Weekly Update: The Next Battle

The Next Battle

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain writes in the latest Northwest Labor Press about the success of Oregon’s Rural Worker Protection Act (Senate Bill 1040)  and how we must prepare for the fights ahead of us:

“We won with Senate Bill 1040, but the next battle will be bigger. Get involved in your union, find ways to help build a stronger organization, learn about the threats we face and what is needed to be done to defend against them. When we all stand together, we can build a stronger movement for a better tomorrow.”

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

Take Action to Oppose Secret Negotiations to Strip Millions of Health Care

There are reports that Republican leadership in the U.S. Senate is moving behind the scenes to finalize a bill and hold a floor vote on Trumpcare before members of Congress leave for the July 4 recess. The legislation has been fast-tracked, meaning that it won't get the usual committee review before going to a floor vote. This would greatly shorten the time that the public (and members of Congress) has to read the legislation to determine exactly what it does and how many Americans it harms.

These secret negotiations could strip health care from millions of Americans, just to pay for a tax cut for the wealthiest Americans. Taking away the freedoms of working people in order to serve the wealthiest 1% isn't the path forward that the United States needs.

Call today at 1-888-865-8089 and tell your senator to oppose Trumpcare legislation negotiated in secret that strips health care from working people.

March with Pride At Work on Sunday in Portland

If you are interested in marching in the Portland Pride Parade this Sunday, June 18 with fellow union members, please click here to see Oregon Pride At Work’s Facebook event page with all of the details!

Making Trade Fair for Working People

The North American Free Trade Agreement is typically called a "trade deal," but in reality it’s not much about trade. It’s hundreds of pages of set rules for how the United States, Mexico and Canada can run their economies. Those rules give global corporations strong rights and privileges but don’t contain a single provision to ensure more jobs, better wages, clean air and water, affordable medicines, or any of the other benefits trade is supposed to bring.

By any measure important to working people, NAFTA was a failure. It didn’t raise wages. It didn’t help protect the environment or ensure that people who wanted to join together and negotiate on the job could do so. NAFTA’s rules are rigged—and they must change.

Trade is not inevitably bad for working people. A new NAFTA, with rules that working people help write, could create good jobs, raise wages, protect our natural resources and raise standards of living across North America.

These rules must ensure working people can join together to negotiate for better wages and working conditions. They must ensure citizens are free to make decisions about our economy, including being free from the threat of unlimited investor-state dispute settlement lawsuits by foreign corporations. They must promote investment in our roads, ports, and schools and promote "Buy American" provisions to create jobs locally.

The AFL-CIO has developed comprehensive recommendations that aim to stop NAFTA’s vicious cycle and replace it with a virtuous one. A better NAFTA is possible. And it starts by bringing working families into the conversation so we can be part of the solution. Read more about the AFL-CIO’s NAFTA recommendations, and share this post with a friend. To join our trade activist team, text “trade” to 235246.

Save the Date:
Oregon Women Labor Leaders Gathering

Join us to meet other women who work in the labor movement, discuss our challenges, and celebrate our successes. At this gathering we will review and finalize The Agreement as well as prepare for the AFL-CIO convention coming up in September.

Monday, July 17, 5:30 – 7:30pm
Oregon AFSCME: 6025 E Burnside St, Portland, OR 97215

Click here to RSVP

Union Made Gifts for Father’s Day

Celebrate your dad in solidarity style this Father's Day by getting him a gift that sports the union label. Check out some union-made Father's Day gift ideas from our friends over at Labor 411, the union business directory from the Los Angeles County Federation of Labor.