OCEA members in the Public Defender’s office are represented by union stewards and a professional staff of labor relations representatives. Standing together, every OCEA member in the Public Defender’s office plays a role in achieving better wages, retirement security and fair rights on the job.
The information below is a resource for all OCEA members in the Public Defender’s office. Below, you will find a list of stewards and staff representatives for OCEA members assigned to the Public Defender’s office. You’ll also find the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), which is the negotiated union contract that sets forth the wages, hours and working conditions guiding your employment. And you can also find updates and news from OCEA about what’s happening in your agency and across the County.
Stay informed: Union news that affects you!
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.
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.
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!
REMINDER: Negotiations Virtual Meeting this Thursday, May 11
May 9, 2023
To provide a more comprehensive overview of where negotiations stand and to answer any questions, the negotiations team will hold a Virtual Membership Meeting at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11.
WINNERS ANNOUNCED: Mother's Day Sweeptakes
May 8, 2023
Congratulations to these OCEA members who have each won a $100 Gift Card to 1800Flowers.com for Mother's Day from Orange County's Credit Union.
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