Northwest Oregon Labor Council

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"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."


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.


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.

Click here for the full story.



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."

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.



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