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Government Relations

Government relations is the term used to describe the political and legislative programs and activities of our union. It accurately defines the combined political and legislative efforts of OSEA and the membership to promote and defend the interests of labor, education and other public services at the local, state and federal levels of government.


Legislative Education Day (LED) is a day for our members to be educated in the legislative process and to educate legislators about the important work they perform every day in our K-12 schools, community colleges, education service districts, higher education, Head Start agencies, park and recreation districts and libraries. It is a day when members see firsthand the people and processes that produce the laws and budgets that have a direct impact on their jobs. This description... Read More

Session’s major theme: inequality

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  Although the 78th assembly of the Oregon Legislature officially began last week, the session has been under way since mid-January, when Gov. John Kitzhaber was sworn into office, the House and Senate elected their leadership and nearly 1,500 bills were introduced for consideration. In... Read More

OSEA backs two Senate bills


  The following are two bills OSEA has requested the Oregon Legislature to consider during the 2015 legislative session: Senate Bill (SB) 470 Senate Bill (SB) 414 SENATE BILL (SB) 470 Unemployment Insurance Eligibility for Classified School Employees SB 470 will repeal ORS... Read More

OSEA supports $15 min. wage bill


  Gradually increasing the minimum wage to $15 per hour is a common sense way to boost Oregon’s economy and lift thousands of working Oregon families out of poverty. OSEA is supporting a bill during this session that would gradually raise the minimum wage to $15 per hour over... Read More

An opportunity to tackle inequality


  (by OSEA President Tim Stoelb) Welcome back. I hope this column finds you ready for the year ahead. We had a challenging but successful 2014; this year should have its fair share of successes as well. I have high hopes for the 2015 legislative session. Your OSEA Board of Directors... Read More