Unite for The Knight - A coalition to help OHSU end cancer as we know it


ABOUT THE COALITION

Unite for the Knight is a unique coalition of Oregon businesses and union locals working together to raise money for the Knight Cancer Challenge. The goal is 100 percent participation of members represented by the coalition, helping OHSU transform how doctors detect and treat cancer.

Brian Gard of Gard Communications and John Mohlis of the Oregon State Building & Construction Trades Council serve as co-chairs of the Unite for the Knight committee, representing business and labor respectively. For a full list of committee members, click here.

ABOUT THE CHALLENGE

Oregon Health & Science University is undertaking an unprecedented $1 billion campaign to find smarter, faster ways to detect cancer earlier when the disease is most curable. Nike co-founder Phil Knight and his wife, Penny, donated $500 million to support the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute after OHSU met and exceeded their goal of raising an additional $500 million in gifts and pledges in two years.

HOW WILL THE KNIGHT CANCER CHALLENGE IMPACT THE ECONOMY?


An investment of this magnitude in biomedical research and technology will serve as a catalyst for economic activity in the form of immediate jobs, as well as long-term industry growth.


Preliminary analysis by ECONorthwest estimates that a $1.2 billion capital and operations investment in the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute will generate:


During the two-year construction phase:
  • $892 million in total economic output
  • 6,835 fulltime jobs for one year
  • $35.3 million in tax revenue
Ongoing annual impact once fully operational:
  • $134 million in total economic output
  • 860 total jobs
  • $5.6 million in tax revenue



ABOUT THE ORGANIZATIONS


AFL-CIO

AFL-CIO

The Oregon AFL-CIO is a federation of labor unions in the state of Oregon. It is one of 51 state-level federations, which coordinates work among affiliated unions. The Oregon AFL-CIO engages in assisting unions in organizing, political education campaigns, legislative advocacy, building labor-community partnerships, education and training. Among the Oregon AFL-CIO’s areas of interest are: creating family-wage jobs, workers’ rights, economic development, community engagement, activist training and labor education.


AFSCME

AFSCME

Oregon AFSCME Council 75 is the Oregon affiliate of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees (AFSCME), based in Washington, D.C. While the statewide umbrella organization Council 75 dates to June 1, 1967, there are individual Oregon AFSCME local unions that were chartered as early as 1942.
Most AFSCME members are, as the organization's name implies, public governmental employees. However, Oregon AFSCME does represent some workers in the private sector; many of those work for private, non-profit organizations doing contract work for a governmental agency.


AFSCME

AOI

AOI is Oregon’s largest and most influential comprehensive business association advocating for a vigorous business climate in Oregon. With a membership of over 1,400 large and small companies from all business classifications in Oregon, AOI works to solve the issues that are most urgent to businesses, while also offering workers’ compensation insurance and health insurance options for its members. Through its policy council, reports, newsletters, personal letters, and member events, AOI communicates directly with its members to keep them informed. Since 1895, AOI has been a powerful voice listened to by legislators and regulatory agencies. AOI’s mission is to grow Oregon’s economy, quality jobs for citizens, and healthy communities through strong advocacy of Oregon’s businesses.


OBA

OBA

Oregon Business Association (OBA) is the state’s most effective advocate for the long-term enhancement of Oregon’s business climate. Formed by a group of Oregon business leaders, OBA provides bipartisan, statewide business leadership that strives to ensure Oregon’s continued economic competitiveness. Today, more than 300 businesses, from Portland to Boardman, from homegrown to Fortune 500, have joined to support OBA’s commitment to a healthy economy for all Oregonians. OBA’s mission: Oregon businesses -- large and small, urban and rural -- working to achieve balanced policy solutions to strengthen quality of life and the state's long-term economic competitiveness.

OBC

Since 1985, OBC has been a nonpartisan voice for public policies that improve Oregon’s economy and quality of life.

OBTC

OBTC

The Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council represents approximately 25,000 union construction workers, in 30 affiliated Local Unions and District Councils. We are proud to train and represent the safest and most skilled and productive construction workforce in the United States.

OSFFC

OSFFC

 

PBA

PBA

The Portland Business Alliance (PBA) is Greater Portland’s Chamber of Commerce and is the voice of business in the region. As the voice of business, the Alliance advocates for issues that support commerce, community health and the region’s overall prosperity.
With more than 1,700 member companies, representing 325,000 business people in Multnomah, Washington and Clackamas counties in Oregon and Clark County in Washington, the Alliance is the region’s leading business organization.
The Alliance’s mission is to promote and foster an environment in the Portland region that attracts, supports and retains private-sector jobs, spurs economic vitality and enables quality educational opportunities for the region’s residents.