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Upcoming classes on lead paint abatement

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

  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, renovations, remodeling and rehabilitation work on housing components that may be coated with lead paint. If you: Have never had lead training or your certificate has expired: You will need to attend the full-day complete training session. Still have a valid certificate:... 

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Delivering literacy to east Multnomah County

Monday, November 24, 2014

  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 nonprofit dedicated to putting books in the hands of children who need them most. Centennial Chapter 113 President Vicki Nelson, right, and Vice President Melinda Wyffels helped lead the effort to bring 40,000 free books to children who need them most. This team effort... 

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La Grande Chapter 24 President Anjee Whitnah presented a check from OSEA to support the campaign for a schools general obligation bond, which would fund facility and safety improvements while enhancing educational offerings. Accepting the check is La Grande School Board President Joe Justice.

OSEA helps back bond, levy wins

Thursday, November 13, 2014

  OSEA has grown over its 76 years into a strong statewide labor union for classified employees, but our association is rooted in the nuts and bolts of getting the job done for Oregon students. While high-profile elections unfolded on Election Night, many classified employees were celebrating wins on bonds and local option levies in their school districts. OSEA contributed to campaigns from Dallas to La Grande and many points in between. The resulting revenues will, in some districts, help keep classified employees on the job. In others, new... 

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OSEA Centennial Chapter 113 member Mitzi Hurt was part of a group of temporary campaign workers (TCWs) that helped elect pro-labor and education legislators in the 2014 election.

OSEA efforts pay off in election

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

OSEA members played critical roles in two key election victories that should make for a more worker-friendly Oregon Legislature in 2015 and beyond. Sara Gelser’s convincing win over Republican Sen. Betsy Close in Senate District (SD) 8 (Albany and Corvallis area) could result in a significant shift in Oregon politics. Prior to Tuesday night, a slim 16-14 Democratic majority often meant a tough environment for pro-labor and education legislation. Gelser’s win gives Democrats 17 seats in the chamber. Democrat Paul Evans was victorious in a tough... 

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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


Supreme Court hears PERS case


  Retired Oregon School Employees (ROSE) Chair Everice Moro is the lead plaintiff in a lawsuit against the state of Oregon, asserting that cuts made to the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS) were illegal and contradicted prior court decisions. The Oregon Supreme Court... Read More


OSEA members back in Dallas kitchens

New Dallas Ch. 34 members are on the forefront of an improved food service program: Sarah Smith, Teena Shilling and Alexandra Vezos are cooking fresh food daily at Lyle Elementary. Shilling and Vezos are now district employees after working for Sodexo, a private contractor that previously handled food service for the district.

A private contractor is out and OSEA members are back in Dallas School District kitchens as part of a food service agreement with a neighboring district that adds 20 new classified employees. Dallas’ unique partnership with Central School District is generating excitement from children... Read More

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Bringing gift of reading to ‘east county’


David Douglas Chapter 40 Vice President Elaine Little will soon be purchasing high-quality new books for Mill Park Elementary School students thanks to grants from the national AFL-CIO and Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC). David Douglas Chapter 40, thanks to grants from the AFL-CIO... Read More

State News

OSEA receives American Dreamer award

Accepted the American Dreamer Award from Causa Lead Organizer Lorena Manzo (2nd from left) were, from left, Vice President Ma'Lena Wirth, Field Representative Lesly Salinas, President Tim Stoelb and Director of Organizing Richard Ramirez.

OSEA’s push to keep families intact and for sensible immigration reform earned the American Dreamer Award from Causa, Oregon’s immigrant rights organization. President Tim Stoelb, Vice President Ma’Lena Wirth, Field Representative Lesly Salinas and Director of Organizing Richard... Read More