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)
Union Benefits Trust 
State Chapter Basic Delegate Training (3/24/21)
State Chapter Intermediate Delegate Training (5/26/21)
State Chapter Advanced Delegate Training (7/21/21)

Filing a Grievance State Member Webinar
 Agency Professional Committee Meeting Minutes
• Lookup and Contact Your Elected Officials

SEIU District 1199 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 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

State Employee Development Fund

The Employee Development Fund (EDF) renewed on July 1, 2020, with $750,000 in additional funding for FY21. We have been provided with the following update, which is current as of 3/27/21: 

Amount Paid (as of 3/27/21): $562,616.03
Amount Approved (as of 4/10/21): $19,958.53
Amount Submitted (as of 4/10/21): $570
Total Expended: $583,171.56

Budget + Rollover (FY21): $831,149.07
Total Remaining: $247,977.51
Percent Remaining: 30%

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

State Chapter Newsletter — April

State Chapter Newsletter● Union Negotiations Update. The member-led bargaining committee has been diligently working to collaborate and prepare for bargaining. We expect to start bargaining with the State of Ohio in the next few weeks. To keep the membership up to date as preparations and upcoming contract negotiations advance we are asking all state bargaining unit members to submit updated personal email addresses and contact information online

● State of Ohio Member Receives Settlement Check for Over $70,000. A member with the State of Ohio was terminated in 2017. In January 2019, an arbitrator ruled that the dismissal was improper and that the member should be reinstated with back pay. Though the member returned to work, the State of Ohio continued to deny the award that was issued. In 2021, after many arguments and just prior to moving to an arbitration hearing to determine the amount owed, a final settlement was reached and the member received a check for over $70,000. This is a small sample of the power of being a Union member and solidarity. Without her Union this member might never have been returned to work, let alone received the back pay she so rightfully deserved.

● Delegate Trainings for Member Leaders. A very successful delegate training was held in March with 25 delegates from the State of Ohio chapter. An intermediate delegate training will be held on May 26th, in addition to an advanced delegate training on July 21st. These trainings provide the tools needed to stand with co-workers and ensure the Union contract is followed. Delegates are a crucial part of the foundation of your Union and ensure that members have leaders at their work sites. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a delegate have them contact their Administrative Organizer for more details on how to become a leader in your chapter.

● Educational Development Fund Update. On July 1st, the Educational Development Fund (EDF) for members of SEIU District 1199 renewed with an additional balance of $750,000 available for reimbursement. Additionally, $88,149.07 was left remaining at the end of FY20, which rolled over. As of March 27th, 31% of the balance remains available for reimbursement. Funding for the Educational Development Fund was negotiated by member leaders as a part of your collective bargaining agreement. 

● The Value of Union Membership and a Strong Chapter. When approached about concessions by the State of Ohio during the pandemic, your elected leaders and member leaders of SEIU District 1199 refused to allow the contract to be opened and maintained the negotiated increases and protections for 2020. Though non-Union workers were forced to accept cuts, the Union protected the contract and preserved all the contractual rights and benefits contained. This is another small example of how the power of membership and solidarity work together to protect your hard fought benefits and contractual protections. Unions make everyone stronger and standing together is the only path forward. United we stand, divided we beg.

All bargaining unit members can easily sign a membership card online. By signing a membership card, new members are sending a firm signal to the State of Ohio that they are willing to stand united for improvements in their contract and will not sit idly by while their livelihoods and protections are attacked and devalued. Sign a membership card online to become a member today.

If you are already a member, add your name to the state chapter member bargaining pledge to say that you stand united with fellow members and are willing to do whatever it takes to reach a fair contract as negotiations progress

● Emergency Pay Class Action Grievance. SEIU District 1199 has filed a class action grievance for every member citing our 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 continue to keep you updated as this grievance moves through the process. 

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!

State of Ohio Contract Campaign Update

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As many of you may have heard, we are happy to share congratulations to our Sisters and Brothers with OCSEA as they have reached a tentative agreement with the State of Ohio.
 SEIU District 1199 has been working diligently with the State Executive Board members for the past 2 years strategizing, coordinating, sharing information, and collaborating with OCSEA, OSTA, OEA, and Unit 2 to ensure that we stood together to prepare for these negotiations. These collaborations and solidarity efforts have paid off and we are proud of the work that everyone contributed to make this happen.

