OCEA News

Information is power, and OCEA members receive regular email, text and social media updates about workplace issues and news. Many of those emails are archived below.

County Negotiations Update: June 1, 2023

June 1, 2023

Last week the OCEA team reported that the pace of negotiations had slowed. On Wednesday, May 31, the County returned to a more encouraging pace.

June 8: OC SAN BBQ & Membership Meeting

May 31, 2023

It's OCEA Hot Dog Day + we'll have a membership update in the Board Room. View the flyer for event and meeting times.

BCEA Negotiations Update: May 26, 2023

May 28, 2023

Your BCEA Negotiations Team met with the City for our third negotiations session on Thursday, May 25. We received a counter to our first proposal. As you recall, our proposal—crafted from your survey results, the economic climate, inflation, and the effect these circumstances have on you and your family— puts wages first.

Please Complete This Survey: Orangewood Facility Safety

May 26, 2023

Your participation and ideas are needed as we continue to advocate for the safety of you and your co-workers. We will benefit greatly from your responses and suggestions to improve the safety of the Orangewood facility.

Father's Day Sweepstakes: Enter to Win 1 of 4 Gift Cards Now!

May 25, 2023

Orange County's Credit Union is celebrating Father's Day with OCEA members by hosting a special sweepstakes going on through June 9, 2023!

County Negotiations Update: May 25, 2023

May 25, 2023

The OCEA Negotiations team met with the County on Wednesday, May 24 for our sixth formal negotiations session. You can read our last recap here. You can also review the video from our May 11 virtual membership meeting where OCEA Lead negotiator, Charles Barfield, provided an overview of negotiations.

Announcing New AMEA Board Members for 2023-24

May 24, 2023

We are happy to announce our 2023-24 AMEA Board of Directors. Thank you to all members who are stepping up to represent their co-workers in the upcoming year.

Your Retirement Security: OCERS May 2023 Recap

May 24, 2023

Here’s a recap of the May Board of Trustees meeting at the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS), the system that administers your pension benefits.

Vote Now: OCWDEA Board Member Election

May 23, 2023

OCWDEA is currently holding an election for Board members in the following groups: Water Quality/Lab/Research; Water Production; and Field Headquarters/Prado.

DEADLINE IS TONIGHT: Improved Retiree Healthcare Selection

May 18, 2023

Effective June 16, 2023, the County is transitioning from the current Retiree Medical Grant to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement. The deadline to make your choice regarding the HRA is 11:59 p.m. tonight, Thurs., May 18.

Laguna Niguel—OCEA Contracts Approved by City Council

May 17, 2023

We are happy to announce that the City Council voted to adopt both tentative agreements for the Middle Manager, Professional, and Supervisory (MPS), and the Maintenance, Clerical, and Technical (MCT) unit.

BCEA—Negotiations Session Cancelled

May 15, 2023

The May 9, 2023, scheduled negotiations session was cancelled by the City, as was a tentatively scheduled session for this week.

OCEA VIDEO UPDATE: Here's the Current State of Negotiations

May 12, 2023

OCEA’s General Manager and lead negotiator, Charles Barfield, provides an overview of the current status of negotiations. Make no mistake—the OCEA Negotiations Team is fighting to secure a good contract for you and your co-workers!

AMEA Annual Membership Meeting - Wed., May 17, 2023

May 11, 2023

The May 17, 2023, AMEA Annual Membership Meeting will be held in person and via Zoom beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Laguna Niguel Negotiations Update: May 9, 2023

May 9, 2023

At the Middle Manager, Professional, and Supervisory (MPS) unit meeting on Monday, May 8, the membership voted to approve the tentative agreement with no changes, which the Maintenance, Clerical, and Technical (MCT) unit had previously voted to approve on May 2.

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