Learn more about the 2018 ballot measures here

Want to learn more about the measures you’ll be voting on? This video is a short explanation of the five measures on the ballot this November. Click here to learn more about OSEA’s position on these measures.   http://www.osea.org/wp-content/uploads/2018/10/FULLBallotSlateExplainerVideo-v7-1.mp4  Read More

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OSEA throws support behind bonds, levies

OSEA’s Education and Labor Advocacy Fund (ELAF) is a great resource for chapters that want to support local ballot measures. ELAF is funded solely through voluntary contributions and does not use any member dues. Five chapters requested — and received — money from ELAF this election cycle to support the following measures: Ashland Chapter 42 — Bond Levy Ashland Chapter 42 is contributing $350 to support the Ashland School District’s $109 million general obligation bond. If approved, the measure will allow the district to finance capital... 

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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

Final Membership Incentive Program results

The final numbers for the Membership Incentive Program (MIP) are in. There were 34 chapters that will receive a 10 percent incentive, 46 at 5 percent and 23 at 3 percent. The incentive will be paid before May 31, and the chapter will be notified once the payment has been processed. The... 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


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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