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Post-Janus: The Fight and Work Continue

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in the Janus v. AFSCME Council 31 is unfortunate and wrong, but it doesn’t change the mission of OAPSE: to work for justice and dignity for all workers in our public schools, libraries and other public institutions and to fight for our members, who provide critical services for families, children […]

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SERS Board Gives Staff Raises After Freezing Retiree COLAs

In a move that ignores OAPSE members and retirees and the basic mission of SERS, the SERS Board of Trustees on Thursday voted to give staff merit-based raises of at least 3 percent. This move comes on the heels of the same board members freezing the cost-of-living adjustment (COLA) for 80,000 retired school employees. State […]

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Save $$ With Members-Only Discounts

It’s summer 2018, and that means family fun for OAPSE members. Thanks to your OAPSE membership, you and your family have  access to great deals for summer fun! OAPSE has negotiated special pricing at Ohio’s amusement parks, water parks, zoos and the Columbus science center, and the deals are good through the end of the […]

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OMAD Donates to Zanesville Elementary Students

OAPSE Making a Difference (OMAD) donates food to 2,000 pre-school and elementary students at Zanesville City Schools; Union members raise thousands each year through the OMAD foundation to feed hungry children  ZANESVILLE – Leaders from the Ohio Association of Public School Employees (OAPSE/AFSCME Local 4) distributed meals and snacks to all pre-school and elementary students […]

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OAPSE Conference Delegates Take Care of Business

More than 400 OAPSE delegates, officers, executive board members and guests gathered in Columbus May 9-11 to do the official business of the union under the theme, “We are OAPSE — AFSCME Strong!” During the 76th OAPSE/AFSCME Delegate Conference, participants heard from President JoAnn Johntony and Executive Director Joe Rugola about the state of OAPSE […]

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Remembering Dr. King #IAM2018

OAPSE leaders march in Memphis to remember Dr. King   On the 50th anniversary of the death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., OAPSE leaders are joining in remembering him and his relationship with AFSCME, particularly with members of Local 1733. Those AFSCME members, sanitation workers in Memphis, went on strike to win basic human […]

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OAPSE members – did you know someone is stealing from YOUR pension fund? That’s right. YOU are being robbed! They are stealing your money and your retirement security. For years, OAPSE has tried to convince SERS to adopt policies and practices that would have better protected long-time public school employees and retirees. They refused to […]

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OAPSE Endorsements Posted In Time for Early Voting

It’s that time, OAPSE members! Election season is here, and you have the opportunity to elect candidates who will support the issues that matter to you. The endorsements of candidates were made by the union based on their records of service, interviews and discussions. They appear in the MyOAPSE section of the website. To access […]

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OAPSE members – did you know someone is stealing from YOUR school?   Two billion dollars, actually – diverted from public schools to CHARTER SCHOOLS. This reckless misdirection of public dollars means less money for public school workers like YOU—secretaries, bus drivers, classroom aides, maintenance workers, custodians, food service workers, and librarians. It’s wrong. Fight […]

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We need your help!

WE NEED YOUR HELP! Recent flooding in SW Ohio has displaced many residents from their homes, leaving them without access to basic necessities and supplies. As they begin the long process of restoring their communities, efforts are currently underway to coordinate donations and volunteers to lend a helping hand. On Saturday, March 3, at 10:00 […]

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Flooding in OAPSE Local 267

As some of you may have seen on the news, Ohio has been hit with some devastating flooding in recent days, with some of the worst damage centered in New Richmond and Moscow – which are both part of OAPSE Local District 267. As the river recedes, our union brothers and sisters, the many local […]

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Rally in Columbus February 24

Join your OAPSE sisters and brothers in Columbus on February 24 to stand for strong unions, fair pay and pensions we can live on. We will march from the Sheraton Columbus Capitol Square to the Statehouse to send a strong message that all of us deserve the right to join a union and have a real voice […]

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OAPSE SUES SERS TO HALT THREE-YEAR COLA FREEZE

Our Union has sued SERS over the 3-Year COLA freeze imposed on nearly 80,000 retired school employees. Below is the news release that explains the lawsuit. And you can read the lawsuit by clicking the link at the end. Executive Director Joe Rugola said the OAPSE leadership made the decision to sue because our union […]

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Dr. King: A Special Relationship with AFSCME

On the 50th Anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King’s assassination, AFSCME and its affiliate unions like OAPSE remember the civil rights leader and the connection between him and our union. When he was killed, Dr. King was in Memphis to support the 1,300 striking sanitation workers who were members of AFSCME Local 1733. That strike […]

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Fill the Bus!