Reaching an agreement that secures not only health care protections for members, but also provides for 3% wage increases over each of the next 3 years is a definite step in the right direction and we applaud these efforts and successes.

We anticipate that negotiations for our next contract with the State of Ohio will begin in earnest within the next few weeks. We commit to continue to work with our partners to share information and work in concert to secure the best agreement we can for the membership.

To have a Union means to have a powerful voice. When approached about concessions by the State of Ohio during the pandemic, your elected leaders and member leaders of SEIU District 1199 refused to allow the contract to be opened and maintained the negotiated increases and protections for 2020. Though non-Union workers were forced to accept cuts, the Union protected the contract and preserved all the contractual rights and benefits contained.

Being a part of the Union guarantees that you have a seat at the table and your elected Bargaining Committee will work diligently to negotiate an agreement that seeks to satisfy the issues and concerns that you all have raised over the past 3 years and during this pandemic, while you continued to be your best selves and provide the protections and services that Ohioans have come to rely on year after year. We will continue to stand united to preserve, protect and expand rights, protections and benefits for our membership. You can help!

To stand united, there are a few things that you can do right away
 Make a Pledge — State of Ohio Members United for a Fair Contract
• Update your contact information if you have not recently done so
• If you are a non-member, sign a Union membership card online
 Send a letter to Governor Mike DeWine regarding the emergency pay grievance that is currently ongoing with the State of Ohio

Thank you for everything that you have done on behalf of the public during this crisis. Together, members with the State of Ohio will work together to ensure that a fair and equitable contract agreement is reached.

In Solidarity,

Becky Williams — President
Joshua Norris — Executive Vice President 

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

Prudential: Financial Wellness Seminars for Union Benefits Trust Members

“We hear every day that many Americans are not financially prepared for their future. People find the financial planning process overwhelming and they don’t know where to begin. Many are asking their employers for help.”

“We are pleased to offer you a financial wellness educational seminar through Prudential PathwaysSM. Prudential PathwaysSM offers practical, down-to-earth information that may help you and your family today, tomorrow, and beyond. It is designed to give you an understanding of the fundamentals of financial wellness through educational seminars.”

April 7, 2021
12:00-1:00pm EST and 6:00-7:00pm EST
Budgeting and Debt Management
• Why budgeting is important
• How to prioritize bills
• There is a light at the end of the tunnel
• And more

April 21, 2021
12:00-1:00pm EST and 6:00-7:00pm EST
Is Your Financial House in Order?
• Assessing your current financial situation
• Setting financial priorities and managing debt
• Protecting yourself and your assets
• And more

Seminars will be via WebEx. Register Online
View the Flyer for this Event from Prudential Pathways. 

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

State Chapter Newsletter — March

State Newsletter March 2021● COVID19 Vaccinations. SEIU has adopted 7 principals for the vaccination effort. SEIU District 1199 representatives and delegates have advocated directly with management for months for all DRC staff to be included in the first round of vaccinations. We again recently called for all members with the Ohio DRC to be included. Today, it was finally announced that all parole officers providing direct supervision, in addition to all employees working in ODRC institutions, are eligible for the next vaccination phase and further details will be available soon. We welcome this development which will help make sure that all workers are protected. Together, we will work to bring an end to the pandemic. Please work with your supervisor to determine when the vaccine will be made available to you, if you wish to be vaccinated. 

● National Social Work Month. Social workers play an integral role in services delivered by the State of Ohio. Social workers bring together individuals and resources to provide vital support and they help solve pressing issues. This past year has been incredibly tasking on all of us and the services that you provide in the social work arena have helped countless Ohioans through these trying times. Thank you to all social workers for your work on behalf of the public. 

● Chapter Update. The pandemic has dramatically impacted many members with the State of Ohio chapter and countless workers have fallen ill with COVID19. We spoke out for additional personal protective equipment and safety measures as COVID19 spread through the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, as well as other workplaces and agencies where 1199 members serve. Together, we have emphasized the importance of work-from-home status for as many members as possible. We will continue to advocate and negotiate for what the members desire and to ensure safety and protection for the membership. 

