State of Ohio

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, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities, the Ohio Veterans Home, the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.

State Contract (2018 – 2021)
Basic State Delegate Training (Postponed)
Basic & Intermediate State Delegate Training (June 2020)
Advanced State Delegate Training (September 2020)
Filing a Grievance State Member Webinar
State Chapter Mediation Dates for 2020
• Lookup and Contact Your Elected Officials

2020 Member Scholarship Program

2014_SEIU1199_ScholarshipVerticalBannerWho is eligible?
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 open for 2020. The deadline for applications is September 1st. 

Scholarship Recipient List – 2019
 Scholarship Recipient List – 2018
 Sign a Membership Card (must be a member 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

Important – Member Conference Call and Bargaining Survey

We received the attached letter from the Department of Administrative Services Director, Matthew Damschroder, requesting that we come to the bargaining table before June 15, 2020 to “discuss ways to reduce personnel costs so we can work together to maintain services for the citizens of the State of Ohio and preserve jobs for State employees.” You can read a copy of the letter at this link

This is clearly a demand to negotiate reductions to the membership who has reported faithfully during this pandemic emergency. What is unclear is whether this is a request to negotiate a successor agreement or a request for mid-term negations. We will be reaching out to DAS for clarification on this question. 

State Executive Board Members and your Union Leadership Team have held two (2) conference calls to discuss various strategies for moving forward, starting with hearing from you directly. 

We are hosting a series of calls for all SEIU/1199 Ohio State Chapter Members on Monday, June 8th to discuss the request to bargain and gather feedback.

Call Times: 12pm, 4pm and 7pm.
Call Information: Telephone Town Hall Meeting will call out to you directly and connect you to the call prior to your designated time. It is critical that you update your contact information and register for the call time of your choice by using this link. Register for the call and update your information here.

Our contract expires on April 30, 2021 and the timelines for initial preparation are as follows:

1. June 2020: Nominations for the Bargaining Team.
2. July 2020: Notify Members of the voting locations and times for the formal committee elections.
3. August 2020: Elect our Bargaining Committee.
4. September 2020: 1st Bargaining Committee Meeting.

Considering this new request to bargain, the above timelines would not support a decision (if made) to sit down with the State of Ohio. We have prepared a survey to solicit your vote on two (2) important questions.

1st Question: Mid-Term Bargaining — (DAS request of 6/1/20) Do you authorize our State of Ohio elected Executive Board Members to represent you at the table to ensure that our voices are heard?

2nd Question: Full Contract Re-opener (successor agreement) — This will be your opportunity to nominate Members to serve on the full contract re-opener set to expire on 4/30/21. 

If you have signed a membership card, you should have received an email, to your personal email address, with the survey-monkey survey to complete. The survey will be open from the time you receive it until Monday, June 15, 2020, at midnight. You must be a dues paying member to complete the survey but if you fill out a membership card online, we will send one as soon as possible

We know these are challenging times and the State of Ohio has done nothing to show respect and appreciation for all that we do! Their attempt to try and take more from us during these times is just more evidence of their lack of compassion and further displays how out of touch they are with the day to day economic realities we all face. Together, standing united, we can send a message loud and clear that we are not going to be attacked anymore!

Now is the time to remain strong, vigilant, and stay Union, as without the protection of our Union contract, there would be no request to negotiate, no discussion, no protections. The State would have simply TAKEN your money and IMPOSED whatever reductions they saw fit to address this anticipated budget shortfall. Union membership has many benefits and protections.

If anyone has any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Geoff DaviesKristie Branch, or myself at your convenience. Stay safe and take care of yourselves and each other.

In Solidarity,

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

If you haven’t received a survey and believe that you should have, email vote@seiu1199.org for assistance. 

Stand With Ohio’s Parole Officers

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Standing Together With Ohio’s Parole Officers

Dear Union Members at the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, 

As parole officers with the State of Ohio you do critical work each day and fulfill a vital mission on behalf of the public.
 Thank you for everything that you do to keep Ohio safe.

As Union members, parole officers with the State of Ohio are continuing to speak out about several important legislative issues. These priories include the passage of the Reagan Tokes Act, making parole officers eligible for a law enforcement pension (“25 and out”), making drug exposure (e.g. fentanyl) eligible for BWC coverage, and ensuring that parole officers have ample access to personal protective equipment and testing for COVID19, if needed.

