Become A Member!
Paying union dues does not automatically make you a member. Union dues are simply to cover the cost of union representation. Sign a membership card to become a member and take advantage of all member benefits.
Need to confirm your membership? Call Oregon AFSCME at 503-370-2522.
Why Join Our Union?
Simply talking about issues that affect public service employees isn’t enough. To make a difference, our voices must be heard. And we can be heard only when we organize as a union and gain the strength to make real change. Together, our collective voice is heard — on the job and in state legislatures and city halls.
Workers who are union members earn 30 percent more than non-union workers. Women and African Americans represented by unions earn over 33 percent more than their non-union counterparts. And Latino workers with the union advantage make about 46 percent more than those not represented by a union.
Union workers are more likely than their non-union counterparts to receive health care and pension benefits. More than eight out of ten union members are covered by health insurance and have a pension plan — versus fewer than half of those not in a union.
Member vs. Fair Share
Fair share individuals are those that have not signed a membership card or, who withdrew their membership. They are "fair share" because they pay their fair share for union representation but, this particular status weakens our union. It tells the employer that employees do not stand with our Union. This hurts us at the bargaining table when trying to bargain a fair contract.
Fair share individuals get all of the benefits that members bargained for but, they weaken our collective bargaining power. It is unfair! Don't be a fair share individual, join our Union!
Now More Than Ever
Big corporations and anti-worker politicians are attacking public employees and the services we provide. Their goal is simple: privatize our jobs, strip us of our rights and dismantle the public sector. They’re going after our wages, our pensions and our health care. And in 2005, newly elected governors in Indiana, Kentucky and Missouri took away the bargaining rights of all state employees. This can happen here.
In Washington, D.C., and in state capitols across the country, it’s the same old thing: politicians side with the rich and powerful, and neglect the needs of middle-class families.
Whether you are a public employee or work for a private company providing public services, we have to act now to stop the attacks to lower our wages, benefits, and eliminate our rights. That’s why building a strong union is so important now more than ever. We can't lose the rights we have fought so hard to win.