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.

SEIU District 1199 Scholarship Program

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

What are the requirements?
You must have been accepted or currently enrolled in an accredited two- or four-year educational institution or technical school and actively enrolled in a degree, post bachelor’s degree or certification program.
You must be enrolled for a minimum of five (5) credit hours in a course required or related to the degree or certification.
You and your immediate family member(s) are eligible if you have been a member in good standing of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH for at least two years prior to the application deadline.

How do I apply?
Complete scholarship eligibility criteria, requirements, and applications:

• SEIU 1199 Scholarship Form
 SEIU 1199 Scholarship FAQ

Members may also obtain an application packet including eligibility criteria information and an application by calling the Member Resource Center hotline at 1-877-419-SEIU (7348).

The application process is now closed. The application period will re-open in 2021. 

• Scholarship Recipient List – 2020
• Scholarship Recipient List – 2019
 Scholarship Recipient List – 2018
 Sign a Membership Card (must be in good standing for 2 years)

Applications may be submitted by email to scholarships@seiu1199.org or by mail to:

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Member Resource Center
Attention: Scholarships
1395 Dublin Road
Columbus, Ohio 43215

Union Members at Cincinnati State Technical and Community College Stand United for a Fair Contract as Labor Negotiations Continue

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Members with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH at Cincinnati State say that they have not received a wage increase since 2017.

Contact: Joshua Norris at (937) 925-0149
For Immediate Release: Friday, April 9th, 2021

CINCINNATI, OHIO – Union members with Cincinnati State Technical and Community College will resume labor negotiations with Cincinnati State on Monday, April 12th. Since 2017, workers have not received a pay increase, which means that current wages have not kept up with the rate of inflation and have been eroded by increases in the cost of living.

According data published by the State Employment Relations Board, the public sector average for the time period of 2018-2021 equates to 10% for the Cincinnati region. During this same time period, Cincinnati State members have seen 0% in wage increases and have continued to see their level of responsibilities increase, as they have been asked to do more with less.

“These Union members are the core of Cincinnati State and it’s important to maintain staff retention and provide a living wage that keeps up with the increased cost of living over the last 4 years and during this pandemic – the college has to demonstrate that they care for those who have dedicated their lives and careers to this work,” said Joshua Norris, an Executive Vice President with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH. “The members are asking people across the area, whether you community member, voter, public official, or if you are a part of the labor movement, to sign onto a letter to President Monica Posey and the Board of Trustees. It is very important for these dedicated workers to be respected, protected, and paid,” concluded Norris.

Cincinnati State Technical and Community College is expected to receive substantial funding of $16,172,000, half of which would be obligated to student grants, under the American Rescue Plan, according to projections made available by the American Council on Education.

Negotiations with management will continue on Monday, April 12th. Workers with Cincinnati State will hold a press conference the following day on Tuesday, April 13th at 5:30 PM at the intersection of Ludlow Avenue and Central Parkway.

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Thank You — National Library Week 2021

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This week, during National Library Week, we recognize your work over the last year during the COVID19 pandemic.
Your SEIU District 1199 family appreciates everything you have done on behalf of the public.

Over the last year, library workers have provided vital services at a very important time. Ohio’s public libraries ensure access to books, services, and technology. Most recently, many library workers are distributing COVID19 home test kits and some members are a part of the COVID19 vaccination effort. Together, we will continue to work to ensure that all library workers are respected, protected, and paid. 

We appreciate you and everything you do. This week and everyday, we thank you.

In Solidarity, 

Becky Williams — President 

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

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Lorain Public Library System Workers Aid COVID19 Vaccination Effort

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Union members with the Lorain Public Library System work every day on behalf of the public. Most recently, they have been providing a new service – scheduling COVID19 vaccination appointments.

To date, library workers say that they have helped schedule as many as 2,000 vaccinations. Library workers are using an interface called ArmorVax to locate available appointments. The effort is just one of many services available to the public through their local library system.

“Many of those who call us have no access to the Internet. Even if they have online access, the process of finding a vaccine is complex and time-consuming,” said Cheri Campbell, a Librarian with the Lorain Public Library System and member leader with SEIU District 1199. “One phone call to a library branch, a few screening questions, and they have that sought-after appointment. It is so gratifying to know that we are doing something that will make their lives better,” Campbell concluded. 

The Lorain Public Library System has partnered with Lorain County Public Health to schedule appointments. Ultimately, this scheduling work by area library workers and Union members is contributing to the greater vaccination effort and saving lives.

