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, the Ohio Rehabilitation Services Commission, the Ohio Veterans Home, the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation, and the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction.
 
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State Contract (2018-2021)
 
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APC Meeting Minutes
 

State Newsletter – August 2019

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● Adult Parole Authority. Final passage of the State of Ohio’s Operating Budget for FY20 – FY21 included good news for communities across Ohio. The Department of Rehabilitation and Correction had initially proposed forcing some counties that receive services from the state to start their own probation departments. Counties would have been offered temporary grants without a guarantee of future funding. Ohio’s parole offers work each day to keep the public safe and the proposal risked creating an unfunded mandate and could have jeopardized public safety. The final version of the budget significantly scaled back the proposal and the APA has committed in writing that there will be no parole officer layoffs and officers will not be required to relocate.

State Member Back at Work After Termination Set Aside. A dedicated member was terminated from employment with the state. After contacting the Member Resource Center, his grievance went to mediation and the state agreed to return the member to their position with a time served suspension and restoration of seniority.

● Major Class Action Settlement on Behalf of Doctors with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. Four female psychiatrists came forward after learning of significant pay discrepancies among fellow doctors within their agency. Specifically, there was documentation that male doctors with less longevity were receiving higher pay. Through this grievance, the Union thoroughly reviewed supplemental pay for physicians at the agency and found that established guidelines for determining pay lacked transparency and needed additional standards. Under a settlement, the doctors will receive wage increases, which total $85,000 over the course of their current contract. The Union is now in the process of negotiating a transparent and non-discriminatory wage determination process.

Educational Development Fund. On July 1st, the Educational Development Fund for members with SEIU District 1199 renewed with an additional balance of $750,000 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. The Union will provide regular updates on the balance of the fund as the fiscal year continues.

● State Grants Proper Compensation After Grievance. A member needed to use emergency leave in a situation protected by the contract. The state contract dictated that the member should have been paid at 100% for certain related hours. However, the member was only paid at 70% and contacted the Member Resource Center. In a favorable outcome, the State of Ohio agreed to pay the full amount and issued the payment  

● State Nurse Successfully Defeats Written Reprimand. A nurse with the State of Ohio received a written reprimand, which they believed to be unjust. The nurse contacted the Member Resource Center to file a grievance. In a settlement, the state agreed to remove the reprimand early. The reprimand was only active for about a month total, instead of the standard two years.

● Member Awarded Comp Time After Improper Denial. A State of Ohio member with the Department of Rehabilitation and Correction used comp time to attend a hearing regarding a worker’s compensation claim. While use of the time was allowed, it was improperly denied. The member contacted the Union and received the proper payment after filing a grievance.

SEIU District 1199 Scholarship Program
Members of SEIU District 1199 and their immediate family members have until September 1st, to apply for the scholarship program this year. Eligible members must be in good standing and have been a member for at least two years. The scholarship program is open to applications for those who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an accredited two or four year educational institution or technical school and a degree, post bachelor’s degree or certification program. Eighteen $1,000 scholarships are available for members who reside in Ohio. 

SEIU District 1199 Union Member Benefits Program
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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 Membership Card.

SEIU Member Benefits has also partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College, which is a part of the University of Ohio System, to offer a free college benefit. Additional details on member benefits are available here

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!”

Protect Ohio’s Communities

 

SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH 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 are available here:

• 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 2019. The deadline for applications is September 1st. 

Scholarship Recipient List For 2018
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Applications may 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

National Parole Officer’s Week: July 21st – 27th, 2019

On behalf of the nearly 26,000 members of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH and the 2 million members of the Service Employees International Union, we want to thank you and recognize you for your exceptional service to our community.

President Becky Williams
Secretary-Treasurer Kathy McCormick
Executive Vice President Josh Norris

Adult Parole Authority – Budget Update

To say the deck was stacked against us would be an understatement. But when Parole Officers unite through their Union, we win! 

Because of our collective efforts meeting with legislators, making phone calls and sending emails, we were able to make a positive impact on community safety in Ohio and avoided a potential layoff/bumping situation that could have displaced as many as 120 of our SEIU/1199 Parole Officer positions in the Adult Parole Authority.

The work our Union did on the state budget allows counties to make the choice between accepting one-time money to fund their own county probation services with no guarantee for future funding or continuing the partnership our counties have with our well-trained, professional APA Parole Officers. The counties make the choice – not ODRC/APA. 

Just because the state budget is done does not mean our fight is over. With your continued leadership and activism, we will continue to work hard to reduce your caseload sizes, hire additional Parole Officers and allow you to retire with dignity.

