OSEA lobbies for PEBB/OEBB double coverage bill

OSEA is working with other public sector unions to pass legislation allowing employees to keep double coverage through the Oregon Educators Benefit Board (OEBB) and Public Employees’ Benefit Board (PEBB). During the 2017 session, the Oregon Legislature passed a cost containment bill (Senate Bill 1067) that, among other things, eliminated double coverage through PEBB and OEBB... Read More

OSEA to select delegates for AFT Convention

OSEA is accepting nominations for delegates who will represent our membership at the 2018 biennial American Federation of Teachers (AFT) National Convention to be held Thursday, July 12, through Monday, July 16, in Pittsburgh, Pa. The David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh, Pa., will be the site of the 2018 biennial AFT National Convention. Photo by TheZachMorrisExperience/CC-BY-SA-3.0 Interested... Read More

All In Drives working; 1,270 new members

OSEA President Tim Stoelb, pictured left, attended Three Rivers Chapter 22’s All In Membership Drive training on Jan. 23. The chapter started putting that training into practice on Feb. 12 as it kick-started its five-day membership drive. On Feb. 12, Three Rivers Chapter 22 became the latest OSEA chapter to go “All In” with a membership drive. Over the course of a week,... Read More

Get discount tickets to five more Blazers games

As the Portland Trail Blazers enter the second half of their season, OSEA members and their families have the opportunity to purchase discounted tickets for five additional regular-season games. Tickets range from $12 to $95. In order to enjoy high-flying Rip City basketball, simply follow these steps: Step 1: Pick your games Thursday, Feb. 8, vs. Charlotte Hornets at 7 p.m. Thursday,... Read More

Voters protect Medicaid coverage

Measure 101 passed easily Tuesday night as more than 60 percent of voters chose to protect Medicaid coverage for 1 in 4 Oregonians. With the measure’s passage, the Oregon Legislature was able to avoid devoting its upcoming six-week session to making up a huge health care budget shortfall in the event of the referendums failure. “Oregon voters realized that without Measure 101,... Read More

Central successfully completes membership drive

OSEA’s No. 1 priority this year — and for the foreseeable future — is to build membership strength in every chapter as we brace ourselves for a devastating Supreme Court decision in Janus v. AFSCME. OSEA Field Representative Gabe Ortega, left, and Central Chapter 124 President Denise Chase show how many All In cards they were able to collect in one day at Talmadge Middle... Read More

Data show working people on the rise

According to its annual report on union membership, the Bureau of Labor Statistics found the number of workers belonging to a union rose by 260,000 nationwide last year. The increase reflects a wave of organizing victories across a range of industries that have brought higher wages, better benefits and a more secure future for working people. In Oregon, overall union membership... Read More

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 show that anti-union forces, if given power, will use it to strip away decades of hard-won rights,... Read More

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 had all changed by 1996, when Gest retired as OSEA’s director of operations at the end of... Read More

Eugene shares its experience with blitz

The fact it had just completed its own membership blitz a few days earlier earned Eugene Chapter 1 a special spot on Saturday’s agenda of the Leadership Summit. Eugene Chapter 1 President Ray Martin shares his chapter’s recent experience conducting a membership drive to attendees as Secretary Sheila Waggoner, far left, and Vice President-Treasurer Diana McElhinney look on. One... Read More

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