Legal Aid workers Rally for Fair Wages

Members of the Legal Aid Services of Oregon Workers Union rallied for better wages Feb. 27 in front of Legal Aid Services of Oregon’ s downtown Portland office, 520 SW 6th Ave.

Bargaining has been under way for months, and management is refusing to pay adequate wages, even as Legal Aid received a windfall of millions in new funding. Management wants the 10 longest-serving support staff to accept salary increases that don’t  keep up with Legal Aid’s own inflation projections, and even proposed that three members take a pay cut.

The union says Legal Aid’s low wages have hindered their ability to attract and retain the staff they need to fulfill their mission of providing legal services to low-income Oregonians. The rally was meant to send a message:  “We’re not stopping until we get a fair contract!”

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