Embracing Our Power

Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Embracing Our Power
September 19, 2018

Have You Listened to Our Podcast?

In case you missed it, our most recent podcast episode features two great advocates for working people: State Representatives Rob Nosse and Teresa Alonso Leon! Click here to listen to our latest episode as well as past episodes of The Voice of Oregon’s Workers, our monthly podcast.

Keep Fighting to Put Workers Ahead

In the latest issue of the Northwest Labor Press, Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain explains what’s at stake in the 2018 election:

“The 2018 election could readjust America’s pro-corporate agenda, which places an iron heel of oppression on the neck of American workers. Since January 2016, we have seen a steady push by the president and Congressional leadership to deregulate, undermine environmental protections, and degrade workers’ rights. The shift to increase corporate power is breathtaking.”

Click here to read the rest of President Chamberlain’s article.

Labor 2018 Union of the Week!

We’re proud to announce our next Labor 2018 Union of the Week! Thank you to AFSCME Council 75 for hosting Saturday's canvass and turning out lots of volunteers to knock doors and win votes.

If you want to see your local union featured here, contact our field team to sponsor a phone bank night or a canvassing event by replying to this email.

Labor 2018 is Heating Up

The Oregon AFL-CIO Labor 2018 campaign is heating up! As of Monday, we’ve knocked on almost 18,000 doors and made over 4,000 phone calls.

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!

Embracing Our Power: The Union Difference

A new report from the Center for American Progress shows that union membership helps increase wealth and prosperity for families of color. The research comes on top of recent polls showing that more and more people are embracing the powerful benefits of collective bargaining.

Here are some of the key findings of the report:

  • When working people collectively bargain for wages, benefits and employment procedures, as union members they have higher wages, more benefits and more stable employment as a result of the bargaining agreement.
  • Household wealth is dependent on several factors, including income, savings, people having benefits like health insurance and life insurance.
  • Higher wages lead to higher savings, particularly when combined with job-related benefits, such as health and life insurance, since those benefits require union members to spend less out-of-pocket to protect their families.
  • Union members have higher job stability and protections, which lead to longer tenures at a workplace. This can lead to more savings as longer-tenured employees are more likely to be eligible for key benefits that accrue over time.
  • Nonwhite families with a union member in the household have a median wealth that is 485% as large as the median wealth of nonunion families of color.
  • Union members' annual earnings are between 20 and 50% higher than those for nonunion members.
  • The benefits of union membership for nonwhite families is more significant than it is for white families because nonwhite workers tend to work at jobs with lower pay, fewer benefits and less stability. Union membership lowers the gap for everyone, but the gains are larger when you are starting from a lower level of income and benefits.
  • Union members also are less likely to experience a negative shock (a large change in income) and more likely to experience a positive shock.

Read the full report.