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,... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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,... Read More

Gaining confidence in public speaking

Getting comfortable speaking in public is often a challenge for union leaders, particularly those who are new to their roles. That’s why OSEA and AFT brought Public Speaking for Union Leaders back to Oregon. The class provides an open, encouraging space for union members to learn and grow with advice and feedback from Lauren Samet and Julie Washington of AFT. Constance Palaia... 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 never done this before? That’s why the Oregon Labor Candidate School (OLCS) was created. OLCS... Read More

Trauma leaves marks on young children

(via AFT) We already know intuitively that a child’s learning begins with trust, and that often, trust first requires healing. Two experts on that process—one on why, and the other on how—spoke with educators during a July 20 TEACH session on children’s well-being. Michael Lamb, a former teacher and executive director of Turnaround for Children in Washington,... Read More

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 classes to inmates at the medium- and minimum-security mens prison. Her work has gained attention from... Read More

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 be eliminated, and 45 secretaries will see reduced hours. This comes on top of years of skimpy or nonexistent... 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 time and sacrifices in the service of their union. For hundreds of photos from the banquet and... Read More

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