Weekly Update: Join Together

Welders at Precision Castparts Join
International Association of Machinists

On September 22, nearly 100 workers at Precision Castparts in Portland voted to join the International Association of Machinists (IAM). The company makes heavy-duty metal components for airplanes, generators and other industrial products.


“I want to welcome and congratulate the welders at Precision Castparts for voting to become members of the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers,” said IAM International President Bob Martinez. “And I want to thank IAM Organizing Director Don Barker, lead organizer Billy Anderson, and the rest of the IAM organizing team for their hard work and dedication throughout this campaign. This hard-earned victory is how working people join together to make our economy work for all of us.”

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Thanks for Standing Up

Facing the immeasurable pressure of working people across the country speaking out, the latest efforts to repeal healthcare for millions of Americans has been scrapped.

Thank you to everyone who took action to make this happen!



Oregon’s Unions Stand Behind Our Governor

Governor Kate Brown announced her campaign for reelection on Monday. Earlier this month, Governor Kate Brown addressed hundreds of union delegates of the Oregon AFL-CIO at the State Federation’s 55th Biennial Convention in Bend where she spoke on issues important to working people in Oregon. Governor Brown’s speech included her efforts to improve transportation infrastructure and the importance of working people standing together in union to negotiate for fair wages, benefits and safe working conditions.

The Governor’s dedication to Oregon’s workers and unions earned her boisterous applause from delegates and upon concluding her speech, a motion came from the floor calling for the Oregon AFL-CIO’s endorsement for her campaign in 2018. The motion was seconded and unanimously approved by delegates.

“Governor Brown has stood by our side,” said Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain. “She has shown time and time again that she is a leader who will do everything she can to make Oregon a state where working people prosper. In the 2017 Oregon Legislature she worked hard to ensure transportation funding passed, signed the Rural Oregon Worker Protection Act (Senate Bill 1040) into law, and has continuously advocated for working people. That’s why we endorsed her today, and that’s why we will work hard to help reelect her next year.”


The Oregon State Building and Construction Trades Council, which represents 25,000 workers, endorsed Governor Brown at their convention in August. Tim Frew, Executive Secretary for the Council explained why Oregon’s Building Trades unions are supporting Governor Brown for reelection:

“Governor Brown has worked hard to create jobs for construction workers in Oregon; jobs which can support our families and improve our communities,” said Frew. “Her leadership in getting transportation investment funded in the 2017 Oregon Legislature is absolutely commendable. We’re excited to see what she can accomplish in another term as our Governor.”

Click here to see Governor Kate Brown’s speech at the 2017 Oregon AFL-CIO Convention.


NFL Players Association Responds
to Attacks on Free Speech

“We’re not just sticking to sports.”


After President Donald Trump and others attacked the free speech rights of athletes, the NFL Players Association (NFLPA) responded to the president's comments. NFLPA Executive Director DeMaurice Smith said:

The peaceful demonstrations by some of our players have generated a wide array of responses. Those opinions are protected speech and a freedom that has been paid for by the sacrifice of men and women throughout history. This expression of speech has generated thoughtful discussions in our locker rooms and in board rooms. However, the line that marks the balance between the rights of every citizen in our great country gets crossed when someone is told to just "shut up and play."

NFL players do incredible things to contribute to their communities. NFL players are a part of a legacy of athletes in all sports who throughout history chose to be informed about the issues that impact them and their communities. They chose—and still choose today—to do something about those issues rather than comfortably living in the bubble of sports. Their decision is no different from the one made by countless others who refused to let "what they do" define or restrict "who they are" as Americans.

No man or woman should ever have to choose a job that forces them to surrender their rights. No worker nor any athlete, professional or not, should be forced to become less than human when it comes to protecting their basic health and safety. We understand that our job as a union is not to win a popularity contest and it comes with a duty to protect the rights of our members. For that we make no apologies and never will.

Click to read more about the NFLPA’s response.