Workers Concerned About Future of Services for Adults with Disabilities, Job Cuts
COLUMBUS, OHIO – Today, workers at the Ohio Department of Developmental Disabilities’ Montgomery and Youngstown Development Centers received a letter from Director John Martin notifying them that their centers would be closed, leaving both clients and employees displaced.
“We are deeply concerned about the future of quality services for Ohioans with development disabilities if Governor Kasich continues to move forward with the closure of these facilities that serve so many in the community,” said Josh Norris, Public Division Director for the Service Employees International Union District 1199 which represents 27 employees between the two facilities. “Workers at these facilities provide exceptional care and services to their clients and closing these centers is the wrong path forward.”
The letter continued by saying the official notification of closure would be announced on Friday, February 20th, but Department of Development Disabilities Director John Martin sent a memorandum to workers that they will hold closure notification meetings on Saturday, February 14th at the Montgomery Center and Sunday, February 15th at the Youngstown Center for all employees.
“We urge Governor Kasich and Director Martin to reconsider the closure of these facilities and to do what is in the best interest of quality care and services, not what looks good on the balance sheets of the state budget,” continued Norris. “We urge clients, their families and concerned community members to join us in calling on elected leaders to stop the disruption of services and care to Ohioans with disabilities in these communities.”
SEIU District 1199 represents 27 workers at Montgomery and Youngstown Development Center including registered nurses, social workers, occupational therapists, speech pathologists, language pathologists, dietitians and psychology assistants.