State Chapter – March Newsletter

March NewsletterState of Ohio – Union Chapter News
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State Nurses Returning to Work After Arbitrator’s Decision. In a decision released at the end of February 2020, an arbitrator awarded a member with the State of Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction her job back after she was improperly dismissed nearly two years ago. The member and Union maintained that the decision was made without just cause. This member was carrying out representational duties when it was claimed that a violation occurred. The co-worker that the member was representing recently returned to work. Both workers will receive full back pay and compensation, which have an estimated combined total of $240,000.

● Educational Development Fund Update. Last 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 February 29th, 31% of the budget and $238,253.30 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.

● State Member With Ohio Veterans Hospital Successfully Challenges Reprimand. A nurse with the Ohio Veterans Hospital was cited for allegedly not completing required assessments. The nurse worked with her delegate and filed a grievance to protest the unjust discipline. Together, they maintained that the form in question had not been used by anyone at OVH in several years. As a result of the enforcement of the Union Contract and the grievance process, management had to agree that there was no just cause for the discipline. The written reprimand was canceled and removed from the member’s personnel file.

● State Adult Parole Authority Member Files Successful Overtime Grievance. A member was improperly passed over for an opportunity for overtime. The member filed a grievance and proceeded to argue for his contractual rights and benefits. As a result of the grievance discussion, the APA agreed to follow the contract in issuing overtime and to provide the member the next available overtime opportunity.

● Department of Youth Services Member Issued Proper Payment. A member with Ohio Department of Youth Services was not issued proper pay after a hearing they were participating in ran late. The member worked with the Union to file a grievance to preserve their contractual right to compensation for the hours in question. The member successfully argued that contract language was applicable and as a result, full payment was issued for all hours owed.

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 or on campus in Youngstown or Steubenville. In 2019, Union Plus announced a new college program with Central State University in Dayton, Ohio. 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!”

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