New member benefit offers peace of mind

Are you a member of OSEA? Then you’re covered. OSEA, through our affiliation with the American Federation of Teachers (AFT), has arranged for all active, working members* in good standing to have a $5,000 accidental death and dismemberment (AD&D) insurance policy from The Union Labor Life Insurance Company. The AD&D benefit is included in your OSEA union membership, so you’re already covered — but you need to name your beneficiary. Download this form and return it to OSEA to designate your beneficiary. Whether an accident resulting... 

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Pick a pic-a-nic for Labor Day

All over the state, Labor Day weekend brings opportunities to eat tasty food and spend time with fellow union members. In many communities, unions have organized social events to commemorate the day, including picnics, barbecues and speaking engagements for community leaders. OSEA would like to encourage members to attend one of these events. If you would like to volunteer with one of the Labor Day picnics, please call the contact number listed under the event. PORTLAND: Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC) picnic at Oaks Amusement Park from... 

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OSHA: Schools must keep injury records

K-12 schools and many other educational facilities will now be required to maintain records of staff injuries and work-related illnesses and report them to Oregon OSHA, thanks to a new state rule change championed by OSEA. OSEA has led the campaign that sheds light on the routine injuries incurred by school staff, particularly those working in special education and with behaviorally difficult students. Yet for years, schools have been considered a “low-risk” worksite, meaning that most injuries to staff were never reported. This lack of information... 

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How after-bell breakfast boosts performance

The American Federation for Teachers (AFT) and the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) are committed to strategic partnerships at the school, district, state and national levels to advance children’s health and well-being. We especially value collaborative approaches to address children’s food security. One way the AFT and FRAC work together is to ensure that all children, especially those struggling with hunger, have access to healthy school meal programs. Thanks to the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, federally funded school breakfasts... 

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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


Union members make great public officials

Working families are the backbone of this country, yet are sorely underrepresented in public office. Unions are great at creating leaders, but too often we allow ourselves to be held back by the “what ifs” — What if I can’t raise enough money? What if I’ve... Read More

Members Today

Overcoming incredible odds to help others

Inside the walls at Deer Ridge Correctional Institute in Madras, OSEA members like Angie Ptomey help provide the skills needed to ensure inmates leaving the prison can survive and thrive on the outside. In her position at Central Oregon Community College (COCC), Ptomey teaches GED... Read More

Chapters in Action

Reynolds members protest layoffs, cuts

In response to layoffs and reduced hours, 65 Reynolds School District employees and their supporters filled their school board meeting this week to emphasize how reductions harm students, workers and the community. Nine classified employees were recently informed their jobs would... Read More


‘Just keep fighting:’ Tenacity honored

Conference 2017 concluded with honors, farewells and a tribute to OSEA’s Employee of the Year. Delegates welcomed new board members in Zone V Director Marina McCambridge and Zone I Director Dianna Hess. Outgoing Zone Directors Kathy Forbes and Aaron Powell were recognized for their... Read More

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