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State lawmakers must prioritize Oregon’s working families and those left behind during the pandemic. While corporate profits skyrocket, our state has serious issues affecting everyday Oregonians that must be addressed. Every county in the state is a child care desert due to a lack of support for parents and child care providers, especially parents and providers of color. Oregon has the highest rate of addiction in the country because of historic underinvestment in treatment service staffing that has only gotten worse since the pandemic.

Yesterday, Oregon AFSCME Executive Director Stacy Chamberlain testified in favor of HB 4005 – a key piece of the 2022 Childcare Investment Package. 

“I’m honored to represent over 33,000 workers in every corner of Oregon, including more than 2,100 family child care providers. In our union, we see the child care crisis from all sides.

Last week, following numerous reported cases of illegal interference by City of Portland managers in an attempt to disrupt these employees' legally protected right to vote to strike, over 86% of District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) members voted to authorize a strike to begin at 9am on Thursday, February 10th.

As of now, this means all City employees represented by DCTU will cease working at 9am, on Thursday, February 10th.

PORTLAND, OR - Following numerous reported cases of illegal interference by City of Portland managers in an attempt to disrupt these employees' legally protected right to vote to strike, over 86% of District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) members voted to authorize a strike.

PORTLAND, OR - With the District Council of Trade Unions (DCTU) in the midst of their strike vote, numerous City employees reported illegal interference by City of Portland managers in an attempt to disrupt these employees' legally protected right to vote to strike.

Last week’s decision, followed by this week’s lackluster update by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to change guidance, and Federal OSHA’s decision to abandon protections for healthcare workers in the midst of the most transmissible surge of the pandemic is abhorrent, shortsighted, and irresponsible and makes workers in every sector of our economy less safe. To choose economic “needs”  over the health, safety, and lives of frontline workers, the very people who have kept our economy and communities running to date is dangerous and unnecessary.

Today Oregon Child Care Providers Together, Local 132 of Oregon AFSCME, announced a new contract with the state of Oregon that went into effect January 1, 2022. Under the contract, more than 2,100 family child care providers will receive new access to health services, free continuing education and trainings, and increased payments to care for children of low-income parents. The contract also calls for the state to establish a path to provide health care coverage and retirement benefits for family child care providers.