Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Transportation Fairness
March 21, 2018
Giving Uber/Lyft Drivers & Impacted Community Members a Voice
We are proud to announce the launch of the Transportation Fairness Portland website. Click here to check it out! The site is the latest effort from the Oregon AFL-CIO to give Transportation Network Company (TNC) drivers and impacted community members a voice in how TNCs are regulated at the local level. Similar efforts are underway in cities across the state.
The Gig Economy and TNCs like Uber and Lyft are rapidly changing our economy and workforce. From being paid less than minimum wage, to disputed employment status, to interference in states' legislative processes - it's clear that TNCs are putting profits over workers.
In Portland, we can change the new reality of the Gig Economy by establishing a Wage Board housed at the City of Portland to ensure impacted community members and drivers have a say in how TNCs operate within our city. Wage Boards give drivers and impacted communities the ability to sit at the same table with TNC representatives to ensure both sides have a say in how the rules are made - instead of one side breaking them.
Today's Working Women Honor Their Courageous Foremothers
As Women’s History Month comes to an end, we are proud to share an article from National AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer (and Oregonian!) Liz Shuler about the history of working women standing together to make positive changes in their workplaces and communities. This article appears courtesy of the AFL-CIO Now Blog.
“Nearly two centuries ago, a group of women and girls — some as young as 12 — decided they'd had enough. Laboring in the textile mills of Lowell, Massachusetts, they faced exhausting 14-hour days, abusive supervisors and dangerous working conditions. When threatened with a pay cut, they finally put their foot down.
The mill workers organized, went on strike and formed America's first union of working women. They shocked their bosses, captured the attention of a young nation and blazed a trail for the nascent labor movement that would follow.
As we celebrate Women's History Month, working women are proudly living up to that example—organizing, taking to the streets and running for office in unprecedented numbers. It is a reminder that the movements for worker and women’s rights always have been interwoven.
But even as we rally together, our opponents are proving to be as relentless as ever. It’s been 184 years since that first strike in Lowell, and our rights still are being threatened by the rich and powerful. The Janus v. AFSCME case currently before the Supreme Court is one of the most egregious examples.
Janus is specifically designed to undermine public-sector unions’ ability to advocate for working people and negotiate fair contracts. More than that, it is a direct attack on working women. The right to organize and bargain together is our single best ticket to equal pay, paid time off and protection from harassment and discrimination.
Women of color would be particularly hurt by a bad decision in this case. Some 1.5 million public employees are African-American women, more than 17 percent of the public-sector workforce. Weaker collective bargaining rights would leave these workers with even less of a voice on the job.
This only would add insult to injury as black women already face a double pay gap based on race and gender, earning only 67 cents on the dollar compared to white men.
This is a moment for working women to take our fight to the next level. For generations, in the face of powerful opposition, we have stood up for the idea that protecting the dignity and rights of working people is a cause in which everyone has a stake.”
I AM 2018:
A Call To Action For Racial And Economic Justice
A Moment of Silence, a Moment of Reflection
On April 4, at 3:01 pm PST, as a community, we will honor a moment of silence for Dr. King. At 3:07 pm, Faith leaders are asked to toll their church or campus bell 39 times to honor the number of years Dr. King lived on this earth. While simple, these acts are a meaningful way for our nation to acknowledge the loss but more importantly the great contributions Dr. King gave to the world. Learn more about this nationwide event at civilrightsmuseum.org
I AM 2018 | A CALL TO ACTION FOR RACIAL AND ECONOMIC JUSTICE
9 to 10:30 am, Wednesday, April 4,
Oregon Convention Center, Portland Ballroom.
Join community leaders from labor, faith and public service as they talk about the civil rights movement, their connection to Dr. King and the work toward economic and racial justice that still needs to happen today. Special youth guests and music will be part of the commemoration.
RSVP TODAY| Space is limited, reserve your seat now at oregonmetro.gov/IAM2018
To sponsor the event or learn more, contact Elizabeth Goetzinger, AFSCME Local 3580 Member leader at firstname.lastname@example.org
Oppose Trump’s Proposed Rule Legalizing Tip Theft
Democratic Reps. Rosa DeLauro (Conn.) and Katherine Clark (Mass.) offered up legislation that will strengthen protections for tipped workers and secure tips as the property of the workers who earn them. Department of Labor Secretary Alexander Acosta has stated that he will support legislation barring employers from claiming ownership over tips.
Signing this petition is the next step you can take to hold President Donald Trump’s Department of Labor accountable and make sure working people keep the tips they own. Click here to take action.