We are (still) the change we seek

“We must be the We in ‘We the People!’” This was just one takeaway in a stemwinder of a speech by American Federation of Teachers (AFT) President Randi Weingarten in Eugene this week as part of the Margaret Hallock Program for Women’s Rights at the University of Oregon’s Wayne Morse Center. Weingarten, a dynamic speaker with decades of education and labor experience,... Read More

Covert communication for school emergencies

By SUE GRAVES, OSEA Lincoln County Chapter 19 Have you ever wondered what pink Cadillacs have to do with school lockdowns? Well, you are about to find out…Whether from a police chase in the community, a suspicious person wandering into the school, or a horrific active shooter emergency, schools have to be prepared to quickly implement protective measures, such as a lockdown. Secret... Read More

E. Oregon has new board member

OSEA members in eastern Oregon have new representation on the OSEA Board of Directors. Anjee Young-Whitnah, a GED options coordinator in La Grande Chapter 24 was unanimously elected by the OSEA Board of Directors to fill a vacancy on the Board. She replaces Adrian Rodarte, who resigned to take a non-represented position with Hermiston School District. Young-Whitnah will hold the... Read More

Chapters get involved in May elections

One of the most powerful ways for OSEA chapters to effect change in their communities is through the ballot box — whether it’s by supporting labor- and education-friendly school board candidates or local option levies. Pictured, from left, are Lake Oswego Chapter 12 Vice President Sierra Avila, Political Action Chair Nicolle Landau, President Melissa Siegel, Keep Lake Oswego... Read More

Outsourcing harms workers, communities

Oregon state senators heard the case for accountability in outsourcing from one of its victims. Stephanie Hicks, a former school bus driver in Central Point Chapter 47 whose job was outsourced to a for-profit company, was the plaintiff in a successful case brought by OSEA against the school district. While the Oregon Court of Appeals ultimately ruled that Central Point School District... Read More

First Book heads to Eugene, Medford!

OSEA and First Book are teaming up with our Eugene and Medford chapters to bring a total of  40,000 new, high-quality books to Title I schools, students and classrooms in these areas. The sorting and distribution events take place over the same two days in both cities, so OSEA will be quite busy as our members deliver literacy to their hometowns. All who pre-registered for First... Read More

Get inspired by awesome member-activists!

The testimonials and evaluations from OSEA members attending our largest-ever Legislative Education Day are in — and this event was a big hit with educational employees from across the state. Here’s a sampling of what members had to say. We hope these inspire you to consider getting involved in making better policy for schools and working people throughout Oregon! “I found... Read More

Big win for Eugene interpreters

American Sign Language interpreters in Eugene School District won a major victory recently in their demands for fair compensation for the work they do. Serving Deaf and Hard-of-Hearing students throughout Lane County districts in classrooms, extracurricular and even social activities is a job that requires a high-level set of skills, certification and experience. Yet the pay scale... Read More

Bill would study workplace safety

OSEA members delivered passionate testimony in favor of a bill that would study how to make work environments safer for staff working in special education and related services. For years, OSEA has been drawing attention to the problem of school employees being injured by the students they serve. Several of those employees spoke before the Oregon Senate’s Committee on Human Services... Read More

How you celebrated Classified Employees Week

Last week was Classified Employees Week, and lots of you had your own chapter-level celebrations (or others celebrated on your behalf). Let’s recap: The Oregon City Education Association (OCEA) filled a box with messages about how “this place would be a ZOO without you!” Staff and students at Two Rivers – Dos Rios Elementary School in Springfield School... Read More