What is LCEA?
The Lane County Education Association (LCEA) is the bargaining unit of the Lane Education Service District (ESD) and a local affiliate of the Oregon Education Association (OEA) and National Education Association (NEA).
LCEA is a rare species of labor union that could not be formed today. Under current state law, licensed professionals and education support professionals (AKA "classified employees") must form separate unions and therefore bargain for discrete contracts and benefits. Instead, LCEA is a "wall-to-wall" unit representing both types of positions. This sometimes presents unique challenges but ultimately means greater unity and bargaining power.