OSEA members attend Student Gun Violence Summit

Last month, 150 high school students from around the country met in Washington, D.C., over the course of three days to create and ratify a Students’ Bill of Rights for Safer Communities. OSEA member Brad Harvey, second from left, brought three students from Beaverton High School to the summit (Cameron Monfared, Camila Mejia and River Rain). Among them were four students from Oregon who were accompanied by two OSEA members. Brad Harvey, a campus monitor and member of Beaverton Chapter 48, brought Beaverton High School students Cameron Monfared,... 

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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. On that day, OSEA lost roughly $1.8 million in revenue and faced a gaping hole in our annual budget. AFT President Randi Weingarten, left, takes a moment from delivering the keynote address at Conference 2018 to present, from left, OSEA President Tim Stoelb, Vice President... 

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OSEA-AFT 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 I have a better idea of what types of assistance AFT offers,” she said. “I also have a good amount of student debt.” AFT President Randi Weingarten, right, and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown address attendees of a student debt clinic held Oct. 23 in Portland, expressing... 

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Current Membership Incentive Program Numbers

The numbers for the Membership Incentive Program (MIP) as of Sept. 17 are in. There were 27 chapters on track to receive a 10 percent incentive, 57 at 5 percent and 23 at 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. The program has exceeded our own expectations with almost 80 chapters conducting membership drives last school year, helping us sign up more than 3,000 new members. If your chapter wants to conduct a membership drive, contact... 

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Election 2018

OSEA plays an important role in shaping Oregon’s public policy as it pertains to education and the working lives of our members and all Oregonians. That’s why your Board of Directors takes positions on statewide ballot measures and candidates each election cycle. We don’t intend to tell members how to vote — that’s a personal decision — however, we believe our members receive valuable insight about an issue or candidate when they see their union make a recommendation.... Read More

All In for OSEA

Current Membership Incentive Program Numbers

The numbers for the Membership Incentive Program (MIP) as of Sept. 17 are in. There were 27 chapters on track to receive a 10 percent incentive, 57 at 5 percent and 23 at 3 percent. We designed MIP to encourage chapter leaders to take an active role in promoting the union through... 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

Activism

No one can take away your union

Anyone who thinks elections don’t matter should talk with Danny Homan. As president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 61, Homan oversees a union representing 40,000 public employees in Iowa and Missouri. Recent developments in Iowa... Read More

Voices of Experience

First female president shares stories

No collective bargaining. Little to no paid sick leave. Employees working at the complete mercy of their bosses. That’s no dystopian vision of the future: That was life for Oregon’s classified school employees when Pat Gest was hired at the Hood River School District in the 1960s. That... Read More

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