Media Room


Governor Kate Brown
AFL-CIO Lobby Day
Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Thank you, Graham, for that kind introduction. I’m so pleased to be here with you all.

AFL-CIO has a long history of protecting Oregon’s workers. In the last couple of years, we worked to guarantee paid sick leave, and to push through a historic increase to Oregon’s minimum wage. And together, we did it.

Just as our economy is lifted up and driven by your work every day, our legislative process is bolstered by having your voices in this building. Unions are on the forefront of every fight for our workers:

For better pay.
For a living wage.
For equal pay.
And for affordable health care.

Strong unions have been and will continue to be one of the pillars upon which Oregon’s middle class is built.

Thank you for being here. Thank you for sharing your stories and advocating for your peers. Thank you for your partnership.

My vision is of an Oregon where we increase economic prosperity and do it in a way that ensures prosperity is inclusive. An Oregon where everyone is given the same fair shot at building a better life for themselves and for their children.

No one should have to worry about making a choice between paying rent and staying home with their newborn. No one should worry about their child’s safety when it’s time to go back to work.

Let’s take those worries off the table by working for paid family leave and affordable, accessible child care.

And to prepare our kids for their own careers, we need to have strong hands-on learning available at every single high school in Oregon. That’s why my budget proposes investments in our K-12 schools.

We need to get new revenue on the table. To do this we have to be bold, we have to be tough, and we have to work together.

As your Governor, I’m committed to ensuring that, in a post-Janus world, Oregon remains a place where workers have the freedom to come together and form a strong union, and for that union to be respected.

Under my watch, Oregon will always stand with working families. Together, let’s build a better Oregon for all of our families.

Thank you.