Pushing Our State Forward

Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Pushing Our State Forward
November 7, 2018

Oregon’s Workers are Rising,
Pushing Our State Forward

Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain responds to the 2018 midterm election results:

Oregon’s workers were determined to fill the halls of power with leaders who share our values and ensure voters were informed and engaged regarding initiatives on the ballot that would shape the future of our state. Across Oregon, union members stepped up to make sure we met those shared goals. Their passion and dedication drove an extraordinary campaign. Working together, we knocked on over 110,000 doors and contacted over 210,000 voters by telephone and text message. We reached voters through the mail, on social media and at dozens of worksites. We stood together to do our part to make change happen.  

Union members know that when working people stand together, we have the power to enact incredible change -- even in the face of incredible odds. Our 2018 political program was an enormous collective effort, and we thank everyone who helped to move our state toward a brighter future. We are proud to have helped reelect Governor Kate Brown, a champion for working people in Oregon as well as defeat Ballot Measures 103, 104, 105 and 106 while passing Ballot Measure 102. Our efforts helped maintain the Oregon legislature as a place where the needs of working people are heard and where action is taken to fight for our shared prosperity.

Working people are on the rise in Oregon. We are taking the energy and momentum that powered the Oregon AFL-CIO Labor 2018 program and we are building a long-term, grassroots movement. Yesterday was the end of a long election season, but it is not the end of our efforts to improve the lives of working families. Oregon’s working people are just getting started.