Conference 2017

Each year, member-delegates elected from chapters throughout the state gather at the annual OSEA Conference as the union’s governing body. The delegates who attend determine member dues, approve OSEA’s annual budget, elect state officers and zone directors, vote on resolutions, as well as ensure the mission and goals of the union reflect the interests of its members.

Conference 2017 — our 79th — will be held June 22-24 at the Red Lion on the River in Portland.

To prepare for Conference

Below are tasks each chapter needs to do prior to attending this year’s Conference:

TOP PRIORITY — Make your hotel reservations NOW at the Red Lion on the River by calling 503-283-4466. Let the hotel know you are with the Oregon School Employees Association. Prices start at $121 per night plus tax. (This price includes up to two people per room.)

Other hotels nearby are the Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites Portland-Jantzen Beach, 2300 N. Hayden Island Drive, Portland, OR 97217, 503-283-8000 and Oxford Suites Portland-Jantzen Beach, 12225 N. Jantzen Drive, Portland, OR 97217, 503-283-3030.

SCHOLARSHIP ASSISTANCE FOR CONFERENCE DELEGATES — If your chapter needs financial assistance to attend Conference, please complete and send a request for scholarship assistance to OSEA, 4735 Liberty Road S., Salem, OR 97302.

ELECT CONFERENCE DELEGATES — Hold chapter meetings during the months of March, April or May and elect Conference delegates. Click here for a link regarding the proper procedure for selecting chapter delegates. Mail or email a copy of the chapter meeting minutes when you elect your Conference delegates to the OSEA Conference/Credentials Committee, 4735 Liberty Road S., Salem, OR 97302 or

REGISTER FOR CONFERENCE — All Conference delegates must register with the State Office before Conference. Click here to download a registration form. To have a registration form mailed to your chapter, call 800-252-6732. If a delegate has special needs regarding rooming or meals (click here for the Conference menu), please contact the State Office as soon as possible.

SEND IN YOUR MINUTES — Mail or email a copy of the chapter meeting minutes when you elect your Conference delegates to the OSEA Conference/Credentials Committee, 4735 Liberty Road S., Salem, OR 97302 or

CHOOSE A THURSDAY WORKSHOP — All Conference delegates can choose to attend ONE of eight workshops that best fit their interests. Click here for a description of each workshop.

PREPARE AS A CHAPTER — Chapter delegations are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the resolutions and the budget proposal they will vote on before coming to Conference. In addition to the full text of each resolution, chapters can download resolution summaries. It may also be helpful to review the preliminary rules for the conduct of business and download OSEA’s Conference Survival Guide.

BRING TWO AUCTION ITEMS — Donate two items to be auctioned off at the government relations silent and live auctions, the proceeds of which go to the Education and Labor Advocacy Fund (ELAF) for political action. The silent auction will start Thursday and close Saturday morning; the live auction will be held prior to karaoke on Friday night.

Auction items can be things either purchased or created by someone in your chapter. If you have questions, contact Ed Edwards at the OSEA State Office at 800-252-6732 or To download donation tags, click here.

BRING A DOOR PRIZE — Bring a door prize for each of your delegates attending Conference. Numbers for these items are drawn prior to the beginning of every session during Conference. Delegates must be present to win. It is always fun to win a prize. To download door prize forms, click here.

COME TO CONFERENCE — Come and debate the resolutions, vote for your OSEA Board of Directors and have fun! This is a time to do the business of OSEA and network with other members from around the state.

If you have questions or need assistance, call OSEA at 800-252-6732, email Brad Larsen at or Linda Hallman at

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