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Oregon Education Association

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The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is the largest public education employees' union in the U.S. state of Oregon, representing more than 46,000 teachers and classified personnel. It has local affiliates in each of the state's 199 public school districts, and 8 community colleges. It is the state affiliate of the National Education Association.

OEA was incorporated in 1927 as a non-profit educational organization, nearly four decades before Oregon enacted the Teacher-Board Consultation Law, one of the first collective bargaining laws for teachers in the United States. It continues to include public educational policy and professional development programs in addition to activities more commonly associated with organized labor.

The OEA has been a very active player in Oregon ballot measures, both in support and in opposition. One of the OEA's primary strategies has been to cripple the ability of Bill Sizemore to effectively function as a ballot initiative activist. See Bill Sizemore and the Oregon Education Association.

Ballot measures OEA has opposed

Year Type Initiative Title Subject Matter Description OEA donations to opposition campaign
2006 CI Oregon Rainy Day Amendment TABOR Limit new growth in state government spending $723,743
2006 CI Judicial election by district Judicial selection Elect Oregon Supreme Court justices by district $50,000
2000 CI Measure 92 Paycheck protection Prohibit using public resources to collect money for political campaigns -
2000 CI Measure 98 Paycheck protection Prohibit using public resources to collect money for political campaigns -
1998 CI Measure 59 Paycheck protection Prohibit using public resources to collect money for political campaigns -

Ballot measures OEA has supported

Year Type Initiative Title Subject Matter Description OEA donations to campaign
2007 LR Oregon Ballot Measure 49 Property rights Overturns most provisions of Measure 37 $25,000[1]

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