Weekly Update: The Challenges We Will Face

The Challenges We Will Face

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain is featured in the current issue of the Northwest Labor Press, where he describes some of the challenges we will face in the years ahead:

“What is occurring in Washington, D.C., is a ramp up to dismantle the American union movement. Federal employees will experience wage freezes, privatization, and the downsizing of their workforce through attrition. The Building Trades face either an attempt to eliminate Davis Bacon (prevailing wage) or the development of strategies to circumvent prevailing wage.”

“Trump’s promised $1 trillion infrastructure plan may be funded by tax credits, allowing corporate America to sidestep prevailing wage laws. Public-sector unions will be watching who will be appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court vacancy, knowing that a bad decision on a Friedrichs-like case would implement “right-to-work” for public workers nationwide. There are still rumors that “right-to-work” and “paycheck deception,” which limits how union workers can make their voices heard in the political process, are targets for federal legislation.”

Click here to read the rest of President Chamberlain’s article.

Inauguration Weekend Events

The Oregon AFL-CIO, along with many other unions and community partners, has endorsed the United Front Against the Trump Agenda Rally & March which begins at 10am on Saturday in Shemanski Park in downtown Portland. Click here to learn more and to spread the word about the event on Facebook.

Staples Boycott Ends

A controversial partnership between the United States Post Office and office supply chain Staples has ended, and the American Postal Workers Union has declared victory.

APWU President Mark Dimondstein was interviewed by the Washington Post, where he explained what this win means for postal workers across the country:

“This is a big win. Staples is out of the mail business which they should never have gotten into. Our members take great pride in their training and their responsibilities; they swear an oath; they perform a public service. The quality of service at a Staples store isn’t comparable. The public should have confidence in the mail. Important letters, packages and business correspondences shouldn’t be handled like a ream of blank paper.”

What if Betsy DeVos Were Your Boss?

Betsy DeVos was nominated as secretary of education, and hearings for her nomination are currently underway.

As reporters and pundits are examining DeVos' record, the writers the AFL-CIO Now Blog thought it would be interesting to imagine what it would be like to actually work for DeVos.

Click here to check out what they came up with.