Weekly Update; Trump is the Problem, Not the Solution

Trump is the Problem, Not the Solution

The Republican National Convention has officially selected Donald Trump as their 2016 presidential nominee. Working people and union leaders have been speaking out against Trump’s nomination, including AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka who recently spoke out against Trump’s pick for Vice President:

“Congratulations to Donald Trump on the second worst vice presidential pick in history. Everything Donald Trump says shows he is desperate to be working people’s friend, but everything Donald Trump does proves he is our enemy. This decision proves that he does not stand with working families. Mike Pence might be the right choice for Donald Trump, but he’s the wrong choice for America. We need leaders who will bring us together, not tear us apart. Mike Pence once again proves Donald Trump’s true priority of assaulting the rights of working people and helping corporate CEOs line their pockets.”

President Trumka also released a video explaining why Trump is not the solution to our problems, but is the problem:

Michael "Iron Mike" Kilbane, a member of Ironworkers Local 17 in Cleveland, had this to say about the RNC’s choice for President:

“Like all Clevelanders, I welcome the [Republican National Convention] to our fine city. I hope they all can see why we love it so much. I am troubled, however, that the Republican Party has found its way to nominating Donald Trump as its candidate for president. We’ve all heard Trump’s attempted appeal to working people as the candidate that "has our back." It's a ruse. A smokescreen. It's faux populism. A sad attempt to divide the working-class vote of this country. The man is a card-carrying member of the American ruling-class and always has been. Someone who has only known privilege and entitlement his entire life. Someone who values his own personal gain and profit above any other consideration and will do anything to ensure it continues to grow. A close look at Trump’s record as a businessman shows that he would more quickly stab working people in the back than anything else.”

Do you agree with President Trumka and Iron Mike Kilbane? If so, make sure you’re registered to vote and stay tuned for ways to get involved in upcoming election efforts.

Support Workers at the Trump Las Vegas Hotel

This afternoon in Las Vegas thousands of people are rallying in support of the workers at the Trump Las Vegas hotel. Donald Trump wants to "Make America Great Again," but he refuses to negotiate with the workers who make his hotel a success.

In fact, ever since these workers voted to create a union (something he opposed every step of the way), he has refused to meet with them. Meanwhile, they are paid less than their union peers, spend more on health care and don’t get a guaranteed pension. To put it mildly, he is being a second-rate boss.

Stand with the workers who are fighting against Trump to improve their families' lives.

Join our Twitter storm, going on RIGHT NOW, by sharing some of the tweets below. Don’t have a Twitter account? Click on the Facebook posts below to share them on your timeline.

  • Hey @realDonaldTrump negotiate a fair contract with your hotel workers in Las Vegas. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #StartHere @Culinary226
  • If @realDonaldTrump is so fearless why’s he afraid to negotiate with his workers in Las Vegas? #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #StartHere @Culinary226
  • .@realDonaldTrump’s secret to making $$$ is being a 2nd rate boss. Negotiate w/ your workers in Vegas! #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #StartHere
  • If @realDonaldTrump wants to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain he should #StartHere. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qMXgVoL45Hc @Culinary226
  • Hey @realDonaldTrump negotiate with your workers as equals. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #StartHere https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vz4Yvjd_UoQ @Culinary226

Rock Against the TPP
is Coming to Oregon!

The biggest challenge we’re facing in the fight to stop the anti-democratic Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement is that too many people still don’t know what it is.

That’s a real problem. And corporate lobbyists are hoping to exploit it to quietly rush the TPP through Congress this Fall. Fortunately, we’ve got a secret weapon to help sound the alarm: the Rock Against the TPP roadshow.

On Saturday, August 20, thousands of Oregonians will come together to demonstrate their unified opposition to the largest free trade agreement ever: the TPP. Join us for an afternoon teach-in at Portland State University covering the environmental consequences of the TPP, then march with us to a free concert and rally at Director's Park in downtown Portland from 5 - 10pm.

2:00 - 3:30pm: Teach In at PSU
4:00 - 4:45pm: March/Bike Ride (S. Park Blocks)
5:00 - 10:00pm: Concert and Rally Against the TPP (815 SW Park Ave)

Rock Against the TPP is a nationwide uprising and concert tour meant to raise awareness about the threats of the TPP and the likely vote in Congress right after the election. This massive event is sponsored by the Oregon Fair Trade Campaign, the Sierra Club, Fight for the Future, Firebrand Records, and many others. For more information and to get your free tickets CLICK HERE.

Featuring: Anti-Flag(acoustic), Golden Globe nominated actress Evangeline Lilly, Downtown Boys, Bell's Roar, Evan Greer, Taina Asili, and more!

If you want to help before or during the show, please fill out the volunteer form here.

Join us for this family-friendly concert with food carts, a beer garden, trade-themed carnival games, and more! Get your free tickets today!

Oregon Strong Voice Summit Registration Deadline Extended

There is still time to register for the 2016 Oregon Strong Voice Summit in Eugene on Friday, July 29.

You can register until Monday, July 25th for this free and exciting event.

Joining us are top-notch trainers from across the country to help with an equally top-notch lineup of workshops, including:

  • Evicting the Housing Crisis - exploring opportunities for strategic innovation in housing policy throughout Oregon
  • Building Power Through the Ballot Box - fighting the anti-worker and anti-immigrant ballot measures in 2016
  • Trail Blazing - grass roots power building for campaigns outside of the Portland metro area
  • Meaningful Coalitions - what do strong partnerships between racial justice non-profits and labor look like?

We will be joined by Oregon Speaker of the House Tina Kotek, as well as a panel discussion moderated by Bob Bussel from the UO Labor Education Research Center with Joe Baessler (Political Director of AFSCME council 75), Claire Syrett (Eugene City Councilor), and Jaime Arredondo (Secretary-Treasurer of PCUN) to talk about strategies for building local power, engaging union and community members around the election, and how the fights we face in Oregon are part of the broader progressive struggle nationally and globally.

Don’t miss out! Register today.

If you’ve already registered, please spread the word about the summit
share our Facebook event page.