Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Stop the Shutdown!
January 2, 2018
Stop the Shutdown!
The government shutdown is now in its 12th day, meaning some 800,000 federal employees are still without a paycheck because President Donald Trump refuses to sign a federal budget that doesn’t include $5 billion for a border wall. Working people—and their livelihoods—should never be used as political pawns.
Despite the shutdown, roughly 420,000 federal employees, from law enforcement and corrections officers to Transportation Security Administration agents, are still working and putting their lives on the line without collecting a paycheck. That doesn’t include about 380,000 workers who are currently furloughed or sent home without pay.
That’s why AFGE (American Federation of Government Employees) filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for illegally forcing federal employees to work without pay.
“Our members put their lives on the line to keep our country safe,” said AFGE National President J. David Cox Sr. “Requiring them to work without pay is nothing short of inhumane.”
To make matters even worse, President Trump actually suggested that federal employees don’t want to work and then canceled a 2.1% pay increase for this year. Our AFGE brothers and sisters take home an average of $500 a week. Losing this pay is devastating. The shutdown began Dec. 22 after Trump demanded more than $5 billion for a wall along the southern U.S. border.
Our Latest Podcast Episode
On our last episode of 2018, Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain and Chief of Staff Graham Trainor sat down to discuss the wins, challenges and lessons learned from 2018 and how unions can tackle the challenges of 2019 while continuing to win for working people. Click here to listen today.
Solidarity Support Needed: Robert Blanche Fundraiser
Portland Local SAG-AFTRA (Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists) will host a fundraiser at the SAG Awards Viewing Party to support the Portland Local’s president, Robert Blanche. Robert received a double lung transplant last August and needs our support to assist him and his family over the next several months of intensive medical care. The Portland Local seeks donated items for the fundraiser which will be held on Sunday, January 27. Items can include tickets to arts and sporting events or movies, gift certificates, gift baskets, vacation stays and more. Click here to download a flier with all the details about how you can help.
Fundraiser / Viewing Party Details:
SAG Awards screening party and SOS:
Salute to Our Star Robert Blanche Fundraiser
Sunday, January 27th, 2019
The Lake Theatre and Cafe
106 State Street, Lake Oswego, OR
The fun starts at 5:00 PM. Munchies, drinks and awesome raffle prizes, too!
Suggested donation: $25/union members, $30/nonunion
NOTE: Any member of ANY union showing their membership card gets the union rate!
Reservations required to email@example.com
Click here to make a tax deductible donation to help Robert Blanche.
Union Cannabis Comes to Oregon
Last month, UFCW (United Food & Commercial Workers) Local 555 ratified a union contract with a new cannabis dispensary in Salem. The shop is part of Seattle-based retail chain Have a Heart. The Northwest Labor Press reported the details of the new contract:
“The store is located just off Highway 99E at 4618 Portland Rd. NE. The union agreement covers 19 employees at the Salem store plus workers at any future Oregon locations where a majority sign union cards. It set wages of $15.30 an hour for budtenders and $16.30 for lead shop workers. Workers will get health and pension benefits through trusts sponsored by the international union. They’ll also get holiday pay, paid time off and bonuses, and will have standard union disciplinary rights. A joint labor-management committee will address safety. The store will also display a union shop card and sell union-label cannabis products. The agreement runs through July 1, 2021.”