We are (still) the change we seek

“We must be the We in ‘We the People!’” This was just one takeaway in a stemwinder of a speech by American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten in Eugene this week as part of the Margaret Hallock Program for Women’s Rights at the University of Oregon’s Wayne Morse Center. Weingarten, a dynamic speaker with decades of education and labor experience, fears that the ladder of opportunity provided by public schools could erode under a presidency that promises further cuts to public education and a push toward outsourcing... 

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Covert communication for school emergencies

By SUE GRAVES, OSEA Lincoln County Chapter 19 Have you ever wondered what pink Cadillacs have to do with school lockdowns? Well, you are about to find out…Whether from a police chase in the community, a suspicious person wandering into the school, or a horrific active shooter emergency, schools have to be prepared to quickly implement protective measures, such as a lockdown. Secret Codes: In the 1990s, schools that had emergency lockdown plans often used secret codes to alert their staff to lockdown. At one school the administrator would turn... 

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E. Oregon has new board member

OSEA members in eastern Oregon have new representation on the OSEA Board of Directors. Anjee Young-Whitnah, a GED options coordinator in La Grande Chapter 24 was unanimously elected by the OSEA Board of Directors to fill a vacancy on the Board. She replaces Adrian Rodarte, who resigned to take a non-represented position with Hermiston School District. Young-Whitnah will hold the position until the OSEA Conference in June, where elections will be held for a full term.  Zone VII Director Anjee Young-Whitnah, left, shakes hands with OSEA President... 

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Chapters get involved in May elections

One of the most powerful ways for OSEA chapters to effect change in their communities is through the ballot box — whether it’s by supporting labor- and education-friendly school board candidates or local option levies. Pictured, from left, are Lake Oswego Chapter 12 Vice President Sierra Avila, Political Action Chair Nicolle Landau, President Melissa Siegel, Keep Lake Oswego Schools First Co-Chair John Stirek, Lake Oswego School Board Chair Sarah Howell and School Board member John Wallin. This May, Lake Oswego Chapter 12 and David Douglas Chapter... 

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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

Safe Schools for All

Work Shouldn’t Hurt draws bipartisan support

A bipartisan bill backed by OSEA would ensure school employees working with students on a behavior management plan are no longer left in the dark. House Bill (HB) 3318 would require that all school employees working with a student on a behavior management plan be included in its development... Read More

Legislative News

Outsourcing harms workers, communities

Oregon state senators heard the case for accountability in outsourcing from one of its victims. Stephanie Hicks, a former school bus driver in Central Point Chapter 47 whose job was outsourced to a for-profit company, was the plaintiff in a successful case brought by OSEA against... Read More

Education & Labor Advocacy

Get inspired by awesome member-activists!

The testimonials and evaluations from OSEA members attending our largest-ever Legislative Education Day are in — and this event was a big hit with educational employees from across the state. Here’s a sampling of what members had to say. We hope these inspire you to consider getting... Read More

Chapter News

Big win for Eugene interpreters

American Sign Language interpreters in Eugene School District won a major victory recently in their demands for fair compensation for the work they do. Serving Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students throughout Lane County districts in classrooms, extracurricular and even social activities... Read More