Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: We're Not Done Yet
October 3, 2018
Ballot Measure Breakdown
Our latest podcast episode is up! Click here to listen to The Voice of Oregon's Workers, a monthly podcast from the Oregon AFL-CIO. On this episode, Oregon AFL-CIO Political Director Jess Giannettino Villatoro and Our Oregon Political Director Hannah Love discuss the ballot measures Oregon voters will consider in November's election.
NAFTA Renegotiations: We’re Not Done Yet
So, you may have heard that the North American Free Trade Agreement has been renegotiated. It’s definitely good that the three NAFTA countries (the United States, Canada and Mexico) are finally looking to change the NAFTA rules that have cost good jobs, made it harder to negotiate better wages, polluted our environment and generally left working people behind all across North America.
But we’re the ones who have worked for 25 years to take the trade policy rule book out of the hands of greedy CEOs. We’re the ones who forced the architects of these pro-corporate trade rules to admit they’ve been ignoring working people. We’re the ones who forced this renegotiation to happen. And we’re the ones who get to say when it is over.
Amazon’s Anti-Worker Tactics
This week, Amazon grabbed headlines by announcing they are raising their company’s minimum wage to $15 an hour. While raising wages is always a good step forward, there’s a lot to be said about the company’s motives behind the increase.
Some point to Amazon’s need to increase staffing for the holiday season:
"This isn't really anything new," says Sylvia A. Allegretto, a labor economist and the co-chair of the Center on Wage and Employment Dynamics at the University of California, Berkeley. "It typically happens around tight labor markets. Don't forget that Amazon needs a lot of workers coming in for the holiday season."
What’s more, Amazon’s raises aren’t exactly free, reports Bloomberg:
“Amazon.com Inc. is eliminating monthly bonuses and stock awards for warehouse workers and other hourly employees after the company pledged this week to raise pay to at least $15 an hour.”
Another angle to consider is that Amazon is ramping up an extreme anti-union campaign to discourage their warehouse workers from seeking a voice at work. It’s worth noting that while the campaign outlined in this article is specific to Amazon, anti-union campaigns from major retail employers are on the rise.
As Dr. Christine Blasey Ford shared her story with the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, working women and men across the country are demanding that justice be served. Willfully disregarding Brett Kavanaugh’s egregious record and alleged behavior, Senate Republicans are sprinting to place him on the highest court in the land. We’re fighting back, demanding a nominee that meets the standard we should expect from the Supreme Court.
Brett Kavanaugh poses a fundamental threat to the integrity of the Supreme Court, and the Senate has a responsibility to reject his nomination.
Kavanaugh was hand-picked to advance the demands of a few corporate interests. We are refusing to allow those elites to further infiltrate and undermine our public institutions.
What’s more, to place our rights and freedoms in the hands of an accused sexual predator would represent a stunning betrayal of working people. Americans across the country are coming forward in solidarity with Dr. Ford and all survivors of sexual assault. Be a part of this fight, and make your voice heard. Call your senators at 1-844-899-9913. Tell them to believe survivors—and to reject Brett Kavanaugh.
Labor 2018 Union of the Week
We’re proud to announce our next Labor 2018 Union of the Week! Thank you to the International Association of Machinists/Woodworkers District W24 Lodge for sponsoring phone banks two weeks in a row as well as volunteering at canvasses.
Labor 2018 Update
The Oregon AFL-CIO Labor 2018 campaign is heating up! As of Monday, we’ve knocked on 33,829 doors and made 19,769 phone calls and texts to union members about endorsed candidates and issues.
Are you ready to get involved with our Labor 2018 campaign and help contact voters about the issues that matter to working people? Click here to find an event near you!
We're hiring canvassers to help get out the voter for union endorsed candidates and issues.
This is a full-time temporary position with an immediate start. The position goes through November 6th. Compensation is $17/hour. Click here to learn more and to apply today!