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The three-member State Employment Relations Board and its administrative staff were created by Ohio’s Public Employees’ Collective Bargaining Act of 1983. The Act was incorporated as Chapter 4117 of the Ohio Revised Code. Acting as a neutral, the quasi-judicial board determines appropriate bargaining units, conducts representation elections, certifies exclusive bargaining representatives, monitors and enforces statutory dispute procedures, adjudicates unfair labor practice charges, and determines unauthorized strikes. Board appointments are made by the governor with the advice and consent of the senate. A board member’s term is six years.

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  W. Craig Zimpher, Chair
   

W. Craig Zimpher was appointed to the Board by Governor John R. Kasich effective January 21, 2011. Prior to his appointment, he had been Vice President for Government Affairs at Nationwide Insurance.

Mr. Zimpher’s public-sector work has included serving as Chairman of the Industrial Commission of Ohio, an appointment by Governor Richard F. Celeste to the Commission on Workers Compensation Administration, serving as Deputy Assistant to Governor James A. Rhodes, and as Legislative Assistant to the Minority Leader of the Ohio House of Representatives. His private-sector work has included serving as Assistant VP of Ohio Operations for Gates, McDonald and Company and Assistant Dean of Students at Ohio Wesleyan University. 

Mr. Zimpher is a native of Piqua. He received a B.A. and an M.A. in History from The Ohio State University. He served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army. He has also lectured as an Adjunct Instructor in History/Humanities at Ohio Dominican University.

  Aaron A. Schmidt, Vice Chair
   

Aaron A. Schmidt was appointed to the Board by Governor John R. Kasich effective January 2, 2014. Prior to his appointment, he served as legal counsel to the Ohio Lottery Commission.

Mr. Schmidt’s public-sector work as legal counsel to the Ohio Lottery included advising the agency on a variety of legal matters, including contracts, compliance, litigation, labor relations, intellectual property, public records, and administrative law, as well as assisting in the promulgation of administrative rules, policies, and procedures. His private-sector work included practicing law in two Cleveland private law firms and managing litigation in a corporate legal department.

Mr. Schmidt is a native of Cleveland. He received a B.A. in English from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law. Mr. Schmidt is a member of the Ohio State Bar Association and the Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, where he authors articles on alternative dispute resolution and mediation.

  J. Richard Lumpe, Board Member
   

J. Richard Lumpe was appointed to the Board by Governor John R. Kasich effective June 1, 2016.  Prior to his appointment, he served as Vice Chair of the State Personnel Board of Review (SPBR). 

Mr. Lumpe’s public-sector work has included serving as Legal Assistant for the Columbus City Attorney, an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for the Franklin County Prosecutor’s Office, and an Assistant Attorney General. In the private-sector, he practiced law for more than 50 years at his firm, Lumpe and Raber, Esq, Attorneys at Law, until his retirement. His practice was limited to and specialized in administrative and regulatory law and legislative representation, which included drafting proposed rules and legislation.

Mr. Lumpe is a native of Columbus.  He received a B.S. in Business Administration from The Ohio State University and a J.D. from Capital Law School.