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Throwing Bricks Through Glass Ceilings

In 1973, 21-year-old Barbara Moore became the first woman to enter the apprenticeship program of Bricklayers (BAC) Local 1 of Maryland. A couple of decades later, she served as both president of the former local and as Baltimore chapter chair of BAC Local 1 MD/VA/DC.

“A lot of people thought I wouldn’t make it this long,” Moore said at a ceremony honoring her 25 years of union membership in 1998. Read the full article>>>

When President Barack Obama first announced his candidacy for president, he said: “I am running in this race because of what Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. called ‘the fierce urgency of now.’ Because I believe that there’s such a thing as being too late. And that hour is almost upon us.” Like Dr. King, our president was calling on America to make real the promises of our democracy. That fierce urgency of now is here for thousands of refugee children from Central America. I know many of these kids’ stories because it is my story, too. Read more >>>

Understanding the Minimum Wage

Read The Oregonian's coverage of our campaign to raise Oregon's minimum wage here.

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Portland's Convention Center Hotel

The proposed Convention Center Hotel would be union built and staffed by workers who have a fair shot at collectively bargaining for better wages – which is why downtown hoteliers see this hotel as a threat.

But we think a hotel that attracts larger conventions, brings more interest to our state, and raises the standard for workers in a underpaid industry is exactly what Portland – and Oregon - needs.  Learn more here.
 



West Hayden Island Update

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain responds to halting West Hayden Island annexation.

West Hayden Island would have provided the space we need to increase our export economy and create family-wage jobs while preserving much of the natural habitat.

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Paratransit workers had a little more to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, and are looking forward to a holiday season where money is a little less tight.
 


 

“Too many voters are being disenfranchised in this country, and much of it is intentional,” said Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain. “In too many states we have seen calculated efforts to lower voter registration, the deliberate spreading of misinformation, improper purging of voter rolls and more. What’s worse is that the Supreme Court failed to stand up for voting rights just months ago.”
 


 

March for Immigration Reform in Hermiston





 

2013 Convention Highlights

 


 

View resolutions from our 2013 Convention in their final form.
 


 

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