Our Care Is Essential! Call 877-689-2371 and tell Congress we need good care jobs TODAY!

How do we build back better? By creating good union care jobs, with $15, paid sick leave, and affordable healthcare, so that seniors and people with disabilities get the care they need. Call 877-689-2371 and tell Congress we need good care jobs TODAY!

Honoring Social Work Union Members

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Over the last year, social workers who are members with SEIU District 1199 have played an essential role in responding to the pandemic. This March, during National Social Work Month, we honor you for your important work.

Social workers have always brought together resources on behalf of individuals. In the pandemic, social workers have again helped to protect the vulnerable and tirelessly worked to ensure that individuals can meet their basic needs. Among other vital roles, social workers have advocated for social services when they have been needed most.

If you ever need assistance, you can always call your Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348. Thank you for your work on behalf of the public.

In Solidarity,

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

Solidarity Newsletter — March

Solidarity Newsletter March 2021Member News and Grievance Victories
● Standing Together Amid the COVID19 Pandemic. Members with SEIU District 1199 have been standing with their co-workers as Union members in the pandemic. Together, members across many chapters have successfully negotiated new contract terms and agreements to help combat COVID19. 

● American Rescue Plan. The American Rescue Plan is quickly moving through the legislative process. The plan includes hundreds of billions of dollars for states and local governments. This funding is vital for public services and employers where members work. Send a message to your legislators about this important plan.

● Cabell Huntington Hospital Members Receive Phone Call From First Lady Dr. Jill Biden. During the call, First Lady Dr. Jill Biden thanked several nurses for their work amid the COVID19 pandemic and spoke with them individually about their experiences during the crisis

 ResCare Member Successfully Challenges Wrongful Termination. A member with ResCare in West Virginia was terminated for alleged theft of work time. Management believed the member was at a personal appointment. The member and Union were able to show through text messages and documentation that management had false information. While the member had already found another job, management offered the member $1,500 and a neutral reference. 

● Cleveland Public Library Members Successfully Enforce Contract. Members with Cleveland Public Library recently filed a grievance around COVID19 policies and procedures. Two workplace committees cover COVID19 issues but only two SEIU members were a part of those committees. As an outcome of mediation, 8 members will have a voice as representatives or alternates. Minutes will also now be taken and shared with all members.

 ResCare Awarded Settlement Through Grievance Process. A member with ResCare in West Virginia was terminated but the member no direct connection with an event in question. The member had already found a new job but wanted to clear her name. Through the grievance process, the member was awarded a monetary payment and granted a neutral letter of reference.  

● Ohio Nursing Home Workers Issued Proper Payment. Under the new contract, nursing home members at the end of 2020 negotiated an increase in the hourly afternoon shift differential for LPNs. They also negotiated an increase in the hourly shift differential for night shift aides and LPNs, which was brought from $0.35 to $0.45. After they did not receive the increase, working together as co-workers and with the Union in 2021, the members were able to quickly get the pay they were missing recognized. Back pay was also issued to the bargaining unit members.

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!”

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. If you are not a member, you can sign a membership card online. 

Delegate and Leadership Training for Northern Ohio Members (Virtual)

 

Mentor Library Members Stand Together For Quality Services & Good Union Jobs

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At the end of 2020, Mentor Public Library members of all backgrounds stood together to bargain a new contract agreement. From access to books to technology, library services remain critical for the public. Across the district, public library members have been doing everything possible during the pandemic.

The new contract includes the following important improvements:

• Annual Wage Increase – A 3% raise in the first year of the contract.
• Wage Scale – A 5% increase in the starting wage and top of the wage scale. 
• Passport Applications – A 2% wage increase for passport application work.
• Representation – New language to assist with representation.
• Non-Discrimination – Additional non-discrimination language.
• Leave Time – Improvements in several areas of leave and break time.  

Together, members are standing in unity for quality service and the good unions jobs that our communities need. Support library funding in Ohio by sending a message to your legislators

National Town Hall Events for SEIU Members on COVID19 Vaccines

Solidarity Newsletter — February

Solidarity February 2021● Mahoning Valley Hospital Member in Ohio Restored to Employee Status. A member in Youngstown was furloughed at the start of the COVID19 pandemic. The member was returned to work but only as a per diem employee, which was a contract violation. As a per diem employee, the member would have lost their substantial sick leave and personal time balances, which had a value of over $8,000. Standing with the Union, the member filed a grievance and was returned to the proper status with leave time restored. 

