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Office of the Commissioner
Anniversary Book
Winter 2007
To The People of Oregon:
I am proud and honored to present this volume celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries. I have enormous pride in the important work done by the men and women of the Bureau as they protect the rights and interests of both workers and employers in the State of Oregon.
Oregon has a rich history of leadership when it comes to progressive labor legislation and regulation. We were the first state to designate a Labor Day (1887); the first to pass Wage and Hour protections; the second to establish Apprenticeship and Training for youth; a pioneer in the passage of child labor protections; and, in 1949, 15 years before the federal government, a leader in the establishment of civil rights protections based upon race, color, national origin and religion.
During my five-year tenure as Oregon’s labor commissioner, I have worked hard to build upon this rich tradition of progressive action. We have extended rest and meal periods to Oregon’s farm workers; established a new state prevailing wage standard for private-public projects; expanded Oregon’s family leave protections; and indexed Oregon’s minimum wage to the rising cost of living. 
Finally, a note on the timing of this publication. Yes, we know we are a tad tardy - four years to be exact. Nonetheless, I want to thank all those whose hard work made this publication possible. And a little advice for my successor facing the same task in 2053: start four years early.
Once again, the Bureau is proud to serve and protect the rights of all Oregonians. I thank you for your support of our work on your behalf.
Dan Gardner, Commissioner
Bureau of Labor and Industries


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