State Newsletter — December 2020


Reagan Tokes Act – Ohio Adult Parole Authority Members. In November, members and leaders with the Union attended a committee hearing at the Ohio Statehouse regarding the Reagan Tokes Act. As you may know, the bill includes provisions for GPS monitoring and caseload sizes for parole officers. Much of the work and changes that have been accomplished have been due to work by members with the Ohio Adult Parole Authority and SEIU District 1199. Stand with members at the Ohio Adult Parole Authority and send a message to your legislators in support of this bill

● The Value of Union Membership and a Strong Chapter. Non-Union employees with the State of Ohio have been forced to accept concessions with no recourse. If you are a non-member, you can sign a membership card online. Recent events show that bureaucrats with the State of Ohio will continue to try to balance the budget on the backs of us, the working class workers, even while many are on the frontlines in this crisis. 

Union Negotiations. To  keep the membership up to date as preparations and upcoming contract negotiations advance we are also asking all state bargaining unit members to submit updated personal email addresses and contact information online. Preparations for negotiations with the State of Ohio are underway and the member-led negotiating committee met on Tuesday, November 10th.

● Emergency Pay Class Action Grievance. SEIU District 1199 has filed a class action grievance for every member citing our Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) language Article 35, Emergencies. We believe that the current state of emergency declared by Governor DeWine falls well within the intent of this language and that all members who work during this declared emergency are entitled to the $8 per hour stipend referenced in the CBA. Send a message to Ohio Governor Mike DeWine and ask him to honor the contract and grant the emergency pay that was mutually agreed upon. We will keep you updated as the grievance moves through the process.

Educational Development Fund Update. On July 1st, the Educational Development Fund (EDF) for members of SEIU District 1199 renewed with an additional balance of $750,000 available for reimbursement. Additionally, $88,149.07 was left remaining at the end of FY20, which has now rolled over. As of November 21st, 44% of the balance remains available for reimbursement. Funding for the Educational Development Fund was negotiated by member leaders as a part of your collective bargaining agreement and is just one more example of how your Union negotiates benefits for your collective good. 

State Member Returns to Work After Arbitration Decision. A nurse with the State of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction was terminated in March 2018. The Union and the worker maintained that she was simply doing her job as a Union representative. An arbitrator issued a report concluding that the termination was wrongful and ordered the member back to work. The Union is currently working with the member to collect back pay for time that the member was on leave. 

SEIU District 1199 Member Benefits
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. Members and eligible family members can now take classes with Eastern Gateway Community College at no-cost online. In 2019, Union Plus announced a new program with Central State University in Dayton, Ohio.

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!”

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