Above & Beyond

Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Above & Beyond
September 26, 2018


Above and Beyond:
Oregon Bricklayers Union Featured in New York Times

The role unions play in helping workers through tough times doesn’t get spoken about enough. The opioid crisis has taken a heavy toll on communities nationwide, but Oregon’s own Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers Local 1 has received national media attention for stepping up and directly helping members who struggle with painful addiction.  BAC Local 1 was featured in an article in the New York Times last weekend.


This article highlights the power and support a union can provide, driven by a sense of solidarity and collective action. It shows us that unions play a critical role in helping workers find a pathway to recovery. And in the example from Oregon featured in the article, it draws a stark comparison between the union’s actions and the employer’s:

"Shortly after he joined the union, Mr. Sullivan was laid off for erratic behavior and his local learned he was abusing drugs. But unlike his previous employers, the union had a plan to get him back to work."

As the BAC Local 1 President Matthew Eleazer points out in the article, the opioid crisis is hitting workers in many ways:

“Matthew Eleazer, the president of Mr. Sullivan’s local, said at least 10 of his approximately 650 members had recently struggled with opioid use disorders, some with lethal outcomes. One was a single father prescribed opioids for a back injury who accidentally took too many pills. Another was a promising young apprentice found by the side of the road with a needle in his arm on his way to a wedding.”

Thank you to BAC Local 1 for going above and beyond to help your members and by doing so, setting a strong example for what it means to be union.


Labor 2018 Union of the Week

We’re proud to announce our next Labor 2018 Union of the Week! Thank you to National Association of Letter Carriers Branch 82 for sponsoring phone banks two weeks in a row and attending our canvass on Saturday, September 22 in Woodburn.


If you want to see your local union featured here, contact our field team to sponsor a phone bank night or a canvassing event by replying to this email.


Labor 2018 Update

The Oregon AFL-CIO Labor 2018 campaign is heating up! As of Monday, we’ve knocked on over 25,680 doors and made 10,600 phone calls and texts to union members about endorsed candidates and issues.


Are you ready to get involved with our Labor 2018 campaign and help contact voters about the issues that matter to working people? Click here to find an event near you!


Knute Buehler on Workers’ Rights

After the U.S. Supreme Court decided to attack workers' rights in Janus v. AFSCME last summer, Knute Buehler was quick to celebrate, calling the decision a “thoughtful decision for freedom and taxpayers.”


Learn more about his record on workers' rights and more at http://www.buehlerbadforworkers.com


National Voter Registration Day

Yesterday was National Voter Registration Day but there’s still plenty of time to register to vote before November’s election – just make sure to register or update your registration before October 16. Click here to get started.

The Oregon AFL-CIO and our affiliates work together to achieve one goal: a better life for working people. Part of reaching that goal means empowering people to negotiate and advocate for better policies on the local, state and national levels. When we hold our elected officials accountable, we can ensure working people have a voice at the table.


Tentative Agreement at Kaiser!

On Monday, the Oregon Federation of Nurses and Health Professionals (OFNHP), AFT Local 5017 Kaiser bargaining team announced a national tentative agreement between the Alliance of Health Care Unions and Kaiser Permanente. Congratulations! Click here to read more about the agreement.


Help Recovery Efforts in North Carolina

Hurricane Florence tore through North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia this past month, flooding towns, destroying homes and claiming 32 lives, with 27 of them in North Carolina. Now, working families who are in crisis due to this storm urgently need our help.


Can North Carolina working families count on you to give $5 or more now to the North Carolina Workers Relief Fund?

The North Carolina State AFL-CIO is extending a hand to those affected by Florence, and we want to raise $12,000 by tomorrow to help union sisters and brothers and their communities as they start to rebuild their lives. Click here to donate today.