Editorials & News

Oregon is one of 13 states that annually increases the minimum wage to keep pace with rising costs of inflation. Despite this, many Oregonians are still struggling to make ends meet and are actually living below the poverty line - even while working a 40 hour week for minimum wage.

Understanding the Minimum Wage

Read The Oregonian's coverage of our campaign to raise Oregon's minimum wage here.

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West Hayden Island Update

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain responds to halting West Hayden Island annexation.

West Hayden Island would have provided the space we need to increase our export economy and create family-wage jobs while preserving much of the natural habitat.

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Paratransit workers had a little more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and are looking forward to a holiday season where money is a little less tight.


"While the recession may be over for the financial sector, for Wall Street, on main street businesses are still struggling and not enough are hiring."


"As the cost of basic goods increases it is good to know that in Oregon, we keep the lowest-paid workers from falling even further behind."



The Northwest Oregon Labor Council and the Oregon AFL-CIO are proud to announce that two schools in Oregon have been selected as recipients of the AFL-CIO Adopt-A-School grant program. Sitton Elementary School in Portland and the Clackamas County Children's Commission Head Start in Clackamas County were each awarded $5,000 grants.


Local Community groups that are active in Oregon Strong Voice – Central Oregon, as well as worker-advocates from around the state, are joining delegates from the Oregon AFL-CIO at their convention in Bend later this month. As part of the convention delegates and allies will rally for a stronger Oregon that prioritizes issues that matter to Oregon families – including a few hot topics that might make it to the 2014 ballot.

On the heels of the National AFL-CIO Convention, the Oregon AFL-CIO will bring together union members from across the state for their biennial convention later this month.

The campaign to bring Comprehensive Immigration Reform is stalled in Congress, but as politicians try to tear families apart Oregonians are walking together to deliver an important message. Beginning on September 15th in Madras, participants will march over 42 miles to Congressman Greg Walden’s office in Bend. The Oregon AFL-CIO will be co-sponsoring the last leg of the march on September 17th from Redmond to Bend.

There have been attempts across the country, and just last year in Oregon, to open up our country to aftermarket auto parts that undercut good American jobs. In state after state, legislators decided this was a bad idea, but under the TPP it could be forced on us.

Click here to read President Trumka's statement.


It's time to protect Oregon's prevailing wage

John Mohlis, executive secretary of the Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council, breaks down why we must protect prevailing wage. Click here to read the article.


Click here to read a statement from Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain on the very different courses the negotiations have taken between ILWU members and employers in Oregon and SW Washington.


Union density numbers released today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics show a drop in the percentage of the workforce represented by a union in Oregon and nationwide.

Click here to read the full statement.


Oregonians are responding to the debate raging in Washington, D.C. with a clear message: any “Grand Bargain” that politicians are after shouldn’t treat our lives, health, or retirement security like bargaining chips – we are more than just pawns in a political game.

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What the Affordable Care Act means for Oregon’s workers.

"Oregon's progress toward health care reform would have continued no matter what the Supreme Court decided, but its decision to uphold the Affordable Care Act will make Oregon's plans more successful and more affordable, and gives us the opportunity to develop a model for reform that we can offer to other states. "

Click here to read President Chamberlain's full editorial in The Oregonian.



Our organizations work to protect, for all Oregonians, the opportunity to find a good job, in a strong community, where you can raise a family. Today, President Obama made that opportunity a little closer to a reality for thousands of Oregonians.

Click here to read the rest of the statement.


"Whether it was standing in the snow, sleeping in the Capitol, knocking on doors or simply casting a vote, we admire the heart and soul everyone poured into this effort."

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"I want to commend Governor Kitzhaber on the deal he struck this week with the Obama Administration to move Oregon’ healthcare reform plan forward. This is an important step in Oregon’s decade-long plan to change how healthcare is delivered, bring costs down, and ensure that all Oregonians have access to appropriate care."

Click here to read the full statement.


A recent op-ed by Oregon AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer Barbara Byrd investigates who benefits and who loses when free trade agreements are passed.

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Week of Action Media Coverage

Local news coverage from our Week of Action event in Medford this week:

Jobs Bill Impacts Local Economy


"I challenge our current, and as yet unannounced, candidates for mayor to take on these issues, and I look forward to working with them to solve our city's problems -- because we all deserve a city that lives up to our thriving reputation."

Read the rest of Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain's recent editoral here.



Energy-efficiency bill would boost state's economy

Read President Tom Chamberlain's editorial in the Statesman Journal about how moving our state toward energy-efficiency can create put Oregon back to work.

"Energy-efficiency programs are one of the most effective ways for our state to put people back to work. For every $1 million investment in energy-efficiency building upgrades, we can create as many as 17 jobs — more than three times the number of jobs created by the oil or gas industries at that cost."

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