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 were acknowledged by the school board. Without any significant explanation or sympathy expressed toward workers losing their jobs, the Roseburg School Board approved a 2017-18 budget that eliminates dozens of instructional assistant and other classified positions. Board... 

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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 Board for help in getting fair wages and benefits from Sodexo. “Sodexo has ignored our concerns for too long; that’s why we’re coming to you,” custodian Michael Parra told the board. “Sodexo may sign our paychecks, but the students, our coworkers and the community... 

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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 in special education to understand the needs of their students, be informed of changes to their behavioral intervention plans (BIPs) and provide meaningful input in development of the BIPs was confirmed by Democrats and Republicans coming together to vote yes on House... 

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OSEA makes case for OSHA rule change

OSEA and AFT-Oregon members delivered powerful testimony in support of a common-sense rule change at two public hearings held last week by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA). The proposed rule change would no longer exempt K-12 school districts from the stringent recordkeeping regulations other occupations are required to follow when documenting injuries and work-related illnesses. OSEA believes adoption of this rule, which is expected in late June or July, will result in gaining important data on the frequency... 

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OSEA Conference 2017: Now's the time to register

Each year, delegates from chapter throughout the state gather at the annual OSEA Conference as the governing body of the union. Members elected to represent the interests of their chapter at Conference are the union’s ultimate decision-makers. This makes Conference the union’s premier governing event. The delegates who attend determine member dues, approve OSEA’s annual budget, elect state officers and zone directors, ensure that the mission and goals of the union reflect... Read More

Election 2017

Member elected to SOESD Board

When Rosie Converse turns 30 over Memorial Day weekend, she and her family will also be celebrating her election to the Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) board. Converse, a software developer for the district and an OSEA member, beat an incumbent by nearly 20 points... Read More

Members Today

Eugene members look after their own

A quick response from caring coworkers saved the life of an OSEA member when he had a heart attack on the job recently. Terry McDonald, a carpenter for Eugene School District, was working on a window at Monroe Middle School when he suddenly collapsed and fell to the ground. His coworker,... Read More

Chapters in Action

Mostly wins for OSEA-backed bonds, candidates

OSEA-backed bond measures and school board candidates were mostly successful in the May elections that culminated on Tuesday. It was thrilling to see so many chapters jump in and endorse candidates and bond measures, and in turn seek contributions from OSEA’s Education and Labor... Read More


Member courage honored by AFT

OSEA’s Work Shouldn’t Hurt campaign earned a national award from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) at the recent Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel convention in Detroit. The Workers Memorial Day award recognizes AFT locals and affiliates such as OSEA for outstanding... Read More