The Office of Collective Bargaining is primarily responsible for developing and directing the state’s labor relations policy as well as performing a variety of services in conjunction with labor contract negotiation and administration. Statutorily, the Office of Collective Bargaining serves as the principle representative of the State of Ohio as an employer and negotiates all of the state’s labor contracts.
This office serves approximately 70 state agencies, boards and commissions, offering technical assistance and expertise to agency management staff as well as coordinating dispute resolution. Labor-management cooperation and labor relations are key initiatives managed by OCB. Among the various services OCB provides are new contract training, advocacy and consultation on many employee relations matters. OCB administers an electronic grievance filing system for all state bargaining unit employees and agencies. OCB participates on the board of trustees for the Union Benefits Trust and provides management oversight to the Joint Health Care Committee (JHCC).