OSEA’s UI bill passes House on bipartisan vote

House Bill (HB) 2660 passed on a bipartisan 43-17 vote on March 13, marking an important milestone toward gaining unemployment insurance (UI) benefits for some of OSEA members. Five Republicans — Reps. Mike McLane, Sherrie Sprenger, Greg Smith, Cheri Helt and Lynn Findley — joined all House Democrats in supporting the bill, which now moves to the Senate for consideration. State law currently restricts UI benefits for all school employees by a determination of “reasonable assurance” of a return to work after breaks or summer vacation. While... 

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Ways and Means embarks on listening tour

The Joint Committee on Ways and Means proposed K-12 budget came as a disappointment to educators, education advocates and unions when it was unveiled last Thursday. The co-chairs’ proposal not only left out any additional investment in Oregon schools, it actually called for cuts. At a time when Oregon’s economy is booming, it doesn’t make sense to be talking about cuts — we should be fully funding education instead. The good news is OSEA members have an opportunity to tell the Joint Committee on Ways and Means exactly how disappointed... 

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Oregon Secretary of State passes at age 69

The following is OSEA President Tim Stoelb’s statement upon the death of Oregon Secretary of State Dennis Richardson on Feb. 26, 2019: OSEA President Tim Stoelb, left, and Secretary of State Dennis Richardson at Legislative Education Day (LED) 2017. “I’m saddened to hear that Secretary of State Dennis Richardson’s battle with brain cancer ended last night as he passed away at age 69. On behalf of the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA), I offer our condolences to his family. “In 2017, Richardson graciously agreed... 

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Lowell, Corvallis make serious membership gains

Lowell Chapter 118 President Shannon Fassbender and Secretary Colette Ullrich were able to cut the number of nonmembers in their bargaining unit by half on Feb. 13, raising their membership by more than 20 percentage points. From left, Zone IV Director Sheila Waggoner and Lowell Chapter 118 Executive Board members Shannon Fassbender and Colette Ullrich visit Lundy Elementary School on Feb. 13. The two chapter officers, along with Zone IV Director Sheila Waggoner and OSEA Organizer Elissa Edge, were able to sign up seven new members at a “Classified... 

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Join OSEA Today

OSEA is a labor union that represents 22,000 educational employees working in Oregon school districts, community colleges, education service districts, Head Start agencies, libraries and park and recreation districts. As one of the largest labor unions in Oregon, and with the second largest membership of educational staff, OSEA is a recognized leader within the state’s labor and education community. OSEA is the union of choice for secretaries, custodians, security guards, maintenance…  Read More

Membership recruitment

Communication is key to success

One of the best places to set up an informational table and meet with employees during a chapter membership drive is the staff break room. But what if that venue is unavailable? How do you make sure you’re still able to have those valuable one-on-one conversations? Ashland Chapter... Read More

State News

President Stoelb will not seek reelection

At Conference 2019, delegates will have the opportunity to vote for many candidates vying to represent their fellow OSEA members at the state and national levels; however, one name that’s long familiar with voters will not appear on the ballot this year. OSEA President Tim Stoelb... Read More

All In for OSEA

February Membership Numbers

As of the February 2019 field report, OSEA had 139 dues-paying chapters representing 22,415 employees, including 15,535 members and a statewide membership rate of 69.3 percent. There are 91 chapters on track to receive a Membership Incentive Program (MIP) check at the end of the... Read More

OSEA Board of Directors

Teri Jones elected new vice president

New Vice President

OSEA Vice President Ma’Lena Wirth recently announced her resignation (effective Jan. 2, 2019) after taking a job with her school district that took her out of her bargaining unit. Teri Jones is sworn in by OSEA President Tim Stoelb as OSEA’s new vice president at the end... Read More

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