Thursday, February 28, 2002

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        Text of the letter from the Ohio Civil Service Employees Association to Cincinnati Mayor Charlie Luken, dated Feb. 22.

        “I write as the Executive Director of OCSEA AFSCME Local 11. We represent 37,000 state of Ohio employees — over 2,000 of them reside in the city of Cincinnati. Every two years we hold our biennial convention, which lasts 4 days and draws approximately 700 people. For at least the past 20 years, every third OCSEA convention is held in Cincinnati.

        “The purpose of this letter is to let you know that OCSEA has decided not to hold its 2005 convention in Cincinnati because of the poor treatment of African Americans and other minorities in Cincinnati. We do not feel at this time that holding our convention in a city that has done little to address the issues of its treatment of minorities is in the best interest of OCSEA and its diverse membership.

        “OCSEA is on record in its support of civil rights for all people without regard to race, age, color, sex, religion, creed, sexual orientation, national origin, ancestry, physical handicap, disability or political affiliation. When the city of Cincinnati demonstrates that it does the same we will once again schedule our convention in your city. We hope that day comes soon.”
       Irwin M. Scharfeld, Executive Director


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