Labor gives back for holidays

Monday, December 5, 2016

Created with flickr slideshow.         Union members from throughout the Mid-Willamette Valley gave back to their communities through the 76th Annual Holiday Party, sponsored by the Marion-Polk-Yamhill Central Labor Chapter. Hundreds of kids and their families packed the Historic Elsinore Theatre in downtown Salem to receive a bag full of treats, visit with Santa Claus and watch Polar Express on the big screen. “We live here and work here in the Mid-Valley, so we want to make a positive impact here. It’s an honor... 

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Ashland fights to preserve rights

Friday, December 2, 2016

Ashland Chapter 42 is in mediation with the school district, pushing back against administration’s attempt to remove a key element of the contract. The chapter picketed in front of the district office in November to show administrators that they intend to stand up for their rights. The district is taking the curious position that transportation work rules have never been part of the contract, despite OSEA’s documented evidence that Ashland administration and classified school employees have bargained over the rules in the past. “If this... 

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State dept. of education to host ESSA sessions

Thursday, December 1, 2016

OSEA members have an opportunity in the coming months to help Oregon reshape its education system as the state refines its plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) started developing its state implementation plan in April 2016 and expects to submit its final plan to the U.S. Education Department by March 6, 2017. In the meantime, ODE will solicit feedback of its draft during a series of community forums held at the following venues statewide: Dec. 6 — 6 p.m., Jackson Elementary... 

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Sweet Home back in school on Fridays

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Sweet Home schools will return to a five-day school week in 2017-18 — a welcome development for classified employees in the district. Members of Sweet Home Chapter 3 have been delivering the message that “School Cuts Hurt Sweet Home” ever since the district opted for a shorter school week during a budget crunch. The school board’s unanimous vote to switch back came in part due to increasingly unfavorable test scores when compared with the rest of the state. While test scores had lagged only slightly behind the state average prior to the... 

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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

A Better Oregon

With Measure 97’s failure, what’s next?


When you take on the biggest and most powerful corporations in the country, you know you’re in for a fight. And while Measure 97 has failed, we have changed the debate around corporate taxation in Oregon. Voters now know that we can no longer afford to have the lowest corporate... Read More

Safe Schools for All

OSEA seeks stronger injury reporting rules

OSEA Government Relations Specialist Soren Metzger gives public comment before Oregon OSHA at an Oct. 27 hearing in Tigard.

OSEA’s government relations specialist shared our union’s perspective on proposed changes to rules concerning the reporting and tracking of workplace injuries at a public hearing last month held by Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The stated goal of... Read More

Member Benefit

Discounted hockey tix for OSEA members!


There’s perhaps no in-person sports experience quite like hockey. The Portland Winterhawks deliver an affordable, fun and family friendly experience to go with a solid on-ice product. And thanks to your OSEA membership, you can enjoy discounted tickets to one (or more) of several games... Read More


North Santiam Chapter 122 demands respect

North Santiam Chapter 122 President Sella Bemrose addresses the school board on Oct. 20.

About 40 members of North Santiam Chapter 122 stood united behind their president last week as she told the school board that classified employees expect — and deserve — respect. North Santiam Chapter 122 President Sella Bemrose addresses the school board on Oct. 20. President... Read More