SEIU Member Benefits
March 1 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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.
Your State Chapter Bargaining Committee
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!”
Sisters and Brothers,
On behalf of the your SEIU District 1199 State of Ohio contract bargaining committee, we are excited to share our first newsletter.
Your State Chapter Bargaining Committee
SEIU District 1199 recently received an update from the State of Ohio Department of Administrative Services about the balance of the Employee Development Fund (EDF) for state members.
We have been provided the following update:
As of the Pay Period Ending 1/6/2018, expenses totaling $407,182.19 have been processed. There are currently claims totaling $136,260.75 that are pending approval. According to DAS, there is only about $6,557.06 left of this years fiscal allotment, after accounting for pending approvals.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the SEIU District 1199 Member Resource Center.
A member of SEIU District 1199 with the Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services recently discovered that she had experience that should have counted towards longevity in determining her pay rate. After attempting to resolve the issue on her own, she contacted the Member Resource Center, which helped file a grievance.
Through the grievance process and with documentation and research by MRC staff, the agency granted the grievance. The members experience is now recognized by the agency. Additionally, with successful resolution to the grievance, the member was paid $550 in back pay.
If you believe your rights or contract are being violated at work, contact the Member Resource Center for assistance. The Member Resource Center is open each Monday through Friday from 8:30AM to 8:00PM. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”
Sisters and Brothers of the State of Ohio Chapter,
I am pleased and excited to announce that the election for your main table negotiations committee is complete and that the following members will comprise your SEIU District 1199 2018 Main Table negotiation committee:
Roya Hood – Opportunities for Ohioans With Disabilities
Alana Evans – Opportunities for Ohioans With Disabilities
Ann Halpin – Bureau of Workers Compensation
Jane Harple – Department of Veterans Services
Cathy Mockus – Department of Health
Chris Binder – Department of Health
Edward Dangelo – Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Athena Diven – Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Matthew Lemaster – Department of Rehabilitation and Correction
Nancy Rhinock – Department of Rehabilitation and Correction – APA
Allyson Connelly – Department of Rehabilitation and Correction- APA
Steven West – Department of Rehabilitation and Correction – APA
Nancy Cooper – Department of Mental Health
Jenna Zollars – Department of Mental Health
Karen Dale – Department of Mental Health
Dorothy Lemmings –Department of Developmental Disabilities
Chana Trimble –Department of Medicaid
Michael Kennedy – Department of Youth Services
Jeanine Martell – Department of Job and Family Services
Thank you to everyone who participated in the process and exercised their right to vote. We will be holding a negotiation committee training for these members on Monday, January 29, 2018. Please continue to stand strong together in solidarity to help this group negotiate the best possible contract they can for the membership. Please join me in congratulating these members as they have been elected to be a part of an in depth and tedious process to secure a fair contract.
Alternate committee members, based on the same vote, will also be contacted to participate in the event of an absence of one of the committee members. As always if anyone has any questions or concerns please feel free to contact your executive Board member, delegate, Negotiation Committee member or Administrative Organizer directly.
Joshua Norris – Executive Vice President
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH
Please see below for additional information:
Sisters and Brothers of the State of Ohio Chapter of SEIU District 1199,
We have been informed by the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Corrections that they intend to close the Hocking Correctional Facility. We know that this decision by the State is shocking and concerning to our membership. Please be assured that we will continue to keep everyone up to date on what we know and the next steps as soon as we become aware.
Initial conversations with ODRC have indicated that we should be able to reach an agreement which will ensure that all members impacted at Hocking will maintain employment within ODRC if they so choose. Such an agreement has not yet been reached but we will continue to discuss it with the ODRC central office.
If anyone has any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to reach out to us, and we will continue to provide you with the most up to date information as we receive it.
Joshua Norris, Executive Vice President
SEIU District 1199 is proud to announce a new college benefit with Eastern Gateway Community College. This benefit is open to eligible members, retirees, and their families. Eastern Gateway Community College is a part of the University System of Ohio.
This program fills the gap between federal, state, or employer education grants the student receives and the cost of tuition, fees, and e-books for certain online programs. It is open to eligible members and retirees, in addition to their spouses, domestic partners, children, grandchildren, and dependents.
The following programs are now offered:
For more information and to enroll, visit SEIU Member Benefits. Apply today! Classes start January 16, 2018.
Two State of Ohio employees who are members of SEIU District 1199 recently won back pay for wrongfully denied overtime. State workers are on the front lines of public safety, state programs, and critical services. The grievance process is an important right guaranteed by union membership and collective bargaining.
Employees with the State of Ohio Department of Health worked extra hours during an emergency related to opiate overdose kits. These employees worked extra hours to help notify citizens of potential danger with the kits. After working overtime, pay was denied. They then worked with their delegate to file a grievance and with labor law on their side, the employees were granted back pay for the overtime hours.
If you are a member of SEIU District 1199 and have an issue with your contract or violations of labor law at work, the Member Resource Center is open from 8:30AM to 8PM every Monday through Friday. You can reach the MRC by calling 877-419-7348. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”
Three months ago, SEIU District 1199 opened a Member Resource Center to enhance representation for all members of the Union. In this short time, the Member Resource Center has successfully handled a substantial volume of calls, inquiries, and requests for assistance.
Representatives with the MRC are standing by to assist members with everything from getting a copy of your contract to registering to vote or even to register for a Union event. Efficiency and successful resolution of grievances is a top priority — 125 grievances have been opened and half of those have been resolved with many victories. The Member Resource Center offers added hours and is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM.
