Workers unionize at Friends of the Children

Workers at the nonprofit Friends of the Children Portland voted 40-3 to join AFT-Oregon in mail ballots counted June 1.

New direction for AFT-Oregon

Meeting April 28-30 in Sunriver, delegates transformed the state organization’s structure and replaced its entire top leadership. 

Saying turnover hurts care, workers at nonprofit Friends of the Children want to join AFT-Oregon

The group pairs kids with paid mentors for at least 12 years. Mentors, called friends, spend three to four hours a week with 8 to 10 children.

Teachers at virtual public school get union contract

The state’s only teachers union at an online-only school ratified its first contract in a unanimous March 10 vote.

Doctors announce union at St. Charles in Bend

A newly formed union has requested a union election among 304 medical professionals St. Charles Medical Group.

AFT-Oregon elects new leadership

Jaime Rodriguez succeeds David Rives as statewide union president.

Oregon State University faculty launch union campaign

OSU professors could join the union that represents fellow faculty at UO and PSU, and WOU.

PSU grad student faculty ratify their first-ever union contract

The three-year deal covers about 800 workers and is the culmination of a joint campaign by AFT-Oregon and American Association of University Professors.

AFT staffperson killed in Christmas Day crash

Deirdre Mackey was a program coordinator and financial specialist at American Federation of Teachers-Oregon.

To get ready for anti-union court decision, AFT-Oregon gets busy organizing

As another anti-union case heads to the U.S. Supreme Court, priority will be shoring up support from represented workers.


Two state senate Dems with long ties to labor will leave office when their terms expire this year

In Oregon’s new higher ed boards, labor gets a seat or two

Business will be amply represented on the new governing boards.

David Cecil named chief of staff at AFT-Oregon

The former graduate teaching fellow has 13 years in the labor movement

Sizemore files bankruptcy to skirt paying unions

The longtime union foe faces millions in damages as a repeat violator of ballot initiative laws

Oregon Nurses Association joins American Federation of Teachers

ONA says the move will enhance nurses' voice in an era of hospital consolidation and cost-cutting

Dick Schwarz retires from AFT-Oregon

The longtime AFT leader helped bring down perennial union foe Bill Sizemore.

OSU grad students crash donor party

Oregon State University is refusing to recognize a union of graduate research assistants.

Teachable moment

With a weeklong strike, Chicago teachers deliver a blow to a corporate agenda for schools

Sordid Sizemore saga continues

‘I am not a convicted racketeer!’ Bill Sizemore declares in new federal lawsuit.

Union foe Bill Sizemore spends 18 days in jail

The anti-tax crusader jailed for failing to file tax returns; and more jeopardy may be on the way.