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Oregon Virtual Academy Teachers Vote to Form New Union

Teachers at the Oregon Virtual Academy (ORVA) in North Bend voted overwhelmingly to form a new union, the ORVA Educators United (OEU). The National Labor Relations Board oversaw the election results on Thursday, with over 80% of ORVA’s teachers voting to form the new union. 

President’s Statement on Richard Trumka’s Passing

AFT-Oregon President Jaime Rodriguez issued the following statement:

“Today we mourn the sudden passing of AFL-CIO President, Richard Trumka. President Trumka was the son of a miner who rose to the highest level of labor leadership. He was a dedicated advocate for workers of all sectors. The middle-class, workers and labor have lost a great friend today. I hope we have learned from him that solidarity and the rights-of-workers are not privileged, but must be bargained for annually. My condolences and prayers go out to the Trumka and labor families.”

Belinda Reagan Retires as President of PFSP 111

After a long and illustrious career, Belinda Reagan has retired as President of Portland Federation of School Professionals (PFSP), AFT Local 111. AFT-Oregon wishes to thank Belinda for her years of service to both PFSP and AFT-Oregon. 

Oregon Virtual Academy Teachers Seek Union Recognition

NORTH BEND, OR — Teachers at the Oregon Virtual Academy (ORVA) in North Bend today presented a petition to the Board asking for recognition of their newly formed union, ORVA Educators United (OEU). The petition, signed by nearly 80% of ORVA’s teachers, asks the Board to voluntarily recognize the new union at its next meeting on Tuesday, June 8. 
 
OEU, an affiliate of the American Federation of Teachers, formed because teachers seek a real voice in decisions to improve student success and to be able to collectively bargain over issues like equity, transparency, competitive compensation packages, and increased workloads. These conditions have resulted in instructor turnover rates above 20% annually. 

AFT-Oregon Convention 2021

Join us for the AFT-Oregon Convention in 2021! The event will be held online and live-streamed to the public on our YouTube Channel. 

Friday, April 23, 2021 to Sunday, April 25, 2021 

President Rodriguez Comments on OCPP Report

AFT-Oregon President Jaime Rodriguez was quoted in a news release by the Oregon Center for Public Policy (OCPP) today.  Citing “ample evidence” that corporations have been using aggressive tactics to avoid paying taxes, a report released by the OCPP urged the Oregon legislature to require large corporations to make public how much they pay in state in