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OSEA members and staff were honored at the AFT Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) Conference in Orlando.

Parkrose, Mt. Hood efforts earn nat’l honors

Thursday, April 17, 2014

OSEA won two big awards at the AFT Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) Conference in Orlando last weekend. The successful campaign to keep Parkrose student transportation local earned OSEA the Defender of the Public Service Award. The honor was presented by Ruby Newbold, president of the Detroit Association of Educational Office Employees and an AFT vice president. At the conference, OSEA members and staff performed a skit that reenacted the organizing process: Handing out signs, involving like-minded community groups and simulating... 

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Vote for the heart of North Eugene

Monday, April 14, 2014

Home for lead custodian June Blackwell is the sprawling North Eugene High School campus. Blackwell’s devotion to her job and the students she serves has made her one of five classified employees nationwide to be a semifinalist for AFT’s annual Everyday Heroes award. People can vote for their favorite semifinalist online through April 20. If Blackwell receives the most votes, she will be named Everyday Hero in the Paraprofessionals and School-Related Personnel (PSRP) division and honored at this summer’s AFT National Convention in Los Angeles.... 

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Don Fleck, right, trained members in Sherwood Chapter 103 so that they could renew their lift certification

Sherwood members get lift training

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Don Fleck presented aerial and scissors lift training in Sherwood School District on Monday, March 31. The training was required for members to renew their lift certifications. Training included classroom and hands-on demonstrations. All told, 27 custodial, maintenance, technology and office workers — along with their administrator — participated in the training. Don Fleck, right, trained members in Sherwood Chapter 103 so that they could renew their lift certification OSEA has many training opportunities for classified employees. Available... 

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No endorsement for ‘Grand Theft PERS’ backers

Monday, March 17, 2014

Some candidates will say union members don’t have a choice in elections. Simply put: They are wrong. Unfortunately, Gov. John Kitzhaber and many legislators forgot this, taking OSEA members for granted when they supported Senate Bill 861 — the second cut to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) affecting existing retirees. Numerous OSEA-endorsed candidates joined the usual suspects in slashing pensions, shifting the blame for education funding onto public employees. The reason they did so? They felt they would not be held accountable... 

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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

State News

Two new OSEA board members seated


Teri Jones and Monica McCanna are the newest members of the OSEA Board of Directors. They were elected and sworn in in February. Jones will represent Zone IV, while McCanna represents Zone VI. Jones is a library assistant and chapter president of Coos Bay Chapter 33. She has served... Read More


Win in Rainier; custodial back in-house


When a school district outsources a basic service, such as food or student transportation, rarely — if ever — will it reverse its decision. Yet that’s what the Rainier School Board did when it decided to bring custodial services back in-house this year. The almost unprecedented... Read More


2014 Mini-Grant Winners


OSEA has awarded $8,000 in mini-grants to members this year for their professional development. OSEA has a long and proud history of helping members develop skills that ultimately benefit students in the classroom. Through the Kathy Melzer Mini-Grants program, up to three members... Read More

Members Today

Member’s talent shows in new school logo


A Parkrose classified employee’s logo design will be featured prominently in the district’s new middle school. Prior to joining the Parkrose information technology staff, Andrew McLaughlin created logos for lots of companies and organizations as a freelance graphic designer. But... Read More