Introducing OSEA’s Membership Incentive Program

The OSEA Board of Directors has determined that building and maintaining a high level of chapter membership is OSEA’s top priority. To support this goal, the Board recently authorized the creation of the Membership Incentive Program (MIP), which it believes will help OSEA to continue delivering the services, representation and advocacy its members expect and deserve. MIP allows OSEA to invest in its members by giving chapters an annual monetary incentive based on their percentage of dues-paying members. Chapters must achieve at least a 70 percent... 

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Beaverton marks Classified Employees Week with a movie night

Over the years Beaverton Chapter 48 had seemingly tried everything it could to show members how much they’re appreciated during Classified Employees Week. This year the chapter decided to try something different — a movie night hosted by the Valley Theatre — that both members and their families could enjoy. By all accounts the event was a resounding success with between 700 and 800 members and their families showing up to catch one of six movies — “Coco,” “Paddington 2,” “Ferdinand,” “Thor: Ragnarok,” “Three Billboards... 

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Legal advice about student walkouts

The events of Feb. 14 have once again highlighted gun violence in our schools and reignited the debate about the best course of action to remedy the problem. This time, however, it has also sparked a groundswell of student activism. A number of student walkouts have been scheduled to advocate for gun reform and/or safe schools. OSEA members inherently support the students they serve; that is who we are. So we asked our legal adviser, Mike Tedesco, to what extent our members can be involved in these walkouts. The following questions and answers... 

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Lighthouse charter school negotiations hit a snag

Members of The Lighthouse School Chapter 160 had hopes of settling their first contract last week after organizing two years ago, but negotiations have hit a snag over binding arbitration. With both sides at loggerheads, the union will be conducting informational pickets in front of the charter school on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 6 and 7. Members of The Lighthouse School Chapter 160 — from left, Amanda Rowe, Autumn Watson, Suzanne Adams and Erica Homann — prepare informational signs at a picket-making party held last week. “We formed... 

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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

All In for OSEA

All In Drives working; 1,270 new members

On Feb. 12, Three Rivers Chapter 22 became the latest OSEA chapter to go “All In” with a membership drive. Over the course of a week, the chapter planned to visit 12 schools in a sustained effort to build membership strength as OSEA braces for a devastating Supreme Court decision... Read More

Member Benefit

New member benefit: Free College!

There’s a fantastic new benefit available to OSEA members and their families through Union Plus — free college! The Union Plus Free College Benefit provides you or your spouse, children, financial dependents or grandchildren with an accessible, debt-free higher education... Read More


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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