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Beaverton, Woodburn to host First Book events

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Thanks to the combined efforts of OSEA members in Beaverton and Woodburn, more than 40,000 new books will find their way into the hands of low-income children next month. Together, Beaverton Chapter 48 and Woodburn Chapter 25 signed up enough people to qualify for a truckload of books from First Book, a national nonprofit that distributes free new books to children in need. The chapters will be giving out the books at separate distribution events on Saturday, June 4. At the Beaverton event, First Book registrants will be able to pick up to 30 books... 

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Sweet Home turns out town for First Book

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Sweet Home volunteers filled their high school gym for last week’s First Book event! Sweet Home Chapter 3’s First Book event was a huge success, as more than 200 volunteers poured into the Sweet Home High School gym on Friday and Saturday, sorting and distributing 40,000-plus new books. Numerous OSEA members, community volunteers and students all helped unpack and sort the books. For photos from the event, check out the OSEA Facebook page as well as our Flickr page.  Read More

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Retiree finds 2nd calling as special-needs driver

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Don Dolan had been comfortably retired for almost three years after a long storied career as a railroad worker and union member when he had exhausted his “honey-do list.” “I just wanted to be productive,” he said. Sherwood Chapter 103 member Don Dolan helps operate a model train set at this year’s train-themed carnival for special-needs kids. Upon the suggestion of Les Schuller — a bus driver for the Sherwood School District and a fellow Elks Club member — Dolan decided to apply to be a bus driver for the district.... 

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Comforting families in devastating times

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Most days you’ll find Luigi Quintos behind the wheel of a Willamette Education Service District (WESD) box truck, delivering supplies throughout the Mid-Valley as a courier and member of WESD Employees Association (WESDEA) Chapter 95. He greets everyone he meets with a smile and a kind word. But it’s what he does after hours that has gained international attention, including a feature in Reader’s Digest and a nomination for the AFT Everyday Heroes Award. Sherwood Chapter 103 special education bus driver Don Dolan is also a finalist for this... 

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OSEA Conference 2016: Now's the time to register

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Each year, delegates from chapter throughout the state gather at the annual OSEA Conference as the governing body of the union. Members elected to represent the interests of their chapter at Conference are the union’s ultimate decision-makers. This makes Conference the union’s premier governing event. The delegates who attend determine member dues, approve OSEA’s annual budget, elect state officers and zone directors, ensure that the mission and goals of the union reflect... Read More

Chapters in Action

ASL interpreters show need for higher wages

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Supporters of American Sign Language interpreters in Eugene Chapter 1 raise their hands to show applause at a Eugene School Board meeting. More than 60 purple-clad Eugene Chapter 1 American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters and their supporters made a strong case for fair wages at... Read More

State News

Most OSEA-backed candidates, bonds win

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Gov. Kate Brown and secretary of state candidate Brad Avakian’s primary victories led the way in what was a mostly successful night for OSEA-endorsed bonds and candidates. Brown easily dispatched her rivals en route to a huge win in the Democratic primary on Tuesday, May 17. She... Read More

Members Today

Our 2016 Employee of the Year

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Cheryl Radinovich, a Harney County School District employee for 32 years, has been selected by OSEA as its 2016 Employee of the Year. The announcement was made May 5 by OSEA President Tim Stoelb at a Burns High School assembly. This was the third time in the award’s history that... Read More

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Big businesses need to pay their share

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For more than two decades, Oregon has been disinvesting in our education system through legislative inaction, bad ballot measures and increased efforts to privatize school services. Additionally, we’ve experienced deep cuts to art, library, physical education and music programs,... Read More