OCSEA Steward Conference 2021

RSVP for upcoming virtual Steward Conference – All Members Welcome!

Saturday, June 12 • ONLINE ONLY • 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.


OCSEA's annual Steward Conference is virtual this year. While we can't get together in person, it's still the perfect opportunity for OCSEA activists and members from all over the state to come together to learn about the value of a union contract and to build skills that give Ohio's public employees a voice on the job. Every steward and leader is highly encouraged to attend. Additionally, every OCSEA member is welcome to participate to learn more about the union. 

The 2021 OCSEA Steward Conference will be held online on Saturday, June 12 from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. ‚ÄčThe Zoom conference will open 15 minutes before the event at 9:45 a.m.

Once an attendee RSVPs, they will receive a link to participate in the virtual event.

Conference Breakout Sessions

The Steward Conference will include speakers and breakout sessions about how to get members involved in the union, protecting the union contract and more. Breakout sessions will be held twice. Breakout Session 1: 10:30-11:30 a.m. and Breakout Session 2: 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. The virtual breakout sessions will include the following topics: 

  • New Employee Orientation
    Anissia Goodwin - OCSEA Member Resource Center
    Sally Meckling - OCSEA Communications
  • OCSEA Steward in Crises
    Bernice Alvarez - AFSCME Education Field Coordinator 
  • The Arbitration Process
    Joe Trejo - Commissioner, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service

More on Sessions and Presenters

Employee Assistance Program - Debbie Shutt, LICDC-CS, has been employed with the State of Ohio Employee Assistance Program (OEAP) for over 25 years. She has worked with State of Ohio employees and their families, providing support, guidance and resources for those struggling with a variety of issues. She has also consulted and coordinated with Management and Labor to provide agencies with suggestions on how to deal with troubled employees whose personal issues may be impacting their job performance. She has been actively involved with DRC agencies by providing training, acting as a member of their Peer Support Team and their CIT program. She is a firm believer that the sooner a problem can be identified and addressed the better the outcome will be for employees and employers.

The Arbitration Process - Commissioner Joe Trejo has worked in mediation for more than 10 years, joining FMCS in 2011, after working for the State of Ohio's Office of Collective Bargaining. He mediates labor and employment disputes in the private, public and federal sectors, and trains labor and management advocates in collective bargaining, contract administration, grievance processing, steward/supervisor responsibilities, labor-management committees, group problem solving, communication, and consensus decision-making. In addition, Commissioner Trejo has worked both in the public and private sector and has negotiated for both the management and the union.

New Employee Orientation (NEO) - Join OCSEA Communications Director, Sally Meckling and OCSEA Member Resource Center Operations Director, Anissia Goodwin for a conversation on new member orientations. Presenters will introduce new orientation materials for leaders that will help them welcome new members to the union and union activism.

Steward Certification

Chapter-appointed stewards who attend the entire virtual Steward Conference on June 12 will receive their official OCSEA Steward Certification. This certification is good for one year. If you have questions about steward certification, contact the Member Resource Center at 888-OCSEA-11 or email MRC@ocsea.org.

Release Time

If a member needs to be released from work to attend (not guaranteed), release requests must be submitted to Judi Ayers jayers@ocsea.org by May 28, 2021.


Download full agenda (PDF)

Saturday, June 12, 2021

9:45 a.m. Link is opened;
Welcome - Christopher Mabe, OCSEA President
10 - 10:30 a.m. Vicki Montesano, Ph.D.
Bureau Chief of Mental Health, Department of Mental Health
10:30 - 11:30 a.m. Breakout Session 1 (Pick One)
• New Employee Orientation, Sally Meckling/ Anissia Goodwin, OCSEA
• Steward in Crises, Bernice Alvarez, Education Field Coordinator,
• The Arbitration Process, Joe Trejo, Commissioner, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
11:30 - 11:45 a.m. BREAK
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Breakout Session 2 (Pick One)
• New Employee Orientation, Sally Meckling/ Anissia Goodwin, OCSEA
• Steward in Crises, Bernice Alvarez, Education Field Coordinator, AFSCME
• The Arbitration Process, Joe Trejo, Commissioner, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service
12:45 - 1:00 p.m BREAK
1 - 1:30 p.m. Debbie L. Shutt, LICDC-CS, EAP Consultant, Employee Assistance Program
1:30 - 2 p.m. Christopher Mabe, OCSEA President
2 - 2:30 p.m. Closing Remarks; Gerard Jolly, OCSEA Vice-President,
Kathy Gersper, OCSEA Secretary-Treasurer, Prize Drawing and adjourn
2:30 p.m. Adjourn