Announcing Executive Transition

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce my transition out of the role of Executive Director of Portland Jobs with Justice.

As I prepare to leave my role as Executive Director and reflect on our accomplishments, I am touched, humbled and so very grateful to have been a part of Portland Jobs with Justice and the National Jobs with Justice network. Portland JwJ is a progressive grassroots organization that has always pushed the envelope in shifting social paradigms to advocate and take action for the rights of those left out of the benefits and promise of economic justice and full social inclusion.

Over the past two years, together with our community, we have won big for working people in Oregon with the Fight for $15, the successful fight to Stop the TPP, and working with our city to divest from socially irresponsible financial institutions like Wells Fargo. We have mobilized supporters to nearly one hundred actions a year, and leverage thousands of volunteer hours annually in support of faith, labor, community, youth, and student organizations. In the past two years our coalition has grown by dozens of organizations and pledgers. Our organization is financially stronger than it has been ever before, and our financial and CRM systems are in the process of being updated to meet the demands and opportunities of organizing in 21st century.

We have stopped deportations, and trained hundreds of students and new organizers and activists in nonviolent action, de-escalation and safety, creative intervention, power analysis, and the benefits of being organized at work. Our solidarity squad and the work we do with the Portland Immigrant Rights Coalition is setting a model for the entire Jobs with Justice national network for how to keep all our communities safe in this period.

I am so proud of our new work centering racial justice and gender justice at the intersections with workers rights and economic justice. Portlanders are positioned at the leading edge of community and labor intersections with our work advancing racial justice and Black Lives Matter in bargaining for the common good with our labor union partners. Similarly, our new collaboration with enlace, Q Center, and Interfaith Worker Justice to train working people usually not seen as the capable and brilliant leaders they are – people of color, LGBTQ people, women, and young workers – in their rights at work, workers safety and health, and organizing and leadership development is groundbreaking and sorely needed in our movement ecosystem.

Last but not least, Portland Jobs with Justice has an impressive and experienced Board that is well-positioned to shepherd Portland JwJ during these tumultuous times throughout the nation.  As well, our dedicated and talented staff and community are committed to support the grassroots organizing and leadership development of low-wage working people, people of color, queer and trans people, women, and youth for the leadership that we need.

Once more, I thank all of you who have supported me during my tenure at Portland Jobs with Justice. We have shared many amazing, sometimes challenging, but always heartwarming, and wonderful times.  I am looking forward to my new role as a supporter of Portland JwJ, and upholding and sustaining my commitment to the powerful, extraordinary, and exemplary work of people of color, LGBTQ people, women, trans, and gender nonconforming people, and youth.  I will continue in my role as Executive Director while the Board Hiring Committee works on finding our next Executive Director.  I will then move into a support and resource role during the new Executive Director’s first weeks to ensure the organization’s continuity and stability during this important transition.

As the search begins for a new Executive Director, I hope you will help us find the right candidate to take Portland Jobs with Justice’s work to the next level. If you have any ideas or questions about the job announcement, please contact our Personnel Committee at jobs@jwjpdx.org. See the full job announcement here.

From the bottom of my heart, my sincere gratitude to all of you, and I hope you will join me in strengthening our commitment and support to Portland Jobs with Justice.   

In solidarity,

D Pei Wu, PhD.

Emergency Response for Unions and Community Organizations to support Just and Humane Resolution for Residents of the Springwater Corridor


 We at Portland Jobs with Justice know that unions, labor organizations, community organizations, faith leaders, and student organizations are central to the fabric of progressive society and movements in the 21st century, and that together we can uphold human rights and dignity for workers, for economic justice, and for racial justice and gender justice in Portland and beyond.

In the face of Mayor Hales’ dramatic about-face from the nationally recognized “safe-sleep” policy passed earlier this year, to announcing sweeps of houseless people as soon as August 1 (now delayed to September 1 in the face of organizing and a potential lawsuit), we felt that as residents of the neighborhoods (some of us live in Foster-Powell and Lents, among other neighborhoods) nearby, and people involved in making our city, region, state, nation, and world a better place, it is important and urgent to urge for humane solutions and resolution to the conflict created by the impending sweeps.

We humbly offer this simple toolkit for unions and locals, and other community and student organizations who want to support the resident- and community-led efforts of houseless people camping along the Springwater Corridor to live with justice, dignity, and safety. We hope this can be easily adapted to serve the needs of other organizations such as faith organizations if someone wishes to take on those tasks.

We encourage you to use this toolkit at your organization.

Celebrate 25 years of workers rights with us!


We are thrilled to invite you to 

Justice Jubilee
25th Anniversary and Annual Dinner

Friday, June 3, 6:00 p.m.
Hilton Hotel
Downtown Portland in the Pavilion Ballroom

For a quarter of a century Portland Jobs with Justice has been a hub of support for working people in our city. With your generous support, we continue to grow and deepen our relationship to the struggles of working people. Our continued work and success is only possible because of your support!



Workers’ Wonder Sponsors

Workers Wonder Sponsors

AFSCME Council 75AFSCME Local 328ATU Local 757SEIU Local 503Teamsters Local 206

Pledging Power Sponsors

pledging power sponsors

Vital Voice Sponsors

  • Basic Rights Oregon
  • Center for Intercultural Organizing
  • D Pei Wu
  • ILWU Local 8
  • Inland Boatman’s Union
  • Linda Rasmussen
  • Margaret Butler & Rich Pepper
  • Marty Hart-Landsberg
  • Maureen Crawford
  • Nancy Eichsteadt
  • Northwest Labor Council
  • Jay Thiemeyer
  • Kate Fagerholm & Richard Myers
  • Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom

In addition to a program featuring workers and organizers, we are thrilled to welcome Professor Melina Abdullah as our keynote speaker and Diego Hernandez as our MC.

There are many ways to support our Annual dinner, ranging from sponsorship, digital ad purchases, individual tickets, in-kind donations as well as a donation of your skills or time. Please feel free to contact Kate Fagerholm via email Kate@jwjpdx.org or phone 971-242-8702.

To download a mail-in ticket and sponsor form click here.
To download a full sponsor packet click here.

Worker Stories from the Portland Area Campaign for $15

Portland Jobs with Justice is helping coordinate and staff the Portland Area Campaign for $15.  The goal of the campaign is a $15 minimum wage for 30,000 workers in Portland over the next 2 years!

The campaign seeks to achieve this goal by uniting and coordinating unions, workers organizations, faith institutions, and community organizations through contract campaigns, new organizing, and voluntary commitments. The Portland Campaign for $15 is building a cross sector movement for economic justice that includes the leadership of unions, queer and trans people of color, houseless people, immigrant workers, small businesses, and the progressive faith community.

Scrooge of the Year 2015!

The Peace House
2116 NE 18th Ave
7PM Friday, December 4th


10885049_10152938585230883_1076621011665677169_nScrooge of the Year is an annual award the community (you!) vote on to award to the year’s worst Portland-area player.  It can be a corporation, a politician, or someone completely different.

Online Ticket Sales are Closed but you can buy at the door!

Each ticket is good for 20 votes + 1 free drink at our annual scrooge party and can be purchased for $15 in advance or $20 at the door.  Proceeds benefit Portland Jobs with Justice.

We here at Portland Jobs with Justice think it’s important that the voting process for this award is true to our American democratic system.  That’s right – this election is for sale!  You may purchase as many votes as you wish to decide the worst boss in town.

Visit the Scrooge Page for more information and to vote!