Big win for Eugene interpreters

American Sign Language interpreters in Eugene School District won a major victory recently in their demands for fair compensation for the work they do. Serving Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students throughout Lane County districts in classrooms, extracurricular and even social activities is a job that requires a high-level set of skills, certification and experience. Yet the pay scale at Eugene School District did not recognize the variety of work and skills progression that are part and parcel of interpreting, causing a high level of turnover. Interpreters... 

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Bill would study workplace safety

OSEA members delivered passionate testimony in favor of a bill that would study how to make work environments safer for staff working in special education and related services. For years, OSEA has been drawing attention to the problem of school employees being injured by the students they serve. Several of those employees spoke before the Oregon Senate’s Committee on Human Services last week, urging support of Senate Bill (SB) 363. “During my years, I have been hit, kicked, bit, slapped, spit on, my hair pulled, and have endured back, neck... 

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How you celebrated Classified Employees Week

Last week was Classified Employees Week, and lots of you had your own chapter-level celebrations (or others celebrated on your behalf). Let’s recap: The Oregon City Education Association (OCEA) filled a box with messages about how “this place would be a ZOO without you!” Staff and students at Two Rivers – Dos Rios Elementary School in Springfield School District made a video about how classified school employees help them succeed. It’s called “Gracias a Ti” — check it out!   Bend-La Pine schools... 

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OSEA seeks outsourcing accountability

OSEA was joined by the Oregon Education Association (OEA) and AFT-Oregon in supporting a bill that would instill accountability into the outsourcing process, ensuring that cost savings do not come primarily from cuts to school district employees’ salaries and benefits. Student transportation, food and custodial services are popular targets for school boards when looking to save a buck. But the evidence shows that districts often do not achieve the promised cost savings, and lose much of their ability to oversee contracted services and make... 

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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

State News

OSEA members lobby legislature for LED

About 150 OSEA members stormed the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, talking with lawmakers about important education issues and testifying on problems facing school employees. OSEA’s Legislative Education Day (LED) is held every two years during the Oregon Legislature’s “long”... Read More

Chapter News

North Santiam reaches an agreement

After months of often acrimonious negotiation, North Santiam Chapter 122 finally reached a mediated contract agreement with the school district on Jan. 10. “We accomplished in eight hours with a mediator what we couldn’t do in eight months of bargaining with the district,” OSEA... Read More

National News

OSEA gain: Unemployment insurance change

In a victory for all education employees, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance requiring states to allow those who quit their jobs for good reasons to receive unemployment compensation during school recess periods. “This is a huge step toward reversing the historic... Read More

Education & Labor Advocacy

School bond campaigns boosted by ELAF

Timely chapter endorsements and contributions from OSEA’s Education and Labor Advocacy Fund (ELAF) helped pass several local ballot measures on Nov. 8 that will invest more than a half billion dollars in Oregon schools. Of the seven instances where OSEA provided financial support... Read More