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Carpenters Local 1503 endorses $15 minimum wage

Columbia River Carpenters Union Local 1503 has joined other building trade unions such as the Laborers’, electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters in endorsing a $15 minimum wage for Oregon.

Carpenters Local 1503 represents carpenters in Oregon and SW Washington, and is part of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters, which was founded in 1881.

With Local 1503’s endorsement 31 labor organization in Oregon have called for a $15 minimum wage. 49 labor unions, community organizations, and business have endorsed $15 in Oregon and the list is growing every week!

As the list of Oregon unions, community organizations and business that support $15 grows our voice becomes louder and more deafening.

Become a part of the chorus. Become a part of the wave of working class power that is building to demand $15. No worker deserves to live in poverty!

Join us and Fight for $15!
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Legislation for $15 minimum wage in Oregon picks up 11 sponsors

For Immediate Release
December 11, 2014

SALEM, OR – As the movement for a $15 minimum wage in Oregon continues to gain momentum, members of 15 Now Portland and Portland Jobs with Justice spent three days in Salem this past week gathering sponsors for two pieces of legislation that are being introduced on their behalf by Senator Chip Shields.

The two bills include one to raise Oregon’s minimum wage to $15 per hour, and one to repeal the state’s preemption law that prevents municipalities from raising the minimum wage for all workers. That law, passed in 2001, was the creation of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), and was pushed into law by the Oregon Restaurant Association. 

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15 Now PDX members take a lunch break at the state capitol while discussing their lobby efforts.

As a result of the effort this past week both bills picked up a number of sponsors. The $15 minimum wage bill picked up eleven sponsors and the bill to repeal the minimum wage preemption law picked up thirteen. The $15 minimum wage in Oregon has now been endorsed by almost 50 labor groups, community organizations, and businesses. 

Organizers of the movement have vowed to take the minimum wage fight to the ballot if the state legislature does not pass a bill for $15, “No one deserves to live in poverty. If the legislature fails to pass $15 for the working class, then we will go to the ballot and the people of Oregon will pass it” says Anne McDonnell, a 15 Now Portland steering committee member, a low wage worker, and a member of LiUNA Local 483. 

15 Now Oregon will hold a rally on the steps of the capitol building from 12-1pm on January 24, 2015.

Sponsors of the LC 1911 to raise Oregon’s minimum wage to $15 per hour:

Chief Sponsor
Senator Chip Shields (D-22)

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Sen. Rosenbaum (D-21)
Sen. Bates (D-3)
Sen. Dembrow (D-23)
Rep. Keny-Guyer (D-46)
Rep. Barnhart (D-11)
Rep. Buckley (D-5)
Rep. Frederick (D-43)
Rep. Greenlick (D-33)
Rep. Nosse (D-42)
Rep. Smith Warner (D-45)

Sponsors of LC 1912 to repeal Oregon’s minimum wage preemption law:

Chief Sponsors
Senator Chip Shields (D-22)
Representative Alissa Keny-Guyer (D-46)

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Sen. Rosenbaum (D-21)
Sen. Bates (D-3)
Sen. Dembrow (D-23)
Sen. Burdick (D-18)
Sen. Monroe (D-24)
Rep. Keny-Guyer (D-46)
Rep. Barnhart (D-11)
Rep. Buckley (D-5)
Rep. Frederick (D-43)
Rep. Greenlick (D-33)
Rep. Nosse (D-42)
Rep. Smith Warner (D-45)

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Don’t Shoot Portland endorses $15, highlighting connection between poverty, racism, police brutality

Don’t Shoot Portland has endorsed a $15 minimum wage and not just for the City of Portland. Responding to today’s news that all Multnomah County employees have won a $15 minimum wage, Don’t Shoot Portland organizer Teressa Raiford said, “That’s a great step, but we need to make sure we win $15 for the whole state, for all of Oregon.”

Since August of 2014, Don’t Shoot Portland has organized mass rallies, community meetings, and public forums around the issue of police killings and brutality, systemic racism and racial profiling, and oppression of communities of color in the wake of the murder of Michael Brown at the hands of Officer Darren Wilson in Ferguson, Missouri.

