Weekly Update: Standing Together

Standing Together at Nissan

A recent article in The Guardian describes the response from Nissan to their workers fighting for a union at their plant in Canton, Mississippi as "one of the nastiest anti Union campaigns" in modern United States history.

Auto workers and others march to Nissan’s Canton, Mississippi, plant following a pro-union rally in March. Photograph: Rogelio V Solis/AP

Washad Catchings, a Nissan worker, said: “There is no atmosphere of free choice in the Canton plant, just fear, which is what Nissan intends.” Click here to read The Guardian’s exposé on the hostile campaign Nissan has waged against their workers in Mississippi.

It's time to take action: Workers at Nissan will vote this week to stand together in union, and your support can give them the boost they need to withstand the assault on their right to organize from Nissan. Click here to take action today and stand in solidarity with the workers at Nissan.

Solidarity Spaghetti Dinner Next Week

Join AFSCME Council 75 and many more for a spaghetti dinner to support AFSCME member Zola Neal, who lost nearly everything when her family's apartment burned down last month. Any donation you can offer will be appreciated. Monetary donations are preferred.

Monday, August 7 - 5:30-8:00pm
Oregon Labor Center, 3645 SE 32nd Ave in Portland

Click here to RSVP on Facebook.

Organizing Win at Facebook

Over 500 workers who serve food in the cafeteria at Facebook's California headquarters will be joining UNITE HERE Local 19 as part of a trend of tech company workers fighting for union recognition. The win was covered in The Mercury News:

“Their quest for a better life in Silicon Valley is what moved them to unionize,” said Enrique Fernandez, business manager of UNITE HERE Local 19. Fernandez said that some workers are living in garages with their families while others are commuting long hours because it’s become too expensive to live in the Bay Area.

What’s Next for Healthcare?

Sometimes failure is a good thing. That was especially true last week when the U.S. Senate failed to pass legislation repealing the Affordable Care Act (ACA). It meant that Congress was stopped from taking health care away from tens of millions of Americans, at least for now. Click here for a breakdown from the National AFL-CIO about what’s next.

Here in Oregon, the healthcare fight is not over.  Last month, a referendum was filed designed to jeopardize healthcare for 375,000 Oregonians and raise premiums for another 200,000. The attack on the Oregon Healthcare Protections Bill would devastate working people and our families throughout the state. Taking healthcare away from low-income Oregonians is a political maneuver straight out of the same playbook behind efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act in Congress.  Click here to learn more about this dangerous referendum and to fight back.

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