The Ohio Dialysis Constitutional Amendment and the SEIU
The proposed Ohio Dialysis Constitutional Amendment has been written, promoted and financed by the Service Employees International Union – United Healthcare Workers West (SEIU-UHW) Local 2005, headquartered in Oakland, California.
The Ohio measure is a companion to a similar ballot initiative on kidney dialysis in California (California Proposition 8). The sponsor of the California ballot proposal is the SEIU-UHW. A California campaign finance report for the first quarter of 2018 shows that the SEIU-UHW-sponsored campaign committee provided nearly $350,000 to the companion Ohio ballot committee as the Ohio campaign prepared to hire paid circulators to gather petition signatures. All three of the Ohio proposal petitioners listed on the official petition form filed with the Ohio Attorney General and Secretary of State offices are employees of SEIU District 1199.
What do they hope to gain?
While the SEIU has no expertise with kidney dialysis or policy surrounding patients with chronic kidney disease, it does have a long and notorious history of leveraging ballot issues to advance its goals.