Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Roadmap to Victory
August 22, 2018
Roadmap to Victory
In the latest issue of the Northwest Labor Press¸ Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain explains how the electoral defeat in Missouri of so-called “right to work” and Proposition A is a roadmap to victory for the labor movement – and for Oregon’s unions:
Oregon’s union movement is taking notes from Missouri. While efforts to undermine our unions in Oregon may look different than in Missouri, there is no shortage of work to do to make Oregon a place where working people have a fair shot at prosperity. Whether it’s defeating ballot measures which hurt workers, defending a champion for workers like Governor Kate Brown, or electing a new advocate for workers’ rights to our legislature, union members will be busy across Oregon this election season. Missouri’s example of fusing union solidarity with cutting edge campaigning is how we can win big for working people here in Oregon, and how unions around the country can turn the tide against attacks on our rights.
We Are Winning
The National AFL-CIO launched a television ad campaign this week highlighting the wave of collective action sweeping the country. From union organizing victories to the defeat of so-called “right to work” in Missouri, working people are on the rise.
Working people are tearing down a broken status quo to advance our movement, build a fairer economy and usher in a more just society. Here are just a few of the recent wins the labor movement has secured in that fight:
- 262,000 working people joined unions last year—three-quarters of them younger than 35.
- We elected pro-worker candidates in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Alabama and states across the country.
- “Right to work” was voted down by two-thirds of Missouri voters, including half of Republican voters.
- The New York Times declared that the wind is at our back, while even The Wall Street Journal warned CEOs that unions are on the march.
- Labor unions’ approval rating has risen to 61%, the highest in nearly 15 years.
Working Women Reject Kavanaugh
Working women spoke out against the nomination of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court today in Washington DC. Time and again, Kavanaugh has ruled against working people, especially those pursuing employment discrimination claims and trying to join together in a union. So much is on the line with Kavanaugh’s nomination, including our ability to hold our harassers accountable, to achieve equal pay, to fight pregnancy discrimination, and to organize for our rights at work. We can’t let Kavanaugh have a lifetime seat on the highest court.
- Click here to watch a video of today’s rally, featuring National AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer (and Oregonian) Liz Shuler.
- Do your part to strop Kavanaugh’s appointment, click here to learn more and take action.
North Coast Bus Drivers Join
Amalgamated Transit Union Local 757!
Please join us in welcoming the newest members of ATU Local 757: bus drivers and mechanics for the Sunset Empire Transportation District in Astoria, who were just certified as union members by the Oregon Employment Relations Board!
The 20 drivers and mechanics at SETD were facing a familiar situation: low wages, poor working conditions, and out-of-touch company management. Click here to learn more about this exciting news.