Our Community: Our County


Orange County’s public servants are meeting this crisis with a level of courage and professionalism that fills our community with pride. Despite the efforts of our public servants, the health of thousands of County public workers is being put at risk.

This puts Orange County IN DANGER!

The Orange County Employees have demanded all public employers provide basic safety standards for all public servants in this crisis.

In short, we demand:

  • Safety at work
  • Stability in these challenging times
  • Security for them and their families

Show your support for public safety heroes, by signing our online petition. We will use your name to show community support for common sense safety solutions.

YES! I stand with our public sector workers who keep us safe!

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OCEA demands meet and confer with Court re: Revisions to Cal/OSHA standards

June 17, 2021

Late yesterday, Chief Executive Officer David Yamasaki sent court employees an email regarding proposed revisions to Cal/OSHA Emergency Temporary Standards. The email contained a description of changes the Court intends to implement regarding face coverings, physical distancing, and future requirements applicable to members of the public.

Friday! Join Supervisor Katrina Foley at a remembrance for COVID victims

June 9, 2021

The COVID-19 pandemic has altered the course of our lives in so many ways. We’ve changed how we live and how we work. We’ve lost friends and loved ones. Even as vaccination programs and dedicated public workers help move California towards reopening, our personal losses will stay with us forever.

Update: COVID-19 Supplemental Paid Sick Leave

April 12, 2021

On March 30, 2021, Orange County moved into the less restrictive orange tier under the state’s reopening framework, allowing more indoor business operations to open with modifications. Despite improvement in COVID-19 case rates, experts warn the risk remains. Hopefully, increasing access to COVID-19 vaccinations will further decrease new cases.

AMEA COVID-19 Vaccination Update

February 16, 2021

The availability of COVID-19 vaccinations has raised hopes for an end to the country's unprecedented health crisis. Unfortunately, the vaccine rollout has created significant confusion, especially as it relates to essential workers. We wanted to provide a brief update on vaccination availability and provide links for further reference.

COVID-19 Safety Update - City of Anaheim

February 8, 2021

We hope this email finds you and your family safe. As you probably have observed over the past several weeks, there has been a significant increase in COVID-19 cases across the City’s workforce.

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.

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