Skip to main content


At the virtual AFT Conference held in July, AFT-Oregon delegates helped pass a raft of ambitious resolutions taking on the health, economic and racial justice crises our country faces, and envisioning a better America now and as we build back after COVID-19.

Oregon: Expansion of participation in retirement benefits
Current eligibility for public workers to quality for the Public Employees Retirement System in Oregon specifically excludes Oregon public university graduate employees and employees below 0.50 full-time equivalent. This resolution commits the AFT to advocate for expansion in public

We, the elected leaders of the American Federation of Teachers, Oregon, condemn the recent policies that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has issued on July 6th, 2020 regarding International Students attending universities in the United States of America. In their guidance for the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP), they have stated that international students attending online-only programs must leave the United States. Furthermore, for schools operating in a hybrid mode, international students must not take a fully online course load, and if they are, they must leave the


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.


Some of our members at UAOSU have started a petition to Immediately Protect and Strengthen Higher Education for the Post COVID World. Please sign the petition


Bob Rossi interviews Andrea Haverkamp of the Coalition of Graduate Employees (AFT) at Oregon State University on higher education today and how unions can function in that environment.


On Nov. 29, AFT-Oregon President Jaime Rodriguez spoke with Willamette Wake Up host Bob Rossi on KMUZ Community Radio. Learn about the latest Oregon labor developments, AFT-Oregon's goals, and some historical background on President Rodriguez. 


[[{"type":"media","view_mode":"media_original","fid":"30126","attributes":{"alt":"","class":"media-image media-image-left","style":"width: 100px; height: 125px; float: left;"}}]]On July 1, 2019, Jamie Rodriguez began his term as the new AFT-Oregon President. Jaime has been a long time active member of Local 2277, Portland Community College Federation of Faculty and Academic Professionals, in addition to serving as AFT-Oregon's VP of Political Action since 2014. AFT-Oregon members and staff welcome Jaime and are looking forward to his leadership, inspiration, and passion for labor advocacy.


AFT-Oregon SCHOLARSHIPS and AWARDS are now open and accepting applications for 2021.

The deadline for applications has been extended to February 14, 2021.

Apply Now!


Carl J. Megel Scholarship of $1,500 is for a child/grandchild of an AFT-Oregon member who is graduating from high school and will be enrolling in a post-secondary program in the fall.

Carl J. Megel Scholarship Application

Albert F. Shanker Scholarship of $1,500 is for a child/grandchild of an AFT-Oregon member who is already attending a post-secondary education program and will be continuing in the fall.

Albert F. Shanker

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.
Deirdre and Grace will be missed dearly. Our thoughts and prayers are with their family

Every school and college support staffer who belongs to the AFT knows they’re in this line of work for their students, for each other and for their communities.

It stands to reason. They love the work. They are devoted to their students, fighting for resources that will help young people and communities thrive. They have each other’s backs. And they’re sticking with their union, which provides supports like professional development, as well as collective bargaining tools, free lesson plans and sources for books and supplies.

Here’s what some Oregon paraprofessionals and school-related personnel