The highest decision-making OAJ body is the Council. Its 150 members are elected by union vote for four years.
The Council convenes annually for a spring and an autumn meeting and, if necessary, in connection with labour-market negotiations. The Executive Board meets once a month. All teacher groups are represented in the Council and in the Executive Board in proportion to their membership.
Several committees and working groups act as drafting bodies in OAJ’s decision-making process. The union is carrying out extensive training in organizational matters and the safeguarding of interests, aimed at consolidating the competence of local and regional organizations. In particular, young teachers are being trained with a view to activating their interest in union business.
Different teacher groups maintain their own forums for discussion and decision-making, and their own pedagogic associations. They draft opinions for OAJ’s decision-making bodies and arrange seminars and training courses for their own members.
The Council elects the President of the union, who is in charge of operations and the office on a full-time basis.
OAJ’s activities are financed by a membership fee amounting to about 1.2 per cent of members’ gross salaries. Subscriptions to trade unions are tax-deductible in Finland.