AFT-Oregon elects Jaime Rodriguez as President

On July 1, 2019, Jamie Rodriguez began his term as the new AFT-Oregon President. Jaime has been a long time active member of Local 2277, Portland Community College Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals, in addition to serving as AFT-Oregon's VP of Political Action since 2014. AFT-Oregon members and staff welcome Jaime and are looking forward to his leadership, inspiration, and passion for labor advocacy.

Weingarten: Educators must save democracy

“Teachers have always had power,” AFT President Randi Weingarten told the crowd at the TEACH opening plenary Thursday afternoon. “We need to own our power. And we need to build our power so we can move our agenda—for our students and our families; for safe, welcoming and well-funded public schools; for affordable higher education; healthcare that is a right, not a privilege; a living wage; a decent retirement; a healthy climate and a strong democracy.”

Best economy ever?

In AFT President Randi Weingarten’s latest column in the New York Times, she writes that, despite President Trump’s claims that we have the “best economy ever,” his policies are harming working and middle-class Americans, many of whom are struggling just to get by. “Our political and economic systems are so weighted toward the wealthy that opportunity will only come through the power of collective action,” she writes, using “the surest vehicles to increase opportunity for ordinary Americans”—public education, labor unions and voting. Read the full column.

Early childhood support requires adequate staffing

Some of education’s biggest problems come with its littlest students. At a working breakfast for paraprofessionals in prekindergarten, early childhood and Head Start, members swapped strategies for solving problems. Their discussion came during the AFT PSRP conference last week in Las Vegas, where paras from all over the country zeroed in on professional development and adequate classroom coverage.

Public Employee PERS Tax: Unfair, Illegal and Ill-conceived

Top Problems with Governor Brown’s “Shared Responsibility” proposal

Governor Kate Brown’s proposal to cut public employee retirements has serious legal and fairness issues. This proposal would implement a new tax on current working public employees - either taken out of salary or retirement benefits - to pay the state’s high legacy costs for people already retired. In addition, this proposal puts public employees on the hook for future market downturns. Her plan is deeply problematic for the following reasons:

LEGAL ISSUES