For many of us, the holiday season is a joyous time with family and friends, celebrating and exchanging gifts. But for some families – those dealing with high medical bills or unemployment, or other financial difficulties — holiday cheer can be in short supply, especially when children are involved. Making life a little better for […]

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Meet Jennifer Ennis from Alexander Local Schools

OAPSE members do important work all over the state, and we hope you have enjoyed meeting some of the more than 36,000+ who are making a difference for Ohio’s children and families. This is the final video in our series showing our members at work and highlighting the critical roles they play in public education. Jennifer Ennis is a paraprofessional with Alexander Local […]

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Local 400 Donates Money and Time to Foodbank

Nelsonville-York Local Aimed to Help Those in Need in Southeast Ohio With the holiday season upon us, many OAPSE members will give thanks for their many blessings. But this isn’t the only time of year during which OAPSE activists undertake community action projects to help those in need. Last spring before school let out, OAPSE […]

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Meet OAPSE Bus Driver Kathy Chamberlain

OAPSE members do important work all over the state, and we hope you have enjoyed meeting some of the more than 36,000+ who are making a difference for Ohio’s children and families. This is another video in our series showing our members at work and highlighting the critical roles they play in public education. Kathy Chamberlain is a long-time bus […]

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Get to Know Instructional Assistant Arnetta Banks

OAPSE members do important work all over the state, and we want to introduce you to some of the more than 36,000+ who are making a difference for Ohio’s children and families. This is the latest video in our series showing our members at work and highlighting the critical roles they play in public education. Arnetta […]

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OAPSE Opposes Changes to Bus Transportation Rules

OAPSE opposes proposed changes to Ohio law that would shift the responsibility for student transportation safety on public school buses from the state to individual local districts across Ohio. OAPSE represents more than 8,200 school bus drivers, mechanics and aides who could be affected by the changes listed below. We have submitted formal opposition to […]

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Get to Know OAPSE Bus Driver John Sindeldecker

OAPSE members do important work all over the state, and we want to introduce you to some of the more than 36,000+ who are making a difference for Ohio’s children and families. This is the latest video in our series showing our members at work and highlighting the critical roles they play in public education. John […]

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Get to Know Secretary Mandee Warfield

OAPSE members do important work all over the state, and we want to introduce you to some of the more than 36,000+ who are making a difference for Ohio’s children and families. This is another video in our series showing our members at work and highlighting the critical roles they play in public education. Mandee Warfield is […]

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OAPSE Vows to Continue Fight for Fair Pensions

By a 6-2 margin, members of the SERS board of trustees voted against OAPSE’s position and for cuts and freezes to pension cost-of-living increases. OAPSE retiree Cathy Moss and OEA retiree Beverly Woolridge voted against the COLA changes, while the remainder of the board voted against the OAPSE position and for the freezes and cuts. OAPSE Executive […]

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Act Now on SERS COLA Cuts and Freezes!

Call SERS and Urge a NO Vote on 3-Year Pension COLA Freezes and Cuts   SERS Board to Vote on October 9   Members of the Board of Trustees of the School Employees Retirement System (SERS) will vote on Monday, October 9, regarding cuts and three-year freezes to retiree cost of living increases (COLAs). OAPSE has […]

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Get to Know Custodian Karen Jones

OAPSE members do important work all over the state, and we want to introduce you to some of the more than 36,000+ who are making a difference for Ohio’s children and families. We are doing a series of short videos showing our members at work and highlighting the critical roles they play in public education. […]

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Get to Know Computer Technician Mike Lang

OAPSE members do important work all over the state, and we want to introduce you to some of the more than 36,000+ who are making a difference for Ohio’s children and families. We are doing a series of short videos showing our members at work and highlighting the critical roles they play in public education. […]

