State of Ohio – Union Chapter News
● Department of Health Field Surveyors Reach and Approve Deal. Surveyors with the Department of Health recently voted to implement a grievance settlement recommended by neutral Mediator and Arbitrator Jack Buettner regarding the use of compensatory time. His official recommendation to the parties stated: “The procedure for the annual vacation canvass shall be continued. The quarterly vacation request procedure shall continue subject to the following modifications: For purposes of clarification regarding Section 15B, the agency will treat compensatory time requests the same as vacation requests.” Field surveyors can now request to use compensatory or vacation leave for shifts in the quarter. This victory is due to the surveyors that stood together and spoke out when the contract was being violated and leave requests denied.
● Educational Development Fund Update. On July 1st, the Educational Development Fund for members of SEIU District 1199 renewed with an additional balance of $750,000 available for reimbursement. As of November 9th, 53% of the budget and $413,827.86 remains 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 due to the fact that in previous years the fund had been depleted far in advance of the July 1st renewal date.
● Solidarity Winter Cookout in Columbus. All members of the Union and their family members are invited to a winter solidarity cookout on December 10th that will be held from 2:00pm to 7:00pm. There will be smoked BBQ and side dishes. We are also asking members to bring a covered dish to share. This event will be held at the SEIU District 1199 office at 1395 Dublin Road in Columbus. Register for this event at this link.
● State Mental Health Worker Successfully Appeals Discipline. A member with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services felt they had been wrongly issued a written reprimand. The member worked with their delegates to file a grievance. After the issue was fully considered, the employer agreed to remove the written reprimand entirely.
● Member Receives Favorable Vacation Time Settlement After Work Injury. A highly dedicated state member was injured during a “code violet.” Due to the injury, the employer required the member to change their shift to an 8 hour light duty shift and use vacation time to make the change in scheduling. The member joined with his delegate to file a grievance. As an outcome of the grievance, the employer agreed to award back the related vacation time.
● State Worker With Recovery Services Wins Grievance Over Improper Leave Deduction. A member with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services requested two days of personal time, which was approved. After taking the personal time, the member found out that the employer changed the leave request from personal time to sick time. The difference would have meant a reduction in pay for the relevant time. After filing a grievance, the employer agreed to switch back the time and reimburse the member.
SEIU District 1199 Member Benefits – New College Program
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. Last month, Union Plus announced a new college program with Central State University in Dayton, Ohio, which is a benefit available for members and eligible family members. For details visit: seiu1199.org/mrc/your-benefits-as-a-member
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!”