Mark Medina joins the staff of Portland Jobs with Justice as worker center organizer

Mark Medina has joined the staff of Portland Jobs with Justice as Worker Center organizer.

Medina is a longtime Burgerville worker who played a big role in efforts to organize a union and negotiate a first contract at five Burgerville locations. Now he’ll work full-time helping educate workers in retail and food service about how to form a union and their rights under state and federal law.

Modeled on a similar program in Ithaca, New York, the Worker Center project of Portland Jobs With Justice is a response to an explosion of union interest among low-paid service workers.

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