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Aug 25, 2015 AFT-Oregon Update

As you might have heard, we have been undergoing a strategic planning process. If you have input you’d like to provide, please fill out this short survey.

Survey link: https://leadernet.aft.org/webform/aft-oregon-strategic-plan-member-survey

One piece of feedback we’ve heard constantly through the strategic planning process is AFT-Oregon members want more communication.

Beginning with this email, toward the end of every month, I’ll personally break down the latest AFT-Oregon news, and preview the upcoming month(s).

Organize! Organize! Organize!

The labor movement is facing attacks. These attacks are intended to limit our power, and harm the lives of all working people.

We are taking this fight head on by organizing! Together we’ll win at our work sites, in Salem, and in DC!

Join us Oct. 4 9 a.m. at the AFT-Oregon office as we kick off our efforts to talk to every member of AFT-Oregon.

You, and your union allies, can help take back our work places and grow our power. Together, we can accomplish anything.

Contact AFT-Oregon Organizer Julia Trist for more information or to get involved email juliat@aft-oregon.org, or call her at 971-998-0128.

Northwest Leadership Forum

More than 80 union leaders from around the Pacific Northwest gathered in Vancouver, WA July 30 - Aug. 2 for AFT's Northwest Leadership Forum, co-sponsored by AFT-Oregon. It was fantastic to see so many members, some familiar faces and some new, ready to learn new skills to build our union.

Attendees learned skills such as best practices for communication, handling problems and grievances in the workplace, negotiation techniques, and how to build member power.

Read the full NWLF breakdown here.

These member training events provide useful skills and offer the chance to meet colleagues from across the Northwest. The next AFT-Oregon event is Winter School in January. Keep an eye open for updates this fall.

AFT Northwest Leadership Forum attendees were encouraged to work in groups and find creative solutions for issues worker's deal with in the work place. Photo by Justin Buchanan

Legislative Session 2015

The 2015 Oregon Legislative Session drew to a close in July. This session saw an increased investment in education, and the emergence of Fair Shot for All, a strong coalition of unions and community groups working together to make progressive change. We were able to achieve victory on most of our priorities including:

  • Increased funding for K-12 Education
  • $550 million for the Community College Support Fund
  • $700 million for universities
  • Paid sick days for nearly half a million more Oregon workers
  • Retirement security for all Oregonians

Read the full legislative recap here.

Oregon Governor Kate Brown speaks to AFT-Oregon members at AFT-Oregon's lobby day April 20, 2015. Photo by Justin Buchanan

Other news and notes:

The members of Southwestern Oregon Community College have been fighting and winning for workers. WOUFT, local 2278, also kicked their bargaining into full gear and teamed up with SEIU 503. Workers united always win!

Thanks for reading. Please feel free to contact the AFT-Oregon office if you’d like to know anything else. I, and the rest of the AFT-Oregon staff, are here for you.

David Rives
AFT-Oregon President