AFT Exec VP cheers on M97

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Volunteers for the OSEA/AFT canvass for Yes on Measure 97 were stirred to action by a visitor all the way from Washington, D.C. Mary Cathryn Ricker, executive vice president of the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), joined volunteers for a kickoff at the Yes on 97 headquarters at the Lloyd Center in Portland on Saturday, Oct. 22. Recognizing the stakes of Measure 97, Ricker – a former Portland resident – felt compelled to ensure Oregon continues to lead the way in effective progressivism. “I think this is really going to open... 

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North Santiam Chapter 122 President Sella Bemrose addresses the school board on Oct. 20.

North Santiam Chapter 122 demands respect

Friday, October 21, 2016

About 40 members of North Santiam Chapter 122 stood united behind their president last week as she told the school board that classified employees expect — and deserve — respect. North Santiam Chapter 122 President Sella Bemrose addresses the school board on Oct. 20. President Sella Bemrose informed the board during its Oct. 20 meeting that contract negotiations between the union and the district have broken down and are headed to mediation. She told them that throughout negotiations, the chapter’s negotiations team has been treated shabbily. “(Superintendent)... 

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This 2 year old encourages us to vote!

Let’s turn around Oregon education

Friday, October 21, 2016

Years of recession-related cuts, on top of decades of disinvestment, have taken a toll on Oregon’s public schools. We now rank near the bottom in the nation for school funding with some of the largest classes, shortest school years and lowest graduation rates in the country. On Nov. 8, we have the opportunity to end this decline — as long as we pass Measure 97 and ensure the election of pro-worker, pro-education candidates to the Oregon Legislature. Many of our public education woes are the result of how our schools are funded. Prior to 1990,... 

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Let’s invest in career, technical education

Friday, October 14, 2016

Not so long ago, shop and other vocational classes were common in our high schools. These have become scarce in recent years. At the same time, Oregon’s employers have trouble finding skilled workers to fill good jobs paying $25-35 per hour or more:  jobs like welding, carpentry, computer coding and advanced manufacturing, just to name a few. Students should have more options than simply attending college or entering the workforce with a high school diploma and little career-oriented skills — that is, if they graduate high school at all. Measure... 

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Election 2016


We must elect candidates that align with our values: a strong public education system with effective employee protections and robust collective bargaining rights. These candidates have earned OSEA’s endorsement because they have passed our rigorous, member-led endorsement process. In order to gain ground, every single one of us must participate in our democracy by voting this fall.  Read More

Chapters in Action

Win highlights interest-based bargaining


Seven OSEA-represented classified employees in Centennial School District will receive back pay totaling more than $12,000 resulting from misclassification of promoted employees. Employees such as custodians who had been promoted to higher-paying positions like maintenance had not... Read More

Learn the Facts

Oregon has major school nurse shortage


The ratio of school nurses to students has grown significantly since 2010, according to a sobering new report released today by OSEA, the Oregon School Nurses Association (OSNA), Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) and Upstream Public Health. Download the report: Unhealthy Schools: The... Read More

State News

Your advocate at the Legislature


Soren Metzger has a new role at OSEA as our government relations specialist. Metzger brings over a decade of union and public policy experience to the job along with an up-close understanding of OSEA’s members and their needs. As an AFT government relations organizer, she worked... Read More

Member Benefit

Discounted hockey tix for OSEA members!


There’s perhaps no in-person sports experience quite like hockey. The Portland Winterhawks deliver an affordable, fun and family friendly experience to go with a solid on-ice product. And thanks to your OSEA membership, you can enjoy discounted tickets to one (or more) of seven... Read More