COVID-19 Updates

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and governmental recommendations, OCEA is taking steps to limit exposure by closing our building until further notice. We will, however, have staff working remotely to service all of our members’ needs as usual, and will continue to evaluate the situation as it develops.

We therefore recommend that members contact OCEA by email for questions or inquiries. As a reminder, OCEA members can contact their Labor Relations Representative, Benefits Staff, Velece Staff and Special Events through our website at




COVID-19 Safety Update - January 16, 2021

January 16, 2021

As COVID-19 infection rates continue to soar in our community and workplaces, OCEA Stewards and staff are escalating demands for verification the County is complying with Cal/OSHA's Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) for dealing with viral outbreaks and major outbreaks.

Court COVID-19 Safety Update - January 15, 2021

January 15, 2021

As many of you know, the State of California's Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standard defines a “major outbreak” as 20 or more COVID-19 cases in an exposed workplace within a 30-day period.

COVID-19 article focuses on County workers

January 4, 2021

An article posted today by Norberto Santana, Voice of OC publisher, included an interview with OCEA General Manager Charles Barfield.

COVID-19 Safety Update - Dec. 30, 2020

December 30, 2020

Statewide legislation can have a profound impact on working people, whether in the form of attacks, such as efforts to dismantle retirement security for working Americans, or opportunities to advance issues of fairness, such as requiring employers to pay overtime.

COVID-19 vaccine availability update

December 24, 2020

The County has received its first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine - both the two-part Pfizer brand vaccine and the two-part Moderna vaccine – intended for distribution to frontline workers across the County employed by hospitals, clinics, and the County itself. OC Health Officer Dr. Clayton Chau told the press the County had received approximately 74,000 doses by the initial rollout this week. However, according to Dr. Chau, there are approximately 200,000 health care workers in Orange County.

COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standards from Cal/OSHA

December 11, 2020

As you know, California has experienced a statewide surge in COVID-19 cases and related hospitalizations. I want to make sure that you are aware of recent pandemic-related actions taken by the Division of Occupational Safety and Health of California (Cal/OSHA) which impact health and safety in California workplaces.

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