PTU Announces its 2018 Policy Priorities

PTU members Margot Black, Jo Ann Hardesty, and Sekoynia Wright.
Members listen to a finance update.
Members listen to a membership update.

The Results

Tenant members had 20 votes each.

1. THE RIGHT TO UNIONIZE and COLLECTIVELY BARGAIN

2. NO EVICTION WITHOUT REPRESENTATION

PTU Organizer Margot Black, helping out Harold Jackson in eviction court in October.

3. IMMIGRANT AND UNDOCUMENTED PROTECTION ACT

The Office of Rental Services

Tenant members had 5 votes each.

Other Important Decisions

  • PTU remains dedicated to making Portland’s relocation assistance policy “whole”, by demanding that all tenants are protected from forced displacement and price-gouging, not just those whose landlords own multiple units. Portland’s City Council hearing to make the relocation ordinance permanent is tentatively set for January 25th, and will require a massive turnout of renters, allies, and other tenant advocates.
  • The PTU membership unanimously voted to support the “Tenant Opportunity to Purchase” initiative spearheaded by Living Cully. This would mandate that tenants get notice of an intent to sell their property, and an opportunity to purchase it before it is listed on the open market. Landlords who plan to sell would first have to notify the city and allow the tenants or city the first chance to buy the property in order to keep it affordable, potentially as a tenant-owned cooperative. Such a policy has existed for decades in Washington D.C. and has helped transfer ownership to countless tenants who have used city or non-profit funding to help purchase the buildings.
  • Expanding relocation assistance: PTU remains dedicated to expanding Portland’s strongest rental protection to neighboring municipalities and hopefully across Oregon, since the state legislature’s failure to protect tenants requires cities and counties step up.

2018 and Beyond

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Portland Tenants United is a growing tenants union dedicated to organizing tenants to take action to strengthen and enforce tenants rights and protections.

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Portland Tenants United is a growing tenants union dedicated to organizing tenants to take action to strengthen and enforce tenants rights and protections.

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