U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Merkley bill: Green jobs should be union jobs

A bill in the U.S. Senate would incentivize private renewable energy projects to sign union-brokered project labor agreements and follow the federal government’s Davis Bacon prevailing wage requirements for construction.

Heart to heart with U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley

Oregon millworkers son Jeff Merkley is one of labor’s most reliable champions in the Senate. I visited his office to talk labor policy — and whether he’s running for president. We also talked about immigration, climate change, trade, Medicare for All, and taxing the rich and much more. 

Merkley comes out against Jordan Cove natural gas export terminal

National Building Trades call the change in a position a betrayal.

Jeff Merkley at the Blue Green Summit

Oregon U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley spoke Sept. 15 to labor and environmental leaders assembled for a national Clean and Fair Economy Summit in Olympia, Washington. Here's what he said.

Merkley co-sponsors Medicare for All legislation

Polls suggest that Medicare for All has majority public support.

Will Sen. Jeff Merkley run for president in 2020?

At a union-sponsored Labor Day picnic, a suggestion that Merkley run in 2020 got enthusiastic applause.

Merkley hires new labor liaison

Dan Mahr, a former Working America field rep, succeeds Ed Hall as labor liaison for Oregon’s junior U.S. senator.

Sen. Jeff Merkley calls for national motor-voter

Just as Oregon led the nation as the first state to recognize Labor Day as a holiday, the United States should follow Oregon’s lead...

Merkley labor liaison retires

Former firefighter union leader Ed Hall has been Merkley’s point person with labor for seven years.

A senator for the working class

In his first 6-year term, Jeff Merkley has proven to be one of organized labor’s closest allies

In newly elected Senate, Merkley sees hope for filibuster reform

The Senate is paralyzed by filibuster. Now, some are pushing a simple reform: Let the debate begin

Merkley will push for rule change to end filibuster abuse

Oregon’s freshman Democratic U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley favors reforming a parliamentary procedure known as the filibuster, in hopes that doing so will allow the Senate to get some work done.