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




OCEA Update - Safety Survey Results!

May 4, 2020

Thank you to everyone who completed the OCEA Safety Survey last week. As evidenced by the statistics and testimony from public workers, massive safety gaps exist for essential frontline workers.

Update - Confirmed COVID-19 cases at the Jails

April 28, 2020

We wanted to provide you with an update on workplace safety conditions among the Orange County Jail’s Correctional Health staff.

Reminder: Take the OCEA Safety Survey

April 25, 2020

Thank you for continued leadership and service during this public health crisis. In the past weeks, workers have fought for additional safety measures in their workplace resulting in modified work arrangements, social distancing in the workplace, and additional protection for essential frontline workers who cannot telecommute.

Editorial: Keep Public Servants Working to Keep Our Communities Safe

April 24, 2020

The Voice of OC digital news publication posted an editorial written by OCEA General Manager Charles Barfield. CB advocates that Washington D.C. provide additional critical financial support for local government in response to the pandemic.

Orangewood Update - COVID-19

April 23, 2020

We have received numerous inquiries from OCEA members at Orangewood concerned about exposure to the COVID-19 virus and threats to their health.

OCEA Safety Survey: Take action NOW!

April 22, 2020

Over these past few weeks, many of you have expressed concerns with insufficient social distancing and personal protective equipment at your worksites. Your coworkers and OCEA Stewards report that managers are resisting alternatives to in-person meetings/visits for non-imminent cases that reduce exposure to the Coronavirus (COVID-19).

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