PCUN was created to amplify the voices of unfairly marginalized workers for over 3 decades.
Since 1985, Pineros Y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste (PCUN) started as a union for farm workers, fighting to gain collective bargaining rights. This is a right that this country never fully gave to farmworkers. That’s why 80 workers founded Pineros and Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste – to fight against exploitation and all of its effects. PCUN has advocated for Oregon farmworkers and working Latinx families, working tirelessly to empower these communities to understand and take action against systematic exploitation and its harmful effects.
Though we have secured incredible victories over the years, like raising the minimum wage for all workers; ensuring all children in Oregon have access to health care; and becoming the largest Latinx organization in the state, the political and cultural landscape have changed drastically — and we’re stepping up to face those changes head on. Every day brings with it an urgent political or cultural challenge to address, and each new challenge highlights just how critical our advocacy and organizing work is.
Today, we are building a strong network of integrated Latinx organizations so that we can be more effective in achieving our goal: to give Latinx communities tools to influence policy in ways that will improve their lives for the better. PCUN’s efforts are divided among these entities and programs:
Through our 501(c)3 organization, we focus on public education and on building empowering community spaces. This work is done in a culturally responsive, and culturally relevant way – by strengthening our cultural connections to each other
Through our 501(c) 4 organization, we will build political power, focusing on candidates, issues, and policy change at the state and national levels.
Through our 501 C(5) organization, we focus on workers rights, collective-bargaining, and fostering equitable employee-employer relationships.
Each of these organizations is well-positioned to run strong, coordinated programs; to develop Latinx community leaders; and to build powerful cross-racial and cross–generational alliances around the state.
We believe that every community should have a say in the decisions that affect them, from workplace policies to laws that govern the communities where they live.
Join us, so that we can collectively improve the well-being of Latinx working families and increase prosperity for all.
PCUN is a non-profit, tax-exempt, 501(c)(4) organization. Donations to PCUN are not tax-deductible.
If you’d like to make a tax-deductible contribution to support PCUN’s education work, click here.