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Stoelb wins 2nd term as AFT VP

Thursday, July 17, 2014

OSEA President Tim Stoelb was reelected to a second two-year term as an AFT vice president at AFT’s National Convention last week in Los Angeles. This position comes with a seat on the AFT Executive Council, which includes 42 other vice presidents and three national officers. AFT President Randi Weingarten chairs the Council. Much like OSEA’s Board of Directors, the Council conducts AFT business between conventions. “I am honored by the confidence shown in me, and I view this position as an opportunity to advance education and workplace... 

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What Monday’s court decision means

Monday, June 30, 2014

By MICHAEL POWELL AFT Assistant to the President for Communications Harris vs. Quinn is the latest in a series of attacks on our ability to stand up for our schools and our communities. Today’s decision upholds the right of public sector unions to represent public employees, including their right to collectively bargain, but the Supreme Court refused to extend the right for a union to collect fair share fees for that purpose from Illinois home healthcare workers who are not members. While the court upheld the importance of collective bargaining... 

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Recapping Conference 2014

Monday, June 30, 2014

Important resolution votes, officer elections and tributes to dedicated union activists capped off Conference 2014 Saturday. To see photos, video and more stories about this year’s Conference, scroll to the bottom of this story. OSEA Board of Directors: President: Tim Stoelb, Roseburg Chapter 21 Vice President: Ma’Lena Wirth, Baker Chapter 20 Secretary: Cydnie Meyer, Corvallis Chapter 2 Zone II Director: Jane Carlson, Molalla River Chapter  110 Zone IV Director: Teri Jones, Coos Bay Chapter 33 Zone VI Director: Monica McCanna, Harney... 

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2014 State of the Union

Saturday, June 28, 2014

  Delegates to OSEA Conference 2014 heard a different kind of State of the Union on Friday at the Red Lion on the River in Portland. In addition to highlights from the past year, President Tim Stoelb’s address incorporated elements from a presentation he has shared with chapter leaders across the state during a series of Presidents’ Council meetings this spring. The elements included the results of a recent member survey as well as an explanation of the top member priorities it identified. Executive Director Rick Shidaker takes to the... 

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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

OSEA Conference 2014

Bonamici: Classified educate ‘whole child’

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Congresswoman Suzanne Bonamici began her speech to delegates at OSEA Conference 2014 on Friday by crediting a security guard in Beaverton Chapter 48. While he had an eagle eye for those who weren’t supposed to be in the building, “to everyone else, he was Will,” said Bonamici,... Read More

Conference 2014 Keynote

Conference 2014 starts off strong

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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown issued a challenge during her keynote address at OSEA Conference 2014 Thursday night: “Are you ready to work and deliver a pro-labor majority in 2014?” Audience members responded with an enthusiastic “Yes!” Brown, whose political career... Read More

AFT Back To School

Make your summer memorable

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Interested in helping our AFT brothers and sisters in the Deep South this summer? OSEA is planning to send two teams of members to Alabama this year from July 26 through Aug. 9. This is a phenomenal experience. For two weeks, you will be immersed in another culture and surrounded... Read More

Reynolds Tragedy

Springfield president offers support

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Springfield Chapter 4 President Yvonne Atteberry knows exactly what the community of Troutdale is going through in the wake of last week’s shooting at Reynolds High School, because she’s been through this before. Atteberry’s son, Ryan, was wounded in Oregon’s last fatal school... Read More