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Innovative campaign to address outdated rules about work, wages, planning for our futures

HILLSBORO, OR (September 16, 2014) - Fed up with jobs that barely cover the bills and force Oregonians to choose between caring for our families and our financial security, Fair Shot Oregon today launched a major new campaign to address outdated rules about work, wages and planning for our futures. The campaign kicked off with events in Hillsboro, Oregon City, Salem and Medford.

“We're sending a message loud and clear: we need wages we can live on, jobs that support our families and a shot at a secure future,” said Lisa Frack, Communications Director of Family Forward Action.

The campaign is led by a diverse group of organizations with a shared goal to give Oregon women and working families a fair shot at getting ahead, not just getting by. The growing list of members of the Fair Shot Oregon coalition includes Family Forward Action, Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon, The Mother PAC, Oregon Education Association, AFSCME and SEIU.

Key priorities for the campaign include: 1) raising the minimum wage; 2) ensuring all Oregonians earn paid sick days; 3) creating ways to make saving for retirement easier; and 4) making sure women get equal pay for equal work.

Today’s campaign kickoff event featured a “19th Century Man,” a character whose outdated views about women and work highlight the need for 21st century solutions for today’s families.

View the 19th Century Man in action at:

“The laws and policies that govern the lives of women and working families are out-of-date and out-of-touch, and too many Oregonians are working more for less,” said Heather Conroy, Executive Director of SEIU Local 503. “We need updated policies that are in sync with the needs of today’s women and working families.”

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AuthorRose King