Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain responds to yesterday’s election results:
“Union members across our state have been knocking on doors, making phone calls and getting out the vote for the candidates and issues that will have a positive impact on the lives of working people. 2018 is an important year for working people. We are seeing workers stand up, fight back and win: from teachers striking and walking out across the country to our victory defending healthcare for hundreds of thousands of vulnerable Oregonians in January on Ballot Measure 101; these wins are an inspiration to workers nationwide. With anti-union and anti-worker policies on the rise in Congress, the Supreme Court, and beyond it is more important than ever that we stand together to create positive changes for working people.
In Oregon, we are doing exactly that.
We are proud to see Val Hoyle - a lifelong advocate for working people who comes from a union family and shares our values -win the race for Oregon’s Labor Commissioner. She is the leader we need at the Bureau of Labor and Industries to protect workers’ rights, expand registered apprenticeships, and fight harassment and discrimination in the workplace.
The Oregon AFL-CIO will vote on endorsements for the 2018 General Election in the coming weeks and look forward to standing together with our allies across the state to support candidates who support working people and our unions."