You can make a difference. Policies passed in school boards, city councils, and at the legislature impact our families, our jobs and our communities. You offer a valuable perspective on what is best for Oregon.   


Apply to oLcs

Are you ready to take the plunge?  Apply to our 6 session labor candidate training in order to get the skills, confidence and knowledge you need to run a successful campaign.  Applicants are interviewed and vetted through OLCS.

Please read below for more information.

nominate a member

We all know someone who inspires and encourages us. Someone who regularly steps up to get things done and is often the busiest person we know. Nominate a member today and make an impact on the future of our elections.


Program Dates and Commitment

For more information, questions about the application process, or to request a training in your community, please contact OLCS Executive Director, Sara Ryan at 503-957-0306 or sara @ 

EUGENE: Applications are now being accepted for the Eugene area class, which will take place in 4 classes March through June.  Union members who know they want to run for office, or who just want to explore what it would mean to serve in office, are encouraged to apply. Deadline to apply is February 25th. 

2018 dates: 3/10, 4/14, 5/12, 6/9



PORTLAND: The Portland area class meets one Saturday a month for 6 classes, October through March.  We will start accepting applications for the 2018-19 program year in March, 2018.



Selection Criteria and Process

OLCS seeks bright, self-motivated union members who are committed to effective and ethical political leadership. Criteria for selection to the School include:

Active union membership

Active engagement in your community

Oregon residency

Interest in pursuing public office

Demonstrated ability to bring together disparate groups to achieve a goal

Ability and desire to build effective networks

Ability to articulate a personal political vision

Demonstrated support for the Labor movement

Demonstrated ability to inspire others

Commitment to full participation and attendance requirements throughout the entire program

Commitment to raising money


Oregon Labor Candidate School will review completed applications and select finalists to be interviewed by the OLCS selection committee. OLCS participants will be selected following the interview process.


OLCS participants are expected to attend all classes, raise $350 from friends and family for OLCS as part of the fundraising curriculum, and volunteer for a candidate campaign.