Your union newsletter - September 27, 2023

Posted Sep. 27, 2023 by

Dental legislation is back and could hurt every Ohioan

The Ohio Senate Insurance Committees has pushed through an unnecessary dental bill that would impact EVERY Ohioan with dental insurance, including OCSEA members.

The Senate Committee held a hearing on Ohio Senate Bill 115 on Wednesday, Sept. 27 and voted to move the bill out of committee. The Ohio House Insurance Committee's version of the bill is House Bill 160, and, to date, the Committee has held two hearings. We need OCSEA members to take action to stop these bills from moving to the full General Assembly!

OCSEA members, as well as any Ohioans they know with dental insurance, are urged to write members of both the Senate and House Insurance Committees today and tell them to stop these costly regulation attempts once and for all.

OCSEA and the dental benefits administrator for most state employees––the Union Benefits Trust (UBT)––continues to adamantly oppose this legislation, and any others like it. That's because it prevents dental insurance providers, like Delta Dental, from negotiating lower fees for non-covered services for their members. Proposed Ohio SB 115 and HB 160, if passed, would give dentists the ability to charge members more money for non-covered services. While this directly impacts OCSEA members who utilize the Union Benefits Trust, EVERY Ohioan with dental insurance would feel the financial strain that would come with this dangerous overreach. Read UBT testimony HERE.

TAKE ACTION: Contact your Ohio Senator! Tell them to STOP the unnecessary dental bills in their tracks. Write an email here.

Register now for OCSEA's November Veterans Conference

The annual OCSEA Veterans Committee Conference will take place at the Mohican State Park Lodge. The Veterans Committee will hold a reception Friday evening, Nov. 3. The main program will be held throughout the day on Saturday, Nov. 4. All members are invited to OCSEA's celebration of its member veterans and all veterans, past and present. Register now to take part in the annual celebration of those who have served in every branch of the military.

Complete the registration form by downloading it at and returning it to OCSEA by no later than Oct. 27. There is NO registration fee to attend but a registration form is required to attend. Overnight accommodations must be made directly with the Mohican State Park Lodge by calling 419-938-5411.

OCSEA Veterans Committee Conference
November 3-4, 2023
Mohican State Park Lodge, 4700 Goon Rd, Perrysville, Ohio 44864


Bargaining To Do! Update your contact information!

Don't miss a thing! As we head into bargaining of the state contract over the next few months, one of the most important things you can do as a union member is to make sure your personal contact information is up to date.

This includes the following:

  • Making sure you have an up-to-date PERSONAL email on file with the union. Personal emails, as opposed to state emails, are important because the union bargaining team will NOT be sending any bargaining news updates to state email addresses. If you have a state email on file with the union, please add a personal email TOO, as you will only receive bargaining emails at your personal email address. Union bargaining news is for members' eyes ONLY and should never be opened or shared on state-provided computers or email browsers.
  • Updating your mobile phone on file. If you would like to receive text alerts about bargaining and other union news, make sure that you indicate that you would like to receive text alerts in your union file. 
  • Double checking your home address. If the Bargaining Team needs to send out snail mail regarding bargaining, including information on contract road shows, the tentative agreement and more, it's important to have a correct home mailing address on file. It also ensures that you always receive the union magazine and annually-mailed membership card.

Go to your MyOCSEA account HERE and make sure your contact information is up to date. Don’t have a MyOCSEA account? Visit and click “Create Account” or email to double check whether you have created a MyOCSEA account at some point.

Prefer to update your information over the phone? You can call the OCSEA Member Resource Center (MRC) at 888-OCSEA11 (627-3211) Monday through Friday to update your information. Let the MRC Representative know if you would like to sign up for text alerts!

Tell us YOUR bargaining priorities! 

Discounts and Perks

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. Use Promo Code: OCSEA23. You will see the discount at checkout.

Get 30% off Ren Fest tickets

PNC Festival of Lights

Grab your tickets for the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden PNC Festival of Lights through Oct. 31 and take advantage of special OCSEA member-only pricing!

Tickets are only $13 each if purchased early (pricing increases in November)

The Festival of Lights runs Nov. 17 through Jan. 7 and includes admittance to zoo. Get Early Bird Tickets

Download event flyer

OCSEA Nights at the Columbus Blue Jackets

  • Sat. Oct. 14 - CBJ vs. New York Rangers
  • Fri., Oct. 20 - CBJ vs. Calgary Flames

Pick one game or both! INCLUDES A FREE GIFT! Get OCSEA Night Tickets