Don’t Shoot Portland has shown a tremendous ability to harness the disillusioned outrage of a new generation of civil rights activists in Portland, to draw relevant connections between Ferguson and police brutality and killings here locally in Portland, and translate it all into powerful public action and discourse. It is worth our time to explore how the problem of systemic racism and police oppression of communities of color goes hand in hand with the problem of systemic poverty and income inequality.

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Over 1,000 people march through the streets of downtown Portland to demand justice for Michael Brown — Photo by Hart Noecker

The Problem

Racism, racial profiling, and police oppression are serious problems that are faced daily by black communities throughout Oregon and the U.S. From the earliest days of American law when black people where legally deemed the property of white men, through Jim Crow and Oregon’s exclusion laws, down to the prison-industrial complex today the system was, in fact, never meant to serve and protect black communities. Today, one unarmed black person is shot and killed by police every 28 hours in America.

They are killed by the same police that are called on to violently break up peaceful demonstrations and civil disobedience against police brutality and corporate domination of our society. They are the same police who are called on to serve the corporate state by violently attacking striking workers and forcing them back to work.

The militarized police forces in this country are used to protect corporate wealth and power. This is certainly true when it comes to keeping communities of color in poverty and prison, and it is true when it comes to breaking strikes and squelching first amendment expression. The racism and systemic problems that allow police to get away with murdering unarmed black men are on and the same as the racism and systemic problems that allow massive corporations and a few mostly white individuals to amass and hoard vast amounts of wealth while communities of color live in poverty.

It is no secret that poverty is one of the major causes of violence and crime. Many of these “crimes” are nothing more than crimes of survival. Crimes people commit because they are hungry and desperate, they have kids to feed, and they can’t survive on the poverty wages offered by the American economy. So they seek black market and other opportunities to provide for themselves and their families. Like Eric Garner selling single cigarettes on a street corner in New York City. Now he is dead.

When talking about how these issues intersect, Teressa Raiford said it best and simply when she said, “We all know that we aren’t going to end violence unless we end poverty.”

When it comes to poverty, communities of color are disproportionately represented as a result of the racism that has been built into the American economic and legal system. For example, white people make up 88% of Oregon’s population, and only 15% of white people in Oregon live in poverty according to the Oregon Center for Public Policy. On the other hand, while black people make up a disturbingly small 2% of Oregon’s population, a staggering 41% of black Oregonians live in poverty.  This shows that just like police oppression, violence and murder, systemic poverty is a serious issue for communities of color. Systemic racism (a tool for dividing the working class) in a country who’s laws were never meant to protect and serve the black community is at the heart of both the problems of poverty and police violence in that community.

The Solution

There is no one solution to these problems. These problems are systemic, meaning that they are part of the very structure and they are built into the very institutions that compose and hold up our society. The only way some people can be filthy rich, with billions of dollars that they could never spend in one lifetime, is by keeping the masses of people in poverty, people who work hard to create the wealth their bosses hoard. Indeed, today half of all Americans either live in poverty or are on the brink of poverty. In Oregon, 72% of families living in poverty have at least one parent that works.

Poverty is not an issue of laziness, or a matter of a lack of skills or education. Those families and parents work hard to try and provide for their families. It is simply a matter of a system built upon the fact that a few people can get disgustingly rich only if the masses are either in slavery, or are paid poverty wages.

In the same way, communities of color are kept in poverty and in prison because our unjust economic system needs low-wage workers, it needs soldiers, its needs cannon fodder. And so communities of color are hounded and oppressed by militarized police forces. They are shoveled down a school-to-prison pipeline that ensures our prison-industrial complex is continuously fed new slave labor for companies that use prisoners as a labor force. Many of these companies, such as Target and Macy’s, are among the same companies that are guilty of paying poverty wages to their non-prison labor force. It is also ensured, through background checks and laws allowing businesses to discriminate against felons, that once out of prison people remain in poverty and are unable to find good jobs and move up the economic ladder. They are relegated to poverty wage jobs.

If all these problems are systemic, then the solution to these problems is also systemic. We must Fight for $15 to help alleviate the pressure of poverty on communities of color and all other communities suffering from systemic income inequality. We must fight to end police brutality and racial profiling, to end a racist system in which police can indiscriminately kill unarmed black people and get away with it.

We need to join together, unite across movements into one mass movement to create the systemic changes necessary for real justice to be ensured. We need a new civil rights era with people engaging in mass protests, strikes, and walkouts to demand justice: economic justice, racial justice, social justice, environmental justice…justice for all!

