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Local 111 organizes more than 111!

Portland Federation of School Professionals', local 111, organizing campaign reached an all-time high last week when their new member numbers hit one hundred and eleven - or 111! The same as their Local's number!

They quickly passed that goal, and are now at 118!

They have never had so many new members. All of this has been accomplished in just  six months.  Their hard work is certainly paying off.

Congratulations,  Portland Federation of School Professionals!

AFT-Oregon welcomes new Organizer Julia Trist

AFT-Oregon is happy to announce Julia Trist has been hired as our new Organizer.

Through her work as the SAPO she has time and time again shown her skills as an organizer.

AFT-Oregon is excited to continue to see her positive contributions and advocacy for education and workers.

PSUFA local 3571 empowers workers


Portland State University adjunct faculty and PSUFA members Kendra Larson, Laura Di Trapani and Vonna Witham pose in front of their vent tent table. Photo by Kristen Fitzpatrick

GTFF Local 3544 - ON STRIKE!

GTFs and their supporters march in front of the University of Oregon Lillis complex singing solidarity songs and chanting Dec. 4, 2014. The strikers were also lead by a drum line. Photo by Justin Buchanan

It’s Thursday, December 5th in Eugene a phone alarm buzzes on a University of Oregon’s graduate teaching fellow’s night stand.

Turning donations into donations

There were a lot of courses taught at AFT-Oregon’s 2015 Winter School. We’re already seeing the results of the knowledge acquired in effective bargaining and organizing efforts by AFT-Oregon locals and their leaders.

If you recall from our Winter School Recap the Issues Organizing class put their skills to work right away. The students of the class organized an action to collect tips for the wait staff at the Hallmark Resort.

A record setting 94 AFT-Oregon local leaders traveled to Oregon’s coast for a weekend of training, team building, and worker empowerment at AFT-Oregon’s Winter School Jan. 23-25.

The weekend was unofficially kicked off with an Executive Council meeting Friday afternoon. Board members took this opportunity to continue discussion of AFT-Oregon’s plans for 2015.

AFT-Oregon 2015 Winter School

AFT-Oregon's 2015 Winter School sign up is here!

Join us for a weekend full of empowerment and educational opportunities. Attendees will have the opportunity to meet and work with other education and union leaders. Additionally, attendees will have the opportunity to attend multiple workshops to learn new skills.

'Harris' decision makes things worse for working families

While the U.S. Supreme Court upheld the importance of collective bargaining and unions to families and communities in its ruling in Harris v. Quinn, let's be clear that working people, who have aspired to the middle class and tried to make a better life for their families, have taken it on the chin for years, AFT President Randi Weingarten says.  Read more.