PORTLAND, OR - Workers at JOIN, a social service organization that supports people experiencing homelessness in their transition to permanent housing, and JOIN leadership announced in a unified sta

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. 

Reprinted from Kezi 9 News

The contract bargaining began in March and stalled in September. The process will now go to a third-party mediator to facilitate the discussions.

October 25, 2021
Contact: David Kreisman, [email protected]

Multnomah County Commission Passes Behavioral Health Labor Harmony Policy
Behavioral Health Professionals To Gain Concrete Protections

In 2017, Oregon AFSCME Council 75 released the United We Heal report, highlighting specific issues facing the behavioral health workforce and the clients they serve every day.