The Oregon Labor Dispatch is a weekly email and blog series designed to keep Oregon’s workers informed of the latest news about unions, worker power, and much more. Each week, we bring you a curated selection of news stories, graphics, and information about upcoming events and actions. When Oregon’s Labor Movement is connected, updated and informed we are able to be stronger advocates for all working Oregonians.
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This Thursday, April 13, the Oregon AFL-CIO and the State of Oregon are hosting a webinar to educate Oregon’s workers and unions about the new Paid Family and Medical Leave program. This informative, hour-long, and free presentation will give you the opportunity to ask experts questions about how Oregon’s Paid Family and Medical Leave program works and what it means for working people. Join us on Thursday, April 13 from 3:00 - 4:00pm on Zoom to learn more! Click here to register today to receive the link to the webinar
WORKERS MEMORIAL DAY: On April 28 unions across the country will gather to observe Workers Memorial Day, and honor each and every worker who lost their lives as the result of workplace injury and illness in 2022. This year, the Oregon AFL-CIO will honor our fallen workers at two events in Portland and Salem. Click here to learn more about these events and to RSVP.
COALITION OF LABOR UNION WOMEN: YOUNG WORKING WOMEN ACADEMY
Join CLUW Young Working Women at their inaugural educational conference in May! Network with other young women workers, attend thrilling workshops, hear dynamic speakers, and come together in solidarity to advance the future of the labor movement. May 7 - May 9, 2023 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Click here to register.
2023 OREGON LABOR ORGANIZING SUMMIT: We’re excited to announce that the 2023 Oregon Labor Organizing Summit will be held on Wednesday, May 24 at IBEW Local 48 in Portland! This one-of-a-kind event will feature National AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler as our keynote speaker! We’re planning engaging panel discussions, inspiring workshops, and ways for Oregon’s unions to come together and share resources about union organizing. Please note this event is only for union members, leaders, and staff of unions. Click here to register for this event.
PASS THE RICHARD L. TRUMKA PRO ACT: If we want to build up worker power, our outdated labor laws must keep up with the times. Support our workers. Take 30 seconds to add your name in support of the PRO Act. Click here to add your name.
SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR ACTORS AND STAGE MANAGERS ON TOUR: The actors and stage managers on the road who bring Broadway to communities across North America are united in seeking fair pay, appropriate housing and per diem, and sufficient coverage to ensure the show can go on when individuals cannot. Click here to add your name.
April 6, 2023 | Daily Emerald
“On Thursday, the University of Oregon Student Workers Union along with other UO unions rallied at the EMU amphitheater ending their collection of signed union cards. The success of the union relies on the collection of these cards according to the union's social media.The rally was organized through ROAR, the Radical Organizing and Activism Resource Center at the EMU, on Thursday, the last day for the union to collect signed union cards.”
April 6, 2023 | Northwest Labor Press
“A Portland-area construction apprentice got a whirlwind all expense paid trip to the U.S. Capitol last month as part of a union effort to showcase efforts to diversify construction. North America’s Building Trades Unions (NABTU) was looking for panelists for a March 8 presentation to members of Congress and their staff, and asked the Oregon Building Trades Council to find someone to take part. United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290 nominated Kasey Finegan as someone who sets an example of participation in her union.”
April 10, 2023 | CNN
“Three unions representing about 9,000 Rutgers University faculty and staff have gone on strike after nearly a year of gridlocked contract negotiations, marking the first educator strike in the university’s nearly 257-year history, according to the unions.”
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April 3, 2023 | The 19th
“In 1995, dozens of garment workers, most of them women, were freed from a California sweatshop. The lawyer who is now Biden’s nominee to head the Labor Department took their case.”
April 11, 2023 | The Seattle Times
“More than 40 progressive organizations are showing their support for Starbucks union workers by urging the company’s new CEO, Laxman Narasimhan, to start a new chapter with workers. “We urge you to create and build a healthy working relationship with unionized partners,” the organizations said in a letter sent Tuesday to Narasimhan. The organizations, including the AFL-CIO and the Service Employees International Union, represent a supporter base of more than 62 million and more than 496 member organizations.”
April 10, 2023 | Bloomberg Law
“Several large US unions saw double-digit growth in 2022 at the same time employers were weathering a tight labor market and a wave of worker dissatisfaction, according to a Bloomberg Law analysis of new federal filings from the previous calendar year.”
April 6, 2023 | Northwest Labor Press
“During an all-staff meeting with nonprofit executives on March 23, workers asked for voluntary recognition for FriendsPDX Union Network (FUN), a new union affiliated with American Federation of Teachers-Oregon. They also filed with the National Labor Relations Board that day seeking a union election.”
April 7, 2023 | Huffington Post
“Apple Store workers from Towson, Maryland, have been meeting with the company at a hotel in downtown Baltimore this week to negotiate what they hope will be a groundbreaking union contract at the tech giant.”
April 6, 2023 | Northwest Labor Press “United Association of Plumbers and Steamfitters Local 290 members ratified their largest collective bargaining agreement April 1. The new contract with the Oregon chapter of the Plumbing and Mechanical Contractors Association raises compensation $13.54 (15%) over three years. It replaces a six-year contract that expired March 31.”