22 Sep Best Wishes Brother Nick Bernardino
OCEA General Manager Nick Bernardino Retires.
Dubbed by the OC Weekly as the ”Best voice for the Little Guy,” Nick Bernardino has retired after almost 40 years at OCEA. Nick served as General manager since 2004.
A former Boxer and proud Marine Corps veteran who served in Vietnam, Nick’s passion and commitment in representing over 18,000 members is impressive and unparalleled in Orange County. OCEA President Lezlee Neebe praised Nick’s contributions, “His forward thinking took our organization to a higher level of respect and dignity.”
Since joining OCEA’s professional staff in 1978, Nick successfully negotiated hundreds of collective bargaining agreements and turned OCEA into a Union powerhouse in the den of anti worker fanaticism. Entering OCEA General Manager Jennifer Muir said it best, “He leaves a legacy of involvement, concern and aggressive advocacy that will forever inspire OCEA and its members. He leaves us stronger and more unified than we have ever been.”
Nick’s career in labor has come to an end, for now. But we get a funny feeling Nick isn’t gong away anytime soon. In fact, we just keep seeing him around. Best wishes Brother Nick!
Also retiring at OCEA is long time Senior Labor Relations rep and long time OCEA Board Member Frank Flavin.