Weekly Update: Resist Gorsuch

Resist Gorsuch for SCOTUS

The next justice confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court will play a critical role in shaping and enforcing the laws that protect working people. Throughout his career, Neil Gorsuch’s record on workers’ rights cases has raised red flags for the AFL-CIO and the 12.5 million working people we represent.

A thorough review of Judge Gorsuch’s record demonstrates he is far more likely to rule in favor of corporate interests and against the interests of working men and women. He has ruled against workers with health and safety concerns, rejected claims of discrimination by employees and denied workers’ efforts to secure earned wages.

We need a justice who believes in our right to form unions, in our right to be paid for overtime work and that we deserve safe workplaces free of discrimination. We insist on a nominee with a record demonstrating greater respect for the rights of working people.

Upcoming Accountability Events in Congressional District 2

Oregon Congressman Greg Walden has been at the front of Congressional efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act, which would leave 24 million people without health care coverage, raise insurance premiums for lower income and older Americans, and hit rural communities the hardest. An expected 465,000 Oregonians stand to lose health care coverage under a repeal of the ACA.

Congressman Greg Walden has been invited to two constituent town halls to hear from impacted community members about the issues facing us, including what repealing the Affordable Care Act means for Oregonians. If Congressman Greg Walden does not attend these events, we will provide the tools needed to take action and speak up for our communities.

Bend Constituent Town Hall
Wednesday, April 12, 2017, 6:00pm 8:00pm
Central Oregon Community College, Hitchcock Auditorium
2600 Northwest College Way, Bend, OR, 97701

Medford Constituent Town Hall
Saturday, April 15, 2017, 1:30pm 3:30pm
RCC/SOU Higher Education Center, Room 132
101 South Bartlett Street, Medford, OR, 97501

Strong Equal Pay bill moves out of Oregon House

"It's the year 2017 and we're still grappling with deep disparities in pay between men, women and people and color," Rep. Janelle Bynum said. "It's hard to accept that we're still here."

"When my children grow up, I want them to know that their compensation is what they earned and what they deserved," she said. "House Bill 2005 moves us closer to that goal for all Oregonians: For workers, for businesses and for families."

Read more about this important legislation here.

A Rigged System

The system is rigged. Working people and our families are losing, watching more and more jobs being shipped overseas while corporate CEOs make huge salaries and get big bonuses.

Just ask the workers who make Oreo cookies and other Nabisco products in Chicago. Six hundred people at the company were told last year that their jobs would be outsourced, despite the fact that the CEO of Mondelēz International—the parent company of Nabisco—got a $6 million raise in 2015.

Corporate greed like this is something we can’t allow to continue, which is why the labor movement is launching a national good jobs campaign to call out companies who ship jobs overseas in the name of profit over everything else—such as Nabisco and its parent company, Mondelēz—and to save these and other workers from the stress of seeing their livelihoods destroyed.

We’re kicking off the campaign this week by highlighting what Nabisco workers have endured. Take a stand against corporate greed and outsourcing of jobs by watching and sharing this video with your friends.

We’re using this video to tell the story of Nabisco workers and shine a light on how corporate CEOs and Wall Street continue to rig the system against working families every day.

We have a responsibility as working people to take action together to stop corporate greed and fight for the rights of all working people to have a collective voice on the job to improve their workplaces.

Sharing this video is a simple and easy way to take action and make sure that more people understand why this fight is so important.

If you’re ready to fight for good jobs and an end to outsourcing, watch and share this video now.