State of Ohio Employees

SEIU District 1199’s State division represents nearly 4,000 workers in 18 different agencies.  These state agencies include the Ohio Board of Nursing, the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Department of Development, the Ohio Department of Youth Services, The Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities, the Ohio Medical Board, the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services, the Ohio Pharmacy Board, the Ohio School for the Blind, the Ohio School for the Deaf, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, the Ohio Veterans Home, the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections.

2012-2015 State of Ohio Collective Bargaining AgreementState of Ohio APC Minutes
 

Human Resources Merger – ODH and ODA

SEIU District 1199 recently learned that human resources with the Ohio Department of Health and the Ohio Department of Aging will merge. The change does not include merging any bargaining unit employees.

According to a notice sent by the State of Ohio, in July, three HR employees with the Department of Aging will move into the HR office for the Department of Health at 246 North High.  The State of Ohio says that the merger is part of an effort to find ways for the agencies to collaborate but there is no plan to merge the two agencies.

We will monitor this issue and let members know about any further changes. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns. 

Update on Improper Shift Differential for State of Ohio Nurses

It was discovered that approximately 677 nurses represented by SEIU District 1199 were not properly compensated for shift differential PPE on 5/26/18. The impacted nurses received $0.50 per hour instead of $1.00 per hour, as per the contract. 

SEIU District 1199 has contracted OCB and this issue is being resolved. We want members to know that checks will be issued on 6/22/18. 

The Union is always watching and doing everything we can to ensure that your contract is enforced and that issues are dealt with as they arise. 

SEIU District 1199 has your back!

In Solidarity, 

Josh Norris, Executive Vice President 
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

State of Ohio Updates Drug Free Workplace Policy

The State of Ohio has released an updated Drug Free Workplace Policy (HR-39) that is now effective. The policy has been updated in relation to recent changes in state law regarding medical marijuana.

The updated policy allows medical marijuana use for some employees who are not on active work status. For additional information, please see a copy of the updated policy at the link above. 

State of Ohio – Contract Campaign Newsletter 6.01.18

State of Ohio Union Members,

I wanted to provide you with the latest information about our 2018 State of Ohio contract campaign.

Please click here to get the latest information including the dates of our first bargaining sessions.

In Solidarity,

Josh Norris
Executive Vice President

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.”

Parole Officers Fight For Reagan Tokes Act

Because of the work of our Parole Officers through the Union, today we passed the Reagan Tokes Act (HB365) out of the Ohio House of Representatives Criminal Justice Committee by a vote of 10-1.

This is HUGE. Today’s victory would not have been possible without Parole Officers like you taking time out of your lives and work to come to Columbus for our Lobby Days and meet face-to-face with legislators about the need to address caseloads and staffing within the Adult Parole Authority. 

But it gets better than that. The Chairman of the Criminal Justice Committee, Rep. Nathan Manning (R-Lorain), introduced an amendment to create the Offender Supervision Study Committee within the Ohio Criminal Sentencing Commission.

  • Within the creation of the committee, there are requirements for membership of the committee to include an active parole officer, among others. 
  • There’s also a requirement that the group shall provide a recommendation to the General Assembly of changes to the revised code regarding all issues related to the supervision of offenders, including issues related to parole, community control, probation, community corrections, transitional control, and issues related to interstate compact policies.

Through our Union, Parole Officers now have a seat at the table going forward. That’s the power of collective action! 

The process still has many steps – but this is a major victory for our members. The next step will be a vote by the Ohio House of Representatives, then the bill will go to the Senate and eventually to Governor Kasich for his signature. I will keep you updated as the process moves forward. 

State of Ohio SEIU Member Open Health Care Enrollment

The open enrollment period for members of SEIU District 1199 with the State of Ohio is approaching. Enrollment will be open soon from 5/21 to 6/1 at 7:00 PM. 

Please see this open enrollment handout with important information and a checklist to prepare for open enrollment.

Included in the handout is information on benefits eligibility for dependents. Do not forget to verify your address information and review benefits coverage for yourself, a spouse, and/or dependents, if applicable. 

State of Ohio – Contract Campaign Newsletter 5.08.18

State of Ohio Union Members,

I wanted to provide you with the latest information about our 2018 State of Ohio contract campaign.

Please click here to get the latest information including the dates of our first bargaining sessions.

In Solidarity,

Josh Norris
Executive Vice President

 

State of Ohio – Contract Campaign Newsletter 4.12.18

Sisters & Brothers,

On behalf of the your SEIU District 1199 State of Ohio contract bargaining committee, we are excited to share our next newsletter. You can view the newsletter by clicking here.

