Members presenting proper identification may vote at any of the voting sites across the District.  Voting times will also be available in the Union’s Columbus, Cleveland and Huntington Offices.

Results will be posted on the Union’s website at www.seiu1199.org.

Complete voting schedule can be downloaded by clicking here: FINAL Election Schedule.

School District & Local Govt. Member Vice President Nominations

SEIU/District 1199 Executive Board Nominations

Nominations are now being accepted for School District & Local Govt. Member Vice President 

To be a candidate on the ballot, a nominating petition with the signatures of 20 members in good standing must be received in the SEIU 1199 Columbus office, 1395 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio, 43215, Attention: Mary Jo Ivan, by 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 15, 2016. Nominating petitions are available in the SEIU 1199 Columbus and Cleveland offices, from your organizer, or on line by clicking here. Petitions must contain original signatures – faxed or scanned copies will not be accepted. Voting will take place during the month of March, 2016.

Any dues paying member in good standing who has paid dues for at least one (1) calendar year is eligible to run.

If only one candidate submits the proper amount of signatures, that candidate will be awarded the position by acclamation.

School & Local Government Nominating Petition

Member Leaders Celebrate Cleveland Schools Improved Student Assessments

CMSD_ShayCLEVELAND, OHIO – After more than a decade of flat and low results in national testing, CMSD now ranks near the top in academic growth when compared with 20 other large U.S. urban school districts, according to the National Assessment of Educational Progress released Wednesday.
Executive Board Member Scherhera Hill Shearer represented SEIU DIstrict 1199 at this exciting announcement. 

The District was one of only three districts in the group to improve on all four sections of the 2015 NAEP, also known as the Nation’s Report Card. The test is given every two years.

To view the NAEP report, click here.

Social Justice Conference 2015: Remarks by Lynn Radcliffe, Retiree

Lynn Radcliffe is a former Member Vice President and now serves as a member leader of our Retiree Chapter. For more than 34 years, Lynn served the students and families of the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.

Social Justice Conference Photos

20151016 Social Justice Conference & Executive Board Meeting

2015 SEIU District 1199 Scholarship Winners

2015 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners – Kentucky

Highlands Regional Medical Center HRMC Member CHARITY STONE is the winner of a scholarship !

2015 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners – West Virginia

Cabell Huntington Hospital Sarah Keith, daughter of CHH Member CYNTHIA KEITH is the winner of a scholarship ! Luke Kelly, son of CHH Member CAROL KELLY is the winner of a scholarship !

Rescare – West Virginia ABEL WOLDEYES is the winner of a scholarship !

Southwestern Community Action Council Robert Reynolds, son of SCAC Member PENNY REYNOLDS is the winner of a scholarship !

2015 SEIU 1199 Scholarship Winners – Ohio

Cleveland Metropolitan School District Ruby Santiago, daughter of CMSD Member AWILDA MUNIZ-SANTIAGO is the winner of a scholarship !

Cleveland State University Jonathan Durda, son of CSU Member DAPHNE DURDA is the winner of a scholarship !

COMPASS/ZEPF Compass/Zepf Member and Executive Board Member STEVEN KAPELA is the winner of a scholarship !

Cuyahoga Community College Elijah Ali, Stepson of CCC Member MARCUS MATLOCK is the winner of a scholarship ! CCC Member RENEE LAMP is the winner of a scholarship !

Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities Adam Zaryk, son of CCBDD Member CHRISTINE ZARYK is the winner of a scholarship !

Lorain County Community Action Agency Alexandra Kowal, daughter of LCCAA Member MELISSA KOWAL is the winner of a scholarship !

Medina County Library Kevin Jedreski, son of MCL Member DEBBIE JEDRESKI is the winner of a scholarship !

Ohio State – Adult Parole Authority Bergan Koch, daughter of OS – APA Member PAUL KOCH is the winner of a scholarship !

Ohio State – Bureau of Workers Compensation OS – BWC Member AMY GOODMAN BROWN is the winner of a scholarship !

Ohio State – Department of Health Gina Skora, daughter of OS –ODH Member SUSAN SKORA is the winner of a scholarship !

Ohio State – Department of Mental Health OS – DMH Member ANIEFLORE DJADEU is the winner of a scholarship ! Bradley Hatten, son of OS – DMH Member ROBYN HATTEN is the winner of a scholarship ! Deborah Taylor, daughter of OS –DMH Member DEBORAH JACKSON is the winner of a scholarship !

Ohio State – Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections Hanna Meade, daughter of OS –DRC Member LINDSEY JACOBS is the winner of a scholarship ! Shawn Stricklin, spouse of OS – DRC Member MATTHEW STRICKLIN is the winner of a scholarship !

Valley Care Labs Abigail Riffee, daughter of Valley Care Labs Member MARY RIFFEE is the winner of a scholarship !

Willoughby Eastlake Public Library Khin Aung, daughter of WEPL Member KHIN MYINT is the winner of a scholarship !

