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Public Sector Labor Relations: Oregon

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Author: Todd Lyon, Barran Liebman LLP


  • All public employees have collective bargaining rights under the Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act except elected officials, confidential, supervisory, and managerial employees. See Public Sector Employees.
  • The Oregon Employment Relations Board oversees labor relations in the public sector and in the private sector where the employer is not covered by the Labor-Management Relations Act. See The Oregon Employment Relations Board.
  • Labor organizations may become the exclusive representative of public employees through voluntary recognition, secret ballot election, or card check. See Union Recognition and Oregon Card Check Law.
  • Except for emergency and public safety personnel and employees of mass transit districts, transportation districts, and municipal bus systems, all public employees have the right to strike. See Right To Strike.
  • The parties must bargain over mandatory subjects of bargaining. The process includes 150 days of bargaining, 15 days of mediation, 30 days of cooling off, and then either implementation or strike. See Collective Bargaining and Interest Arbitration.
  • The Public Employee Collective Bargaining Act prohibits both employers and labor organizations from engaging in unfair labor practices. See Unfair Labor Practices.