Fighting for Fairness

Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Fighting for Fairness
February 13, 2019


Fighting for Fairness in the Workplace

The Oregon AFL-CIO is leading the fight for stronger protections against workplace sexual harassment and discrimination for workers. The Oregon Workplace Fairness Act (Senate Bill 726) is a multifaceted approach to combating workplace sexual harassment and discrimination and had its first public legislative hearing yesterday in the Capitol.

“The Oregon Workplace Fairness Act is a strong step forward in protecting Oregon’s workers,” said Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain. “The protections called for in this legislation are commonsense solutions to the institutional problems faced by workers who are victims of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.”



Here are three ways to learn more and get involved with the fight for workplace fairness:

  1. Share your story: We are collecting stories from victims of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace to help show Oregon’s legislature why the law needs to be changed. Click here to share your story. You can submit an anonymous story or use your name.
  2. Watch video of yesterday’s hearing: Hear from workers, policy experts and labor leaders about why we need to pass SB 726. Click here to watch.
  3. Join our legislative action team: We need advocates who can help spread the word, take action and help pass laws like the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act. Click here to sign up.

The Clock is Ticking

The clock is ticking: Unless Congress and President Donald Trump act, there are only a few days until the government shuts down for the second time in less than a month. Working people are ready to rise up again and tell Congress and the White House that we won’t stand for another shutdown. Click here to take action today.


If you are in Portland, please join the Association of Flight Attendants – CWA at a rally at the Portland International Airport this coming Saturday, February 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. While flight attendants would continue to receive pay during another shutdown, they are calling for a solidarity action with TSA officers, air traffic controllers, and all other impacted federal workers. If the government shuts down, the focus of the event will be to reopen the government. If the government does not shut down, the focus of the event will be a call for our government to work FOR the people.


Historic Renter Protections Pass Oregon Senate

Yesterday, the Oregon State Senate voted yes on Senate Bill 608, which will next be considered by the Oregon House of Representatives! This is the first step forward in protecting working people by preventing no-cause evictions and extreme rent spikes.



March for Students on Monday, February 18th

Make your Presidents Day count and show up for students. Join educators in Salem to march for education funding on February 18th at 10:00am at the Oregon State Capitol Building. Our students deserve better. It’s time to show our lawmakers that our schools need funding now. Let’s march to tell them our students can’t wait. Click here to sign up.


Paycheck Fairness Act

Earlier today, Oregon Congresswoman Bonamici chaired a hearing on the Paycheck Fairness Act.  The Paycheck Fairness Act, H.R. 7, is intended to end gender-based wage discrimination. The Congresswoman is a cosponsor of this legislation, which would add procedural protections to the Equal Pay Act of 1963 and the Fair Labor Standards Act as part of an effort to address the gender pay gap in the United States. Click here to watch a video of the hearing.