Become a better public speaker

AFT’s Public Speaking for Union Leaders is coming to Salem July 25-26! The program is designed to help participants learn and/or fine tune their public speaking skills. The focus is on how to write and deliver speeches so members are comfortable talking in any situation — from worksite meetings to school board meetings. The training will help participants learn to speak... Read More

‘Just keep fighting:’ Member 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 Monica McCambridge and Zone I Director Dianna Hess. Outgoing Zone Directors Kathy Forbes and Aaron Powell were recognized for their time and sacrifices in the service of their union. For hundreds of photos from the banquet and... Read More

Action on resolutions; elections

Full resolution and election results from OSEA Conference 2017 are below, with outcomes in italics: RESOLUTION RESULTS Unfinished Business (Conference 2016) Resolution 5 — Combines language relating to dues and assessments located in various articles in the Constitution into one new article; itemizes the state per capita dues rate: Passed Conference 2017 Resolutions Resolution... Read More

2017 State of Our Union

President Tim Stoelb presented a clear-eyed snapshot of the state of our union that encapsulated the past year’s accomplishments and the challenges which lay ahead on day two of OSEA’s 79th Conference. “It is neither an entirely rosy nor an entirely gloomy picture,” Stoelb said. “Instead, I hope to convey our reality.” OSEA President Tim Stoelb Stoelb told delegates... Read More

A memorable Conference opening

Conference 2017 kicked off with revamped opening ceremonies that included comedian Sharon Lacey, a bigger-than-ever Parade of Banners, the crowning of a new OSEA Employee of the Year and a tribute to recently passed former OSEA President and Field Representative Leota Clark. Central Chapter 124 President Denise Chase was formally recognized as OSEA’s 2017 Employee of the... Read More

Sketchy numbers lead to Roseburg layoffs

More than two dozen Roseburg Chapter 21 members fought the good fight by filling their school board meeting room to standing capacity, most wearing buttons that read “Staff Cuts Hurt Kids.” Sadly, neither our cause nor classified employees’ vital contributions to schools were acknowledged by the school board. Without any significant explanation or sympathy expressed toward... Read More

Forest Grove custodians ask district to pressure contractor

Members of Forest Grove Custodians Chapter 301 and their supporters packed the Forest Grove School Board meeting last night to demand the district put pressure on the private contractor Sodexo for higher wages and better benefits. Custodian Michael Parra asks the Forest Grove School Board for help in getting fair wages and benefits from Sodexo. “Sodexo has ignored our concerns... Read More

Senate gives unanimous nod to safety bill

In a major victory for classified school employees around the state, both chambers of the Oregon Legislature unanimously approved legislation that will ensure educators are no longer left in the dark regarding their students’ needs. The broadly recognized need for employees working in special education to understand the needs of their students, be informed of changes to their... Read More

OSEA makes case for OSHA rule change

OSEA and AFT-Oregon members delivered powerful testimony in support of a common-sense rule change at two public hearings held last week by the Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration (Oregon OSHA). The proposed rule change would no longer exempt K-12 school districts from the stringent recordkeeping regulations other occupations are required to follow when documenting... Read More

Eugene members look after their own

A quick response from caring coworkers saved the life of an OSEA member when he had a heart attack on the job recently. Terry McDonald, a carpenter for Eugene School District, was working on a window at Monroe Middle School when he suddenly collapsed and fell to the ground. His coworker, Martin Thiele, found him almost immediately and ran inside to alert office staff to dial 911. He... Read More