OSEA, AFT bridge financial gap

By OSEA President Tim Stoelb Despite the hard work our chapters did this past spring, OSEA — along with every other public-sector union across the country — suffered a big setback on June 27 when the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the collection of fair-share fees was unconstitutional. On that day, OSEA lost roughly $1.8 million in revenue and faced a gaping hole in our annual budget. AFT... Read More

OSEA Board endorses Yes on Measure 101

A major accomplishment of the 2017 Legislature was ensuring stable health care funding for Oregonians via passage of a modest provider assessment. This bipartisan solution was already in place in 48 other states and is a smart method to guarantee access to health care for every child in the state and 95 percent of all Oregonians. That’s why the OSEA Board of Directors urges a... Read More

OSEA endorses Gov. Brown for reelection

OSEA President Tim Stoelb on Friday announced the OSEA Board of Directors has endorsed Gov. Kate Brown for reelection in 2018. “At a time when public employees face attacks like never before, it’s critical to have strong, effective leaders who have our backs. Gov. Kate Brown has always looked out for us and the students we serve,” Stoelb said. “Brown has been... Read More

A step towards proper medical staffing

Nine Oregon school districts will take part in a pilot project to obtain federal reimbursement for providing healthcare to special education students thanks to a bill backed by OSEA. Oregon has a major school nursing shortage, as the recent Task Force on School Nursing report indicates: Our schools have only one certified and/or licensed registered nurse for every 2,178 students... Read More

OSEA members lobby legislature for LED

About 150 OSEA members stormed the Oregon State Capitol on Monday, talking with lawmakers about important education issues and testifying on problems facing school employees. OSEA’s Legislative Education Day (LED) is held every two years during the Oregon Legislature’s “long” sessions during odd-numbered years. This year attracted unprecedented interest among OSEA members. In... Read More

State seeking ESSA feedback

OSEA members have an opportunity to help Oregon reshape its education system as the state refines its plan to implement the federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The Oregon Department of Education (ODE) started developing its state implementation plan last spring, but there is still much work to be done before the final plan is completed and submitted to the U.S. Department... Read More

Your advocate at the Legislature

Soren Metzger has a new role at OSEA as our government relations specialist. Metzger brings over a decade of union and public policy experience to the job along with an up-close understanding of OSEA’s members and their needs. As an AFT government relations organizer, she worked with now-retired Government Relations Specialist Tricia Smith during the 2012 campaign and 2013 legislative... Read More

Oregon has major school nurse shortage

The ratio of school nurses to students has grown significantly since 2010, according to a sobering new report released today by OSEA, the Oregon School Nurses Association (OSNA), Oregon Nurses Association (ONA) and Upstream Public Health. Download the report: Unhealthy Schools: The Alarming Decline of School Nurses in Oregon. Despite Oregon’s improving economy, school nurse positions... Read More

Study: Corporate taxes don’t raise prices

  A comprehensive study shows no correlation between taxes paid by large corporations and prices paid by consumers in that same state. The new study from the Oregon Consumer League and Our Oregon studied consumer prices across state lines to find out if and how corporate taxes affected those prices. “A nationwide scan of the prices consumers pay at major retailers showed... Read More

OSEA lobbyist retires, receives award

Tricia Smith, who served as OSEA’s government relations specialist for 20 years, has been a stalwart defender of working class people her entire professional life. As she enters retirement, the organizations and causes she has championed are showing their gratitude. Former OSEA lobbyist Tricia Smith shows off the Tribune of Worker Justice award she received from Northwest Workers’... Read More

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