Steering Committee

The following proposal to implement term limits for Portland Jobs with Justice Executive Committee members was drafted by the Portland JwJ Governance and Rules Committees, was approved by the Portland JwJ Executive Committee at it’s August 2018 meeting, and was read and approved for a vote by the Portland JwJ Steering Committee at it’s September 2018 meeting. This proposal will now be brought up for a final vote of the full Portland JwJ membership at our next Steering Committee meeting on October 1st, 2018. Anyone who has signed a Portland JwJ pledge card is considered a member and is eligible to vote in person at the October 1st Steering Committee meeting, being held at 5:30pm at the JwJ office (1500 NE Irving St. Suite 585 Portland, OR 97232).

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Proposal for Amendment to Portland Jobs with Justice Bylaws

Having term limits for Executive Committee seats is important for any organization. Term limits help encourage new members to step into leadership roles, and they encourage fresh ideas and new perspectives within organizational leadership, preventing the board and it’s leadership from becoming stagnant.

The Portland Jobs with Justice Bylaws Article XIII Elections, Section 1a states:

The Co-Chairs, Secretary, treasurer, and all standing, ‘special’ and ‘ad hoc’ committee chairs shall be elected biennially per Section 2.

However, nowhere in the organization’s Constitution or Bylaws does it speak in any way to the subject of term limits. This means that currently there are no limits to the number of terms or consecutive terms that committee members can hold.

For this reason, the Portland Jobs with Justice Rules Committee, building off previous work from the Governance Committee, proposes amending the Portland Jobs with Justice Bylaws to Article XIII Elections, adding Section 1c to read as follows:

Executive Board members (The Co-Chairs, Secretary, Treasurer, and all standing, ‘special’ and ‘ad hoc’ committee chairs, and At-Large members) shall be elected biennially per Section 2. They shall serve terms in length of two years, with a maximum 3 consecutive total terms regardless of which seat or seats they hold during that period of time.

If a board member is elected to three consecutive terms, then at the end of their third consecutive term they will be required to take one term off from the Executive Committee before being able to run for another seat on that committee.

For the purposes of this bylaw “one term” shall be defined as any length of time serving as one of the above positions for more than 50% of the two year election cycle.

For the purposes of transitioning this new rule into place any board member who has already served three consecutive terms may run for one more term in the 2019 elections.  JWJ staff shall not be subject to Executive Committee term limits

The Steering Committee meets on the first Monday of every month from 5:30pm to 7:00pm at the Portland Jobs with Justice office located at 1500 NE Irving Street, suite 585 in Portland, Oregon. This meeting is open to the public and our membership. At this meeting we discuss and vote on supporting, endorsing, and organizing events that fit into the mission of Jobs with Justice. It is also a great way to make announcements to our membership and meet those involved with the important work of labor-community organizing.

If your organization would like to be on the agenda at a meeting, please complete the request form below.

Before you complete the request form please consider the following criteria and priorities.


  • How the action fits into JwJ’s organizational priorities
  • Impact of JwJ’s support on the campaign
  • Impact on building JwJ and local coalitions
  • Amount of rank and file participation
  • Any organization is welcome to submit a request, but when requests are too numerous priority consideration is reserved for organizations that are members of the Portland Jobs with Justice coalition.

Portland Jobs with Justice gives priority to struggles involving the most vulnerable workers in our community.

  • low-wage workers
  • LGBTQ people
  • immigrants and refugees
  • people of color
  • women
  • youth