Minimum Wage Increase: What are the facts?

The minimum wage in Oregon will gradually increase within the next 6 years, starting on July 1, 2016. This is what you need to know.


The minimum wage in Oregon will gradually increase within the next 6 years, starting on July 1, 2016. This is what you need to know.

Guess who’s getting a raise?

Photos for thought, February Edition: Guess who’s getting a raise? Farmworkers!

Yesterday Gov. Kate Brown signed SB1532 – securing a raise for over 100,000 workers, including all farmworkers. Thank you to the farmworkers who advocated every day of the legislative session last month. This victory doesn’t happen without you.  Se se pudo!

Farmworkers receive certificate from PCUN to become Promotores for reducing pesticide exposure. Felicidades!

UO Wayne Morse Center for Law and Politic Scholars’ visit PCUN. Interested in making a visit? Contact Jaime at


Photo credits
Photo 1: Will Bragg
Photo 3: Andie Petkus

What a start!

Photos for thought, January Edition: What a start!

Estamos con Teresa 2.0











Teresa Alonzo Leon, campaign launch party draws 200 plus in attendance.Talk about a great start! Help her make history!

Lobbying 2.0










Exercising our voice at the Oregon State Capitol, so that farm workers aren’t left out of the minimum wage increase. Click here to get involved!


Rompiendo Barreras 2.0











Woodburn high school youth kick off new radio program, Breaking Barriers at PCUN’s Radio Movimiento. You can listen to it Tuesdays from 4-5 pm.
CALL TO ACTION!! Sign on to decline hateful policies against our immigrant communities.


Migrant Communities are Under Attack


The immigrant community in Oregon is under attack again.

With their victory on Measure 88 (driver’s cards), anti-immigrant forces in the state now feel they have the momentum to pass even more hateful policies to make the lives of many Oregonians even more difficult. These groups have filed several statewide ballot measures that Oregonians could potentially vote on this November. The measures do three things:

  1. Require E-Verify: Some proposals would require every business in Oregon to run every current and future employee through the flawed E-Verify program, or risk losing their business license.
  2. English-Only: Another measure would make English the official language of Oregon. All government information and documents (including those at schools) could only be published in English. No government job could require applicants to be competent in a language other than English.
  3. Restricting Voting Rights: A final measure would cancel every Oregonian’s voter registration until they could re-prove to the county clerk they were citizens in Oregon.

A coalition of local organizations – including Pineros y Campesino Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) – has come together to defeat these measures, and do everything it can to protect our most vulnerable in this state. To succeed in 2016, we will need your help. It starts by making a pledge and sharing with your friends and family that you will not sign any ballot proposal that attacks immigrants.

Click here to decline to sign these hateful policies:

As they build for the election, our opponents will be asking members of the community to sign petitions so the measure qualify for the ballot.

Click here to support our refuse to sign pledge:

We believe that Oregonians do not want these divisive policy to be the law in our great state, will continue to build to defeat them, and will keep you informed as we do.


In solidarity

Ramon Ramirez

PCUN President

Did you hear who’s running for office?

Photos for thought, December Edition:  Help advance our work and DONATE before New Year’s.  

In case you haven’t heard, Teresa Alonzo, A PCUNista from Woodburn will be the fist ever immigrant Latina to run for an Oregon legislative seat next year. Help her make history!

Founding farmworker members of PCUN at our recent Annual Convention. Gracias por su labor!

Shout out to Latinos Unidos Siempre youth leaders and Raise the Wage organizers. Btw, join us for a Rally to Raise the Wage on January 14th, 3:30pm @ Oregon Capitol.



What’s your decision?












PCUN staff


Dear PCUN Ally,

Decision, decision, decisions…It’s impossible to go a day without making one. For the purpose of this letter, we want to tell you about three decisions coming up in 2016 that are likely to have major impact in the communities and families we work with and also ask you to consider us in your decisions to give this season.

If you’ve been following the DAPA/DACA saga you know that we are likely headed towards a Supreme Court decision next summer. Last month, the Fifth Circuit Court ruled against DAPA/DACA. It was probably the best bad news we’ve ever received because it got the ball rolling towards the possibility of the Supreme Court taking on the case. Where are we now? After a recent failed attempt by the suing states to delay the Supreme Court’s decision to take on the case, that decision is expected to be made next month. If the court takes the case, it will likely rule early next summer.

While the legal process has been slow, our advocacy and preparation to implement DAPA/DACA has not. Over the last year, we’ve participated in countless advocacy actions with our national partners, improved our Service Center’s technology/systems, and together with Causa Oregon, strengthened our legal clinic style workshop. More of this will be needed in 2016 as well as training to staff and volunteers to effectively scale-up our immigration services.

The Presidential election is another major decision point that will impact DAPA/DACA and our bigger target—comprehensive immigration reform. It’s clearly evident from the primary races that there’s only one party on our side. The anti-immigrant rhetoric heard in the primary races is only going to get worst with DAPA/DACA on the horizon. Expect Latinos to respond with record breaking numbers at the ballot box.

In Oregon, we are getting ready to do our part. Through Accion Politica PCUNista (APP), PCUN’s electoral arm and Oregon’s only Latino c4 operation, we will be launching our own Latino voter engagement campaign to elect the first ever Latina immigrant to the State legislature to represent our House District (HD22: Woodburn-NE Salem). You will be hearing all about her very soon…

But, before we get to these three major decisions, we ask you to consider making a simpler one today. Make a contribution.  This will help us be in the best position possible to maximize the opportunity that will come from these decisions to continue improving the lives of farmworkers.

Gracias y Adelante!

