Standing Together for Higher Education

Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Standing Together for Higher Ed
June 5, 2019

Standing Together for Higher Education

Amidst tuition hikes and proposed budget cuts - including cuts to the Labor Education and Research Center - unions and community allies are standing together to call for change.  Union members including the Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation (GTFF) and the United Academics of the University of Oregon (UAUO) are holding rallies, sit ins and other demonstrations to resist cuts to the University’s budget.

In an article from KEZI, graduate employee Leslie Selcer explained why the proposed reductions to GTFF’s healthcare is harmful to the mission of the University:

"If they're going to make poor positions about their budget, why should it be the most vulnerable members of our community that are going to suffer especially because we are the ones really performing the mission of the university.”

Actions are also taking place at other public universities around the state, including a large rally in Corvallis at Oregon State University.

Unions representing workers at Oregon's universities are standing together, as we’ve seen from joint actions and events in the past month. These inspiring collective actions are expected to ramp up in the coming weeks. We will keep you updated with ways to support this important struggle and amplify the voices of those impacted by the cuts. The Oregon AFL-CIO will continue to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with higher education unions to fight budget cuts and tuition increases.

New Podcast Episode!

On this month's episode of our podcast, The Voice of Oregon's Workers, we discuss the recent fight over the city of Portland's budget cuts to the Parks and Recreation Bureau with Laborers' Local 483.

Click here to listen today, and subscribe to The Voice of Oregon’s Workers on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.

Oregon Workplace Fairness Act Passes State Legislature

Last week the Oregon State House unanimously passed Senate Bill 726, the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act. SB 726 is a strong step forward to protect working people from sexual harassment and discrimination on the job.

“This legislation helps level the playing field between working people and employers by putting more tools into the hands of the worker,” said Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain. “It’s a step forward in protecting ALL workers in Oregon from the horrors of sexual harassment and discrimination on the job.   Oregon’s unions are proud to have been such a critical part of passing this important piece of legislation.” The bill now heads to the Governor’s desk for her signature, after passing the State House with a unanimous vote on May 30th.

Click here to learn more about SB 726.

Support Workers at OHSU

The members of AFSCME Local 328 make Oregon Health and Sciences University work, and they need the full support of Oregon's Labor community as they continue tough negotiations with OHSU management.

Please join OHSU workers and the Oregon Labor community in support of Local 328’s bargaining efforts at OHSU at a rally and barbeque on Thursday, June 13 on the OHSU campus at 4pm.

Click here to RSVP & spread the word on Facebook.


June is LGBTQ+ Pride Month and the Oregon AFL-CIO is committed to defending the rights and dignity of all workers and fighting for the civil and economic rights of the LGBTQ+ community.

We are proud to once again facilitate a diverse group of union members to march in the Portland Pride Parade on Sunday, June 16. Click here to RSVP & find more information about this exciting event.

During the month of June, the National AFL-CIO is spotlighting various LGBTQ Americans who have worked and continue to work at the intersection of civil and labor rights. Click here to read more.