Your union enewsletter - May 30, 2024

Posted May 30, 2024 by

UNION NEWS / May 30, 2024


Tomorrow is the last day to register for Steward Conference

Don't forget! Tomorrow, Friday, May 31 is the last day to register for the OCSEA Steward Conference. The annual contract enforcement conference will take place Saturday, June 8 at the Renaissance Columbus Westerville-Polaris Hotel. A Zoom option is also available.


Additionally, spots to attend the online steward trainings on Friday, June 7, are still available. Please note, in person Advanced Steward training is FULL. There are a few spots remaining for the in person Basic Steward training.


Attendees can sign up for the Saturday conference (in person or online) and Friday trainings HERE!


Contract voting informational post card coming soon!

Coming soon to your home mailbox!!! Look for a very important post card on contract voting in the mail coming in early June. That post card will include the link to the OCSEA website with each chapter's specific voting dates, times and locations


A MyOCSEA account will be required to access this voting information. To prepare, please double check your MyOCSEA account today. Make sure you can login to your MyOCSEA account at so you can access your chapter's voting information.


Remember: Only active, dues-paying members can vote on the Tentative Agreement and Fact Finder's Report. If you know someone who is a non-member who wants to vote on the contract, let them know they can sign a card online or at the chapter voting location.


Have questions or need to update your contact information? Contact the OCSEA Member Resource Center (MRC) at 888-OCSEA-11 or Contact your chapter leaders if you have questions specific to contract voting. The MRC can put you in touch with your chapter leaders. Get updates at


Get early access to news. Sign up for bargaining text alerts!

Want to be the first to get upcoming contract news, including early access to the Tentative Agreement and Fact Finder's Report? Sign up for OCSEA Contract Bargaining text alerts today! 


It's easy! Text OCSEA2024 to 237-263.


The TA and Fact Finder's Reports reports will be available to all members on the OCSEA website at the same time, but by signing up for text alerts you will get early access to the link right from your cell phone as soon as it's ready. Members who are not signed up for text alerts will receive the report links over personal email. Make sure your personal email is up-to-date HERE.


Important dates:

  • JUNE 10: The Tentative Agreement (T.A.) will be sent out digitally to all members. The Fact Finders report will not be included with this email.

  • JUNE 19: Fact Finder’s Report deadline.

  • JUNE 21: Fact Finder’s Report sent to all members.

  • JUNE 24: Zoom webinar road shows start at noon. Chapter contract voting can commence this day following the end of the first road show (approximately 1 p.m.).

  • July 5: Voting deadline (all votes due from chapters to OCSEA by noon)  
  • JULY 11: Current contract extended to this date.

Action Alert: Columbus public hearing on legislation to repeal WEP/GPO is next Friday!

OCSEA members and retirees, here’s your chance to show support for legislation that would repeal WEP/GPO and restore your Social Security benefits.


U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) will hold a field hearing next week in Columbus on his bipartisan legislation (S. 597) to abolish the Government Pension Offset and the Windfall Elimination Provision which penalize government employees who worked in the private sector. WEP/GPO cuts Social Security benefits for more than 240,000 Ohioans including members of OCSEA.


Senator Brown will host the public hearing Friday, June 7, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., at the Columbus Firefighters Local 67 union hall located at 379 W. Broad Street in downtown Columbus. OCSEA members/retirees who wish to attend should arrive by 9:30 a.m. because space is limited and seating is on a first come first served basis.

Repeal WEP/GPO Field Hearing

Friday, June 7, 2024

10 a.m.- 12 p.m.

Columbus Firefighters Local 67

379 W. Broad Street, Columbus, OH 43215

WEP can reduce Social Security benefits for public employees by up to 55% while GPO cuts benefits for spouses and widow(er)s. These so-called Social Security offsets disproportionately harm middle-class retirees and their survivors, especially women. Senator Brown introduced the Social Security Fairness Act (S. 597) with Senator Susan Collins (R-Maine) and the legislation has both Republican and Democrat cosponsors.


This is a problem that not only affects current retirees but also future retirees for OCSEA and other public employee unions. Send a message to members of Congress that you won’t stand for cuts to Social Security anymore by clicking HERE


Last chance! Get Half Price Admission to Zoombezi Bay through tomorrow!

The Zoombezi Bay HALF OFF deal for OCSEA members is almost over!!! Don't miss out on this amazing summer deal. Half off daily admission Zoombezi Bay water park tickets are on sale now through TOMORROW May 31, 2024. Those discounted tickets are VALID through June 30, 2024.


Click HERE to get your member-only half-price tickets with username CIVIL and password OCSEA11. Click the "Zoombezi Bay" tab. Visit the Zoombezi Bay's website to check the 2024 operating hours. Tickets grant guests admission to Zoombezi Bay and include free access to the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium during Zoo operating hours. Children under 3 are free. Limit 6 tickets per transaction.


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