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Gov. Kate Brown, left, speaks to OSEA members attending Legislative Education Day 2015.

Legislative Education Day: Empowering members

Monday, March 2, 2015

  OSEA member-activists headed to Salem March 1-2 to take part in Legislative Education Day (LED) 2015, visiting legislators and educating them on the important issues facing classified employees in the workplace. On Sunday, March 1, they gathered at the Salem Conference Center to learn about OSEA’s priority legislation this session, including bills that would address problems with the outsourcing process and correct a critical inequity facing educators. Currently, classified employees are not eligible for unemployment when schools close... 

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Dr. Gordon Lafer, associate professor at the University of Oregon's Labor Education and Research Center, testifies in favor of accountability in outsourcing before the Senate Workforce Committee on Feb. 18, 2015.

Bill promotes accountability in outsourcing

Friday, February 20, 2015

  A bill backed by OSEA that would provide appropriate legal protections for public employees faced with losing their jobs to outsourcing was heard by an Oregon Senate committee last week. The bill would provide contracting agencies a method to legally acquire the information they need to conduct an accurate cost analysis as well as clarify what must be included in a required cost analysis and when an agency can outsource based on the cost analysis. It also would ensure the same quick and less costly judicial review process to challenge an... 

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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown speaks at OSEA Conference 2014 in Portland.

OSEA welcomes our new governor

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

  At a time when Oregonians’ trust in government has been shaken, OSEA finds it reassuring that Kate Brown will be leading the state as its 38th governor. OSEA has counted on Kate as a friend ever since her first election to the Oregon House of Representatives almost 25 years ago, when she helped Oregon become one of the first states in the nation to pass family and medical leave legislation. Over the years, as she moved from the state House to the Senate and to the secretary of state’s office, Kate has proved to be a voice for... 

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Several OSEA members spent their Presidents' Day testifying in favor of earned sick leave for all Oregonians at the Oregon Legislature. Pictured, from left, are OSEA/AFT Government Relations Project Staff Mimi Khalili, Janice Niang of Gresham-Barlow Drivers Chapter 204, OSEA President Tim Stoelb, Zone II Director Jane Carlson, Marilyn Folwell of Molalla School Bus Drivers Chapter 203 and OSEA Government Relations Specialist Tricia Smith.

Earned sick leave a necessity

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

  The House Business and Labor and Senate Workforce committees did something you don’t see very often on a state holiday: In addition to staying open for business on Presidents’ Day, they held a joint hearing on earned sick leave in the evening to give as many people as possible an opportunity to attend. Working people from a variety of labor unions, industry sectors and progressive coalitions took advantage of the opportunity to explain how earned sick leave would help their families and ultimately benefit all Oregonians. Some OSEA members,... 

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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


Vote for Outsourcing Hall of Shame entrant


  How do you replace a not-for-profit service with a for-profit vendor and reduce costs while maintaining the quality the public expects and deserves? Much of the time you can’t. This is the single biggest problem with outsourcing and a common theme of OSEA’s latest roundup... Read More

Minimum wage

Hundreds rally for $15 minimum wage

OSEA Vice President Ma'Lena Wirth, Zone VI Director Monica McCanna, Secretary Cydnie Meyer, Zone IV Director Teri Jones and Zone III Director Lisa Gourley were among those rallying for a $15 per hour minimum wage at the Oregon State Capitol on Saturday, Jan. 24.

  Hundreds of workers and supporters of raising the minimum wage rallied in Salem on Saturday for a gradual increase, reaching $15 per hour over a reasonable period of time. Buoyed by a rare sunny and warm January day in the Willamette Valley, about 500 people attended, then... Read More


OSEA training helps members boost skills


  OSEA’s education and training program helps employees in numerous classifications get the skills and certifications they need to do their job — and do it well. For maintenance personnel working in older buildings, certification in lead paint abatement can be essential.... Read More


Last shot at discounted Blazers tix


The Portland Trail Blazers have continued their winning ways throughout the 2014-15 NBA season, with one of the league’s highest winning percentages. This is a great chance for you — or someone you love — to catch a great game at the Moda Center in Portland. The last OSEA... Read More