Remembering lifetime member Ron Rogers

Family, friends and fellow unionists paid tribute on April 15 to former OSEA president and lifetime member Ron Rogers at a memorial service in Dallas, Ore. They remembered Rogers — who passed away after a long fight with cancer on April 8, 2019, at the age of 73 — as a man of great character and generosity. Rogers served as OSEA’s 31st president from 1994 to 1998, a critical time in the organization’s history as OSEA transitioned from an “association” of classified school employees to a full-fledged union. But, like many OSEA leaders... 

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OSEA Secretary Hofer named AACSE president

OSEA state Secretary Mary Hofer was appointed president of the American Association of Classified School Employees (AACSE) by the organization’s board of directors at its annual spring meeting on Feb. 26. Hofer, who had been serving as one of two elected AACSE directors from OSEA, will serve as AACSE president for the next two years. Hofer said she sees her appointment as just another step in a natural progression of leadership. Hofer said she believes her experience, first as the vice president in her local OSEA chapter and more recently as secretary... 

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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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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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