COVID-19 Updates

URGENT ACTION NEEDED

To: OAPSE Members From: Executive Director Joe Rugola Re: Help us Pass the Heroes Act URGENT ACTION NEEDED TODAY AND TOMORROW Sisters and brothers, the U.S. House of Representatives is set to vote tomorrow (Friday, May 15) afternoon on the Heroes Act, a $3 trillion stimulus package that includes hundreds of billions in funding for […]

See More→

Governor Cuts Funding to Education, Public Services

To: OAPSE Members From: Executive Director Joe Rugola Re: Governor Mike DeWine’s Cuts to Ohio’s K-12 Education Budget and Other Public Services Today, Governor Mike DeWine announced deep cuts to K-12 education and other public services which may affect the services our members provide.  The education cuts of $355 million, or 3.7 percent, impact May […]

See More→

To: OAPSE Members From: Executive Director Joe Rugola Re: Federal Funding for Schools, States and Local Governments Congress is set to take up legislation that will provide critical funding for our schools, local governments and states. Set to be drafted in the U.S. House of Representatives, the Phase IV Stimulus legislation – called the Heroes […]

See More→

State Officers, Executive Board on the Job

To: Our OAPSE Family From: Your State Officers and Executive Board Your state officers and executive board members and alternate members are sending our best to all OAPSE families as we go through the shutdown of our schools and other vital services our members provide at libraries, departments of developmental disabilities, residential services facilities, head […]

See More→

Schools Closed Through End of Academic Year

To: OAPSE Members From: Executive Director Joe Rugola Re: Status of Ohio Shutdown and Impact on OAPSE Members Today, Governor Mike DeWine announced that Ohio schools will remain closed through the end of this academic year. We have been communicating regularly with the governor, the Ohio Department of Education, the Ohio Department of Health and […]

See More→

To: OAPSE Members From: Executive Director Joe Rugola Re: Licensing Deadlines for OAPSE Drivers Driver Licensing OAPSE continues to work with the office of Governor Mike DeWine and the Ohio Department of Education (ODE) to provide clarity to our members who are required to be licensed by the state of Ohio. The ODE has provided […]

See More→

To: OAPSE Members From: Executive Director Joe Rugola Re: Updates on CDL, Stimulus, Unemployment, Additional Funding for State, Local and School Budgets OAPSE continues to communicate with the office of Governor Mike DeWine, the Ohio Department of Education and other agencies relevant to the work of our members. We are pleased that through the actions […]

See More→

OAPSE Keeps Fighting for Members

To: OAPSE Members From: Executive Director Joe Rugola Re: OAPSE’s Continued Fight for Members During the COVID-19 Emergency OAPSE joins our sisters and brothers at AFSCME Ohio Council 8 in mourning the loss of George Culestu, a member of AFSCME Local 2493 at Trumbull County Maintenance Department, who died as a result of COVID-19. On […]

See More→

Governor Extends School Closures Through May 1

To: OAPSE Members From: Executive Director Joe Rugola Re: Governor DeWine Extends School Closures Through May 1 Governor Mike DeWine has extended the state shutdown of schools through May 1. Nothing else about his original school closure order of March 12 changes, which means the pay and benefits of OAPSE members will continue uninterrupted. OAPSE remains in […]

See More→

COVID-19 Federal Stimulus, Ohio Legislation Impacts OAPSE Members

To: OAPSE Members From: Executive Director Joe Rugola Re: Update on Federal Stimulus and Ohio Legislation on Vouchers, Elections The U.S. Senate voted 96-0 to advance the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act), a recovery and stimulus bill which will give direct payments to families, send billions to state and local governments and […]

See More→

OAPSE Continues to Focus on Job Security, Pay, Benefits

To: OAPSE Members From: Executive Director Joe Rugola Re: OAPSE Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response As the COVID-19 crisis continues to escalate across the nation, OAPSE is focused on the job security of our members and on your health and safety. Your union is closely monitoring the work of the governor’s office, the Ohio Department of Education, […]

See More→

What Does the Stay at Home Order Mean for You?

To: OAPSE Members From: Executive Director Joe Rugola Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) Emergency and Stay at Home Order Governor DeWine has ordered all workers not engaged in “essential” work or activities to remain at home for the next two weeks. What does this mean for OAPSE members? The bottom line is that the governor’s order to […]

See More→

Families First Coronavirus Response Act

Just as OAPSE is working with state and local leaders to protect our members during this time of uncertainty due to the coronavirus and the shutdown of public services like schools, head starts, departments of developmental disabilities and other vital agencies, AFSCME International is working with congressional leaders to do the same. Of course, some […]

See More→

Critical Update about the Coronavirus

This message has been sent to all OAPSE members for whom we have an email address. Please pass it along to coworkers and union sisters and brothers. And encourage them to sign up for email alerts by going to www.oapse.org or by clicking here. To: OAPSE Leaders and Members From: OAPSE Executive Director Joe Rugola Re: Coronavirus (COVID-19) […]

See More→