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Longtime Unionist and LERC Supporter dies at 93

Glenn E. Randall
12/10/1926 – 6/18/2020
Glenn E. (Pat) Randall passed away on June 18, 2020 due to complications arising from a fall. He was 93 years old.
Pat, a nickname given to him by his dad, was born December 10, 1926 to Glenn and Ida May Randall at the McGlynn logging camp in Lane County OR. He graduated from Oakridge High School in 1944, then attended the University of Oregon for a year. He planned to go into the Law field, but decided to go into construction instead. As a part of the Carpenters Local 1273 union he helped to build the Weyerhaeuser Mill.

On November 23, 1946 he married Loretta Osborne. They raised 3 children, two daughters and a son, in Springfield, She proceeded him in death in January, 2006.

After serving as the financial secretary and business agent of Carpenters Local 1273 he was elected as the Administrative Secretary-Treasurer of the Oregon AFL-CIO serving from 1967 to 1981. He spent many years as a lobbyist working for higher benefits for injured and unemployed workers and for widows and children of workers killed on the job. One of his proudest achievements was helping to establish the Labor Education and Research Center at the University of Oregon. He served on many boards, including the Lane Transit District board and the Oregon Employment Appeals board. After retiring from the AFL-CIO he received a 50-year membership card in the United Brotherhood of Carpenters (UBC).

Pat was an avid gardener, a lifetime learner, and rode his exercise bike 10 miles a day. He spent his retirement gardening, traveling, learning Spanish, and being a friend to everyone. He fell in love again with his partner Joyce Pierson, sharing many of those activities with her.

This great father, grandfather, brother, and friend will be missed by many. Pat is survived by his partner, Joyce Pierson; his children, Patsy Baker (George), Debbie Turner (Ernie), and Donald Randall (Shanon); 4 grandchildren, Kevin Turner (Genny), Alicia Turner, Ashley Stolk (Jonathan), and Alex Randall; 3 great grandchildren, Keegan Turner, Quinn Turner, and Olivia Stolk; and siblings James Randall and Mickey Davenport.

CANCELLED – Portland Metro Leadership School 2020

CANCELLED due to Corona Virus 


  • Healthcare Bargaining and Membership Engagement Innovation  Instructors: Sherman Henry, LERC; Jaimie Sorenson, Kaiser Permanente; Tori Geter, UA Local 290.
    Traditionally, the subjects of the negotiation for healthcare include plan design, wellness, dental, and other benefits. However, collective bargaining for healthcare can also become an organizing strategy for the union’s membership — addressing member’s wellbeing campaigns. This class will address the fundamentals of healthcare bargaining and evolving ways unions can use healthcare bargaining for membership engagement and organizing. (This class is designed for negotiators, union leaders, and staff who are interested in healthcare bargaining and membership engagement issues).
  • Contract Campaigns That Win
    Instructors: Mark Brenner, LERC; Will Layng, Jobs with Justice
    What you can win at the bargaining table depends on what you do away from it—on the job and in the communities. This workshop will walk panelists step-by-step through the process of planning an effective contract campaign. Drawing on several recent examples, we’ll review how to get members involved, how to turn up the heat on management, how to connect worksite action to the table, and how to find allies beyond your own union.  This workshop will be conducted in both Spanish and English, with simultaneous interpretation.
  • Campañas de Contratos que Ganan
    Instructores: Mark Brenner, LERC, y Will Layng, Trabajos con Justicia
    Lo que puede ganar en la mesa de negociaciones depende de lo que haga fuera de las negociaciones–en el trabajo y en sus comunidades. Esta taller le guiará paso a paso en el proceso de planear una campaña de contrato exitosa. Usando varios ejemplos recientes, revisaremos como involucrarse a sus miembros, como aumentar la presión con los jefes, como conectar las acciones en el trabajo a las negociaciones a en la mesa, y como identificar aliados en la comunidad. Este taller se llevará a cabo en español y inglés, con interpretación simultánea.
  • Labor and Politics
    Instructors: Gordon Lafer, LERC; Kevin Sullivan, Oregon Labor Candidate School
    This class will examine the most important political issues facing Oregon workers.  We will look at how the political system really works, who are the main forces behind attacks on working families, how union members can gain more influence in the political process, and how union members can get elected to public office.  No previous knowledge or experience is necessary—this class is designed to enable all union members and activists to participate effectively in the political process.


LERC Escuela de Liderazgo de Portland Metro

Sábado, 25 de Abril  Registrarse a las 8:30, Clases 9:00-4:00
Sindicato de Trabajadores Metalúrgicos
2379 NE 178th Ave, Portland
Va a haber almuerzo provisto


  • Negociación de Los Beneficios Del Plan Médico
  • Campañas de Contratos
    Este taller se llevará a cabo en español y inglés, con interpretación simultánea.
  • Labor y La Política

The Care Revolution

The Care Revolution:
The Transformation of Home Health Care in Oregon

A film collaboration by
Sonia De La Cruz, Division of Culture, Arts and Communication, University of Washington-Tacoma
Bob Bussel, Labor Education and Research Center, University of Oregon

Length: 28 minutes

 “The Care Revolution” tells the inspiring story of the first wave of organizing by Oregon’s home care workers. Grounded in extensive interviews with workers, the film explains how union representation has transformed the lives of caregivers and improved the quality of care for the people they serve.

For more information on how you can arrange a screening of the film, please contact Bob Bussel at LERC or the LERC office:
v:  541-346-5054    e: