We Stand with Lane County

Lane County Workers on Strike

Employees of Lane County walked out on strike today, following months of negotiations for a fair contract. Yesterday, Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain issued the following statement in support of Lane County workers:

“The affiliated unions of the Oregon AFL-CIO stand behind Lane County workers in their struggle for a fair contract. Tomorrow, they walk out on strike. The decision to strike is never made lightly; it is one of the hardest decisions a worker can face. The bravery shown in Lane County to stand up for a fair contract demonstrates the kind of grit and determination that built America’s labor movement.”

Photo courtesy of Oregon AFSCME

“I applaud AFSCME Local 2831’s solidarity and unity during this difficult time: it is an inspiration to working people across the state of Oregon to see a group of workers take a stand for fairness, for equality and for respect at work. It is a reminder of the strength of unions and that our struggles today are in vein with the struggles which advanced the rights of working people in America decades ago.”

To get the latest about Local 2831’s struggle and how you can help, head to www.local2831.org.

Trump’s Tax Plan: More of the Same

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain is featured in the most recent issue of the Northwest Labor Press, where he takes a look at how President Trump’s tax plan will impact working people in Oregon, and across the country:

“While President Trump’s tax cut proposal is being touted as tax cuts for working Americans, it is a continuation of President Reagan’s failed tax plan, or “Trickle Down Economics.” President Trump’s tax proposal will increase the federal deficit by $7.8 trillion over a decade. Half of the $7.8 trillion cut will go directly to the top 1 percent. This plan will result in budget hawks calling for cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, education and infrastructure to pay for tax cuts for corporations and the wealthy.”

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

Get the Facts on Measure 101

You may have heard the news: Oregon has a special election coming up on January 23, 2018. On Monday, the Secretary of State’s office confirmed there were enough valid signatures to qualify Referendum 301, which will appear on the ballot as Measure 101.

Here are the facts about Measure 101.

We believe that all Oregonians should be able to access care that they can afford. No child should get sick because their family can’t afford the medicine that they need, and nobody should end up in an emergency because a doctor’s appointment was too expensive. Oregonians deserve better.

Measure 101 secures billions in federal funding to protect care for 350,000 Oregonians and reduce premiums for another 200,000. With it, we can make sure that 95 percent of Oregonians and all children have the healthcare coverage that they need. Pledge to vote yes on Measure 101 in January to keep Oregon healthy.