Weekly Update: Ready to Run?

Are You Ready to Run?

If you’re a union member thinking about running for office, it’s time to check out the Oregon Labor Candidate School!

The Oregon Candidate Labor School (OLCS) was created in 2012 to train and support union members to run for public office throughout the state. In the last four years OLCS trained 72 union members, from 20 different unions, to create a strong bench of potential labor candidates for political office. Twenty of those graduates have gone on to run for office, not including the 6 candidates running in the 2016 May primary. Twelve alumni are currently serving on School Boards, Community College Boards, Educational Service District Boards, on City Councils and in the Legislature. In addition, six OLCS alumni are serving on key boards and commissions around the state.

OLCS is currently accepting applications for the Eugene area class starting in April. Classes are held on the third Saturday of the month in different union halls. Our engaging and interactive curriculum is designed to support both the political newbie as well as the experienced campaigner. Union members who are interested in learning more about this 6 month course can contact Sara Ryan for more information, or visit our website at www.oregonlaborcandidateschool.org.

2016 Classes

  • Eugene area: April– September
  • Portland area: October-March

If you are wondering if this class is right for you, reach out to OLCS director Sara Ryan to talk more about it. Applications are due on April 8th. Participants in the program are required to fundraise, attend all classes, and volunteer for political campaigns.

And make sure to check out the OLCS graduates on the 2016 ballot at oregonlaborcandidateschool.org.

Trumka Takes on Trump

As the race to the White House heats up, the tough talk and harsh rhetoric from zealot Donald Trump has intensified. Enough is enough, according to AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka who appeared in a video interview with Fernando Espuelas that you won’t want to miss:

In the interview, President Trumka explains why Trump's stance on unions is dangerous:  "The best way to get a raise is for workers to come together, negotiate collectively. So, you look at the candidates— what they say about that. Trump has been very anti-union. He is 100% for right to work. He believes our rate—our wages are too high. He believes guys like Carl Icahn would make a great Treasury secretary. Those attacks start at the top, but they spread out. There are about 25, 26 states were state legislatures are attacking working people's rights— health and safety, voting rights or the right to have a voice on the job through a union."

It’s That Time Again!

The 2016 Primary Election is less than two months away, and already it's clear that some important races around the state will be decided by a small margin of votes. When working people across Oregon stand up and vote, we can decide the future of our state.

Make sure you’re ready to receive your ballot in the mail by heading to OregonVotes.org and double checking or updating your voter registration status. This is especially important if you’ve moved since the last election.

TPP = Profits Ahead of People

Ever wonder how the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade deal would affect you or the people you love?

Zahara Heckscher explains how TPP will make it harder for cancer patients to afford life-saving treatment