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.

Negotiations Update: Make Your Voice Heard in this Union!

February 3, 2023

Preparations for County Negotiations are in full swing. Now's the time to have your voice heard by taking the 2023 OCEA Negotiations Survey and telling us what your priorities are at the negotiations table this year.

Your Retirement Security: OCERS Jan. 2023 Recap

February 1, 2023

January was an eventful month at the Orange County Employees Retirement System (OCERS), the system that administers your pension benefits.

CFS Critical Membership Meeting: Feb. 7, 2023

February 1, 2023

Come and discuss upcoming 2023 County Negotiations, potential proposals related to social workers, and the status of the current Caselaod Management Forum.

OCFA Negotiations Update: Jan. 31, 2023

January 31, 2023

Though our last negotiations session was in June 2022, the new JPA Board gave direction to OCFA’s lead negotiator to return to the table and resume negotiations. Our next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Feb. 7.

CFS Clerical LMC Update: Jan. 24, 2023

January 24, 2023

Do you have ideas to help improve communication in your work environment? What about a more efficient way to approach an agency process? If so, we need to hear from you!


January 23, 2023

THE TIME IS HERE—2023 is a County negotiations year! Before we can negotiate, there is a critical first step in our effort to achieve the best possible outcome—WE NEED YOU TO COMPLETE THE 2023 NEGOTIATIONS SURVEY!

OCEA Membership meeting for HCA Service Chiefs: Noon-1 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23 on Zoom

January 20, 2023

OCEA Staff will be leading a discussion regarding proposed salary increases for Service Chiefs at HCA.

Improved Retiree Healthcare Update: Jan. 19, 2023

January 19, 2023

As you may know, your retiree medical benefits are about to change. Effective June 16, 2023, the County is transitioning from the current Retiree Medical Grant to a Health Reimbursement Arrangement. The Tentative Agreement implementing this change was ratified by OCEA members and approved by the County Board of Supervisors in December.

SAMA Negotiations Survey Open Until Noon Monday, Jan. 23

January 19, 2023

Thank you for your continued support of SAMA during our ongoing negotiations with the City.

Velece: An Insurance Agency for OCEA Members

January 12, 2023

Did you know OCEA owns its own insurance agency? At Velece Insurance, our non-commission agents Doug and Sonja are focused on giving you the service and attention your insurance needs require.

CFS Update: Jan. 10, 2023

January 10, 2023

Last year we faced head on long-standing issues within CFS related to culture, staffing, resources and workloads. While the fight is ongoing, we engaged in many notable efforts on behalf of workers and achieved several positive outcomes.

Voice of OC: Court Chiefs Ring Alarm Bells About Worsening Shortage of Court Reporters

January 4, 2023

Recently the Voice of OC published an article detailing the Court Reporter shortage. It includes quotes from OCEA’s General Manager Charles Barfield who reiterates our position to Court officials and County residents—that the shortage is driven by stagnant pay for Court Reporters while competing positions in the private market keep paying more in comparison.

MEMBER DISCOUNTS: Ducks on Jan. 6 + Clippers & Angels!

January 3, 2023

Don't miss out!

Thank You for an Incredible 2022!

December 23, 2022

At some unions, just one of OCEA's 2022 accomplishments would be considered a monumental achievement. But the sheer number of your significant 2022 successes speaks volumes about the momentum of OCEA and the Orange County labor movement we help lead.

MWDEA Tentative Agreement Reached: Vote Today

December 22, 2022

Your Mesa Water District Employees Association Negotiations Team met with District representatives Tuesday, Oct. 25, and presented our initial proposal to the District.

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