OCEA is driven by members, for members. The knowledge, action and activism of volunteer leaders are the foundation for OCEA’s strength and independence.

Board of Directors

A 19-member Board of Directors, elected by OCEA members, is responsible for setting the policies and vision for the organization. Board members serve a two-year term with elections held on an annual basis.


Workplace leaders, or stewards, are the foundation of OCEA. Stewards stand in solidarity with coworkers, help solve workplace issues, volunteer to advance a pro-worker agenda and organize for positive change.

Health & Welfare Trust

The OCEA Health & Welfare Trust administers dental, vision, disability, and life insurance, as well as other benefits, to members in several OCEA-represented bargaining units. The Trust also provides access to enhanced benefits available only to OCEA members and hosts an annual health fair. The Health & Welfare Trust is governed by seven trustees, who are OCEA members.

Political Action Committee (PAC)

The Political Action Committee supports candidates for state and local offices who demonstrate they stand with working people and their families. The OCEA PAC is governed by an 11-member executive committee comprised of OCEA members.

Steward Advisory Committee

The OCEA steward program is guided by a seven-member Steward Advisory Committee. These stewards are responsible for the overall health and effectiveness of this peer support program.

Legislative Committee

Statewide legislation can have a profound impact on working people, whether in the form of attacks, such as efforts to dismantle retirement security for working Americans, or opportunities to advance issues of fairness, such as requiring employers to pay overtime. OCEA’s 11-member Legislative Committee meets monthly in consultation with the respected lobbying firm of Aaron Read & Associates. Standing together with allies in the state legislature, OCEA members have had great success in strengthening the rights of working people statewide.

Labor Management Committees (LMCs)

OCEA members create positive change on the job by working collaboratively to resolve problems. Labor Management Committees were established through successful collective bargaining and provide one of many opportunities for OCEA members to have a seat at the table to address workplace issues.