Through the leadership of President Becky Williams and our APA Union delegates, our Union has launched a six-figure, state-wide media campaign in support of our Parole Officers. This campaign has three main objectives: 

  1. We want Ohioans to know the truth about Parole Officers. That you are hard-working, professional law enforcement officers dedicated to keeping our communities safe from violent criminals and sexual predators. 
  2. We want Ohioans to know the current system is broken. We are exposing the extreme breaches in the way APA chooses to supervise these offenders and calling for small caseloads and active GPS technology. 
  3. We want Ohioans to know that ODRC, the Governor and the State Legislature has the power to fix this broken system. So we are directing people to make calls, send letters and write emails to their lawmakers to demand action on these important issues. 

You can see some of the campaign elements by visiting our website here: SAFEROHIO.COM

Feel free to share the website, the radio ad or the commercial on our personal social media accounts and ask your family, friends and co-workers to do the same. 

Our Union is fighting for Ohio’s Parole Officers because WHEN WE FIGHT, WE WIN! 

 

Also, if you haven’t yet signed your Union membership card, please do so today by clicking here. It is through our collective strength as Union members that we are able to fund fight-back campaigns like this and ensure that you receive the dignity, rights and respect your deserve. 

State Chapter Delegate Trainings

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Advanced
Delegate Training

Monday, August 12
10:00AM – 4:00PM

SEIU District 1199 Columbus Office
1395 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215

This one-day training is designed for Delegates who have basic skills but need more in-depth information, including:

  • 7 Test of Just Cause for Discipline
  • Effective Investigatory Meeting Tips
  • Federal Rights as a State Employee
  • Differences in Mediations, Arbitrations and Non-Traditional Arbitrations (NTAs)
    Registration Deadline:
    July 29, 2019

Wednesday, August 28
10:00AM – 4:00PM

SEIU District 1199 Columbus Office
1395 Dublin Road, Columbus, OH 43215

This one-day training is designed for Delegates who have completed Intermediate Delegate Training, covering:

  • Public-Sector Labor Law
  • Strategies in Representation
  • Understand how to effective prepare for Mediations, Arbitrations and Non-Traditional Arbitrations (NTAs)
    Registration Deadline:
    August 14, 2019

Register Online Today
(You can register for both!)

Intermediate Delegate Training Registration

Advanced Delegate Training Registration

Once you have registered, your leave from work will be arranged by the Union and your wages for the day will be paid by the State.

Questions? Call The Member Resource Center: 877-419-7348

State of Ohio Employee Development Fund (EDF) Final Numbers for FY19

The Employee Development Fund (EDF) will now renew with $750,000 in additional funding for FY20. We have been provided with the following final numbers for FY19:

• Total Amount Paid: $723,495.41
• Budget Amount: $750,000.00
• Unused Amount: $26,504.59
• Percentage of Budget Used: 96.466%

In negotiations in 2018, state members successfully bargained an additional $200,000 in funding for the Employee Development Fund each fiscal year. The remaining amount of $26,504,59, will roll over and now be added to the $750,000 now available for state members in FY20. 

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

We Rise – Update Your Membership in 2019

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. 

State Chapter Newsletter – July 2019

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New State Contract Books. The State contracts have arrived and the Administrative Organizers are working to get them to your delegates, agencies, and institutions.  Last fall, State of Ohio members united to negotiate and ratify a strong state contract, which granted annual wage increases of 2.75% (2018), 2.75% (2019), and 3.00% (2020). The contract also increased tuition reimbursement by $200,000, protected health insurance costs, boosted the equipment allowance for Adult Parole Authority members, and gave 22 hours of compensatory time as a bonus for full time members. New contract books have been ordered and will be available soon.

Adult Parole Authority Lobby Day. In April, members with the Adult Parole Authority held a lobby day at the Ohio Statehouse. Parole officers met with many members of the Ohio House and Ohio Senate to discuss legislative priorities and the importance of their work to public safety and Ohio’s communities.

Educational Development Fund. In addition to funds still available at this time, on July 1st, the Educational Development Fund will renew with an additional balance of $750,000 available for reimbursement. This fund is negotiated as a part of the contract and allows reimbursement for approved training and educational expenses.

Congratulations to Member Ron Arnett. Mr. Arnett, an RN and member leader, was named the employee of the year at the Dayton Correctional Institution in May 2019.

