Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: People Power
October 31, 2018
On this month’s episode of our podcast, The Voice of Oregon’s Workers, we sit down with three dedicated union activists to hear about the importance of working people and union members showing up during election cycles, and how people power is the main ingredient behind the Oregon union movement’s ability to move an agenda that lifts up ALL Oregonians. Click here to listen.
With just one week left before election day, Oregon’s unions are stepping up to get out the vote. To learn about Oregon AFL-CIO endorsements and other important voting information, please visit http://www.oraflcio.org/vote and to sign up for a volunteer event near you, please head to www.orafclio.org/labor2018
Why Oregon’s Workers are
Voting Kate Brown for Governor
Workers from all over Oregon who are in every sector of our economy are voting Kate Brown for Governor. The Oregon AFL-CIO has launched an exciting social media campaign to highlight stories from working Oregonians and why they’re on #TeamKate:
Oregon’s workers stand behind Kate Brown for Governor because she’s a strong advocate for working people. From raising the minimum wage to investing in infrastructure to create jobs for thousands of workers, she’s the only candidate in the race for Governor with the history and experience we need to see our state move in the right direction.
Her opponent, on the other hand, has a record of doing the exact opposite. Click here to learn the facts and make sure to vote by 8pm on November 6.
Labor 2018 Union of the Week
We’re proud to announce our next Labor 2018 Union of the Week! Thank you to the Oregon State Firefighters Council for flooding Portland and Eugene with an army of volunteers this weekend! Thank you!
Victory at United Airlines
After a five-week organizing election, catering workers at United Airlines have overwhelmingly voted to join UNITE HERE. After celebrating late last night, 2,700 United employees in Cleveland, Denver, Honolulu, Houston and Newark, N.J., will soon head to work with the hard-earned rights and dignities that come with a freshly printed union card.
“This is a landmark moment in our union, representing the largest organizing victory of the year,” said UNITE HERE International President D. Taylor. “Welcoming workers in United Airlines’ catering kitchens into our union will not only change thousands of lives for those individual workers, but it’s a tipping point in the airline catering industry. It’s no secret that airlines like United continue to enjoy profits in the billions. Fifteen thousand food workers have organized to tell major airlines that they refuse to be treated like second-class citizens—workers deserve their fair share of this industry’s success.”
The overwhelming vote comes after nearly a year of organizing. Check out a few of the key facts that drove this groundbreaking victory:
- Catering workers were the only nonmanagerial, front-line workers directly employed by United who did not have a union. Nearly 80% of United’s 88,000 employees are unionized.
- United Airlines made $2.1 billion in profit in 2017.
- Meanwhile, United Catering Operations workers earn wages as low as $9.99 an hour. Union work groups, however, secured contracts with some $900 million in annual raises.