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.

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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. 

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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!” 

 

State of Ohio – Contract Campaign Newsletter 2.1.18

Sisters and Brothers, 

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

You can view the newsletter by clicking here.

In Solidarity, 

Your State Chapter Bargaining Committee

State Employee Development Fund (EDF) Balance Update

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.  

Victory Report: Member With State of Ohio DMHAS Agency Gets Longevity Back Pay

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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!” 

State of Ohio Main Negotiations Committee Election Results

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.

In Solidarity,

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

Ohio State Member Vice President Nominations

ODRC Hocking Facility Closure

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.

Thank you,
Joshua Norris, Executive Vice President

Announcing New Free College Benefit For SEIU District 1199 Members With Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College

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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: 

  • Associates Degree: Accounting, Business Management, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Individualized Study, and Paralegal.
  • Certificate: Business Management, Patient Home Navigator. 

For more information and to enroll, visit SEIU Member Benefits. Apply today! Classes start January 16, 2018.

 

Victory Report: State of Ohio Workers Win Back Pay For Wrongfully Denied Overtime

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!”