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Celebrate Labor Day with union friends

Friday, August 26, 2016

On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, Oregonians throughout the state will celebrate the labor movement’s contribution to our country. In many communities, unions have organized social events to commemorate the day, including picnics, barbecues and speaking engagements for community leaders. The Oregon School Employees Association would like to encourage members to attend one of these events. If you would like to volunteer with one of the Labor Day picnics, please call the contact number listed under the event. You never know who you’ll run into... 

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Luisi joins Hermiston School Board

Monday, August 22, 2016

OSEA Junior Past President Bonnie Luisi is the newest member of the Hermiston School Board. Luisi — who also serves as chair of Retired Oregon School Employees (ROSE) — was appointed in early August to a vacancy on the board, but the idea of seeking a school board seat has been in the back of Luisi’s mind for a long time. In fact, she had been strongly considering a run in 2017. But opportunity came knocking when another former classified employee, Maria Duron, resigned to take a job with the district. “I didn’t want the board to lose... 

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Course teaches ladder safety to members

Monday, August 1, 2016

Twenty-two custodians and maintenance personnel attended a recent ladder and safety training in Sherwood. Falls from ladders are a leading cause of occupational injury and death. They are also preventable. Choosing the right ladder for the job can make all the difference, said Connie DeYoe, education and training specialist for OSEA. Richard Ohannessian, a custodian in Sherwood Chapter 103, descends a ladder at a training event in his district. And with new fall protection rules going into effect next year, now is a great time to review the new... 

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‘Work Shouldn’t Hurt’ embraced nationally

Thursday, July 28, 2016

OSEA’s Work Shouldn’t Hurt-Safe Schools for All campaign is getting more national attention. The enthusiasm of OSEA’s delegates to the AFT National Convention in Minneapolis was critical to passing a resolution urging AFT to support additional measures to protect the health and safety of school employees. It calls for: Requiring educational employers to report employee injuries to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) Expanded national monitoring of assaults against special education personnel Seeking AFT’s assistance... 

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OSEA Conference 2016 In Review


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

State News

Study: Corporate taxes don’t raise prices


  A comprehensive study shows no correlation between taxes paid by large corporations and prices paid by consumers in that same state. The new study from the Oregon Consumer League and Our Oregon studied consumer prices across state lines to find out if and how corporate taxes... Read More


Become an activist; apply for MOSI today

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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... Read More

Professional Development

Get qualified with WorkKeys testing


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)... 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