OSEA-AFT clinics offer hope to those with student debt

When Kristen Croft heard OSEA was partnering with AFT to offer a series of student debt clinics in Oregon, the president of Beaverton Chapter 48 signed up right away for two reasons. “First, I felt it was very important for me as a chapter leader to support this type of event so I have a better idea of what types of assistance AFT offers,” she said. “I also have a good amount... Read More

Current Membership Incentive Program Numbers

The numbers for the Membership Incentive Program (MIP) as of Sept. 17 are in. There were 27 chapters on track to receive a 10 percent incentive, 57 at 5 percent and 23 at 3 percent. We designed MIP to encourage chapter leaders to take an active role in promoting the union through membership drives and one-on-one conversations. The program has exceeded our own expectations with almost... Read More

Barnes shares value of union membership

A good worksite organizer is an invaluable asset to any chapter because they take the lead in introducing new employees to OSEA and explaining the value of union membership. According to Chapter President Denise Chase, Central Chapter 124 has a “rock star example” in Worksite Organizer Tracy Barnes. “She is a natural at ‘the ask,’” Chase said. “When people meet her,... Read More

I Stand With My Union

OSEA members are being targeted by anti-union organizations such as the Freedom Foundation and Opt Out Today to drop their membership. These organizations are working to destroy the power of unions, end collective bargaining and take away worker rights. Get the facts. Learn about these organizations and why they want to eliminate unions. If you or your members are receiving emails... Read More

Get discount tickets to Blazers games

OSEA members can get discounted tickets for select Portland Trail Blazer games at the Moda Center. OSEA School Employee Association nights will be held from late October through December. Visit rosequarter.com/groupnights to get information and order tickets. Tickets must be purchased at least 30 days before the game. Use promo code OSEA to get the discounted price.    Read More

Eugene Chapter 1 ratifies new contract

In the back row, left to right are OSEA Field Representative Tyler Whitmire and Chapter 1 members June Blackwell and Kathie Tagwerker. In the front row are ROSE members Marilyn Moss and Gretchen Elliott. Eugene Chapter 1 members voted 122-8 on Tuesday, Sept. 4, to ratify a new four-year contract that will expire in 2022. Members cast their votes throughout the day at the Education... Read More

Action on Conference 2018 resolutions; elections

Full resolution and election results from OSEA Conference 2018 are below, with outcomes in italics: RESOLUTIONS RESULTS Unfinished Business (Conference 2017) Resolution 9 – Gives the Board of Directors the authority to determine the number of delegates to send to the Oregon AFL-CIO convention based on available funding. Requires candidates to complete a questionnaire itemizing... Read More

2018 State of Our Union

President Tim Stoelb described OSEA’s efforts over the last year to sign up new members as he delivered the union’s first post-Janus v. AFSCME state of the union address. Stoelb told Conference delegates that OSEA launched its statewide All In Membership Campaign back in November in anticipation of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling fair-share fees unconstitutional. Ninety chapters... Read More

After Janus

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned 40 years of legal precedent by making fair-share fees for public sector workers unconstitutional in the Janus v. AFSCME case. While today’s decision will surely affect OSEA, it has done nothing to change our focus or resolve. No court decision can stop us from standing together in a union to get a better deal for our hard work. It’s... Read More

Homeland security thesis by OSEA member Susan Graves published

OSEA’s own Sue Graves received a Masters of Arts degree in security studies from the Naval Postgraduate School Center for Homeland Defense and Security on March 30. The Naval Postgraduate School officially released her thesis on June 8 to the Homeland Security Digital Library. Graves, a member of Lincoln County Chapter 19 as well as the school district’s safety coordinator,... Read More

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