Steward Conference 2019

Members Matter!

This year's Steward Conference theme is “Members Matter.” The conference will focus on how contract negotiations have a direct impact on stewards and their power to protect their members. OCSEA prides itself on providing its members with excellent representation and on being a leader in Ohio’s labor movement. At the conference, we will prepare to fight for our members’ rights in the face of current and future challenges. OCSEA, AFSCME and the labor movement are facing vicious attacks on working women and men on many fronts with unprecedented intensity and frequency. We will explore ways to meet these challenges head-on. All members are welcome to attend!

See the agenda


Saturday, June 22, 2019, REGISTRATION begins at 8:30 a.m. and the conference begins at 9:15 a.m.

Hilton Hotel - Polaris
8700 Lyra Dr,
Columbus, OH 43240

Registration is Closed

Have questions about your registraion? Call the Steward Conference Hotline at 800-266-5615, ext. 2634.


Friday, June 21

5-7 p.m.
Local Government/Alternative Contract Member Round table/Meet-and-Greet
5-9 p.m.
Basic Steward Training
5-9 p.m.
Advanced Steward Training

Saturday, June 22

8:30 a.m. Registration/Promotional tables open
9:15 a.m. Welcome - Chris Mabe, OCSEA President
9:30-10 a.m. Financial Responsibility of Subordinate Body Funds - Kathy Gersper, OCSEA Secretary-Treasurer & Melissa Oatney, OCSEA Comptroller
10-10:30 a.m. Online Steward Training - Patty Rich, OCSEA Grievance Manager & Jessica Chester, OCSEA Arbitration Coordinator
10:30-10:45 a.m. Break
10:45-11:15 a.m. Grievance Hearings and Conflict Resolution - OCSEA Staff Representatives Deborah Bailey, James Beverly, Jr., James Beverly, Sr. & Derek Urban
11:15 a.m.-12 p.m. Mediation Process - Mike Duco, OCSEA Field Services Director & Patty Rich, OCSEA Grievance Manager
12-1 p.m. Lunch
1-1:30 p.m. Arbitration Committee Process - Jennie Lewis, OCSEA Paralegal & Patty Rich, OCSEA Grievance Manager
1:30-2:15 p.m. New Employee Orientation Session and Electronic Sign-up - Chris Mabe, OCSEA President, Buffy Andrews, OCSEA Operations Director & Sally Meckling, OCSEA Director of Communications
2:15-2:45 p.m. President’s Closing Remarks/Door Prize Drawing
3 p.m. Adjourn

Special Events

Steward Conference Steward Training in Columbus

FULL Friday, June 21 – Basic Steward Training: 5-9 p.m.
FULL Friday, June 21 - Advanced Steward Training: 5-9 p.m.
Hilton Hotel (Polaris), 8700 Lyra Dr.,Columbus, OH 43240

Note: BOTH TRAININGS ARE NOW FULL. You will be on a wait list if you register. The June 21 Basic and Advanced Steward trainings are running at the same time the evening before the OCSEA Steward Conference. Members can sign up for one or the other only. Previous basic steward training is required to attend advanced training. All attendees should bring their OCSEA Contract with them to their scheduled training.

RSVP Online Now (pick the month of your preferred training in the calendar pull down menu)

Roundtable: Local Government & Alternative State Contracts

Friday, June 21 –  5-7 p.m.
Hilton Hotel (Polaris), 8700 Lyra Dr.,Columbus, OH 43240
Room Location: TBD

All OCSEA members with local government contracts and alternative State contracts (Attorney General, Auditor & Treasurer) are invited to attend an OCSEA-sponsored round table to discuss the issues and concerns impacting your workplace. Join us for light refreshments and discussion. RSVP with Anissia Goodwin at

This event will take place the evening before the OCSEA Steward Conference, but any local govt./ alt contract member is welcome to attend the event whether you are registered for the OCSEA Steward Conference or not.


Call the Steward Conference Hotline at 800-266-5615 and enter ext. 2634 with any questions.