Date(s) - 05/19/22
11:30 am - 12:30 pm

The Conversation Continues at
COLERA’s Second Table Talk – A Virtual Meeting

Our Facilitator is Josh Norris, SEIU Executive Vice President.

Josh Norris

Josh began his career in Union representation in 1997 at General Motors with the IUE/CWA Local 801, where he was elected as District-Wide Committeeman. During his 10 years at General Motors/Delphi he also served as Shop Committeeman and Plant Chairman. Josh represented his fellow members in
grievance hearings, labor-management meetings, negotiations, and all aspects of representational capacities. Josh worked to ensure that every one of his fellow factory workers was properly compensated when he helped the Union win the largest arbitration award in the plant’s history. Josh oversaw the implementation of the arbitration victory, which resulted in the reinstatement of over five hundred laid-off co-workers at the Delphi Harrison Thermal Plant in Moraine, Ohio. He completed the calculation, back pay, and mitigation adjustments for each of the members impacted by this award and work directly with the industrial Relations staff at the plant to administer this award. Plant closure and outsourcing to Mexico forced Josh to leave the plant in 2007. In the same year, Josh started his employment with SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH as an Administrative Organizer representing approximately 1,200 SEIU members from the State of Ohio Adult Parole Authority, Ohio Department of Youth Services, and Ohio Department of Alcohol and Drug Addiction Services. Josh became Public and State Division Coordinator in 2009 and lead the Union’s fight against the infamous (and successfully repealed) Senate Bill 5. Partly due to his work leading the charge against SB5, he was offered the role of Director of the Public and State Chapters in 2012. After serving as Director for five years, Josh was elected as Executive Vice President of SEIU District 1199 WV/KY/OH in 2017 and was re-elected in 2020.

Josh’s career in Union advocacy and representation has allowed him to serve as the lead advocate in countless grievance arbitration and mediation hearings, resulting in awards of millions of dollars for his Union members. He has also negotiated a vast number of public and private sector labor agreements as well as advocated in a multitude of hearings at the NLRB and SERB, including statutory fact findings and ULP advocacy and settlement. Right now, he serves as the Union’s chief negotiator with the State of Ohio, a role he has held since 2012. When Josh is not bargaining or acting in the many other roles he serves at the Union, he oversees the SEIU District 1199 Member Resource Center, which manages all aspects of grievance advocacy for the Unions over two hundred chapters in West Virginia, Kentucky, and Ohio. From the initial filing to arbitration, the SEIU District 1199 Member Resource Center has overseen thousands of grievances since its inception and continues to streamline processes and identify best practices for grievance processing. Josh is also currently working with a software development company to create SEIU’s own database to facilitate all aspects of the Union’s work from membership to grievance processing to benefits and discount programs. Josh plans to continue to pursue his Union advocacy work and represent members with hopes of reaching retirement and enjoying hunting, playing guitar, family, and some good bourbon once in a while.


Meeta Bass, COLERA President, and Arbitrator/Mediator

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