Community Debates Sick Leave Ordinance

EUGENE, Ore — As the Eugene City Council debates the issue of a paid sick leave ordinance, a divided community voices its opinions. The council held a public hearing Monday night on an ordinance that would require employers to provide sick leave to their workers. 67 people signed up to testify at the public hearing … Continue reading »

Minimum Wage Increase In 2014

Eugene, Ore– When we ring in the New Year, about 100,000 Oregonians will see a boost in their paychecks. The state’s minimum wage is increasing 15 cents an hour to $9.10. The increase is to compensate for inflation. It’s a late holiday gift for thousands of workers. “I’m excited of course, a bigger paycheck is … Continue reading »

Back on His Feet

EUGENE, Ore. — Santiago Reyes is a hard man to photograph. He moves restlessly, as if his powerful energy is bigger than his body—or bigger than his wheelchair. Reyes was born in southern Mexico and came to the United States in the 1970s. He worked mostly construction jobs until one morning in 2003 when his … Continue reading »