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OSEA Vice President Ma'Lena Wirth, Zone VI Director Monica McCanna, Secretary Cydnie Meyer, Zone IV Director Teri Jones and Zone III Director Lisa Gourley were among those rallying for a $15 per hour minimum wage at the Oregon State Capitol on Saturday, Jan. 24.

Hundreds rally for $15 minimum wage

Saturday, January 24, 2015

Hundreds of workers and supporters of the middle class rallied in Salem on Saturday for a gradual increase in the minimum wage, reaching $15 per hour by 2018. The time has come to outlaw poverty wages, OSEA President Tim Stoelb said in his speech on the Oregon Capitol steps. OSEA President Tim Stoelb urged the Oregon Legislature to “outlaw poverty” by passing a $15 per hour minimum wage. “There are 200,000 reasons – that’s the number of Oregon children who live in households below the federal poverty line,” Stoelb said. “…The... 

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Register for Legislative Education Day (LED) 2015

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Legislative Education Day (LED) is a day for our members to be educated in the legislative process and to educate legislators about the important work they perform every day in our K-12 schools, community colleges, education service districts, higher education, Head Start agencies, park and recreation districts and libraries. It is a day when members see firsthand the people and processes that produce the laws and budgets that have a direct impact on their jobs. This description is accurate, but there is much more to LED. This is also a day when... 

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New/familiar faces fill staff positions

Monday, December 29, 2014

  Thanks to the decision by Conference 2014 delegates to raise membership dues, OSEA has been able to fill a number of vital positions necessary for addressing member priorities, such as preventing reduction of work hours below benefit levels and direct representation for those facing workplace grievances. The hiring of five new field representatives and a budget and research specialist earlier this academic year allows OSEA to provide the level of service our members expect and deserve. Timothy Welp One of two new field representatives based... 

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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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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

From the President

Let’s educate politicians about our issues

Senate District 1 Sen. Jeff Kruse, Republican, meets with Roseburg Chapter 21 Vice President Judy Kulluson (middle) and OSEA President Tim Stoelb.

  (by OSEA President Tim Stoelb) We have made it through another election cycle. OSEA’s Board of Directors wants to give special thanks to each of you who volunteered your time on the phones, canvassing neighborhoods and otherwise supporting our endorsed candidates in their... Read More


Upcoming classes on lead paint abatement


  Lead paint safety training is required for those working in schools, childcare facilities and public buildings constructed in 1978 and before. Training is federally mandated by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This training enables employees to perform maintenance,... Read More

Chapters in Action

Mt. Hood Head Start ratifies 1st contract


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... 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