Chapter Government Relations Committees : OSEA
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Chapter Government Relations Committees

What is a chapter government relations committee?
Chapter government relations committees operate at the chapter level and focus on local politics and legislative or policy decisions made by elected and/or appointed boards.  The chapter government relations committees are member-run and directed.  Their activities include interviewing local board and state legislative candidates and supporting local bond levies that benefit our members; building relationships with local representatives; connecting with community organizations; and advancing the local government relations priorities of OSEA with the citizens of the community. OSEA chapter government relations committees are forming across the state.

Why form a committee in your chapter?
The voices of our members need to be heard because the decisions our political leaders make have far-reaching consequences for our members, our jobs, our kids, and our paychecks. The first step toward success is forming a chapter government relations committee.

What is a chapter government relations committee chair?
Chapter government relations chairs ensure the interests of our members are represented in the political arena. Their activities include interviewing local board and state legislative candidates and supporting local bond levies; building relationships with local representatives; taking part in school board races and elections activities; and advancing the local government relations priorities of OSEA within local communities and at the state Capitol.

Why appoint a chapter government relations committee chair?
OSEA members work hard to elect education and labor-friendly local, state and national representatives. The decisions these elected officials make have far-reaching consequences for our members, jobs, kids and paychecks.  Our members deserve accountability in government and effective representatives who will stand up for working families. Today, our jobs are under attack in Oregon. In order to keep public schools public, health care affordable and the American dream achievable for our members, we must build our union’s long-term political capacity by engaging politically at the local level. The first step towards success is appointing a chapter government relations committee chair.

For more information on chapter government relations committees and committee chair, contact the State Office at 800-252-6732 or info@osea.org.