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Education Support Professionals

Oregon's Education Support Professionals (ESPs) work for students every day to ensure they have access to the tools and resources they need to succeed, and to ensure our schools and colleges are safe and clean places for students to learn.
Four Corners Elementary school in Salem

Education Support Professionals (ESPs) are the bedrock of our state's colleges and neighborhood public schools. They play a critical role in keeping our schools running and our students safe. As the state's largest education union, OEA represents many of the support staff working throughout Oregon.

OEA has a legally protected right to negotiate on behalf of support staff, so we can all get higher wages, better benefits, and improvements to our daily lives. When more people join the union, the more powerful of a voice we have with administrators. ESPs for years, but we still have more work to do – together. With more members like you, we’ll have an even stronger voice and be able to secure real pay increases, fight efforts to privatize our jobs, and win increases our retirement and health care benefits.

OEA represents ESPs belonging to nine career families in public education who share similar core job skills, responsibilities, education, and training. 

Our ESP Family Includes:

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Food Services
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Health Services
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Skilled Trades

Oregon Council for Education Support Professionals (OCESP)

The Oregon Council for Education Support Professionals is a lobbying organization formed to ensure that the voices of Educational Support Professionals (ESP), or classified employees, within the Oregon Education Association (OEA) are heard.

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Helen Jacobs, ESP member
OEA has led the way to fund our schools, improved student learning conditions, and fought to reduce class size.
Quote by: Helen Jacobs, Bus Driver, Albany ACE
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Together we're stronger. Together we're heard.

You belong in the movement! Join today to belong to the movement of educators and school staff fighting for the pay and working conditions we all deserve.

Keeping the Promise of Quality Public Education

The Oregon Education Association (OEA) is a union committed to the cause of providing the basic right of great public education to every student. OEA represents about 41,000 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).