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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. 

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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. 
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AFT-Oregon is relieved that the policeman who murdered George Floyd is being held accountable, and hopeful that this verdict will be a sea change moment in the struggle for equal justice for all people. We also recognize that this verdict is not justice.

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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 

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Organizations representing Oregon community college and university students, faculty, and staff applaud portions of Governor Kate Brown’s Recommended Budget (GRB) for the 2021-23 biennium while cautioning more resources will be required to avoid major negative impacts.

 

The GRB includes important new investments in part-time faculty health insurance and programs enhancing success for underserved students, while protecting financial aid. Although the GRB matches the 2019-21 legislatively-approved budgets for the Community College Support Fund (CCSF) and Public University Support Fund (PUSF), not

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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 income taxes and what tax breaks they use.

"Corporate tax avoidance undermines the well-being of Oregonians,” said Rodriguez. “It means less resources for education, health care, and other public services that benefit all Oregonians. These services

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On Nov. 6, 2020, the AFT-Oregon Executive Council passed the following resolution.


Labor Defending Democracy Resolution

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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.

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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. There is no doubt that legislators will have to grapple with many challenges amidst a global pandemic and national political strife, but AFT-Oregon and our over 16,000 members stand

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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.  
#BlackLivesMatter
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