Become a better public speaker

AFT’s Public Speaking for Union Leaders is coming to Salem July 25-26! The program is designed to help participants learn and/or fine tune their public speaking skills. The focus is on how to write and deliver speeches so members are comfortable talking in any situation — from worksite meetings to school board meetings. The training will help participants learn to speak clearly and confidently. Please note: Participants MUST be able to attend the ENTIRE two-day training on Tuesday-Wednesday, July 25-26.  Read More

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‘Just keep fighting:’ Member tenacity honored

Conference 2017 concluded with honors, farewells and a tribute to OSEA’s Employee of the Year. Delegates welcomed new board members in Zone V Director Monica McCambridge and Zone I Director Dianna Hess. Outgoing Zone Directors Kathy Forbes and Aaron Powell were recognized for their time and sacrifices in the service of their union. For hundreds of photos from the banquet and other Conference events, check out the OSEA Flickr page. As per tradition, the evening centered around honoring 2017 Employee of the Year Denise Chase. Public Relations Chair... 

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Action on resolutions; elections

Full resolution and election results from OSEA Conference 2017 are below, with outcomes in italics: RESOLUTION RESULTS Unfinished Business (Conference 2016) Resolution 5 — Combines language relating to dues and assessments located in various articles in the Constitution into one new article; itemizes the state per capita dues rate: Passed Conference 2017 Resolutions Resolution 1 — Maintains the current dues rate of 1.8 percent and reinstates a cap on per capita dues to $45,000: Failed Resolution 2 — Maintains the current dues rate of... 

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2017 State of Our Union

President Tim Stoelb presented a clear-eyed snapshot of the state of our union that encapsulated the past year’s accomplishments and the challenges which lay ahead on day two of OSEA’s 79th Conference. “It is neither an entirely rosy nor an entirely gloomy picture,” Stoelb said. “Instead, I hope to convey our reality.” OSEA President Tim Stoelb Stoelb told delegates that in the area of elections and lobbying, 2016-17 saw OSEA experience “a few setbacks” as well as a “number of substantial victories.” On the national level, the... 

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Join OSEA Today

OSEA is a labor union that represents 20,000 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

Conference 2017

A memorable Conference opening

Conference 2017 kicked off with revamped opening ceremonies that included comedian Sharon Lacey, a bigger-than-ever Parade of Banners, the crowning of a new OSEA Employee of the Year and a tribute to recently passed former OSEA President and Field Representative Leota Clark. Central... Read More

Learn the Facts

Sketchy numbers lead to Roseburg layoffs

More than two dozen Roseburg Chapter 21 members fought the good fight by filling their school board meeting room to standing capacity, most wearing buttons that read “Staff Cuts Hurt Kids.” Sadly, neither our cause nor classified employees’ vital contributions to schools... Read More

Chapters in Action

Forest Grove custodians ask district to pressure contractor

Members of Forest Grove Custodians Chapter 301 and their supporters packed the Forest Grove School Board meeting last night to demand the district put pressure on the private contractor Sodexo for higher wages and better benefits. Custodian Michael Parra asks the Forest Grove School... Read More

At the Capitol

Senate gives unanimous nod to safety bill

In a major victory for classified school employees around the state, both chambers of the Oregon Legislature unanimously approved legislation that will ensure educators are no longer left in the dark regarding their students’ needs. The broadly recognized need for employees working... Read More