Oregon State Hospital members spent time with representative Charlie Conrad to speak about what it means to be an employee at OSH, from the unique challeges to the way employees prove to be heros everyday. Deputy District Attorney of Lane County, Christopher Parosa, was also in attendance to hear these stories. 

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Summary: HB4045 adds the “hazardous” category to PERS for 911 operators as well as Oregon State Hospital employees that work directly with patients who are members of Tier 3, Oregon Public Service Retirement Plan (OPSRP).


  1. What is the normal retirement age for a member of the pension program who retires from service as a person in a hazardous position?

    1. General Service employees:

Salem, Oregon - Oregon's 82nd Legislative Assembly passed HB 4045, the Public Safety Workforce Stabilization Act, an historic investment in Oregon's public safety workers.. HB 4045 received overwhelming bipartisan, bicameral support, marking a significant step forward in prioritizing the dedicated workers who serve on the front lines of public safety by allowing them to retire with enhanced benefits.

The public sector has finally recovered from the COVID-19 pandemic. At the end of last year, there were 22,000 more public service jobs in the nation than in February 2020, just before the pandemic started.

This is cause for celebration for everyone in our communities, but especially for workers of color, who have been historically overrepresented in state and local government jobs.

The Oregon Retirement Savings Board and State Treasurer Tobias Read today announced that $5 million of dedicated American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) dollars are being disbursed by Oregon's Department of Early Learning and Care (DELC) to fund the OregonSaves retirement accounts of more than 900 Oregon childcare service providers.
Connecticut Rep. Jahana Hayes recently introduced a resolution calling on Congress to affirm its support for providing living wages, good benefits and fair working conditions to paraeducators, classroom assistants, bus drivers, custodial workers and others who are vital to our public education system.

The Oregon Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) cordially invites you to join us for a month-long recognition of Black excellence in conjunction with the Pacific Northwest Labor History Association, Portland Rising, Oregon AFSCME, and AFRAM/SEIU Local 503. The primary focus is health care. All events will be presented via Zoom and in-person.