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Classified Employees Week is March 2-6, 2015

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Many words can be used to describe classified employees: Dedicated, caring, professional and everywhere were just four that came to mind when we designed this year’s Classified Employees Week mini-poster. Each word paints a picture, but probably the best word to describe us is “essential.” Classified employees keep buildings and grounds safe and clean, prepare and serve nutritious meals, and work with teachers and other staff members to provide an ideal classroom environment. These are only a few of the wide variety of critical... 

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Get ready for an action-packed LED 2015

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Legislative Education Day (LED) is a day for our members to be educated in the legislative process and to educate legislators about the important work they perform every day in our K-12 schools, community colleges, education service districts, higher education, Head Start agencies, park and recreation districts and libraries. It is a day when members see firsthand the people and processes that produce the laws and budgets that have a direct impact on their jobs. This description is accurate, but there is much more to LED. This is also a day when... 

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Dr. Gordon Lafer, associate professor at the University of Oregon's Labor Education and Research Center, testifies in favor of accountability in outsourcing before the Senate Workforce Committee on Feb. 18, 2015.

Bill promotes accountability in outsourcing

Friday, February 20, 2015

  A bill backed by OSEA that would provide appropriate legal protections for public employees faced with losing their jobs to outsourcing was heard by an Oregon Senate committee last week. The bill would provide contracting agencies a method to legally acquire the information they need to conduct an accurate cost analysis as well as clarify what must be included in a required cost analysis and when an agency can outsource based on the cost analysis. It also would ensure the same quick and less costly judicial review process to challenge an... 

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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown speaks at OSEA Conference 2014 in Portland.

OSEA welcomes our new governor

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

At a time when Oregonians’ trust in government has been shaken, OSEA finds it reassuring that Kate Brown will be leading the state as its 38th governor. OSEA has counted on Kate as a friend ever since her first election to the Oregon House of Representatives almost 25 years ago, when she helped Oregon become one of the first states in the nation to pass family and medical leave legislation. Over the years, as she moved from the state House to the Senate and to the secretary of state’s office, Kate has proved to be a voice for the voiceless... 

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Legislative Education Day (LED) is a day for our members to be educated in the legislative process and to educate legislators about the important work they perform every day in our K-12 schools, community colleges, education service districts, higher education, Head Start agencies, park and recreation districts and libraries. It is a day when members see firsthand the people and processes that produce the laws and budgets that have a direct impact on their jobs. This description... Read More

Outsourcing

Vote for Outsourcing Hall of Shame entrant

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  How do you replace a not-for-profit service with a for-profit vendor and reduce costs while maintaining the quality the public expects and deserves? Much of the time you can’t. This is the single biggest problem with outsourcing and a common theme of OSEA’s latest roundup... Read More

Minimum wage

Hundreds rally for $15 minimum wage

OSEA Vice President Ma'Lena Wirth, Zone VI Director Monica McCanna, Secretary Cydnie Meyer, Zone IV Director Teri Jones and Zone III Director Lisa Gourley were among those rallying for a $15 per hour minimum wage at the Oregon State Capitol on Saturday, Jan. 24.

  Hundreds of workers and supporters of raising the minimum wage rallied in Salem on Saturday for a gradual increase, reaching $15 per hour over a reasonable period of time. Buoyed by a rare sunny and warm January day in the Willamette Valley, about 500 people attended, then... Read More

Training

OSEA training helps members boost skills

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  OSEA’s education and training program helps employees in numerous classifications get the skills and certifications they need to do their job — and do it well. For maintenance personnel working in older buildings, certification in lead paint abatement can be essential.... Read More

Benefits

Last shot at discounted Blazers tix

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The Portland Trail Blazers have continued their winning ways throughout the 2014-15 NBA season, with one of the league’s highest winning percentages. This is a great chance for you — or someone you love — to catch a great game at the Moda Center in Portland. The last OSEA... Read More