Political Education and Action

What do Rep. Teresa Alonso Leon, Rep. Paul Evans, and Rep. Dan Rayfield all have in common? They are all champions of higher education who graduated from WOU!

Register to vote at your current address using this link 

If you want to provide testimony or track legislation, reach out to the VP for Political Action with more information about your areas of expertise and interest. You can also find info. here:

Oregon Legislature Citizen Engagament Link

From AFT-Oregon’s Political Action Toolkit:

“Over the last decade, thousands of members of AFT-Oregon have contributed to the AFT-Oregon Political Action Fund and volunteered on campaigns to help elect pro-worker candidates. The result has been a proworker majority in the legislature that has increased education funding, increased the minimum wage, created paid sick days for all workers, expanded access to health care for 400,000 Oregonians, increased access to
expand access to union rights for faculty, and increased safety standards for classified employees.”

Contributing to AFT-Oregon’s Political Action Fund is a terrific way to help improve working conditions in Oregon.

Even better, the first $50 you contribute ($100 if filing jointly) qualifies for a refundable tax credit. This means that when you file your Oregon state taxes, the $50 ($100 if filing jointly) is subtracted from the taxes you owe, or added to the refund you are due, whichever is applicable.

To increase your contributions to, or to set up contributions to AFT’s political action initiatives please contact the WOUFT VP of Political Education and Action, who can provide you with the AFT-Oregon Political Action Fund form.  

Some useful links:

Find Your Legislator

AFT-Oregon’s Political Issues Page

Oregon AFL-CIO Page


WOUFT President (at the time), Scott Beaver, advocating for higher education at the rally. 

WOUFT member Peter Callero and his grandchild attending AFT-Oregon Lobby Day in support of education.