● American Rescue Plan. In the last week, this bill was passed by the U.S. House and is now being considered by the U.S. Senate. 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 recovery plan

● Union Negotiations. The member-led negotiating committee met again on February 23rd through a hybrid meeting that was both virtual and in-person. Your member bargaining committee will meet again soon. Our Union sisters and brothers with OCSEA have already started bargaining. To keep the membership up to date as preparations and upcoming contract negotiations advance we are asking all state bargaining unit members to submit updated email addresses and contact information online

● The Value of Union Membership and a Strong Chapter. Non-Union employees with the State of Ohio have already been forced to accept concessions. Recent events show that bureaucrats with the State of Ohio will continue to try to balance the budget on the backs of us, the working class workers, even while many are on the frontlines in this crisis. All bargaining unit members can easily sign a membership card online. By signing a membership card, new members are sending a firm signal to the State of Ohio that they are willing to stand united for improvements in their contract and will not sit idly by while their livelihoods and protections are attacked and devalued. 

● Emergency Pay Class Action Grievance. SEIU District 1199 has filed a class action grievance for every member citing our 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 continue to keep you updated as the grievance moves through the process. 

● Educational Development Fund Update.
 On July 1st, the Educational Development Fund (EDF) for members of SEIU District 1199 renewed with an additional balance of $750,000 available for reimbursement. Additionally, $88,149.07 was left remaining at the end of FY20, which rolled over. As of February 27th, 34% of the balance remains available for reimbursement. Funding for the Educational Development Fund was negotiated by member leaders as a part of your collective bargaining agreement. 

● Ohio Parole Officer Returns to Position. A member with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority was removed from their position as a transportation officer and issued a 2-day fine due to an alleged disagreement. The member worked with the Union and through the grievance process, the member returned to their position, the 2-day fine was refunded, and the discipline was reduced to a written reprimand. 

● Ohio Department of Health Surveyor Wins Overtime Grievance. A surveyor with ODH found that some overtime assignments were only being given to newer employees, which left more senior surveyors with more difficult survey types and without the overtime opportunity. This is a violation of the contract and as an outcome of the grievance, compensatory time was issued to the member and the Ohio Department of Health agreed to adhere to the contract in the area of overtime moving forward.

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!”

Union Members at the Ohio DRC Request Reconsideration After Being Excluded from Ohio’s Early Vaccination Effort

While Union workers who provide direct medical care at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction have been included in the vaccination effort, hundreds of workers who are members with SEIU District 1199 will receive the vaccine at the same time as the general public. To date, 10 staff members with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction have lost their lives due to COVID19 while working on the frontlines of the pandemic.

For Immediate Release: February 11, 2021. 
For more information, contact: Joshua Norris at (937) 925-0149.

COLUMBUS, OHIO – Union members who work as case managers, mental health nurses, classification specialists, and other staff in Ohio’s prison system, say they have been excluded from the current vaccination effort within ODRC. According to workers, they have been told that they will be able to receive the vaccine at the same time as the general public.

“These workers with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction should be included in the early vaccination effort,” said Joshua Norris, Executive Vice President with SEIU District 1199. “All available data shows that these Union members and public employees have been working heroically throughout this pandemic with increased risk and exposure during this declared state of emergency,” continued Norris. 

According to the Marshall Project, Ohio currently ranks 3rd worst in the nation for total staff lives lost among state prison systems. Data provided by the Ohio DRC shows that as many as 143 lives have been lost in cases of COVID19 among inmates and staff. The number of inmate lives lost currently ranks as the fifth worst outcome

“The Union has been outspoken about COVID19 at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction as well as all State of Ohio agencies where we have members since early on in the pandemic,” said Joshua Norris. “10 staff members with the ODRC have lost their lives to COVID19 and 4,570 workers have tested positive for the virus. Workers who are members of SEIU District 1199 at the ODRC also have an active Union grievance regarding emergency pay that the Union and member leaders maintain they should receive throughout the state of emergency,” continued Norris.

“All of our members have shown that they will rise to the challenge and do their measured best to provide services every single day. The very least that ODRC can do is honor the negotiated agreements that are in place and protect them by including them in the vaccination process,” Norris Concluded. 

