The Oregon Fair Trade Campaign (ORFTC) is a statewide grassroots coalition of labor, environmental and human rights organizations working together to fight the expansion of corporate globalization through NAFTA-style free trade agreements, and promote a positive vision for international trade policy that:

  • Prioritizes quality jobs in communities across the state
  • Creates markets for Oregon products and raises the standard of living in trade partner countries
  • Enforces strong and consistent standards for labor, the environment and human rights across borders
  • Allows our producers to compete on a level playing field

ORFTC’s affiliate organizations represent over 250,000 Oregonians who recognize that trade agreements like NAFTA and CAFTA do not work for Oregon. The coalition was founded in 2004 by the Oregon AFL-CIO and Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club. Coalition partners include labor unions, community organizations and environmental groups. We collaborate with growers associations, ranchers, and small business interests across the state.

ORFTC member organizations include:
AFSCME Council 75
Association of Western Pulp and Paper Workers
Alliance for Democracy (Portland)
Carpenters Local 1503
Central Oregon Labor Council
Communication Workers of America Oregon State Council
Eugene/Springfield Solidarity Network
Greenpeace USA
ILWU Columbia River District Council
Jubilee Oregon
Lane County Central Labor Council
Linn-Benton-Lincoln Central Labor Council
Machinists Local 63
Machinists Local 1005
Marion-Polk-Yamhill Central Labor Council
National Association of Letter Carriers – Branch 82
Northwest Oregon Labor Council
Oregon AFL-CIO
Oregon AFT
Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club
Oregon Working Families
Portland Central America Solidarity Committee
Portland Global AIDs Coalition
Portland Jobs with Justice
SEIU 503
Southern Oregon Jobs with Justice
Southern Oregon Central Labor Council
Teamsters Joint Council 37
UFCW 555
United Steelworkers Oregon L&E Committee
Witness for Peace Northwest
…and more

ORFTC Board Members:
J. Linda Peterson – President
Fred Heutte – Secretary Treasurer
Mitch Besserboard photo
Wes Brain
Benjamin Gerritz
Ivend Holen
Victor Pierce

ORFTC Staff:
Elizabeth Swager, Executive Director


Oregon Fair Trade Campaign is committed to embracing, respecting, and honoring differences and commonalities in ethnicity, race, economic background, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, physical ability, and religious affiliation.  Our organization is comprised of diverse individuals who value inclusivity with the development and implementation of activities to accomplish our mission.  Our democratically structured activities amplify voices within communities disproportionately impacted by the negative impacts of multinational free trade agreements.

Areas of Measurement

Organization – Inclusive of people from various racial, ethnic, age, and socioeconomic backgrounds as well as physical abilities, sexual orientations, gender identities and religious affiliations.

Process – Create educational, outreach, civic engagement, and direct action activities through democratic processes grounded in community involvement.

Activities – Empower community stakeholders retaining first-hand knowledge and experience of the negative outcomes of free trade agreements to serve in leadership roles within the organization.

Justice – Promote coalition, community, and volunteer engagement with controversial and timely issues leading to substantive organizing and action for trade policy that prioritizes social, economic, racial, LGBTQ, and environmental justice.

Inclusion Principle

Oregon Fair Trade Campaign values diversity and inclusion as the foundation for effectively educating and empowering community involvement with promoting labor, human and civil rights, and environmental protections in trade policy.

Areas of Measurement

Diversity – Prioritize building upon diversity within Oregon Fair Trade Campaign’s coalition partners, membership, staff, Board of Directors, interns, and volunteers.

Democracy – Actively promote coalition partner and community inclusion in developing organizational activities while actively encouraging quality assurance through continually seeking community input.

Community – Strengthen focus on justice issues among workers and within communities disproportionately impacted by inequities directly linked to free trade agreements.

Access – Organizational involvement that is open to and inclusive of all.

The Stories Project
NAFTA-style trade policies have eliminated more than 75,000 Oregon jobs. ORFTC gives voice to Oregonians who are directly affected by free trade through our Stories Project organizing model.

Defeating Destructive Trade Policies
Oregon’s Congressional delegation is often faced with trade pacts that receive little public attention –including the Trans-Pacific Partnership. The impacts of free trade agreements are far reaching both at home and abroad. Working together in Oregon, we ask our elected officials to take leadership in shaping trade agreements that promote healthy communities, keep quality jobs in Oregon, and raise the standard of living in neighboring countries.

Promoting a Positive Vision for Trade
We promote positive vision for international trade by advocating in favor of fair trade legislation like the TRADE Act, working to influence early trade negotiations and supporting policies like sweatfree procurement.

Oregon Fair Trade Campaign
310 SW 4th Ave, #436
Portland, OR 97204
(503) 736-9777 · info@oregonfairtrade.org

The state coalition in Oregon is affiliated at the national level with Citizens Trade Campaign www.citizenstrade.org