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OSEA presented a check to Causa Oregon to help fund clinics for immigrants to earn citizenship free of cost. Pictured, from left, are OSEA Director of Government Relations Ed Edwards, Causa Oregon Executive Director Andrea Miller and OSEA President Tim Stoelb.

Contribution backs no-cost citizenship clinics

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

A contribution from OSEA will help provide immigrants the opportunity to become citizens free of cost. The $5,000 check will be used to expand Causa Oregon’s citizenship clinics, according to Causa Executive Director Andrea Miller. Causa Oregon is a statewide Latino rights and advocacy organization. OSEA supports Causa in part because of our union’s commitment to keeping families intact and for sensible immigration reform. When families are ripped apart due to deportation, the resulting instability and heartache trickles down into... 

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GTFF strike

Univ. of Oregon GTFs end strike

Monday, December 15, 2014

(via Inside AFT) After a 22-hour bargaining session, the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation and the University of Oregon reached a contract agreement on Dec. 10 that brought an end to an eight-day strike by the graduate employees. “The decision to strike was a serious undertaking, but it was necessary to put into practice fair policies for the benefit of employees and students,” says AFT-Oregon President David Rives. “The last two weeks have shown the power of collective action in the workplace. We look forward to our graduate... 

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Mt. Hood Head Start ratifies 1st contract

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Newly-organized Head Start employees at Mt. Hood Community College have ratified their first contract with their employer. Thanks to the contract, workers will see the first pay raise they have received in years. Field Representatives Shawna Harris and Lesly Salinas, along with Organizer April Meyerdierk, led the OSEA staff effort. Meyerdierk said the bargaining team members made the difference, talking to coworkers and clearly explaining the benefits of union representation. “The bargaining team really encouraged their coworkers to vote and made... 

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Stuff your stockings with Trail Blazers tickets

Monday, December 1, 2014

The Portland Trail Blazers are off to a hot start to the 2014-15 NBA season, sitting atop the Northwest division standings and building off an impressive playoff run last season. Gift-giving season is just around the corner, and this is a great chance for you — or someone you love — to catch a great game at the Moda Center in Portland. The next OSEA night with the Blazers is on Wednesday, Jan. 14, 2015, as they host the Los Angeles Clippers. Tickets start at just $22. Head here to purchase tickets. You’ll need to log into the OSEA website... 

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Deadlines approach for 2015 OSEA scholarships


  Application deadlines are not far away for three scholarships available to OSEA members and their relatives. Applications for two of them —the Lou Gerber and John Brown Undergraduate scholarships — are due Jan. 15, 2015. The deadline for the Guy Davis/Past Presidents’ scholarships is March 1, 2015. For members, the Lou Gerber Scholarship provides financial support to those who wish to further their education at an accredited school. This includes members without... Read More

State News

Delivering literacy to east Multnomah Co.

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  Months of very hard work culminated with a fantastic reward for Centennial Chapter 113 members Saturday morning: More than 40,000 new, high-quality books are headed to low-income classrooms, schools and educational programs thanks to a partnership with First Book, a national... Read More

Election 2014

OSEA helps back bond, levy wins

La Grande Chapter 24 President Anjee Whitnah presented a check from OSEA to support the campaign for a schools general obligation bond, which would fund facility and safety improvements while enhancing educational offerings. Accepting the check is La Grande School Board President Joe Justice.

  OSEA has grown over its 76 years into a strong statewide labor union for classified employees, but our association is rooted in the nuts and bolts of getting the job done for Oregon students. While high-profile elections unfolded on Election Night, many classified employees... Read More

Members Today

Graves tapped for safety task force

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)

  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... Read More

Government Relations

How politics and labor intersect

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.

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... Read More