News

Candidates seeking Local 189’s endorsement of their campaign for City of Portland elected office will have an opportunity to make their case in the coming weeks.  Over the past few days, candidates

A new Center for American Progress (CAP) report describes how state and local governments, having already shed critical public service jobs since the Great Recession, have lost 695,000 more since the onset of the pandemic.

Because the services these jobs deliver are critical to society’s functioning, state and local governments must invest in job creation.

“There’s a lot of misconceptions about caregivers. We’re not babysitters. We are professionals who work really hard for our residents.”

Niki Cooper is a caregiver and Oregon AFSCME Local 1246 member, and during March’s caregiver Appreciation Month, we are honored to showcase her story.

The American Rescue Plan, which AFSCME members helped make a reality and which President Joe Biden signed into law a year ago, provided $350 billion in funding to states, cities and towns.


THE DALLES, OR - After 16 months negotiating, members of the Mid-Columbia Center for Living (MCCFL) bargaining committee announced a tentative agreement, providing workers the benefits and protections they deserve.

Highlights of the agreement include:

AFSCME Family: 

We have all watched with shock and outrage the latest developments in Ukraine. This sovereign democracy is under military attack by Vladimir Putin’s Russia, with entire cities leveled and civilian populations targeted.

Prior to 2021, the members of Oregon AFSCME Local 2046’s bargaining committee had never held a rally, ran a contract campaign - or any campaign. And they also never had a win as big as the one they got this year in their new Collective Bargaining Agreement.

“The employees of Benton County were tired of having poor contracts, were tired of not being paid a market wage, and realized if we wanted a win, we had to be in it together,” said Dawn Dale, Local 2064 President.

In building their contract campaign, Local 2064 started out with six simple goals: