Weekly Update: Thank You

Labor 2016

Thank you to everyone who knocked on doors, made phone calls, passed out fliers, and helped with every component of the Oregon AFL-CIO’s Labor 2016 program!  

We knocked on over 100,000 doors, made over 260,000 phone calls, sent almost 650,000 pieces of mail, handed out over 2,800 fliers at worksites, and our incredible volunteers filled over 1,000 shifts. You can find detailed election results for every candidate and ballot measure in Oregon here, and thank you again for your hard work.

AFL-CIO Responses to the Election Results

AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka has released the following statement in response to the 2016 Presidential Election:

Donald Trump has been elected president. America is a democratic nation, and the voters have spoken.

The AFL-CIO accepts the outcome of this election, and offers our congratulations to President-elect Trump.

More than anything, this election is an indictment of politics as usual.

For too long, the political elites have embraced economic policies that hold down wages, increase inequality, diminish opportunity and ship American jobs overseas. Voters in both the primary and general election have delivered a clear message: enough.

The President-elect made promises in this campaign—on trade, on restoring manufacturing, on reviving our communities. We will work to make many of those promises a reality. If he is willing to work with us, consistent with our values, we are ready to work with him.

But make no mistake, we can never back down from our values. The presence of racism, misogyny, and anti-immigrant appeals caused damage in this campaign and we must all try to repair it with inclusion, decency and honesty.

As we move forward, the labor movement is committed to defending our American democracy. Ultimately, the fundamental duty of America’s President, symbolized by swearing to uphold our Constitution, is to protect and preserve our democracy and the institutions that make it real. We hope to work with President Elect Trump to help him carry out this solemn responsibility. Regardless, America’s labor movement will protect our democracy and safeguard the most vulnerable among us.

This election is a statement about our broken economic and political rules. Therefore, the work of the labor movement continues with fresh urgency. The change voters cried out for in this campaign can be found by standing together in unions. The election is over. But we are more committed than ever to helping working people win a voice on the job and in our democracy.

We will never stop striving to represent everyone, fighting for basic human dignity, expanding our diversity and growing our ranks to give working people a strong, united voice.

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain has released the following statement in response to the results of Oregon’s elections:

As the final results from elections in Oregon and around the country are counted, one thing is certain: Union members and working people have stepped up to the plate in a tremendous way over the past two months. Our efforts in mobilizing union members to vote for candidates and issues who support us cannot be ignored. Our volunteers spoke with thousands of voters on the doorstep, on the phone, and at worksites. Union member volunteers in cities across Oregon worked hard to contact voters over the past two months, and their efforts led to important victories for our endorsed statewide and legislative candidates.  

The election of Governor Kate Brown will push our state forward for working people. Governor Brown has a long history of advocacy and I know she will continue to stand up for workers and our unions in the coming years. I’m disappointed that Brad Avakian will not move on to Secretary of State, and know that he will continue to be a strong voice for workers as Labor Commissioner. Working people will continue to make sure all our voices are heard in elections – not just large corporations.

While Measure 97 was defeated, we changed the debate about the massive gap between where we are and what we need to fund education, health care and senior services in Oregon. To close that gap, we can no longer afford to be 50th in the nation in corporate taxes.

Our efforts on behalf of union endorsed candidates in our state legislature have shown us that in communities across Oregon working people are eager to support leaders who stand up for our issues and our priorities.   We look forward to a productive 2017 legislative session and more opportunities to advance an agenda designed to give all Oregonians a fair shot at prosperity.

I’m grateful for all the volunteers across Oregon who made our successes in this election possible. We could not have done this without union members taking action together to fight for what we believe in.