Your union newsletter - October 18, 2023

Posted Oct. 19, 2023 by

Combined Charitable Campaign: We're almost there!

"We're in the final push, and we hope every union member will do their part to give back to this important cause," said OCSEA Vice President Rocky Jolly this week as he reminds members about the upcoming Combined Charitable Campaign (CCC) deadline. The official campaign runs through this Friday, October 20. Members can also continue to update their giving online through mid-November. "We've not quite met our campaign goal, but we know OCSEA members can put us over the top," said VP Jolly.

OCSEA and the State of Ohio have partnered on the CCC fundraising campaign for decades. We highly encourage OCSEA members to give back to their charities of choice as they are able.

Did you know, for the price of a bottle of soda, you could help send 17 books for children's literacy or fund one hour of children's cancer research. For the price of a coffee shop drink, you can provide a senior with meals, five nights a week, for a month. And this is just the beginning of what a difference OCSEA members can make right here in Ohio through giving back through payroll deduction. Learn more about the campaign at the CCC website HERE.

Nominate OCSEA's 2023 veterans award winners

Do you know an OCSEA veteran or supporter of veterans who goes above and beyond in their job or in their military community? Give them the praise they deserve! Nominate them for one of OCSEA's prestigious veterans awards. The OCSEA Larry Cremeens Veteran of the Year Award and the OCSEA Veteran Supporter of the Year Award are presented annually at the OCSEA Veterans Conference.

The deadline for nominations is this Friday, October 20. Download the nomination forms:

The 2023 OCSEA Veterans Committee Conference will be held Friday, November 3 & Saturday, November 4 at Mohican State Park Lodge. OCSEA activists will gather to honor our veterans and celebrate our member veterans, past and present. All members are welcome to attend! The registration deadline is October 27. Go to for more info.

OCSEA Veterans Conference
Nov. 3-4
Mohican State Park Lodge
4700 Goon Rd, Perrysville, Ohio 44864

Download Event Flyer

What does 40 years of collective bargaining mean to you?

Forty years ago this year, Ohio Collective Bargaining was signed into law by Governor Richard Celeste, giving Ohio's public union members the legal right to sit down and negotiate the terms of their employment. For 40 years, union members have been fighting to build and protect their union contracts. This includes the rights to bargain wages, health care, leaves, safety on the job, longevity, overtime, pick-a-post and so much more.

We've been asking OCSEA members what collective bargaining means to them, and the power of being union is not lost on Ohio's public employee union members. Having a voice at the table means better wages and benefits, and a way to stand up to management about the issues that matter.

Take Luke Cutlip, a Corrections Officer and member of Toledo Correctional Chapter 4818 who knows the value of a union voice to build security on the job. "As a Corrections Officer at a maximum security prison, it’s important to have our union to keep pay and benefits up to date, keep our management held accountable and secure jobs on a long term basis,” said Luke.

For Kimberly Gaddis, a Senior Financial Analyst with Ohio EPA Chapter 2528, being a union public employee means being able to have resources for her family. "A union ensures I continue to earn a living wage. It means I’m able to continue to provide for myself and my children. Collective bargaining keeps food on the table and clothes in the closet!” said Kimberly.

Go HERE and tell us what having collective bargaining and a union voice means to you, your family and your union co-workers!

Last chance to register for Advanced Steward Training

This is your reminder about signing up for OCSEA Advanced Stewards Training. There is still one session remaining that is not full, but spots are filling up fast. The training, limited to 100 members, will be held on Zoom on Tuesday, November 7 from 8-11 a.m. The Thursday, November 9 training is FULL.

While Basic Stewards training is not required to register for Advanced Stewards training, it is strongly recommended. Topics will include Article 17-Promotions, Transfers, Demotions and Relocations; Articles 28-30-Leaves: Working-Out-of-Class and Pre-Disciplinary Grievances as well as the backgrounds of various contract articles. OCSEA Staff Representative Ryan Ochmanek will lead the trainings. Members must take their own time to attend or get time reimbursed by their chapter.

Register NOW before the spots till up. Advanced registration is required:

REGISTER: Advanced Stewards Training on Tuesday, November 7, 2023 from 8 a.m. to 11a.m.

OCSEA Discounts and Perks

A member-only MyOCSEA account is required to access all OCSEA discounts and perks.

OCSEA Nights at CBJ

Reminder! Members and families are invited for OCSEA's Union Night with the Columbus Blue Jackets this Friday, October 20. OCSEA members receive exclusive rates and a CBJ giveaway item as the Blue Jackets take on the New York Rangers on Oct. 14 and the Calgary Flames on Oct. 20.

Pick one game or both! Any member with this LINK can purchase tickets.

Ohio Renaissance Festival

The Ohio Renaissance Festival offers something for everyone with 100 shows daily on 14 stages, over 150 unique arts and crafts shops, hearty food and drink, games of skill, and human-powered rides to amuse all ages. OCSEA members get access to 30% off ticket discount through October 29 at this LINK.

Disney on Ice: Frozen 2

Get the whole family together and chart a course through the night sky to Disney On Ice––where every story starts with a wish! Experience the magic of Frozen 2 and celebrate the power of love with Elsa, Anna, Olaf, and Kristoff.

Click here to get your discount tickets now at HERE using access code.

Kings Island WinterFest

Voted as one of the top theme park holiday events in the country, King's Island WinterFest is back, and OCSEA members can get discount tickets. WinterFest is an unforgettable holiday experience with 11 enchanting winter wonderlands. The annual event features ice skating on the Royal Fountain, the Eiffel Tower turned into a magical Christmas tree, the WinterFest Wonderland Parade, more than five million lights and live entertainment throughout the park. Get tickets HERE.