Jobs should not be just a means for survival – we all need the opportunity to thrive. Every Portlander deserves to live a full life free from the anxiety of making ends meet and living paycheck-to-paycheck. Workers should be paid a living wage and have paid family leave. If Portlanders are having to choose between paying rent or putting food on the table, then we know something is seriously wrong with our society and our government. New Seasons and Burgerville workers are leading the way, showing all of us what it looks like to bring democracy to the workplace and organize their union to win justice on the job.

A Future for Working People

City Hall should make it easier for workers to hold employers accountable, not easier for big corporations like Comcast to extract profits from us. Portland should be a town where workers know they can call-out injustice on the job, bring home a living wage, and believe that downtown politicians won’t sell them out with business-as-usual politics. Where City Hall is an employer, it should be a model for living wages, a harassment-free workplace, fair scheduling, and paid sick and family leave.



“No Portlander should have to live paycheck-to-paycheck.”

— Julia DeGraw


All Portlanders deserve a living wage, no matter the work they do. Nobody should have to live paycheck-to-paycheck while the 1% hoards more wealth than at any other time in our history.

Employers—including City Hall—must be held accountable for sexual harassment in the workplace, and must put an end to it. The hidden crisis of sexual harassment on the job is a common experience for too many working Portlanders, especially female and LGBTQ workers. 

Create a municipal wage theft and worksite abuse hotline for private and public sector workers. City Hall must also take action to fight misclassification of independent contractors and domestic workers.

City Hall should be strengthening (not weakening) Community Benefit Agreements and increasing Area Standards. In this unprecedented building boom, we must distribute the windfall to the benefit of all.

Pass a “model employer” resolution at City Hall, which will establish minimum standards for city working conditions.

Companies holding lucrative city contracts employ thousands of Portland workers. All city contracts should be subject to “responsible bidder” rules that protect living-wage jobs across our community.