The Voice of Oregon's Workers

The Voice of Oregon's Workers
The Voice of Oregon’s Workers is a monthly podcast from the Oregon AFL-CIO - the statewide federation of unions representing over 300,000 working Oregonians. Each month, The Voice of Oregon’s Workers will highlight the people and organizations who are

Pass the HEROES Act
Jul 31 • 51 min
America faces a crisis on three critical fronts: a public health pandemic, an economic free fall and long-standing structural racism. Working people need safe jobs, economic security and freedom from systemic racism. Delivering on economic essentials…
Black Lives Matter
Jun 19 • 27 min
On our June 2020 episode of The Voice of Oregon’s Workers, we catch up with Lamar Wise, a Political Coordinator with Oregon AFSCME and an organizer on the frontlines of the Black Lives Matter movement with Rose City Justice. Learn about how Black Lives…
Interview with State Senator Shemia Fagan
May 12 • 32 min
On this month’s episode, we interview State Senator and candidate for Oregon Secretary of State Shemia Fagan!
Workers Memorial Day
Apr 28 • 19 min
On April 28th, we remember and mourn the Oregonians who died on the job as a result of workplace injuries and illness in 2019, and we recommit ourselves to protecting working people from injury and disease on the job. This issue has never been more…
Pandemic Solidarity: Protecting All Workers
Mar 31 • 32 min
Oregon AFL-CIO President Graham Trainor and Oregon AFL-CIO Political Director Jess Giannettino Villatoro talk about Coronavirus COVID-19, how the spread of it is impacting working people, and what you can do, right now, to help frontline workers.For…
The People’s Postal Service
Feb 27 • 30 min
On this episode of The Voice of Oregon’s Workers we talk with David Norton, President of the National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 82 and Suzanne Miller, Shop Steward and editor of Branch 82’s newsletter. We discuss the importance of defending…
It Starts on the Shop Floor
Jan 29 • 33 min
On this month’s episode we catch up with A.J. Mendoza, the President of Communications Workers of America Local 7901 to talk about creating inclusivity in the labor movement, organizing workers at non-profits, why video game workers are fighting for a…
Building Power Through Apprenticeships
Dec 19, 2019 • 37 min
Often called ‘the original four-year degree’ or ‘the other four-year degree,’ a union apprenticeship is a time-honored way to learn a trade while earning a living. It’s a debt-free way of starting a career that is also critically important to our…
Fight for Immigrants’ Rights
Nov 25, 2019 • 25 min
We discuss the potential changes to Public Charge, the future of the DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) program and how unions, supporters and advocates can help with this important issue.
Graduate Researchers United
Nov 6, 2019 • 29 min
We talk with three incredible Graduate Researchers from Oregon Health & Science University about their fight for a fair contract and what it means to stand together for dignity and respect as Graduate Researchers United.
Pronouns Matter
Sep 25, 2019 • 33 min
Learn why pronouns matter in our work as advocates for workers’ rights.
Interviewing Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain
Aug 30, 2019 • 26 min
On this episode of The Voice of Oregon’s Workers we catch up with Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain who, in a few short weeks, will be retiring.
Activism on Marquam Hill
Jul 31, 2019 • 38 min
Learn about AFSCME Local 328’s fight for a fair contract at OHSU.
The Women of 555
Jun 28, 2019 • 31 min
UFCW Local 555’s fight for a fair contract and pay equity.
Laborers Are Fighting Back Against Parks & Rec Cuts
May 31, 2019 • 42 min
How the Laborers are fighting back against cuts
PERS: What to Know & How We Move Oregon Forward
May 1, 2019 • 28 min
Understanding PERS to move Oregon Forward
Worker Power at the Capitol: 2019 Legislative Preview
Feb 26, 2019 • 36 min
From fighting for the rights of all workers to strengthening unions, our efforts in Salem stand as an example of why the Oregon AFL-CIO is a strong voice for Oregon’s workers.
Together We Are One: Spotlight on UFCW Local 555
Jan 30, 2019 • 37 min
A spotlight on the history and goals of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555
A Pivotal Year: The Wins and Challenges of 2018, What to Expect in 2019
Dec 18, 2018 • 36 min
We discuss the challenges and victories from 2018 and what to expect from Oregon’s unions in the year ahead.
Building Power: Moving Forward from the 2018 Elections
Nov 28, 2018 • 32 min
We sit down with Oregon State Representative-Elect Rachel Prusak, House District 37, to discuss the results of the 2018 General Election
People Power: Winning for Workers
Oct 30, 2018 • 39 min
We sit down with three dedicated union activists to hear about what inspires them to volunteer and learn more about the issues that motivate them to keep showing up to talk with voters.
Ballot Measure Breakdown
Sep 28, 2018 • 29 min
Learn about the ballot measures appearing on the 2018 Oregon Ballot.
Leaders & Advocates
Aug 30, 2018 • 37 min
Two legislative champions for working people join us to talk about their experience as lawmakers.
Jul 30, 2018 • 29 min
On this episode, we sit down with the people leading the fight to protect sanctuary across the state of Oregon
The Frontlines
Jun 28, 2018 • 29 min
We chat with an organizer and a member of Oregon AFSCME about their union’s efforts to build power for behavioral health and social services workers
Standing Together, Making History
May 23, 2018 • 38 min
We chat with a driver about the need for local regulation for companies like Uber and Lyft and a discussion with a member of the Burgerville Workers Union about their recent historic win.
The Road to May Day
Apr 25, 2018 • 32 min
We sit down with Reyna Lopez from PCUN and Andrea Williams from Causa to discuss immigration, May Day, and the farmworkers’ movement.