Labor gives back at children’s holiday event

Hundreds of people got gifts, met Santa Claus and enjoyed a movie and a show in Salem, all thanks to the Marion-Polk-Yamhill Central Labor Chapter. OSEA is proud to pitch in as part of this fantastic local tradition of giving back. Sunday marked the 77th Annual Children’s Holiday Party, and, as always, Salem-area families showed up in droves! Everyone attending had a chance at a free goodie bag, pictures with Santa and Mrs. Claus, music from the Norman Sylvester Band and a screening of the Polar Express — all in the historic Elsinore Theatre... 

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Hermiston keeps families warm during holidays

Throughout Oregon, warming stations – places where anyone can go to warm up – are critical when cold weather rolls in. OSEA members in Hermiston Chapter 10 gathered donations to make sure their local station has everything they need to keep families safe during freezing weather. Chapter President Cathy Keeney said the chapter joined up with other local agencies and churches to tackle the warming station’s needs, including warm weather clothing and bottled water. Hermiston members have also been involved with the Agape House, a... 

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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 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


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... Read More

All In for OSEA

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... 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

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