Making Our Movement Safe

Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Making Our Movement Safe
November 22, 2017

Making Our Movement Safe for All Workers

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain is featured in the latest issue of the Northwest Labor Press where he writes about why we must make the labor movement safe for ALL working people:

“A Nov. 7 story in Bloomberg News identified high-ranking union officials, one at the AFL-CIO and another at Service Employees International Union, who used positions of power to pressure women subordinates for sexual favors. I can think of no greater sin than misusing a position of power to take advantage of workers. Not only does it send a message of corruption, it is an abuse of power reinforcing a stereotype of union leadership as “good ol’ boys.” More importantly, it sends a message to women that they are not welcome, that our movement is not a safe place for them, that their input, efforts, and leadership are less than their male counterparts.”

Read the rest of President Chamberlain’s article over at Northwest Labor Press.

Yes for Healthcare Campaign Kickoff

The Oregon AFL-CIO is proud to host the Yes for Healthcare campaign kickoff on December 3 in Portland! Your income shouldn’t determine whether you can visit a doctor or nurse, or get medicine when you’re sick. Measure 101 protects healthcare for vulnerable Oregonians, including seniors, people with disabilities, and 400,000 children. Join the Yes for Healthcare team for our Portland Campaign Kick-Off to help make sure every voter knows to vote YES on Measure 101 on January 23rd!

WHERE: Oregon AFL-CIO (3645 SE 32nd Ave, Portland, OR 97202)
WHEN: Sunday, December 3 at 12:00PM
WHAT: Snacks and a rally from 12:00-1:00PM, and then we'll hit the streets to do some door-knocking! Bring your rain boots and umbrella. Supporters of Measure 101 of all ages, backgrounds, and abilities are welcome to attend. Click here to RSVP.


The Oregon AFL-CIO is thankful for every working person who makes our labor movement strong. We wish each of you a safe, happy and healthy holiday season. Around the country, working people have lots to be thankful for this year including:

Remember: If you’re doing last-minute shopping for Thanksgiving ingredients, make sure they’re union-made! Click here for information about which products you should look for.

And if you are dreading the annual Thanksgiving political debate, AFL-CIO Secretary Treasurer Liz Shuler has your back with this handy guide.

Holiday Toy Drive

Presents From Partners is here! Help bring holiday delight to children of out-of-work families by dropping off new, unwrapped toys, or a cash donation, to the site listed on this flyer. Toys will be distributed in December at a festive, labor-sponsored celebration for working families who have been affected by unemployment and temporary hardship. Donations will be accepted until December 11.  Click here to see a list of all locations to drop off toys in the Portland metropolitan area.

By the way, one local union has already thrown down the gauntlet and challenged the labor community to collect more toys than their local. Click here for more information on the challenge.

Unemployment is not the only reason to refer your members to the Presents From Partners annual giving party. In years past, unions could simply look at their out-of-work lists and make referrals. But this year, those lists are shorter. That’s a good thing, but it means we need to dig deeper. Working or not, there are still many members struggling out there who need support and solidarity. Click here for Labor’s Community Services Agency’s family referral form.