At this link is an action page that allows parole officers and the public to send a message to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and your representatives with the Ohio Legislature. Together, we will continue to speak out for the important changes that parole officers need for themselves, their families, and public safety. 

In Solidarity, 

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

State of Ohio Chapter Delegate Training

 

State Employee Development Fund Update (5/23/20)

The Employee Development Fund (EDF) renewed on July 1, 2019, with $750,000 in additional funding for FY20. We have been provided with the following update, which is current as of 5/23/20: 

Amount Paid (as of 4/25/20): $611,431.01
Amount Approved (as of 5/9/20): $37,666.31
Amount Submitted (as of 5/9/20): $0.00
Total Expended: $649,097.32

Budget + Rollover (FY20): $776,504.59
Total Remaining: $127,407.27
Percent Remaining: 16%

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Member Resource Center.

Stand With Ohio DYS Union Case Managers

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Stand With Ohio DRC Union Case Managers

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In Memoriam: Bernard Atta, Ohio Corrections Reception Center

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“It is with a heavy heart and immeasurable sadness that we share the news of the passing of Bernard Atta, a member of our SEIU District 1199 Union family at the State of Ohio Corrections Reception Center. We are asking that members be vigilant in their safety practices and take a moment to hold Bernard Atta and his family in your thoughts and prayers during this incredibly difficult time.”

– President Becky Williams

State Chapter Newsletter – May 2020

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Emergency Pay Class Action Grievance. SEIU District 1199 has filed a class action grievance for every member citing Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) language Article 35, Emergencies. We believe that the current state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine falls well within the intent of this language and that all members who work during this declared emergency are entitled to the $8 per hour stipend referenced in the CBA. Send a message to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and ask him to honor the contract and grant the emergency pay that was mutually agreed upon. We will keep you updated as the grievance moves through the process.

Honoring Ohio Adult Parole Authority and Department of Youth Services Members. In the month of May, our nation observes Peace Officers Memorial Day, a day when we remember those who have lost their lives or become disabled in the line of duty. We want to take this time to honor the law enforcement professionals who are members of the Union. They face hazardous and dangerous conditions. From our leadership team to the members of our Union, we honor and thank them for their service.

Educational Development Fund Update. Last July 1st, the Educational Development Fund for members of SEIU District 1199 renewed with an additional balance of $750,000 available for reimbursement. As of May 9th, 21% of the budget, which totals $165,073.58, remains available for reimbursement. This fund was negotiated as a part of the contract and allows reimbursement for approved training and educational expenses. In 2018, members negotiated a substantial increase in funding for the Educational Development Fund as a part of the current contract due to the fact that in previous years the fund had been depleted far in advance of the July 1st renewal.

Open Enrollment for Benefits. For the plan year beginning on July 1, 2020, open enrollment will run from May 18, 2020 to May 29, 2020. Open enrollment is the time that members can enroll or make changes to their medical, dental, vision, and supplemental life insurance. Please look for all notices from the State of Ohio regarding open enrollment and virtual open enrollment fairs. This is very important as it is the only time that you will be able to change your coverage(s) without special circumstances.

State Member Receives Payment Owed After Filing Grievance. In violation of the Union contract, a member with the State of Ohio was not paid for attending an Industrial Commission hearing. After working with the Union and filing a grievance, the employer offered to settle the grievance by offering compensatory time.

Four ODRC Members Granted Overtime Opportunities. A group of members with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction were skipped over for overtime opportunities. They worked together to file a grievance, as this was a violation of the Union contract. Through this process, the employer agreed to give them each overtime work within the following 45 days.

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, Ohio.

Member Resource Center – State of Ohio Chapter

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The Member Resource Center has provided assistance to a substantial number of members with the State of Ohio. Members have stood with their co-workers to win grievances, which relate to workplace health and safety, protection of the public, and fundamental fairness, among other issues. Representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist members. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

Observing Peace Officers Memorial Day

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Today, we observe Peace Officers Memorial Day and remember those who have lost their lives or become disabled in the line of duty.

