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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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Yes vote endorsed on driver cards

Thursday, August 14, 2014

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 birth date. It will help seniors who were born without or lost their birth certificate, veterans with military ID and undocumented workers, allowing them to safely and legally commute to work, school and church. In turn, this allows these drivers to obtain car insurance,... 

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Mark Labor Day with food, music, fun

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Come celebrate the labor movement by attending one of the many union-organized social events throughout the state on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 1. OSEA encourages members to attend one of these events featuring free food, music and opportunities to hear from community leaders. If you would like to volunteer with one of the Labor Day picnics, please call the contact number listed under the event. PORTLAND: The Northwest Oregon Labor Council picnic will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Oaks Amusement Park. OSEA has reserved the 8 and 8A picnic areas... 

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Board: Vote No on Measure 90

Monday, August 11, 2014

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 tend to be more active in the general election, so they are seeking to instead put more power in the hands of primary voters, who tend to be wealthier, older and less diverse. This is why big business groups are pushing this controversial measure. It particularly reduces... 

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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

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

Labor Day

Blood drive set for NOLC picnic

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OSEA members in the Portland metropolitan area can help save lives by donating blood during the Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC) Labor Day picnic at Oaks Amusement Park. The Central Labor Council, together with Labor’s Community Service Agency, will be holding a blood drive... Read More

2014 AFT National Convention

Stoelb wins 2nd term as AFT VP

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OSEA President Tim Stoelb was reelected to a second two-year term as an AFT vice president at AFT’s National Convention, held July 11-14 in Los Angeles. This position comes with a seat on the AFT Executive Council, which includes 42 other vice presidents and three national officers.... Read More

OSEA Conference 2014

Recapping Conference 2014

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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,... Read More