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Get qualified with WorkKeys testing

Friday, July 22, 2016

Educational assistants must show they are highly qualified before they can work in a Title I school. There are three ways to demonstrate this: (1) have an associate degree or higher; (2) have at least 72 hours of college credit to include reading, writing and math classes; or (3) pass a district-approved assessment. WorkKeys is one such assessment used by 132 districts in Oregon. The next WorkKeys testing opportunities are: July 21, OSEA State Office, 4735 Liberty Road S., Salem, 97302. July 28, Forest Grove School District, 1728 Main St., Forest... 

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Become an activist; apply today for MOSI 2016

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

It’s time to register for OSEA’s 12th annual Member Organizing Summer Institute (MOSI), a three-day training held Friday, Aug. 26, through Sunday, Aug. 28, at the OSEA State Office in Salem. Applicants must submit a completed application form — signed by their chapter president — along with a statement of intent to the OSEA State Office by 5 p.m. on Aug. 1. Members who attend MOSI learn how to develop a worksite organizing program; increase member participation; support contract negotiations; organize activities in support of chapter... 

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Ever considered running for office?

Thursday, June 30, 2016

The health of our democracy hinges on our participation. Have you ever looked at an elected official and thought: I could do better? The Oregon Labor Candidate School is seeking eager folks like you to learn the skills to seek and win political office, from your local school board to the state Legislature (and beyond!). Training offered by OLCS prepares those interested in seeking elected office. You’ll learn practical tips and skills from experienced professionals who will provide valuable insight into the electoral process. Current and... 

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Conference 2016 closes with honors

Sunday, June 26, 2016

OSEA’s annual Conference banquet included kudos for longtime activists, swearing in elected union officials and heartfelt tributes to 2016 Employee of the Year Cheryl Radinovich. Radinovich, an office manager at Burns High School and a member of Harney County Chapter 75, was described as the “go-to person if anyone has a need, questions or just wants advice” by Public Relations Committee Chair Melissa Siegel. “She helps students and staff with compassion and partiality, always giving 110 percent of herself,” Siegel... 

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OSEA Conference 2016 In Review

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OSEA’s 78th annual Conference was held on June 23-25, 2016, at the Red Lion on the River (Jantzen Beach) in Portland. Delegates who attended reduced member dues, approved OSEA’s annual budget, and elected state officers and zone directors.  Read More

Member Benefit

Big savings on dental services

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Bright Now! Dental and OSEA have teamed up to offer deep discounts on dental and orthodontic services. With or without dental insurance, this partnership offers great deals on everything from crowns and root canals to dentures and braces. Bright Now! Dental has locations in Salem,... Read More

First Book Drive

Sweet Home turns out town for First Book

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Sweet Home Chapter 3’s First Book drive was a massive success, with 40,000 new, high-quality books now available to local schools and students. The drive, which started with the chapter gathering 2,000 signatures with help from Lane County Head Start Chapter 600, culminated in... Read More

Chapters in Action

Beaverton, Woodburn divvy up books

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Centennial Chapter 113 was the first OSEA chapter to pull off a First Book registration drive in 2014 and their example inspired members of Beaverton Chapter 48 and Woodburn Chapter 25 to follow their example. Members of Beaverton Chapter 48’s First Book committee are joined by... Read More

State News

OSEA lobbyist retires, receives award

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Tricia Smith, who served as OSEA’s government relations specialist for 20 years, has been a stalwart defender of working class people her entire professional life. As she enters retirement, the organizations and causes she has championed are showing their gratitude. Former OSEA... Read More