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Justin Norton-Kertson is an organizer and steering committee member with 15 Now Portland, and is the Northwest regional representative on the 15 Now national steering committee.

What the $15 minimum wage means to our members set to receive it

By DON LOVING Council 75 Communications Director

Oregon AFSCME was in the news recently when, within a week’s time, two major Portland public employers announced agreements with their respective AFSCME local unions to establish $15 minimum wage floors in their contracts.

The first agreement came at Home Forward, Portland’s housing authority agency, and was an add-on clause to Local 3135’s existing contract. Then, days later, Local 88 and Multnomah County announced agreement on a new three-year pact that included the $15 minimum wage as one of its components. Home Forward is jumping the 33 employees covered by the increase to $15 immediately; Multnomah County will phase in its 155 employees effected by the increase over the life of the contract.

But with the initial excitement by the announcements having moved on a bit in news cycles, what do the people actually impacted think?

At Multnomah County, about 93 percent of those who will benefit from the increased minimum wage are library pages. Pages have a wide variety of duties, ranging from shelving books and other materials movements to directly helping customers with questions or library account maintenance.

Jennifer Behr has been a Multnomah County Library page for 26 years.

“For me it’s validation and recognition of the work we do,” says Behr. “What we do isn’t ‘minor’ — it has value. It’s also important that the county compensates even its lowest-paid workers with a living wage.”

…Jasmine Criss is a resident specialist at Home Forward’s Hollywood East complex, an apartment building with 289 units and well over 300 residents. She works with the agency’s property management team and directly with residents on the myriad of issues that crop up within Hollywood East’s enclosed community.

Criss is 22, single, and goes to Portland Community College part-time while working her full-time job at Home Forward. She’s seeing an immediate wage increase of $2.45 per hour (from $12.55 to $15), and says that difference is huge to her limited budget.

“For the first time, I have breathing room — that’s the best way to put it,” says Criss. “It’s been hard, especially going to school, to pay everything and balance my budget. Now I’m going to be able to do that, and I’ll have about $50 per month left over for extras, or to simply save. I’ve never had that, so it’s a big deal.”

Click Here To Read The Full Article on the Oregon AFSCME Website

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Oregon AFL-CIO, NW Oregon Labor Council are latest big endorsements for $15 minimum wage in Oregon

There has just been an exciting development in the Fight for $15 here in Oregon. Today, on behalf of 15 Now Oregon, Tim Stoelb, President of the Oregon School Employees Association, and Bob Tackett, the Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the Northwest Oregon Labor Council, introduced a resolution to the Oregon AFL-CIO endorsing a $15 minimum wage for the State of Oregon.

On Monday December 1st, 2014 that resolution passed, making the Oregon AFL-CIO and the Northwest Oregon Labor Council the most recent labor representatives to join the movement to make Oregon the first state to enact a $15 minimum wage.

The Oregon AFL-CIO has been a leader in the call to raise Oregon’s minimum wage. They helped start the Fair Shot Oregon coalition, which has been advocating for a raise in Oregon’s minimum wage as well as for paid sick leave and retirement security for all Oregonians, and equal pay for women. However, while being a strong advocate for a raise in the minimum wage, the Oregon AFL-CIO had not specified to what number it should be raised.

Now they have put a number on it. And that number is $15!

Click Here To Read The Resolution Of Endorsement

This news follows months of hard work on the part of 15 Now chapters in Oregon to get the endorsement of a long list of AFL-CIO affiliates and local unions, including but not limited to the Oregon State Association of Letter Carriers, AFSCME Council 75, Oregon School Employees Association, American Federation of Teachers – Oregon, Southern Oregon Strong Voice, and the Oregon Nurses Association.

The Oregon AFL-CIO is a federation of local and statewide labor unions that represents over 100,000 workers in our state. It assists it’s affiliates through various organizing and training programs, educational campaigns, and legislative advocacy. With the AFL-CIO on board, the Fight for $15 in Oregon has become an even stronger possibility.

The working class in Oregon is rising and is demanding $15. We are excited that the Oregon AFL-CIO has joined in the fight to win that demand, and we are hopeful that they will be a strong, active ally and coalition partner with 15 Now in that fight!

