The Right to Organize

Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: The Right to Organize
July 10, 2019

The Right to Organize

When working people voted to send a new majority to the U.S. House of Representatives, we sent a clear message that this is a moment for change. Now, it’s time for our representatives to follow through and advance long overdue pro-worker legislation. Chief among them is the Protecting the Right to Organize (PRO) Act, a groundbreaking bill that would strengthen and expand our right to join together and organize unions.

Interest in joining a union is growing. A recent study shows that 48% of nonunion workers would vote to join a union at their workplace.

It’s time to take action to protect the right to organize. Contact your representative now and tell them to co-sponsor the PRO Act.

Help Fix the Gap

Our campaign calling on Fred Meyer to fix the wage gap between female and male workers is heating up! You can learn more about our work on this important issue by visiting and by reading our article in last week’s update. We need as many voices as possible speaking up to call on Fred Meyer to fix the gap.  

Here are three ways to take action today:

  1. Change your Facebook profile picture.
  2. Sign the petition calling on Fred Meyer to fix the gap.
  3. Share our posts on Facebook and Twitter which show how much money the wage gap at Fred Meyer is costing working families.

Young Workers are Embracing Unions

A recent article by Rewire explains why millennials are more pro-union than generations before:

“Millennials are more supportive of labor unions than generations before them. A 2018 Gallup poll showed that 66 percent of people ages 18 to 34 approve of labor unions, compared to 60 percent of people ages 35 to 54 and 62 percent of people ages 55 and older.”

As the article explains, there’s fresh energy in the media and technology sectors which “could be the beginning of an industry-wide shift.”

Click here to read the article, and make sure to share it on social media to inspire people in your network to stand together and organize!

Reforming Harassment Law

The Oregon AFL-CIO is proud to have worked to pass Senate Bill 726, the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act. States around the country are working to reform workplace sexual harassment and discrimination laws. You can learn more about this exciting wave of the #MeToo movement on a webinar next week featuring Oregon AFL-CIO Political Director Jess Giannettino Villatoro discussing how SB 726 helps working Oregonians.  

The webinar is hosted by the National Women’s Law Center and will be held on Wednesday, July 17 at 12pm. Click here to RSVP.