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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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... Read More

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 fiscal year: 17 chapters so far qualify for a 10 percent incentive, 42 for 5 percent and 32 for 3 percent. We... Read More

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 convenes Conference 2018 in Portland. OSEA President Tim Stoelb has decided to retire at the end of... Read More

Nominations open for Oregon AFL-CIO Convention delegates

Every two years the Oregon AFL-CIO holds its biennial convention and, as an affiliate of AFT and the Oregon AFL-CIO, OSEA has full membership status at its convention. This year, the convention will be held in Seaside, Ore., from Thursday, Sept. 19, through Sunday, Sept. 22. OSEA delegates to the 2017 Oregon AFL-CIO Convention pose for a group photo. OSEA Board Policy 1805, State... Read More

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 of the Dec. 14 Board of Directors meeting in Salem. In anticipation of the vacancy, the OSEA Board... Read More

Officers have full agenda for January’s leadership summit

A lot has happened since OSEA held its inaugural All In Leadership Summit last year — when chapter leaders left both inspired and empowered to strengthen their union. Pictured, from left, are members of the executive boards of Oregon City Chapter 14 (President Kathleen O’Brien, Treasurer Vicki Poyser and Secretary Deanne Chaves) and Clackamas County Children’s Commission Chapter... Read More

Catch Ducks hoops action this season

OSEA members can get a great deal on tickets to two University of Oregon men’s basketball games this season. The games are on Dec. 15 (vs. Boise State) and Feb. 10 (vs. Stanford). Tickets start at just $11 per seat! Click here to order and enter the promo code “2019TEACH.” Select your seats and you’ll be set. The first 50 education staff to sign up are eligible... Read More

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