Graham Trainor

Oregon AFL-CIO president Graham Trainor joined the Oregon labor movement in 2006 as state director for Working America, the community affiliate of the AFL-CIO. Today he is a proud member of IBEW Local 48. Since coming to the Oregon AFL-CIO in 2008, he served in nearly every role — organizer, campaign manager, lobbyist, and chief of staff — before being elected president in 2019.

May 30: You won’t want to miss it

We’re excited to host our annual Oregon Labor Organizing Summit on May 30 at the LiUNA Local 737 union hall in Portland.  

Critical mission: workplace safety

More than 50 years ago on April 28 the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect, promising every worker the right to a safe job.

Oregon labor is all-in for Julie Su

Despite confirmation as deputy secretary of labor in 2021, a few senators have been trying to block a vote on her nomination as secretary.

Oregon labor is still strike ready

This is our time to push back on the rigged economic system and win what’s ours from the wealth our labor creates.

In 2024 it’s still better in a union

The labor movement will never stop fighting to unrig the rules of the economy and welcome any worker dreaming of a better life.

Closing out 2023 with a UAW bump

Over 46 days this fall, the world watched as nearly 150,000 autoworkers did something that had never been done before.

Student workers are making history

Recent campaigns at University of Oregon and Reed College show us that young people are hungry to make change.

Leaving Bend united and hopeful

This year’s convention could not have come at a more opportune time for labor to strategize about how to harness the moment we’re in.

88% – A Number to Inspire and Harness

Among young people, approval of labor unions is at 88%. And support for strikes is at 90%.

A betrayal of Oregon workers

Over the last few years Oregon has led the nation with the most legislative walkouts and the second-longest walkout in American history.

Solidarity is our lifeblood

This is proving to be one of the most consequential summers of labor action, with hundreds of thousands on strike or near striking.

They will never stop us striking

The U.S. Supreme Court showed its true anti-union colors yet again in their wrong-headed ruling on Glacier Northwest v. Teamsters Local 174.

The Movement to Meet the Moment

More workers are turning to labor than at any point in recent memory. It’s going to require us to be strategic about how we build power. 

Less talk and more action this Workers Memorial Day

Oregon is often seen as a model for strong labor standards, but it ranks lowest in the nation when it comes to OSHA penalties.

Rest in power, Sister Aida

The Oregon labor movement suffered a great and devastating loss on Feb. 27 when our sister Aida Aranda passed away suddenly. 

Lawmakers must center workers

Oregon workers are geared up to make real progress during this year's in-person legislative session, which kicked off on January 17.

2023: New Year, New Worker Protections

Several key laws championed by the Oregon labor movement went into effect this month, affirming Oregon's reputation of being "Union Strong."

2022: The year of the worker?

This year has seen working people and their unions more central to the mainstream national narrative than in quite some time.

Never bet against the workers

The American labor movement was the difference-maker in countless races and our nation, and democracy, will be better off for it.

The road to a pro-worker future

Here's why the 2022 General Election is perhaps the most consequential for working people in recent memory.