New Employee Development Fund Application System to Debut June 29

According to a Department of Administrative Services communication posted to the MyOhio.gov portal on May 28th, a new Employee Development Fund (EDF) application system will be rolled out on Wednesday, June 29th.

The last day to submit applications for reimbursement through the current EDF interface is Monday, June 8th. During the next three weeks, the new system will be uploaded to the MyOhio.gov site. Then, on Wednesday, June 29th, the Ohio Department of Administrative Services will resume accepting reimbursement requests via the newly-developed tuition reimbursement system.

On June 9th, new job aids will be posted to MyOhio.gov so that we can learn more about the new interface. To access the new system, your State of Ohio user ID and password are all you will need to begin. You will no longer need to create or remember a separate account and password.

If you have questions regarding the close out of Fiscal Year 2015 or the new Tuition/Education Reimbursement system, please email your questions to EDFunds@das.ohio.gov.

SCOPE Day 2015: Call For Presenters

Do you have an interesting and engaging topic that you’d wish to present to your fellow union members? Then the SCOPE Day planning committee wants YOU! Please fill out the form below with all the required information, and turn it in to Betsy Lavinder, SCOPE Vice-Presdient, by Thursday, May 14th. (Her contact information is on the form.)

SCOPE Form: Call for presenters

If you need a refresher on SCOPE Day 2015’s date, time, and cost, please check out the previous post on the topic.

 

2015 SCOPE Election Forms Available

Declaration of Candidacy forms and biography forms are now available for the positions of:

SCOPE President (2-year term)
SCOPE Secretary (2-year term)
OEA Representative Assembly for 2015-2016
NEA Representative Assembly for 2016

If you are unable to download the forms above, they can be obtained through your elected Site Representative or by contacting Della Morris, SCOPE Elections Chair, at della.morris@att.net or 330-323-8980.

All candidacy forms and biographical forms must be postmarked by April 30, 2015. Ballots will be sent back out to you on May 13th, 2015, and will be required to be returned by May 22, 2015. Ballots will be counted at the Perkins Restaurant (SR 250/I-71) in Ashland, Ohio, on May 28, 2015 at 5:00 p.m.

Please send your candidacy forms to:

SCOPE Elections Committee
P.O. Box 305
Hayesville, OH 44838

SCOPE Day Pre-Registration Due April 15, 2015

This year’s SCOPE Professional Development Day will take place on June 11th, 2015 at Marion Harding High School (1500 Harding Highway East, Marion OH 43302). Registration will begin at 8:00 AM.  The opening session begins at 9:00 AM.

It is our goal to have all attendees pre-register by April 15th, 2015. This year there is a $10 conference fee for members ($25 for non-members) which will be reimbursable through the DAS tuition reimbursement fund (for all employees who have not exceeded their annual $3,500 limit). Lunch is included in the cost.

There will be computers and assistance on-hand for anyone wishing to submit their reimbursement on-site. CEU’s will be available for those that need to renew their license.

If you are not a SCOPE/OEA member, you can join and get the pre-registration fee rate!

Information about the agenda, speakers, etc. will be posted to the SCOPE web site as it becomes available.

Fill out the following information and get registered today! Send the form in by April 15th, and you will be entered into a door prize drawing for a $50.00 fuel card!

SCOPE Day 2015 Pre-Registration Form

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Marianne Huffman, SCOPE Treasurer.

Tax Information For Union Dues

Did you know that a portion of your union dues for 2014 may be tax-deductible? Take a look at this chart to see how much can be deducted, and under what conditions.

Union Dues Tax-Deductible

Disclaimer: This blog post does not constitute tax advice. SCOPE cannot provide tax advice to individuals or organizations. If you have additional tax-related questions, please consult a tax professional.

From the SCOPE President: Bargaining Update #1

Dear Members,

Season’s Greetings! I hope that this post finds you all well and looking forward to the New Year. My own personal feeling tells me that the year may be full of challenges and decisions that may be tough to make. As we prepare to go into bargaining, I want to begin by thanking those individuals who took the time to email this past summer and talk about issues they hope can be resolved at the bargaining table. The general membership meeting in Dayton was well attended by over 100 members. We took a lot of notes and we did a lot of listening.

SCOPE will send a letter of intent to bargain with the State in early 2015. Since the other union contracts expire before ours does, we will go in order and that means SCOPE will be last to bargain at the table. There is an advantage in that, as we will have full knowledge of what the State plans on providing in terms of economics and benefits.

We will be planning a number of town hall meetings around the state. These will be held after work hours or on the weekend.  You may find yourself meeting with members who work in a difference agency and are part of your association. This will give us a chance to see other points of view, and find out what is important outside of our direct peer groups.

I was invited to meet with the other State unions in late November. We briefly discussed our concerns to one another. If you are new to state employment, often what OCSEA does concerning wages and benefits sets a pattern for all of the other unions. We have never received a lower or higher percentage of “cost of living” raise than our brothers and sisters in the other unions. It does set the foundation for our negotiations and we wish OCSEA success in the coming months.

I have asked the site representatives to start collecting e-mail addresses of members who want to receive negotiations updates via email. If you don’t have an e-mail account at home, buddy up with someone who can share with you the communications of the union.

Thank you for all you do and may the New Year bring you many blessings and joy.

In Solidarity,

Dominic Marsano, President
State Council of Professional Educators

From the SCOPE Secretary: December Update

The SCOPE Executive Board extends all good wishes for a happy holiday season and prosperous New Year. Please communicate information you would like to share in future issues of the quarterly newsletter. With so many sites and agencies in SCOPE, communication is difficult. I hope to see many of you at the town hall meetings in 2015. Dates and locations will be communicated from department reps to site reps. The information will also be available on the web site.

Minutes of all SCOPE board meetings are available to members once they are approved by the executive board.  Email me at dcpretty@sbcglobal.net for a copy.

All site reps are asked to schedule at least four labor/management meetings each year. Now is a good time to bring up inclement weather and flexing for such. See if your site can have a workable and agreeable plan ahead of time. Also, classroom temperature is an issue that should be addressed by site.

Sincerely,

Diane Prettyman, Secretary
SCOPE