OSEA lobbies for PEBB/OEBB double coverage bill

OSEA is working with other public sector unions to pass legislation allowing employees to keep double coverage through the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) and Public Employees’ Benefit Board (PEBB). During the 2017 session, the Oregon Legislature passed a cost containment bill (Senate Bill 1067) that, among other things, eliminated double coverage through PEBB and OEBB starting July 1, 2019. Last week, OSEA Government Relations Specialist Soren Metzger submitted testimony to the House Business and Labor Committee in favor of House Bill... 

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OSEA to select delegates for AFT Convention

OSEA is accepting nominations for delegates who will represent our membership at the 2018 biennial American Federation of Teachers (AFT) National Convention to be held Thursday, July 12, through Monday, July 16, in Pittsburgh, Pa. The David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., will be the site of the 2018 biennial AFT National Convention. Photo by TheZachMorrisExperience/CC-BY-SA-3.0 Interested members must submit their nomination form to the State Office no later than midnight March 30, 2018. The delegates and alternates will then... 

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All In Drives working; 1,270 new members

OSEA President Tim Stoelb, pictured left, attended Three Rivers Chapter 22’s All In Membership Drive training on Jan. 23. The chapter started putting that training into practice on Feb. 12 as it kick-started its five-day membership drive. On Feb. 12, Three Rivers Chapter 22 became the latest OSEA chapter to go “All In” with a membership drive. Over the course of a week, the chapter planned to visit 12 schools in a sustained effort to build membership strength as OSEA braces for a devastating Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME. “I... 

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Get discount tickets to five more Blazers games

As the Portland Trail Blazers enter the second half of their season, OSEA members and their families have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for five additional regular-season games. Tickets range from $12 to $95. In order to enjoy high-flying Rip City basketball, simply follow these steps: Step 1: Pick your games Thursday, Feb. 8, vs. Charlotte Hornets at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 1, vs. Minnesota Timberwolves at 7:30 p.m. Monday, March 12, vs. Miami Heat at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 30, vs. Los Angeles Clippers at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, April... 

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Join OSEA Today

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

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Eugene shares its experience with blitz

The fact it had just completed its own membership blitz a few days earlier earned Eugene Chapter 1 a special spot on Saturday’s agenda of the Leadership Summit. Eugene Chapter 1 President Ray Martin shares his chapter’s recent experience conducting a membership drive to attendees... Read More

OSEA President Tim Stoelb

EVERY chapter needed to beat Janus

By Tim Stoelb, OSEA President OSEA has a lot of things to be thankful for as we head into the new year — almost 15,000 by last count. The 14,912 dues-paying members of OSEA understand there’s power in numbers. They know that by joining together in unity they can negotiate contracts... Read More


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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