State Nurses Receive Substantial Overtime Settlement. Two nurses, who are members with the State of Ohio, recently received significant settlements after overtime was improperly denied. The members stood together and contacted the Member Resource Center. Through the arbitration process, the members showed that this loss of overtime hours denied due process. A settlement was reached, which had a combined value of over $45,000.

Significant Arbitration Victory on Administrative Leave. The State of Ohio has often utilized an unfair practice that denied workers on administrative leave supplemental pay. In a recent arbitration decision regarding members of SEIU District 1199, an arbitrator ruled that the State of Ohio is no longer permitted to continue the practice of deducting pay supplements from paychecks when state bargaining unit members are out on administrative leave.

State Member Challenges Written Reprimand. A member at the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction recently received a written reprimand, which they considered unjust. The member filed a grievance and the state agreed to remove the discipline after a shortened period.

Member Receives Significant Settlement. A state member was terminated after over a decade with the state. The member contacted the Member Resource Center to file a grievance. As an outcome of the grievance, the member was allowed to resign in lieu of the termination and the member also received a settlement of $11,500.

Department of Youth Services Member Receives Reimbursement. A state member with the Ohio Department of Youth Services made an emergency purchase for the direct benefit of a youth on parole but was not reimbursed promptly. After filing a grievance, the member was reimbursed with interest.

Member Resource Center Update 

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The Member Resource Center has assisted with a substantial number of grievances for State of Ohio Members. 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.

As a snapshot, in May 2019, the Member Resource Center assisted with filing 55 grievances on behalf of State of Ohio Members alone. The Member Resource Center standing by to assist members Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

SEIU District 1199 Scholarship Program

Members of SEIU District 1199 and their immediate family members can now apply for the scholarship program. Eligible members must be in good standing and have been a member for at least two years. The scholarship program is open to applications for those who have been accepted or are currently enrolled in an accredited two or four year educational institution or technical school and a degree, post bachelor’s degree or certification program. The deadline for scholarship applications is September 1, 2019. Eighteen $1,000 scholarships are available for members who reside in Ohio.

SEIU District 1199 Union Member Benefits

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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.

SEIU Member Benefits has also partnered with Eastern Gateway Community College, which is in the University of Ohio System, to offer a free college benefit.

State of Ohio Employee Development Fund (EDF) Balance Update (6/12/19)

SEIU District 1199 will continue to forward updates from the Ohio Department of Administrative Services on the Employee Development Fund balance. We now have an update that is current through 6/12/19.

We have been provided with the following update:

• As of 5/25/19, claims totaling $694,712.73 have been processed.
• As of 6/12/19, claims totaling $13,859.84 have been approved.
• As of 6/12/19, claims totaling $4,107 have been submitted.
• Processed, approved, and submitted claims, total $716,070.80

The budget for the Employee Development Fund is $750,000. The amount of the budget remaining after accounting for pending, approved, and submitted claims, is $33,929.20, which is 5% of the total.

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

Free College Member Benefit With Ohio’s Eastern Gateway Community College

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Members of SEIU District 1199 are eligible for a free college benefit with Eastern Gateway Community College. This benefit is open to eligible members, retirees, and their families. Eastern Gateway Community College is also 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 some online programs. It is open to eligible members and retirees, in addition to spouses, domestic partners, children, grandchildren, and dependents.

In addition, the Union also has partnership arrangements with Southern New Hampshire University and Columbia Southern University

For more information and to enroll with Eastern Gateway Community College, visit SEIU Member Benefits

Ron Arnett Named Dayton Correctional Institution Employee of the Year

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Last week, leaders with Dayton Correctional Institution named Nurse Ron Arnett as employee of the year. Pictured is Mr. Arnett with Administrative Organizer Joe Daniels, co-workers, and friends. Congratulations to Ron Arnett for this honor. 

State Members Awarded Settlement After Improper Denial of Overtime

Two nurses who are members with the State of Ohio recently received significant settlements after overtime was improperly denied. Due to no fault of their own, the nurses were placed on a “no patient contact” list temporarily. The members had no knowledge of the reason they were on the list and were unable to work overtime, which was a significant monetary loss. 

The members stood together and contacted the Member Resource Center. Through the arbitration process, the members showed that this loss of overtime hours denied due process. A settlement was reached with the state, which had a combined value of over $45,000.  

Representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

Open Enrollment for State Members: May 20th – May 31st

Open enrollment for members with the State of Ohio will begin soon. In 2019, open enrollment will be held from May 20th through May 31st. This year, new benefit options are also available. 

Everything you need to know about open enrollment can be found through the open enrollment site provided by the Ohio Department of Administrative Services.