● Cleveland Public Library Members Win Class Action Grievance. Members with Cleveland Public Library have  contractual “special close” language that grants time and a half pay when members work while libraries are closed. The Board of Trustees for Cleveland Public Library tried to circumvent this contract provision by passing a special policy. Members stood united behind the grievance and three members participated in official proceedings. An arbitrator recently issued a decision in favor of the library members and found that they were owed over $62,000.  

● West Virginia Member With ResCare Receives Missing PTO Hours. A member with ResCare contacted the Union and believed that she was missing PTO hours dating back to October 2019. The member filed a grievance and just before mediation, ResCare confirmed that there were 120 PTO hours that were missing. The value of the PTO hours totaled approximately $1,200. 

● Standing Together Amid the COVID19 Pandemic.
Members with SEIU District 1199 have been standing with their co-workers as Union members in the pandemic. Together, members across many chapters have successfully negotiated hazard pay and other agreements to combat COVID19. 


● Cabell Huntington Hospital Nurses Negotiate and Ratify First Contract.
Nurses with Cabell Huntington Hospital stood united in negotiations and throughout their organizing campaign that started in 2019 to form a Union and then ratify their first contract. The nurses, who have been on the frontlines of the COVID19 pandemic, negotiated significant improvements in important areas such as quality care, wages, and benefits. 


American Rescue Plan. The American Rescue Plan would provide hundreds of billions of dollars for states, schools, and local governments. This funding is vital for public services and employers where members work.
Send a message to your legislators about this important recovery plan.

● Dedicated ResCare Member Returns to Work.
A member with ResCare was terminated after 12 years with the company due to a misunderstanding. Ultimately, 23 employees with ResCare called the Member Resource Center on the member’s behalf and 12 members wrote character reference letters to submit to ResCare. In a mutually agreeable settlement, the member returned to work and received $1,500 in backpay. 

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!”

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. If you are not a member, you can sign a membership card online. 

SEIU Member Forum on COVID-19 Vaccines

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On Friday, January 15th, there will be a nationwide forum for SEIU members on vaccines for COVID-19. This 75 minute forum will feature a video from a vaccine roundtable. Members from across the Union will also be able to ask questions about vaccine development, efficacy, and safety.

This forum will include Dr. Alicia Fernandez, a Professor of Medicine at UCSF and general internist at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital. Members can register for this forum and live Q and A online. Register for this event at this link, where you will also be able submit questions about the vaccines

As you may know, SEIU is encouraging all workers to get vaccinated for COVID-19 and has adopted 7 principals for the vaccination effort. The vaccines that are available will help make sure that all workers are protected. Together, we will work to bring an end to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In Solidarity, 

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

With the current COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to stay connected by phone and email. Members can make contact information updates online at any time. 

Stillwater Center Nurses Stand United for a Fair Contract and Quality Care in Pandemic

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Members with the Stillwater Center recently stood united to bargain and ratify a new contract agreement. Nurses with the Stillwater Center have been working bravely during the COVID19 pandemic to provide the best possible care.

In their contract campaign, the nurses received support from U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley. Numerous nurses have contracted COVID19 during the pandemic.

To have a Union means to have a voice and in the last year, the nurses also spoke out about needed protective equipment and COVID19 protocols. 

The nurses voted unanimously for the new contract agreement, which provides for a $600 ratification bonus and an annual wage increase for each of the next three years. The nurses also negotiated having Juneteenth as a paid holiday, as an alternative to Columbus Day. The new contract also includes updated language that may strengthen Union representation.

Together, Union members with the Stillwater Center and across the region are standing strong amid the COVID19 pandemic for fair wages and quality care.

Solidarity Newsletter – January

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● Cabell Huntington Hospital Member Challenges Suspension. A technical worker with Cabell Huntington Hospital in Huntington, West Virginia, received a 5-day suspension after following guidelines. Some members must update their credentials, which must be available on a credentialing website by a deadline prior to expiration. Due to a delay in processing, the renewal was not immediately displayed, though updated prior to the deadline. The member worked with the Union and an arbitrator reduced the 5-day suspension to a single day.   

● Standing Together Amid the COVID19 Pandemic. Members with SEIU District 1199 have been standing with their co-workers as Union members in the pandemic. Together, members across many chapters have successfully negotiated hazard pay and other agreements to help combat COVID19. 

● RN Member at Northeast Ohio Hospital Negotiates Settlement. A member with Mercy Regional Medical Center was terminated in August 2020. The member filed a grievance and was able to negotiate a payout of accrued leave time, which totaled $3,627. Without a Union, a worker can be dismissed for any reason. However, as an outcome of the grievance, the termination was also amended to reflect a resignation.

