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Delegates wrapped up the OCSEA 34th Biennial Convention and the business of the union. President Chris Mabe, Vice President Rocky Jolly and Secretary-Treasurer Kathy Gersper want to thank all delegates and alternates who participated and all the guests and staff who made this first-ever virtual convention a success.

In an amazing act of solidarity, delegates and subordinate body leaders stepped up to help a hurting member in need. 

The Ohio AFL-CIO is hosting Union Night with the Dropkick Murphys in Columbus on August 23. Tickets are $50 and include a special union pre-show party.

Delegates got down to business this afternoon to discuss proposed changes to the OCSEA Constitution and By-laws. Amendments 1, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 all were passed by the delegation on the floor.

Friday’s session commenced with an address from OCSEA Vice President Rocky Jolly who reminded leaders how important their roles are in the union. “Your leadership roles are not easy on a good day,” he said. “But you are the eyes and ears of this union. Without you, there is no union,” he said.

Roughly 90 activists gathered this morning for a virtual Benefits Expo to learn the finer details of all the union benefits programs. Knowledgeable representatives from the OCSEA Education Department, Union Education Trust, OCSEA Extras Benefits, AFSCME Advantage and Union Plus were on hand to answer everyone’s questions and to discuss new and old programs.

Chapter 0400 Ashtabula leader and first-time convention delegate, Betsy Overly, says she has been active in the union for years on the local level but hasn't always been able to give her time to statewide participation.

OCSEA delegates stepped up to the virtual general session microphone to say a few words about ODOT union activist, brother Phil Carter. And, many got choked up talking about how OCSEA's Activist of the Year has impacted their lives and all that Phil has done for the OCSEA labor movement. Phil's love and dedication for the union is unwavering even as he faces a serious health battle.

A shout out to the two union sisters who helped open our convention days with beautiful patriotic musical renditions honoring our nation.

Honoring our OCSEA Union members who serve. If you know of a Union Veteran who should be honored, contact communications@ocsea.org.

During convention President Chris Mabe observed a moment of silence to honor those brothers and sisters who have sacrificed their lives while performing their public service during this last year, those who have passed away from COVID, as well as other valued members who have passed away, and to reflect on the important services that each and every public servant provides.

President Mabe also memorialized legend of labor Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President who passed away suddenly this month.