Oregon AFL-CIO Responds to 2019 Minimum Wage Increase

PORTLAND, ORE - On July 1, an estimated 253,400[1] working Oregonians earning minimum wage will receive a raise.  The Oregon AFL-CIO, the statewide federation of unions, applauds this increase and remains committed to ensuring all workers have a pathway to prosperity. 

“In 2016 Oregon’s unions advocated tirelessly in favor of raising the minimum wage,” said Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain. “We are proud of the work we did three years ago to raise wages, but the fact remains that Oregon’s economy is leaving too many working people behind while corporate profits soar.  That’s why Oregon’s unions are fighting harder than ever to organize workers into unions, to encourage more people to stand together.  When more people belong to unions, everyone does better. We know that those who hold the wealth in this country and in our state will not willingly give workers a fair return on their work.  They rig the rules against us.  By standing together in unions, working people level the playing field.”

This year’s minimum wage increase is $0.50 per hour for each of Oregon’s three regions:

  • Non-Urban Counties will increase from $10.50 per hour to $11.00

  • Standard will increase from $10.75 per hour to $11.25

  • Portland Metro will increase from $12.00 per hour to $12.50

Workers earning the minimum wage should check their paystubs following the July 1st increase and contact Oregon’s Bureau of Labor and Industries Wage and Hour Division if they have any questions about the increase or to report an employer who is not increasing wages in accordance with the law.


[1] According to data provided by the Oregon Employment Department