Catch up on all the big stories of the 33rd OCSEA Biennial Convention with video highlights now available.

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Delegates to the 33rd OCSEA Biennial Convention were tasked with the business of the union, including voting on (and accepting or rejecting) proposed changes to the OCSEA Constitution and Bylaws as well as resolutions that take stances on a wide range of specific issues that impact public employee union members.

OCSEA launched the High Performance Initiative Award in 2005.  Each year the award has grown in prestige and serves as a model for all OCSEA leaders to build union power.

The OCSEA Board Education Committee this year recognized six subordinate bodies for their outstanding achievements in the areas of Innovation, Administration, Internal Organizing, Coalition Building, Communications and PEOPLE. 

Each convention year, OCSEA holds a friendly competition between OCSEA districts so OCSEA can continue to build political power through it political action committee, PEOPLE. OCSEA district delegates worked to raise money for OCSEA’s PAC and competed to reach the top spot among all 9 OCSEA district. 

Each year, OCSEA honors a subordinate body that has gone above and beyond in giving back to their community. The “Bob White Labor Gives Back Award,” is named after Bob White, a Sergeant and Correctional Counselor at Richland Correctional Institution who passed away after an illness and was passionate about volunteering in his Mansfield community.

Groups like the Buckeye Institute and the Freedom Foundation like to say they care about unions. They throw around words like “freedom” and “choice,” as if they really give a damn about whether or not workers choose their unions.

On Friday, delegates got down to business passing numerous resolutions that will set the direction of the union for the future, including resolutions that recognize the importance of strong member services and new employee orientation. One resolution was amended regarding the new dangers public employees' face with regard to fentanyl, to include all members not just those in security posts.

Delegates to OCSEA’s 33rd Biennial Convention have re-elected Chris Mabe as President of the union. Kathy Gersper has been re-elected as Secretary-Treasurer. Rocky Jolly, Board of Directors member and employee of the Ohio School for the Blind, was elected Vice President by acclamation on Thursday.

As Labor Day weekend approaches, two of labor’s most distinguished leaders took center stage on Friday morning of convention. Tim Burga, Ohio AFL-CIO President, and AFSCME International Pres. Lee Saunders gave impassioned speeches about the State of Labor.

OCSEA teamed up at the home of the Columbus Clippers: Huntington Park for Team Night, a special delegate event just to say thanks and let delegates relax and have fun after a long, long day.