With legislative days and the 2019 session approaching, we wanted to take this opportunity to share with you the goals and values of the Coalition for the Common Good. We are eager to work in partnership with leaders in Salem and across the state to make meaningful investments in Oregon’s future.
The Coalition for the Common Good is a unique group of Oregon labor organizations and businesses that is committed to identifying, building, and supporting solutions to achieve our aspirations as a state and to address our most significant challenges. For decades, our schools and essential public services have lacked adequate investments.
The status quo in Oregon is both unacceptable and untenable. Despite best intentions, past attempts to solve some of Oregon’s most pressing problems have not brought forth adequate solutions. So, we are taking an unconventional approach, and we are committed to working together to create pragmatic, nonpartisan solutions.
We have more shared values than differences, and collectively we believe in:
Creating economic opportunity so that all Oregonians — including underserved communities — have a chance to succeed.
A strong public education system that serves all Oregonians from pre-K through higher education.
A state where businesses can grow and thrive; where Oregon-based businesses are valued for the contribution they make to the local economy and their engagement with the community.
Investments that can adequately fund strong schools and essential public services, including access to affordable healthcare and services that help families to achieve well-being and independence.
We look forward to expanding our Coalition beyond our core group, working with other community advocates, businesses, parents, teachers, and community leaders that share these values. We are eager to hear from diverse perspectives.
The Legislature is the right place for this inclusive, robust and critical conversation. Thanks to the Governor’s leadership on education and foundational work done in the 2017 legislative session and by the Joint Committee on Student Success, we head into the 2019 session with a better sense of the scope of the investment needed and potential mechanisms.
The Coalition for the Common Good is heading into the 2019 session not with a singular or predetermined legislative proposal. Our work ahead will be complex and challenging, but we have the technical expertise, resources, and the optimism needed.
Let’s be clear, we will not agree on every issue, but we believe we have shared interests and aspirations for Oregon. We are confident that 2019 will be the year we find common ground in Oregon, and we look forward to working with you to do so.
Who We Are
The seven founding members of the Coalition for the Common Good are Oregon Education Association, Nike Inc., SEIU Local 503, Cloudability, Oregon AFSCME Council 75, Oregon Health Care Association and Russell Development Company.
Members of the Coalition for the Common Good include: