Stand Up for Workplace Fairness

Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Stand Up for Workplace Fairness
March 6, 2019


Important: Stand Up for Workplace Fairness

The Oregon State Legislature is considering an important bill called the Oregon Workplace Fairness Act (SB 726 / HB 3333). The reasons for this groundbreaking legislation are clear: At least one in four women have experienced workplace sexual harassment, but 75 percent of those women faced retaliation after reporting an incident. A staggering 94 percent of employees experiencing harassment do not file a formal complaint. The Oregon Workplace Fairness Act is a strong step forward to balance workplace power. The protections called for by this legislation are common sense solutions to the institutional problems faced by workers who are victims of sexual harassment and discrimination in the workplace.


Here are two things you can do right now to help pass this important law:

STORY COLLECTION: The most urgent need is for stories from workers who have faced sexual harassment and discrimination. Please share your story anonymously or under your name by visiting www.oraflcio.org/owfa

CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS: We need lawmakers to hear from us about this important bill. Click here to quickly send a letter to your State Senator and Representative.


New Podcast Episode

On our latest podcast episode, we sit down with the Oregon AFL-CIO legislative team to discuss how Oregon's unions are leading the fight for working people in Oregon's Capitol Building. From fighting for the rights of all workers to strengthening unions, our efforts in Salem stand as an example of why the Oregon AFL-CIO is a strong voice for Oregon's workers. Click here to listen today! If you enjoy our podcast, please make sure to subscribe on iTunes, Stitcher, or Spotify.


Corporate Accountability

Communities in Oregon know working people deserve to be treated with dignity. And yet, far too often, corporations put executives’ interests over respecting the rights of their employees.

Thanks to the hard work of working class champions like you, Oregon is home to some of the strongest worker-friendly legislation in the nation, like the first-of-its-kind fair scheduling law and paid sick leave. But what happens when corporations decide to break these laws? Often, nothing.

That’s why we need the Oregon Corporate Accountability Act (OCAA).

Senate Bill 750 supports workers, holds bad actors accountable, and makes it harder to mistreat workers in the future.  By empowering individuals and community groups to act on behalf of the state, OCAA addresses the under-resourcing of worker-focused state agencies. And when the workers win, so does Oregon, as bad-acting corporations must make right with aggrieved employees while paying into the state’s enforcement fund.


Fighting Back

As a wave of collective action continues to sweep the country, working people are taking on one of the country’s most powerful corporations. In the face of shameless union-busting, labor leaders and Boeing workers are fighting back for the rights and dignities they deserve.

First, Boeing announced that virulently anti-union former South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was joining its board of directors. Machinists (IAM) International President Robert Martinez Jr. was quick to call out the decision.

“The IAM has serious concerns about the nomination of Nikki Haley to Boeing’s board,” he said. “As governor of South Carolina, Haley had a record of using anti-union rhetoric and inserting politics into working people’s decisions.”

Then yesterday, Boeing workers in Seal Beach, California, announced they were organizing with the Society of Professional Engineering Employees in Aerospace (SPEEA)/IFPTE Local 2001 to fight back against:

  • Work moving out of Seal Beach.
  • Health care costs increasing dramatically.
  • Rules requiring four hours of free work before earning overtime pay.
  • Performance management and professional development relegated to a management afterthought.

Right-wing politicians and corporate powers continue to team up against the interests of working families. But by standing together, we’re taking the fight to them.