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Winter Gathering 2021 Video

Thanks to everyone who participated in Saturday's Winter Gathering 2021, featuring Oregon State Senator Kate Lieber. In case you missed it, you can watch this condensed video of the webinar.

AFT-OR Welcomes the 81st Oregon Legislature

As the Oregon Legislature commences their work this week on behalf of Oregonians, we are reflective of the historic nature of the 81st legislative body and its members. This will be the most diverse session in Oregon history, and we commend President Courtney and Speaker Kotek for their leadership in elevating the voices of BIPOC legislators to key committee and leadership roles within their respective Chambers.

The AFT calls for freedom to teach

AFT President Randi Weingarten today delivered a major address on the crisis hollowing out the teaching profession—massive disinvestment in public education and deprofessionalization. In her speech at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., she called for reinvestment and freedom to teach. It was followed by two panels featuring education leaders who laid out pragmatic solutions.

AFT-Oregon Executive Council Letter on Black Lives Matter

We, the elected leaders of the American Federation of Teachers - Oregon, condemn the police murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, David McAtee, and the unconscionable killings of so many other Black people by police throughout our country’s history.  Equity and justice are explicitly stated values of AFT-Oregon that we prioritize, and these brutal murders and attendant discrimination suffered by Black Americans are starkly opposed to these values.

Oregon State University Faculty Secure Historic First Contract

Faculty at Oregon State University have agreed to terms on a historic first union contract, at a time of unprecedented challenges to higher education. The faculty union, United Academics of Oregon State University, inked a tentative agreement May 28, 2021, covering 2,200 workers, to strengthen their campus through the power of collective action. Ratification is expected within days.