OCSEA Biennial Convention

33rd OCSEA Biennial Convention • Aug. 29-31, 2019

The 33rd OCSEA Biennial Convention will take place Thursday, Aug. 29-Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center, 400 N. High St., Columbus, OH 43215

Convention Call | Committee Assignments | Registration/Credentials | Proposed Constitutional Amendments | Hotel/Lodging

Convention theme: This year’s convention theme, Our Movement, Our Moment, Right Now! is a recognition that unions are seeing the greatest support they’ve seen in a decade. Not only do the majority of Americans support unions, but workers are taking to the street and organizing like never before. From teachers, to university employees, to restaurant and hotel workers, they’ve had enough and are organizing for their rights for the very first time. They understand that sticking together in a union is a powerful statement against corporate greed, stagnant wages and attacks on our benefits. This is truly our moment and we are organizing a movement of workers across this state and this country who are fed up and doing something about it!

NEW! Committee Assignments

updated 8/21/19

Committee heads lead the committee business of the union at the OCSEA Biennial Convention and give recommendations to the full body of delegates regarding Constitutional amendments and resolutions. Download the full committee lists.

Updates and Reminders

OCSEA's 33rd Convention is around the corner. Here are some helpful reminders as you prepare your chapter's delegates for the upcoming event:

  • The deadline to submit registration/credential forms for delegates/alternates was Aug. 5 by 5 p.m. Any registration submissions after the deadline are considered late, and delegates will have to go before the Credentials Committee at Convention upon arrival.  
  • The hotel registration deadline was Aug. 6. Delegates who have not registered at the hotel will have to find their own accommodations. 
  • Early check-in for the event is Wednesday, Aug. 28 from 5-9 p.m. on the Hyatt's Second Floor; Registration on the first day of Convention, Thursday, Aug. 29, opens at 8 a.m. Once you are registered, you will receive a convention bag, which includes your delegate information and ID badge. Alternates who have paid the registration fee will also receive this bag. Please review the contents of your bag prior to the start of convention.
  • In the same area as the registration counter are a number of exhibit booths. OCSEA booths will be open Wednesday from 5-9 p.m. and Thursday from 8 a.m.-5 pm.
  • The General Session is held in Battelle Hall North and starting times are as follows: Thursday, Aug. 29 - 10 a.m.; Friday, Aug. 30 - 9:30 a.m.; Saturday, Aug. 31 - 9:30 a.m. Your delegate OCSEA ID badge is required to gain floor access.
  • The New Delegates Workshop will take place Wednesday night, 8-9:15 p.m. and Thursday morning from 8-9:15 a.m. Please only attend one session and arrive early as seats fill up quickly. This workshop is located in the Hyatt's Union Room A & B on the Second Floor. Please have your OCSEA ID badge.
  • The WAC/CMCA Luncheon will take place Thursday during lunch in the Hyatt’s Union Room. Advanced tickets are required. Please have your OCSEA ID badge.
  • The PEOPLE Reception is Friday evening in the Hyatt Regency Ballroom. The PEOPLE Reception is held to recognize those who contribute to OCSEA’s political PAC, PEOPLE. Delegates and alternates who are not PEOPLE contributors can attend the reception if they join PEOPLE during the convention or at the reception. PEOPLE members bringing non-delegate guests, such as family members, can purchase tickets to the PEOPLE Reception for $10 for those guests. A PEOPLE-contributing delegate must be present to purchase event tickets.
  • If you have been assigned to a Convention Committee, you will receive a letter prior to convention. Release time is submitted for all delegates and alternates a few weeks before convention.

OCSEA Constitution and Bylaws

The OCSEA Constitution and Bylaws governs the business of the union and is reviewed and amended every two years by elected subordinate body delegates attending the OCSEA Biennial Convention.The business of the union is currently governed by the 2017-2019 OCSEA Constitution and Bylaws.

Click to access the OCSEA 33rd Biennial Convention (2019) proposed amendments (login required).

Delegate Registration/Credentials

A memo is currently being mailed to verified delegates/alternates is to inform them that OCSEA has received their credentials in a timely manner. The letter also includes important convention updates.


Accommodations are located at Hyatt Regency, 350 North High St., Columbus. The deadline for hotel reservations under the OCSEA rate was August 6, 2019. If accommodations are still needed, please check the overflow hotel, the Crown Plaza, located at 33 E. Nationwide Blvd; Phone: (614) 461-4100. OCSEA rates are no longer available.

Official Convention Call

The official notice for convention was mailed on March 1, 2019, to the OCSEA State Board of Directors and all chapter, district and assembly presidents and secretaries. The official Convention Call was mailed out to Chapter Presidents and Secretaries on March 22, 2019, with details on convention, registration information and the preliminary count of delegates per subordinate body.

A confirmation notice will be mailed out to individuals and chapters in late June. If you do not receive a letter, your delegate count remained the same as indicated in Convention Call mailed in March.

Convention delegate elections

The OCSEA and AFSCME Constitutions require that all delegates who attend the OCSEA Conventions must be elected in the same manner as officers are elected. All members in good standing can run to be a delegate.

For any questions, please contact Gina Ison at gison@ocsea.org or Kiere Miller at kmiller@ocsea.org.