Weekly Update: Defend the Dream

Oregon AFL-CIO Condemns Decision to End DACA

Yesterday, President Donald Trump moved to take away work authorization from nearly 800,000 young immigrants and to terminate DACA, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program put in place to protect immigrants who came to the United States as children.

The Oregon AFL-CIO strongly opposes this decision. Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain released the following statement in response:

Ending the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program is nothing less than cruel and heartless. Taking away DACA undermines our nation’s economy and unravels the fabric which holds us together. This decision from President Donald Trump will hurt families seeking refuge, puts the future of thousands of young people into jeopardy, and will potentially destroy millions of families by mass and senseless deportations.

In Oregon, this decision impacts over 11,000 people. They are our co-workers, our classmates, our friends and our family. They deserve respect. They deserve compassion. They do not deserve to be attacked, intimidated and shamed for being a vital part of our country, states, and communities.

We, as a nation, can and must do better than this. The unions of the Oregon AFL-CIO will stand with these brave young workers and will continue to fight for legislation so that the contributions they make are celebrated, rather than assaulted.

Click here to take action and help defend over 11,000 Oregonians impacted by President Trump's decision.

Labor Day Roundup

Amidst picnics cancelled by wildfires and smoky air conditions statewide, Oregon’s union movement made the most out of Labor Day 2017. The Oregon AFL-CIO was featured in several news stories on Labor Day, the first is a guest opinion in The Statesman Journal from Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain about honoring the accomplishments of working people.   The second is an in-depth look into the history of labor in Oregon, and Oregon’s unique history about Labor Day from KOIN news.

In Texas, union members helped out on Labor Day with the enormous effort to clean up the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, click here to read an article from United Steelworkers International President Leo Gerard about the commendable efforts.

For more Labor Day news from around the country, click here.  

Economic Update: August Jobs Numbers

This article appears courtesy of the AFL-CIO Now Blog

The U.S. economy added 156,000 jobs in August, and unemployment was little changed at 4.4%, according to figures released last week by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. This continues the recovery of the labor market at a tempered rate, which means the Federal Reserve’s Open Market Committee should continue to let the economy grow and not raise interest rates.

Last month's biggest job gains were in manufacturing (36,000), construction (28,000), professional and technical services (22,000), health care (20,000), food services and drinking places (9,000), and mining (7,000). Employment in other major industries, including wholesale trade, retail trade, transportation and warehousing, information, financial activities, and government, showed little change over the month.

Among the major worker groups, the unemployment rates for teenagers (13.6%), blacks (7.7%), Hispanics (5.2%), adult men (4.1%), adult women (4.0%), Asians (4.0%) and whites (3.9%) showed little or no change in August.

The number of long-term unemployed (those jobless for 27 weeks or more) was down slightly in August and accounted for 24.7% of the unemployed.