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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.


How you vote is a personal decision; however, OSEA believes members receive valuable information when they see that their union has endorsed a particular candidate or taken a particular position on a ballot measure. Below are links to profiles of OSEA-endorsed, federal, state and judicial candidates as well as the union’s position on two ballot measures.  Read More

Federal races

Federal Races

To view OSEA-endorsed candidates in federal races, members need to be logged into this website. The login can be found at the top right corner. If members have not set up an account yet, select the “register” link next to the login.  Read More

Oregon races

Oregon Races

OSEA has endorsed 35 candidates for the Oregon Legislature (six for the Senate and 29 for the House).  Read More

Ballot measures

Ballot Measures

OSEA has weighed in on two ballot measures: Measure 88, which would make our roads safer by allowing the state to issue driver’s cards to undocumented workers; and Measure 90, which would allow only the top two candidates in the state primary advance to the general election.  Read More

Why so few endorsements?


Some candidates will say union members don’t have a choice in elections. Simply put: They are wrong. Unfortunately, Gov. John Kitzhaber and many legislators forgot this, taking OSEA members for granted when they supported Senate Bill 861 — the second cut to the Public Employees... Read More