Your union newsletter - May 24, 2023

Posted May 24, 2023 by

Download the OCSEA Steward Conference agenda

The agenda for the June 3 Steward Conference is available for download on the OCSEA website: Click the agenda link at the top of the website for easy access to the tentative schedule of events.

The event, open to all members, will take place Saturday, June 3 at the Hilton Columbus/Polaris. There is still time to register for the conference HERE. You can attend in-person or virtually. (Please note, the in-person Steward Trainings are full. Please only register for the virtual trainings that will run concurrently.)

The event will include three important sessions that will help stewards and leaders grow their skills and better represent their members in the workplace. Arbitrator Richard Bales will offer two of those sessions. The first session will help stewards prepare for hearings, and the second session will discuss building burden of proof and preparing exhibits of evidence. Arbitrator Bales is a faculty member at Ohio Northern University Law School. He teaches a wide variety of labor/ employment and alternative dispute resolution (ADR) courses and serves on arbitrator panels throughout the U.S.

The third session will expand on the many generations within the workplace, the aging and changing workforce, and what the union leaders of tomorrow can do today to grow a union voice in the workplace for the workers of tomorrow. The session will be presented by Commissioners for the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Joe Trejo and Joe Wilson. Commissioner Trejo serves the Cincinnati region, and Commissioner Wilson serves southwest and southeast Ohio. Both presenters are former union activists.

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Remembering and honoring those who sacrificed it all

As we head into the long Memorial Day weekend, let us never forget those service men and women who paid the highest price of all to protect our freedoms and democracy. OCSEA President Chris Mabe and the OCSEA leaders urge all members to take a moment to remember and honor all noble men and women who sacrificed their lives in service. And we say thank you to every union veteran who has served their country. You are true heroes and the greatest public servants of all.

There are many ways to honor our fallen heroes this Memorial Day weekend and every day. Perhaps you have your own traditions to honor a family member or friend who made the ultimate sacrifice. But if you are looking for a way to show your respect, one way is to visit one of Ohio's many Gold Star Family Monuments throughout Ohio. Through the Woody Williams Foundation, the monuments honor, recognize, and serve Gold Star Families and the legacy of their loved ones who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. There is likely a monument near you.

Find a Gold Star Family Monument here.

Keep busy this Memorial Day weekend with union deals

It’s the most wonderful time of the year––summer union are here! OCSEA members get exclusive discounts to Ohio’s best family fun parks, zoos and more! Gather the family and go on an adventure. OCSEA’s Extras perks and discount program has something for everyone in the family––at a great price.

Make the most of your Memorial Day weekend with family and friends at all these great attractions (and more): Kings Island; Columbus, Cincinnati and Toledo zoos; and COSI Science Center. Also, check out Working Advantage for national theme park and travel deals, plus so much more, including Cedar Point.

And don't forget! The Zoombezi Bay HALF OFF deal for June ends on MAY 31 (next Wednesday). Half price water park tickets aren't available Memorial Day weekend, but there are daily ticket discounts that can be used during the holiday weekend if you can't wait until June.

See all the summer deals here at

ICYMI! Thanking our meat inspectors

Read more about our state Meat Inspectors who help make our holiday celebrations healthy and safe.

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Union Plus Memorial Day stars, stripes, and savings!

Union Plus is celebrating Memorial Day with a parade of discounts designed exclusively for union members like you!

Whether you're hosting a holiday celebration and need everyday essentials, sending flowers to honor a loved one, or contemplating a big-ticket purchase, these Union Plus savings can help. And all you need to participate is to be a union member!

Visit for info on union member car rebates, wireless savings, car rentals and more. And make sure to check out the Union Plus travel and entertainment site through Abenity to save on national attractions, tours, water and theme parks and even movie tickets.

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Looking for more deals? Check out the AFSCME Advantage benefits for AFSCME members only (All OCSEA members are AFSCME members!) This includes annual scholarships, financial tools and assistance, discounts and more.

Reminder! State Open Enrollment ends today, May 24

The State of Ohio benefits Open Enrollment period wraps up today, Wednesday, May 24. This includes enrollment in and updates to health care coverage for State employees and those family members covered under their plan. This also includes enrollment in Union Benefits Trust (UBT) dental, vision, the legal service plan, voluntary benefits, basic and supplemental life insurance benefits for union-represented employees. It's important to double check both health care and UBT benefits to make sure that your coverage is correct and updated. This also includes checking that beneficiaries are up to date.