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

Oregon AFSCME members who lost their homes to fire or faced other financial hardships are encouraged to apply for financial relief through the Oregon AFSCME Wildfire Relief Fund.

Over the next week or so, Oregon AFSCME staff will follow-up with applicants to confirm eligibility as well as contact info and the best way to deliver financial assistance. Those affected must be members in good standing to be considered.

Oregon AFSCME members have been calling for a way to donate to their union siblings in need, and now we have a method to do so. 100% of the funds donated to Oregon AFSCME's Wildfire Relief Fund* will go directly to Oregon AFSCME members and their families affected by the wildfires.

Donate to the Oregon AFSCME Wildfire Relief Fund

Ergonomics for Telework

Most of us do not have complete home offices like we do at work, so telework can be a challenge. AFSCME wants to make sure you know the basics about how to keep yourself healthy while teleworking.

One of the best ergonomics guides for teleworking we have found is from Stanford University's Department of Environmental Health & Safety. This guide and short webinar was created to assist Stanford faculty and staff who are currently teleworking.

City of Salem workers received a significant arbitration decision today that holds their employer responsible for violating their seniority in 2018 and 19.

Displaced by wildfires?

Here's what you need to know about voting.

  • Displaced people have until October 13th to decide where they want their ballot sent.

On Thursday, August 6th, the Oregon Supreme Court released their ruling on the lawsuit challenging SB 1049, the legislation passed that diverts a percentage of money that goes into members’ IAP accounts.

This unanimous decision, while disappointing, is narrow in scope, and affirms the previous ruling that the legislature cannot make changes to benefits you have already earned. It also clarifies that the legislature can make changes to benefits not yet earned.

AFSCME has many public-sector and non-profit members working to complete this complex program. Leigh McIlvaine, an Oregon AFSCME member working for the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development worked for a non-profit for over ten years, and recently transitioned to public employment, both of which qualify for student loan forgiveness.

For those interested in the process Leigh gives her insight and experience in the below interview: