Your retirement, your future: No cuts!

OSEA is speaking up in opposition to cuts to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and related programs that would harm current workers like us in our golden years. At a hearing at the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, Feb. 13, Government Relations Specialist Tyler Shipman said Senate Bills 559 and 560 would harm classified school employees, who already are retiring at near-poverty incomes. “(These proposals) are attempts to balance the current unfunded PERS liability on the backs of hardworking Oregonians,” Shipman said. “These... 

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North Santiam reaches an agreement

After months of often acrimonious negotiation, North Santiam Chapter 122 finally reached a mediated contract agreement with the school district on Jan. 10. “We accomplished in eight hours with a mediator what we couldn’t do in eight months of bargaining with the district,” OSEA Field Representative Gabe Ortega said. “Things went so much smoother and productively with the mediator.” Members of North Santiam Chapter 122 rally prior to the October school board meeting. The chapter and district successfully reached an agreement through mediation... 

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Speak up now about Oregon Budget

Oregon faces a massive $1.8 billion budget deficit that, if unresolved, will mean painful cuts to schools, health care and other critical services we rely on daily. Meanwhile, the world’s largest corporations enjoy the nation’s lowest taxes here in Oregon — that’s unacceptable. But it’s not too late to speak up before the budget is written. Your voice could have a huge impact on what happens next. Here’s how: The Oregon Legislature’s Joint Ways and Means Committee is holding a series of public hearings in seven... 

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OSEA scholarship deadlines extended

Application deadlines are not far away for three scholarships available to OSEA members and their relatives. Deadlines for the Lou Gerber and John Brown Undergraduate scholarships have been extended to March 15, 2017.  The deadline for the Guy Davis/Past Presidents’ scholarships is also March 15, 2017. For members, the Lou Gerber Scholarship provides financial support to those who wish to further their education at an accredited school. This includes members without a high school diploma who are seeking a graduation equivalence degree (GED).... 

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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

National News

OSEA gain: Unemployment insurance change

In a victory for all education employees, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance requiring states to allow those who quit their jobs for good reasons to receive unemployment compensation during school recess periods. “This is a huge step toward reversing the historic... Read More

Reclaiming the promise

Pledging to defend public education

With a new year comes a chance to renew our commitment to our students, schools and communities. And although our leaders may change, these principles never do:  We must correct the injustice of underinvestment in our schools. We must defend our schools from those who want to outsource... Read More

Member Benefit

Discount on tickets to Rip City!

OSEA Nights at the Moda Center are back! This season, OSEA members and their families have more discounted Portland Trail Blazers games to choose from than ever before. Members can purchase tickets to six regular games and/or four upgraded games. Tickets range from $15 to $99 for... Read More

Education & Labor Advocacy

School bond campaigns boosted by ELAF

Timely chapter endorsements and contributions from OSEA’s Education and Labor Advocacy Fund (ELAF) helped pass several local ballot measures on Nov. 8 that will invest more than a half billion dollars in Oregon schools. Of the seven instances where OSEA provided financial support... Read More