Oregon AFL-CIO Weekly Update: Action Roundup, May Elections
May 8, 2019
With the continuation of Oregon's long legislative session and multiple active organizing campaigns, this week has seen a number of exciting and impactful actions in our state. Today, we recognize the teachers who are walking out for education funding, as well as Uber and Lyft drivers and their national strike in response to unfair wages, job misclassification, lack of protections, and other worker grievances . Check out the roundup of events below to get involved and support union members in a variety of ways.
May & June Actions Roundup
Thursday, May 9 | Oregon Workplace Fairness Act Hearing – The OWFA is one step closer to becoming the law in our state. The bill would enact sweeping protections for workers facing discrimination and harassment. After being passed by the Senate a few weeks ago, the House Committee on Judiciary will hold a hearing tomorrow. If you have been harassed or discriminated against in the workplace, your story matters! Help advocate for the passage of SB 726 by sharing your experience here.
Thursday, May 9 | Laborers Local 483 Defends Portland Parks and Rec Funding – Local 483 is holding a funeral for the City Council budget hearing. The Council is considering cutting $6.3 million to Portland Parks and Recreation, closing community centers, letting go of 70 full and part time positions, reducing programming, and even potentially violating the racial equity plan. The program starts at 5:30pm and the budget hearing begins at 6:30pm at the World Forestry Center.
May & June | UFCW Strike Authorization Votes – UFCW Local 555 will be holding a series of strike authorization votes for all Albertsons, Safeway, and Fred Meyer members under the meat contract in May. Recently, they also announced June strike authorization votes for members under the grocery contract. Members have highlighted low pay and discrimination as the focus of a potential strike. Women are organizing around discrepancies in wages and hiring practices compared to their male counterparts. Check out the UFCW Local 555 Facebook page to find meeting times and locations, and to see how women are changing the conversation around labor rights.
Thursday, June 13 | OHSU AFSCME Picket – AFSCME Local 328 members engaged in difficult bargaining with OHSU management will be holding a picket from 4pm – 5:30pm on the OHSU campus. The demonstration will be followed by a dinner event at 6pm, which is open to everyone.
Sunday, June 16 | Portland Pride Parade - The Oregon AFL-CIO and affiliates will be marching in the parade in solidarity with the LGBTQ community. If you are interested in marching or being involved in planning, please contact Emily@oraflcio.org.
Labor Guide to May Elections
Now to May 21st | Elections: Supporting Union-Endorsed Candidates – Our fellow union members are stepping up by running for office to make sure we continue to have a voice at the table. Unions have also backed a number of candidates who have a history of supporting our Movement. Voter turnout during off-year elections is often much lower, which means your voice can have an even greater impact. Take a look at these incredible union members and endorsed candidates, and spread the word about how important their campaigns are:
- Chelsea Schotts for Forest Grove School Board, Oregon Labor Candidate School alumni and OSEA member
- David Salinas for Salem-Keizer School Board, IBEW member
- Heidi Edwards for Tualatin Hills Parks and Recreation Board, Oregon Labor Candidate School alumni and AFT member
- Jordan Ferris for West Linn Wilsonville School Board, Oregon Labor Candidate School alumni and ONA member
- Michael Sonnleitner for Portland Community College Board, Oregon Labor Candidate School alumni and AFT member
- Robert Satterwhite for Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue Board, IAFF member
Our votes will make the difference in the outcomes of these races. Check out the Northwest Labor Press’ complete labor guide detailing how you can support Oregon working families during these elections.
Union Busting at Immigrant & Refugee Community Organization
AFSCME members at IRCO are organizing, and the leaders of the community advocacy nonprofit they work for are union-busting. The counter-organizing actions serve as a stark reminder that workers cannot underestimate pushback from bosses, even from leadership that espouses values that are often in alignment with those of the Labor Movement.