PCUN, Oregon’s Farmworker Union

P.S. Because we’re a union, donations to PCUN are not tax-deductible. You can support PCUN’s educational, research and legal defense work via tax-deductible contribution to the Willamette Valley Law Project.

Fifth Circuit Court makes decision on DAPA/DACA

November 11, 2015

On Monday, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals issued its long-awaited decision in Texas v. U.S., upholding the lower court’s order blocking President Obama’s executive action on immigration. The court’s 2-1 decision prevents the Administration from implementingDAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) and expanded DACA (expanded Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals).

“The judicial system has committed a serious error that perpetuates our terribly broken, inhumane immigration system and stops the federal government from exercising its authority,” said Bruce Goldstein, President of Farmworker Justice, a national advocacy organization for farmworkers. “The injunction should be lifted. The President’s exercise of prosecutorial discretion is a sensible, limited and lawful action. Texas does not even have a legally proper basis to bring this case. The courts should not intervene in what is clearly a political dispute between the Executive Branch and states that disagree with the President’s immigration policy.”

We are pleased that the Department of Justice is seeking review of this case in the Supreme Court, which we hope will swiftly accept and rule on the case. While we are frustrated that millions of immigrants will have to wait longer for the limited, temporary relief which these programs would provide, we expect that the Supreme Court will support the Administration’s exercise of its authority.

“This case is vitally important to farmworker families, their communities and the agricultural system,” said Bruce Goldstein.” DAPA and DACA could provide temporary relief to an estimated 700,000 farmworkers and family members. At least half the farm labor force is undocumented, which contributes to the low wages and labor abuses in the fields. Implementing DAPA and expanded DACA will provide much needed relief from deportation and temporary work authorization to many farmworker families.

But this executive action is not a complete answer. Congress must pass comprehensive immigration reform to fix the system and provide undocumented immigrants an opportunity for immigration status and eventual citizenship.

Lawsuit to restore Oregon Driver’s Card

From our sister organization Causa Oregon…

Causa Applauds Civil Rights Lawsuit Aimed at Restoring Driving Rights to All Qualified Oregon Residents

Nov. 4th, 2015- 3:16 PM Causa Oregon

Press Contact:

Andrea Miller, Causa Oregon Executive Director

Causa Oregon applauds the filing of today’s civil rights lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Measure 88, which overturned a law providing driver cards to all qualified Oregon residents. The Constitution establishes rights to equal protection and due process to all people that should not and cannot be taken away.

“The rejection of Measure 88 in 2014 did not eliminate the very real and very urgent need for driver cards in Oregon,” said Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa. “Oregon continues to be a state in which immigrant mothers and fathers cannot legally and safely drive to carry out every day activities like taking their kids to school, visiting the doctor’s office, or buying groceries.”

All over the state, thousands of Oregon residents have been harmed by the lack of access to driving privileges, including the Hernandez family. Anastasia is a Washington County resident and mother of four children. They are all U.S. citizens, but Anastasia’s husband is undocumented, barring him from applying for an Oregon driver license.

“He still has to drive because he’s our main income and without his income, we couldn’t afford to live,” said Anastasia Hernandez. “Our kids are very aware that Dad doesn’t have a license and what the consequences are. They’re always wondering if Dad will get back home, what will happen if he gets pulled over. Having a driver card would mean less stress, lower insurance premiums, more freedoms, we wouldn’t have to worry about going out, who’s driving and where, what time he gets home.”

Historically, Oregon has issued driving privileges to all residents who meet standard driving requirements, regardless of legal status. The Department of Motor Vehicles estimates that over 80,000 Oregon residents who previously had a driver’s license have not been able to renew their license due to legal status, and without an alternative driver card they have no path to drive legally and safely in Oregon.

“We’re pleased that brave plaintiffs have stood up to seek justice and equal rights under law and that lawyers agree that there is a legal objection to this issue. If rights guaranteed under our Constitution are being denied, that should be taken to a court of law for final resolution” said Andrea Miller, Executive Director of Causa.

M.S. et al. vs. Brown et al. is a civil rights case challenging the use of an Oregon ballot measure to take away rights granted by the Oregon Legislature based on disagreements over federal immigration policy. Measure 88 struck down the driver card statute in order to discourage immigrants from coming to or staying in Oregon. This state action put Oregon into a position of requiring the Oregon DMV to use legal status as screening criteria to prevent access to driving privileges.

“Lawyers say that the attempt to overturn the Safe Roads Act is not legal. We know it’s not right,” said Andrea Miller.

Boycott who??

Photos for thought, October edition. Boycott who??














PCUN organizes picket line at Whole Foods Market in solidarity with Familias Unidas por la Justicia’s (FUJ)  3 year struggle to improve wages and conditions and win union contract. Read about it here. 









PCUNista Aldo Solano joins Radio Movimiento’s La Hora Campesina to talk about his 9 day fast to demand the Fifth Circuit to rule on DAPA/DACA.  Thank you Aldo!

CAUSA 20th












Congratulations to Causa on your 20th Anniversary and to the American Dreamer Award recipients (Representative Jessica Vega Pederson, Paul Krissel, Guadalupe Quinn, Hozkar Morales Ramos, Oregon Association of Nurseries, Ramon Ramirez).







Photos for thought- Sept.

Photos for thought, September edition. Thank you for making our 30th Anniversary Celebration a success! See slide show here. 

30th Anniv.

Staff, volunteers of PCUN pictured with Paul Chavez (UFW Foundation) at PCUN’s 30th Anniv. Celebration on 9/17.


Sept. 26th, 2015–50th Anniversary of the UFW Delano Grape Strike. Que viva la causa!


Carmen Gonzalez working at Prayingmantis Farm (corn, squash, pumpkin producer), with whom PCUN has a union contract with.