OSEA-AFT clinics offer hope to those with student debt

When Kristen Croft heard OSEA was partnering with AFT to offer a series of student debt clinics in Oregon, the president of Beaverton Chapter 48 signed up right away for two reasons. “First, I felt it was very important for me as a chapter leader to support this type of event so I have a better idea of what types of assistance AFT offers,” she said. “I also have a good amount of student debt.” AFT President Randi Weingarten, right, and Oregon Gov. Kate Brown address attendees of a student debt clinic held Oct. 23 in Portland, expressing... 

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Current Membership Incentive Program Numbers

The numbers for the Membership Incentive Program (MIP) as of Sept. 17 are in. There were 27 chapters on track to receive a 10 percent incentive, 57 at 5 percent and 23 at 3 percent. We designed MIP to encourage chapter leaders to take an active role in promoting the union through membership drives and one-on-one conversations. The program has exceeded our own expectations with almost 80 chapters conducting membership drives last school year, helping us sign up more than 3,000 new members. If your chapter wants to conduct a membership drive, contact... 

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Barnes shares value of union membership

A good worksite organizer is an invaluable asset to any chapter because they take the lead in introducing new employees to OSEA and explaining the value of union membership. According to Chapter President Denise Chase, Central Chapter 124 has a “rock star example” in Worksite Organizer Tracy Barnes. “She is a natural at ‘the ask,’” Chase said. “When people meet her, they immediately understand they can go to her for any kind of support they may need.” Central Chapter 124’s Tracy Barnes, a worksite organizer at Talmadge Middle School,... 

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I Stand With My Union

OSEA members are being targeted by anti-union organizations such as the Freedom Foundation and Opt Out Today to drop their membership. These organizations are working to destroy the power of unions, end collective bargaining and take away worker rights. Get the facts. Learn about these organizations and why they want to eliminate unions. If you or your members are receiving emails from the Freedom Foundation, we encourage you to report the emails as spam. Click here for specific guidelines.      Read More

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Election 2018

OSEA plays an important role in shaping Oregon’s public policy as it pertains to education and the working lives of our members and all Oregonians. That’s why your Board of Directors takes positions on statewide ballot measures and candidates each election cycle. We don’t intend to tell members how to vote — that’s a personal decision — however, we believe our members receive valuable insight about an issue or candidate when they see their union make a recommendation.... Read More

All In for OSEA

Current Membership Incentive Program Numbers

The numbers for the Membership Incentive Program (MIP) as of Sept. 17 are in. There were 27 chapters on track to receive a 10 percent incentive, 57 at 5 percent and 23 at 3 percent. We designed MIP to encourage chapter leaders to take an active role in promoting the union through... Read More

Member Benefit

Get discount tickets to Blazers games

OSEA members can get discounted tickets for select Portland Trail Blazer games at the Moda Center. OSEA School Employee Association nights will be held from late October through December. Visit rosequarter.com/groupnights to get information and order tickets. Tickets must be purchased... Read More

Activism

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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