Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Knute Buehler’s Latest Scandal
October 17, 2018
Knute Buehler: Pretending to Care
Knute Buehler and his wife each bought tens of thousands of dollars’ worth of tax credits through the scandal-plagued Business Energy Tax Credits (BETC) program -- a program Buehler himself criticized as enriching “well-heeled investors at the expense of Oregon tax payers.” Knute is worrying about his own profits while pretending to care about workers.
A new report from Claire Withycombe at the East Oregonian reveals that Buehler and his wife each bought $50,000 worth of BETC credits, allowing them to avoid a total of $33,000 on their state income taxes, according to data from the Department of Energy.
Buehler had no problem hypocritically criticizing the program on the House floor, in a guest column in the Oregonian, and in the most recent gubernatorial debate. Buehler must release his tax returns so voters can see what other special tax breaks he’s taken. This is the latest news about how unfit Knute Buehler is to lead our state. Get the full story at www.BuehlerBadForWorkers.com
Less Than Three Weeks Left
With less than three weeks left and ballots arriving in mailboxes this week, we have arrived at a critical point in the election. Every conversation we have on doors, on phones, over text message and at worksites will help get out the vote for union-endorsed candidates and issues.
We are proud to announce that we have knocked on almost 53,000 doors and made over 43,000 phone calls and texts to speak with voters about the issues that matter to Oregon’s workers. There is still plenty of work left to do, however. Click here to find an event near you.
Labor 2018 Union of the Week
We’re proud to announce our next Labor 2018 Union of the Week! Thank you to Cement Masons Local 555 for turning out volunteers to multiple events this week. Thanks!
Top News for Working People
Courtesy of the AFL-CIO Blog, here’s a roundup of the top news and commentary about issues and events important to working families:
A Record Number of Women Are Running for Office. This Election Cycle, They Didn't Wait for an Invite: "A record number of women are running for the U.S. House, Senate and state legislatures this year—more than any other election in U.S. history. Traditionally, the major political parties scout out their potential candidates. And typically, says Debbie Walsh, director of the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University, men are sought after more than women."
AFL-CIO Says Ad Investment Marks 'Historic' Initiative in Communities of Color: "GOTV Radio Ad Airing on African American and Spanish-Language Radio. The AFL-CIO this week launched a massive get-out-the-vote campaign, airing ads on African American and Spanish-language radio in 26 targeted media markets across the country. The high six-figure buy marks the largest such investment in communities of color in the AFL-CIO’s history. The ad buy includes multiple media markets throughout Georgia, including Atlanta, Albany, Columbus and Augusta."
Why Nearly 8,000 Marriott Workers Are Striking in 8 Cities: "Thousands of hotel employees are refusing to go to work at Marriott-owned hotels in eight major U.S. cities, citing mounting frustration over stalled negotiations for higher wages and safety measures. As of Wednesday, nearly 8,000 housekeepers, bartenders, and other service workers had walked off the job at 23 hotels in Detroit, Boston, San Diego, San Jose, Oakland, San Francisco, Maui and Oahu, according to their labor union, Unite Here, which represents more than 20,000 Marriott workers in the United States and Canada."
Trade Talks Episode 57: It's Fun to Discuss the USMCA—the New NAFTA: "Soumaya Keynes and Chad Bown describe key elements of the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement, or USMCA, announced on October 1, 2018. Beneath the spin, they analyze what the deal really does, including where new market access has been granted, and where new rules have been written. Will the new deal generate American jobs in car manufacturing? Will it strengthen Mexico's labor standards? Will it stop Canada from signing a future trade deal with China?"
National Hispanic Heritage Month Profiles: Henry L. 'Hank' Lacayo: "Throughout National Hispanic Heritage Month, the AFL-CIO will be profiling labor leaders and activists to spotlight the diverse contributions Hispanics and Latinos have made to our movement. Today's profile features Henry L. 'Hank' Lacayo."
Economy Gains 134,000 Jobs in September; Unemployment Down Slightly to 3.7%: "The U.S. economy gained 134,000 jobs in September, and unemployment was down slightly to 3.7%, according to figures released this morning by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Continued slow wage growth means the Federal Reserve's Open Market Committee is premature in raising interest rates."