Your retirement, your future: No cuts!

OSEA is speaking up in opposition to cuts to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) and related programs that would harm current workers like us in our golden years. At a hearing at the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, Feb. 13, Government Relations Specialist Tyler Shipman said Senate Bills 559 and 560 would harm classified school employees, who already are retiring at near-poverty... Read More

North Santiam reaches an agreement

After months of often acrimonious negotiation, North Santiam Chapter 122 finally reached a mediated contract agreement with the school district on Jan. 10. “We accomplished in eight hours with a mediator what we couldn’t do in eight months of bargaining with the district,” OSEA Field Representative Gabe Ortega said. “Things went so much smoother and productively with the... Read More

Speak up now about Oregon Budget

Oregon faces a massive $1.8 billion budget deficit that, if unresolved, will mean painful cuts to schools, health care and other critical services we rely on daily. Meanwhile, the world’s largest corporations enjoy the nation’s lowest taxes here in Oregon — that’s unacceptable. But it’s not too late to speak up before the budget is written. Your voice... Read More

OSEA scholarship deadlines extended

Application deadlines are not far away for three scholarships available to OSEA members and their relatives. Deadlines for the Lou Gerber and John Brown Undergraduate scholarships have been extended to March 15, 2017.  The deadline for the Guy Davis/Past Presidents’ scholarships is also March 15, 2017. For members, the Lou Gerber Scholarship provides financial support to those... Read More

OSEA gain: Unemployment insurance change

In a victory for all education employees, the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) has issued guidance requiring states to allow those who quit their jobs for good reasons to receive unemployment compensation during school recess periods. “This is a huge step toward reversing the historic discrimination against education employees that currently denies our members unemployment compensation... Read More

Marching for humanity in Salem

About 1,000 supporters of immigrant rights and humane treatment for all people marched on the Oregon State Capitol on Saturday, Jan. 14, braving freezing temperatures to demand keeping families united and reject hate.  Speakers committed passionate support for all Oregonians on the eve of a new presidential administration. Click here to see photos from the march. “Today Oregonians... Read More

Pledging to defend public education

With a new year comes a chance to renew our commitment to our students, schools and communities. And although our leaders may change, these principles never do:  We must correct the injustice of underinvestment in our schools. We must defend our schools from those who want to outsource public education. We must insist that schools be safe for all students to learn, grow and make... Read More

Discount on tickets to Rip City!

OSEA Nights at the Moda Center are back! This season, OSEA members and their families have more discounted Portland Trail Blazers games to choose from than ever before. Members can purchase tickets to six regular games and/or four upgraded games. Tickets range from $15 to $99 for regular games and from $38 to $140 for upgraded games. In order to enjoy high-flying Rip City basketball,... Read More

School bond campaigns boosted by ELAF

Timely chapter endorsements and contributions from OSEA’s Education and Labor Advocacy Fund (ELAF) helped pass several local ballot measures on Nov. 8 that will invest more than a half billion dollars in Oregon schools. Of the seven instances where OSEA provided financial support to local ballot measures, none proved more critical than in Gresham-Barlow’s campaign to pass a... Read More

N. Santiam seeks communication

North Santiam Chapter 122 and the district are set to go into mediation on Jan. 10; however, that doesn’t mean the chapter isn’t open to any last-minute attempts to avoid it. “We’re not very far apart in terms of dollar amounts,” OSEA Field Representative Gabe Ortega said. “As we wait for mediation, why not keep the lines of communication open?” Nevertheless, it... Read More