Weekly Update: Do Your Job

Do Your Job

This morning, President Obama nominated Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to the United States Supreme Court. We are glad that the President did his job and excited that he selected an exceptionally qualified nominee. Now it is time for the Senate to do its job and meet with the nominee, hold a hearing, and hold an up-or-down vote. The American people agree: A recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 63% of Americans want the Senate to hold a hearing on President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee this year. In other words, by a 2-1 margin, the American people want the Senate to do its job.

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka reacted to President Obama’s nomination in a statement to the press today:

Chief Judge Merrick Garland of the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit brings impeccable credentials and deep experience to this nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Garland’s career shows a deep commitment to public service and to the rule of law. These qualities are why he was confirmed to the D.C. Circuit 18 years ago by a bipartisan majority and with the strong support of then Judiciary Committee chairman Orrin Hatch. Judge Garland is a superbly qualified nominee who deserves prompt consideration and confirmation by the United States Senate. Working people deserve and expect no less.”

Are you with President Trumka and 63% of Americans?
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Are Your Cookies Made in America?

Members of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers (BCTGM) working at Nabisco plants throughout the United States take great pride in producing the iconic products that have been a part of millions of Americans’ lives for more than 50 years.

BCTGM recently launched a public education campaign encouraging Americans to “Check the Label” to support American jobs by ensuring their favorite Nabisco products are produced in America before purchasing.

Through a simple label check, together we can send a powerful message in support of American jobs and products by rejecting those made at poverty-level wages and in unregulated work conditions.

Support American Nabisco workers in the following ways:

1. Check the Label: There are two ways to know if your Nabisco snacks are made in the U.S. or Mexico:

  • Check for the words “Made in Mexico” under the ingredient list.
  • Check the plant identification code, which is part of the expiration date code: do not buy if the initials MM or MS are listed. The initials AE, AH, AP, AX, AZ and XL all indicate American-made products.

2. Tell your grocery or convenience store manager to only stock American-made Nabisco products.

  • Send a clear message to companies like this that we will not accept the outsourcing of good American jobs. Do not buy the snacks being produced by Nabisco/Mondelēz in Mexico. Check the label and only buy American-made.

Save The Date: 
Fifth Annual Inner City Blues Festival, “Healing the Health Care Blues”

Next month the Inner City Blues Festival will once again present a stellar showcase of some of the best talent in Portland, including Norman Sylvester Band, Terry Robb and Marilyn Keller. More than that, the event calls attention to how our health care system has failed us and how we can make a change. One way is to educate people on the benefits of single payer health care through the nonprofit Health Care for All Oregon. Last year the Inner City Blues Festival attracted 750 people and netted $24,000. Our goal this year is $40,000. Proceeds will be used by HCAO to help educate Oregonians about why a single payer system is doable and necessary.


When: Saturday, April 16, 2016, Doors open at 5:30 p.m., show begins at 6:00 p.m. until Midnight.
Where: North Portland Eagles Lodge, 7611 N. Exeter Ave. (Off Lombard)
Tickets: $20 ($1.00 discount for CBA members) Advance purchase. $25.00 at the door, or buy them at Peninsula Station: 8326 N. Lombard St. Johns; Music Millennium: 3158 E. Burnside Ave; Geneva’s Pure Perfection: 5601 MLK Jr. Blvd; Musician’s Union Local 99: 325 N.E. 20th.

Get more information about this exciting event over at Healthcare for All Oregon