Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Fighting Back
August 29, 2018
Federal Judge Rules Trump’s Anti-Worker Executive Orders Unconstitutional
When President Trump issued a series of executive orders attacking the rights of federal government workers, he wasn’t prepared for the response from working people. The labor movement’s response, led by the American Federation of Government Employees, included filing lawsuits to stop the orders and rallying across the country in support of federal workers. Now a federal judge has agreed with working people that these executive orders are illegal.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson ruled that key provisions of the three executive orders are either unconstitutional under the First Amendment, violate congressional intent or exceed the president’s authority. AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. lauded the ruling:
President Trump’s illegal action was a direct assault on the legal rights and protections that Congress specifically guaranteed to the public-sector employees across this country who keep our federal government running every single day.
We are heartened by the judge’s ruling and by the huge outpouring of support shown to federal workers by lawmakers from both parties, fellow union workers and compassionate citizens across the country. Our members go to work every single day to serve the American people, and they deserve all the rights and protections afforded to them by our Founding Fathers.
Now that the judge has issued her decision, I urge all agencies that have attempted to enforce this illegal executive order to restore all previously negotiated contracts and to bargain in good faith with employee representatives on any future changes as required under the law.
Regardless of what attacks on working people corporate interests and their allies dream up next, the labor movement will continue to stand up against any attempts to weaken our rights.
Teachers on Strike In SW Washington
Nearly all Clark County school districts are on strike. Oregon’s union movement stands in solidarity with our brothers and sisters north of the Columbia River. Here’s the latest:
- Oregon Public Broadcasting has the latest from Washington state, including a district-by-district roundup of news. Click here to read the report.
- The Washington Education Association has an interactive map of where settlements are happening. Click here to learn more.
- Click here to view the Washington State Labor Council’s coverage of the strikes.
Moving Forward on NAFTA
In the wake of the latest North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) news, labor leaders noted that the pursuit of an agreement that works for us was on track while cautioning that the work is far from over. In a joint statement issued earlier this week, national labor leaders called for an agreement that addresses the North American Free Trade Agreement’s “deeply ingrained flaws.”
NAFTA has been devastating for workers. To date, over 682,000 American jobs have been outsourced due to the agreement. Click here to take action and call for a NAFTA that works for working people. We have fought hard for trade policy that works for working folks and now is not the time to let up.
New Law, New Rights:
Oregon’s Fair Work Week Law
Oregon’s Fair Work Week Law (S.B. 828) went into effect July 1, 2018. UFCW Local 555 has created guides to several parts of this law. Click here to learn about how this important law has been implemented.