by Oregon Historical Society
Pacific Northwest Labor History Association-Oregon chapter (PNLHA-OR) and Portland Jobs with Justice (Portland JwJ) proudly present a thirty-year retrospective on the Portland chapter of Jobs with Justice. This is a local story with national and global reach. Founded in 1991, Portland JwJ became a vibrant part of a “new labor movement” taking shape across the country at the turn of the century. This was a time when globalization, labor law, and declining union membership contributed to rising insecurity for an increasing number of American workers. Starting with a handful of organizers, Portland JwJ grew into an expansive coalition of a hundred organizational members and thousands of individual pledge supporters. Committed to restoring workers’ rights and empowering workers, Portland JwJ has supported workers with organizing and union contract campaigns and partnered with labor, faith, and social justice groups to further public policies for the common good.