Union Workers at Lorain County Community Action Agency Urge Support for Fact Finder Report, Set Vote for Tuesday

Lorain, Ohio – The bargaining committee representing union employees at the Lorain County Community Action Agency, members of the Service Employees International Union District 1199, are asking both union members and the LCCAA Board of Directors to accept an independent, third party fact-finders report that would bring to close over 32 months of negotiations. The current collective bargaining agreement expired on July 31st, 2013. 

“We are looking forward to getting back to providing an umbrella of quality services for the children and families of our community,” said Kathryn Ramsey, a Family Service Worker with the Lorain County Community Action Agency and member of the SEIU District 1199 bargaining committee. “We encourage our union members and the LCCAA Board of Directors to accept this fact-finders decision so that we can work together to lift people in our community out of poverty.”

The report, which can be read in its entirety here, was issued by Thomas J. Nowel who was appointed by agreement of the parties to conduct the fact-finding hearing. 

Workers at LCCAA will vote on Tuesday, August 11th from 1pm to 2pm and 4pm to 6pm at the Quality Inn, located at 739 Leona Street in Elyria.

2014 SEIU1199 Ohio Voter Guide

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2014 Leadership Assembly Highlights

Did you miss the 2014 Leadership Assembly? Check out this photo montage of some of the most memorable moments from the activities this weekend.

So-Called “Right to Work” is Wrong for All of Us

rtw-infographicSupporters of so-called “right to work” laws argue that they advocate for a cause whose noble aim is to advance personal liberty and promote economic growth. They wield buzz words like “freedom” and “choice” for their messaging. They opine that too many workers needlessly suffer because corporate America cannot free itself from the shackles of greedy labor unions. A non-critical eye may see a movement that champions freedom and offers hope. However, if you look just beneath the surface of the “right to work” cause, you will see a campaign that is built on distortions and predicated on lies and whose unstated purpose would undermine workers’ safety, economic security and well-being. The true goal of right to work is to put more money into the pockets of corporate shareholders. The consequence of these purposes, whether intended or unintended, is a diminished middle class.

Right to work (RTW) does not provide a financial benefit to workers. It hurts them – financially and physically. A viable labor movement is the best way to advance the wellbeing of the middle class. Here’s what the empirical research shows in terms of worker compensation and workplace safety:

  • The average worker in a RTW state earns about $1,500 less per year than a person working in a non-RTW state.
  • Unions raise worker pay by roughly 20 percent.
  • In Ohio, teachers working in non-union charter schools receive annual salaries that are about $16,000 less than those paid to traditional public school teachers. The gap is even larger when compared to what for-profit charter schools pay their teachers.
  • The rate of employer-sponsored health insurance and pensions is lower in RTW states.
  • Worker fatalities in the construction industry are 34 percent higher in RTW states.

Economic development is not enhanced by RTW legislation. In fact, the enactment of RTW laws almost certainly hinders growth and prosperity:

  • Research finds no relationship between the presence of a RTW law and state unemployment rates, per capita income or job growth.
  • When asked what influences their plant-location decision process, RTW is not an important criterion for small manufacturers.
  • Low-wage workers result in lower tax revenues, putting infrastructure needs and education and other publicly funded services at risk.
  • Lower wages also mean less spending by consumers, which stunts economic expansion.
  • States with the lowest percentage of workers in unions have relatively weak middle classes.

In addition to fewer, lower paying, less safe jobs and an erosion of infrastructure and decreased levels of public services, RTW robs our country of its democratic principles. Research shows that a weakened labor movement results in lower voter turnout and less participation by ordinary citizens in the political process. Maybe that is exactly what the RTW folks want; a means of keeping the political cronies of the richest in power so their interests will be forever served. Right to work is a carrot for a select few at the top of the economic food chain and a stick for everyone else.

This post originally appeared on the Ohio Education Association’s website here

Strike Looms at Cincinnati State, Workers Call for Fair Contract

Union members remain committed to avoiding a strike and want to continue negotiations with college administrators.

CINCINNATI, OHIO – It has been two weeks since an independent, third-party fact finder issued recommendations for reaching a fair contract between the nearly 150 clerical, technical, and support staff at Cincinnati State, members of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) District 1199, and the Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Board of Trustees. Soon after, that report was overwhelming supported by workers and unanimously rejected by the Board of Trustees.

Publically, college president O’Dell Owens has said, “we are convinced a fair agreement is within reach.” But for weeks, Owens refused to meet or even acknowledge calls and emails from Union representatives for continued negotiations until now.

“We applaud college administrators for agreeing to come back to the table,” said Becky Williams, President of SEIU District 1199. “Workers remain committed to working out a fair contract that is in the best interest of all parties involved, including the staff, students and visitors of the college.” Negotiations are scheduled to begin at 10am on Tuesday, August 12th at the college.

If an agreement cannot be reached, the bargaining committee may have no choice but to move forward with their plans to issue a 10-day notice of their intent to strike, which could directly impact the beginning of classes later this month.