Action on Conference 2018 resolutions; elections

Full resolution and election results from OSEA Conference 2018 are below, with outcomes in italics: RESOLUTIONS RESULTS Unfinished Business (Conference 2017) Resolution 9 – Gives the Board of Directors the authority to determine the number of delegates to send to the Oregon AFL-CIO convention based on available funding. Requires candidates to complete a questionnaire itemizing their knowledge and experience that would be provided to OSEA delegates prior to election. Passed Conference 2018 Resolutions Resolution 1 – Reduces the annual per capita... 

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2018 State of Our Union

President Tim Stoelb described OSEA’s efforts over the last year to sign up new members as he delivered the union’s first post-Janus v. AFSCME state of the union address. Stoelb told Conference delegates that OSEA launched its statewide All In Membership Campaign back in November in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling fair-share fees unconstitutional. Ninety chapters — either on their own or assisted by OSEA staff — conducted a series of membership drives that ultimately raised the union’s overall membership rate by more than... 

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After Janus

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned 40 years of legal precedent by making fair-share fees for public sector workers unconstitutional in the Janus v. AFSCME case. While today’s decision will surely affect OSEA, it has done nothing to change our focus or resolve. No court decision can stop us from standing together in a union to get a better deal for our hard work. It’s our right and no one can take that away from us. OSEA will continue to represent and advocate for our members, as well as deliver the services they expect and deserve, despite... 

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Homeland security thesis by OSEA member Susan Graves published

OSEA’s own Sue Graves received a Masters of Arts degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security on March 30. The Naval Postgraduate School officially released her thesis on June 8 to the Homeland Security Digital Library. Graves, a member of Lincoln County Chapter 19 as well as the school district’s safety coordinator, was one of 29 students to participate in the ceremony held in Monterey, Calif. “I feel honored and humbled to have participated in this degree program,” Graves said.... 

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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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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

Rose Quarter family events at the Moda Center

OSEA members can enjoy Rose Quarter family events at the Moda Center at a discount Disney Stars on Ice Dare to Dream Performances will be at various times during the show’s run from October 25-28. Although this event is not until October, you may want to get your tickets early. Harlem... 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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