Lowell, Corvallis make serious membership gains

Lowell Chapter 118 President Shannon Fassbender and Secretary Colette Ullrich were able to cut the number of nonmembers in their bargaining unit by half on Feb. 13, raising their membership by more than 20 percentage points. From left, Zone IV Director Sheila Waggoner and Lowell Chapter 118 Executive Board members Shannon Fassbender and Colette Ullrich visit Lundy Elementary School on Feb. 13. The two chapter officers, along with Zone IV Director Sheila Waggoner and OSEA Organizer Elissa Edge, were able to sign up seven new members at a “Classified... 

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February Membership Numbers

As of the February 2019 field report, OSEA had 139 dues-paying chapters representing 22,415 employees, including 15,535 members and a statewide membership rate of 69.3 percent. There are 91 chapters on track to receive a Membership Incentive Program (MIP) check at the end of the fiscal year: 17 chapters so far qualify for a 10 percent incentive, 42 for 5 percent and 32 for 3 percent. We designed MIP to encourage chapter leaders to take an active role in promoting the union through membership drives and one-on-one conversations. If your chapter... 

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Membership recruitment: Communication is key to success

One of the best places to set up an informational table and meet with employees during a chapter membership drive is the staff break room. But what if that venue is unavailable? How do you make sure you’re still able to have those valuable one-on-one conversations? Ashland Chapter 42 President Lisa March awaits members armed with cookies and “Mango Monster.” Ashland Chapter 42 President Lisa March has a knack for pulling this off, according to OSEA Organizer Elissa Edge. The key is communication. March creates flyers announcing... 

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President Stoelb will not seek reelection at Conference 2019

At Conference 2019, delegates will have the opportunity to vote for many candidates vying to represent their fellow OSEA members at the state and national levels; however, one name that’s long familiar with voters will not appear on the ballot this year. OSEA President Tim Stoelb convenes Conference 2018 in Portland. OSEA President Tim Stoelb has decided to retire at the end of June. He has served on the OSEA Board of Directors since 2010 — first as Zone V director before being elected president in 2012. At seven years, Stoelb is the second... 

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OSEA is a labor union that represents 22,000 educational employees working in Oregon school districts, community colleges, education service districts, Head Start agencies, libraries and park and recreation districts. As one of the largest labor unions in Oregon, and with the second largest membership of educational staff, OSEA is a recognized leader within the state’s labor and education community. OSEA is the union of choice for secretaries, custodians, security guards, maintenance…  Read More

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Clinics offer hope to those with student debt

When Kristen Croft heard OSEA was partnering with AFT to offer a series of student debt clinics in Oregon, the president of Beaverton Chapter 48 signed up right away for two reasons. “First, I felt it was very important for me as a chapter leader to support this type of event so... Read More

State News

OSEA, AFT bridge financial gap

By OSEA President Tim Stoelb Despite the hard work our chapters did this past spring, OSEA — along with every other public-sector union across the country — suffered a big setback on June 27 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the collection of fair-share fees was unconstitutional.... Read More

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February Membership Numbers

As of the February 2019 field report, OSEA had 139 dues-paying chapters representing 22,415 employees, including 15,535 members and a statewide membership rate of 69.3 percent. There are 91 chapters on track to receive a Membership Incentive Program (MIP) check at the end of the... Read More

Member Benefit

Get discount tickets to Blazers games

OSEA members can get discounted tickets for select Portland Trail Blazer games at the Moda Center. OSEA School Employee Association nights will be held from late October through December. Visit rosequarter.com/groupnights to get information and order tickets. Tickets must be purchased... Read More

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