School bond campaigns boosted by ELAF

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

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 to local ballot measures, none proved more critical than in Gresham-Barlow’s campaign to pass a $291.2 million bond that narrowly won by 833 votes out of 33,419 cast. Voters in the state’s 10th largest school district had not approved a capital construction bond to... 

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Labor gives back for holidays

Monday, December 5, 2016

Created with flickr slideshow.         Union members from throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley gave back to their communities through the 76th Annual Holiday Party, sponsored by the Marion-Polk-Yamhill Central Labor Chapter. Hundreds of kids and their families packed the Historic Elsinore Theatre in downtown Salem to receive a bag full of treats, visit with Santa Claus and watch Polar Express on the big screen. “We live here and work here in the Mid-Valley, so we want to make a positive impact here. It’s an honor... 

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Ashland fights to preserve rights

Friday, December 2, 2016

Ashland Chapter 42 is in mediation with the school district, pushing back against administration’s attempt to remove a key element of the contract. The chapter picketed in front of the district office in November to show administrators that they intend to stand up for their rights. The district is taking the curious position that transportation work rules have never been part of the contract, despite OSEA’s documented evidence that Ashland administration and classified school employees have bargained over the rules in the past. “If this... 

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State seeking ESSA feedback

Thursday, December 1, 2016

OSEA members have an opportunity in the coming months to help Oregon reshape its education system as the state refines its plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) started developing its state implementation plan in April 2016 and expects to submit its final plan to the U.S. Education Department by March 6, 2017. In the meantime, ODE will solicit feedback of its draft during a series of community forums held at the following venues statewide: Dec. 6 — 6 p.m., Jackson Elementary... 

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State News

State seeking ESSA feedback

OSEA members have an opportunity in the coming months to help Oregon reshape its education system as the state refines its plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) started developing its state implementation plan in... Read More

First Book Drive

Lane Co HS delivers First Book

Lane County Head Start Chapter 600 members have distributed 2,400 high-quality children’s books to their students thanks to OSEA and AFT’s partnership with First Book.  Students served by Head Start in the county will receive two books each. Chapter Vice President Stacey Conrad... Read More

Working for You

New staff come aboard at OSEA

OSEA has recently added a field representative and organizer to our staff. Our newest field representative in the Metro Office brings a wealth of labor experience to the job. Steve Sears has worked as an organizer and representative for numerous organizations, including the American... Read More

Activism

OSEA leader elected to local office

One of our own was elected to the Sweet Home City Council in the November election. Sweet Home Chapter 3 member and Zone III Director Lisa Gourley was elected to a four-year term on the council. She obtained the second-most votes of any council candidate, including one incumbent.... Read More