Commissioner Brad Avakian
Throughout his career, Brad Avakian has been expanding economic opportunity and ensuring equality for all Oregonians.
Early in his career, as an employment and civil rights attorney, Brad gave voice to workers who were seeking fair wages, better working conditions, and freedom from discrimination in the workplace. Later, as a state legislator, he passed laws to expand collective bargaining rights, crack down on predatory lending, and prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation. Since 2008, Brad has served as Commissioner of the Bureau of Labor and Industries, where he has stepped up enforcement of Oregon’s civil rights laws and partnered with Oregon’s business and labor communities to strengthen workforce development efforts.
Because he knows that the best way to expand economic opportunity is to expand educational opportunity, Brad has been a steadfast champion for Oregon’s public schools throughout his career. Brad has made good on his top priority as Labor Commissioner: revitalizing career education and job training in our middle schools and high schools, which will prepare more Oregon students for living-wage jobs while ensuring more Oregon businesses have the highly skilled workers they need to succeed. Brad built and led a broad coalition of labor organizations, business interests, trade associations and educational professionals, unanimously supported by legislators of both parties, to win dedicated funds for new and expanded career and technical education programs across the state.
Read Brad's full biography here.
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3.1.17 Commissioner's letter regarding legal status and protecting the rights of all people
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The mission of the Bureau of Labor and Industries is to protect employment rights, advance employment opportunities, and protect access to housing and public accommodations free from discrimination.
BOLI promotes the development of a highly-skilled, competitive workforce in Oregon through its Apprenticeship and Training Divisions and partnerships with government, labor, business, and educational institutions. It protects the rights of workers and citizens to equal, non-discriminatory treatment; encourages and enforces compliance with state laws relating to wages, hours, terms and conditions of employment; and advocates policies that balance the demands of the workplace and employers with the protections of workers and their families.
Oregonians who feel they have been discriminated against or who have not received their proper wages can call BOLI or visit our web site for information and for help filing a civil rights complaint or a wage claim. BOLI also promotes development of a skilled work force through its apprenticeship and training programs and provides education to the state's employers through its technical assistance services.
BOLI: 100 Years of Service
BOLI was created by the 1903 Legislature. The first Labor Commissioner, O.P. Hoff, was also the Bureau's first and only employee, responsible for enforcing child labor laws, the 10-hour working day for women and the factory inspection law. Today the Bureau's Civil Rights Division, Wage and Hour Division, Apprenticeship and Training Division and Technical Assistance for Employers Program serve Oregonians in a variety of ways. BOLI has staff in Portland, Salem, Eugene, and Medford, employs 100 Oregonians and has a total, two-year budget of approximately $24 million.
To read more about BOLI's first 100 years serving Oregonians, follow this link.