Conference 2016 closes with honors

Sunday, June 26, 2016

OSEA’s annual Conference banquet included kudos for longtime activists, swearing in elected union officials and heartfelt tributes to 2016 Employee of the Year Cheryl Radinovich. Radinovich, an office manager at Burns High School and a member of Harney County Chapter 75, was described as the “go-to person if anyone has a need, questions or just wants advice” by Public Relations Committee Chair Melissa Siegel. “She helps students and staff with compassion and partiality, always giving 110 percent of herself,” Siegel... 

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Delegates lower dues; election results

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Delegates at Conference 2016 voted to lower dues for the second year in a row. Member dues were reduced from 1.875 percent to 1.8 percent as a result. In addition, President Tim Stoelb was reelected to the top post for a third term, as was Vice President Ma’Lena Wirth. Secretary Mary Hofer was reelected to a full term. Delegates also voted on representatives to the American Association of Classified School Employees (AACSE). The Red Lion on the River at Jantzen Beach will continue to host our Conference through 2019 after delegates voted to... 

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2016 State of Our Union

Friday, June 24, 2016

Alluding to this year’s Conference theme (‘Carrying the Torch’), OSEA President Tim Stoelb said our union’s flame is still burning bright after 78 years and gave an upbeat assessment of the state of our union Friday. “As in the past, a message is being delivered (with this year’s theme),” Stoelb said. “The message, however, is not ‘the thrill of victory and agony of defeat,’ but rather the discipline, commitment and hard work that individuals and groups embrace to achieve a common goal.” He paid tribute to past members, as... 

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Kicking off Conference 2016

Friday, June 24, 2016

Conference 2016 opening ceremonies were a smash on Thursday evening, with keynote speaker Brad Avakian underlining labor’s key role in the fight for a more just society. Avakian, the state’s labor commissioner and the Democratic nominee for secretary of state, said he appreciated OSEA’s longstanding support, adding he has always had the backs of OSEA members and union members writ large. He touted the efforts of the Bureau of Labor and Industries (BOLI) under his leadership, highlighting a multi-million dollar settlement against... 

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OSEA Conference 2016 In Review


OSEA’s 78th annual Conference was held on June 23-25, 2016, at the Red Lion on the River (Jantzen Beach) in Portland. Delegates who attended reduced member dues, approved OSEA’s annual budget, and elected state officers and zone directors.  Read More

Chapters in Action

ASL interpreters need higher wages

Supporters of American Sign Language interpreters in Eugene Chapter 1 raise their hands to show applause at a Eugene School Board meeting.

Supporters of American Sign Language interpreters in Eugene Chapter 1 raise their hands to show applause at a Eugene School Board meeting. More than 60 purple-clad Eugene Chapter 1 American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and their supporters made a strong case for fair wages at... Read More

State News

Most OSEA-backed candidates, bonds win


Gov. Kate Brown and secretary of state candidate Brad Avakian’s primary victories led the way in what was a mostly successful night for OSEA-endorsed bonds and candidates. Brown easily dispatched her rivals en route to a huge win in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, May 17. She... Read More

Members Today

Our 2016 Employee of the Year


Cheryl Radinovich, a Harney County School District employee for 32 years, has been selected by OSEA as its 2016 Employee of the Year. The announcement was made May 5 by OSEA President Tim Stoelb at a Burns High School assembly. This was the third time in the award’s history that... Read More

OSEA President Tim Stoelb

Big businesses need to pay their share


For more than two decades, Oregon has been disinvesting in our education system through legislative inaction, bad ballot measures and increased efforts to privatize school services. Additionally, we’ve experienced deep cuts to art, library, physical education and music programs,... Read More