Your union newsletter - March 20, 2024

Posted Mar. 20, 2024 by

Members build solidarity with Bargaining Blitz week of events; Union team enters Fact Finding

OCSEA activists across Ohio braved the cold, wind and snow to tell our communities AND the State of Ohio that it is way past due for a fair union contract and wage package.

From Grafton and Lorain Correctional near the brisk Lake Erie to a Cincinnati ODOT garage, and everywhere in between, activists lined streets and town squares to spread the word.

"Public union employees need the State of Ohio to do right by their workers," said Ohio Reformatory for Women Chapter 8010 President Tom Holden. Brother Holden called out his corrections bosses and the management bargaining team for dragging their feet and failing to make a deal with OCSEA.

Activists at the Ohio Veterans Home in Sandusky lined the streets outside the facility that cares for our Ohio veterans, waving signs, chanting for respect and singing "Solidarity Forever." And this was the sentiment across Ohio, from sun up to sun down.

While the majority of pickets were held near correctional facilities and other caretaking facilities, activists in administrative agencies also spoke out and participated in events and social media blitzes.

The union and state Bargaining Teams started the Fact Finding process on Tuesday, with the union making their case for a good-faith contract that helps, not hinders, public union workers in Ohio. A Fact Finding email update will come out at the end of this week.

"I just want to say thank you and God bless all the union brothers and sisters who had the OCSEA Bargaining Team's back this week. You braved all the elements in solidarity, and the team couldn't be more proud," said OCSEA President Chris Mabe."We continue to fight like hell in Fact Finding to show it's way past due to give our members the contract they deserve. The State has the ability to pay!"

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Celebrating female union leaders this Women's History Month

This week's OCSEA Bargaining Blitz reminded us of the power that women union leaders have in the workplace. Many powerhouse OCSEA female leaders led their chapters to hold informative and impactful Bargaining Blitz pickets and events. They let their communities (and their union co-workers) know about the importance of a fair union contract, especially for women and families.

Correction Officer Michelle Ward Mowery is just one of many female OCSEA leaders that led informational pickets this week to give a voice to union public workers who take care of our communities. "Being a woman union leader means empowering others to take a stand in the workplace. This is especially important in our correctional facilities," said Michelle.

Female activists and leaders at Grafton and Lorain Correctional, Franklin Medical Center and the Ohio Veterans Home, just to name a few, helped make this week's events a resounding success.

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Union women leading the way

When union women stand together and lift our voices, we create strong communities. This means organizing for rights and respect.

Women are a majority of public service workers and a majority of
AFSCME members. Female union leaders keep our communities thriving, and we don't sit on the sidelines.

The union difference is even greater for women workers when it comes to pay, with women making 23 percent more than their nonunion counterparts. That equates to $214 more per week than nonunion women workers. See more at

Additionally, the share of Black and Latina women in unions is on the rise. In fact, this is the fastest growing group of union members nationwide.


Union Night at CBJ Fundraiser for St. Stephens Community House

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Reminder! Register for upcoming women and minority conference

The OCSEA Women and Minority Affairs committees invite every member to attend the upcoming OCSEA Women's Action Committee (WAC) and the Minority and Community Affairs Committee (CMCA) Conference. The two committees have teamed up to hold a combined WAC/CMCA Conference so that more members can be involved and come together in solidarity.

The main conference will take place on Saturday, May 4 from 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Sunday, May 5 from 8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. There will be pre-conference events taking place Friday evening as well. Registration on Saturday begins at 8 a.m., with the conference beginning promptly at 10 a.m.

The registration deadline is April 19

WHAT: WAC/CMCA Conference

WHEN: May 3-5, 2024

WHERE: Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Sandusky.

Visit to download the Conference Call letter and registration form. The deadline to register is April 19, 2024. Talk to your chapter leaders about attending as a representative of the chapter.


Card-carrying members: Your union ID card, benefits bundle and union magazine

By now, OCSEA card-carrying members should have begun receiving your 2024 OCSEA membership ID card along with your union magazine. The bundle, sent by mail, includes your union membership ID with important member and chapter information, the winter edition of the OCSEA Public Employee Quarterly magazine, details on member-only benefits and discounts as well as a break down of how your union dues money is spent.

Haven't received your card in the mail yet? Please give the USPS time to deliver it before making inquiries about your card.