Clinics offer hope to those with student debt

When Kristen Croft heard OSEA was partnering with AFT to offer a series of student debt clinics in Oregon, the president of Beaverton Chapter 48 signed up right away for two reasons. “First, I felt it was very important for me as a chapter leader to support this type of event so I have a better idea of what types of assistance AFT offers,” she said. “I also have a good amount... Read More

Barnes shares value of union membership

A good worksite organizer is an invaluable asset to any chapter because they take the lead in introducing new employees to OSEA and explaining the value of union membership. According to Chapter President Denise Chase, Central Chapter 124 has a “rock star example” in Worksite Organizer Tracy Barnes. “She is a natural at ‘the ask,’” Chase said. “When people meet her,... Read More

Overcoming incredible odds to help others

Inside the walls at Deer Ridge Correctional Institute in Madras, OSEA members like Angie Ptomey help provide the skills needed to ensure inmates leaving the prison can survive and thrive on the outside. In her position at Central Oregon Community College (COCC), Ptomey teaches GED classes to inmates at the medium- and minimum-security mens prison. Her work has gained attention from... Read More

Eugene members look after their own

A quick response from caring coworkers saved the life of an OSEA member when he had a heart attack on the job recently. Terry McDonald, a carpenter for Eugene School District, was working on a window at Monroe Middle School when he suddenly collapsed and fell to the ground. His coworker, Martin Thiele, found him almost immediately and ran inside to alert office staff to dial 911. He... Read More

Luisi joins Hermiston School Board

OSEA Junior Past President Bonnie Luisi is the newest member of the Hermiston School Board. Luisi — who also serves as chair of Retired Oregon School Employees (ROSE) — was appointed in early August to a vacancy on the board, but the idea of seeking a school board seat has been in the back of Luisi’s mind for a long time. In fact, she had been strongly considering a run in... Read More

Our 2016 Employee of the Year

Cheryl Radinovich, a Harney County School District employee for 32 years, has been selected by OSEA as its 2016 Employee of the Year. The announcement was made May 5 by OSEA President Tim Stoelb at a Burns High School assembly. This was the third time in the award’s history that the OSEA Employee of the Year was from Harney County. The past winners, Muriel Wenick (2000) and Monica... Read More

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