The Oberlin Review

OCOPE Files Grievances Against College

Jenna Gyimesi, News Editor

September 28, 2018

The Oberlin College Office and Professional Employees union has filed multiple grievances against the College. OCOPE claims the College violated their contract by eliminating or reducing union jobs and then assigning the work to outside companies or non-union members. Earlier this year, the College was found to be in violation of OCOPE’s collective bargaining agreement following an arbitration process with the National Labor Relations Board. If the newly-filed grievances reach the level of arbitration, it will be the second time in two years that OCOPE has brought the College to a hearing. OCOPE represents approximately 170 employees. Within the year, three OCOPE positions have been eliminated — a building ser...

Hospital, Employees Negotiate Wage Increases

Oliver Bok, Staff Writer

November 7, 2014

After more than two months of contentious negotiation, Mercy Regional Medical Center employers in Lorain reached an agreement this past Friday on a new contract with their union employees. The five-year contract was subsequently ratified unanimously on Monday by the maintenance and service workers represented by the Service Employees International Union District 1199 and employed by Mercy Regional, a hospital run by the Cincinnati-based nonprofit Mercy Health. “The contract included a two percent wage increase for each year of the contract and allowed them to continue to provide quality services and healthcare to the community,” said Anthony Caldwell, a spokesperson for SEIU District 1199. At issue in...

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