School building bonds win with OSEA backing

Chapter-endorsed school bond measures won big around the state last week, with three winning and one more ahead in a squeaker of an election. The Coos Bay School District’s $59.9 million bond is currently ahead by a razor-thin margin of 28 votes; however, that’s a significant improvement from May, when a slightly larger bond proposal failed by similar margins. School officials are hesitant to declare victory just yet, but the current margin of victory is too large to mandate an automatic recount. And while Coos Bay members are cautiously optimistic,... 

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Reynolds members: Treat us fairly!

More than 80 Reynolds Chapter 37 members protested the lack of progress in bargaining on top of layoffs, cuts to hours and unfair treatment at an informational picket on Tuesday, Nov. 7. The cold and driving wind didn’t stop classified employees and their supporters, who held signs and waved to drivers at the intersection of 223rd Avenue and Glisan Street in Gresham. Their employer is taking advantage of an economic reopener in the contract to demand employees increase their health insurance contributions and absorb cuts to hours, even as top... 

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OSEA communications team wins awards

The OSEA Journal received two major honors from the International Labor Communicators Association (ILCA). Produced by OSEA Communications Specialists Michael Plett and Jason Cox, the Journal received a 2nd place award from ILCA for general excellence in print publications among local, state and regional federations, labor councils and allied organizations. Plett received an additional honor — 2nd place in best visual design in print publications — for the cover of the January-February 2016 Journal, part of our Work Shouldn’t Hurt... 

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Leadership Summit attendees are ‘ALL IN’

At this weekend’s Leadership Summit in Eugene, executive officers from more than 90 OSEA chapters committed themselves to a series of chapter membership drives in response to the threat posed by Janus v. AFSCME. The pending U.S. Supreme Court case could take away our ability to bargain “fair share” agreements with our employers. These agreements give employees an option to either join the union or pay a fee that serves as the employee’s fair share of the costs of union representation. The loss of fair share fees could drastically harm OSEA’s... 

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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

Member Benefit

Don’t miss out on college scholarships

Application deadlines are not far away for three scholarships available to OSEA members and their relatives. Deadlines for the Lou Gerber and John Brown Undergraduate scholarships are March 1, 2018.  The deadline for the Guy Davis/Past Presidents’ scholarships is even closer... Read More

State News

OSEA Board endorses Yes on Measure 101

A major accomplishment of the 2017 Legislature was ensuring stable health care funding for Oregonians via passage of a modest provider assessment. This bipartisan solution was already in place in 48 other states and is a smart method to guarantee access to health care for every child... Read More

National News

Bringing clean water to Puerto Rico

A month after Hurricane Maria devastated their island, most Puerto Ricans still have no reliable source of safe drinking water. American citizens of Puerto Rico are facing a massive humanitarian crisis. More than a million people still lack running water — they are forced to find... Read More

Entertainment

Family entertainment at the Rose Quarter

OSEA members seeking family entertainment in the Portland-Metro area are able to purchase discounted tickets through Rip City Group Sales to the following Rose Quarter shows: AiR1 Positive Hits Tour — See Grammy-nominated Christian rock/pop acts Skillet, Brit Nicole and Tauren Wells,... Read More

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