● Certus Healthcare Members Stand United. Members with Certus Healthcare in Cleveland held a visibility action to raise awareness and pay tribute to Union brothers and sisters working on the frontlines as well as nursing home residents who have lost their lives or been diagnosed with COVID19. The event garnered local news coverage and members were able to share their experiences with the public.

● Member With ResCare Successfully Appeals Discipline. A dedicated member had worked with ResCare for 32 years. The member had no prior record of discipline and was issued a final warning for small infractions. The member filed a grievance and though the employer was not willing to remove the discipline, it was reduced to a 1st written warning in a settlement.

● Ohio Nursing Home Member Receives Settlement After Grievance. A member with a nursing home in Ohio had been terminated and filed a grievance. The member had already found another job but in a successful outcome, the member received a monetary payment and the termination was amended to reflect a resignation.

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!”

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. If you are not a member, you can sign a membership card online. 

SEIU District 1199 Encourages All Members to get COVID-19 Vaccine

The Service Employees International Union has released seven principles that it is calling on employers, public health officials, and elected officials to follow during distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine. The principles were proposed by a committee of local leaders representing SEIU members and adopted by the Union’s International Executive Board where I serve as Vice President.

The 7 principles for the vaccination effort are as follows:

1. Vaccines are a proven technology to prevent the spread of disease. The COVID vaccine is a critical tool to protect our families, ourselves, and our communities as we fight to put an end to this deadly virus. We encourage SEIU members to take the vaccine.
2. Vaccine distribution must be equitable and transparent and must prioritize communities hardest hit by the virus including essential workers, people with underlying health conditions and disproportionately impacted communities of color.  
3. Vaccines must be provided free of charge and workers should be provided with paid time off if the vaccination process requires them to miss work.
4. Employers must not use vaccines as a substitute for worker safety and infection control protocols nor for ensuring access to personal protective equipment.
5. Vaccine distribution plans must include education and outreach activities that involve essential workers and our communities deeply and meaningfully. 
6. Outreach and distribution plans must recognize the impact of structural racism in causing trauma and heightened levels of distrust about vaccination in Black and brown communities. 
7. The best approach to encouraging universal vaccination is through education and outreach, not through making vaccination mandatory.

SEIU District 1199 members across West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio, continue to call on government at all levels to take action to protect the health, safety, and financial security of working people. The principles outlined above are the latest step in working together to make sure that all workers are protected and so that we can bring an end to the COVID19 pandemic.

In Solidarity, 

Becky Williams President 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

We Rise – Update Your Membership

An updated membership helps to ensure that our chapters and Union remain strong. We are stronger together.

Sign a Membership Card
The membership form is available online.  Membership also provides access to the Union’s benefit programs, a free community college benefit, an annual scholarship program, and more. 

Visit the membership form online to submit a new membership or update/renew. 

Take Action — Nursing Home Workers Need a Bill of Rights

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A Review From a Member: Free College Degree Program for Union Members

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“Being a Union member can allow you to take chances you never thought you would have the opportunity to take. It was a real benefit to be able to take these classes. I would encourage my co-workers and fellow members to take these classes and engage in studies that interest them.” – Krystin Berry, Healthcare Worker and Member of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Krystin Berry, a member of SEIU District 1199, recently completed a Degree in Criminal Justice with Eastern Gateway Community College. She wanted to share her story to encourage other members to take this opportunity. This free benefit is open to members with SEIU District 1199 and their families.

“This criminal justice program allowed me to show my daughter that you can work, go to school, and be a good mom,” said Berry. She also has a bachelor’s degree and works far above full-time hours in important areas, including at a nursing home, as a substitute teacher, and with her church. “I learned a lot while taking these classes. You get to know the other students and interact throughout the program. The classes had about 20-25 students and the instructors were helpful with feedback on the course work.”

Currently, Krystin is also working on the frontlines of the COVID19 pandemic as nursing home worker, though they have not had any residents contract COVID19 at her facility so far. “The classes were free of cost, which allowed me to pursue a degree in the area of criminal justice while still working. It was easy to enroll in the program – the most difficult part was transferring in prior coursework but I was able to get those credits recognized. The program was a great way to earn a degree to further myself and this also benefits my daughter,” she said.

Congratulations to Krystin Berry and thank you for sharing your story. Members can get additional details on college programs at this link.