PASSED: Better Job Quality for Classified Staff (SB 283)

Education workers across the state are overstressed and under-compensated. Poor job quality, in the form of low pay, abbreviated shifts and lack of job security, has made Oregon’s current school staffing crisis worse — districts are struggling to recruit and retain quality staff for jobs that pay less and offer less security than the local fast food restaurant. OSEA members took action to back a “workforce omnibus” bill designed to improve working conditions and quality of life for school employees. SB 283 covers many issues we have fought for years to win, including:

  • Job security through just cause, meaning staff in K-12 school districts and education service districts (ESDs) cannot be unfairly disciplined or terminated
  • An ongoing work group to create a minimum wage floor for school employees across Oregon

The bill includes additional measures to support special education staff, explained in the next section.

Better working conditions, job security, hours and pay will improve the quality of life for OSEA members. Over the long term, it will also make jobs like ours more desirable, ease the workforce shortage and ultimately improve the education of all Oregon students.