Stand Together Against Measure 105

Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Stand Together Against Measure 105
July 18, 2018

Stand Together Against Measure 105

Yesterday we learned that an Oregon hate group turned in enough signatures to qualify their measure for the November ballot.   Measure 105 would throw out Oregon’s sanctuary state law, a law that has been working for over 30 years to protect Oregonians from unfair racial profiling. If Measure 105 passes, it could open the door to racial profiling and families being torn apart, simply because someone is perceived to be an undocumented immigrant.

We can’t let that happen.

Oregon’s unions are proud to be part of the coalition of Oregonians United Against Profiling, the statewide coalition working to defeat Measure 105.   You can help us power an inclusive, statewide campaign to defeat Measure 105. Here are a few actions you can take today:

  • Share this Facebook post on your personal profile to show your support and tell your friends that you’ll be voting NO on Measure 105.

  • Follow Oregonians United Against Profiling on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

  • Save the date for an upcoming Day of Action on Saturday, July 28. We’re participating in events across major cities throughout Oregon to mobilize supporters and send the strong, unified message that Oregonians believe in fairness and looking out for our neighbors.

By standing together, we can defeat Measure 105! For more about Oregon’s unions’ perspective on November’s ballot measures, click here to read the most recent article from President Tom Chamberlain in the Northwest Labor Press.

Volunteers of America-Oregon Workers
Approve Contract!

Last week the VOA Oregon Workers’ Union announced they have a contract following an approval vote from the workers! Read more about the contract ratification in the Northwest Labor Press.

Click here to see their Facebook post announcing their victory, make sure to like the post and leave a comment congratulating them on a hard-earned win.

A Dark Veil: Update from Department of Labor

Yesterday, the Trump administration rescinded the Department of Labor’s “persuader rule” requiring companies to disclose any consultants or lawyers contracted for anti-union persuasion efforts. The most recent in a series of anti-worker regulatory rollbacks, the decision has drawn harsh condemnation from union leaders and working people throughout the country.

The fact of the matter is, 75% of employers who contract outside “persuaders” are doing so to discourage employees from joining a union. When the Labor Department issued its persuader rule in 2016, it was hailed as a win for workplace transparency. Workers would have the right to know when their bosses hired outside union-busters to influence organizing decisions.   Then-Secretary of Labor Tom Perez explained it would “ensure that workers have the information they need to make informed decisions about exercising critical workplace rights….Informed decisions are the best decisions.”

In the wake of yesterday’s announcement, National AFL-CIO Media Director Josh Goldstein slammed the administration’s decision to shield the “sinister practices of employers and their hired guns.”

“By repealing the persuader rule, the Department of Labor is siding with corporate CEOs against good government and transparency,” Goldstein said. “They have thrown a dark veil over the shady groups employers hire to take away the freedoms of working people.”

Beat the Heat: Ethical Summer Essentials

Whether you’re embracing the blaze on a summer hike, beating the heat by the pool or enjoying some fun in the sun somewhere else, Labor 411 has a list of essentials for all your summer adventures. And when you choose one or more items from the list below, you will be supporting ethical companies that treat their employees well and give them good pay and benefits.


  • Blumers Root Beer
  • Crystal Springs Water
  • Dr. Pepper
  • Gatorade
  • Hawaiian Punch
  • Minute Maid Lemonade


  • Bud Light
  • Budweiser
  • Dundee Summer Wheat Beer
  • Henry Weinhards Summer Wheat Ale
  • Sam Adams Whitewater IPA


  • Hatco
  • Korber Hats
  • Unionwear

Ice Cream

  • Breyers
  • Creamland
  • Good Humor
  • Hiland
  • Perry’s
  • Tillamook


  • Bain de Soleil
  • Coppertone

This post originally appeared at Labor 411.

Upcoming Events

Rally for a Fair Contact at the City of Salem
Thursday, July 19, 4:30 p.m.– 5:45 p.m.
Peace Plaza near the Salem Public Library at 585 Liberty St. SE.
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Come out and support AFSCME Local 2067, City of Salem, in their fight for a fair contract and a city that honors the dignity of their workers!

Rally for Public Services
Thursday, July 26, 5:30-6:30 p.m.
Main Post Office, SW Hoyt & Broadway in Portland
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Stop Cuts, Closures and Privatization
Defend the Postal Service, Schools, and Hospitals from the Administration's Attacks
Celebrate Postal Heritage Day—the 243rd Birthday of the People’s Postal Service

Labor at Lagunitas!
Thursday, August 2 at 6:00 p.m.
Lagunitas Community Room, 237 NE Broadway in Portland
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Join fellow union members for a fun, union-wide gathering consisting of craft beers, delicious complimentary taco bar and lively conversation! These days, we need keep a strong bond of solidarity throughout all of our locals. That's what these evenings are all about! 100% of proceeds go to Labor’s Community Services Agency.

Oregon AFL-CIO / LERC Summer School
August 3 – 5, 2018 at the University of Oregon in Eugene
Click here to register and for more information about Summer School
As recent events in Oregon and across the nation confirm, the fighting spirit of the union movement is alive and well. Please join us for a weekend of exciting classes and thoughtful discussion that will help you develop your leadership skills and become part of launching a new era in Oregon unionism.