The Latest News from Oregon's Unions
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Stand up and speak out for working people.
Tell Michael Schill and University of Oregon's Board of Trustees to settle a fair contract with UO’s graduate employees!
Portland Diamond Project, the organization working to bring baseball to Portland, signed a labor harmony agreement with the Oregon AFL-CIO and our affiliate unions, committing to allowing employees working at Portland’s future ballpark to organize and join a union. The agreement represents a first of its kind for sports arenas in Oregon.
OSEA Tigard-Tualatin Chapter 51 is bargaining for a fair COLA; please show your support for equity for classified employees!
Nurses at Columbia Memorial Hospital are fighting for a fair contract, one that protects our community’s safety and ensures everyone in Astoria has access to safe, affordable health care.
By voting against the Raise the Wage Act, Congressman Schrader turned his back on millions of low wage working people across the country.
Portland SAG-AFTRA President Robert Blanche is fighting for his life. Please donate today.
Latest Press Releases & Statements
“The Oregon AFL-CIO will continue to be a strong voice for Oregon’s workers, and we are determined to adapt to the changing reality of the fight for justice for all Oregonians. The future of our movement is bright, bold and inclusive. We will fight for any worker dreaming of a better life, regardless of who they love, the country they were born in or the color of their skin. “
Senator Merkley has been on the side of working people since his first day in office. We are proud to endorse him for reelection. Time and time again, he has shown up for workers – walking picket lines, listening to our concerns and working on policies designed to offer a pathway to prosperity for everyone. From education to workers’ rights, he is the Senator we need in Washington D.C.
The Oregon Labor Movement is only beholden to workers, not a political party. It’s clear to me that the Democratic supermajorities and Governor thought that workers would continue to support those who attacked their retirement and then failed to pass other key pro-worker priorities
“When we gather our movement together at our Convention, it’s important that we get out of the conference rooms and into the streets to put solidarity into action. Solidarity is the blood of the union movement, and by showing up for each other’s struggles we make our voices louder and more powerful.”
Timothy Nesbitt has continued to exploit his past role as a union leader to give clout to his anti-public worker PERS Solutions organization that continually misconstrues false solutions as facts.
““The widescale use of self-checkout machines in our state’s grocery stores is part of a deliberate corporate strategy that relies on automation to reduce labor costs and eliminate jobs.”
Community members, worker advocates and women’s rights organizations delivered thousands of petition signatures to Fred Meyer’s central office today in Southeast Portland to demand fair pay for women employees.
“Oregon’s unions are proud to be a part of the efforts to bring baseball to the Rose City and to be a part of the only unionized sports arena in the state of Oregon. By giving workers the unfettered opportunity for union representation, we are securing a bright economic future for the women and men who will make baseball happen in Portland.”
The Grocery Store Service and Community Protection Act seeks to reduce self-checkout machines in Oregon grocery stores.
“We are proud of the work we did three years ago to raise wages, but the fact remains that Oregon’s economy is leaving too many working people behind while corporate profits soar.”
Oregon’s unions are proud to have been such a critical part of passing this important piece of legislation.
The annual report highlighting worker deaths on the job has been released, and paints a revealing picture about how dangerous work continues to be for so many in our economy
The landmark legislation - SB 726 - aims to protect workers from discrimination and harassment
Legislators must stand with Oregon’s workers and oppose HB 3023
The Oregon AFL-CIO extends our sincere condolences to Mr. Richardson’s family and those who are close to him during this difficult time.
“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.”
Statement from Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain on President Donald Trump’s announcement regarding the government shutdown .
“Oregon’s unions won't allow any politician or judge to dictate our reality. All those who disregard the principles of justice and fairness can expect to hear from us on Election Day.”
“The activism and hard work displayed in Missouri prove that when we stand together and take action, anything is possible.”
On July 1, 270,000 working Oregonians earning minimum wage will receive a raise. The Oregon AFL-CIO, the statewide federation of unions, applauds this increase and remains committed to ensuring all workers have a pathway to prosperity.
“Oregon union members remain dedicated to sticking together, uniting more working people in unions and working with our state’s political leaders to create more good, union jobs.”
“President Trump’s executive action today addressing his own abusive policy of separating families at the border doesn’t end this humanitarian crisis.”
“We are proud to see Val Hoyle - a lifelong advocate for working people who comes from a union family and shares our values -win the race for Oregon’s Labor Commissioner. She is the leader we need at the Bureau of Labor and Industries to protect workers’ rights, expand registered apprenticeships, and fight harassment and discrimination in the workplace.”
Workers in Oregon and across the country are watching as this historic campaign moves forward, and Oregon’s union movement stands ready to support Burgerville’s workers however we can.
"State Representative Buehler’s record as a legislator shows us where his values are, and what kind of a Governor he wants to be. From voting against increasing our minimum wage to his opposition to Oregon’s paid sick leave law, he is not prioritizing the needs of working people."
“Janus is simply another blatant attempt to rig the rules of the economy against working people. At a time when income inequality is on the rise, rents are getting higher, and healthcare is treated as a privilege of the wealthy, unions remain the single most important tool workers have to achieve economic freedom. That’s why we are under attack, and that is why we are committed to fighting back and organizing for a brighter future.”
"If he is serious about fixing our nation’s infrastructure problem, President Trump could learn a lot from Governor Kate Brown’s approach."
"Governor Kate Brown has consistently demonstrated her leadership, from driving a bipartisan effort to fund infrastructure improvements to standing up against hate, injustice and inequity."
"President Trump gave an optimistic speech, but his perspective of America is far from the reality of most Americans. The working women and men of our nation are not seeing the same country he described in his speech, thanks to the policies his administration has put forward."
"Oregon’s unions played a tremendous role in passing Measure 101, and by mobilizing union members in cities around the state we sent a strong message: Every Oregonian, especially the most vulnerable, should have access to healthcare."
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