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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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Stoelb elected to 3rd AFT VP term

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

OSEA President Tim Stoelb was reelected to a third two-year term as an AFT vice president at AFT’s National Convention last week in Minneapolis. As our OSEA Board of Directors conducts the business of the association between conferences, the AFT Executive Council, chaired by AFT President Randi Weingarten, likewise conducts the business of the AFT between conventions. The council consists of representatives from six AFT divisions; Teachers, Higher Education, Public Services, Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRP), Healthcare and... 

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Study: Corporate taxes don’t impact consumer prices

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

  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 affected those prices. “A nationwide scan of the prices consumers pay at major retailers showed that low state taxes do not equate to low consumer prices, or vice versa,” said Shamus Lynsky, Interim Executive Director of the Oregon Consumer League and lead author... 

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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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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

Former OSEA lobbyist Tricia Smith shows off the Tribune of Worker Justice award she received from Northwest Workers’ Justice Project on June 3.

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