Weekly Update: Strong Unions, Strong Oregon

Strong Unions, Strong Oregon

A new report from the Oregon Center for Public Policy shows the long-term decline in union membership in Oregon has played a huge role in the rise in income inequality, which is rapidly approaching a record high. Higher levels of union membership not only help narrow income inequality, but could support economic growth in Oregon.

This report is especially important as we prepare for a heated election season, with anti-worker, anti-union blowhard Donald Trump running for President and a slate of anti-union ballot measures here in Oregon.

Read the full report here.

Stand with Verizon Workers

Let’s stand in solidarity with Verizon workers tomorrow to support the 40,000 working people on strike at Verizon and Verizon Wireless!

The solidarity action is being organized by will be held tomorrow, Thursday, May 5th, at the downtown Portland Verizon Wireless Store at 616 SW Broadway from 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Click here to spread the word on Facebook.

Mondelez Boycott Update

The AFL-CIO has endorsed the Bakery, Confectionary, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers Union (BCTGM) boycott of the snack food items of Mondelez International (“Mondelez,” “Mondelez/Nabisco”) that are made in Mexico.    

The boycott is being conducted because Mondelez is shifting work from U.S. production facilities, most recently in Chicago, IL, to a facility in Salinas Victoria, Mexico.    

Shortly after the Salinas Victoria facility went online in 2015, Mondelez approached BCTGM Local 300 (Chicago) seeking $46 million in annual concessions to secure an investment of $130 million into the Chicago plant. The concessions would have meant an approximately 60% reduction in pay and benefits for the 1,000 workers in Chicago, decimating fifty years of collective bargaining gains. The members refused.  

In July 2015, Mondelez announced it would be investing the $130 million in the Salinas Victoria plant to construct several more lines.   It also announced that it would eliminate 600 jobs at its plant in Chicago as it transferred production to Salinas Victoria.    

That same year, the CEO of Mondelez received over $19 million in total compensation.    

The BCTGM’s “check the label” campaign is designed to educate the public about Mondelez’s transfer of jobs to Mexico and to urge consumers to not buy Mondelez/Nabisco snack food products that are made in Mexico.  

It is very important to emphasize that the BCTGM is only asking the public to avoid Mondelez/Nabisco brand products that are “Made in Mexico.” This includes Oreos, Newtons, Chips Ahoy, Honey Grahams, Animal Crackers, Ritz Crackers, Premium, Belvita, Lorna Doone, Teddy Grahams, Honey Maid, and Wheat Thins.    

Nabisco snacks are still produced at Nabisco bakeries in the United States. Check the label to be sure the Nabisco products you buy are NOT being produced in Mexico.  

The latest boycott information can always be found on AFL-CIO’s website and the Union Label and Service Trades website.  

Summer School & Oregon Strong Voice Summit

2016 Oregon AFL-CIO Summer School
July 29-31, 2016
University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon

The 2016 AFL-CIO Summer School will focus on how we build strong unions and a strong movement for social change.

Join us for workshops on:
Steward Skills, Workplace Organizing & Labor History

New this year:
Community strategies for winning affordable housing; inspiring members through music, art, and grassroots digital story telling; and tools to address racial and gender justice.

2016 Oregon Strong Voice Summit
July 29, 2016
University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon

Save the date for the OSV Summit 2016 Friday, July 29th. This is a great opportunity to work with unions and community based organizations from across the state, and to learn more about our collective issues, discuss policies that improve working conditions, and strategize solutions.