 

National Town Hall Events for SEIU Members on COVID19 Vaccines

State Chapter Newsletter — February

Febraury 2021

● COVID19 Vaccinations. As you may know, SEIU is reminding all workers that they may want 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 pandemic.

● Chapter Update. The pandemic has dramatically impacted many members with the State of Ohio and countless workers have fallen ill with COVID19. Many members with the State of Ohio DRC and now DYS have also lost a co-worker or co-workers. Working together with member leaders, we have spoken out for additional personal protective equipment and safety measures as COVID19 has spread through the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction system, as well as other workplaces where members are represented with the State of Ohio. The Union has also emphasized the importance of work-from-home status for as many members as possible. While we recognize that this is an impossibility for many members, we believe that those members who are able to do so, should be able to continue to work remotely.

● 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

● Union Negotiations. Our Union sisters and brothers with OCSEA have already started bargaining. To keep the membership up to date as preparations and upcoming contract negotiations advance we are asking all state bargaining unit members to submit updated personal email addresses and contact information online. The member-led negotiating committee will meet again in February to confirm our preparations. 

● The Value of Union Membership and a Strong Chapter. We have heard reports that underscore the need to stand strong together and united for upcoming negotiations. Non-Union employees with the State of Ohio have already been forced to accept concessions with no recourse. Recent events show that bureaucrats with the State of Ohio will continue to try to balance the budget on the backs of us, the working class workers, even while many are on the frontlines in this crisis. If you or someone you know has not yet completed their membership application, know that they can easily sign a membership card online. By signing a membership card, new members are sending a firm signal to the State of Ohio that they are willing to stand united for improvements in their contract and will not sit idly by while their livelihoods and protections are attacked, devalued, and stripped away.

● Emergency Pay Class Action Grievance. SEIU District 1199 has filed a class action grievance for every member citing our 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 continue to keep you updated as the grievance moves through the process. The State of Ohio has not provided available dates as of yet for this grievance to be heard.

● Educational Development Fund Update. On July 1st, the Educational Development Fund (EDF) for members of SEIU District 1199 renewed with an additional balance of $750,000 available for reimbursement. Additionally, $88,149.07 was left remaining at the end of FY20, which rolled over. As of January 16th, 33% of the balance remains available for reimbursement. Funding for the Educational Development Fund was negotiated by member leaders as a part of your collective bargaining agreement and is just one example of how your Union negotiates benefits for your collective good. 

● State of Ohio DRC Member Granted Retroactive Pay. A member with the State of Ohio received incorrect information from human resources regarding how to take leave, which led to an improper loss of leave time. The member worked with the Union to file a grievance and was reimbursed. Additionally, the member was granted a week of additional pay to compensate for costs that were incurred. 

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!”

 

Governor DeWine: Honor Our Contract

 Emergency Pay

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. 

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day

Today, on National Law Enforcement Appreciation Day, I want to thank you for everything that you do on behalf of the people of Ohio. As parole officers with the State of Ohio, the work you do is vital and critically important. Thank you for your brave work and service on behalf of the public. 

In Solidarity, 

Becky Williams  President  
SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH

State Chapter Newsletter – January

Solidarity Newsletter
COVID19 Chapter Update. The pandemic has dramatically impacted many members with the State of Ohio and countless workers have fallen ill with COVID19. Many members with the State of Ohio DRC and now DYS have also lost a co-worker or co-workers. Working together with member leaders,
we have spoken out for additional personal protective equipment and safety measures as COVID19 has spread through the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction system, as well as other workplaces where members are represented with the State of Ohio. The Union has also emphasized the importance of work-from-home status for as many members as possible. While we recognize that this is an impossibility for many members, we believe that those members who are able to do so, should be able to continue to work remotely.

● Union Negotiations. Our Union sisters and brothers with OCSEA have already started bargaining. To keep the membership up to date as preparations and upcoming contract negotiations advance we are asking all state bargaining unit members to submit updated personal email addresses and contact information online. The member-led negotiating committee will meet again this month in January 2021. We have heard the rumors regarding the insulting offers that have been made by the State of Ohio at the table. This, in the middle of a pandemic when all of you have risen to the occasion and shone brightly to provide your services to the citizens of our great state. We continue to closely monitor the negotiations and will share any factual information as it becomes available. In the meantime, the best way to protect and defend our membership and to make improvements and fight back against concessions is to have a strong, united membership that rises in solidarity. If you or someone you know has not yet completed their membership application, know that they can easily sign a membership card online. By signing a membership card, new members are sending a firm signal to the State of Ohio that they are willing to stand united for improvements in their contract and will not sit idly by while their livelihoods and protections are attacked, devalued, and stripped away.

