Final Membership Incentive Program results

The final numbers for the Membership Incentive Program (MIP) are in. There were 34 chapters that will receive a 10 percent incentive, 46 at five percent and 22 at three percent. The incentive will be paid before May 31, and the chapter will be notified once the payment has been processed. The chapter’s achievement will also be recognized at our annual Conference in June. The incentive can be used in any way authorized by the chapter’s governing documents. Some ideas for using the money include funding membership drives, chapter-building events,... 

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The Lighthouse School Chapter 160 ratifies first contract

Two years after they formed a union, members of The Lighthouse School Chapter 160 were able to ratify their first contract by a 12-0 vote on May 16 in Coos Bay. OSEA Director of Field Operations Susan Miller said the ratification vote gave employees an opportunity to “participate in direct democracy” as well as “have a crystal clear voice” in their workplace. “Congratulations to the chapter for successfully negotiating their first collective bargaining agreement,” Miller added. The final contract includes a discipline and grievance... 

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2018 Employee of the Year is Tim Stephens

Tim Stephens, the Springfield School District’s lead inventory specialist who has worked for the district for 18 years, has been selected by OSEA as its 2018 Employee of the Year. The announcement was made May 14 by OSEA President Tim Stoelb before the start of a school board meeting at the Springfield School District Administrative Offices. Click here for photos from the the announcement. Stephen’s supervisor, Greg James describes Stephens as a “doer” who never says something cannot be done, but rather “this is how we make this... 

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OSEA and Causa Oregon May day march and rally

OSEA President Tim Stoelb addressed about 300 members of the labor and immigrant rights communities who were gathered for a rally and march around the Oregon State Capitol on May Day. A group of about 300 people took part in a May Day march around the State Capitol in support of immigrants and working families. Sponsored by OSEA and Causa Oregon, the event is an annual reminder of the plight of immigrant families, a celebration of the contributions of all workers and a reminder of the benefits diversity brings society. Stoelb spoke about 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

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Final Membership Incentive Program results

The final numbers for the Membership Incentive Program (MIP) are in. There were 34 chapters that will receive a 10 percent incentive, 46 at five percent and 22 at three percent. The incentive will be paid before May 31, and the chapter will be notified once the payment has been processed. The... Read More

Member Benefit

New member benefit: Free College!

There’s a fantastic new benefit available to OSEA members and their families through Union Plus — free college! The Union Plus Free College Benefit provides you or your spouse, children, financial dependents or grandchildren with an accessible, debt-free higher education... Read More

Activism

No one can take away your union

Anyone who thinks elections don’t matter should talk with Danny Homan. As president of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 61, Homan oversees a union representing 40,000 public employees in Iowa and Missouri. Recent developments in Iowa... Read More

Voices of Experience

First female president shares stories

No collective bargaining. Little to no paid sick leave. Employees working at the complete mercy of their bosses. That’s no dystopian vision of the future: That was life for Oregon’s classified school employees when Pat Gest was hired at the Hood River School District in the 1960s. That... Read More

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