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The Labor Education and Research Center is a state-wide program that combines teaching, research, and public service to improve the lives of Oregon’s workers, their families, and their communities.
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New Publication

In “The Union Advantage” LERC faculty members Mark Brenner and Lina Stepick provide the first empirical assessment of the impact of unions on living standards for Oregon workers.

The authors estimate that unions increased the overall income of working Oregonians by a total of almost $1.4 billion in 2017.


Learn about your rights in the workplace
Topics include grievance handling, organizing, bargaining, the law, and more.


Research Expertise
Gain new insights from our research on promoting economic equity, contracting of public services, and worker health and safety.


Helping Union Members Learn and Lead
Labor unions network with each other and develop new leadership capacity from our workshops and customized facilitation and strategic planning services.


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