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OAPSE Making a Difference Helps Lima Students

In a huge demonstration of giving back to the community they work in and love, members of OAPSE local unions 137, 443 and 306 at Lima City Schools provided totes full of food to 1,650 elementary students in the district. The May 17 event at Unity Elementary School in Lima was made possible through the […]

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Pension Rally Set for June 7 in Columbus; RSVP at 1-800-786-2773

OAPSE is fighting to save your pension and your retirement security. We are pushing back against Senate Bill 151 (SB151), which would freeze and reduce the Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) for current and future retirees under SERS. We hope you will join us for a rally at the Statehouse and SERS! Call 1-800-786-2773 to […]

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Urgent: Director Joe Rugola on Your Retirement Security

A message from Director Joe Rugola on Proposed SERS Pension Cuts: Last year, you received from me a letter concerning proposed drastic cuts in the retirement benefits of OAPSE members covered by SERS. On April 13, I attended a meeting of the Ohio Retirement Study Council, during which the administration of SERS made a formal […]

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Restore Bus Transportation $$

OAPSE members across Ohio have the responsibility of safely transporting students to and from school each day. In 2009, Ohio lawmakers eliminated bus purchase funding, so bus fleets across the state are aging and require frequent, expensive repairs. And now, Governor Kasich and Republican legislators also want to cut base transportation funding – the very dollars […]

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You Can Vote Now for May 2 Election

OAPSE members across Ohio will be voting in the May 2 Primary Election on important issues in their communities. But you don’t have to wait until May 2 to cast a ballot. You can request an absentee ballot by mail by clicking here. Or you can vote in person at your county board of elections. […]

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Help Make a Difference in Lima City Schools!

Spring is finally here, and that means it’s time for what has become a very meaningful tradition in OAPSE – feeding hungry kids in schools where OAPSE members work. We do this through our OAPSE/AFSCME Making a Difference, Inc. foundation (OMAD). All money we raise through tax-deductible donations from OAPSE members, locals and districts is […]

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Check out our new video: We are OAPSE

Every single day, in communities all across Ohio, OAPSE members are making a difference in the lives of many of our state’s most vulnerable citizens — children, students, and the developmentally disabled. We are bus drivers, aides and mechanics. We are crossing guards, secretaries, and custodians. We are library, educational and special education aides. We […]

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Register Online to Vote by April 3 for Primary Election

Yes, that’s right. Ohioans can now register to vote online at the Ohio Secretary of State’s website. You can also change your address and update your voter information by clicking on the link below. The deadline to register in order to vote in the May 2 Primary Election is Tuesday, April 4. Make sure you […]

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“Right to Work” Introduced in Ohio; Beaten in New Hampshire

Legislation that would make Ohio a “Right to Work” state for public employees was introduced in the Ohio House of Representatives and referred to the Finance Committee. Representative John Becker is behind the bill, which would — among other things — eliminate the ability of public sector unions to collect fair share fees from workers […]

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OAPSE Making a Difference to Benefit Lima City Schools

Lima City Schools will be the beneficiary of the OAPSE Making a Difference project for Spring 2017. More information will follow soon about our effort to feed hungry students in the schools where workers are represented by locals 137, 443 and 306. It’s never too early — or late — to make a tax-deductible contribution! […]

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Tax Breaks and School Cuts

Governor John Kasich’s biennial budget is under consideration by members of the Ohio House of Representatives, where Finance Committee members have already called several provisions “dead on arrival.” What action they will take before letting the Ohio Senate have a turn at the two-year fiscal plan is anyone’s guess. But what is certain is that […]

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State Officers Re-Elected

The three state officers for OAPSE have been re-elected for a four-year term, which will begin in May. OAPSE State Nominating Committee Chair Deb Basham said State President JoAnn Johntony, State Vice President Lois Carson and State Secretary Sandy Wheeler  faced no opposition. Nominations for the union’s top offices closed January 17, and Basham notified […]

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Ohio Leaders: Trump Education Nominee Betsy DeVos Owes State $5 Million

President-elect Donald Trump has nominated Betsy DeVos for Secretary of Education. The billionaire from Michigan will appear before Congress next week to answer questions about her qualifications and fitness to serve. If Ohio Congresswomen Marcy Kaptur and Joyce Beatty have anything to say about it, DeVos will be asked why she has not paid Ohio the […]

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3,964 Reasons to Become an OAPSE Member

  It pays to belong to OAPSE! OAPSE members know from experience that union membership pays off. OAPSE members have higher wages, better benefits and stronger pensions than workers who do the same jobs but do not belong to a union. OAPSE members make $3,964 more annually than our non-union counterparts. That’s $330 each month in […]

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OAPSE Helps Pass School Levies

Across Ohio, OAPSE members used PEOPLE dollars to successfully pass school levies and strengthen the financial position of school districts. In a big win for more than 2,800 members of OAPSE who belong to the Columbus School Employees Association, Issue 57 passed overwhelmingly after a levy failed last time on the ballot. “We worked closely […]

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Free College for OAPSE Members

College is expensive. That’s not news to OAPSE members and our families. We know that students are taking on enormous debt to get a college degree. In fact, the average amount of loans for graduates after four years of college is over $37,000. That’s a problem. But OAPSE has a solution for members and our […]

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