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Court rules for driver in outsourcing case

Friday, April 24, 2015

  The Central Point School District (CPSD) broke state law when outsourcing student transportation to for-profit company First Student in 2011, the Oregon Court of Appeals ruled this week. State law requires that public agencies conduct a detailed cost-benefit analysis before outsourcing government services in most circumstances. Instead of providing accurate numbers for employee compensation under a contractor, the district assumed First Student would pay the same wages and benefits as the district did — even though the district’s consultant... 

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OSEA wins awards at PSRP Conference

Friday, April 24, 2015

OSEA’s advocacy on behalf of low-wage workers and immigrants garnered two awards from AFT at an event last week in Washington, D.C. The AFT PSRP (Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel) Division presented OSEA with the Dr. Lorretta Johnson Solidarity in Action Award for our leadership in endorsing the 15 Now movement in Oregon. Our efforts to outlaw payment of poverty-level wages moved other organizations to take a more aggressive position on increasing the minimum wage in Oregon. “We can – and should – increase Oregon’s minimum... 

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Reclaiming the promise in Washington, D.C.

Friday, April 17, 2015

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Pulling weeds. Planting flowers in their place. Making playgrounds look like new. These are all common tasks for many OSEA members on the job. And as the AFT PSRP (Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel) Conference kicked off, about 20 OSEA members traveled to an impoverished neighborhood in southeast Washington, D.C., to pitch in and help out on Thursday, April 16. Along with fellow AFT members, they traveled to the Woodland Terrace housing project to participate in a community service project with Smart from the Start,... 

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Members speak in support of raising minimum wage

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Part of Marianne Roldan’s job is to help struggling families connect with social services that provide food, housing, clothing and health care assistance to both the student and parents. But due to the low salary for her position, Roldan — a family advocate for Lane County Head Start Chapter 600 — must avail herself of the same services to care for her two young children, a 3-year-old girl and 9-month-old boy. “I’m in the same boat as my low-income families,” Roldan said. “I have Oregon Health Plan. I have food stamps.” From left,... 

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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

Spirit

Does your chapter have a banner?

Chapter banners such as the one from Coos Bay Chapter 33, above, often highlight something unique about their area. This one, along with dozens of others, are paraded at Conference each year.

Every OSEA chapter represented at Conference has the opportunity to participate in the Parade of Banners at Conference each year. Many chapters take this opportunity to show something unique about their area or district. Each banner is a labor of love: Some are handmade, while others... Read More

Outsourcing

Durham joins Outsourcing Hall of Shame

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  It’s easy to find stories of outsourcing gone wrong all across the country. But Durham School Services’ woes in Shelby County, Tenn. were widespread and well-documented by Memphis TV station WMC-TV. Visitors to OSEA.org voted that Durham’s performance in Memphis was worthy... Read More

Sick leave

Earned sick leave a necessity

Several OSEA members spent their Presidents' Day testifying in favor of earned sick leave for all Oregonians at the Oregon Legislature. Pictured, from left, are OSEA/AFT Government Relations Project Staff Mimi Khalili, Janice Niang of Gresham-Barlow Drivers Chapter 204, OSEA President Tim Stoelb, Zone II Director Jane Carlson, Marilyn Folwell of Molalla School Bus Drivers Chapter 203 and OSEA Government Relations Specialist Tricia Smith.

  The House Business and Labor and Senate Workforce committees did something you don’t see very often on a state holiday: In addition to staying open for business on Presidents’ Day, they held a joint hearing on earned sick leave in the evening to give as many people as possible... Read More

Educating lawmakers

Legislative Education Day: Empowering members

Gov. Kate Brown, left, speaks to OSEA members attending Legislative Education Day 2015.

  OSEA member-activists headed to Salem March 1-2 to take part in Legislative Education Day (LED) 2015, visiting legislators and educating them on the important issues facing classified employees in the workplace. On Sunday, March 1, they gathered at the Salem Conference Center... Read More