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OAPSE Proud and Union Strong! View this video to see why it makes sense
to belong to Ohio's strongest union.

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OAPSE/AFSCME is Ohio's largest union representing employees of public and private schools, public libraries, Head Start agencies, boards of mental retardation and developmental disabilities, residential care facilities, community and technical colleges and other private and public institutions. Over 38,000 employees have chosen to join OAPSE. For more on the jobs we do and how you can join the fastest growing union in Ohio, click here.

The OAPSE website contains a vast array of useful and relevant information that will keep you informed of the issues that affect your working lives. If you have not yet organized an OAPSE Local at your worksite, the website will provide you with all of the resources you need to determine if OAPSE is the right union for you.

Springfield Local Bus Driver Saves Kids from Close Call With Fire
Sandy Jett, a member of Local 530, backed her bus out of trouble and steered her kids out of harms way after a small plan crash that downed power lines and started a fire on her route.
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OAPSE Bus Driver Helps Catch Robbers
Local 14 member Shawn Ost and his bus full of Chillicothe City Schools students helped the local sheriff catch two thieves who were robbing the home of one of his riders. Ost locked down his bus and turned his students into detectives to help the sheriff do his job.
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2016 Scholarship Applications Available
OAPSE members have access to great benefits -- including college scholarships -- that help their families. To find out more about the $2,500 awards for the eligible children and legal guardians of OAPSE members, click on myOAPSE at the left and look for the OAPSE AFSCME Memorial Scholarship link.
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Ohio Charter Schools "An Embarrassment"
Ohio charter schools are the worst of the worst, according to a new study. Yet, they continue to be funded with our tax dollars while evading oversight.
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Free College Program Benefits Members
It is with great pleasure that we introduce a “Members-Only” benefit that will make college a possibility for our members and their families.

The OAPSE Higher Education Program will enable OAPSE members and their families to attend two years of college at no cost.
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District Calendars Available
The district calendars have been updated through the school year.
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CEO Pay is Way Out of Whack
When compared to wages for averages workers, CEO pay is outrageous. The Securities and Exchange Commission has ruled that publicly-held corporations have to disclose information about the gaps, which is an important first step in curbing ridiculous pay at the top. Robert Reich has an opinion on the
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US Supreme Court Upholds Affordable Care Act
The nation's highest court voted 6-3 to uphold "Obamacare" subsidies, meaning 6.4 million Americans and thousands of Ohioans can keep their health insurance.
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Ohio Charter Schools Failing
Ohio's charter schools are a national joke, according to education experts and the media. The Washington Post reports on their failure to properly education Ohio students.
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2015 AFSCME Family Fun Days Coupons Available!
Because you are a member of OAPSE/AFSCME Local 4, you have access to great pricing at Ohio zoos and amusement parks.
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Decline in Unions Hurts Middle Class
Formerly a critic of unions, Nicholas Kristof of the New York Times, acknowledges he was wrong about the role they play in a strong middle class.
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Toledo Blade Opposes Right to Work
The Toledo Blade has come down on the side of workers and their unions in an editorial on the question of whether Ohio should become the next "right to work" state.
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How They Voted on Senate Bill 5
As you consider which politicians to support this November, take a look at how incumbent Ohio House and Senate candidates voted on Senate Bill 5.
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Election Law Changes Impact Voters
Ohio Republican lawmakers and the Republican secretary of state have made changes to Ohio election laws that directly impact OAPSE members, our neighbors, families and friends.
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