Weekly Update: The Right Move

The Right Move:
Giving Back to Our Community

Yesterday our friends over at the Northwest Labor Press broke some exciting news: The Oregon AFL-CIO is planning to convert our headquarters into affordable housing for working people.

“If all goes as planned, the Oregon Labor Center will meet a wrecking ball in mid-2017 to make way for a four-story development combining union office space with underground parking and up to 120 units of affordable housing. Union pension funds would pay for it, and union workers would build it. And unlike most residential apartments going up in inner Southeast Portland today, these would be priced at rents affordable to working people.”

image via Northwest Labor Press
Click here to get the story.


One Month Away!

The 2016 Oregon Strong Voice Summit is one month away!

Here’s a recap of what is shaping up to be an amazing event:

  • Keynote address from Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek!
  • Amazing workshops with top-notch presenters, including:
    Evicting the Housing Crisis
    Building Power through the Ballot Box
    Trail Blazing: Grassroots Campaigns
    Meaningful Coalitions

This summit is a unique opportunity to convene labor and community partners from throughout the state to share skills and experiences, learn from experts, and re-energize for a vigorous election season and beyond.


There is no cost to attend the summit, which will be held on July 29 at the University of Oregon campus in Eugene. Click here to sign up. Already signed up? Great! Spread the word:

And if the Summit wasn’t already exciting enough, it coincides with LERC’s AFL-CIO Summer School! Click here to learn more about this exciting event.


Trump’s Ideas Not Welcome in Oregon

Donald trump has campaigned on cynicism, hate, violence and division. That’s not the way we do things in Oregon. Click here if you agree that Trump’s ideas have no place in Oregon.

In his very first speech as a candidate, Trump told reporters “When Mexico sends its people, they're not sending their best … They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists.” In December, he called for a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States.”

image via CBS News

That’s not the Oregon way. His views have no place here. Unfortunately, anti-immigrant forces in Oregon, funded by long-time Bill Sizemore supporter Loren Parks, are bringing Trump’s ideas to our state in the form of three ballot measures:

  • Require More Red Tape In Hiring: The first measure would make every business in Oregon use a flawed federal program to check employment eligibility for all current and future employees, adding more red tape for workers trying to start a job.
  • Eliminate Multi-Lingual Programs: Another measure would restrict all government communications to English. All government information and documents (including those at schools) could only be published in English.
  • Cancel Your Voter Registration: A final measure would cancel every Oregonian’s voter registration until they can provide additional documentation of their identity to the county clerk’s office.

Click here if you agree that Trump’s ideas have no place in Oregon.


Union-Made Fourth of July

The Fourth of July is just a few days away. Make sure you’re stocking up on union-made party supplies for your celebration! Click here to see a list of all the goods you’ll need to celebrate Independence Day.


Supreme Court Update

Yesterday, the Supreme Court refused to reopen Friedrichs V. California Teachers Association, leaving intact a 4-4 deadlock and essentially ending the case. Attacks on working people and our unions, however, are far from gone. The Oregon AFL-CIO will continue to monitor these threats and keep you updated.

Image via Bloomberg News

In other Supreme Court news, AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka issued a statement last week regarding United States V. Texas, and what the decision means for working people:

“Today's Supreme Court ruling is a setback for all those who have fought for more humane and rational enforcement of our nation's immigration laws. While we are deeply disappointed by the Court's failure to reach a decision, we will redouble our organizing efforts to defeat the obstructionist, anti-immigrant forces behind this lawsuit and ensure that all working people can assert their rights on the job and in the community without fear of deportation.

This decision will further motivate a resilient community that is a vibrant and vital part of our labor movement. We continue to urge the Administration to use its discretion to protect those courageous immigrant workers who are exercising their workplace and civil rights.”