Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Together We Are One ✊
January 30, 2018
New Podcast Episode!
On this month’s episode of The Voice of Oregon’s Workers, we sit down with Jeff Anderson, the Secretary-Treasurer of United Food and Commercial Workers Local 555 to discuss the historic wins they have made for workers’ rights and what the future holds for their diverse membership of 25,000 working people.
The Shutdown Ends, For Now
Last week, a deal was reached in Washington, D.C. to reopen the departments of the federal government impacted by the shutdown for three weeks. Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain responded to the deal in a statement sent to the media:
Reopening the government is long overdue and it should never have shut down in the first place. Working people in Oregon and across the country pushed for the government shutdown to end by marching, protesting, calling Congress and donating food and resources to impacted federal workers. We stood together. We stood strong. And we’re ready to do it all over again if the government shuts down after the proposed three-weeks of funding are up. The 800,000 workers impacted by this manufactured crisis deserve stability, not to be pawns in a political game. In Oregon, 9,583 workers faced hardship because of the shutdown. We must do better.
The fight is not over. Federal workers urgently need their back pay. Federal contractors need their back pay authorized. Everyone impacted by the shutdown deserves a long-term funding bill, not a temporary fix to a failure of governance that equates to one guaranteed paycheck after weeks of uncertainty and hardship.
The Oregon AFL-CIO is committed to fighting for federal workers impacted by the shutdown. This week in Salem, Oregon AFL-CIO President Tom Chamberlain testified before the Oregon State Senate Workforce Committee in support of extending unemployment insurance benefits to impacted workers. Click here to watch his testimony.
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Portland SAG-AFTRA President
Portland SAG-AFTRA President Robert Blanche needs our help. In 2011, he was diagnosed with hypersensitivity pneumonitis, an inflammation in the lungs that led to pulmonary fibrosis. In August 2018, Robert received his second chance at life with a double lung transplant. However, his recovery has been fraught with complications, and Robert has remained in ICU ever since.
It’s Official: St. Charles Nurses Have a Contract!
St. Charles Bend nurses represented by the Oregon Nurses Association have voted in favor of ratifying a new four-and-a-half year contract.
“We are happy to have reached a contract agreement that both the nurses and St. Charles leaders feel good about,” said Debbie Robinson, chief nursing officer for St. Charles Bend. “While it took many months of conversations, we ended in a good place and we are all ready to come together and continue doing what we do best – providing quality care for our patients.”
Now that the contract has been ratified, St. Charles and the ONA will work together to develop processes to put the new contract language into practice in the coming weeks.
“The newly ratified contract helps ensure we are providing the best quality care for our community,” said local nurse leader and ONA bargaining unit chair David Hilderbrand, RN. “We look forward to taking the next step of implementing the new contract and utilizing the new tools provided to address shared concerns like staffing and practice standards, which allows us to focus on our patients.”