Click here to see a full list of unions, community organizations, and businesses that have endorsed a $15 minimum wage for the State of Oregon

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Hundreds Rally in Portland, throughout Oregon to Support Striking Walmart Workers

For the first time, Walmart workers here in Oregon walked out on strike over Thanksgiving and Black Friday. Three workers at the Walmart in Klamath Falls walked out on Wednesday, and members of the community came out to the store to support them.

 

 

After Wednesday’s rally at their own store, the workers traveled to Medford and Portland where they participated in community rallies in support of them, and against Walmart’s unfair labor practices.

Striking workers and supporters outside of Walmart in Klamath Falls, OR.
Striking workers and supporters outside of Walmart in Klamath Falls, OR.
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Supporters rally for striking Walmart workers in Medford, OR.

Here in Portland, the striking workers and a small group of supporters delivered a letter to the store’s management. The letter demands that the company end its illegal efforts to silence workers who are standing up for better jobs at the mega-retailer.

At one point, another small group of people marched through the store chanting “What are we gonna do? Fight For $15!” Outside the store, hundreds of supporters – including local residents, concerned taxpayers and community leaders – rallied and called on Walmart and its owners, the Waltons, to stop hurting families and commit to raise pay to a minimum of $15/hr and provide consistent, full-time work.

 

Hundreds rally in Portland in support of striking Walmart workers.
Hundreds rally in Portland in support of striking Walmart workers.

Speakers at the rally included the striking workers as well as representatives from Portland Jobs with Justice, 15 Now PDX, UFCW, and Oregon AFL-CIO. The speakers thanked the striking workers for their courage and determination, encouraged the community to stand behind them and fight with them,  vowed to win $15 for all of Oregon, and drew parallels between the systemic problems of poverty, racism, and police violence.

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Striking Walmart workers speak to supporters in Portland, OR.

Across the country, tens of thousands of people and thousands of Walmart workers from over 2,200 Walmart stores, including stores all over Oregon, have signed a petition demanding that Walmart raise wages to a minimum of $15/hr and give workers access to full-time hours. Nationwide, workers and supporters planned and engaged in 1,600 strikes and protests at Walmart stores on Black Friday.

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Don’t Shoot PDX came out to stand in solidarity with striking Walmart workers.
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The Fight for $15 Shakes Awake the U.S. Labor Movement

Something big is happening. The union-led victories for a $15 minimum wage in Seattle and San Francisco have reverberated throughout the labor movement, spawning copycat campaigns across the country. Most notably the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) is nationally demanding $15 for its home care workers and the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW) is demanding $15 for Walmart workers as a strategy to finally unionize the mega-corporation. Other unions with low wage members are demanding and winning $15 at the bargaining table.

Only a year ago a $15 minimum wage was denounced as “crazy.” But Seattle and San Francisco proved it was possible, and now $15 has seized the imagination of people across the country, pushing them into action.

By fighting for and winning a $15 minimum wage across the country, labor unions can win better contracts for low-wage workers, organize new members, raise the status of unions and defend against anti-union attacks such as the Harris vs. Quinn Supreme Court decision. After winning $15, unions will be empowered enough to put forth new demands that can bring even more people into the labor movement.

In San Francisco it was SEIU Local 1021 that led the victorious campaign for a $15 minimum wage, building a comprehensive community and labor coalition within the San Francisco labor movement. The Vice President of politics for SEIU 1021, Alysabeth Alexander, recently spoke at a public event in Portland, Oregon.

According to Alexander, there are several key lessons to take from their fight for $15 in San Francisco.

1) Build Strong Coalitions.

Unions and workers’ organizations are powerful when they act collectively, and forming an unbreakable union coalition was the backbone of the $15 campaign in San Francisco. Once united, the labor movement found its voice and realized its power.

In response to an off-the-cuff statement by SF Mayor Ed Lee that a $15 hour minimum wage was worth “considering,” SEIU 1021 went into action. When Mayor Lee was having a meeting with business leaders to discuss the city’s growing wealth disparities, SEIU 1021 staged a protest outside for a $15 minimum wage.

Just days later progressive unions and community labor organizations came together to discuss the real possibilities of passing such a wage increase. In order to create leverage and make the minimum wage fight real, SEIU 1021 filed for a ballot measure for a straight $15 minimum wage and the coalition began to collect signatures. While gathering signatures, the coalition was faced with real decisions of how to balance the demand for $15 with the possibility that the Mayor could put a lower minimum wage measure on the ballot with the support of the business community and city-funded non-profits, thereby creating the potential of all-out war.