As law enforcement professionals, you put your lives on the line each day to keep our communities safe. You face hazardous and dangerous conditions in the name of public service. We are proud to stand with you, as we stand together for justice and fairness. 

On behalf of our leadership team and the members of our Union, we thank you and honor your service. 

In Solidarity, 

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

Special Notice and Nominating Petition: SEIU District 1199 District Officers and Executive Board Elections

All nominating petitions must be turned into the SEIU District 1199 election board by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, June 3rd at 1395 Dublin Road, Columbus, Ohio 43215.

Only originals will be accepted – no scans or faxed copies. If you have any questions, please contact Mary Jo Ivan, Election Chair, by calling (877) 419-7348. 

Nominating Petition: 2020 SEIU District 1199 District Officers and Executive Board Elections

Special Notice: 2020 SEIU District 1199 District Officers and Executive Board Elections

Governor DeWine: Honor Our Contract

 Emergency Pay

APA Parole Officers – Keeping Ohio Safe

Ohio DRC & DYS – Emergency Conditions

DYS Memo For Members – Positive COVID Test

Keeping Ohio Moving Forward Together

State Chapter Newsletter – April

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● Keeping Ohio Moving Forward Photo Campaign. We are asking state chapter members to take a selfie photo with the title “Keeping Ohio Moving Forward.” Please share a photo highlighting your work and include a message of inspiration or hope. We plan to use these photos to honor the work of members in this crisis. Details on this project are available at this link. You can always take the selfie at home if you work in a location where phones are prohibited, as we want all members to have an opportunity to be recognized for the work that you do as a part of the solution to this crisis.

● Emergency Pay Class Action Grievance. SEIU District 1199 has filed a class action grievance for every member citing Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) language Article 35, Emergencies. We believe that the current state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine falls well within the intent of this language and that all members who work during this declared emergency are entitled to the $8 per hour stipend referenced in the CBA. While many of our fellow citizens engage in critically important steps such as staying home, teleworking, and social distancing, you continue to protect and serve the public each day. We will keep you updated as the grievance moves through the process.

● Hazardous Duty Pay Supplement. Governor DeWine announced last week that members with the Department of Youth Services, Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, and Adult Parole Authority, will receive a hazardous duty pay supplement, which will be retroactive back to April 1st and continue while we are in emergency status. Full details on the pay supplement are available here. The hazardous duty pay supplement is contractually different from the emergency pay stipend, which is outlined under Article 35 of the CBA. This was NOT negotiated with the Union and implementation is being done solely by these agencies. These supplements are provided in the Ohio Administrative Code and not the CBA.

The state has taken this action, in violation of the ORC chapter 4117, unilaterally and without negotiation with the Union, as would have been proper. The Union is collaborating with other unions that represent members with the State of Ohio and we will be filing an unfair labor practice regarding this unilateral action by the state. This is not because the hazard pay is unwarranted but because the legal obligation to negotiate is not absolved during this time. If these agencies are permitted to make decisions and enact provisions with regard to your pay, they will surely not stop here.

● Recent Chapter Votes. Members recently voted in favor of letters of agreement to provide for additional pay in sick leave above the 70% after the first 36 hours for any member dealing with a COVID-19 situation. Members with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction have also voted on allowing members to work in institutions if the need would arise, the hiring of intermittent employees to help with the need for staff if we get to that point, and a leave pool donation for ODRC members. ODRC members also passed an LOA to allow CNP’s and PA’s work voluntary overtime hours as RN’s to assist with limiting mandatory overtime.

All of these agreements were passed by an overwhelming vote of the membership. Thank you for your timely responses. As we continue to work with the State of Ohio we will continue to bring any changes to you, the membership, to vote democratically as we do with all contractual changes. Thank you again for your responses, participation, and support.

● Educational Development Fund Update. Last July 1st, the Educational Development Fund for members of SEIU District 1199 renewed with an additional balance of $750,000 available for reimbursement. As of April 11th, 27% of the budget, which totals $207,604.39, remains available for reimbursement. This fund was negotiated as a part of the contract and allows reimbursement for approved training and educational expenses. In 2018, members negotiated a substantial increase in funding for the Educational Development Fund as a part of the current contract due to the fact that in previous years the fund had been depleted far in advance of the July 1st renewal date.

