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

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A group of Mental Health Therapists, Substance Use Counselors, Peer Support Specialists, Service Coordinators, and Front Desk staff at Lifeworks NW Hawthorn Walk-In Center, a Washington County-funded Crisis Services facility, submitted union authorization cards representing a strong majority of the eligible staff, with the National Labor Relations Board on Tuesday, March 23rd.

We have experienced the rise of racism, our AAPI families have felt the sudden surge of tragic Asian Hate crimes across the nation and in our local communities.

A committed labor, civil rights and community activist, Yvonne Wheeler has spent her life championing the rights of working people. Growing up as the daughter of a longtime union activist in Baton Rouge, Louisiana during the civil rights movement, at an early age she applied the principles of direct action and civil disobedience when because of the 1965 Desegregation Decree she was forced to attend desegregated Baton Rouge High School.

Desiree L. Hill is a single mother, grandmother, and soon-to-be great-grandmother who has worked with the public the majority of her life.

In 1981 she started working at Acme Markets. After 29 and a half years, Desiree retired from Acme, if only for 2 hours, and began working with the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW) International Union as a Union Organizer for Region 1. At UFCW, she continues her work building and strengthening unions as an Organizer.

Percy Winters, Jr is President of AFSCME Local 88, representing Multnomah County employees, the second-largest union in Portland, Oregon with a membership of over 4,200.

Kevin Bradshaw has been employed with Kellogg Memphis for 20 years and now serves as Vice President of BCTGM (Bakery Confectionery Tobacco Grainmillers), Local 252G. During his tenure in the organization, he has also served as President, Steward and Trustee.

Ceretta Smith is a proud Army Veteran, mother, wife, small business owner, and Faith Leader in her community. She's also proud to have called Grovetown, Georgia home for the past fifteen years, where she lives with her husband, Retired Sergeant First Class Sterling Vandolph Smith. At her small business, she is committed to molding and developing future leaders of our workforce within our community. And it’s here that she teaches the values of compassionate leadership, guided by the adage:

“People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care.”