In Solidarity, 

Your State Chapter Bargaining Committee

Parole Officers Union Appalled By Inaction On Reagan Tokes Act

Parole Officers Union Appalled By Inaction On Reagan Tokes Act
SEIU District 1199 says without SB202, SB 201 does little to keep our communities safe.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – In response to the passage of Senate Bill 201 by the Ohio Senate, SEIU District 1199 President Becky Williams issued the following statement:

“Today, the Ohio Senate chose to turn their backs on the safety and security of our Ohio’s families by refusing to address the real threats caused by the lack of appropriate caseloads for Ohio’s parole officers and failing to fix the broken system that monitors violent offenders released from prison.”

“The passage of Senate Bill 201 is an opportunistic political move in an election year that does nothing to keep our families safe once violent offenders are released into the community. While released offenders are subject to “post-release control”, just as they are now, without SB202/HB365, parole officers still will not have the staffing or the technology to properly monitor these offenders upon release.”

“On behalf of Ohio’s parole officers, we call on the Ohio House to reject Senate Bill 201 until such time as they can adopt a comprehensive approach to fixing our broken system like House Bill 365.”

Adult Parole Authority Lobby Day in Columbus

APAOn Wednesday, May 16th, the union will be holding an Adult Parole Authority Lobby Day for SEIU District 1199 members We will provide lunch and refreshments for all Parole Officers that attend. We will focus on two issues: 

  • Reagan Tokes Act (HB365/SB202) 
  • OPERS Law Enforcement (25&Out) for Parole Officers

When: Wednesday, May 16th, 2018 from 10AM to 2PM. 
Location: We will meet at SEIU District 1199 (1395 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215) and carpool to the Statehouse. 
Registration:  Register for the APA Lobby Day Here

 If you have any questions, please reach out to Anthony Caldwell at acaldwell@seiu1199 or call 877-419-7348. 

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. 

Ohio State Vice President Election Results

Ohio State Vice President Election Results:

  • Nancy Cooper 131 Votes*
    Mental Health & Addiction Svcs.
  • Nancy Rhinock 93 Votes
    Adult Parole Authority

2 write-in candidates received 1 vote each

*Denotes Winner

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

State of Ohio – Contract Campaign Newsletter 3.28.18

Sisters and Brothers, 

On behalf of the your SEIU District 1199 State of Ohio contract bargaining committee, we are excited to share our next newsletter. 

You can view the newsletter by clicking here.

In Solidarity, 

Your State Chapter Bargaining Committee

State of Ohio SEIU District 1199 Member Tuition Reimbursement Fund Balance

Allocated funds for this fiscal year have been processed and approved. The current balance of the SEIU District 1199 tuition fund with the State of Ohio is $0.00.  The last portion of the approved funds will be received by employees when they receive their pay checks for the pay period that ended on March 17, 2018.

State of Ohio – Contract Campaign Newsletter 3.1.18

Sisters and Brothers, 

On behalf of the your SEIU District 1199 State of Ohio contract bargaining committee, we are excited to share our next newsletter. 

You can view the newsletter by clicking here.

In Solidarity, 

Your State Chapter Bargaining Committee

Election Notification: Ohio State Member Vice President

Sisters and Brothers of the SEIU District 1199 State of Ohio agencies, 

This serves as your official ELECTION NOTIFICATION for the vacant seat of Ohio State Member Vice President for the Service Employees International Union District 1199. 

You can view the full election schedule with dates, times and locations by clicking here.

Candidates:

Nancy Cooper
Mental Health & Addiction Services
Nancy Rhinock
Adult Parole Authority

If you have any questions, please contact Elections Chair Mary Jo Ivan at 614-461-1199 or my email at mjivan@seiu1199.org.

State of Ohio – Contract Campaign Newsletter 2.13.18

Sisters and Brothers, 

On behalf of the your SEIU District 1199 State of Ohio contract bargaining committee, we are excited to share our next newsletter. 

You can view the newsletter by clicking here.

In Solidarity, 

Your State Chapter Bargaining Committee

Victory Report: State of Ohio Member of SEIU District 1199 Wins Grievance; Pay Raise Was Improperly Denied

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Vocational Rehabilitation Counselors assist individuals with disabilities in reaching vocational goals.
In 2015, State of Ohio members, bargained a new career ladder for VRC’s with the agency Opportunities for Ohioans With Disabilities. A member was recently improperly denied the pay increase. 

The negotiating team obtained a 4% increase and won language that increased the pay for this position by another 4% once an employee becomes a certified counselor. This was a significant victory that brought more competitive pay to this important position. 

Recently, a member contacted the Member Resource Center, after being improperly denied the raise for becoming a certified counselor. Her certification was back-dated to before she received her step increase, which was a contract violation. The violation would have resulted in a total pay loss of around $17,000 over the next six years.

The SEIU District 1199 member contacted the union and the board that handles the certification. Working together with her delegate and the Member Resource Center, she won the grievance. The member will now get the proper pay for her credentials, which will make a difference of thousands of dollars.

If you believe your contract is being violated, do not hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center. Staff are available from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM each Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”