The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union that represents about 45,000 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 great public education to every student.
Who runs OEA?
As a democratic union, OEA leaders are 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.
Read more about the following OEA Centers working on behalf you, our members, to ensure a quality public education for every student:
- Center for Great Public Schools
- Center for Public Affairs
- Center for Advocacy & Affiliate Services
- Center for Legal Services
- OEA Union School
To join OEA a person must be employed at one of Oregon’s pre K-12 public schools or community colleges with a bargaining unit affiliated with OEA. OEA has affiliates at most K-12 schools and many community colleges.
Joining the Association is simple. Complete a membership form from an Association representative (or "building rep") at your worksite, and return it. Your building rep distributes and collects forms at the beginning of the year, often at a staff meeting, but can get you a form at any time. If you haven’t been contacted and are unsure whom to talk to, call us toll-free: 1-800-858-5505.
If there is no established local OEA affiliate at your work location you may still enroll with OEA and receive membership benefits, including liability coverage. Contact OEA's Membership department at: 503-684-3300 or toll-free at: 1-800-858-5505.
Bargaining & Advocacy
When an OEA Local negotiates a collective bargaining agreement, it applies to all bargaining unit employees (OEA members & non-OEA members) covered by the contract. OEA and Local Association members have the authority to establish internal Association procedures and determine the direction, goals and outcomes of the Association. Such procedures include, but are not limited to, those governing the election of officers and the ratification of contracts.