Win highlights interest-based bargaining

Monday, September 19, 2016

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 been receiving the full amount of increased pay specified in the contract. Past practices had resulted in Centennial placing employees promoted to trades positions on the incorrect step on the salary scale. OSEA became aware of the issue when a member notified now-former... 

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Endorsements start with you!

Monday, September 19, 2016

OSEA’s member-driven candidate endorsement process is underway, with volunteers asking tough questions of those seeking seats in the Oregon Legislature. All candidates are asked the same questions to ensure consistency. All questions address issues affecting OSEA members, seeking answers on education funding, protecting workers from injury, outsourcing jobs and more. Recommendations from the candidate interview teams are then passed on to the Government Relations Committee — comprised of members from across the state — and then to OSEA’s... 

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Discounted hockey tix for OSEA members!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

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 games this season. These make great birthday or holiday gifts — not to mention a fantastic treat for yourself. Call 800-252-6732 or email Linda Hallman at linda@osea.org to get the web link and access code. Your first shot is at the season opener on Saturday, Sept.... 

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Your advocate at the Legislature

Thursday, September 8, 2016

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 with now-retired Government Relations Specialist Tricia Smith during the 2012 campaign and 2013 legislative session. She engaged OSEA members to build effective Congressional Network Teams and Legislative Network Teams (CNT/LNT) and provided support for the 2012 Temporary... 

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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

State News

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


Did we see you at Labor Day?


The sizzle of grills accompanied rousing calls to action at Labor Day picnics across Oregon. In Portland, more than 100 OSEA members, family and friends joined members of AFT Oregon and the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP) for a barbecue picnic at Oaks... Read More


Educating, empowering at MOSI


OSEA’s revamped Member Organizing Summer Institute (MOSI) program prepared 11 member-leaders to speak about and be active in their chapters. “This year’s curriculum was influenced by the success of the new worksite organizer program,” OSEA Director of Organizing Richard Ramirez... Read More

Members Today

Luisi joins Hermiston School Board


OSEA Junior Past President Bonnie Luisi is the newest member of the Hermiston School Board. Luisi — who also serves as chair of Retired Oregon School Employees (ROSE) — was appointed in early August to a vacancy on the board, but the idea of seeking a school board seat has been... Read More