The Member Resource Center is in a pilot-phase with full representation for workers with the following units: ResCare (Ohio), and ResCare (West Virginia), the Office of the Ohio Public Defender, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services, the Ohio Department of Medicaid, and the Ohio Department of Public Safety.
If you need assistance with an issue at work, do not hesitate to call the MRC at 877-419-7348. “Your Member Resource Center has your back!”
If you or a family member need health care coverage for 2018, don’t forget to get covered. There are affordable plans available this year for residents of Ohio, West Virginia, and Kentucky. You must take action by December 15th. Please share this message with family and friends.
If you don’t sign up during the open enrollment period, you will not be able to sign up for coverage effective until 2019 (without a qualifying change). Last year, 8 in 10 people qualified for financial help. The open enrollment period is shorter this year so it is important to get covered now.
To find coverage, visit Healthcare.gov. If you need assistance, you can also call 1-800-318-2596.
In the report “Attacks on Public-Sector Unions Harm States,” the Center for American Progress details the impact of “Act 10,” a law that gutted public sector unions in Wisconsin. After a dramatic weakening of collective bargaining, the wages and benefits of teachers and Wisconsin’s educational system have been compromised.
The Supreme Court is expected in 2018 to decide Janus v. American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees. While supporters of “right-to-work” and efforts to limit public sector unions have often claimed these laws benefit working people, findings from Wisconsin are troubling. Action by the Supreme Court could soon bring “right-to-work” for public sector workers nationwide.
Specifically, in the short time since anti-union measures were passed in Wisconsin, the report found:
Leaders in Wisconsin told the people of their state that restricting unions would be beneficial but the report concludes that “this theory was misguided.” The results can be seen across the public sector – services in Wisconsin have been impacted by high turnover and service quality has declined. This study and others show that attacks on unions and collective bargaining harm not only pay and benefits for union members but all people across our society.
This week, a groundbreaking report was released titled “Strong Unions, Stronger Communities.” The report highlights the importance of unions to fixing the rigged economy and making our communities stronger. The report also shows the importance of strong unions to safety for us all.
“For instance, when unions are strong, wages are stronger – and not just for union members. When union density was at its height in the middle of the 20th century, so was the middle class. However, as union density has shrunk since the 1970’s, a larger share of income has gone to the top 10 percent.”
Unions give working people a voice on the job. With strength in numbers, working people are able to negotiate fair wages, advocate for those they serve, and establish better working conditions. Please read the report and share these findings with your friends, co-workers, and neighbors.
Last week, a worker with the State of Ohio had a written reprimand dismissed. This recent case and others show the power of union members when they stand up for their rights.
After receiving a written reprimand, a State of Ohio Department of Youth Services worker contacted the SEIU District 1199 Member Resource Center. Working together with another member leader and an administrative organizer, the union member filed a grievance based on lack of “just cause.” As a result, the written reprimand was changed to a supervisory conference. The written reprimand would have stayed on file for two years but the supervisory conference is not a formal form of discipline.
If you believe your employer is violating labor law or your contact, contact the MRC at 877-419-7348 for assistance with starting the grievance process. Visit the page for the Member Resource Center to learn more.
If you need assistance or information, call the Member Resource Center at 877-419-7348. Your new Member Resource Center has enhanced hours and is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 8:00 PM.
If you need a copy of your contract, information about handling issues at your shop, details on early voting or registering to vote, to RSVP for an SEIU District 1199 event, assistance with a grievance, and more, your Member Resource Center is ready to help. You can contact the MRC online, over the phone, or by email.
Your Member Resource Center has your back! For additional contact information and to learn more about the MRC visit here: http://www.seiu1199.org/MRC.
Mason Anderson, son of Amy Anderson, American Red Cross
Ivy Hurt, Cabell Huntington Hospital
Alexis Saunders, daughter of Katherine Brunny, ResCare – West Virginia
Kevin Simpkins, son of Megan Simpkins, Cabell Huntington Hospital
Abby Collins, daughter of Karen Collins, Highlands Regional Medical Center
Greg Anderson, son of Deborah Anderson, ZEPF Center
Melissa Brown, Frontline Services
Austin Capser, son of Cheryl Capser, ZEPF Center
Emily Corrin, daughter of James Corrin, Ohio Adult Parole Authority
Tyler Cox, son of Eileen Cox, Stark County District Library
Michelle Fairley, Mercy Regional Medical Center
Jennifer Gilmore, Northside Medical Center
Dylan Jordan, son of Sara Jordan, Opportunities for Ohioans with Disabilities
Nicholas Lamb, son of Shelly Lamb, Cleveland State University
Matthew Maldonado, son of Rolando Maldonado, Mercy Regional Medical Center
Hayden Miller, son of Robin Miller, Ohio Dept of Job and Family Services
Nuurah Parsons, daughter of Arcelia Armstrong, Rescue
Nicole Potocki, daughter of Therese Potocki, Frontline Service
Pauline Reid, Cleveland Metropolitan School District
Catherine Rogers, daughter of Diane Rogers, University of Cincinnati
Shauntia Smith, daughter of Lashanda Thompson-Smith, Kent Health Care
Erin Underwood, Mercy Allen
Shayla Winford, Ohio Living – Park Vista
The Member Resource Center
The new SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH Member Resource Center has officially opened. The Member Resource Center can help you with getting a copy of your contract, Union orientation materials and welcome information, a form for filing a grievance, delegate manuals, registering to vote, training information, signing up for Union events, and more. The Member Resource Center is ready to assist with the information that you need.
Get More Information and Learn More
Visit the main Member Resource Center page for a video, contact information, and more information about this new member resource.