Personnel changes

David Groves left the Washington State Labor Council after 32 years. Mike Burlingham left Bakers Local 364 to work for Oregon AFSCME.

Over 2,000 OHSU research workers join AFSCME

The unit will include workers who conduct lab experiments, order equipment, file paperwork, and care for animals used in studies.

Oregon Health and Science University’s wage offer: 0%

Bargaining with about 250 postdoctoral researchers, OHSU's wage offer is remarkable: a three-year contract with raises of 0% each year.

Oregon AFSCME leader joins national leadership

Corey Hope Nicholson will represent AFSCME’s six-state Northwest Region as vice president on the union’s national executive board.

OHSU lab workers launch union drive

If at least half sign cards within six months, state law requires OHSU to recognize a union for about 2,000 workers in its laboratories.


Staff changes at OPEIU Local 11, Oregon AFSCME, Oregon AFL-CIO, Oregon Building Trades, and U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley's office.

All Good that ends good

The nonprofit that operates several Portland homeless camps fired a whistleblower last year. Now it's at peace with the union.

Crisis home workers ask Governor Kotek: Fire our boss

Workers have reported getting punched, scratched, and stabbed with pencils, and the staff vacancy rate this year hit an all-time high.

Murder of health aide shows fears were valid

Cascadia Behavioral Health employee Haley Rogers, a member of AFSCME Local 1790-4, was stabbed to death July 16 by one of her patients.

Unions reach deals with state of Oregon

Two unions representing nearly 30,000 Oregon state workers reached agreements that would provide a cumulative 13% raise over two years.

Fired AFSCME supporter wins $20,000 back pay

The National Labor Relations Board determined that camp operator All Good NW fired Michael Rainey illegally.

Workers at homeless nonprofit New Avenues for Youth vote union

The tally was 69 to 12 to join Oregon AFSCME. The workers provide meals, showers, and internet to young people, and help with housing or work. 

OHSU postdocs want to join Oregon AFSCME

On April 7, a majority of about 240 eligible “postdoc” research staff signed union authorization cards and asked for a union election.

New CEO at Central City Concern decides to hit reset with union

What if the Portland-based homeless service non-profit thought of Oregon AFSCME as its most important ally?

Breakthrough bill in Oregon Legislature would set safe hospital staffing

Oregon lawmakers have the chance to make historic improvements to healthcare, thanks to the collaboration of labor and hospital management. 

Workers at homeless nonprofit New Avenues For Youth file for union

The unit of 118 workers would be in AFSCME Local 1790, which represents workers at All Good Northwest, Janus Youth Programs, and Outside In. 

Drug counselor apprenticeship program launches, with BOLI support

The AFSCME-supported apprenticeship helps workers become Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselors (CADC) through on-the-job training and classroom education.

Gary Gillespie, 1951-2022

Gillespie, a former president of Oregon AFSCME, served Oregon working people and Eugene residents for more than three decades.

Homeless nonprofit fires whistleblower

Things aren’t ‘all good’ at All Good Northwest, which runs tiny house villages for the homeless in Portland.

Support workers at tiny house villages for homeless vote to join AFSCME

In ballots counted June 2, a group of 46 employees who operate tiny house villages for the homeless in Portland voted 15-3 to unionize.