Grad Workers Union Signs Tentative Agreement with Portland State University

Signed Agreement a Major Step in Establishing New Union
Friday, March 2, 2018
PORTLAND, OR — Today, the Graduate Employees Union of Portland State University, AAUP-AFT (GEU), representing approximately 800 graduate assistants, signed a tentative agreement document with university administration officials.
The tentative agreement, upon ratification by GEU members and the university, will establish a first contract with the university and lead to GEU becoming chartered with the American Federation of Teachers–Oregon and American Association of University Professors–Oregon.

Member Feature: Sherese Williams

Sherese Williams: Driving Membership Efforts at PCCFCE

Sherese Williams, a 5-year member of Portland Community College Federation of Classified Employees, Local 3922 (PCCFCE), loves her work at PCC. “If you ask bus drivers, what is your dream route to drive—I’m driving it!”
A second-generation bus driver and union member (her mother is a member of Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757), Sherese credits the strength of her union with establishing her position as a good job with a liveable work schedule. “I have time to take classes, I have time to meditate, I have time to walk my dog, I have time to schedule doctor’s appointments and make sure my health is good.”

On the Passing of Deirdre Mackey, AFT-Oregon Staff Member

It is with great sadness that we share the passing of AFT-Oregon staff member Deirdre Mackey, along with her daughter Grace, from a traffic accident on December 25, 2017. 
Deirdre was warm and caring, always willing to help a coworker—or a stranger—at a moment's notice. She brought that same love to her work at AFT-Oregon as our Program Coordinator and Financial Specialist. Deirdre was a skilled project manager and all-around talent, committed to social justice and the union movement. She was our friend.