According to Alysabeth Alexander:

“There were a lot of balls in the air — the same coalition that was pushing the minimum wage increase was also fighting to close loopholes to our health care ordinance, and pass a ‘retail workers bill of rights’ and ‘fair scheduling’ law. Overall, we created leverage through having an aggressive pro-worker agenda, focusing on positive media and in-depth features of low-wage workers, and by having full discussions within the coalition. We didn’t agree every step of the way, but we kept talking and listening to each other. This made us a strong coalition and built an incredible amount of trust between all the groups involved.”

The Mayor tried several tactics to pressure the unions to drop their $15 demand, going so far as putting forward a “last and final offer,” to which the unions responded “that’s a non-starter.” The balance of power had tipped towards the coalition, which felt empowered to act boldly.

2) Control the process.

According to Alysabeth Alexander, the politicians and business interests in San Francisco were eager to get involved to “work together” with the unions to draft minimum wage legislation, with the likely intention of injecting dozens of loopholes, and extending the phase-in time for implementation.

This is the key reason why the $15 legislation in San Francisco is superior to Seattle’s victory: in Seattle the politicians maneuvered to get a seat at the table in drafting the legislation, while in San Francisco the coalition wrote a strong ballot initiative where they were willing to make only a few concessions. San Francisco’s union-led coalition bargained from a position of strength, essentially imposing their will on politicians.

This example can be copied in cities and states that have a ballot initiative process, where unions can immediately bring a $15 minimum wage to the voters.

3) Control the narrative.

Too often labor and community groups fall victim to the business-friendly media or corporate-friendly politicians, whose communications skills and talking points prioritize the needs of corporations while putting unions on the media defensive.

SEIU 1021 changed this dynamic by taking the initiative, grounding all of their talking points on the premise of “no one deserves poverty wages.” They used this point as a foundation and added workers’ stories about trying to live on minimum wage. They took complete control of the conversation, and politicians were never able to recapture it, since “no one deserves poverty wages” is irrefutable.

Conclusions:

By building a strong coalition of labor and community groups and boldly putting forth a demand for a $15 minimum wage, the unions in San Francisco and Oakland lifted up tens of thousands of workers, and consequently uplifted the status and power of unions in the Bay Area.

Once the coalition acted as a united, independent force, the Mayor and other politicians saw the writing on the wall; it would have been political suicide to publicly oppose the extremely popular $15 ballot initiative, which a stunning 77 percent of San Franciscans voted in favor of.

The $15 minimum wage is a demand that has been gift-wrapped to the national labor movement. Fighting for and winning $15 strengthens the status of unions in the community and consequently helps shield against anti-union attacks. The demand is $15 and unions and community groups needn’t settle for anything less.

Shamus Cooke is a social service worker, trade unionist, 15 Now PDX Steering Committee member, and writer for Workers Action

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Portland Teachers, Teamsters, Oregon Nurses, and More Endorse $15 & ending preemption!

written by Justin Norton-Kertson

In the wake of recent local contract victories for a $15 minimum wage a slew of new endorsements have been coming in steadily.  Over the past week the Portland Association of Teachers (PAT), Teamsters  Local 206, Oregon Nurses Association (ONA), Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 49, and Professional & Technical Employees (PTE) Local 17 have all endorsed a $15 minimum wage for all of Oregon, as well the repeal of the state’s preemption law that prohibits cities and other local governments from raising the minimum wage for all workers.

PAT represents the K12 teachers at Portland Public Schools, which is Oregon’s largest school district. Early in 2014, when Portland’s teachers were on the verge of the walking out on strike, the community rallied behind them providing both material and moral support. Throngs of community members came together to figure out how to feed strikers, their families, and students who are on free and reduced lunch programs. People all over the city worked together to organize free childcare for families who could not afford to take time off work or pay extra money for daycare.

But it is not only the high degree of respect and solidarity this community has for our teachers that makes this endorsement so important, but also because they live their lives on the front lines of the War on Poverty. Not only do teachers provide our youth with tools that one day can hopefully help lift them out of poverty, but everyday teachers witness first hand the devastating effects that poverty has on some of our society’s most vulnerable. They see the effects that poverty has not only in students’ classroom performance, but also in their personal, peer, and family lives. This makes our teachers a vital ally in the Fight for $15 here in Portland and all of Oregon!

