Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Historic Victory in Missouri
August 8, 2018
Historic Victory in Missouri
Last night was historic for working people in Missouri. Wealthy corporate interests tried to use their money to rig the system against workers, but Missourians rejected the cynical power grab by an overwhelming 2-1 majority. Something big is happening with America’s working people—something that will bring change—and last night was just the latest evidence of this groundswell.
Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain responded to the historic victory in Missouri in a press statement this morning:
Yesterday, voters in Missouri overwhelmingly voted down Prop. A. The defeat of this dangerous anti-worker legislation is yet another example of what happens when working people stand together and organize to defend our rights. What happened in Missouri follows a national wave of strong activism that is inspiring workers and demonstrates that the labor movement is the most effective way to give working people a pathway to prosperity.
The activism and hard work displayed in Missouri prove that when we stand together and take action, anything is possible. Oregon’s unions will follow Missouri’s example in the upcoming election by electing pro-worker leaders who will champion policies to make our communities places where working people can thrive.
Missouri AFL-CIO President Mike Louis explained the efforts of the state’s working people:
Thousands of hardworking men and women in Missouri talked to their neighbors, friends and co-workers. We owe them this victory. Together, we knocked on more than 800,000 doors, made more than 1 million phone calls and talked to working people on more than 1,000 different job sites across the state.
Congratulations on the victory, Missouri. You’ve shown us what is possible when workers stand up and fight back.
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Oregon AFL-CIO Endorsements
The Oregon AFL-CIO Committee on Political Education (COPE) Board met last week and made our final round of endorsements for the 2018 General Election. Click here to read them and stay turned for how you can help get out the vote for union-endorsed candidates and ballot measures.
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