District Stewards get schooled in HT Modernization rollout

Posted Jul. 11, 2024 by

This week, OCSEA District Stewards for ODOT, ODOT union bargaining team members and OCSEA Staff attended a statewide informational meeting yesterday with ODOT District managers to learn more about the impact of ODOT Highway Technician Modernization. This is an agreement between the agency and the union negotiated during the agency-specific bargaining process this spring.


The ODOT agency-specific agreement involves a revision to the HT Series, aimed at expediting employees’ progression through the series and streamlining the process. The significant updates will not only mean automatic (and quicker) progression and more money in the pockets of nearly 700 union Highway Technicians but will also mean:

  • More targeted training 
  • More advancement opportunities (including a new HT6 position)
  • Choices in career paths
  • Consistency in staffing 
  • Increased construction inspection pool
  • Better retention 
  • Elimination of mid-season reclassifications (especially in preparation for construction season)

These changes, including automatic progression and pay increases for impacted HTs, will go into effect on July 28, 2024. HT3s not wanting to perform construction inspection must sign the HT3 Advance Waiver to opt out of advancement to HT4 by July 22.


HT Modernization Rollout events (see below) will also be held at each ODOT District in July. There will be two sessions (9-11:30am & 12-2:30pm) held per district. All HT2s and HT3s in construction must attend their assigned district event. Impacted employees will be contacted by their LRO about which session to attend. These events will include break-out session by level so HTs can ask specific questions about how the rollout will impact them.


Upcoming HT Modernization Rollout Events by ODOT District

District 3 & District 8 - July 10th - completed

District 6 & District 11 - July 11th - completed 

District 2-July 12th    
Penta County Vocational School; 9301 Buck Rd. Perrysburg, OH


District 5-July 12th    
Muskingum County Conference Center; 205 N. 5th St. Zanesville, OH 43701


District 4-July 15th    

Portage County Garage; 3946 Rootstown Industrial Parkway Ravenna, OH 44266

District 9-July 15th    

Ohio University Chillicothe Campus Auditorium; 101 University Dr. Chillicothe, OH 45601


District 7-July 16th    

Piqua High School Auditorium; 1 Indian Trail Piqua, OH 45356

District 12-July 16th    

Solon Community Center; 35000 Portz Pkwy, Solon, OH 44139


District 1-July 17th    Ohio Means Jobs of Allen County; 951 Commerce Pkwy, Lima, OH 45804

District 10-July 17th    

Elizabeth Sugden Broughton Community Building; 639 SR 821, Marietta, OH 45750

MAKE UP DATE-July 22nd    
Central Office Auditorium, 1980 West Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43223