Teamsters Local 206 represents over 2,500 Portland-area workers in retail sales, distribution, and warehousing.

ONA was founded in 1904 and represents over 12,500 nurses. ONA is a constituent member of the American Nurses Association, and is also affiliated with the National Federation of Nurses.

SEIU Local 49 represents over 10,000 workers throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. The membership includes healthcare workers, security guards, and custodians. Local 49 is currently organizing subcontracted workers who work at the Portland International Airport such as fuelers, cabin cleaners, baggage handlers, ramp agents, ticket agents, wheelchair attendants and skycaps.

PTE Local 17 represents workers in Oregon and Washington such as engineers, information technology experts, and environmental and health experts, as well as professional and technical workers in other public sector fields.

15 Now PDX welcomes the endorsement of all of these unions, and looks forward to working together to build a strong and active coalition to Fight for $15!

The spreading fight for 15

Jamie Partridge, a retired postal worker and steering committee member of 15 Now PDX, reports on successes for the movement for a $15 an hour and a union.

LAST WEEK, public employees in Portland and the surrounding area became the latest group of Oregon workers to win a $15-an-hour minimum wage.

The workers, members of AFSCME Local 88, won the raise in the union’s new contract with Multnomah County. It is expected to be approved by the Board of Country Commissioners in December. Under the agreement, the pay for the county’s lowest-paid workers will rise to $15 by July 2016.

Local 88’s victory came soon after the news that two other groups of public-sector workers in Portland had won a $15 wage floor: seasonal park rangers, who organized a union with Laborers Local 483 the year before, and workers at Home Forward (formerly the Housing Authority of Portland), who are members of AFSCME 3135 and Laborers 290.

The Fight for 15 is spreading on the West Coast. The first breakthrough came in November 2013 when a referendum victory made Sea-Tac, Wash., the first city in the country with a $15-an-hour minimum wage. Unfortunately, a judge then ruled that the city didn’t have the authority to apply the new law to workers at the Sea-Tac International airport, which is by far the largest low-wage employer in town.

Read the full article here

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Oregon Education Association Endorses 15 Now PDX

The Oregon Education Association (OEA) has joined the American Federation of Teachers Local 2277 and the Oregon School Employees Association as the latest union of education workers to endorse a $15 minimum wage for Portland and Oregon. OEA’s strong endorsement of 15 Now PDXincludes support to repeal the state’s minimum wage preemption law, as well as support for a ballot measure to win a $15 minimum wage for the entire State of Oregon (read the resolution of endorsement below).

Our teachers and school employees are vital allies in the Fight for $15. They not only see the many facets and effects of poverty first hand on a daily basis, but they see it in the faces of our society’s youngest and most vulnerable. As educators, mentors, and guides their work provides tools and resources to our children that can offer them a glimmer of hope, a chance of escaping the vicious cycles of poverty. Yet at the same time they witness on a daily basis the negative impacts that poverty has on our youth, both in their personal lives and in terms of their academic success. In this way, teachers and other education workers are front line warriors in the war on poverty. We thank OEA for their endorsement, and we look forward to working with them to bring a living wage to Portland and the whole state of Oregon!

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OEA Board of Directors Resolution to Support Living Wage Organizing in Oregon November 8, 2014 Every Oregonian Deserves a Living Wage
Currently, $15 Now-PDX is the only Oregon organization working specifically to raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour in Portland and state-wide. They have been officially endorsed by Jobs with Justice and the National Association of Letter Carriers, Local 82. OEA members and members of many other unions, as well as non-union workers, are supporting their campaign Consistent with New Business Item 18, from the 2014 OEA RA, support for $15 Now-PDX will underscore OEA’s support for efforts to promote economic justice for all Oregonians. Raising the minimum wage, by improving the economic security for many more Oregon families, will certainly have a positive effect on the children of these families and their readiness for and success in school. Therefore, OEA will support the efforts of $15 Now-PDX and others to raise the minimum wage in Portland and across the State of Oregon. OEA will also support legislative efforts to repeal the ALEC (American Legislative Exchange Council) sponsored preemption law that prohibits Oregon municipalities from raising the minimum wage and an initiative, with unions and community partners, to use the Oregon ballot measure system to achieve a $15 minimum wage.

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