Ohio, SEIU Reach Tentative Labor Agreement

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Service Employees International Union District 1199 announced Friday it has secured a tentative three-year agreement between its members and the state of Ohio.

The agreement provides for a 2.5% wage increase each year of the contract retroactive to July 1, 2015. Further details of the contract will remain confidential until SEIU District 1199 members vote on the agreement.

“Today’s announcements shows that when we speak up together, we can preserve quality services for our communities while providing economic stability for working people and their families,” said Josh Norris, public division director for SEIU District 1199 and chief negotiator. “We believe this agreement is good for both our families and our state, as we recognize all work has value and should be rewarded.”

District 1199 represents nearly 4,000 workers in 18 different state agencies and nearly 30,000 working people across West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. Ohio state agencies whose workers are represented by District 1199 include the Ohio Board of Nursing, the Ohio Department of Aging, the Ohio Department of Development, the Ohio Adult Parole Authority, the Ohio Department of Health, the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services and the Ohio Bureau of Worker’s Compensation.

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