Oregon Topics: Workers/Labor

Safety and fairness are at the heart of this section. Over the decades government has played an expanding role in setting standards for workplace safety and health. Issues of fairness include discrimination and the rights of workers to organize. As these issues generate more laws, regulations, and court rulings, the level of complexity grows. 

This section includes links to more information about safety and fairness in the workplace as well as connections to worker training and job placement resources.

​​​​​​​Oregon Blue Book

Oregon Bureau of Labor and Industries​

(minimum wage, fair housing,​ regulations enforcing wage laws, child labor and prevailing wages)

Oregon Consumer and Business Services Department

(Oregon’s largest consumer protection and business regulatory agency)

Oregon Employment Department

Job​ listings (Jobs listed with WorkSource Oregon)

Quality Information​ (information about state and local labor markets)​

Unemployment insurance (information about benefits, applications, hearings, and taxes)​

Oregon Employment Relations Board

(conducts elections regarding collective bargaining representation for employees; resolves disputes over union representation and collective bargaining negotiations; issues declaratory rulings and orders in contested cases and appeals)

mural of lumber mill workers
This mural depicting lumber mill workers was painted by Carl Morris in 1942 after he won a WPA Federal Arts Project mural competition in 1941. It was installed in the lobby of the Eugene Post Office in 1943. (Oregon State Archives Photo)