Stand Together & Fight

Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Stand Together & Fight
August 14, 2019

Tentative Agreement at OHSU!

After 21.5 hours of mediation yesterday and over five tough months of negotiations at the bargaining table, the 7,000 members of AFSCME Local 328 have reached a tentative agreement with OHSU management! Read the details of the tentative agreement over at Local 328’s blog.

Thank you to everyone who stood in solidarity with OHSU workers by attending rallies and pickets and helping keep the pressure and momentum up over the past five months. When working people stand together and fight, we win.

Support Astoria Nurses

The nurses at Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH) in Astoria need our support and help in their fight for a fair contract. These hard-working members of the Oregon Nurses Association have been without a contract since May 21. Click here to learn more about the struggle in Astoria.

Here’s what you can do to help support Astoria’s nurses:

  1. Sign a community petition. Click here to sign today, and make sure to share it with your friends and family on social media.
  2. Attend an informational picket & rally on August 20th: Stand shoulder-to-shoulder with CMH nurses at 5pm on Tuesday, August 20th. The rally will be held at the hospital, click here for directions.

Fix the Gap

We are at a critical moment in our campaign to fix the wage gap between women and men at Fred Meyer, but we need your help right now!

Here are two ways to keep up the heat on Fred Meyer:

  1. Email Fred Meyer management. It only takes a minute to let the bosses know it’s time for pay equity at Fred Meyer.
  2. Share a video. Cara, a recent Portland State University graduate, explains why she’s not shopping at Fred Meyer until they fix the pay gap.

If you want to learn more about our campaign to Fix the Gap at Fred Meyer, please visit

A Labor Union Comeback

A recent article in Bloomberg breaks down why the American working class is ready for a “labor union comeback” and how the slate of Democratic candidates for President could strengthen their positions on economic justice:

“Buttigieg, Warren, and other candidates should consider bargaining with either wage boards or German-style worker councils. It would have the potential to simultaneously raise wages for millions of U.S. workers not covered by the minimum wage and make the relationship between labor and management more harmonious and forward-looking. It’s a big idea worth serious consideration.”

Click here to read the full article.