● The Value of Union Membership and a Strong Chapter. We have heard reports that underscore the need to stand strong together and united for upcoming negotiations. Non-Union employees with the State of Ohio have already been forced to accept concessions with no recourse. Recent events show that bureaucrats with the State of Ohio will continue to try to balance the budget on the backs of us, the working class workers, even while many are on the frontlines in this crisis. 

● Emergency Pay Class Action Grievance. SEIU District 1199 has filed a class action grievance for every member citing our 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 continue to keep you updated as the grievance moves through the process. The State of Ohio has not provided available dates as of yet for this grievance to be heard.

Educational Development Fund Update. On July 1st, the Educational Development Fund (EDF) for members of SEIU District 1199 renewed with an additional balance of $750,000 available for reimbursement. Additionally, $88,149.07 was left remaining at the end of FY20, which has now rolled over. As of December 19th, 45% of the balance remains available for reimbursement. Funding for the Educational Development Fund was negotiated by member leaders as a part of your collective bargaining agreement and is just one more example of how your Union negotiates benefits for your collective good. 

State Chapter Adult Parole Authority Member Compensated for Medical Bill. A member with the State of Ohio had an auto accident and a supervisor ordered the member to have a medical evaluation performed. As the member was not injured, their health insurance company refused to pay for a significant hospital bill. This put the member in the unfortunate situation of having followed their supervisor’s direction and through no fault of their own, the member received a medical bill that neither their insurance company nor workers compensation would cover.  After working with the Union to file a grievance, a mediation was held and the State of Ohio agreed to compensate the member. Without a Union this member would have had no recourse.

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!”

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

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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. 

“Ohio National Guard now in 13 state prisons after uptick in COVID-19 cases among staffers.”

“Union supports remote work for state employees.”

State Newsletter — December 2020

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Reagan Tokes Act – Ohio Adult Parole Authority Members. In November, members and leaders with the Union attended a committee hearing at the Ohio Statehouse regarding the Reagan Tokes Act. As you may know, the bill includes provisions for GPS monitoring and caseload sizes for parole officers. Much of the work and changes that have been accomplished have been due to work by members with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority and SEIU District 1199. Stand with members at the Ohio Adult Parole Authority and send a message to your legislators in support of this bill

● The Value of Union Membership and a Strong Chapter. Non-Union employees with the State of Ohio have been forced to accept concessions with no recourse. If you are a non-member, you can sign a membership card online. Recent events show that bureaucrats with the State of Ohio will continue to try to balance the budget on the backs of us, the working class workers, even while many are on the frontlines in this crisis. 

Union Negotiations. To  keep the membership up to date as preparations and upcoming contract negotiations advance we are also asking all state bargaining unit members to submit updated personal email addresses and contact information online. Preparations for negotiations with the State of Ohio are underway and the member-led negotiating committee met on Tuesday, November 10th.

● Emergency Pay Class Action Grievance. SEIU District 1199 has filed a class action grievance for every member citing our 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.

Educational Development Fund Update. On July 1st, the Educational Development Fund (EDF) for members of SEIU District 1199 renewed with an additional balance of $750,000 available for reimbursement. Additionally, $88,149.07 was left remaining at the end of FY20, which has now rolled over. As of November 21st, 44% of the balance remains available for reimbursement. Funding for the Educational Development Fund was negotiated by member leaders as a part of your collective bargaining agreement and is just one more example of how your Union negotiates benefits for your collective good. 

State Member Returns to Work After Arbitration Decision. A nurse with the State of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction was terminated in March 2018. The Union and the worker maintained that she was simply doing her job as a Union representative. An arbitrator issued a report concluding that the termination was wrongful and ordered the member back to work. The Union is currently working with the member to collect back pay for time that the member was on leave. 

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!”