LERC’s 2015-2016 Biennial Report

 

The University of Oregon Labor Education and Research Center has released its biennial report. Please take a look at some of the work we’ve accomplished alongside our partners and colleagues over the past two years!

A message from Labor Education and Research Center Director Bob Bussel

For the last two years, I have had the pleasure of interviewing workers who provide in-home care to elderly and people with disabilities in Oregon. These workers tell powerful stories of their devotion to the people they care for and their commitment to helping them lead independent and dignified lives.

These moving personal stories connect to a larger social story. With the advent of collective bargaining, the creation of a state home care commission, and the collaboration of multiple stakeholders, Oregon has pioneered in upgrading and professionalizing the provision of home health care. Indeed, our state has boldly entered what U. S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez recently called “a broader conversation about what a 21st-century social compact should look like” regarding issues of work and employment. Read more… 

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