We are saddened to report the passing of Giles Gibson, a beloved member of the  Oregon AFSCME family and retired former staff attorney.

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.

PORTLAND, OR - A strong majority of the over 160 eligible staff at Lines for Life, a 24-hour crisis line non-profit based in Portland, submitted union authorization cards with the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) in late December, culminating in a union vote set for February.

Oregon AFSCME’s member-led Board is proud to endorse Lamar Wise to succeed Senator Chuck Riley.

“Lamar has a proven commitment to the labor movement and has spent his career fighting for and alongside communities of color, young people and working people to increase access to healthcare, education and affordable housing. His experience and knowledge is exactly what Oregon needs to get back on track” said Oregon AFSCME President Elizabeth Goetzinger.

We are saddened to report  that on November 13th, our Oregon AFSCME family lost Damon Millican.  

Today, Oregon AFSCME Executive Director Stacy Chamberlain testified on behalf of Oregon’s 2,104 family- and home-based child care providers, and Oregon AFSCME 33,000 represented Oregon workers in the House Interim Committee on Early Childhood. 

“I’m here to speak on behalf of the child care providers we’ve lost through the unprecedented toll of the pandemic and the thousands who struggle to remain open.