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In the States Roundup for March 18

Photo courtesy BikePortland.org on Flickr

Here's a look at some of the recent key battles in the states.

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Oregon Working Families Rally for Citizenship in Last Leg of 50-Mile Walk

Photo via Oregon AFL-CIO Flickr

A three-day 50-mile walk for citizenship that started in Madras, Ore., ended in Bend at Rep. Greg Walden's (R-Ore.) office, where working families urged a vote on the bipartisan Senate immigration bill with a road map to citizenship. 

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Oregon Organizing Project: Union Cooperation Means Workers Win

Oregon Organizing Project: Union Cooperation Means Workers Win

After watching the continued decline in the number of Oregon workers winning a voice at work, the Oregon AFL-CIO “decided to do something different,” says state federation President Tom Chamberlain. That something different was unions working together. Since late 2011, Oregon unions have been able to craft a number of significant victories for workers who want a voice on the job. Says Chamberlain:

By working together, we have achieved something phenomenal.

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In the States Roundup for May 22

Photo of Gov. Jay Nixon, courtesy AFL-CIO

Here's a look at some of the key battles in the states over the past week.

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Oregon Unions Work Together to Help Head Start Workers Win a Voice on the Job

Mount Hood Community College Head Start workers and supporters. Oregon AFL-CIO photo.

The joint effort known as the “Oregon Organizing Project” has helped more than 3,000 Oregon workers win a voice on the job in the past several months. In the most recent campaign, several Oregon unions pitched in and worked together to help more than 300 Head Start workers at Mount Hood Community College who wanted to form a union to address serious workplace concerns.

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In the States Roundup for Feb. 26

Photo courtesy Gage Skidmore

Here's a look at some of the key battles in the states over the past week.

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Portland to Discuss Paid Sick Leave Requirement

The city of Portland, Ore., is planning to discuss a proposal by the Everybody Benefits community coalition that would require businesses to provide paid sick leave to their employees. The coalition is made up of labor, community and business groups and is seeking to follow in the footsteps of San Francisco and other cities that have successfully passed similar ordinances.

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Working Families and Retirees Asking Congress Not to Cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid Benefits

In a series of video letters, working families and retirees ask members of Congress not to cut Social Security, Medicare or Medicaid benefits. Because of the fiscal obstacle course created by Congress, some in Washington, D.C., want to cut these lifelines. But there is no need to cut Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, particularly when any cuts would directly harm working families.

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Organizing Victories in Portland Energize Oregon's Working Families

Organizing victory for cab drivers in Portland, Ore.

While Oregonians exercised power at the polls in the 2012 elections Tuesday, workers in Portland also were gearing up for another election that would give them a powerful voice on the job.

After electoral wins across the state and three successful organizing drives in the past three months, full-time, part-time and extra board paratransit drivers and dispatchers with First Transit Region 3 voted Wednesday to form their own union with the Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 757. By an overwhelming margin, 160 employees voted to form the union in the election yesterday, which was conducted by the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB).

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Working America Organizers Turn Into Neighborhood Heroes

Working America volunteers are everyday heroes.

"Working America Organizers Turn Into Neighborhood Heroes," by Seth D. Michaels, is a cross-post from Working America's Main Street blog

Michael Taeu, a Working America organizer, was out talking to people in Oregon City, Ore., last night when he saw something he doesn't usually see: smoke pouring out of the windows of one of the houses in the neighborhood.

Michael could have turned around, but he didn't. Instead, he went into the house, helped rescue a woman trapped inside and put out the fire.

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