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Join OAPSE in Helping our Union Members Devastated by Hurricanes

Photo Above and on Front Page by Texas Army National Guard photo by 1st Lt. Zachary West OAPSE has donated $10,000 to help our AFSCME sisters and brothers who are victims of hurricanes in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. Through the AFSCME Fallen Heroes Fund, OAPSE members can also help their […]

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Get to Know 40-Year OAPSE Member Sheila Dawkins-Flinn

OAPSE members do important work all over the state, and we want to introduce you to some of the more than 36,000+ who are making a difference for Ohio’s children and families. We are doing a series of short videos showing our members at work and highlighting the critical roles they play in public education. […]

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Get to know Head Custodian Derrick Fields!

OAPSE members do important work all over the state, and we want to introduce you to some of the more than 36,000+ who are making a difference for Ohio’s children and families. We are doing a series of short videos showing our members at work and highlighting the critical roles they play in public education. […]

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Happy Labor Day!

Many of us will celebrate Labor Day 2017 with a day off from work and time to spend with family and friends as we officially close out the summer. Labor Day is also a great time to reflect on the value of unions for working families in our country – starting with the value of […]

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Get to Know OAPSE Members and the Work We Do!

It’s back to school time, and OAPSE members are ready for a great year! We have the buses ready to roll. The buildings are spotless. Student records are up-to-date and school offices are set to welcome children. Cafeterias are stocked and ready for hungry kids. And libraries are organized and quiet – but not for […]

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Local 473 Members “Stuff the Bus” With School Supplies

OAPSE members go the extra mile for the students they work with every day. So when members of Local 473 at Berea City Schools saw that their students needed help with school supplies, they did something about it and created the “Stuff the Bus” campaign, which collected more than $4,000 worth of supplies for district […]

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State Budget Harms Schools, Public Services

Just in time for the June 30 deadline, the Republican-controlled legislature passed the 2018-2019 Ohio biennial budget, which includes cuts to local governments and to hundreds of public school districts across the state. OAPSE members who want to see how their school districts fared in the final budget can take a look here. Overall, more […]

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Sign Up Today for OAPSE’s Free College Program!

Don’t Delay! Classes Start August 21. Registration Ends August 18   OAPSE members have access to many programs that save big money. Members are eligible for discounted mortgages and vacation packages. They can take advantage of great savings at Ohio amusement parks, water parks and zoos. And they can take advantage of excellent rates on […]

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OAPSE Will Keep Fighting for Pension Fairness

OAPSE leaders are vowing to fight back and keep the pressure on administrators at the School Employees Retirement System (SERS) after the Ohio Legislature and Governor Kasich acted to cut and freeze retirement benefits for OAPSE members and retirees. The cuts and freezes were recommended by the administrators at SERS. Unfortunately, instead of taking up […]

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Family Fun Days Coupons Are Here!

It’s summer, and that means family fun for OAPSE members. Thanks to your OAPSE membership, you and your family have  access to great deals for summer fun! OAPSE has negotiated special pricing at Ohio’s amusement parks, water parks, zoos and the Columbus science center, and the deals are good through the end of the summer […]

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OAPSE VP Testifies Against Pension Cuts

On June 14, OAPSE State Vice President Lois Carson testified against HB151, which would change state law to allow the School Employees Retirement System (SERS) to cut and freeze pension cost-of-living adjustments (COLAs) without the consent of the legislature. Carson appeared before the Ohio House Committee on Aging and Long-term Care. She was accompanied by members […]

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400 March on Statehouse and SERS for Pension Security

More than 400 OAPSE members and retirees from across Ohio marched on the Statehouse and the School Employees Retirement System (SERS) in opposition to proposed cuts and freezes to cost of living increases for retirees. Chanting “Keep the Promise. Protect our Pensions!,” the group circled the Ohio Statehouse and paused on the west steps to […]

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June 7 Pension Rally Details Set

Here’s what you need to know about event parking, traffic, timing, staging and marching! If you are planning to join your OAPSE sisters and brothers in Columbus on June 7 for a rally against pension COLA cuts and freezes, here are the latest details: We will meet at the Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, […]

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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) and House Bill 242 (HB242), 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 […]

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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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