State Newsletter – November 2019

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State of Ohio – Union Chapter News
The victories shared in this newsletter are the result of members sticking together and working with their delegates, leaders, co-workers, and the Member Resource Center, to actively enforce the contract. These employees believed that their rights had been violated and they stood together as Union members to win fairness. Membership has many benefits and being a member of SEIU District 1199 means having the ability to protect your rights at work. 

Arbitration Decision Affirms Union’s Long Standing Position. A delegate with the Ohio Department of Youth Services recently worked with the Union to file a related class action grievance and an arbitrator granted the grievance entirely. The arbitration decision concluded that when  a state agency wishes to move employees among units that hold different specific types of patients, it must make such a move by canvassing the employees and using seniority. The exception to this is 24.16 (B), which in certain circumstances allows a state agency to move an employee without canvassing. However, even then, that employee’s former spot must be filled by canvassing and seniority. You can read the arbitration decision here.

●Scholarship Award Winners Announced. The Union recently announced scholarship award winners for the year. Scholarship recipients included members and related students with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services, the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, and the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services. View the list of scholarship winners.

Parole Officer Successfully Appeals Leave Conversion Error. A member with the Adult Parole Authority converted paid time off to sick time but hours were exchanged in error. The member immediately contacted human resources, which assured the member that they would help make them whole. The Department of Administrative Services later stated they would not fix the error. The Union worked to bring the issue to arbitration and the grievance was settled by issuing a payment for hours that had been unintentionally converted.

State Member Issued Time For Coursework After Grievance. A member with the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services requested paid time off for course work, as outlined by the contract in Article 23.04 but was denied. The member filed a grievance and a settlement was offered before the grievance advanced to arbitration. The settlement included retroactive time off dating back to the start of the academic semester.

State Nurse Successfully Appeals Disciplinary Fine. A state member with the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction received a 2-day fine for completing safety checks and having another nurse document them or documenting safety checks performed by another nurse. The member contacted the Union to file a grievance, as this was a widely accepted practice. The State of Ohio agreed to refund the fine and remove the discipline at the end of the year. 

Mental Health Worker Returns to Old Schedule After Change in Hours. A member with the Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services works 12 hour shifts. The member was moved from 1st shift to 2nd shift and found no resolution. At the same time, the member saw that there was still a need for staff on her old shift. In a settlement, the employer agreed to return the member to the old shift and cited the change in hours as temporary.

SEIU District 1199 Union Member Benefits 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. 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. For details visit: seiu1199.org/mrc/your-benefits-as-a-member

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!”

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