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Redmond Chapter 84 member Greg Parish, left, attended MOSI to become more informed about his union.

Members learn valuable skills over summer

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Many OSEA members spent their summer with an eye toward the fall, gaining the skills necessary to meet challenges at home from trainings offered around the country. “I’m going to use the skills I learned immediately this campaign season,” said Zone III Director Lisa Gourley, who was able to take advantage of an AFT scholarship to attend the Political Boot Camp course in Pittsburgh, Pa. Redmond Chapter 84 member Greg Parish, left, attended MOSI to become more informed about his union. While Gourley traveled across the country to learn phone... 

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OSEA sends members South for AFT campaign

Friday, September 12, 2014

Editor’s note: Every summer OSEA Organizer Elissa Edge brings a group of members to Birmingham, Ala., where they sign up school employees as part of AFT’s Back-to-School Organizing Campaign. The trip is funded by AFT. The following is Edge’s account of this year’s adventure: Sixteen OSEA members went to Alabama this year — two more than last year.  Our group grows each time as more and more members want the experience of helping out our AFT family in the South. And, as the group grows in size, I am increasingly relieved we haven’t... 

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In Salem, Congressman Kurt Schrader visited with OSEA Organizer Elissa Edge, Trish Stephens of Willamina Chapter 18, Stacy Yelton of Woodburn Chapter 25 and OSEA Director of Government Relations Ed Edwards.

Celebrating Labor Day 2014

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Throughout the state, union members celebrated Labor Day at picnics from the big bash at Oaks Amusement Park in Portland to more intimate gatherings in Astoria, Bend, Central Point, North Bend, Salem and Springfield. It’s a great occasion for labor members and activists to celebrate successes and discuss challenges ahead. It’s also popular with current and aspiring elected officials, who appreciate the unique opportunity to mix and mingle with people who understand better than most the potential power of the working class and the values... 

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OSEA backs $15/hr minimum wage

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Board endorsed a proposal by Portland Jobs with Justice to institute a $15 minimum wage in Oregon. As many OSEA members know all too well, the current minimum wage of $9.10 per hour cannot provide working families with a decent standard of living. Unions have led the fight for a livable minimum wage: Labor fought for and won a ballot initiative that enacted a $15 per hour minimum wage in SeaTac, Wa., formed the Working Washington coalition that won a $15 per hour minimum wage in Seattle and fought to put a similar proposal before voters in San... 

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OSEA is a labor union that represents 20,000 educational employees working in Oregon school districts, community colleges, education service districts, Head Start agencies, libraries and park and recreation districts. As one of the largest labor unions in Oregon, and with the second largest membership of educational staff, OSEA is a recognized leader within the state’s labor and education community. OSEA is the union of choice for secretaries, custodians, security guards, maintenance... Read More

Protect Our Vote

Board: Vote No on Measure 90


The OSEA Board of Directors has endorsed a no vote on Ballot Measure 90. This restrictive and unnecessary measure would limit choices by only allowing the two candidates who received the most votes in the primary to advance to the general election. Its supporters know that voters... Read More

Union Business

Forbes selected new Zone I director

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OSEA’s new Zone I director is no stranger to the position or the Board of Directors. Kathy Forbes (formerly Kathy Bush) served as Zone I director from 2009 to 2011. She returns to the Board, replacing Steve Specht who resigned as zone director earlier this summer due to personal... Read More

Members Today

Member’s altruism earns ‘Genius’ award

Kelly Douglas (center), a member of Molalla River Chapter 110, is the 2014 winner of the Billi Odegaard Public Health Genius Award presented by the Oregon Public Health Institute.

An OSEA member in Molalla River Chapter 110 earned a statewide award for her successful efforts to teach students healthy habits and to be kind to one another. When Kelly Douglas, a library assistant at Molalla High School, started a club for Russian students to get to know and support... Read More

Driver Cards

Yes vote endorsed on driver cards


The OSEA Board of Directors has endorsed a yes vote on Ballot Measure 88. The measure will make our roads safer by allowing the state to issue driver cards to Oregon residents who pass the state’s written and behind-the-wheel tests, can show proof of residency, their identity and... Read More