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Labor Day activities throughout the state

On Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 5, Oregonians throughout the state will celebrate the labor movement’s contribution to our country. In many communities, unions have organized social events to commemorate the day, including picnics, barbecues and speaking engagements for community leaders. The Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) would like to encourage members to attend one of these events. The following is a list of what’s happening in some areas of the state. All... Read More

OSEA Board elects new secretary

Cydnie Meyer assumed yet another leadership role in the Oregon School Employees Association when President Bonnie Luisi swore her in as the new secretary of the Board of Directors on Aug. 4 during Board Retreat. “I see it as a wonderful opportunity,” said Meyer, who is also co-president of Corvallis Chapter 2. “OSEA has served me very well, and it’s really important to give back to something that’s been an important part of my life.” Meyer was one of six members to... Read More

Moro elected to labor council executive board

Everice Moro, an Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) delegate to the Northwest Oregon Labor Council (NOLC), was sworn in as the newest member of the council’s executive board on Monday, Aug. 22. Moro ran unopposed, winning the seat by acclamation. The NOLC is the largest of the Oregon AFL-CIO’s central labor councils (CLCs), representing more than 48,000 members of 108 unions throughout the state. CLCs bring delegates from different unions together to promote labor... Read More

Centennial chapter shows united front

More than 80 members of Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) Centennial Chapter 113 packed into a cramped board room Thursday, Aug. 17, to demonstrate support for their bargaining team to the Centennial School Board. Centennial Chapter President Vicki Nelson addressed the board, noting that some progress has been made toward a new contract. But she also pointed out that negotiations have turned to “perhaps the toughest topic of all” — wages and benefits. Surrounded... Read More

Members leave training energized

Sunday, Aug. 14, marked the close of five solid days of training for Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) members and staff at the Salem Conference Center. Participants left armed with the tools needed to forge better relationships with other unions, their fellow OSEA members and the community at large. “I had a blast and learned a lot,” wrote Sandy Gillis of Reynolds Chapter 37 on the OSEA Facebook page, just hours after the conclusion of training. “Now (I’m) ready... Read More

Town hall set for Thursday in Bend

Bend-area members of the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) have the opportunity to take part in a town hall discussion about the continuing jobs crisis, immigration and trade on Thursday, Aug. 18. U.S. Rep. Greg Walden has also been invited to attend the event, which starts at 6 p.m. in Wille Hall at Central Oregon Community College, 2600 NW College Way in Bend. The Central Oregon Labor Council, Human Dignity Advocates of Crook County, Central Oregon Peace Network, Central... Read More

Legislative network defends OSEA’s interests

In an age where cuts in education are called reform, the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) has assembled a new team of its members who have volunteered to communicate with and be a resource to their state representatives on matters relating to education and labor. Modeled after OSEA’s successful Congressional Network Team (CNT), the Legislative Network Team (LNT) is charged with building working relationships between union members and their legislators, including members... Read More

Five days of training

CLC Delegate Training Oregon School Employees Association Executive Director Steven Araujo and President Bonnie Luisi welcomed about 50 selected members and staff on Aug.10 at the Salem Conference Center, kicking off five days of extensive training. The first two days focused on training OSEA delegates to AFL-CIO central labor councils (CLC), grassroots networks that bring different unions together in their respective communities. Some of the participants stayed through to additional... Read More

OSEA communications earns acclaim

Although they are no longer staff members, Jayna Bergerson and Kaleigha Martin are still winning awards for the Oregon School Employees Association communications department. The former communications specialists scored three awards this summer from the American Federation of Teachers Communications Network (AFTCN), including a first place for best organizing materials. The duo also took a second in the best public relations activity category and a third for best design and layout. “I’m... Read More

OSEA files ULP complaint

On July 19, 2011, the Oregon School Employees Association (OSEA) filed an unfair labor practice complaint against the Central Point School District with the state of Oregon Employment Relations Board. OSEA alleges Central Point failed to bargain in good faith concerning its decision to turn over school bus transportation to First Student Inc., the North American division of multinational FirstGroup plc. The Central Point School Board voted on the First Student contract on June... Read More