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Union Leadership Class for Spanish-speaking Activists


Clase de Liderazgo para Activistas Sindicales
Defender Sus Derechos
Saturday, June 1st
9 am – 3 pm 

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How do we increase our power in order to make changes at work? In this class we will identify issues that are important to our work and our lives; analyze ways to motivate other workers to get involved in making change; practice telling our own personal stories effectively; and develop strategies that will help us increase our power.  

Defender sus derechos
¿Cómo aumentamos nuestro poder para lograr cambios en el trabajo?  En esta clase vamos a identificar los asuntos importantes en nuestros trabajos y vidas.  Analizaremos  maneras de motivar otros trabajadores a involucrarse para llevar a cabo cambios; practicar contando nuestras historias eficazmente y desarrollar las estrategias que nos ayudarán aumentar nuestro poder.

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SIUW 2019

The BC Federation of Labour is pleased to be hosting the Western Regional Summer Institute for Union Women“Equity. Justice. Reconcili-action: Building worker power through Intersectional feminism and activism.”

July 2-6, 2019
at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Vancouver, BC
This Institute is a space for union and community women, Trans, Two-Spirit, and Intersex people in the workforce.

Registration is now open:
Please note the deadline to register is Friday, June 7, 2019.

Please share this information with your members.

If you have any questions about the institute, please contact
Kate McGrath at

The Union Advantage


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.

Their findings are consistent with previous national and state-level research, revealing that unions in Oregon raise wages, improve health and pension benefits, reduce overall income inequality, and significantly decrease racial and gender inequalities. Oregon unions also make it much less likely that workers will need to rely on public benefits such as food stamps or welfare.

All other things being equal, the authors find that Oregon workers covered by a union contract:

  • Earn 11% more than non-union workers;
  • Are 17.5% more likely to get health insurance through their job;
  • Are 41% more likely to have an employer-provided retirement plan;
  • Are 35.3% less likely to have family members who rely on public safety net programs;
  • Are 33.8% less likely to belong to a low-income family.

Being covered by a union contract adds an average of $4,701 per year to each worker’s annual income. The authors estimate that unions increased the overall income of working Oregonians by a total of almost $1.4 billion in 2017.

Download “The Union Advantage” (complete report)

Download 4 page Summary