News

Oregon AFSCME Local 328 Settles Historic Contract With OHSU

Contract Includes Massive Investments in Workers

Oregon AFSCME Local

January 1, 1978. Jimmy Carter was President, the Bee Gees’ “How Deep Is Your Love” topped the charts, and the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees gained 157 new members in Corvallis, Oregon. AFSCME membership would surpass one million that year.

The Gazette-Times reported on December 20, 1977 that contract negotiations would begin that January between the City and AFSCME.

Good news for federal student loan borrowers: This month, the Biden administration again extended the pause on student debt repayment — this time through Aug. 31. That means, instead of federal student loan payments resuming after May 1, borrowers have four more months of reprieve with payments set to start Sept. 1. And the new extension includes a “fresh start” program, which erases the default and delinquency status on late payments for millions of borrowers. 

We are saddened to report the passing of Giles Gibson, a beloved member of the  Oregon AFSCME family and retired former staff attorney. Giles had been battling leukemia, before passing peacefully at home, surrounded by family. 

It is Oregon AFSCME’s mission to empower and unite workers to create change in their workplaces and communities and that starts with building a strong community within our union. 

In February, members statewide came together with their locals to connect, engage, introduce their families and for some, meet in person for the first time.

Here are some highlights from the 2022 Oregon AFSCME Strong events:

“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.