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AFT-Oregon Politics, Policy, Legislation and Solidarity (PPLS) Council FAQ

AFT-Oregon members engage in political and legislative advocacy on behalf of our federation, our communities, and our professions. 

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AFT-Oregon President Ariana Jacob, OSEA Zone IV Director Sheila Waggoner, Governor Tina Kotek, OSEA Executive Director Susan Miller

AFT-Oregon President Ariana Jacob met with other state labor leaders at Governor Tina Kotek’s ceremonial signing of Senate Bill 1552, the Senate Education Omnibus Bill. They were joined by State Senator Courtney Neron and by State Senator Michael Dembrow, who sponsored the bill.

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AFT-Oregon 2024 Voter's Guide

At AFT-Oregon we focus our electoral work on state level candidate endorsements, primarily state representative and state senator positions. The Oregon State Legislature is where important budget decisions are made, such as how much money our schools, community colleges, and universities receive from the state from year to year to fund our students' educations and the jobs of most of our members. Beyond the education budget, the issues decided by this state body are vast: healthcare, housing, transportation, climate mitigation and adaptation, and so much more. These issues affect our members and we are here to make sure that our voices are heard in Salem so we work with elected officials along with labor and community partners to develop a strong education agendas for Oregon Legislative Sessions.

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Each election, candidates ask AFT-Oregon for our valuable endorsement. Members on our Political and Legislative Action Committee (PLAC) spend hours evaluating the candidates and their questionnaire responses to select candidates who best represent our members.  Here are the committee’s endorsements for the 2022 General Election on November 8th. MORE
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Each election year, candidates ask AFT-Oregon for our valuable endorsement. Members on the Political and Legislative Action Committee (PLAC) spend hours evaluating the candidates and their questionnaire responses to select candidates who best represent our members.  Here are the committee’s endorsements for the 2022 Primary Election on May 17. MORE
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The Oregon Legislature just completed its 2022 short session by passing outstanding new bills to help AFT-Oregon’s members. Below are summaries of some of the most important legislation. MORE
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During their November 2021 meeting, the AFT-Oregon Executive Council, on the recommendation of the Political and Legislative Action Committee (PLAC), made the following endorsements.  We endorse the efforts of PCUN to pass legislation for Farmworker Overtime (FOT) Pay. California and Washington have already passed FOT legislation and it’s time for Oregon to end the unfair and racist exclusion of farmworkers from overtime pay. MORE
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Oregon’s 2021 Legislative Session ended this week with historic achievements for all of AFT-Oregon’s members. We accomplished this by flooding our legislators with emails and phone calls, by testifying before committees, and through our intensive lobbying efforts. 

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The AFT-Oregon Political and Legislative Action Committee is proud to make the following endorsements for the November 2020 General Election.

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Each election, the AFT-Oregon’s Political and Legislative Action Committee (PLAC) reviews the candidates running for Oregon offices. If a candidate demonstrates the values and goals of our members, then they may earn our recommendation.

Below you will find our current list of endorsed candidates. These decisions came about over countless hours of examining questionnaires and conducting dozens of interviews. There were no easy decisions, as all candidates came to us with good ideas, skills, and experiences.

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