Sounding the Alarm

Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Sounding the Alarm
August 7, 2019

Take Action: Save Apprenticeships!

A proposed Department of Labor rule to establish the Industry-Recognized Apprenticeship Program, or IRAP, could decimate training, safety and labor standards in established registered apprenticeship programs.

That’s why North America’s Building Trades Unions, the Oregon AFL-CIO and others are sounding the alarm and encouraging working people to submit public comments before the August 26 deadline. Submit a public comment here.

Stand with OHSU Workers

The fight for a fair contract for 7,000 OHSU workers represented by AFSCME Local 328 is heating up. Today, the Willamette Week broke a story about some questionable tactics used by OHSU’s management:

“Oregon Health & Science University has removed a member from its bargaining team after he created fake social media accounts to troll American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Local 328.” Click here to read the full story.

Oregon AFSCME Executive Director Stacy Chamberlain issued a statement in response to the issue:

"We are extremely disappointed in the conduct of a member of the OHSU management bargaining team. He created a false identity and used that identity to take advantage of our open communication with members. While OHSU has removed this manager from bargaining responsibilities, these actions, at best, demonstrate an utter lack of respect for the workers at OHSU and their union. At worst, it is an attempt to illegally interfere in the bargaining process. We are continuing our investigation into this matter and the scope of the trolling by the management bargaining team members. We will take ALL appropriate legal action to protect our members rights to bargain a fair contract!"

On last month’s episode of our podcast we showed you how workers at Oregon Health and Sciences University are standing together to fight for a fair contract on Marquam Hill. On Thursday, those same workers need your help. Please join AFSCME Local 328, the Oregon AFL-CIO, and many others at an informational picket in support of OHSU workers represented by Local 328. Here’s the time and location: Thursday, August 8, 4:00 - 6:00 P.M. at OHSU Mackenzie Hall, 3181 SW Sam Jackson Park Rd and click here to RSVP and spread the word on Facebook!

Fix the Gap at Fred Meyer

Our campaign to fix the pay gap between women and men at Fred Meyer is in full swing: last week we held actions at stores across the state, including Medford, Newport, Eugene, Portland and many more.

We need your help to keep moving this campaign forward! Here are two ways to help, right now:

  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 would like to learn more about our campaign to Fix the Gap at Fred Meyer, please visit

Hold Congressman Schrader Accountable

Last month Congressman Kurt Schrader voted AGAINST raising the minimum wage. He was one of only six Democratic Representatives to vote against the Raise the Wage Act.

It’s time to hold Congressman Schrader accountable. Click here to send him a message.

By voting against the Raise the Wage Act, Congressman Schrader turned his back on millions of low wage working people across the country, including hundreds of thousands of Oregonians who would benefit from a higher Federal minimum wage. Working people should be able to afford the basics, like food, transportation and the ability to provide for one’s family. Without a higher minimum wage, too many people are stuck in poverty.