Portland Jobs with Justice is excited to share with you that our exhibit, “Building Solidarity for 30 Years: Portland Jobs with Justice is now open at the Oregon Historical Society! It is a story of 30 years of solidarity that you, as members and activists in our coalition and community, make possible! Please share in our collective history by visiting during open hours through May 15th. We are so excited to commemorate movement history in a museum whose workers are represented by a key organization in our history, ILWU Local 5!
Jointly sponsored by the Oregon chapter of the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, the exhibit, in the words of the Oregon Historical Society, “present(s) a thirty-year retrospective on the Portland chapter of Jobs with Justice. This is a local story with a 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.”