Race and Labor: Building a More Just Economy
Presentation and Discussion with Bill Fletcher, Jr.
When: February 20, 2018 6pm to 8:30pm
Where: 70 NW Couch St, White Stag Building Room 142/144
Bill Fletcher, Jr. has been at the forefront of both the labor and anti-racist movements for four decades. Fletcher has served as Education Director for the national AFL-CIO and as senior staff for a number of national labor unions. He has also served as president of TransAfrica Forum, as Senior Scholar with the Institute for Policy Studies, and as an editorial board member of BlackCommentator.com. He is author or co-author of multiple books, including Solidarity Divided: The Crisis in Organized Labor and a New Path Toward Social Justice (University of California press, 2009).
See the LERC website at lerc.uoregon.edu for more information and to sign-up for this FREE PUBLIC event
On February 10, members of PCCFFAP and PCCFCE came together to volunteer at the Oregon Food Bank.
We learned a lot about food insecurity in Oregon and how we can make a difference in our community through volunteer efforts. Along with packing potatoes, many of us participated in Oregon Food Bank’s postcard campaign by signing postcards that will be sent to our congressional representatives to advocate for continued funding for SNAP benefits.
At final count, we learned that we sorted and packed 27,219 pounds of potatoes, which equated to 220 meals per volunteer. While it sounds like a lot, it’s not enough. Oregon Food Bank needs our continued support! (Click here for information about how you can support their efforts.)
It was great to see union members showing solidarity and helping to fight hunger and food insecurity in our community.
Do you have an hour to help make our union stronger? Sign up now for campus outreach week at a PCC campus winter term.
What can I expect? Sign up to be matched with an experienced colleague to do outreach to other PCC employees. We will be walking the campus to office locations, as well as calling home phones. (The largest number of non-members are part-time faculty who can be hard to find on campus!)
We will have snacks in the phoning rooms, and a chance to meet campus colleagues you may not see very often.
At the end of the two weeks of campus outreach, we will be organizing on a Saturday to try to reach members at home. These home visits give an opportunity for more extended conversations about the ways union involvement leads to better working conditions and a better education for our students — with widespread benefits to our entire community as a result!
Even a half hour can make a huge difference in strengthening our union. Go to this sign up form to let us know you are willing to be a part of this outreach, and to indicate when you are available.
SY on 1/16 (Tuesday)
CA on 1/17-18 (Wednesday and Thursday)
RC on 1/22-23 (Monday and Tuesday)
SE on 1/24-25 (Wednesday and Thursday)
House visits on 1/27 (Saturday)
Thanks for your help!
Nick Hengen Fox
Co-chairs of PCCFFAP’s Organizing Committee
Can you believe it’s the 45th annual Faculty & AP Picnic on September 29th at Willamette Park?
No need to bring anything but yourself, family, significant other.
Join co-workers for a picnic at the end of the first week of Fall term.
After 15 years working as the Labor Relations Specialist for PCCFFAP and PCCFCE, Michael Canarella is retiring. His expertise in labor law, contract negotiations, union activism, and ability to address the needs of our members is going to be missed.
Please join us to send Michael into his very well-deserved retirement!
Date: Wednesday, Sept 27
Time: 3:00-5:00pm (drop in anytime)
Where: Seasons and Regions, 6660 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland
Appetizers, drinks, and cake to share.
Email Heidi.Edwards@pccffap.org with questions.
A fun time was had by all at the Labor Day Picnic at Oaks Park on September 4, 2017. Special guests, Governor Kate Brown and AFT-Oregon President David Rives, joined in the fun!
Photos courtesy of Michael Canerella
The following information was created by AFT-Oregon.
Here’s the good news. We’re closer than ever before to a revenue solution that will end decades of disinvestment in Oregon’s schools and critical services, with the recent release of the Oregon Education Investment Initiative from legislative leaders.
A plan like this—which asks corporations to pay their fair share—was desperately needed. If we don’t pass something like it soon, the results will be devastating: 3,000 educators could lose their jobs and 350,000 Oregonians would be kicked off their health insurance.
But the plan isn’t law yet, and these massive cuts are still looming.
Join AFT-Oregon, SEIU Local 503, and allies in Salem on Tuesday, June 6 to tell our elected officials “Oregon Can’t Wait” for big business to decide it’s time to pay their fair share.
Now is the time to tell our elected leaders we won’t accept deeper cuts while Oregon has one of the lowest corporate taxes in the nation. We need them to ask corporations to pay more, and we can’t wait.
To make that clear, AFT-Oregon will be joining SEIU Local 503 and the A Better Oregon coalition for our largest event at the capitol ever.
Oregon Can’t Wait Rally
Tuesday, June 6 – Noon
Capitol Steps, Salem
Bus service will be available (leaving at 10 AM) from Portland, Eugene, and Corvallis, and lunch will be provided.
Join us as we storm the steps of the capitol to make sure legislators know that Oregon Can’t Wait for more revenue. We expect this to be one of the largest crowds the capitol has ever seen, with over 1,000 rallying.
This fight has never been more important. Will I see you there?
David Rives, AFT-Oregon President
Please see the attached flyer for more information.
Fellow Oregon AFT Local 3571, Portland State University Faculty Association (PSUFA) would like to extend an invitation to FFAP & FCE members who wish to join them for a Student Debt Clinic, Thursday May 18, 12-2pm, Art Building Room 240, 2000 SW 5th Ave.
While registration is capped at 50 participants, there are still spots available, enabling PSUFA to extend the invitation to fellow AFT members. Pre-register to attend PSUFA’s Student Debt Clinic (SDC) HERE.
The Student Debt Clinic (SDC) will provide attendees with a thorough overview of ways to lower monthly student loan payments through income-driven repayment plans, as well as how to qualify for total federal student loan forgiveness through the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. These programs are relevant for Parent PLUS loan holders as well.
While these programs are only applicable to federal student loans, limited information will be available to assist people with private student loans. If you are unsure whether your loan is a federal loan, visit http://nslds.ed.gov/. You will have to log in, and this website will list all of your federal student loans.
If you have any questions, please contact our Staff Organizer, Mary Sykora at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you, and we hope that you will be able to attend!