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Bob Bussel, director of the Labor and Research Center at the University of Oregon, spoke to the history of labor's involvement in politics at a workshop at the State Office in Salem.

How politics and labor intersect

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

  OSEA’s Congressional and Legislative Network Team (CNT/LNT) members attended two recent workshops in Salem and La Grande, with more to be scheduled. Attendees of these workshops learned the history of labor and politics as well as how best to influence elected officials today. The two teams, commonly referred to as CNT (congressional) and LNT (legislative), focus on building relationships between classified employees and representatives in Congress and the Oregon Legislature, respectively. These member-activists lobby, advocate and advance... 

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Susan Graves, a safety coordinator and member of Lincoln County Ch. 19, was named to the state's School Safety Task Force (Photo courtesy James Bryant)

Graves tapped for safety task force

Thursday, October 23, 2014

  An OSEA member from Lincoln County Chapter 19 is on a new state task force addressing school safety. The School Safety Task Force was created during the 2014 legislative session – after shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Clackamas Town Center, but before the Reynolds High School tragedy that left a victim and the shooter dead. Sue Graves, safety coordinator for Lincoln County School District, represents OSEA on the task force. The task force has two major objectives: overseeing creation of a statewide database of school floor... 

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Supreme Court hears PERS case

Monday, October 20, 2014

  Retired Oregon School Employees (ROSE) Chair Everice Moro is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state of Oregon, asserting that cuts made to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) were illegal and contradicted prior court decisions. The Oregon Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case last week. A decision is not expected for several months. Want to watch the proceedings yourself? Here’s a link. Want to read the briefs and get more information? Click here. The following is Moro’s account of the hearing (in italics): “On... 

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Chapters bring gift of reading to ‘east county’

Monday, October 13, 2014

David Douglas Chapter 40 Vice President Elaine Little will soon be purchasing high-quality new books for Mill Park Elementary School students thanks to grants from the national AFL-CIO and Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC). David Douglas Chapter 40, thanks to grants from the AFL-CIO and Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC), will be ordering new books for use in Mill Park Elementary School’s reading programs. Pictured, from left, are: David Douglas Chapter 40 Vice President Elaine Little, David Douglas President Becky Greer, OSEA President... 

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Government Relations


The election season is filled with a dizzying barrage of campaign commercials and issue ads that make it difficult to sort out truth from fiction. To help our members make sense of it all, OSEA has identified the candidates who best support our public schools and workers’ rights. How you vote is a personal decision; however, OSEA believes members receive valuable information about a candidate’s priorities when they see that the union has endorsed a particular candidate. Did... Read More

The First Step

Head Start turns 50


Head Start turns 50 years old this school year. First announced by President Lyndon B. Johnson on May 18, 1965, Head Start has served more than 31 million children. That is a legacy worth celebrating! October is also Head Start Awareness Month. OSEA has created a mini-poster to post... Read More


OSEA members back in Dallas kitchens

New Dallas Ch. 34 members are on the forefront of an improved food service program: Sarah Smith, Teena Shilling and Alexandra Vezos are cooking fresh food daily at Lyle Elementary. Shilling and Vezos are now district employees after working for Sodexo, a private contractor that previously handled food service for the district.

A private contractor is out and OSEA members are back in Dallas School District kitchens as part of a food service agreement with a neighboring district that adds 20 new classified employees. Dallas’ unique partnership with Central School District is generating excitement from children... Read More

National News

Members lobby for education in D.C.

From left, Vicki Nelson (Centennial Ch. 113), OBie Murphy (Oregon Trail Ch. 80) and Pam Briece (North Clackamas Ch. 71) met with Congressman Earl Blumenauer, second from right, at the AACSE Fall Conference in Washington, D.C. Our members spoke up for increased education funding, enhancing the summer meals program and improving school safety.

Thirteen OSEA members lobbied for expanding access to meals for children, increasing school funding, healthcare and safety issues at the Fall Legislative Conference of the American Association of Classified School Employees (AACSE) last week in Washington, D.C., meeting face-to-face... Read More

State News

OSEA receives American Dreamer award

Accepted the American Dreamer Award from Causa Lead Organizer Lorena Manzo (2nd from left) were, from left, Vice President Ma'Lena Wirth, Field Representative Lesly Salinas, President Tim Stoelb and Director of Organizing Richard Ramirez.

OSEA’s push to keep families intact and for sensible immigration reform earned the American Dreamer Award from Causa, Oregon’s immigrant rights organization. President Tim Stoelb, Vice President Ma’Lena Wirth, Field Representative Lesly Salinas and Director of Organizing Richard... Read More