National groups identify Oregon as key state for minimum wage fight

Donations from national labor organizations expected to continue ahead of ballot measure.

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Donations from national labor organizations are expected to continue ahead of a ballot measure in 2016.

The money has started trickling in.

Friday’s announcement that Service Employees International Union Local 503 had started a political action committee dedicated to financing ballot measures to increasing Oregon’s minimum wage left out something compelling.

The new Oregonians Need a Raise PAC is already sitting on $343,464 — a hefty sum that shows advocates are plenty ready for a ballot fight even as they negotiate with Gov. Kate Brown and lawmakers over compromise legislation.

State campaign finance records list the immediate source as the union’s primary PAC, Citizen Action for Political Education. But even that’s not the real answer. For that, you’ll have to dig through transaction records going back a few more weeks.


The national groups are hoping that Oregon is one of the first dominoes to fall.


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