Eugene members look after their own

A quick response from caring coworkers saved the life of an OSEA member when he had a heart attack on the job recently. Terry McDonald, a carpenter for Eugene School District, was working on a window at Monroe Middle School when he suddenly collapsed and fell to the ground. His coworker, Martin Thiele, found him almost immediately and ran inside to alert office staff to dial 911. He encountered Jason Moch, head custodian at Monroe, and went to perform chest compressions on McDonald. Moch grabbed an automated external defibrillator (AED) and went... 

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Member elected to SOESD Board

When Rosie Converse turns 30 over Memorial Day weekend, she and her family will also be celebrating her election to the Southern Oregon Education Service District (SOESD) board. Converse, a software developer for the district and an OSEA member, beat an incumbent by nearly 20 points to earn a seat on the board for SOESD, which serves nearly 50,000 students in Jackson, Josephine and Klamath counties. Converse had little interest in politics before moving back to southern Oregon from her hometown of Colorado Springs. She first came to Oregon to attend... 

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Mostly wins for OSEA-backed bonds, candidates

OSEA-backed bond measures and school board candidates were mostly successful in the May elections that culminated on Tuesday. It was thrilling to see so many chapters jump in and endorse candidates and bond measures, and in turn seek contributions from OSEA’s Education and Labor Advocacy Fund, which is financed by small donations from school employees throughout Oregon. For construction bonds, big wins include a $268 million effort in Bend-La Pine, $187 million in Lake Oswego, and $4 million each in Sweet Home and Tillamook. Among school board... 

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Member courage honored by AFT

OSEA’s Work Shouldn’t Hurt campaign earned a national award from the American Federation of Teachers (AFT) at the recent Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel convention in Detroit. The Workers Memorial Day award recognizes AFT locals and affiliates such as OSEA for outstanding work to make life better for their members. OSEA’s Work Shouldn’t Hurt efforts encompassed many tasks — encouraging and empowering members to speak with candor about frequency and severity of injuries they suffer, communicating the root causes and ideas... 

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OSEA Conference 2017: Now's the time to register

Each year, delegates from chapter throughout the state gather at the annual OSEA Conference as the governing body of the union. Members elected to represent the interests of their chapter at Conference are the union’s ultimate decision-makers. This makes Conference the union’s premier governing event. The delegates who attend determine member dues, approve OSEA’s annual budget, elect state officers and zone directors, ensure that the mission and goals of the union reflect... Read More

Looking out for you

Playground, maintenance workers need protection

OSEA supports policies that promote safe, healthy environments with fully-trained, high-quality career professionals serving the needs of the public. We are supporting passage of Senate Bill (SB) 327A, which would extend recreational immunity to grounds and maintenance professionals... Read More


Chase named Employee of the Year

For the first time in the history of OSEA’s Employee of the Year award, the winner of one of the union’s highest honors will represent Zone III. Denise Chase, a paraprofessional librarian at Central High School and president of Central Chapter 124, became the latest recipient... Read More

First Book Drive

Two BIG First Book events!

Hundreds of OSEA members and other volunteers turned out to help sort and distribute a total of 40,000 free, high-quality new books to Title I schools and classrooms in the Eugene and southern Oregon areas. Hosted by Eugene Chapter 1 and Medford Chapter 15, these huge logistical... Read More


Stoelb wins highest honor from AFT-PSRP

OSEA President Tim Stoelb’s lifetime of public service was recognized last week with the Albert Shanker Pioneer Award, the highest honor bestowed by the American Federation of Teachers’ Paraprofessional and School-Related Personnel (AFT PSRP). He was honored at AFT’s PSRP Conference... Read More