If you have questions, you can contact the DAS Employee Benefits Management Team at 800-409-1205 or 614-466-8857 and select option 2. You can also contact DAS by email at mybenefits@das.ohio.gov

Employee Development Fund Reimbursement Dates for State of Ohio Members

The Employee Development Fund (EDF) for members with the State of Ohio grants funding for coursework, training, and continuing education activities. Below are some important dates regarding the EDF: 

• The last day for state members to submit requests for reimbursement from the Employee Development Fund (EDF) for Fiscal Year 2019 is June 17th, 2019.
• The first day to submit requests for Fiscal Year 2020 is June 24th, 2019.

Requests can be submitted through the State of Ohio’s DAS portal. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact the Department of Administrative services at EDFunds@das.ohio.gov

Keep Ohio’s Parole Officers Safe from Drug Exposure

obsolete-ohio-adult-parole-officer-badge-n-r_1_14b77ae104ad8f3b7264c5967e61b4c2Parole Officers work hard every day to keep our communities safe and to ensure that parolees are finding and retaining employment, finding a suitable place to live, getting treatment for any mental health or addiction issues they may have, and generally staying out of trouble.

All too often, Parole Officers enter homes or encounter situations where they come into contact with dangerous substances like heroin and fentanyl. Just touching fentanyl or accidentally inhaling the substance can be fatal for Parole Officers and requires immediate medical attention because of the risk of adverse health effects such as rapid disorientation, coughing, sedation, respiratory distress or cardiac arrest. 

In situations like these, Parole Officers must take time off of work for treatment, evaluation and medical follow up. However this is not considered an allowable claim through the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. This creates an undue burden on Parole Officers, forcing them to choose between getting the necessary treatment they need or risking long-term, reoccuring health problems. 

Through our Union, we are asking the Ohio Legislature to take up this important issue and to pass a law that would allow all Parole Officers and first responders to be allowed to get the treatment and recovery they need from work-related injuries as a result of coming in contact with dangerous substances like heroin and fentanyl.

SIGN THIS PETITION TO ASK THE OHIO STATE LEGISLATURE TO KEEP OHIO’S PAROLE OFFICERS SAFE FROM DRUG EXPOSURE.

State Member and Union Unite to Overturn Unfair Administrative Leave Deductions

state of ohioThe State of Ohio has traditionally utilized an unfair practice that denies workers on administrative leave supplemental pay. However, state workers can find themselves on administrative leave through no fault of their own. This can mean a dramatic reduction of wages, even if the worker is later entirely cleared to return to work. 

A member of SEIU District 1199 was recently on administrative leave and like many other workers was later cleared to return to work. However, the member was denied significant pay supplements (e.g. such as retention pay) that resulted in an unfair loss of wages. The member joined together with the Union to take the supplemental pay issue to an arbitrator.

Through this dispute, the Union and member maintained that the deduction of supplemental pay was a contract violation that denied due process and violated the fundamental principles of just cause. The arbitrator ruled that the State of Ohio is no longer permitted to continue the practice of deducting pay supplements from paychecks when workers are on administrative leave. The outcome of the dispute was successful.

Representatives with the Member Resource Center are standing by to assist Monday through Friday. “Your Member Resource Center Has Your Back!”

Ohio House APA Lobby Day 2019

APAOn Tuesday, April 9th, the Union will be holding an Adult Parole Authority Member Lobby Day. We will focus on three issues: The State of Ohio Budget, The Reagan Tokes Act, and OPERS 25 & Out for State Parole Officers. 
Registration and further details are available here

Important Deadline – State Dependent Audit

state of ohioSEIU District 1199 has been contacted by the State of Ohio about the ongoing dependent verification for state employee health insurance coverage. This affects many members of the SEIU District 1199 bargaining unit. All forms must be turned in and verified prior to a deadline of April 5th, 2019.

If information is turned in but not correct, further documentation must also be provided prior to April 5th. This is important because dependent health care will be terminated if documentation is not received and approved. According to the State of Ohio, there is a large number of employees who have not submitted the required documentation at this time. 

Please refer to notices sent from the State of Ohio Department of Administrative Services for further details. The Union Benefits Trust can be contacted at 800-228-5088. You can also contact the Dependent Verification Center at 833-372-8752. 

Regional Membership Meeting in Cincinnati

On Wednesday, April 10th, 2019, a Regional Membership Meeting will be held in Cincinnati. All SEIU District 1199 members from the local area are encouraged to attend. Registration and further details are available here