What is OEA?
The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union that represents about 47,000 educators working in pre-kindergarten through grade 12 public schools and community colleges. OEA’s membership includes licensed teachers and specialists, classified/education support professionals (ESPs), community college faculty, retired educators, and student members. OEA members also belong to the 3.2 million members of the National Education Association (NEA).
OEA members are affiliated with Local Associations which bargain their work contract with support from OEA staff. Local Associations also collaborate with local school districts, community colleges, school boards, and community leaders to provide the basic right of every student to a great public education.
Who runs OEA?
As a democratic union, OEA leaders are members elected by their fellow members at the local and statewide levels. OEA member-delegates set the policy of the organization at the annual OEA Representative Assembly (OEA-RA).
OEA is governed by a Board of Directors elected by their fellow members in their respective regions. The OEA Board determines the salary of the statewide elected leaders who work full-time on behalf of the members.