● Protecting Yourselves, the Public, and Each Other. Thank you for all that you do and we ask that you continue to do everything you can to keep yourselves and all of us safe. Thank you for your sense of duty and safety and for doing so much to protect yourselves, your families, your coworkers, and everyone during this time of crisis. We will emerge from this crisis stronger together.

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, Ohio.

Member Resource Center – State of Ohio Chapter

The Member Resource Center has provided assistance to a substantial number of members with the State of Ohio.
 Members have stood with their co-workers to win grievances, which relate to workplace health and safety, protection of the public, and fundamental fairness, among other issues. Representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist members. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

Hazardous Duty Pay Supplement for Ohio DRC, DYS, and APA

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On behalf of the Officers, staff, and members of our Union, I want to thank you for your dedication to serving and protecting the people of the Great State of Ohio. We know that you do incredible work in difficult conditions every day and this pandemic has only added to the stress and challenge of your daily lives. We are all in this together and our Union will stand with you every step of the way.

Your service to the State of Ohio is also being recognized by Governor DeWine, DRC Director Annette Chambers-Smith, DYS Director Ryan Gies and others in state government. To recognize the added challenges you are facing during these difficult times, the Directors of DRC and DYS announced today that they are signing executive orders to provide hazard pay to DRC and DYS members both inside the institutions as well as to Parole Officers within the Adult Parole Authority.

We have been working with the Directors to raise concerns about your safety, health, and well-being and they deserve to be commended for listening and taking important steps to address our concerns. However, we disagree with the exclusion in DYS’s order to exempt Juvenile Parole Officers and are continuing to raise our concerns at the highest levels.

The hazard pay indicated in today’s Executive Orders (DRC 20-02 and DYS 20-01) are pursuant to OAC 123:1-37-04 (Hazard Pay) and is not in any way connected to, nor does it impact the separate Emergency Pay Stipend provided for in the collective bargaining agreement. This is a completely separate issue that is being processed through the grievance procedure and the hazard supplement provided in the executive order does not impact that in any way.

The amounts of hazard pay are identified below:

  • DRC/DYS Institution in RED status, which means that there is a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a staff member or an inmate. This means that a majority of inmate movement stops, and other specific criteria depending on the Warden’s decisions, protocol and the security level of the institution(s). The hazard supplement for RED institutions will be 10%.
  • DRC/DYS institutions in ORANGE status, which is a heightened state of awareness and caution but without any confirmed cases of COVID-19. At the current time, all institutions that do not have any confirmed cases are in code ORANGE, this includes all DYS institutions at the current time. The hazard supplement for ORANGE institutions will be 7.5%.
  • DRC/DYS institutions in GREEN status, which is a normal functioning institution with little or very limited concern for COVID-19 transmission. The hazard supplement for GREEN institutions will be 5%. There are currently NO institutions in GREEN status.
  • The members of the Adult Parole Authority will receive a 7.5% hazard supplement. This is in addition to the current 5% risk supplement provided in the contract. This is again, specific to the OAC provision and does not impact or change any contractually provided benefit.

The OAC specifies the level of hazard pay supplement as follows:

  • Unusual hazard condition 5%
  • Considerable hazard condition 7 1/2%
  • Exceptional hazard condition 10%

The hazard pay will be retroactive back to April 1st, 2020 and will remain in effect so long as our as the State of Emergency is in effect.

While we sincerely appreciate the Directors’ leadership on this significant increase in the pay for our Union members, we must continue to work together to secure increased wages, enhanced benefits, and improved protections for our membership within DRC, DYS, and all state agencies. The Directors of the other agencies within state government should follow the lead of these state agency leaders on this important issue.

Our SEIU/1199 Leadership Team will continue to work with the Office of Collective Bargaining, the Department of Administrative Services and all state agencies to negotiate and explore further job protections, benefits, and communicate all concerns to the appropriate agencies.  As always, we will do our very best to address each and every member’s concern during this unprecedented time. We will emerge from this crisis Stronger Together.

Stay strong, stay united, stay home, stay UNION.

In Solidarity,  

Joshua D. Norris
Executive Vice President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
JNorris@seiu1199.org
614-461-1199

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