Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Less Than a Month Away
October 10, 2018
Election Day is Less Than a Month Away!
November 6 will be here before you know it and there is much to do in the remaining weeks to make sure voters hear from us about union-endorsed candidates and issues.
Last weekend, union members knocked doors in seven cities across Oregon to educate voters and we’re not slowing down. Click here to find a Labor 2018 event near you.
Knute Buehler on Retirement:
Breaking Oregon’s Promise
Last night, Governor Kate Brown and Knute Buehler squared off in their final televised debate. Oregon’s unions rallied outside the debate to support our governor and stand opposed to breaking Oregon’s promise to workers about retirement.
Knute Buehler opposed a historic retirement savings program and has vowed to come after the retirement security of firefighters and teachers. That's why we are doing everything we can to make voters aware of his record.
Get the facts about Knute Buehler’s terrible record on workers’ rights at www.buehlerbadforworkers.com
Labor 2018 Union of the Week
We’re proud to announce our next Labor 2018 Union of the Week! Thank you to the IBEW Local 48 for sponsoring phone banks two weeks in a row and hosting a canvass for Anna Williams for House District 52.
One Job Should Be Enough
Weeks after more than 8,300 UNITE HERE members at Marriott hotels across the country voted to authorize strikes, management has still failed to resolve key contract issues, including workplace safety, job protections and a living wage. Ready to fight for their fundamental economic rights, workers are prepared to walk out without notice in San Francisco, San Diego, Oakland and San Jose, California; Oahu and Maui, Hawaii; Boston; Seattle and Detroit.
"8,300 UNITE HERE members have the courage and the power to take on the biggest hotel company in the world and are willing to fight to transform jobs they can’t survive on into careers where they can support their families with dignity," said UNITE HERE International President D. Taylor last week as strike headquarters opened across the country.
Workers have been in negotiations with Marriott for months, yet management has refused to ensure that one job is enough to sustain a family.
Marriott is the largest and richest hotel employer in the world, earning $22.8 billion in revenue last year and touting a total worth of $45 billion.
Find out more about this fight, and show your solidarity here!
“Expect to Hear From Us”
On Saturday, the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh to the U.S. Supreme Court. Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain responded to the confirmation by issuing the following statement:
Today, the Senate willfully shirked its most fundamental responsibility. Instead of giving a voice to working people, Mitch McConnell and his colleagues have handed over the Supreme Court to corporate elites.
Brett Kavanaugh's judicial record reveals a right-wing extremist agenda dedicated to advancing the demands of the wealthy at the expense of working people. His hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee further confirmed that fealty to corporate interest and fully demonstrated that he lacks anything close to the temperament or character that this position demands.
However, Oregon’s unions won't allow any politician or judge to dictate our reality. All those who disregard the principles of justice and fairness can expect to hear from us on Election Day.